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cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

My guest today is the fabulous Kate Collins!

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CREATIVITY ON THE RUN, ER, WALK

By Kate Collins

Brains are fascinating organs. They’re the original computers, processing whatever they take in and spitting it out when you need it – hopefully. They’re inventive, too, making up all kinds of stories to amuse, soothe, or scare us out of a night’s sleep. For me that inventiveness started at a very young age when I was certain my chest of drawers turned into a big hairy gorilla at night. I also convinced the neighbor kids that a monster lived in the crawlspace of our house. That backfired on me, however, because I told the story so often I came to believe it and wouldn’t go anywhere near that part of the house. There’s a price to be paid for being too creative.

root awakeningRecently I read an article* about how brains function better and are less prone to dementia when the body is exercised. What especially caught my attention was the paragraph that said exercise boosts creativity and helps a person come up with new solutions to problems. As a mystery writer, my ears perked up. I’m constantly solving problems, mostly of my own making, but still, sometimes I back a character into a corner and then have to figure a way out of it.

When that happens, when I’m staring at the words on my monitor and nothing is coming, I have to escape. For me that means taking a walk and letting the wayward scene play in my head like a movie and allowing my characters to talk about what’s happening. It also means that if you see me out walking and my lips are moving, pay no attention. I’m just working out their dialogue.

I wasn’t surprised, therefore, when I read in the article that researchers at Stanford University found that walking can increase creativity up to sixty percent. I’ll vouch for that! Even a casual stroll around the house or office can be beneficial, anything to step away from the words – or lack thereof – on the computer screen.

According to the researchers: “Four experiments demonstrate that walking boosts creative ideation in real time and shortly after… Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity.”

So it’s a win-win situation. Creativity goes up, calories burn off, blood circulates, muscles pump, and those feel-good endorphins rise. When I sit back down again, the ideas are there and so are my characters, waiting with a big “Welcome back, Kate. Let’s get this mystery solved.”

~Kate

Kate Collins is a New York Times bestselling author of the popular and long-running Flower Shop Mystery series. A Root Awakening, #16 in the series, is a February, 2015 release. Read about Kate’s mysteries, historical romances, and children’s anthologies at www.katecollinsbooks.com

*Source: www.Mercola.com (1-23-2015) “The Remarkable Effects of Exercise on Cognition and Brain Cell Regeneration.”

root awakeningA Root Awakening:
A Flower Shop Mystery

16th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Indiana
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415516
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK55Q
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Abby Knight’s marriage may be in full bloom, but house hunting is no bed of roses in latest novel in the New York Times bestselling Flower Shop Mystery series…

Now that they’ve tied the knot, flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, want to put down roots. When it comes to picking a house, Marco can’t wait to get his hands dirty, while Abby isn’t ready for a fixer-upper. But conflict really sprouts when they’re checking out a dilapidated Victorian and watch a construction worker take a life-threatening tumble.

Since witnesses claim the man shouted for help, suggesting that the fall was no accident, the victim’s flamboyant wife hires Marco to find the person responsible. Meanwhile, Abby keeps secret from Marco her own investigation into the home’s inhabitants, a family whose off-kilter behavior has aroused her suspicions. If only Abby’s very pregnant cousin, Jillian, will stop distracting Abby with false labor pains, she can conclude her own inquiries before Marco finds out…and her case blossoms into a disaster.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

House hunting can be fun but most times it is pretty daunting. Buying a house is a huge decision and Marco and Abby are not exactly on the same page as to the type of house they want. Marco is okay with a fixer upper but Abby knows with them both owning businesses and a private investigating company they are not going to have much time for fixing anything up. But she is willing to look. They arrive to check out a Victorian that is already receiving a bit of a facelift just in time to see one of the workers fall many feet from his ladder to the ground. It looks like an accident but the victim’s wife hires Marco and Abby to investigate. Abby also thinks there is something off about the people renting the house and her brain just can’t let it go so she does a little investigating on her own.

Not sure what their next move is regarding finding a home a very pregnant comes to the rescue and offers to find them the perfect place to purchase. The trick will be finding it before she actually really truly goes into labor and has the baby. Hilarity ensues!

This is the 16th book in this series. That should tell you something right there. This is an excellent series and Kate Collins is a wonderful storyteller. She continues to keep these character fresh and their adventures colorful and entertaining. They are definitely blooming in the place she has planted them.

As someone who has worked on a construction crew the man falling from the ladder sent extra chills through my entire body. Those Victorian homes are tall, my first thought was where was his safety harness but then I quickly became enthralled in the mystery. Did he just lose his balance or was he really pushed? Why? and Who? and was he going to survive? Abby and Marco seem to be getting nowhere in their investigation.

This was one of those books I just couldn’t put down. I knew what Abby was thinking but the author twisted it in a way I didn’t see coming at all. An extraordinary WHODUNIT!

I am a huge fan of this author and I anxiously await each installment and am never disappointed, in fact she always exceeds my expectations. We have already learned #17 is called Florist Grump and it hits stores in November! I truly can’t wait!

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Dollycas

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GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!
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  41 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Kate Collins – Author of A Root Awakening – Review – Giveaway”

  1. A Root Awakening sounds like a great cozy to read. I will haven’t read A Flower Shop Mystery series but I will check the books out now. Thank you for the review, giveaway, and info.

  2. I love this series. Kate Collins is a fantastic author. Her writing style is very entertaining and I love Marco and Abby are normal people with normal problems. Their families are a kick. After the amount of books Kate Collins has written in this series I am delighted to say they are as good or better than the first book. All of the books draw me in and I become a part of their community.

  3. I must play catch up with this series. They were not yet married when I left off. 🙂

  4. I’ve loved this series from the beginning . The characters are so well developed, the humor is spot on, the mysteries always intriguing. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win it!

  5. i need to read this series,, thanks for the chance

  6. This series sounds great. I need to start it soon! 🙂

  7. This looks like a great read!

  8. Kate Collins has provided a great series to entertain us. Thanks for the review.

  9. I love every book in this series, no need to enter me in the drawing. Wonderful characters and intriguing plots. Happy to see the release!

  10. I haven’t read any of the books in this series yet. It sounds like it is for sure a series that I want to check out.

  11. One of my first cozies was Kate Collins’. I love this series and have read every one of them!

  12. I need to play catch up with this series but the cover is really delightful and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  13. Sounds like a great read.

  14. this is such a fun series…anxious to hear how their househunting goes and how Jillian will handle the last stages of pregnancy.

  15. Sixteen books, in a series, has to be an awesome achievement! Congratulations, Kate!

  16. I better get hopping because I am several books behind!

  17. A great author to read

  18. One of the best series out there! So glad we have another to read.

  19. Isn’t the brain amazing? And, yes, sometimes yu have to leave alone to do another task and then come back with a fresh perspective.

  20. I just love your books Kate! Congratulations on your latest release. This one sounds like a lot of fun.

  21. GREAT piece! LOVE IT! I could go on and on, but I won’t 🙂

  22. A wonderful post and a great series. Thanks.

  23. I love finding a new author to follow!!!

  24. I love these books. Root Awakening is next in line to read when I finish the ones I am reading now.

  25. Amazing number of books, I’ll add these to my list. Good tip about walking, I’ll try that when I need a creative boost.
    Ann

  26. Thank you for sharing – this looks like a great addition to this series.

  27. Sounds great. I guess I am behind in my reading as usual.

  28. Okay, I have the 1st 10 books on my to read shelf, and this series sounds so great I guess it will have to be next. Thanks for doing such a great series Kate!

  29. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  30. Really interesting post about creativity! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the new book.

  31. I love this series. 🙂 I need to catch up on it!

  32. Kate Collins I’m not entering because I already one a copy. I just wanted to let you know how interesting this was!!

  33. This looks like a really good series. I don’t know how I could have missed it! I will just have to catch up. I would love to win a copy of A Root Awakening. Thanks for the opportunit.

  34. House hunting can be trying—add murder and it should really be interesting! I’d love to read this book.

  35. Looks like a Fun Book Thanks for the chance to win

  36. Walking and writing sounds like a great combo… I know walking helps me in so many ways!

  37. one of my favorite series!!
    congrats & continued success to Kate!!

  38. i havent read any of this series but it sounds good

  39. I’ve read other books in this series. I can’t wait to check this one out.

  40. This sounds like a great read. It looks very interesting and a book I cannot put down.

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