Monthly Archives: April 2014

Three Reasons Why You Should Read “Poplar Place” by Ellen Butler

Today I welcome Ellen Butler to discuss her recent release, Poplar Place. I’m excited to read this book because I enjoyed Ellen’s novella, Second Chance Christmas, so much. Ellen’s three reasons have me intrigued.

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Thank you Sharon for hosting me at Musings From the Middle Ages. I’m so excited to share my new release Poplar Place with your readers. You asked me to share three moments from the book and state why I think this would make someone want to read your book. Boy, that was a tougher task than I expected. First, here’s a blurb about Poplar place.

PoplarPlace-EButler-MD-2Newly minted librarian, Cara Baker, effectively cuts ties with her tumultuous life in Pittsburgh, and moves to South Carolina where she embraces the peaceful, laid-back style of small town living. Everything seems to be falling into place when Cara finds the perfect house to round out her new plans. Well… perfect except for the immovable hermit living on the top floor. She throws caution to the wind, and buys the fabulous house—hermit and all—without meeting him. By wooing her reclusive renter with notes and mouthwatering meals, he caves and invites her up to the apartment. Preconceived notions are blown out of the water, when she finds Danny isn’t the nerdy Mr. Mole she envisioned. Unfortunately, FBI phone calls from her past bring Cara’s summer idle to an abrupt halt. Will demons from a former life destroy Cara’s tranquility?

Now, my three reasons why you should read Poplar Place…

1)    In the first chapter our main character, Cara Baker, learns that the house she wants to purchase comes with a reclusive renter living in the apartment on the third floor, who never leaves the house and doesn’t see people. She’s sure she can get him removed if she purchases the house. However, something stays her impulse and she purchases the house, hermit and all. Now she needs to figure out a way to actually meet him.

2)    Cara begins dating the local psychiatrist, one of the only people that her by-Greg-LePera_English-Gardenhermit renter sees in person. They get to talking about her renter and she’s able to glean a little more information. Like the fact that her backyard, a beautiful example of an English garden, was designed and planted by her tenant. So the recluse does leave the house, only he does it when no one is around. Perhaps there is more to this fellow than Cara originally thought.

3)    After a wild girl’s night out, Cara returns home to find a message on her answering machine. It is from the FBI, and that can only mean one thing. Something from her past is rearing its ugly head. Now, Cara has to decide if she’ll return the calls, or stick her head in the sand and ignore them.

I hope these moments have whetted your reader’s appetites and leave them wanting to find out more. Thanks again for having me, and enjoy the excerpt from Poplar Place. One last thing… Book Groups – Visit my website, to find book club questions on Poplar Place. I’m available to be a guest author for book clubs as well. Fill out the contact form on the website for more information.

Poplar Place Excerpt:

I resigned myself to returning the FBI phone calls. I couldn’t put it off any longer. Both Bryant and Hutchins had left phone messages again yesterday, and their persistence made me nervous. Rolling out of bed, I shuffled downstairs to start the coffee, my liquid courage. I drank half a cup and dialed. Hutchins didn’t answer. I braced myself and dialed Special Agent Bryant.


“It’s Cara Baker.”

“Listen, I have some news. The U.S. Marshals have lost contact with Tony Rizolli.”

I paused to digest this.


“You must be joking! How the hell did that happen?”

“His tracking anklet was cut, and he disappeared.”

“Do they think he’s been whacked?”

“They’re not sure.”

“Why are you calling me? You do realize I no longer work for the DA’s office.”

“Yes, we know that.”

Exasperated I asked, “Then why are you calling to tell me this? Not much I can do.”

“I’m concerned about your safety. Tony bore a lot of hostility toward you.”

“The FBI’s concerned, or you’re concerned?”

“I’m concerned.” He stated matter-of-factly.

“What does the FBI think?”

“The FBI thinks there’s a leak in the Marshals’ office and Rizolli’s six feet under.”

“Why does Tony have so much animosity toward me? He walked into a shiny new life provided by the American taxpayers.”

“The money.”

I took a moment, rubbing a hand across my eyes. “What does he know?”

“We’re not sure. I think one of the pencil pushers at the Marshals’ office told him about the Cayman accounts during relocation. There was very little legitimate money he could take into the program. He wasn’t happy about it.”

I sucked in a breath. “Agent Bryant….”

“Call me Tom.”

“Tom, what exactly are you worried about?”

“If Rizolli isn’t sleeping with the fish, he’s a loose cannon. I don’t trust him. You may be in danger.”


“And you need to watch your back. Call me or Hutchins if you see anything suspicious. I mean anything out of the ordinary. If you see a strange car in the neighborhood, get the plates and call me.”

“I’ll take that under advisement, Agent Bryant. What about Denise?”

“She’s covered. I’ve called in some favors.”

“Fine. Please let me know if anything new develops.”






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