I am thrilled to welcome back Cleo Coyle to Escape With Dollycas!!
CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. I am happy they asked me to organize a Great Escapes Book Tour for them for this new book Once Upon a Grind.
A NOTE FROM CLEO
Caffeinated thanks to Dollycas for hosting our Coffeehouse Escape tour, and happy holiday greetings to everyone!
Marc and I had great fun planting fairy tales clues in Once Upon a Grind. As you read our book, watch for “Hansel and Gretel” stand-ins; a “Prince Charming” in tight pants; a confrontation with “Red in the ’Hood”; and a love story with a Goth “Cinderella.” The funny thing is, the more pages Marc and I wrote of our new mystery, the more we realized that this idea of casting characters in fairy tale roles wasn’t limited to fiction.
In our daily lives, many of us cast the people we encounter in archetypal roles. One woman is a peasant, another a princess. One man is a prince, another a predator. Consciously or un-, we cast ourselves in these little stories, too—and so does our main character, coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi, which is where her personal plot unfolds.
Clare doesn’t want to admit it, but her life has become a grind. “If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” Clare wants to leave her story and start another, but she doesn’t know how. Is Clare able to change her story by the end of the book? No spoiler here. But if you’re a fan of our series, you won’t want to miss this entry. On the other hand, if you’ve never read our Coffeehouse Mysteries before, no worries. Once Upon a Grind can be read as a stand-alone novel. And if you enjoy it, you’ll have 13 more books you can read, as well.
To download a free checklist of all 14 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, click here.
We’ll tell you more about writing Once Upon a Grind as our Coffeehouse Escape blog tour progresses this month. We hope you’ll come along and celebrate our new release with us.
To read the Prologue and First Chapter of ONCE UPON A GRIND, click here.
To sample some of the book’s wicked good recipes click here.
SECRET CODE: The 4th of the 9 words in Cleo’s Secret Code Contest is CONTROL (Learn how to enter Cleo’s Secret Code giveaway here.)
May your holidays be bright!
~ Alice and Marc (Cleo Coyle)
About This Author
CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.
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Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Escape Tour Giveaway – Prize Package Includes…
* An autographed copy of Cleo’s brand new book, ONCE UPON A GRIND, in its beautiful first-edition hardcover format
* A complete set of all 13 Coffeehouse Mysteries published to date, each one personally inscribed by Cleo to the winner
* A durable, custom-designed Coffeehouse Mystery Tote Bag
* A freshly-roasted package of Billionaire’s Blend, a hand-crafted coffee created by One Good Woman Fine Coffees and Teas as a tribute to Cleo’s recent bestseller BILLIONAIRE BLEND.
* A Coffeehouse Mystery cup, featuring a favorite saying of Madame’s, the octogenarian owner of The Village Blend: “Survive everything. And do it with style.”
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