Oct 192011
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday. Before my accident in 2001, I was a casual reader, I read about 2 fiction books a month. My interests were more books filled with quilting patterns and books about stuff to do with my kids. Little did I know that now I would be enjoying cozy mysteries written by the same author that wrote books that were on my shelf for years. My “go to” source in kids party books.

So it is logical that the author who wrote those books would also write a Party Planning Mystery Series and I would come to really enjoy these books as well.

 

 

I am so happy she is here today, we should have a party. Everyone be sure to grab a big piece of virtual cake and some tea and help me welcome Penny Warner.

Hi Penny!!

Hi Everyone, I am happy to be here. I hope you enjoy my post.

DOING RESEARCH IN A HALLOWEEN-THEMED STORE

By Penny Warner

Thinking I might find inspiration for my latest book, How to Party with a Killer Vampire, in a Halloween-themed store—and pick up a few decorations—I headed to Spirit to check out what’s new in ugly masks and blood-spattered costumes. Wow. Halloween has really amped up—this wasn’t my grandma’s Halloween store.

Mixed in among a handful of wax lips, princess costumes and clown noses, were a plethora of Haunted House accessories. I found fog machines that cover your lawn in an eerie mist, Jack-in-a-box style monsters that pop out of crypts to startle the kids out of their wits, life-size tombs with life-size corpses for life-sized thrills. I even thought I saw some “dead people.” And they’re covered in blood and guts.

It’s strictly horror-movie genre now, with such evil creatures as the guy from Scream, the guy from Halloween, and the guy from XXX.

And those are just the guy costumes.

The girl costumes seem to come from X-rated movies, like “Cinderella the Skank,” “Snow White the Dominatrix,” and “Little Bo Peepshow.” I thought about trying one on, but I just didn’t have the courage—or the body.

As for cute costumes, these are apparently reserved for pets. Your cat or dog can now dress up as a “Super Pup,” “Cop Kitty,” or “Yoda.” Sounds like pet abuse to me—someone call the ASPCA.

Wandering through the store, past the Beheaded Corpse Bride, the Toxic Zombie in a Can, and the Electrocution Chamber, I found the Body Parts section. I had my choice of severed arms, bloody legs, chopped off hands and feet, loose eyeballs, a slimy brain, and what looked like a still-beating heart. Be still my own beating heart.

The next room held the must-have accessorizes to complete your creep show look. I could choose from a variety of hooks, blades, razors, hacksaws, chain saws, and buzz saws to go with every outfit. Or I could pick out a fright wig, a leather whip, a pair of devil horns, a glow-in-the-dark nose ring, or even a remote-controlled pet rat.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of Halloween—it’s my favorite holiday. I drive an orange car that looks like a pumpkin. I wear black t-shirts with rhinestone bats on the front. My ring tone is the theme from “Halloween.” I watch reruns of “Spiders 3” and “The Presidential Debates” on Chiller TV. And I manage to consume several bowls of Mounds bars and Malted Milk Balls before the doorbell rings.

But this year, there are some things too scary for even me this Halloween.

While the economy may cause a few restless nights, global warming may give me a chill, and the price of gas may occasionally stop my heart, it’s the thought that there are only 55 days left before Christmas that really gives me nightmares.

~Penny
To find out more about Penny please visit her web page at http://www.pennywarner.com.
How to Party with a Killer Vampire: A Party-Planning Mystery
Obsidian
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
4th in the Series

We are back on Treasure Island, home of Presley Parker’s event planning business. Her newest event is a wrap party for a vampire parody movie being produced by Lucas Cruz. He has requested the extravagant affair be held in an actual graveyard. Nothing is too daunting for Presley, she will decorate and accessorize and turn the usually solemn place into the perfect Killer Party venue.

She never planned on adding to the number of dead bodies in the cemetery. But even before the party can even get started a body is found. With her company’s reputation at  “stake” she has no choice but to investigate. She has to work fast and also be careful not to get “bit” by the killer herself.

MY THOUGHTS
I learned a lot from this book. First don’t invite vampires and werewolves to the same party they don’t get along.

Seriously this book is fang-tastic delight!!

Penny Warner is an expert in party planning and cozy mystery novels. She wraps together the perfect amounts of mystery, a wild setting, crazy characters plus the characters we love, with a good dose of humor and a little romance that keeps us coming back for more. She even throws in real party tips as a bonus.

This edition will have you planning your next Halloween party at the local cemetery with all the guests dressing up as Dracula, Edward from Twilight or Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Except for a couple of dead bodies, some deep dark secrets, and the paparazzi the party was awesome.

Presley is a busy woman, juggling several balls in the air, include finding murders, but she can always find time for her mother. Her mother’s memories of the past are vast but the she struggles with more current ones. Presley never gets upset, she is so patient with her mom and will listen to the same stories she has heard time and again with hardly a sigh. That is why I love this character. Real, down to earth and caring. She is definitely the treasure of Treasure Island. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. They are fun and entertaining. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Now For The Fun Stuff!!
Thanks to the people at Penguin
I have 2 copies of the fan-tastic book to giveaway!!!

U.S. and Canadian Residents Only
Since I lost all mt Google Friend Connect and Email Followers in the move.
Followers who follow anyway on the list will receive

5 Bonus Entries for each way they follow!

If you help me by Publicizing this giveaway or this new blog you will receive
an additional 5 Bonus Entries for each link you provide!

You will receive 5 more Bonus Entries if you leave a comment for Penny!

You do not have to be a follower or publicize to enter
but I hope you will see something you like here and join.

Contest will end November 2 at 11:59 p.m. CST

Winners will be chosen by Random.org

  24 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Penny Warner (Giveaway too!)”

  1. I feel like I’ve discovered so many great mystery series this last couple of years. Now I’m adding this one to the list.

  2. Looks like a fun read, Penny! Welcome, I enjoyed reading about the book and will be adding it to my list of mysteries to read!

  3. This sounds like a super fun cozy! Halloween themed cozies are some of my favorites.

  4. Great post Penny – love your sense of humor and have to agree about the women’s costumes. Since when do they have to show so much? The book sounds great so I hope I win 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I have to say I have not read any of this series but this sounds GREAT. Even if I don’t win I will have to get this.

  6. Hi Penny, Thanks for the great post. I love to read cozy mysteries and a Halloween theme sounds like a fun read. I love to laugh and love humor when I read so know I will enjoy your books. I don’t wear costumes any longer but my daughter loves to and the office where she works dresses up with the same theme costumes and have a ball. Patients come back just to see how they will be dressed each yr.

  7. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good mystery. This sounds like it will be a very good books and I look forward to reading it.

  8. This sounds like a fun book to read for the Halloween season, which is one of my favorite holidays. I especially like when it starts getting late and the little ones head for home. That’s when the older kids come out all dressed up. Those teens often have some very clever costumes!

  9. Must have this books. Sounds so fun! Love the cover.
    Sue B

  10. I would so love to win this! I’m extra glad to see Canada included because I really want a chance to win. Thank you and much success with the book! Love the title and cover!

    • Good Luck Margaret!! I hope to have all my single book giveaways open to Canada, now that my husband/mailing assistant has figured how how to do it. 🙂

  11. This sounds like it would be the perfect book to read on my porch while waiting for the little trick or treaters to come. I agree about 55 days until Christmas giving me real nightmares! Hmm..will there be a Christmas themed party book?

  12. This is a great idea for a series!

  13. Thank you for the fun post and sharing with us today. I think I will go down to the local Halloween store and check out the fun. I have not yet been by this year LOL How to Party with a Killer Vampire sounds like a hoot and I love a little giggle now and then with my para. I appreciate the lovely giveaway opportunity and my fingers are crossed that the gods of random pick me!

  14. Keep seeing nice reviews. Best wishes and thanks for chance to have.

  15. another awesome giveaway (thank you!!)!! can’t wait to read How To Party With A Killer Vampire!!!

  16. Thank you all for the wonderful comments!
    I hope you ALL win the book!
    I love this blog!
    Happy Halloween!
    -Penny

  17. This sounds like a fun read. I’m gonna put this series on my wish list!

  18. Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I daydream of costumes by the time January rolls around (I simply have no time for daydreaming once Halloween ends and Thanksgiving flings itself in my face). I have not read any of the books in this series, but I must say this description hooked me. I look forward to diving in. 🙂 Have a wonderful Halloween!!!!

  19. I love holiday themed cozies. Thanks.

  20. Halloween-themed stores sound like a lot of fun. I admit I haven’t been to one in awhile but I may have to this year, at least to see what scary gadgets I can make use of 🙂

  21. I absolutely love this series. I just finished How to Host A Killer Seance & can’t wait to read the newest adventure with Presley. I remember using Penny’s Party planning books when my daughters were in grade school. They are teenagers now. So glad she started writing The Party Planning Mysteries. 🙂

  22. I love the How to Host series – and throw in a vampire – who could ask for better!

  23. Hi Penny, This book sounds great! Can’t wait to read it!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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