With her college scholarship already on frost alert, when Holly accidentally douses the college’s most distinguished donors, she sees her degree and her relationship with the hot Master Gardener quickly wilting.
Her only chance of remaining in Shellesby is to win a vaunted internship with a famous chocolatier. The only problem? The other candidate is Holly’s biggest rival, a stuck-up queen bee-and she just might have her sights set on Holly’s swoon-worthy boyfriend as well!
With a a chance to win over the prestigious chocolatier when the rare night-blooming cereus plant is scheduled to open its petals at the Night Lights Gala, Holly is there-and so is a killer. Events unfold that not only place her scholarship on the line, but also her life…and that of her rival.
Holly finds herself racing the clock to save her arch nemesis, secure her scholarship, and catch a murderer, if she can!
Enjoy this lighthearted romp with its plethora of plants and wonderful characters by picking up a copy of Dead Cereus today! Can Holly stand the heat in the hothouse or is she headed for a spectacular meltdown?
This is an epic romance and a fantastic, unique mystery rolled into one hilarious story. With all the feels, this novel can’t help but implant itself in your heart and grow into one of your favorite reads. Put your petal to the metal and see what all the buzz is about. Dead Cereus is to die for!
Come for the mystery, stay for the food. Chocolate plays a big role in this book; you will ‘chocolate’ as you’ve never ‘chocolated’ before! Hot new debut author Kira Seamon makes botany cool again, one plant at a time.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Holly and Ivy have a rivalry. They are both after the same internship. Plus, Ivy won’t stop flirting with Holly’s boyfriend, William. William has an exceptional green thumb, is nice to look at, is sweet, and can whip up a yummy veggie lasagna with ease.
Holly has a knack for causing mischief and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her mischievous actions caused quite a show at the Night Lights Ball. (being vague on purpose, read the story to find out what happened *smiley face*) Her timing issues led her to be a witness to a crime. Things quickly spiraled out of control.
Shellesby College had more than a crazed criminal on the loose; it was home to several gardens. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day walking around the Butterfly Garden, Tropical Forest Room, and the Papyrus Room. I can’t grow anything, but I do appreciate those who can. I was especially amazed by Keifer Jamison’s gardening skills. He had a pumpkin that weighed in at 2500lbs! Just wow!!!!!
Heads up: There are no explicit love scenes. However, there is an occasional curse word (b****) by the villain. Holly, the heroine, does not curse. Instead, she uses phrases like blistering bluebells, raging roses, and sizzling sunflowers. There is a murder, but it’s not overly graphic. I would be comfortable allowing my teen to read it.
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A polymath, Kira is a gold medal/state winner in piano performance and a national and two-time regional dance champion. In ten years of competing in dance competitions, she won 18 awards, including special awards from the judges and platinum awards. Additionally, she’s an award-winning photographer and has had her art accepted and sold in national and regional juried shows. She’s had over fifty newspaper cover stories about her art and is a fourteen-time grant recipient from cultural councils. She celebrated her first solo museum exhibit of her work in 2020.
Now living in Massachusetts, she was recently the inaugural artist-in-residence in Natick, Massachusetts. She received a personal letter from the Massachusetts Senate President and a Certificate of Recognition from the Massachusetts State Legislation in recognition of her grant from Framingham, Massachusetts. All of this culminated in her receiving the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, for which she appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2020.
She took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Machu Picchu, Peru with the Punahou Alumni Association and her travel tale about that expedition is published in the 2021 September/October edition of the Writers and Readers Magazine. Additionally, her Peru photography is the editorial feature in the 2021 fall edition of DRIFT Travel magazine.
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Kira has never met a story from Greek mythology that she didn’t love and has kept a daily journal since her teens. Dead Cereus is her first novel.