Welcome to Cozy Wednesday. I am so excited to welcome B.B. Haywood to Escape With Dollycas. Which means that I am really welcoming 2 wonderful authors today. You see B.B. Haywood is the pseudonym used by co-writers Bob and Beth Feeman. I have not seen this widely published nor have I ever seen a picture of this cozy writing duo. So let’s just keep it between all of us. Add to the mystery a bit. They do have a brand new website, so be sure to check that out after you read their wonderful post.
Welcome B.B.!!! or Beth and Bob 😉
The Harrowing Life of a Mystery Series Heroine
by B.B. Haywood
One of the great parts about being a mystery writer is that you get to explore the reactions and behaviors of normal people in incredibly abnormal situations. This is especially true of a cozy mystery featuring an amateur sleuth. In fact, the more harrowing the situation for the heroine, the more fun it is to write, and hopefully read.
Consider, for example, Candy Holliday of Cape Willington, Maine. Candy is just your everyday blueberry farmer, dealing with all the ho-hum details of everyday life. But over the past two years, a string of seemingly unconnected murders have put her at the center of attention, and prompted her to do things she never thought herself capable of doing as she seeks to unravel the mysteries that have cropped up in her little town. She’s faced all kinds of dangers, and she’s always risen to the occasion, no matter what comes her way, sometimes exhibiting a bravery she never knew she had.
For instance, in Town In a Blueberry Jam, the first book in the series, Candy found herself hunting down a red-handled hammer (a murder weapon), dodging bullets, and facing a crazed murderer on the Widow’s Walk atop the Pruitt Opera House—in a driving rain, no less. (We writers do like to pile on the complications—no sense making it too easy for the heroine.) But with the help of her best friend, Maggie Tremont, Candy stood her ground and won the day.
And in Town In a Lobster Stew, she faced a similar danger atop the English Point Lighthouse, this time in a thick fog. (Candy seems to prefer adverse weather conditions when confronting villains.) And again, she exhibited great skill and bravery in staying alive and helping to capture the murderer.
It doesn’t get any easier for Candy in the third book in the series, Town in a Wild Moose Chase, which was released yesterday. And yes, there is a moose in this book—a rare white moose, in fact. And strangely enough, the moose helps Candy solve the mystery, which involves a very crafty villain. Will Candy find herself in danger once again? Undoubtedly. Will she win out in the end and capture the villain?
Well, in this one, the answer is both “yes” and “no.” Because there’s more to the story than meets the eye. In this book, as they say, the plot thickens—a lot! But whatever’s going on around town, you can rest assured that Candy Holliday is on the case, and that she’ll eventually figure it out—even if she has to put herself in danger to do so.
And in this and coming books, Candy will have her hands full trying to figure out what’s going on while running the blueberry farm with her father.
And that, in a nutshell, is what makes cozy mysteries so much fun to read—and write!
Thank you so much for visiting with us today!! I hope you will come back when the next Candy Holliday story is released.
Town in a Wild Moose Chase (CANDY HOLLIDAY MYSTERY)
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group
3rd in the Series
It’s time for the Annual Moose Fest in Cape Willington featuring a Sleigh and Sled parade, an ice sculpting exhibition, and the Moose Fest Ball. Candy again is in the center of the action covering things for the local newspaper but her mind is filled with things Solomon Hatch has told her. He claims he saw a dead body in the woods behind her blueberry farm. As if that is not enough, a mysterious white moose is showing up in the strangest places. How do all of these things fit together? You can be sure Candy will figure it out.
Life is never dull in the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine. As was said in the guest post above, the plot in this story really thickens and Candy is right in the thick of things. She is a very strong, savvy, smart protagonist. She has really grown in this series and I have grown to love her. But I am so jealous of her. We once took a vacation to Canada and the only moose we saw were on the moose crossing signs and Candy not only has a moose in her woods, but a white moose. We should have went to Maine!
The team of B.B. Haywood have written another captivating cozy sure to be enjoyed by all cozy lovers. These books are unique in that they all feature yearly events in Cape Willington. I hope they have many, many, more events planned to keep Candy busy for several stories. The title for the next book, Town in Pumpkin Bash already has my mouth watering and mind anxiously awaiting its release next year.
I have a very special giveaway planned today.
Is this a new series for you?
Well I have one gently read complete set of all three books to giveaway.
If you are a fan of this series I am also offering 2 copies of
Town in a Wild Moose Chase (CANDY HOLLIDAY MYSTERY) too!
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Comments on “Cozy Wednesday with Author B.B. Haywood (Giveaway too!)”
I love this series! I have some family that lives in Maine so it is fun to sit down & transport myself there with Candy’s adventures. I have been looking forward to this release since I finished the last one. Lori, I had to laugh about your moose sighting or lack there of. We had exactly the same experience when we did a road trip to Canada when my kids were younger. The signs & the motel stay in Moose River, ME were as close as we got to a moose. I’m jealous of Candy, too!
Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Sounds like a great new series – can’t wait to try!
I love this series too! Each one I’ve read, I get all nostalgic and homesick. It’s like being in ME right along with the characters.
I have not read this series but I want to!
This is a new series for me, but it sounds wonderful. Will be checking them out.
I have not read any of this series but have heard about it before and it sounds interesting. Would love to win the series.
I’m a member of Pam James’ Cozyarmchair group on Yahoo, and we’ve been following this series from day one. I love it and would love to own the books for my own home library.
B.B. I hope you are contracted for this series for as long as YOU want to keep writing it.
I have read the first one and loved it! Dee
These books sound amazing I am a new fan and can’t wait to read theses!
This sounds like a series I would enjoy! I love the titles of the books!
Thank you for taking the time to sharing this post with us today. I love a good cozy and when there is a series it is even sweeter. I enjoy meeting the new fun characters and getting to know a new town or world. I am looking forward to spending some time with Candy and appreciate the giveaway opportunity 😉
This sounds like a terrific series.
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I love books set in Maine – and I like cozies – sounds like a win-win 🙂
I really enjoyed Blueberry Jam! Can’t wait to catch up with Lobster Stew, plus the new one! Wild Moose Chase has a great cover!
It IS fun to put ordinary people into these awful circumstances, isn’t it? I’m particularly fond of endangering friends and family. And this series sounds great! (I hope I win)
I haven’t read any of this series but I have a feeling that I would love it. If I fall in love for a character, I am so relieved when there are more books with that same character!
This is a new series for me–I’ve put it on my must read list. Love the cover art, it alone makes you want to read the book.
Great contest, thank you!
I’m fairly new to “cozies” but I’ve really enjoyed the couple that I’ve read. I haven’t read any of this series but they sound like something I would like very much.
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I’ve read the second book in the series and looking forward to the 1st and now the Moose book!
Sounds a fun mystery series!
I have never read this series. I just really got into reading Cozy mysteries. I used to live in Maine (Scarborough), and I would love to read a series that would kind of bring me back. I love seeing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I just don’t understand how cozy authors do it and do it so well. You know…it never seems impossible.
I’ve not read any of this series, but it sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.
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I’ve not read any of this series, but would certainly love to. Thank you very much for the chance!
Sounds like a wonderful series. Love the cover.
I have not read this series yet, but I think it would be great.
congrats & good luck to BB!!!!! please continue to do what you do!!!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!!
First off – your secret is safe with me. So cool that you both can work so well together! It takes great teamwork to create a seamless novel.
I have always wanted to go to Maine, but the only way I have traveled there so far is by book 🙂 I would love to have a go at this new series. It’s made it on my MUST READ list! Thanks so much for the great giveaway.
BB – I have the first book and I can’t wait to get it read along with the two sequels.
Thank you for the giveaway Lori
I love finding new-to-me authors! Sounds fun and cozy. Thanks for the chance to win!
What a neat idea. i will be looking for these. Thanks for sharing, and for the opportunity to win
These are in my TBR pile! I can’t wait to get started on them.
Hi Beth and Bob, I love Cozy Mysteries but I am ashamed to say I have not read any of your books. 🙁 I have the series on my wish list and you on my new author list so hope to begin reading your series soon. Enjoyed your intereview. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway Lori.
Cozy mysteries like this-I just cannot get enough of them. But it seems I just don’t get a chance to read them! I absolutely must make the change!
I just became aware of this series recently and thought it sounded right up my alley. Thanks for the giveaway!
would love to read the whole series.
Thank you for this contest. The books sound great. I look forward to reading them as this is a new author for me.
I LOVE ALL THESE COMMENTS!!
A new-to-me author. Thanks for the chance to have the series.
This is a new author for me, but the series sounds great.
thanks for mthis will love reading it. new author for me to read
Have not had the opportunity to read this series yet. Love cozies and they are my favorite type of readings. Thanks
Thanks for the interesting review. Looks like my kind of book
As I love mysteries. Have to find out about a white moose.
will google now.
It sounds like a delightful series! I would love to read it!
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