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Cozy Wednesday with Joyce Tremel – Author of A Room with a Brew – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I just love it when Joyce drops by for a visit today! 

Thanks so much to Lori for hosting me a third time and setting up the tour. Last year, I was terrified to do a tour but Lori made it painless. I didn’t hesitate to ask her to set up another one this year.

Writing the three books in the Brewing Trouble series has been a blast. I love my characters and they’ve become like family to me. I have a feeling everyone who writes a cozy series feels the same way about their imaginary friends. For those who haven’t read the series, I decided I’d introduce some of my friends to “yinz guys” as we say in Pittsburgh.

Maxine “Max” O’Hara is the protagonist in the series. She’s a brewmaster who opens a brewpub in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. She’s kind-hearted and usually sees the best in people. She’s the youngest (and the only girl) in a large Irish family. Her dad is a homicide detective, and her oldest brother is a Catholic priest. The family—at least the ones who live in Pittsburgh—gather for dinner every Sunday at her parents’ house and there’s almost always a pick-up football game in the backyard.

Jake Lambert is Max’s chef and also her boyfriend. He’s an ex-professional hockey player who had to quit the game early. He is one of her older brother’s best friends so she’s known him all her life. Max has had a crush on him for almost as long. Jake loves to tease her and often ruffles her hair like he did when they were kids. He has chocolate brown hair and eyes, and a dimple. A reader once told me, “I need more of Jake in my life.”

Candy Sczypinski owns Cupcakes N’at, the bakery next door to the Allegheny Brew House. Candy looks like Mrs. Santa Claus except she wears the black and gold colors of her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. Candy has an interesting past. She seems to know everything about everyone and Max constantly speculates how she manages to know so much. Her questions are answered in the third book, A Room With a Brew, when Candy’s background is revealed.

Kristie Brinkley is the owner and barista at Jump, Jive & Java, the coffee shop across the street. Kristie doesn’t look anything like the former supermodel with almost the same name. She resembles Halle Berry, if Ms. Berry had multi-colored hair.

Daisy Hart owns Beautiful Blooms, the flower shop. She wears her blonde hair in braids which makes her look much younger than she is.

Elmer Fairbanks. What can I say about Elmer? He’s my favorite character. He’s in his nineties and fought with the 101st Airborne in World War II. Elmer tells it like it is. He’s cranky, but belovedly so. I think he has a soft spot for Max, and vice versa. He and Candy often verbally spar, but it’s all good-natured. Most of the time anyway. I always have fun writing scenes with Elmer in them. It’s even better when I get to write Elmer and Candy insulting each other! Elmer looks out for Max. In the first book, To Brew or Not to Brew, he even offers to be her bodyguard. Max is pretty sure she doesn’t need a ninety-year-old bodyguard.

If you read the books, I hope you come to love them as much as I do. And I would love to hear what you think!

~Joyce

Thank you Joyce, I love these characters! 

 


A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Pennsylvania
3rd in Series
Berkley (October 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277713
E-Book ASIN: B01NCUHX14

It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max’s friend, is acting suspicious… Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend’s innocence. To make matters worse, Jake’s snooty ex-fiancée shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she’ll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I get so excited every time Joyce Tremel releases a new book!

Readers arrive in town just as the Allegheny Brew House is getting ready for Oktoberfest complete with an “oompah” band. But when one of the group is murdered and her friend Candy is hiding something. Max can’t help herself from doing some investigating on her own.

Max and Jake are such a great couple. She knows beer and he knows food. They are both strong and independent and devoted to each other. Especially when Jake’s ex comes to town, we see he only has eyes for Max no matter how hard Victoria tries to drag him away.

The mystery this time was very complex. There are several twists to untangle as connections are discovered among many of the suspects. Some come from the past, things Max had no idea about, and those involved hesitate to let her in on the whole story.

Living in Wisconsin we have our share of German descendants, including me. I absolutely loved that every recipe included in the back of the book and mentioned in the story are for foods that graced out table growing up and many still do today. The pretzel salad is one of my faves! Max may be from a big Irish family but the girl knows how to celebrate Oktoberfest even if she has to catch a killer first.

I love these characters. I love the mystery. And love everything about the Brew Pub theme. Ms. Tremel has created a great cozy series. I just wish the place was real because I would love to actually visit 🙂

Each story can be read on its own but I recommend you read them all for maximum enjoyment.

Dollycas
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JOYCE TREMEL

About The Author

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew was nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Amateur Sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series, Tangled Up In Brew was released in October 2016 and chosen as a “Top Pick” by RT Book Reviews. It was the winner of the 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. It was also named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kings River Life Magazine.

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A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
by Joyce Tremel

There was plenty of mystery to keep my sleuthing heart happy and food to keep my hungry stomach grumbling…This is a series that cozy readers can really engage with and feel devoted to from the start.
~Bibliophile Reviews

The author does a good job of giving you just enough clues to make you think you know what happened but then here comes another twist.
~A. Holland Reads

The mystery is well plotted with exactly the right number of suspects and a few twists thrown in just when I thought I had things figured out.
~The Power of Words

…the characters are introduced and the story is written well so that a new reader to the series is charmed along the way and becomes a fan.
~My Reading Journeys

Wow! This was a really suspenseful read.
~Bookworm Cafe

Aside from the memorable characters and the fun location, A ROOM WITH A BREW provides a well-plotted mystery with plenty of intrigue and suspects to keep the reader turning pages. Several subplots are woven into the story, adding to the enjoyment of this well-crafted tale!
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

This is a book set around Oktoberfest, which really helped put me in the fall spirit. I love reading cozies around the season they are set in and the fact that lined up here for me really did enhance the reading experience.
~A Cozy Experience

Joyce Tremel has created a wonderful community of friends and in this book, a series of complicated twists and turns that read like a beloved black and white noir film. OOMPAH!
~Laura’s Interests

I’d say Joyce Tremel crafts her stories as carefully as Max O’Hara crafts her beers! The color (of the beer and the historical city) look really good. The balance (of the taste of the beer and the elements of the story) is wonderful and Max shares her beer like Joyce shares her story – with everybody! And that’s very good news for us!
~Back Porchervations

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It has a wonderful, quirky cast with the perfect setting.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

I thought the writing was superb and the plot was well thought out. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, you could tell that they cared about each other.
~Melina’s Book Blog

The world of intrigue is great giving a new dimension to the series that I thoroughly enjoyed.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

This is the perfect mystery to cozy up with, especially in the fall. The unique occupation of our amateur sleuth makes this an unforgettable mystery…
~Brooke Blogs


A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (October 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277713
E-Book ASIN: B01NCUHX14

It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max’s friend, is acting suspicious… Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend’s innocence. To make matters worse, Jake’s snooty ex-fiancée shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she’ll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max.

JOYCE TREMEL

About The Author

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew was nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Amateur Sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series, Tangled Up In Brew was released in October 2016 and chosen as a “Top Pick” by RT Book Reviews. It was the winner of the 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. It was also named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kings River Life Magazine.

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#Review / #Giveaway – Putting on the Witch by Joyce and Jim Lavene – Great Escapes Book Tour @BerkleyMystery

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Putting on the Witch
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

I have been awaiting this book with a little trepidation. These were some of the last words written by these amazing authors. We lost Joyce almost a year ago and then Jim back in May, but a single day does not pass that I don’t think of them. At first I was unsure about these paranormal stories they were writing. Ghosts and zombies were just not my thing, but Joyce convinced to give her Ren Faire Mysteries a try and I loved them. Soon she had me head over heels for a ghostly fire chief in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries, and she almost had me convinced to try their Purple Door Detective Agency books, which I will probably still do because I have loved everything they have written.  I am so thankful that we have all these fantastic stories to read because that way they will always live on and when I need my Lavene book fix they will always be nearby. Also with all these paranormal things I am thinking maybe there are a couple of ghostly mystery writers floating among us with just a little mischief in their eyes. 

PUTTING ON THE WITCHPutting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268278
E-Book – ASIN: B01AHKXHTS
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With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun.

The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Joyce and Jim Lavene had imaginations that were truly out of this world and it was in full force in this 3rd installment of the Retired Witch Mysteries.

Molly, Elsie, Dorothy, Brian and Olivia are all back and we meet Drago, Dorothy’s father. The coven is invited to Brian’s birthday party, a party even Brian doesn’t usually attend but the other witches all convince him to go. They all need a little fun especially with the wicked Drago lurking around. The event is at a very special castle and the whole Grand Council of Witches are in attendance. In fact, one of the council ends up dead and it gets crazy…

This was a book I truly escaped right into, a world of make believe had me leave reality in the dust within seconds after opening the cover.

The castle setting was both enchanting and eerie – an immense space where stairs and hallways appear and disappear, filled with hidden rooms and spaces, a wonderful library and more. The drinks were flowing and there was fine food to eat. The place was packed with witches of all kinds, water witches, fire witches, air and earth witches. It would have been a fabulous party if that darn murder hadn’t occurred.

I have loved the main characters from the moment we met, just 3 witches wanting to retire and hand their spellbook off to a new set of witches and since then so much has happened. Retiring is always a huge change but for these witches it is no simple feat and we were allowed to travel with them all along the way.

This story is so much more than a cozy mystery. It is about friendship and family and all the dedication and devotion that goes along with that. Each character is unique. Every place from their shop, Smuggler’s Arcane, to the enormous castle is vividly described.  The plots and subplots are more than well written, they are MAGICAL times infinity.

I believe Jim finished this story on his own, something he hadn’t done since they started writing together. He dedicates the book to Joyce and you can tell he worked hard to get everything just right. I could feel his heart beating in these words, he may have had a little spiritual assistance too, but I know it was probably one of the hardest things to do after she passed away. The cozy community was truly blessed by their presence and they will always live on through their stories. I hope they are looking down upon us and see the joy their writing has brought to so many.

paradise 2016

Dollycas
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I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim
I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

 

About The Authors

Joyce and Jim Lavene wrote award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They had written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. Joyce passed away October 20, 2015 and Jim passed on May 5, 2016. They are missed by family, friends and their many fans.

 


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Cozy Wednesday with Joyce Tremel – Author of Tangled Up in Brew – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @PenguinRandom

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!! 

I am so excited to welcome Joyce back to Escape With Dollycas! 

JOYCE TREMEL

 

THE TOP FIVE THINGS I’VE LEARNED WRITING A COZY SERIES

5. It’s not as easy as it looks. Believe it or not, there are readers out there who think that cozy mysteries are inferior to other mysteries. Obviously, they’ve never tried to write one. I’ve found it takes quite a bit of skill to kill someone and not gross out the reader. The cozy writer has to get the horror of the murder across without showing much in the way of blood, guts, and the like. You have to describe what happened without actually describing what happened. This also applies to any sexy scenes. I’m perfectly content with not having to write those kinds of scenes. Banter, innuendo, and an occasional kiss that leaves the character’s knees weak is enough for me. I like to leave the rest up to imagination.

TANGLED UP IN BREW4. It’s sometimes hard to find adequate substitutes for swear words. I worked as a police secretary for ten years. Believe me, cops swear. I learned a whole new vocabulary when I worked for the police department. When you have officers talking in a cozy, you can’t very well have them use what must be their favorite word in the whole world because they say it three times in every sentence. And you can’t have them say gosh, darn, or golly either. Andy Griffith could get away with it, but that’s about it. My protagonist’s dad is a homicide detective and in one scene I have Max say something like, “My dad rarely swore but I could tell he held back a string of words that would have turned the air blue.” I do throw in an occasional damn and have used the letters S.O.B. Sometimes I’ll interrupt the dialogue just before the swear word would be uttered. So far, it works. I think.

3. There’s a fine line between educating the reader on the character’s craft or occupation and boring them to death. No one wants to read page after page of how your character does something. My protagonist Max is a craft brewer and there’s a lot of chemistry involved in brewing beer. If I started rambling on about how to calculate the specific gravity of a certain brew in order to calculate the alcohol by volume, I don’ t think readers would be too happy. In the best case scenario, they’d skip those pages; in the worst case, they’d throw the book against the wall. It’s a mystery novel, not a textbook. Information like that must be sprinkled in lightly.

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2. Recipes are hard to come up with. I’m usually thinking more about the plot and what the characters are doing than about what they’re eating or cooking. I’ve had to train myself to actually stop and describe certain foods and then search for a recipe to include. That’s probably why the first book, To Brew or Not to Brew only had two recipes. I did a little better with books two and three. Tangled Up in Brew has four, and next year’s A Room With a Brew will have five.

1. Write everything down. When I was about halfway through writing the first book, I realized I was NOT going to remember which character had blue eyes, who had brown eyes, how tall a certain someone was, etc. I started what we call a Character Bible. I jotted down each character, what they looked like, and anything else I thought might be important. I did the same with each shop and location in the series. I even drew a little map so I’d remember which store/shop/restaurant was where. And thank goodness I did. I refer to it constantly. Between that and the style sheet (which has even more detailed info on it) from my copy editor, I’ve saved hours that would have been spent searching through previous manuscripts for one tiny tidbit of information. All because I couldn’t remember something I thought I would.

These are the top five things I’ve learned writing a cozy series. Readers, what have you learned reading one?

~Joyce

About The Author

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband and a spoiled cat.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew has been nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series, Tangled Up In Brew has just been released.

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TANGLED UP IN BREWTangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277706
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Synopsis

Another intoxicating mystery featuring brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara—from the author of To Brew or Not to Brew.

BEER TODAY, GONE TOMORROW…

Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Belly up to the bar and try one of Max’s new brews.

Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are 2 awesome characters. Working with your significant other can be tough but these two compliment each other nicely and each have their own strengths. Max knows beer and Jake knows food and the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival is the perfect place so show everyone their talents. But cranky critic Reginald Mobley is not a fan of the Allegheny Brew House fare and delvers a scathing review. It puts them in the police’s cross hairs when he dies in front of a crowd of people while eating Jake’s burger. Max’s dad is also on the case but his partner has his mind made up. It may be time to call on a higher being, Max’s brother is a priest so he will be praying but Max is determined to save Jake, herself, and their pub any way she can.

The characters in this series are very interesting. Setting the story at a festival draws an eclectic group of people too. They are also very well crafted. The lead characters are both strong and independent, equals and very supportive of each other. They lean on each other but are not dependent on each other. They have known each other most of their lives and that gave them a strong bond before they even started dating.

The author also gives us a very strong plot with plenty twists. Reading the first book in this series, I figured out the culprit before Max, this time I was right there with her and figured it out at the same time. My early suspicions were totally wrong. She also gives us enough depth into the world of micro-brews with overwhelming the reader. I love learning new things.

I enjoyed the setting of the festival and could easily picture the booths and their layout. Ms. Tremel’s descriptions were so rich I could almost taste the beer and those burgers,

This is a fantastic addition to this series and I am really looking forward to the next installment, A Room With A Brew.  Now if I could just have a glass or two of Max’s citrus ale to hold me over until then…

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Dollycas
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This was an amazing book!
~A Date With A Book

Author Joyce Tremel has out done herself with the second book in the Brewing Trouble Mystery series…With twist and turns you will be guessing until the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case

I found myself instantly drawn to many of Max’s family and friends in this book.
~MARIE MCNARY – Grace. Gratitude. Life.

This one caught my attention from the beginning and sucked me right in.
~Melina’s Book Blog

I enjoyed meeting these characters and visiting the town of Three Rivers. Much of it felt like somewhere I visited before and that’s something I always enjoy about cozies. That and the colorful characters that roam the pages.
~FUONLYKNEW

This was a fun addition to a great series. I like that this series takes place with a pub owner as the main character and the pub as the back drop.
~A. Holland Reads

This is a wonderful series that I really enjoy reading.
~3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too!

From the moment I started reading this book, I knew I would be in for a story that would take me on an adventure filled with intrigue and exciting characters.
~Texas Book-aholic

This was a fun read…With a well-paced plot…
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

It ‘s a really funny mystery, intriguing and engaging with two protagonists…. The plot kept me on edge from start to finish. I was excited each time I got to turn the page.
~LibriAmoriMiei

I loved this book! In fact, as I am writing this I am wondering how to get Amazon to give me 6+ stars to give this book. Joyce Tremel writes her characters, events, and even the murder with such realism that I am wishing this was real life.
~Bibliophile Reviews

… the murder mystery itself: the story has a well developed plot with subplots that twists and turns but ultimately ties back up together at the end.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

Great idea to set a cozy series in a brew pub. They are hugely popular right now and I’m sure most people can relate to the setting. I liked the setting of Pittsburgh as well.
~MysteriesEtc

TANGLED UP IN BREW

Tangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277706
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKXIAQ
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Synopsis

Another intoxicating mystery featuring brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara—from the author of To Brew or Not to Brew.

BEER TODAY, GONE TOMORROW…

Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

JOYCE TREMEL

About The Author

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband and a spoiled cat.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew has been nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series, Tangled Up In Brew is scheduled for release in October 2016.

 

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Putting on the Witch by Joyce and Jim Lavene

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Putting on the Witch
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Epic. One word to describe this book.
From the first book in this series I was spell bound.
~Karen’s Reviews

What a great read by a couple that is dearly missed. Like all their other books this will keep you guessing and wishing there were more books to read.
~Sleuth Cafe

Contained between the covers of this book is an epic, magical adventure that carried me away in a mystical cloud of reading. I marvel that the written word could transport me in such a way.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

So much more than the average paranormal cozy, the story sweeps you along into a whole new world of magic and a little mayhem.
~The Angry Grey Cat Reads

The fantasy element and magical world building was wonderfully done. The mystery is well-written, the characters are likable (at least most of them are!), and I loved every word of it.
~The Book’s the Thing

This is not typical paranormal or cozy and definitely not typical paranormal cozy. I found it to be loads of fun with plenty of suspense, hilarious humor, and clever plot twists.
~I Read What You Write!

Joyce and Jim Lavene had imaginations that were truly out of this world and it was in full force in this 3rd installment of the Retired Witch Mysteries.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

This is my favorite Lavene series! I love the paranormal aspect, as well as the close friendships, the humor, and the love.
~Book Babble

Don’t be alarmed, if like me, you are new to this series. Just jump right in and enjoy! The authors gently interweave backstory throughout, so readers fit right in.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

Putting on the Witch is another great book in the series…The plot is developed nicely with several twists tossed in to keep the reader guessing.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

I love books that grab me right from the beginning. This book is one you will want to read without stopping. There was no way I could put this book down as the characters came to life and captured my attention.
~Texas Book-aholic

This book was incredible as is the whole series.
~Community Bookstop

Plenty of mystery abounds, with some fun twists and witchy shenanigans to keep you engaged. This would be a good one for your Halloween reading list.
~FUONLYKNEW

Anyone who enjoys mysteries with a little paranormal twist will love this series.
~3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too!

This book not your normal para-cozy it was so much more. In fact I think this goes a little deeper than most cozy mysteries.
~A. Holland Reads

I absolutely adored this book. The three witches, their friends and family are what make this book. In fact, that’s what makes all books by these authors.
~A Chick Who Reads

Jim and Joyce Lavene always created memorable characters, in unlikely situations, that always left me more than satisfied when I turned the last page. This series is certainly no exception. The Retired Witches Mysteries is a first class series, and any fan of para-normal cozy mysteries should certainly add this one to their list.
~The Cozy Mystery Journal

Putting On The Witch is about acceptance, breaking down the barriers of stereotypes and learning to accept yourself for who you are and just going with it. How in the world can a fiction book do that? I find that the Lavenes always have a message hidden in their books and this one is no exception…
~Booth Talks Books

This exciting magical cozy series will have you turning pages as fast as you can. The magic and mystery are intricately weaved together, creating a fascinating story that holds your attention from the very first page. I didn’t want to put it down.
~Brooke Blogs

Our literary world lost two amazing and talented authors this year, and by no means did they leave us with anything but a five star book…If you love the mystic and magical, then this is a series you must read.
~Bibliophile Reviews

Let your imagination run wild and escape into this fascinating world of witches and spells. Even if you are not a fan of paranormal cozy mysteries I think you will find Putting on the Witch a delight.
~MysteriesEtc

I absolutely loved this series and I can’t believe that, along with Joyce and Jim, they are gone. One can only imagine what other creative characters and worlds they would have come up with together.
~Kathy Loves 2 Read

Putting on the Witch is a worthy addition to the rich trove of mystery goodness the Lavenes have provided us.
~ChristyMystery

This couple of writers was really special and extraordinary: each of their books is a gem, a fun and relaxing reading. We will miss them so much.
~LibriAmoriMiei

PUTTING ON THE WITCH is a nice mix of fantasy and cozy mystery. The Lavene’s have done a fantastic job of building a world where witches, ghosts, and werewolves live alongside mortals. The best part is that this world is firmly planted in reality.
~Daniele K. on GoodReads

This book is a magical, fun, adventure! For me, this was a perfect Fall read. I curled up on the couch with my chihuahuas and a cup of tea, and read this book in one sitting. It definitely ignited my Halloween spirit!
~My Interdimensional Chaos

This was really a very fun and enjoyable read, with a great set of characters, plot and well written.
~Murder, Mystery & More…

I really enjoyed the writing and the characters were enjoyable.
~CentralEast2

This was an absolutely magical book.
~Polished Nails and Puppy Dog Tales

I was surprised by the ending, and thought that it was a good fit for the book and series.
~Deal Sharing Aunt

PUTTING ON THE WITCHPutting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268278
E-Book – ASIN: B01AHKXHTS
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With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun.

The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks…

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I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

About The Authors

Joyce and Jim Lavene wrote award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They had written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. Joyce passed away October 20, 2015 and Jim passed on May 5, 2016. They are missed by family, friends and their many fans.

www.joyceandjimlavene.com

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Nine LiFelines by Joyce Ann Brown

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Nine LiFelines
by Joyce Ann Brown

If you like your cozies to star cute kids and cats, a timely message, and a surprising outcome, this is the one for you!
~Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows!

…enjoy a quick paced cozy mystery about a clue finding cat or you can take your time and appreciate a well written full fledged mystery novel. Be prepared for your pulse to quicken when you think all is safe!
~Laura’s Interests

From the first few lines, I was drawn into the story by Ms. Brown’s writing…
~Back Porchervations

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Nine Lifelines (Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self Published
Paperback: 316 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1533367105
E-Book ASIN: B01H0NIGGE
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The elevator won’t go to the tenth floor, someone is breaking into condos, and the well-heeled Ukrainian renter isn’t paying the rent. Beth and Arnie have retired to the building where Beth’s last rental unit is located, and Beth, the klutzy landlady, has declared herself through solving mysteries. Then, her renter is arrested for the murder of the neighbor who fell (was pushed?) from the tenth-story balcony and the dead neighbor’s grandchildren are left with only their wheelchair-ridden grandmother to care for them. Beth feels compelled to help out.

Are Sylvester’s psycho-cat behaviors providing clues? Is the renter actually the killer? Do the break-ins and elevator problem have anything to do with the murder? Even Arnie, who has always told Beth to keep her nose out of police business, gets involved—for the sake of the children.

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About the Author

Joyce Ann Brown, the author of the Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series, set in Kansas City, was a librarian, a landlady, and a Realtor before becoming a short story and novel writer. She also has two mischievous cats.

Her actual tenants have never disappeared, murdered, or been murdered. Nor have any of them found a skeleton in the attic. Joyce has never solved a crime. Moose and Chloe, her cats, haven’t sniffed out a mystery, at least not yet.

Joyce spends her days writing (with a few breaks for tennis, walking, and book clubs) so that Beth, the landlady in the series, and Sylvester, the Psycho Cat, can make up for her real-life lack of excitement in a big way.

Author website with Blog: http://www.joyceannbrown.com

Blog: http://retirementchoicescozymystery.wordpress.com

Blog: http://hikingkctrails.wordpress.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/joyceannbrownauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/joyceannbrown1

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Spotlight – The Sharyn Howard Mystery Series by Joyce and Jim Lavene

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This year Jim Lavene is re-releasing the first series he and Joyce wrote together.

In January, Last Dance, the first Sharyn Howard Mystery was released again.

When the prom queen is found brutally murdered, Sheriff Sharyn Howard recalls that a similar murder occurred on the night of her prom ten years ago. Her father was the sheriff of Diamond Springs, and the man he sent to prison for the murder now sits on death row awaiting his execution. But Sharyn’s convinced there are too many similarities between the two murders and that the true killer is still at large.

Her move to reopen the first case pits her against the community and her mother, who feels she’ll destroy her father’s reputation in the process. But Sharyn is determined to discover the truth and catch the real killer before he can strike again.

Last Month, Book 2 – One Last Goodbye – returned.
Sheriff Sharyn Howard has her hands full. The county commission wants to cut her staff. Colonel John Metzger wants his brother’s killer yesterday. And the Navy wants to be sure she comes up with the “right” answers to the town’s new mystery.

Add to that a lovesick deputy and her mother dating Senator Caison Talbot, one of Sharyn’s least favorite people.

But what really has her puzzled is the mystery everyone in town is talking about. Someone shot WWII Navy Captain William “Billy” Bost as he dipped his plane’s wings to his sweetheart. The secret’s been hidden for over half a century. Is it possible that the person who killed Billy Bost, Diamond Springs’ most famous hero, is also the same person who killed the Pulitzer prize-winning author looking for the truth?

Tomorrow Book 3 – The Last To Remember – Will land on e-readers everywhere.
On one of the stormiest, busiest night of the year, a prominent businessman stumbles into the sheriff’s office, confessing to a 40-year-old murder. Just a few hours later he’s found hanging from the ceiling of the conference room. The district attorney is soon on the warpath and all the clues point to one man.

Sheriff Sharyn Howard begins to search for the key to unlock a secret shared by three men for forty years. A district court judge, a prominent businessman, and her own deputy, Ernie Watkins, believe that they were responsible for a child’s death at the old Jefferson Training School for Boys when they were just teenagers.

But now someone is after all the men, and it’s up to Sheriff Howard to unravel 40 years of cover-ups, blackmail, lies, and guilt. But with so many suspects and such little time, can she find the real killer before an innocent man is convicted of murder or before the real killer can stalk and kill his prey?

joyceI was so honored to have Joyce Lavene as a friend. We never met in person but our lives met through the computer screens. It is a wonderful tribute to both her and Jim to have these stories released again. I know Joyce is smiling in heaven as we enjoy her stories. It brings her close to us that knew her and introduces her work to so many new fans. If you haven’t read this series, now is the perfect time to start. If you are like me you will be reading them again for pure enjoyment. Just click on the covers to order.

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Spotlight/ #Giveaway – Those Who Walk in Darkness by Joyce and Jim Lavene – Great Escapes Book Tour

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THOSE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS
Those Who Walk In Darkness
(Jacks Jackson Mystery Book 1)

Historical Mystery
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (March 8, 2016)
ASIN: B01AS8NN6Q
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Three years ago, Julia Jackson was a well to do young woman from Boston whose fiancé, Jonathon, was killed right before her eyes. Obsessed with finding the killer, a man whose face she saw only in a flash as he walked up and shot Jonathon, she leaves her family and her life behind. She starts a new life as ‘Jacks’ Jackson—a cigar smoking, dead eye, female Pinkerton agent…pretending to be a man.

Now Allan Pinkerton needs Jacks to find the man who kidnapped the wife and son of a railroad official, David Boyd. Their only clues are the severed finger from the man’s wife, complete with wedding ring, and a map of the Qualla boundary, the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina.

Jacks doesn’t like the way the whole thing sounds from the beginning. David Boyd isn’t important enough to target for a kidnapping. And why travel so far with two hostages?

But Pinkerton tells her that he believes the man responsible for the kidnapping worked with Jonathon’s murderer in a train robbery five years ago. Jacks agrees to go after the kidnapper with hopes of catching him before he can reach his home grounds.

Pinkerton insists that Jacks bring three men with her—Boyd, her new partner, and a Cherokee guide named Running Wolf, who’s always watching her, like he’s trying to figure it out.

Can Jacks catch the kidnapper with her secret—and her life—intact?

Praise for Those Who Walk in Darkness
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Team Lavene has the Midas touch for fiction!
~Back Porchervations

A great cast of characters and a gripping story line. You will be hooked from the start.
~Shelley’s Book Case

Another great new series from my favorite, most prolific mystery writers…The book is fast-paced and full of surprises.
~Book Babble

The story jumped right into action and kept my interest to the end. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and the good movement of the story. The writing flows well and is an easy read.
~Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf

It has been a while since I have read a good old fashioned western. Though this is foremost a mystery, it is a great old fashioned western.
~I Read What You Write

Fantastic writing and I would highly recommend Those Who Walk in Darkness by the Lavene’s for a great combination of multiple genres.
~fundinmental

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Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

 
 
 
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Spotlight/ #Giveaway – Gone By Midnight by Joyce and Jim Lavene – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Gone by Midnight
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

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Gone by Midnight
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 149 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (February 2, 2016)
ASIN: B019AJC1XU
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Fans of Joyce and Jim Lavene will thrill at this collection of thirteen short stories—many are set in the worlds of their national bestselling mystery series, including the Missing Pieces Mysteries, the Renaissance Faire Mysteries, the Retired Witches Mysteries, and an upcoming mystery novel!

These stories contain the elements of mystery and fantasy the Lavenes are famous for, as well as some new things their readers have never seen. Several stories feature characters interacting with ghosts, magic, and the supernatural—the healing woman in “Courtship;” the Civil War widow in “One with the Darkness;” the city girl who summons a wizard from the past in “The Magician and the Sorceress/Accountant;” and the young introvert in “Aunt Edna” who finds her calling with help from a ghostly visitor.

Poignant, charming, and captivating, Joyce and Jim Lavene bring their characteristic wit and heart to these stories and introduce each one with a passage about its origin or how it ties into the universe they’ve created. Gone by Midnight is a treasury of tales that will delight the mind and touch the heart from one of the most prolific writing duos of our time.

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Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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