Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers


Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery
by Heather Weidner

About Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers

Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers – A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Level Best Books (October 19, 2021)
Digital – ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09GGBFWT5

There is nothing like finding a dead body, clad only in red satin thong, on your property to jolt you from a quiet routine. Jules Keene, owner of the posh Fern Valley Camping Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is thrust into the world of the Dark Web when one of her guests, Ira Perkins, is found murdered in the woods near her vintage trailers. Jules quickly discovers that the man who claimed to be on a writing retreat was not what he seemed, and someone will go to any length to find what he left at her resort. Jules, along with her Jack Russell Terrier sidekick Bijou, has to put the rest of the missing pieces of a blackmailing scheme together before her business is ruined.

Jules’s resort, set in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville in the quaint town of Fern Valley, offers guests a unique vacation in refurbished and upcycled vintage trailers. Hoping to expand her offerings, she partners with her maintenance/security guy to create a village of tiny houses, the latest home DIY craze, but a second murder of a reporter interrupts Jules’s expansion plans. Curiosity gets the best of her, and she steps up her sleuthing to find out what Ira Perkins was really doing and what he hid at her resort.


About Heather Weidner

Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers is the first in her cozy mystery series, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries. She also writes the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series set in Virginia (Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband).

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

Q&A With The Author
When did you first consider yourself to be a writer? 

I have always liked to write, but I think the first time I really considered myself one was when that first box of books arrived in the mail, and my name was on the cover.

What advice do you have for a new writer? 

Writing is hard work. If you want to be published, you need to be persistent. There are a lot of ups and downs and a lot of waiting. Put the time into learning your craft and building relationships.

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you? 

I love the research and the writing parts. I enjoy being creative. And surprisingly, a lot of research goes into writing fiction. There are so many details that I want to make sure I got right.

What is your favorite part of this story?

I love Jules’s relationship with her Jack Russell Terrier, Bijou. The energetic little dog was so much fun to write, and she pops up throughout the book. Did you see her on the cover? Bijou is based on one of my JRTs, Disney.

Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why? 

I like Jules’s character. She’s a spunky problem-solver. She runs a vintage glamping resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She works hard to promote her business and her town. She also restores and decorates vintage trailers and tiny houses. I love creating themes for each of these. I would love to take a vacation to Fern Valley.

Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why? 

Sometimes, the villain is hard to write about. You want to show the wrong-doings, but still make them human. I try hard not to make them a caricature or a “type.”  Justice needs to be served at the end. 


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  1. Thanks, Mary for letting me stop by and celebrate my new cozy series!

  2. Sounds like a place I would love to visit in real life! I guess reading about it will have to do :)

  3. Sounds like a lovely book, nice to learn about it.

  4. I love the cover and title of this book! The colors and graphics are amazing.

  5. I can see that writing about glamping could come up with a large number of entertaining stories.


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