Sep 102016

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I am just super excited to welcome Denise back to
Escape With Dollycas! 
This time to tell us about her new Scumble River Mystery!! 

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From One to Nineteen in the Blink of an Eye
(Guest Post Provided by Publicist)

Getting my first book traditionally published was a long and arduous journey. It took a long time and two hundred and seventy rejection slips to find an agent. And even then, it took that agent eighteen months to find a publisher. Nearly twenty years ago, cozy mysteries were nowhere near as popular as they are now. And since I had my own ideas on setting, sleuth’s appearance, and sleuth’s occupation, it was lot harder than if I’d have put Scumble River in Alabama, made my sleuth Skye a size six, and had her own a bookstore or work in law enforcement.

smal-town-honeyFew editors wanted to take the gamble on a book that didn’t fit the mold and am I ever glad the editor at NAL/Signet/Penguin was willing to give me a chance! With the first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey, in its fifteenth printing, and the nineteen book, Murder of a Cranky Catnapper, that was released September 6, I think it’s safe to say there was more interest in a curvy, Midwest, school psychologist than a lot of folks ever realized.

I’m thrilled that my series is such a long running one, and I’m always a bit surprised when someone asks me when I’m going to end it. I love Skye and her pals, and I’d be sad never to visit with them again. Because I was a school psychologist myself for twenty-two years, I still have tons of great plots. In fact, in my new book, Murder of a Cranky Catnapper, I used one of my own run-ins with a school a board member. The guy who gave me a hard time didn’t end up dead—at least not in real life.

And having recently moved back to rural Illinois, I’m now collecting more small-town stories, too. Expect some interesting future plots about my experience hunkering down for a tornado.

I realize with a long series that stagnation is always a risk, but I have made a continued effort to allow my characters to change and grow. This means that Skye has lost cars, houses, and boyfriends. She’s altered her goals, expectations, and how she deals with her mother. And most of all, she’s matured from a woman who was running away from a life she didn’t want, to someone who runs towards the life she does want.

stacked-librarianIn my sixteenth book, Murder of a Stacked Librarian, Skye got married, and folks started asking if I planned on ending the series. But because I don’t think a woman’s journey end when she finds the man of her dreams, the answer is no. In fact, in her newest adventure, Murder of a Cranky Catnapper, Skye deals with sleuthing while pregnant. Certainly, a growth experience for her and her new husband.

Having a husband and children will push Skye into even more exciting adventures and will surely change the dynamic of her relationship with her mom and friends. So to everyone who is concerned that I’ll end the series, all I can say is stay tuned for book number twenty!




Murder of a Cranky Catnapper (Scumble River Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
19th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Berkley (September 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451472120
E-Book ASIN: B0191WS14E

In the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Murder of an Open Book, a school psychologist has her hands full after a school board sourpuss meets a bitter end…

With her morning sickness finally abated, Skye Denison-Boyd is ready to pounce on the pertinent problems she faces as Scumble River Elementary School’s psychologist. After trying almost every trick in the book to aid a handful of socially awkward fourth grade boys, Skye opts for the innovative approach of pet therapy with the assistance of the local vet, a Siberian husky, and a Maine coon cat.

Unfortunately, the first session only breeds disaster and draws the ire of cantankerous school board member Palmer Lynch. But Skye’s worry over the episode changes to dread after Lynch is found dead in his home with the therapy cat hidden in his garage. With a clowder of questions unleashed, Skye finds herself dealing with a killer who isn’t pussyfooting around…

About The Author

New York Times Bestselling author Denise Swanson writes the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store mysteries, as well as the Change of Heart contemporary romances. She lives in rural Illinois with her husband and big black cat.

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  24 Responses to “Special Guest – Denise Swanson – Author of Murder of a Cranky Catnapper – #GuestPost / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery”

  1. Cozy murder mysteries! One of my favorite genres.

  2. I love Skye and Wally anda all the ,other characters Iam glad you are n otplannin on ending thisseries.

  3. I just recently started getting in deeper with cozies. I love them! Haven’t read this author before, though.

  4. Love these books and can’t wait to read this one!

  5. Congratulations on working hard to keep your series fresh. Well done.

  6. Sounds like a good read.

  7. Such a great series and so glad they are continuing!

  8. I have read this series from the beginning. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the latest.

  9. Great feature and wonderful series. Thanks.

  10. I have read books by this author and they are good. I’d love to win this.

  11. Thanks for visiting! I do hope you keep on writing ~

  12. I don’t read a lot of cozy mysteries, but I seem to be looking at them more lately. I hat to say this but I judge a book by it’s cover. I find that the covers on cozy mysteries are always so intriguing. I especially love the ones with cats! Amazing journey the author has had and a very impressive list of books! I will have to take a look at them further!

  13. 270 rejections is a lot to withstand.

  14. I am a fan! This is a great book…thanks.

  15. It sounds like a tough beginning but, since then, you have been going strong. It looks like I have a lot to catch up on.

  16. Love this series. Can’t wait to read “Murder of a Cranky Catnapper”.

  17. I love reading cozies and don’t know how I missed yours. They all sound great and I’m adding them to my Wish List.

  18. Sounds like a good book. Cute book cover.
    Sue B

  19. My favorite cozy series! Denise got me hooked on cozies with this series

  20. Great!! thanks for sharing.

  21. Wonderful! Love this book tour. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Can’t wait for the return visit to Scumble River! Thanks!

  23. Sounds like a great read! Love cats especially cranky ones!

  24. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Love this series. We lived in the Plano/Aurora, IL area until we retired to TN, and it’s like a visit home when I get the books. So glad you plan to continue the series.

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