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No Gravestone Unturned: A Cobble Cove Mystery by Debbie De Louise #Interview #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

No Gravestone Unturned: A Cobble Cove Mystery
by Debbie De Louise

About No Gravestone Unturned 


No Gravestone Unturned: A Cobble Cove Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Solstice Publishing
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8694361101
Digital ASIN: B08KS5BYHM

It’s October in Cobble Cove, and Alicia is busy preparing for the library’s Halloween party when she learns that John’s aunt from Florida has died and that John’s cousins and their spouses are coming to town to bury their mother. The day after the funeral, the caretaker’s son is found dead by John’s grandfather’s gravestone, from a blow on the head. The only witness seems to be Sneaky the library cat, who, having left the library, turned up at Alicia’s door with blood and dirt on him.

 

As Alicia, Gilly, and Sheriff Ramsay investigate, a generation of family secrets is uncovered. Are one of the guests staying at the inn a killer? Will the humans solve the crime, and can Sneaky, Kittykai, and Salem, the inn’s guest cat, team up to help?

Welcome, Debbie! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a librarian at a public library on Long Island. I have a teenage daughter, husband, and 3 cats. I have published 8 novels including the five books of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. I’ve also published short stories of various genres. In addition, I write articles for pet magazines and am a reviewer for Booklist.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I’ve been a lifelong reader, but the first book that made an impression on me was The Winter People by Phyllis Whitney. I was around 12 or 13 when I received this book as a gift. It was my first introduction to gothic mysteries, and I read everything by this author afterward. I learned she was a local author and even wrote a letter to her expressing my interest in writing that I had even then. She replied but, unfortunately, the letter was lost after I got married and moved. I’m still hoping it will turn up one day. The author is now deceased, but she lived a long life and was writing into her 90’s.

What are you reading now?

I’m reviewing a cozy mystery for Booklist. It’s the debut book of a series called Meet Isabel Puddles by M.V. Byrne. I’m not given a choice of books to review, but I’m happy to learn of new authors. Occasionally, I am asked to review a book by an author with whom I’m familiar. For instance, I recently reviewed Joanne Fluke’s Christmas Cupcake Murder and that was an honor for me because she’s one of my favorite cozy authors.

What books have most inspired you?

As I said earlier, Phyllis Whitney’s romantic suspense novels inspired me as a teen, as did Victoria Holt’s writings. Later, I enjoyed cozy mysteries featuring cat characters that were written by Carole Nelson Douglas (Midnight Louise series); Shirley Murphy (Joe Grey series); Lillian Jackson Braun (The Cat Who series) and others. I also had the pleasure of meeting some of these authors when I attended the Cat Writers’ Association conference years ago. Today, I’m inspired by a variety of authors. I mostly enjoy reading mystery and suspense novels, but I also like books of other genres from historical fiction to science fiction/paranormal titles. Some of my favorite authors include Nora Roberts (and her futuristic mystery series written under J.D. Robb), Mary Higgins Clark, and Sandra Brown. My current new favorite authors are Fiona Davis, JoJo Moyes, Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and Kimberly McCreight.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I’ve always enjoyed reading them. I like to create puzzles and figure out solutions to them. I sometimes surprise myself by the twists I feature in my books and the endings.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Everywhere – other books, TV shows, my past life experiences, my dreams, current events, my imagination.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Finding the time to write and also promote my writing. I work full-time as a librarian and have a family, so I need to juggle and balance my responsibilities. It can be stressful, especially the promotional part which seems to take up more time the more books I publish. I enjoy writing but wish I could devote more time to it.

What do you think makes a good story?

Interesting characters and a plot that inspires you to keep reading. I like stories that feature twists or unexpected events, vivid descriptions of settings and places, and subplots that help illustrate the inner feelings and personalities of the characters involved.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Alicia, the main character of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. She’s a librarian and also a mystery author. She’s also very cautious despite the fact she enjoys solving mysteries.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

I don’t believe many cozies feature married couples with children. I also include characters of various ages from kids to seniors and, in each book, new characters are introduced who may or may not remain in the series. The main characters develop and grow from book to book. I’ve also made a change in the cats. In the first four books, readers are not privy to Sneaky, the main character cat’s thoughts. But when I wrote the two short eBooks that followed, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery (that won an award from the Cat Writers’ Association) and Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, I included Sneaky’s thoughts as well as those of Kittykai (the female cat that joined the series in Love on the Rocks).

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’ll be publishing my first non-fiction book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats. The idea came to me when I was home during the pandemic and cleaning out my files. I found a bunch of old cat articles “written” by two of my past cats. Since I already publish blog posts written in the points-of-view of my current cats, I decided to compile this into a book with photos. With the help of a fellow Cat Writers’ Association member who is an editor and publisher, the book should be released this fall. It’s possible it may even be out by the time this interview is printed.

As for my fiction, I like to alternate my cozy mystery series with my standalone mysteries, so I’m considering returning to a book that I started a while back and completing it. That book has a gothic mystery theme. I also want to write more Cobble Cove books. However, I’m also querying the first of a new cozy mystery to agents in the hope that I can publish with a large publisher one day, so my books can reach a bigger audience. For now, I’m happy that I have two wonderful Indie publishers, Solstice Publishing and Next Chapter Publishing.

More About Debbie De Louise

 

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her novels include the four books of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. Debbie has also written a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries Reason to Die and Sea Scope. Her latest book, Memory Makers, is a medical thriller. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Anthony; daughter, Holly; and three cats, Stripey, Harry, and Hermione.

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Kelegeen by Eileen O’Finlan – #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Kelegeen
by Eileen O’Finlan

About Kelegeen


Kelegeen
Historical Fiction
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (March 1, 2018)
Paperback: 433 pages
ISBN-10: 0228600294
ISBN-13: 978-0228600299
Kindle ASIN: B07B52K2TB

Ireland 1846

 

Meg O’Connor, daughter of poor Irish cottiers, eagerly anticipates her wedding to Rory Quinn.  Her dreams of marriage and family vanish along with Ireland’s potato crop when Kelegeen’s inhabitants awaken one morning to find their sole source of food destroyed by blight.

 

At first Meg and Rory are able to use their skills, hers of sewing and his of wood carving, to provide for themselves and their families.  But tragedy and a costly mistake end those means of survival forcing them into more dangerous ventures.

 

As An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger, continues to churn through Ireland ravaging the country’s peasantry with no let up in sight, Meg is compelled to make the most difficult decision of her life.  What she chooses could be the salvation of the O’Connor and Quinn families or it could separate her forever from all she knows and loves.

 

I am thrilled to welcome Eileen O’Finlan to Escape With Dollycas today!


Hi Eileen!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a native New Englander, born and raised in Massachusetts, though my favorite state is Vermont. Both of my parents are from Vermont, most of my relatives live there, and my  best childhood memories are of times spent with family in Vermont. Someday I’d love to make it my home, not just my home-away-from-home.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in Catholic Pastoral Ministry. I work full-time for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester. I also facilitate online courses in Catholic studies for the University of Dayton, Ohio.

Writing is my greatest passion along with reading. I adore cats. Currently, an adorable calico Maine Coon named Autumn Amelia allows me to live with her. I also shared living quarters with a gorgeous Russian Blue named Smokey, but sadly she passed away at the beginning of May. She was nearly 20 years old and, though I miss her terribly, I am glad I was able to give her a happy life.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  1. I would love to learn to ride a horse.
  2. When I’m alone in the car, I crank the music up high and sing along while fantasizing about being a rock star (lead singer and/or lead guitarist – can’t sing worth nickle and don’t know how to play guitar, so I guess that won’t be happening any time soon!)
  3. I would love to try acting, but doubt I could remember my lines.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I don’t know which was the first book I ever read, but I do know that the first book to have a huge impact on me was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  I also spent a lot of childhood hours devouring the Nancy Drew Mystery series.

What are you reading now?

At the moment, I am reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino, and Never Done: A History of American Housework by Susan Strasser.

What books have most inspired you?

As mentioned above, Little Women was probably my biggest inspiration. I completely identified with Jo March. Another great favorite is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I have always loved 19th-century classics.

What made you decide you wanted to write historical stories?

I love history. My undergrad degree is in history. I come from a family of history lovers. My family discusses historical events like most people discuss current events. I’m especially interested in everyday life in other time periods as well as little known occurrences.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

The place doesn’t seem to matter. What matters is what’s going on around me. I find it very hard to focus if there is a TV or radio on nearby or if people are talking. I think it competes with the words in my head. Instrumental music, white noise, nature sounds – anything non-human vocal is fine.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Lots of places. Often from reading non-fiction history books or from something I watched on PBS. Other times a picture will inspire a story. I can be flipping through a magazine, catalog,  newspaper, or pretty much anything that has photographs and a picture will catch my eye. I usually can’t explain what it is about it that draws me, but I know when it happens because I just can’t stop looking at it. Before I know it a story is forming in my mind. This happens most with pictures of people. It could be from paintings or drawings, too. I doesn’t have to be photographs.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Finding enough time to write is my biggest challenge. My goal is to reach the point where I can make a living writing so that I can do it full-time. Right now I have to work a full-time job as well as do some online teaching on the side. I love both of them, but they do take up a lot of time I’d rather spend writing.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think it’s a combination of things. Usually, I need to like the protagonist to enjoy the story. I love well crafted characters. I want to feel as though I know them. An interesting plot is also essential. There has to be something at stake.  I need a reason to root for a character. Plot is about what happens and I want to care about what happens to the characters. So, for me, I guess characters are most important, but what’s going on in the lives of the characters matters a great deal.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

That is a very hard question to answer. I don’t think any of my characters are much like me. On the other hand, there is probably a little bit of me in all of them. If I have to choose one, I’d say Kathleen O’Connor in Kelegeen is probably the most like me.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

So far, I only have one book out, my debut novel, Kelegeen, but I have plans for several more, enough that I think I can answer this question. As I mentioned earlier, I love the little known events in history. That’s what I want to write about. With Kelegeen, it was Ireland’s Great Hunger (aka the Irish Potato Famine). It seems most people have heard of it, but don’t really know much about it. It’s barely a footnote in history classes. So many people who’ve read Kelegeen have told me that they’d heard of it, but they had no idea how devastating it was, nor did they understand anything about the political motivations that prevented any real assistance from reaching Ireland for many years.

I love to set stories in the midst of little or unknown events or focus on little known aspects of great events. For example, I have a story in mind that will be set in Vermont in the 1830s with the New England Vampire Panic as the backdrop. Most people are pretty familiar with the Salem Witch Trials, but how many people have even heard of the New England Vampire Panic? That said, I also want to write a novel set during the Salem Witch Trials, but told from an unusual angle.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Next up is Erin’s Children, the sequel to Kelegeen. I’ve greatly enjoyed writing it because I set it in the city where I work – Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s been fun researching the history of Worcester in the 1850s. I now look at the city in a whole new way. Erin’s Children is due to be released in early December of 2020.

After that, I plan to get to work on that New England Vampire Panic novel. As a point of clarification, there will be no vampires in it and it will not be a horror. Though necessarily a bit on the dark side, it will be pure historical fiction. If you’re intrigued, google New England Vampire Panic to find out what actually happened and how it got that name.

Thank you, Eileen, so much for visiting today. 

 

MoreAbout Eileen O’Finlan

Eileen O’Finlan calls her writing “history with a twist” because she is intrigued by the unusual and little known aspects of history – the stories on history’s margins, the things rarely taught in the classroom. For her, that’s where history really gets fun.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, her family moved to Worcester when she was two.  Four years later they moved to Holden where Eileen grew up and where she now resides with her 93 year old mother and two cats.

Eileen holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry.  She works full time for the Diocese of Worcester and teaches online courses in Catholic studies for the University of Dayton, Ohio.  She is proud to say that Pope Francis owns a copy of her debut novel, KelegeenErin’s Children, the sequel to Kelegeen, will be released by BWL Publishing, Inc. in December of 2020.

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The level of writing in this book is exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed every story and the emotions run the entire gamut of human feelings. The characters are three-dimensional and relatable.
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I love the cover, the premise, and always a good historical novel . . . .For the sensitive, the conclusion is emotional, wringing out all the poignant issues of pushing off to the unknown . . .
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Truly a masterpiece of historical representation! Prepare to love the characters and pray for the souls lost in this tragedy.
~C.E. Williams

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Hostage to Fortune: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery by Kirsten Weiss #AuthorInterview – #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @KirstenWeiss

Hostage to Fortune: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery
by Kirsten Weiss

About Hostage to Fortune


Hostage to Fortune: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: misterio press (May 21, 2020)
Number of Pages: 250
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Abigail and Hyperion uncork a murder… 

 

Tea and Tarot room owner Abigail Beanblossom is used to running interference for her socially-awkward former boss, tech billionaire Razzzor. So when he invites her on a stakeout to investigate the sale of counterfeit wine from his latest venture – an upscale winery – she barrels on in. But the two stumble across the corpse of a wine merchant, and new wine in old bottles is now the least of their problems.

 

Good thing amateur detectives Abigail and her partner, tarot reader Hyperion Night, have a nose for murder. Their investigation takes them from elegant wine cellars to chic tea parties on the California coast. But just as the investigation starts to get its legs, Abigail discovers there’s more than wine at the bottom of this crime…

 

Hostage to Fortune is book 2 in the Tea and Tarot cozy mystery series. Start reading this hilariously cozy caper today!

 

Tearoom recipes in the back of the book.

 

I am so excited for Kirsten Weiss to visit today!

Hi Kirsten

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in California, worked in microcredit in Eastern Europe, South-East Asia, and Africa, and my dream was always to write mysteries. So when I moved back to the US, after foundering around a bit, I started writing!

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

Hm… I started a tai chi class about a year ago, when I moved to Colorado Springs. I spent two years working in Kyrgyzstan, and I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia after the Soviet Union fell.

What is the first book you remember reading?

My favorite children’s book was Go-Dog-Go, though I’m not entirely certain if that’s the first one I read on my own.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading a book on magick. I also write two series of witch mysteries, and it’s always fun to keep up on the latest!

What books have most inspired you?

This may sound silly, but I have to go back to the Nancy Drew novels. They were my favorites when I was a kid, and they’re what set me on the path to becoming a mystery writer today.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

See above re: Nancy Drews! Seriously, when I first started reading them, I was so enchanted that I wanted to become a girl detective. It didn’t take long, however, for me to realize that wasn’t realistic, so I decided I wanted to become a mystery writer. And I won a little writing contest about that time in school, so it seemed like fate.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Lately, I’ve been sitting at my dining room table, where I have a few of Pikes Peak and the deer that wander through my yard. There’s also lots of natural lighting here, which keeps me energized.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

So many places – newspaper stories, tales from family and friends… Someone once said that there are no new ideas. Creativity is about mixing ideas together, and that’s certainly the case with where my ideas come from. In the case of Hostage to Fortune, there have been real-life instances of very high value wine fraud. Mix that up with murder, and I think you’ve got something interesting.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The beginning and the end of a project. If I can draft a good outline, the first draft comes fairly easily. But drafting a good outline can be a challenge. That’s where the real creativity comes in – when you’re dreaming up scenes and ideas for whodunnit and how. And then the next big challenge is the editing. Don’t get me wrong, I like editing. But sometimes I feel like I’m wrestling something much bigger than me during the edits. I’ll know that somethings not right, but I won’t immediately know what it is or how to fix it. But when I do fix it, it feels GREAT.

What do you think makes a good story?

Great characters are for me, number one. If readers like your characters, they’ll want to spend time with them no matter what. Next, good pacing. I like to start things off fairly quickly in my stories, and try to keep the readers hooked. And for mysteries, you need a good puzzle!

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I think the Riga Hayworth character is probably most like me, probably because it was my first published series, and as a newer writer, I was still in the “what would I do in this situation” mode, rather than, what would this character do. But most of my heroines are struggling with some sort of a transition – maybe they’re trying to start a business, or they’ve lost their job and are trying to find a new one, or they’ve lost a loved one. We all go through these transitions, and I certainly have, and I try to bring that emotional experience to those characters. So in a sense, there are bits and pieces of me all over the place.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

My heroines are dealing with real problems – aside from murder investigations. Their lives are complicated and messy, and they have to rise to the occasion. But they do rise. That said, these are not dark books by any means – especially the Tea and Tarot series, which I think are the funniest I’ve written. There are a lot of laughs in these books.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’ve just started working on the next book in the Tea and Tarot series (inspired by a story told to me by a relative). And I’m bringing back Archer, from Hostage to Fortune, because he’s too fun a character to ignore.

Thank you, Kirsten, so much for visiting today!! 

More About Kirsten Weiss

Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in Colorado Springs, CO, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Tea and Tarot, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.

Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at kirstenweiss.com

Feel free to follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss, on Tumblr at kweiss01, on Pinterest at KirstenWeiss, or on Bookbub, get in touch on Facebook, post a picture of this book to Instagram and tag her @kirstenweissauthor, or send her an email. She’ll answer you personally…which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your perspective.

Book Series: Sensibility Grey Steampunk Suspense, Tea and Tarot cozy mysteries, the Pie Town cozy mysteries, the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mysteries, the Doyle Witch and Doyle Cozy mystery novels, the Riga Hayworth paranormal mysteries.

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Motive, means and opportunity all play roles but nothing becomes clear until things turn dangerously deadly for our heroine and friends.
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HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE incorporates wine, tea, Tarot, and fun in a delightful mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Hostage to Fortune by Kirsten Weiss is a magically written mystery with likable characters and wine.
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The investigating duo is a hoot and when you Add in a few more eclectic chats stars it just gets even better. Makes for a humorous good time as the clues play out leading one doozy of an ending.
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Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play (Death by Cupcake) by D.E. Haggerty – Author Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour @dehaggerty

Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play (Death by Cupcake)
by D.E. Haggerty

I am very excited to welcome Dena Haggerty to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Dena,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Although I’ve always loved to write, it took me a while to settle down and take writing seriously. I started out in the U.S. Army as a military policewoman where I met my Dutch husband while seconded with NATO in Germany. I followed him to the Netherlands where I spent more than a decade working as a lawyer. I fled Holland when I couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany wasn’t my thing either. When my husband got a job in Istanbul, I jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. I’m now back in Holland, working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on the next book.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I speak four languages: 2 (English and Dutch) fluently, 1 (German) well enough to yell at the tax inspector, and 1 (French) well enough to order wine and flirt in a bar.

I’m addicted to coffee but allergic to caffeine.

I don’t care for reality television, but I’m obsessed with any show about house improvements or buying a house.

What is the first book you remember reading?


Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss.

What are you reading now?


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy.

What books have most inspired you?

As far as writing inspiration is concerned, On Writing by Stephen King is on top of my list. Before I read it, I wasn’t sure if writing was a career I wanted to pursue.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I’m obsessed with murder mysteries! I inhaled Nancy Drew as a child. As an adult, I became addicted to BBC mysteries (Detective Lewis, Midsomer Murders, etc.). Between this and my background in the military police, writing mysteries seemed like the most natural choice.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I wouldn’t call it a special place. But I’ve converted a spare bedroom into an office.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. I’m an avid reader (some would say I’m addicted) of anything I can get my hands on (books, newspapers, blogs, etc.) which always provides great fodders for stories. I’m also not above eavesdropping on people in bars.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The saggy middle! The beginning and end of a story are usually fun to write, but the middle? It can be challenging.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is one that moves you, whether it be to tears to laughter or to heart-pounding fear.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I’d have to say Anna (the protagonist in the first novel of the Death by Cupcake series). Like her, I’m a bit chubby and insecure. I also love trivia. I like to think I don’t sprout trivia at awkward times, but my friends will tell you I’m wrong.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Although my cozy mysteries are series, each book in the series is told from a different character’s viewpoint. Each story has a different heroine, although the main characters don’t change. There’s also quite a bit of romance in each installment.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m currently finishing up a romantic comedy. After that, I have two more stories in the Death by Cupcake series planned – a Halloween story and a Valentine’s Day story.

Thank you Dena for visiting today! 

About Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play


Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Independently Published
Number of Pages: approximately 200 (including recipes)
Digital ASIN: B0862DF52C

How do you plan the perfect July 4th wedding with the groom in jail for murder?

 

Anna is not about to find out. And no way is she getting married in the jail house. Not happening. Instead, she’s off to uncover the actual murderer, because there’s no way her fiancé Logan would hurt anyone. Yeah, sure, he looks kind of intimidating, but he’s a cop. He fights crime. He doesn’t commit it!

 

Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes solve the mystery before Anna’s wedding is ruined?

 

Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.

 
 

More About D.E. Haggerty

D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown-up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home. Sorry, Mom.

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Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble: (Asbury High YA Cozy Mystery Series) by Kelly Brady Channick #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway

Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble:
(Asbury High YA Cozy Mystery Series)

by Kelly Brady Channick

About Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble


Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble: (Asbury High YA Cozy Mystery Series)
Young Adult Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Purple Milk Publishing (February 1, 2020)
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-10: 1734307307
ISBN-13: 978-1734307306
Digital ASIN: B0845LBTQC

Asbury, although a haven to shoobies (tourists) in the summer, is a divided coastal town. With the rich half living in the East, and the rest living in the West, most friendships stay within their boundaries. Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries are a foreign concept. In fact, Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot have been Asbury’s strongest quartet for years, despite their vast differences.

 

Nevertheless, after a few weeks of starting high school, the foursome’s friendship is tested.

 

After a string of burglaries in East Asbury, the gang decides to solve the crime as a reason to make time for each other. The further they investigate, the more they find themselves constantly side-stepping tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum-like policemen, outsmarting local bully JB and his gang of misfits, and dealing with Cornelious’ billionaire father and Governor—who has disapproved of his son’s choice of friends for years. In addition to these obstacles, the foursome must also adapt to their evolving friendship with each other and their peers.

 

With upperclassmen, teachers, and teammates vying for their attention, the gang must work even harder to root out the red-herrings from the true thief. Aided by Carly’s gossip, Maddie’s boldness, Cornelious’ quick-wit, and Pilot’s knack for technology, the gang soon discovers its edge over the local police department.

Hi Kelly,  

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Kelly and I’m from South Jersey, where I currently live with my handsome husband, funny nine-month-old, one sneaky cat and two overactive dogs. I’m a lifelong athlete, so I enjoy being active, running, and playing & watching sports. After high school, I worked hard and was fortunate to get a scholarship to play basketball at Holy Family University in Philly. Upon graduating, I taught fifth through eighth grade math and science for three years and LOVED teaching middle school way more than I thought I would. It was around this point that my husband and I got married and moved back to South Jersey from Philly (he’s from Philly).

            Moving back home, I taught first grade for two years, before having my big, little man and choosing to stay at home with him. It was during these past few months that my amazing husband finally convinced me to get my YA Mystery series, Asbury High, published. I have fully committed myself and am excited to say by the end of this year the first three books, of the seven-book series, will be published.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  1. I’ve flown a plane before, because my friend in grade school had a small, private plane and her dad let me fly it—with him right next to me of course.
  2. I was voted class clown of my graduating class at Ocean City High School—without attending any parties or ever drinking 🙂
  3. I’ve actually only had one boyfriend, and I married him!

What is the first book you remember reading?

            The first book I remember reading by myself was ‘Three Cheers for Tacky’, I was young too, about four. I think if your parents read to you every day AND you have an older sibling who loves reading, then you’re more apt to start reading at a younger age.

What are you reading now?

            I’m one of those people who read two books at once. I just finished Lisa Matthews’ Death by Curiosity–which is a hilarious, adult mystery book that I highly recommend, and am halfway through the Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen.

What books have most inspired you?

            Without a doubt, the Harry Potter series. Anyone who knows me from grade school will tell you I’m an obsessed Potterhead—but really I’m a JK Rowling fan. All of her stories are extremely well-written and I can’t put them down once I crack them open. If you haven’t read her Cormoran Strike novels, you’re missing out.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries? 

            Honestly, mysteries are my favorite genre, and I’ve always loved problem-solving. I constantly find myself asking questions throughout the day, and sometimes those questions become stories themselves.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

            Not really, and nowadays with a baby, I bring my laptop and notebook wherever I can, whenever I can!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

            I once heard that the best writers write what they know. Therefore, although I can’t exactly say where the crimes or mysteries come from (I guess that’s just my imagination), a lot of the characters and places in my books are rooted in my experiences. Basically, if you treated me kindly, I probably based a character off you, or used your name… but the opposite is true too though!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

            Just making the time to write! There seriously aren’t enough hours in the day.

What do you think makes a good story?

            Interesting characters, set in a well-described scene or setting, with an unpredictable plot. I don’t want to know exactly where the book is heading after the first few pages.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

            I like to think each of my characters have a little bit of me inside of them (whether it’s the good traits or the not so good ones), but a lot of people close to me have pointed out that (or asked me point blank), that Maddie is a lot like me. I take that as a compliment seeing as she’s the class valedictorian, and best female athlete in town— not to mention pretty fearless.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

            I wrote this book and the series outline when I was 18. At the time there were a lot of paranormal or overly romanticized books out there. I wanted to write a good, old-fashioned sleuthing novel—with four main characters instead of one, so everyone can have a chance to relate.

            Honestly, I feel like a lot of YA novels have pretty graphic scenes in them, or are trying to make a political statement with dystopian futures and real-life issues many face every day—which is fine because I truly like reading those types of books too— BUT I wrote my series to take a break from all of that, and help the reader forget about scary, real-world issues. In fact, my series is more of a cozy mystery series, in which you can read with friends and family, and discuss the whole book without feeling awkward. And, seeing as I love JK Rowling, I made sure to sprinkle clues and little pieces of seemingly insignificant information throughout each of my books. Therefore, the reader might not even know something is important until a few books later! Basically, I set out to create the small, but believable town of Asbury, and I honestly think readers of all ages and preferences will enjoy this.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

            Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble was published in February, with the next two books in the series coming out in May and September respectively. After that, the final four books will be published 2021, and possibly 2022 (the fifth book is currently underway as we speak). I’ve also written an adult crime novel, and will be editing and redrafting that this year as well.

Thank you, Kelly, for visiting today!

 

More About Kelly Brady Channick

 

For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats.

Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…

After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books.

Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show.

Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.

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Murder at the Million Dollar Pier (Three Snowbirds) by Gwen Mayo & Sarah E. Glenn #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Murder at the Million Dollar Pier (Three Snowbirds)
by Gwen Mayo & Sarah E. Glenn


I am so happy today to welcome Gwen Mayo to Escape With Dollycas today!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

During the week I’m a mild-mannered geek juggling schedules for a couple of audiologists, and more than a dozen physical, occupational and speech therapists at a children’s clinic. On the weekends and most evenings, I turn into an equally mild-mannered author, publisher, and all-around history junkie. That’s a rather lengthy way of saying I am always busy.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

That’s a tough one. My skeletons don’t stay in my closet. They’re all out there throwing a carnival in the streets.

Let’s see; Sarah and I love to go out on the weekends to find towns that don’t exist anymore. It is so cool to find a place that has almost disappeared and bring it back to life in our fiction. We learn so many interesting details about the past that way.

I love chocolate. That probably isn’t that surprising. But I took a class in the art of making chocolate at the Greenbrier Hotel. I ran a small specialty candy shop for a few years. My favorite creation was a chocolate Santa complete with sleigh, reindeer, and a bag full of goodies. That was great fun, but I kept eating into my profits.

I’m also kind of unconventional about writing. My Sisters in Crime spent a couple of years talking me into writing a novel. Still, I love really short stories, drabbles, and flash fiction. The kind of stories that appear in quirky places. I once sold a flash fiction story to a coffee company. It was published on the back of a coffee can.

 

What is the first book you remember reading?

Donald Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

What are you reading now?

Down in Flames, one of the Webb’s Glass Shop mysteries, by Cheryl Hollon.

What books have most inspired you?

Agatha Christie’s books had a huge impact on me. I’ve read everything released in the United States and a few anthologies that never crossed the pond. I think I was about twelve when I started reading her novels. Some of her plots don’t hold up well today, but her work is still being read and sometimes reimagined today. That’s the kind of legacy I aspire to leave to my family.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I love puzzles. When I plot a book, it is all about the layers of deception and misdirection. That, and the history. Time and place are so important in my books. My Nessa Donnelly mysteries couldn’t have taken placed anywhere but Kentucky or outside of the Decades of Discord. That holds true with the Three Snowbirds series. Florida is usually the first place that comes to mind when snowbirds are mentioned.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Any place will do as long as it is quiet. My brain doesn’t work well in a noisy environment. I frequently reserve a room at our local library when I most need to be alone with my thoughts. I think I do my best writing there.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Ideas come from everywhere. Story ideas have come from lines of overheard conversation, music that creates a mood, the scent of a garden, even getting stuck in an elevator. When I start wondering “So, what could go awry?” a story idea forms.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Finding the right balance between history and story. I have to think about the historical setting as a character in the story and limit its time on the page to what it can contribute to the story.

What do you think makes a good story?

Interesting characters and a strong plot make a good story. If the characters aren’t interesting, well developed, and worth remembering, the plot falls flat. If you don’t have a strong plot, it isn’t a story at all. Lock the most interesting people you can create in a room with nothing to do, and they stop being interesting. Give them a way to escape or something to talk about and you’ve got a story.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Cornelia, not that I go around with a gun in my purse, or spent any time in the service, but we share a strong sense of social justice, a love of traveling, and sense of honor.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Our Snowbirds are older, well educated, and somewhat unusual for their time. The setting also changes in each book, since it’s a travel series. The Three Snowbirds books are a clean read with a lot of humor, but not everything about the Roaring Twenties was a headlong rush into modernity. We don’t dwell on the segregation, racism, anti-Semitism, or Klan activity, but we don’t ignore it either. The books are populated with a diverse group of characters that reflect Florida at the time they’re set.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Like Cornelia, I’m considering retiring from my day job in the coming year. Unlike her, I know what I want to do afterwards. Sarah and I are working on the next Three Snowbirds book, Ybor City Blues. Cornelia is going to be literally dragged into another murder case when a Cuban gangster pal of Teddy’s is arrested for the murder of his lady friend, a blues singer at a Ybor City club.

About Murder at the Million Dollar Pier

Million Dollar Pier
Murder at the Million Dollar Pier (Three Snowbirds)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Mystery and Horror, LLC (September 26, 2019)
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-10: 1949281078
ISBN-13: 978-1949281071
Digital ASIN: B07WMN9V79

“Never waste good rum on a bad night.” – Teddy Lawless, February 1926.

 

There are many bad nights ahead for Teddy. Shortly after she arrives at the newly opened Vinoy Hotel in Saint Petersburg, she comes face to face with her ex-fiancé, Ansel Stevens, in the dining room. Cue the slap that was thirty years in the making. Unfortunately, her ex-fiancé dies during a yacht race shortly thereafter. Conclusion of the authorities: poison. His family closes ranks, leaving Teddy as the prime suspect. Worse, Teddy’s hair comb is found on the deck of Ansel’s boat, leading to her swift arrest.

 

Can Cornelia Pettijohn and Uncle Percival save fun-loving Teddy before she goes from the grand hotel to the big house?

More About Gwen Mayo 

Gwen Mayo is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love for mystery fiction. She currently lives and writes in Safety Harbor, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

​Her stories have appeared in anthologies, at online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Gwen attended the University of Kentucky on a poetry scholarship but has an associate degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in political science. Interesting side note: Gwen was a brakeman and railroad engineer from 1983 – 1987.

About Sarah E. Glenn

Sarah E. Glenn loves mystery and horror stories, often with a sidecar of humor. Several have appeared in mystery and paranormal anthologies, including G.W. Thomas’ Ghostbreakers series, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Her great-great-aunt served as a nurse in WWI and was injured by poison gas during the fighting. After being mustered out, she traveled widely. A hundred years later, ‘Aunt Dess’ would inspire Sarah to write stories she would likely not have approved of.

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#SpecialGuest – P.A. De Voe – Author of No Way to Die: A Ming Dynasty Mystery – Great Escapes Book Tour @PamelaADeVoe

No Way to Die: A Ming Dynasty Mystery
by P.A. De Voe

AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

I am pleased to welcome P.A. De Voe to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi P.A.,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am an anthropologist and Asian specialist. I write contemporary cozy mysteries, as well as historical mysteries and crime stories immersed in the life and times of Imperial China. I am a Silver Falchion award winner and an Agatha and Silver Falchion award finalist. I am a member of Sisters in Crime National and Guppy Chapter, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Saturday Writers, the Historical Novel Society, and Mystery Writers of America/MWA Midwest.

I live in the Midwest with my husband and a feral cat that came in from the cold. Although I spend most of my time writing, I also enjoy spinning yarn, knitting, and making bears from vintage furs.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  1. That I spin my own wool, alpaca, and angora yarn on a beautiful wheel made just for me.
  2. That I make bears from vintage furs I find in antique shops. I only use vintage furs that are torn and not readily wearable anymore.
  3. That I love to bake, especially to make breads from heritage grains, whole wheat and rye flours.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Nancy Drew. My Dad bought a book for me when I was home sick. I also read the Cherry Aims books.

What are you reading now?

I’m rereading Tony Hillerman’s books.

What books have most inspired you?

It’s hard for me to say what books have most inspired me, however, I do remember the impact Ernest Hemingway’s style of writing had on me. He used a clean, simple style to tell wonderful stories.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I like reading mysteries. For a long time, however, I didn’t think I could actually write a mystery. Eventually, I decided to give it a try and find it a constant challenge, which I enjoy.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I have an office in my home. I am surrounded by my books. It’s a happy place.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

My Chinese historical fiction comes from reading court cases from Imperial China. I also read broadly covering a wide range of topics, such as letter writing, popular fiction, medicine, law… All of this helps fill in information on how people lived at that time.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

For me, doing research for a story easily is the most fun. Therefore, it can sometimes be difficult for me to put my books aside and start writing an outline for the next novel or short story.

What do you think makes a good story?

First, a story has to be entertaining. Second, the readers have to be able to relate to the characters at some visceral level.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

None, really. Quite frankly, I’m not interesting enough to carry a whole story. Plus, I am too American to be anything like my Chinese characters. J

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

No Way to Die is an amateur sleuth/cozy mystery set in a different time and place from most cozies. Rather than a contemporary setting, No Way to Die’s story takes place in the 14th century. And, whereas most cozy mysteries take place in the US or England, No Way to Die’s story is set in Southern China.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I am currently putting together a collection of my Judge Lu short stories. At this time, they are spread out over various anthologies and an e-magazine. I hope to have the collection out within the next several weeks.

I am also working on the third novel in the Ming Dynasty Mystery series. This novel will come out next year.

 

About No Way To Die  


No Way to Die: A Ming Dynasty Mystery
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Drum Tower Press, LLC (April 18, 2019)
Paperback: 210 pages
ISBN-10: 1942667116
ISBN-13: 978-1942667117
Digital ASIN: B07PWJ715D

Through mystery and intrigue, No Way To Die transports the reader into the complex and engaging world of early Ming China.

When a peddler finds a partially mutilated body of a stranger, the unlikely duo of a young scholar and a local women’s doctor once more join forces to discover who killed him and why. In probing the highly gendered world of early Ming China, unanticipated questions surface, complicating their investigation.

As their case rapidly transitions into the unexpected, they find all roads leading away from the victim, forcing them to consider alternate routes. Was the death the result of inexorable bad karma and beyond their purview, or merely the result of mortal foul play? Was the murdered man the intended victim? If not, who was and why? The investigation leads to a growing list of potential suspects: a lustful herbalist, an unscrupulous neighbor, a vengeful farmer, a jealous husband, a scorned wife, and a band of thieves. Who is innocent and who is the culprit? To solve the murder and bring peace to the victim’s spirit, the duo must untangle the truth and do it before the murderer strikes again.

Praise for No Way to Die: A Ming Dynasty Mystery
by P.A. De Voe

If you love Historical Cozy mysteries and the Judge Dee stories then this is the series for you!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog

I loved the mystery and was able to follow the clues, though there are certainly quite a few red herrings thrown in to throw us off! The historical accuracy in No Way to Die enthralled me . . .
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

More About P.A. De Voe

 

P.A. De Voe is an anthropologist with a PhD in Asian studies and a specialty in China. She has authored several stories featuring the early Ming Dynasty: The Mei-hua Trilogy: Hidden, Warned, and Trapped; the A Ming Dynasty Mystery series with Deadly Relations and No Way to Die; Lotus Shoes, a Mei-hua short story; and a collection of short stories: Judge Lu’s Case Files, stories of Crime & Mystery in Imperial China. Warned won a Silver Falchion Award for Best International Mystery; Trapped was a finalist for an Agatha Award and for a Silver Falchion Award. Her short story, The Immortality Mushroom, (a Judge Lu story) was in the Anthony Award-winning anthology Murder Under the Oaks edited by Art Taylor.

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Special Guest – Kirsten Weiss – Author of Fate: A Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Doyle) – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway

Fate: A Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Doyle)
by Kirsten Weiss

I am thrilled to welcome Kirsten Weiss to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi Kirsten.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I write mystery novels – both straight cozy and paranormal – and I love writing both! I grew up reading mysteries and always wanted to write them, so I’m thrilled I can do it for a living now.

What are three things most people don’t know about you? I spent most of my adult life working overseas in a field called microcredit – making very tiny loans, usually around $100, to women with small businesses in developing countries to help them build their businesses. (Later, my focus turned to micro-savings, but that’s another story). I started reading when I was three. And I think my house may be haunted. There are lots of mysterious footsteps upstairs when I’m alone in the house (if anyone has a logical, construction reason for that, please let me know).

What is the first book you remember reading? Go Dog Go. I’m sure there were others, but that one stands out in my memory. I loved the dogs with hats and dogs in trees!

What are you reading now? A Dean Koontz novel about Frankenstein. He’s an expert when it comes to weaving the supernatural with suspense and the spiritual as well.

What books have most inspired you? Sherlock Holmes for the mystery. Jeeves and Wooster for the comedy. Nora Roberts for the romance. (Those aren’t books per se, but how do you choose just one from that selection?).

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries? Like so many girls, I grew up on Nancy Drew. At first, I wanted to be a girl detective. But since no mysteries were happening for me to solve, I realized writing detective stories was probably a better play.

Do you have a special place you like to write? I have a home office, with my father’s rolltop desk, where I often sit and write. But sometimes I like to sit at my dining table and write with a view of the Rocky Mountains. The latter, however, can get distracting.

Where do the ideas for your books come from? Places I visit, stories I hear. I was just on a month-long road trip and got an idea for a fantastic quirky town for a future cozy mystery. Then I had dinner with a cousin, and she told me about a very irritating neighbor who I thought would make a perfect fictional murder victim, since he’s outraging everyone in the neighborhood and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop him. So… from life. Though of course, I change the details so people don’t see themselves.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging? It’s always a challenge. One’s always learning and never good enough. But I enjoy the challenge, and I enjoy pushing myself.

What do you think makes a good story? Great characters are, I think, the foundation of a good story because they’ll always have strong desires that lead to conflict, that leads to story. But as a mystery writer, I often come at the story from the plot first. I need to figure out whodunnit, why and how, and how to seed in the clues and red herrings.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you? Probably Rocky Bridges in The Mannequin Offensive. Like me, she worked in conflict zones and developing countries, and it left a mark. Her mark is a Viking spirit though who won’t go away…

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre? In my paranormal mysteries, I try to keep things as “real” as possible. And that means using existing magical systems – whether its shamanism or earth magic – as accurately as possible, as they’re practiced today or as they were practiced in the past. For example, I write about magic based on HP Lovecraft in Fate, and that’s really a thing. These aren’t instruction manuals, and the results in my books are more spectacular than in real life, but I try to make them as close to the real thing as I can.

Another thing, I think, that makes my books a little different are my complicated heroines. Even the chipper ones have issues they’re dealing with because I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t! In Fate, Jayce, for example, is struggling to overcome her party girl reputation – she’s grown a lot over the course of the six Doyle Witch novels. She’s also suffered loss – magic has taken a toll on her loved ones, and she needs to figure out how to do what needs to be done, keep everyone safe, and let the people who love her and who can help, help.

What’s next on the horizon for you? Right now I’m working on another Tea and Tarot cozy mystery (because I love Tarot, tea, and cozies!), featuring Abigail Beanblossom and Hyperion Night. This series is just fun to write because the characters themselves are so funny.  And they all care about each other, which makes their interactions even more endearing to me. Ultimately, I want my readers to enjoy a good puzzle, but also feel like the world and the people in it, for all their flaws and foibles, can be a wonderful place.

Thank you, Kirsten, for dropping by.

Keep reading to find out about Kirsten’s new book!

About Fate


Fate: A Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Doyle)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
misterio press (November 15, 2019)
Number of Pages – 250
ASIN: B07XF27R72

Something wicked this way comes…

Witch Jayce Bonheim has spent the last four months waiting for a horde of dark magicians to come to town.

Now, they’ve arrived.

And they’re bigger and badder than this ex-party girl could have imagined, wreaking havoc wherever they go.

When a murder rocks her small town, Jayce must stop the chaos. Battling her way through dark spells and past regrets, this Doyle witch struggles to divine her true friends…

…and her shadowy enemies.

But can she stop a murderer and prevent the opening of a portal that will transform their world forever?

Start reading Fate, book 6 in The Witches of Doyle cozy mystery novels.

This novel is a full-length, witch cozy mystery featuring true-to-life spells in the back of the book, a trio of witchy sisters, and a dash of romance. Though Fate can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order. It’s rated PG-13 due to mild language and some romance.

Praise for Fate: A Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Doyle)
by Kirsten Weiss

What a fantastic read this was!! . . . A must read for fans of magical cozy mysteries. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I have to admit I was so caught up in the story and distracted by a fabulous red herring suspect that I missed the bad guy and I just love when that happens. Though this book stands on its own quite well, I am looking forward to catching up on the whole series.
~I Read What You Write

MoreAbout Kirsten Weiss

 

Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in Colorado Springs, CO, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Tea and Tarot, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth, and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.

Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at kirstenweiss.com

Author Links

Twitter: @KirstenWeiss

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kirsten.weiss/

Instagram: @KirstenWeissAuthor

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/kirsten-weiss

Book Series: Sensibility Grey Steampunk Suspense, Tea and Tarot cozy mysteries, the Pie Town cozy mysteries, the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mysteries, the Doyle Witch and Doyle Cozy mystery novels, the Riga Hayworth paranormal mysteries.

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Storm of Secrets: A Haunted Bluffs Mystery by Loretta Marion – #Special Guest / #Author Interview / #Giveaway

Storm of Secrets: A Haunted Bluffs Mystery
by Loretta Marion

I loved watching Cassie try to figure out the messages from her deceased grandparents as much as any other element of the story . . . This was a suspenseful, well-written mystery and I hope Cassie, her family, and friends will be back for many more.
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With a total of two crimes and three family secrets, this book will appeal to both women’s fiction and mystery readers . . . I enjoyed it a great deal for the excellent characterizations of the main protagonists.
~Diane Reviews Books

About Storm of Secrets 


Storm of Secrets: A Haunted Bluffs Mystery
Paranormal Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (November 12, 2019)
Hardcover – 327 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643851756
ISBN-13: 978-1643851754
Digital ASIN: B07NTY8L1N

A deadly storm, a missing three-year-old child, a suspicious death, and the eerie presence of the spirits of the dead set the stage for the second mesmerizing installment of Loretta Marion’s paranormal suspense series.

A powerful storm descends upon Cape Cod’s Whale Rock at the peak of tourist season–and the weekend Cassandra Mitchell’s and Daniel Benjamin’s wedding is set to take place at The Bluffs, the magnificent Victorian mansion Cassie inherited from her family. In the wake of the storm’s destruction, three-year-old Lucas Kleister goes missing–and the body of small-time drug dealer Lee Chambers is found in a restaurant dumpster. Now, the WRPD are faced with a murder to solve, a missing child to find, and the aftermath of one of the worst storms in recent memory.

While aiding with the clean-up and helping the displaced, Cassie has been receiving cryptic messages from the spirits of her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, the original residents of The Bluffs. At first, the messages are benign, but soon, they begin to point to something more sinister. As Cassie works to decipher their meaning, the specter of a mysterious local legend surfaces. The tale of Barnacle Boy–and what happened to him during another destructive storm decades earlier–will weave through the desperate search to find Lucas and the identity of a killer.

“Modern and historic mysteries collide in Marion’s bittersweet storytelling.” Kirkus Reviews

“[A] gripping sequel…Marion seamlessly weaves the multiple story threads together. Fans of tales of regional intrigue will be satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Interview

Loretta MarionHi Loretta,

Thank you for visiting today! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

After growing up and attending college in the Midwest, I spent a decade in Florida before settling in New England. I was fortunate to have a diverse career that spanned several industries and offered many unexpected opportunities. I am even more fortunate to have a troupe of exceptional friends spread across the country. It was over a decade ago, through the unlikely world of Hospice, that I uncovered a hidden desire to write fiction. I find writing to be a most enchanting experience and it has enriched my life beyond what I could have imagined. My husband is retired, making our travel aspirations easier to achieve, and we now split our time between Rhode Island and Florida. We have always been devoted to our canine children, though we find ourselves for the first time without a loving pooch in our world; a void we hope to soon fill.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

  1. I once wrote a newspaper advice column.
  2. I have a degree in food science and dietetics.
  3. I was once a spelling bee champ and now excel at Scrabble (at the extreme frustration of my husband).

An extra – my husband’s nickname for me is Lady Laptop

What is the first book you remember reading?

Dr. Suess’s The Cat in the Hat

What are you reading now?

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Cloister by James Carroll (my book club’s current selection)

What books have most inspired you?

Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I didn’t decide to be a mystery writer. Mysteries decided on me. I began this journey by writing women’s fiction, but elements of mystery would continue to find their way into all my stories. Since I’ve always been a mystery reader, perhaps it made sense that I would also enjoy writing them.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I have a few places where I enjoy writing. At home, I split my writing time between our cozy sunroom, which my husband refers to as my theater of creativity, and a stand-up desk in a corner of my master bedroom. Both spaces offer a view out to a preserve and the bay beyond.

Some of my most fertile writing has taken place at a cottage on Cape Cod Bay. It is my favorite writing retreat and was the inspiration for creating the Haunted Bluffs Mystery Series which takes place on the Cape.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

The short answer is everywhere! Everything and everyone are fair game to the writer. I keep several notebooks scattered about where I can jot down ideas that come to me as I am observing the world. I also keep a notepad on my nightstand, as often ideas come to me before drifting off to sleep, especially dialogue as I’m thinking through scenes I’m working on. Sometimes I’m even awakened with a good scheme that I don’t want to forget.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The promotional aspects of being a published author are the most difficult for me. I want my books – not me – to be receiving the attention. But it’s a necessity for authors to put themselves out before the public to bring that attention to their work. Another challenge would be deadlines. I’m often asked how long it takes to write a novel, and my answer is consistent: Without a deadline, six years with a deadline, six months!

What do you think makes a good story?

Flawed but memorable characters, especially those guarding secrets, while facing the loss of something that holds great personal value to them; a precious item, a treasured person or place. Conflict of some degree must be the center of any good story. An atmospheric setting is also an essential element.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

None of them. Creating and slipping into the skin of characters that are so unlike me is one of the most fun aspects of writing. And I truly enjoy spending time with my characters, even the wicked ones! It’s also an opportunity to live vicariously through situations that are very unlikely scenarios in my own life.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Interweaving a present-day mystery with one of an historic nature is probably the most distinguishing aspect of my books. It’s a technique that I enjoy employing as I think it adds a richness to the story.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m working on an intriguing idea for a third Haunted Bluffs Mystery. I’ve also written two new mysteries – one co-authored by my husband – both in the editing stages. I’m contemplating bringing back to life the very first manuscript I wrote. My agent and I both love the book but never found the right home for it. It needs a good polish and I’m hoping to find the time to do that between other projects.

More About Loretta Marion

A true bibliophile, Loretta Marion‘s affection for the written word began in childhood and followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she crafted award-winning marketing and advertising copy and educational brochures. She then applied her writing skills as a volunteer, establishing a Legacy Story program for hospice patients, which inspired her to create her own fictional stories. Her debut novel, The Fool’s Truth, is a twisty mystery set in Maine. Her Haunted Bluffs Mystery Series is set on Cape Cod and was introduced by Crooked Lane Books in 2018 beginning with HOUSE OF ASHES. Her newest release, STORM OF SECRETS, is the second book of the series.

When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey.

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#SpecialGuest – Lois Winston – Author of Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) – Great Escapes Book Tour @Anasleuth

Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
(An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

About Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide


Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Independently Published
Print Length: 212 pages
Digital ASIN: B07VG2QZXV

Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend (and possible spy) Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.

In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?

Christmas craft projects included.

Author Interview

I am excited to have Lois visit today! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have a degree in graphic design and illustration from back in the pre-computer dinosaur era and worked for decades as a designer and editor in the consumer crafts industry. Now I’m a bestselling and award-winning author of 17 adult novels, 1 middle-grade novel, 5 novellas, one nonfiction book, and several short stories. I began my writing career penning romances and romantic suspense before switching over to cozy mysteries. I now write two cozy series—The Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, featuring reluctant amateur sleuth and crafts editor Anastasia Pollack, and The Empty Nest Mysteries, which is my homage to the classic Thin Man movies but with a modern twist.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

  1. I can play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon in two degrees. Not that I’ve ever met Kevin Bacon, but his father and I attended the same church when I lived in Philadelphia.
  2. I wanted to be an astronaut, but NASA isn’t interested in vertically challenged astronauts who suffer from motion sickness.
  3. I’m one of a select few people in the world (or so it seems) who hate peanut butter. I can’t even stomach the smell of the stuff. I used to hold my breath when I made PB&J sandwiches for my kids.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Fun with Dick and Jane. Does that show my age?

What are you reading now?

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

What books have most inspired you?

This is one of those questions I find really hard to answer because there are so many ways to be inspired by books. I love books that make me laugh, and I love books that pull on my heartstrings. There are some books that have stayed with me even though I read them years ago because the plots and characters were so fabulous and the writing so gripping. Have they inspired my own writing? I’m sure everything I’ve ever read has inspired me in one way or another. It’s very hard for a writer not to be inspired by everything she reads, sees, and experiences.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Long story short—one day an editor told my agent she was looking for a cozy series featuring crafts. Knowing my background in the crafts industry, my agent suggested I try writing one. It turned out to be love at first tap of the computer keys. I never went back to writing romance.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I have a dedicated office for my writing. There’s a large, L-shaped desk, lots of bookcases, and two large windows.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I’m a news junkie. Just about all of my plots have been inspired by what I’ve read in the newspaper or seen on the local or national news. For instance, the plot of Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide was inspired by a murder that took place last year about twenty miles from where I live.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Some writers plot out every scene of every chapter before they ever begin writing the first sentence. If I did that, I’d find writing the actual book too much like drudge work because I’d already know everything that was going to happen. The most I’ll ever do in the way of plotting is write a couple of paragraphs of a general idea for the story. So sometimes I wind up writing myself into a corner, and it takes a few days of mulling things over in my head and brainstorming with my critique partner before I can figure out a way to move forward. It’s frustrating when it happens, but it always works out in the end.

What do you think makes a good story?

A book has to hook me from the very beginning with interesting characters and well-written prose. If it doesn’t, I toss it aside and move on to the next book. Life is too short to spend any time with mediocre writing and boring characters.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I think I subconsciously instilled much of my personality into Anastasia. We’ve also had similar careers and communist mothers-in-law.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

When I was asked to write a crafting cozy, I did a lot of research into the sub-genre and found they all centered round a crafter who worked in one specific craft or who owned a specific type of craft shop. I wanted to do something different rather than compete with what was already out there. Writing about a protagonist who works as the crafts editor of a women’s magazine enables me to feature different crafts in each book.

In addition, most cozies take place in small towns. Mine takes place in a suburb of New York City.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m already thinking about the next book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series and am mulling over a few different plot ideas.

Thank you Lois for dropping by today!

 

More About Lois Winston

 

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick-lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

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