The Last Gasp Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book:  The Last Gasp

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: ChristianHistorical Mystery, Fairytale retelling

Release date: July 6, 2021

At the pinnacle of his Hollywood career, Garrison Prince’s reign ends tonight.

As plain old Gary Prinz, he can pursue his Bible education, buy a bungalow in Pasadena, acquire a few chickens, and marry the girl of his dreams. He just never imagined trading the silver screen for a pulpit would wreak such havoc.

A cigarillo girl, Lucinda Ashton spends her days with her boyfriend, Gary, and her evenings selling candy and “gaspers” to the Hollywood elite at the Taj Mahal Theater.

However, when gunshots ring out just as intermission begins, Lucinda finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a brouhaha that leaves three dead, and no one has a clue why.

All the police know is that the evidence points to Lucinda as the killer and Gary as the intended target.

Four new friends, one young orphan, and a potluck of clues that don’t seem to fit anywhere leave the police baffled, Lucinda in fear for her freedom, and Gary ready to trade in his acting shoes for gumshoes if it’ll save his “Cinda.”

The first book in the Ever After Mysteries combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries, The Last Gasp. This Cinderella retelling blends a murder with enough crime and story clues to keep you on the edge of your seat.


The Last Gasp Excerpt Seven

“It happened. I received a reply to my application for admission to the Bible Institute of Los Angeles.”

“You’re in?”

Gary nodded. “You know what this means, don’t you?”

Another of his hints. Was he trying to dissuade her or himself? She’d begun to wonder. “That everything you’ve been working for has become possible?”

When he nodded again, her heart began to race.

“I wondered, Lucinda…”

Now? Here?

“Would you consider having dinner with me tomorrow evening?”

“I have to be at the Taj by five o’clock.”

For the first time since she’d known him, Gary showed impatience with the chokehold her job held on her evening activities. “Perhaps Sunday evening, then?”

“Of course.”

The smile returned. “That’s—that’s swell, Cinda. Really. I have so much to tell you.” He shot her a look. “To ask you, too.” As if the ocean breezes kept passing clouds in front of the sun, his face darkened again “I’ve—I’ve kept things from you. I had my reasons, and I hope you’ll understand…”

Kept things? What things? Why would he—? As quickly as the questions formed, Lucinda shoved them aside. Gary had never given her any reason to doubt him. She attempted a lofty, humorous approach. “Nothing illegal, I trust?”


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Author of the bestselling Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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