Dec 082018
 

NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart

I am so excited to have Larissa Reinhart stop by for a visit today!

Hi Larissa, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a stay-at-home mom who does book formatting and writes books on the side. I’ve got two teenage girls who really influenced me in writing NC-17, the third Maizie Albright Star Detective book. Maizie is hired by fifteen-year-old YouTube stars to find their missing co-star. I also used to teach high school history, so I love having children in my books. But watching my daughters’ use of YouTube (they watch it more than TV), really influenced my decision to focus the celebrity entertainment part of the mystery on YouTube.

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

  1. I sing in a church choir. Music is a big part of my life. I was offered a scholarship to study music for college but didn’t want to teach. And ended up teaching history.
  2. I was born with a very mild form of cerebral palsy but wasn’t able to walk normally for until after a lot of physical therapy. Which is probably why I almost failed PE in elementary school. And why I tend to walk on my toes.
  3. Even though I post a lot of pictures of my dog, Biscuit, I grew up with cats. I love cats, but I’m allergic to them!

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Tawny Scrawny Lion. I loved that book! I still have it. Love those Little Golden Books!

What are you reading now?

I’m re-reading my battered paperback of DEAD CERT by Dick Francis. I went to a steeplechase recently. I want to use a steeplechase in a new manuscript and to get some background, I’m going back to Dick Francis. I read many of his books ten years ago or more, so it’s been a while!

What made you decide you want to write?

I’ve always written stories since kindergarten or first grade. I think they’re all stories that I want to work out for myself or to entertain myself. I get an idea and need to write it out.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I have a Danish modern chair we inherited from my husband’s grandparents. They brought it back from Denmark when they were stationed in Europe after WWII. It’s got a footstool and is very comfortable for holding a laptop in my lap and writing. I sit at my desk for the “business” side of writing.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

It’s very random. Sometimes events or places I’ve visited, like the steeplechase I mentioned earlier. A person will catch my eye. I might hear about a crime.

What books have most inspired you?

Books by Agatha Christie, Elmore Leonard, Jennifer Crusie, and Daphne du Maurier.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Making myself sit for long periods of time. It’s very hard for me!

What do you think makes a good story?

More than a compelling plot, I think interesting characters with a well-developed character arc makes a great story.

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

Oh boy. None really! They’re all affected by the sins of their parents and I had a pretty happy childhood. But I can put myself in their mindset, so there has to be a little in there, right? For Maizie Albright, it’s probably her optimism and naïveté. For Cherry Tucker, the art, her height, and I grew up in the country, so there’s a little redneck in me. Finley Goodhart’s really hard to call because she grew up on the streets as a teenager. She’s small town, though, so I know that.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

I think it chose me. I wanted to write romantic comedies with a mystery subplot, but I ended up writing mysteries with a romantic comedy subplot!

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

My voice stands out. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. A lot of cozies have humor in them, but something about my voice makes it distinctive. My first critique of Portrait of a Dead Guy was done by an established romance author and she said it was the kind of voice people would either “love or hate.” A good editor helps with that!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’ve always got many kettles boiling. The steeplechase scene will likely appear in my next Finley Goodhart Crime Caper. I’ve been taking notes on the next Maizie Albright, 18 Caliber, and ideas for another Cherry Tucker. Too many stories to write and too little time!

Thank you so much, Larissa, for stopping by today!

Keep reading to find out about Larissa’s new book, NC-17.

About the Book


NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
Cozy Mystery/Women’s Detective Fiction
3rd in Series
Past Perfect Press (December 4, 2018)
Paperback, 370 pages
ISBN13 – 9781732351660
Digital ASIN: B07HFVV7V7

#StillDetectiveing

As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.

Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.

Wait, not man of her dreams.
Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.

While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.

Praise for NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart

I love Mazie and her hot mess of everything. She tries so hard to channel inner acting jobs to help her get through everything and when the chips are down.
~Community Bookstop

The entertaining story drew me in instantly and kept me enthralled all the way through. I love the ending.
~Jane Reads

About the Author

Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Cherry Tucker Mystery, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. Her works have been chosen as book club picks by Woman’s World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews.

Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, and join her newsletter for a free short story.

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Dec 052018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so excited to have Kate visit today as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour! 

Welcome, Kate! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I live in the Pacific Northwest and write multiple mystery series. All of my books are set here because I think it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet and I love getting to share that with readers. I want readers to feel a deep sense of place when they read my books.

What are three things most people don’t know about you? I’m fluent in sign language. I cannot sing to save my life. I’m a total klutz. Not once, but twice I’ve tripped on the sidewalk and broken a bone.

What is the first book you remember reading? Little House on the Prairie. My mom read it out loud to me every night before bed. She ignited my passion for books and reading at a young age.

What are you reading now? Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It’s a wonderful story about overcoming the past and finding a way to let love in. It’s heartbreaking at times, but equally uplifting. I highly recommend it!

What made you decide you want to write?  I wrote my first mystery in second grade, which my parents saved. I wrote poetry, songs, and essays throughout my early childhood and into my college years. I wrote dozens of terrible first drafts of books that will never see the light of day. It wasn’t until much later that I decided to take the plunge into writing mysteries.

Do you have a special place you like to write? I write in my office. I wish that I was the kind of writer who could go to a coffee shop or a bookstore to write, but I need complete focus when I’m writing. I get too distracted people watching anywhere other than my office. Plus, I usually end up walking around and talking to myself or acting out a scene when I’m working on a new manuscript. I might get some strange looks at a coffee shop.

Where do the ideas for your books come from? Everywhere! Honestly, no joke, I have stacks and stacks of scraps of paper, napkins, old receipts, with story ideas from the news, from friends, from listening to strangers on an airplane. Story ideas are everywhere. The issue is finding time to use them all.

What books have most inspired you? Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden—were all early influences, but I read everything. My dad taught English so he introduced me to Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and all of the classics. I love Ursula Le Guin, Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen. I could go on and on…

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging? Time! I constantly have story ideas and characters tapping at my head. I need more hours in the day.

What do you think makes a good story? Authenticity. Of course, readers will have to suspend some belief when it comes to murder, but I love to read and want to write stories that have depth and real characters who grow and evolve.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you? I think each of my protagonists have a piece of me in them. Touches of my real life experience come through in everything I write, and I’m glad that I get to share that with readers.

Why did you pick your particular genre? I think that mysteries are sometimes under-rated. They’re very cerebral. The reader has the same opportunity as the sleuth to piece together the clues and figure out whodunit. It’s all there on the page, as long as you don’t go astray down a red herring trail. I also think there’s something very satisfying about reading mysteries. In today’s world where everything feels out of control, there’s comfort in knowing that every book will bring closure and justice. Where good triumphs over evil.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre? My books definitely have a Pacific Northwest slant, and very strong female relationships. Sometimes female relationships end up maligned in books, but I like writing female characters who support one another.

What’s next on the horizon for you? Next up is the release of the 9th book, Live and Let Pie, in my Bakeshop Mysteries that I write as Ellie Alexander, coming in early 2019.

~Thank you, Kate, so much for visiting today.

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley

About the Book

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496705157
ISBN-13: 978-1496705150
Digital ASIN: B07B73XJJG

Who could object to a flower festival?

Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin are delighted that their Portland floral boutique is part of the city’s Rose Festival, which draws thousands to the Pacific Northwest for dragon boat races, fireworks, and other attractions—capped off by a big parade. They’re building a float that’s sure to rock the judge’s boat . . . until a gang of angry protestors shows up. The group, who call themselves Dark Fusion, are decidedly not into flower power, and they want to take down the system . . . including the upcoming extravaganza.

Then their leader is strangled with a garland of violets—and Britta finds the body. With tensions running high and so much at stake, there are plenty of suspects, from the Grand Marshal to a longtime volunteer to a former Rose Queen. But before Britta and Elin can stem the violence, the case is going to get even more explosive . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have been looking forward to heading back to Portland since I finished Natural Thorn Killers back in April. Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin have the most amazing flower shop and create such spectacular arrangements so having them design a beautiful, shining float for the annual Rose Parade is exciting. So much work with the help of just a few volunteers. But a group of protesters is ready to ruin everything. Dark Fusion, a gang, is determined to take down the system, starting with disrupting the whole event. Organizers are nervous, the police are on high alert, but when the gang’s leader is killed terror rises to a new level. Britta finding the body and her curious nature has her snooping for clues. But hold on tight, the city is going to rock before this killer is brought to justice.

This was a fantastic read. Tension always just below the surface until everything explodes.

I have helped build a few floats in my day and rode on a few too. Nothing ever elaborate as the floats in this story but understood the hard work that goes into making them truly shine. Most of the story takes place in the “float barn” and the author took us inside and her words truly painted a picture of all the happenings. The flowers, the floats, the cut up hands of the workers trying to get everything just right. The craziness and chaos as the deadline for completion draws near and then the chaos of a murder investigation added on top of all that.

Ms. Dyer-Seeley has created very likable characters along with some dastardly ones. Britta has her hands full with the float and making centerpiece arrangements for the big festival dinner, plus she is in the prime position to ask questions and make keen observations. Elin has an old beau in town and she spends most of her time with him rekindling their romance. There are tons of suspects especially the gang members full of violent tendencies. But a former Rose Festival Princess, the Grand Marshall and a couple other festival workers also find their names on the list.

The story takes some great twists and turns. Danger ramps up with fires and explosions. The pace was fast, almost too fast in places. Things were happening so quickly I had to slow down and reread a couple passages to make sure where all the key people ended up and zone it to catch any clues.

The author ties things up very satisfactorily at the end but I almost didn’t want the story to end. I really like Britta and her Aunt Elin and  wasn’t quite ready to say good-bye. I am excited to see what happens next in their lives.

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Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Praise for Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley

If you don’t love flowers before reading this book you definitely will by the time you are done. We get the loveliest flower descriptions ever in these stories thanks to the love of flowers from the main character Britta who runs a flower shop with her Aunt.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Ms. Dyer-Seeley is one of my absolute favorite writers and Violet Tendencies is a fun, exciting mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

Lots of good suspects and plenty of suspicious activity make VIOLET TENDENCIES a complex, suspenseful mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

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Nov 262018
 

Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a cozy mystery author and have written The Pecan Bayou and Piney Woods Series. I love to write about little towns in Texas.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?
I used to be an English teacher, but for the last twenty years, I have enjoyed teaching preschoolers music on a part-time basis.

My dad was in the army, but after he retired our family moved to Colorado.

I love to play video games. Stardew Valley is my favorite.

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Bobbsey Twins

What are you reading now?

The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen.

What made you decide to write?
I always wanted to write, but like many people, it was one of those things that I was going to do someday. I didn’t get serious about it until my forties and then I couldn’t read enough about writing. From there, I just enjoyed writing and have done it ever since. Pecan Bayou mystery came out in 2011 that was when I got serious about writing.

Do you have a special place to write?
I write mostly in my office. I have to have quiet when I write. How else will I hear all those voices in my head? I could never write successfully in a coffee shop. Writers are observers, and there are just too many interesting things and people to observe in a place like that.

Where do you get ideas for your books?
I collect news clippings from interesting stories I see. Oh Holy Fright was inspired by a mailman in Italy. That’s all I’ll tell you.

What books have an inspired you most?
I love the book Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg. She inspires me both as a person and as a writer. Every time I finish one of her books I say to my husband, when I grow up, I want to write like that. She beautifully portrays an idealistic view of small town living with a hilarious dose of humor. I know I should have named a mystery writer here but for me the small-town figures prominently in storytelling. My books are not police procedurals. They are normal people you would meet anywhere who are dealing with a crisis.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
When I first started writing, I would get into that middle of the book slump. You have great ideas for the story in the first half and the ending, but in the middle, it’s hard to know how to connect the two pieces. I finally figured out I needed to develop my story more fully through outlining and planning.

What do you think makes a good story?
A story needs to have a mystery that is complex enough of a puzzle to be a challenge, but it also needs to have a heart. That heart comes from the town and the characters and the things they’re going through while the mystery unfolds.

Which of all your characters you think is most like you?
When I first started writing, I would have said, Betsy, the main character and a helpful hints columnist. My life was where she was and still is. Now that I’m older and my children are now adults, I identify with Aunt Maggie. Her son Danny is at home as I have my son Andrew. Danny goes to day habilitation during the day, and so does my son. In the beginning, Aunt Maggie was more, my mother and my aunt.

Why did you pick your particular genre?
Can I answer this with I’m no good at romance writing? It would be the truth. Seriously though, I have always enjoyed a good mystery, and a mystery can exist in anything from a western, to science fiction, to police procedural to what I write- cozies.

What makes your books different from all others out there in this genre?
I think my readers I have come to love my characters like family. Readers ask me if certain characters will have bigger roles in the next book. I also try to make sure there is an act of kindness in every book.

What’s next on the horizon for you?
I have another Piney Woods mystery, A Sneeze to Die For, coming out in January 2019 with Camel Press. This is the second book in my hotel series. A cat convention has come to the Tunie Hotel in Piney Woods, Texas and my main character, Nora, is allergic to cats.

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Oh Holy Fright (Pecan Bayou Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Self Published (October 31, 2018)
Number of Pages: 255
ASIN: B07JFNSC11

It’s Christmas in Pecan Bayou, Texas. Join Betsy (aka The Happy Hinter) for a good old small-town Christmas complete with Christmas carols, over the top light displays, delicious food, loving friends and…a Christmas Creeper. One of the residents of Pecan Bayou has a secret and you’d better lock the door because that isn’t Santa out there or even a stray elf. Enjoy spending Christmas with the town and family you’ve come to know in the Pecan Bayou Series.

Recipes and helpful hints included!

Praise for Oh Holy Fright (Pecan Bayou Mystery)
by Teresa Trent

I enjoyed meeting Betsy, the “Happy Hinter” and her family and friends living in Pecan Bayou.
~Carla Loves To Read

If you want a funny and cute holiday-themed mystery, this is your book! Trust me, you will be as excited as I was to visit this book and series. It is light-hearted, fun and mysterious, just in time for Christmas!
~Bibliophile Reviews

The Pecan Bayou Series brings cozy mysteries in the kind of town where readers wish they could live. Teresa Trent has a gentle writing style to keep her fans turning the pages in delight and intrigue.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

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Teresa Trent writes humorous cozy mysteries that take place in the small towns of Texas. Her Pecan Bayou series features Betsy, the town’s helpful hints columnist who seems to spend a lot of time getting out blood stains.   Teresa’s Piney Woods Series with Camel Press takes place in an East Texas hotel and features Nora, a redhead with an eye for crime.

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Nov 132018
 

Purls and Poison (A Black Sheep & Co. Mystery)
by Anne Canadeo

Author Interview

I am super excited to have Anne stop by today!

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live on Long Island, in Northport, an old-fashioned looking village on the Long Island Sound. Plum Harbor, in the Black Sheep mysteries, and also, Cape Light in the series I write as Katherine Spencer, are both based on my own hometown. We’ve lived here for about 20 years and before that in Brooklyn.

I grew up on Long Island, but lived in different parts of the country after college and also in the Bahamas. I think moving around and meeting different types of people helped me mature a lot, and also helped me as writer, teaching me that most people share the same hopes and concerns. I’ve been married for almost 30 years to my husband, Spencer and we have one daughter, Kate who is well “launched” and lives in Washington, D.C. We used to have two dogs, but now only have our sweet, funny Lily, a Golden Retriever who is just like Lucy’s Binger’s dog, Tink. I’m a real homebody. I love to cook and work in the garden and I also volunteer a lot in our community, with a winter respite program for the homeless and managing a food program that meets weeks and delivers food to those in need.

  1. What are three things most people dont know about you?

I’m allergic to eggplant, my middle name is Bernadette and at around age 12, I (briefly) played the B-flat tuba.

  1. What is the first book you remember reading?

I recall reading all the Dr. Seuss books early on, but can’t remember one on particular. The first novel I remember taking out of the school library was titled, B is for Betsy, but the story was not memorable. I loved all the books by Beverly Cleary and one of my favorite books of all time is Charlottes Web. It has so much wisdom in it. I had trouble learning how to read in first grade, but once I started I couldn’t stop.

  1. What are you reading now?

I just finished Eleanor Oliphant Is Perfectly Fine.

  1. What made you decide you want to write?

Storytelling came naturally to me. I made up poems and stories before I could write or read, But I didn’t have the confidence or whatever it takes, to jump into writing fiction full time, straight off. I wrote only poetry into my twenties and initially wanted to be a college professor. I went as far as a Master’s Degree in literature, but I was working in publishing while going to graduate school, and I enjoyed editorial work. So I stuck with that instead of going for a Ph. D. I worked at several major houses before jumping to the other side of the desk.

  1. Do you have a special place you like to write?

Absolutely – I have a great little office in our house, and sit surrounded by all my favorite books, and those I’ve written on the shelves, and a lot of encouraging signs, good luck charms and photos. I must write at my own desk, on my own computer and wear earplugs, even though, except for the dog, I’m alone most of the time. But I ponder my work everywhere once I’m in a project, and often get the best ideas and insights when I’m away from my desk — cleaning the house, in the shower, walking the dog etc.

  1. Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I wish I knew! Plots for books grow in mind, like a pot of soup with ingredients being added. Or, like a lot of post-its getting stuck together and somehow, creating a story. Sometimes I notice situations in real life or the news that hold possibilities for a story. Sometimes it’s just an image in my mind, or a character will come to me, and the story grows from their personality and issues in their life.

  1. What books have most inspired you?

Again, that is hard to say. I have a range of favorite authors, such as Jane Austen, Alice Munro, Ann Patchett and for mystery authors, Alexander McCall Smith and Sue Grafton. Discovering a new author that inspires you is always thrilling. I love all of Elizabeth Strout’s work. She’s my newest favorite.

  1. Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

After I work out a concept, I like to write a fairly complete outline. That can be challenging because I really dig down, and think through the scenes and situations that will move the train down the tracks. I will depart and get new ideas when I’m actually writing, but it’s important for me to know how I’m going to get from A to B. That’s the real heavy lifting of the process for me. Also, the very start of a book can be slow, until the writing starts to carry you along.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

Many elements are important for a story that really draws in a reader – a likable or at least, relatable character with a strong, distinct voice. Well drawn supporting characters throughout, and believable motives that are emotion based. In mysteries, the best motives seem to come from love, jealousy or protecting a loved one. Conflict in the story is extremely important and needs to build, and also, hold surprising twists and complications. The ending needs to be logical and satisfying, too. I always like to show that the main character has experienced some “process,” Meaning they are different in some way at the end of the story, compared to how they started out. Maybe they have had an insight about themselves or the world at large or some important realization, and the reader might, too.

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

It’s tough to choose and depends on a lot on my mood when I answer. I’ve decided that all the characters I write about are a little like me, or reflect some aspect of my personality. When you write, you’re an actor playing many roles.

  1. Why did you pick your particular genre?

I’ve always loved mysteries,  starting with Sherlock Holmes. But it took me a while to crack the code on how to put together a mystery plot that would adequately – most of the time—stump a reader.

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

The series has no single, amateur sleuth. The knitting group solves the mysteries together and the point of view in each story moves around between the members. I think the friendship among the knitting group characters and their amusing conversation makes this series different from a lot of others, too. Most readers say they love just hanging out with the Black Sheep. Each book is like getting together with a great bunch of women friends.

  1. Whats next on the horizon for you.

I have a few projects on the back burner. One is a more serious mystery set in New York City in 1947 and another is a regular novel. And more Black Sheep mysteries, too. I’m presently working on HOUNDS OF THE BASKET STITCH, which will be published in the fall of 2019.

Thank you, Anne, for visiting today!

Now keep reading to learn about her new book, Purls and Poison

About the Book


Purls and Poison (A Black Sheep & Co. Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (October 30, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496708636
ISBN-13: 978-1496708632
Digital ASIN: B079KT54BW

When a fellow Black Sheep Knitter is suspected of poisoning her coworker, the group puts down their needles and takes up their friend’s defense . . .

Suzanne Cavanaugh has just about had it with her office rival at Prestige Properties. It’s bad enough that Liza Devereaux is constantly needling her at work, but when she shows up at one of Suzanne’s open houses to poach potential buyers, it’s the last straw. No one in the office fails to hear the two snarling at each other.

When Liza is later found dead in her office cubicle—poisoned by a diet shake—Suzanne becomes the prime suspect. It’s soon discovered, though, that Liza had double-crossed so many around town and stashed their dark secrets in her designer handbags that anyone could be the culprit.

The Black Sheep Knitters have no doubt their friend has been framed—but they need to prove it. Stirred to action, they get together to catch a sneaky killer who’s trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes . . .

Praise for Purls and Poison (A Black Sheep & Co. Mystery)
by Anne Canadeo

Such a prolific author, such good mysteries! I raced through PURLS AND POISON, not sidetracking to read something else . . . I so admire this strong group friendship, these ladies go all out for each other, sacrificing personal concerns when necessary. Friendship over all!
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

A fun story fit for all ages just like the characters. A knitters delight.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

About The Author

Anne Canadeo is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including the Black Sheep & Company Mysteries, and as Katherine Spencer, the Cape Light and Angel Island series. She somehow manages to write a lot,  despite many and much-loved distractions — such as digging up the garden, hanging out with her dog, trying new recipes, drinking copious amounts of mint tea, eating chocolate and volunteer work in the community. She lives in Northport, NY, a village on the Long Island Sound very much like the settings of her stories. Anne loves to hear from readers. Answering their messages is definitely another favorite distraction in her day.

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Dec 122017
 


An Interview with Heather Haven

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Sarasota, Florida, during the winter hiatus of the circus. I spent most of my life in bathing suits, as kids who are born in southern Florida usually do. In fact, I know what year is what when I see myself in a particular bathing suit in scrapbooks. I always wrote. I started out by putting lyrics to any musical numbers I heard on the radio. My first paying writing job was when I was seventeen. I wrote a gossip column for the Miami Beach Sun on the happenings of residents in a Miami Beach condo. I got paid $25 a week! For a kid back in the Punic Wars, that was a lot of money. After college, I headed for New York City. Among other things, I had several off-off-Broadway plays produced, wrote ad copy for No Soap Radio, and worked backstage on Broadway doing costumes. When my husband and I moved to California, I began writing novels. It’s been a fun ride. I am very blessed.

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

  • I like to say I was born on a trunk at Ringling Brothers’ Circus, instead of Judy Garland’s song, I Was Born In A Trunk At The Princess Theater. My parents met and married during the golden age of the circus. My mother was a performer and my father was an elephant trainer. I have pictures of me sitting atop the head of a baby elephant, Mom and Dad on each side.
  • I like to sing harmony along with my singer/musician husband, but microphones scare me.
  • I wish I could live on a farm and take in unwanted, abused animals.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Uncle Remus. It was a large book, mostly pictures, and I was probably four. At nine, I read my first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock. There was no turning back.

What are you reading now?

I’m in the middle of four books. One’s on Mae West, two mysteries, and a how-to on painting. Where there’s life, there’s hope! As for the mysteries, I am a member of Sisters in Crime, NorCal Chapter. We have a lot of talented authors in the group. I am making it my mission to read at least one published novel by each member. They are really wonderful reads. I probably could spend my life reading nothing but work from this group and never get tired of it.

What made you decide you want to write?

I didn’t have much to say about it. I’ve always been a writer. However, I took an early retirement from Stanford University, where I had a great job, to write full-time. I try to turn out one novel every twelve to fourteen months.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

My office. Small but mighty and right off the kitchen. It used to be the breakfast nook, but with two people, who needs a breakfast nook? Plus I needed, as Virginia Woolf advised, a room of one’s own!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I read the papers. Truth is stranger than fiction, for sure. Especially nowadays.

What books have most inspired you?

Too numerous to list. However, P. G. Wodehouse, Carolyn Hart, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, David Sedaris, John Le Carré, are but a few who inspire me to try to write my best. Shakespeare heads the list. He was beyond a genius. If he ever looks down and sees me, I want him to be able to say, “There’s that Heather Haven again, thinking she can write. Oh, well, she always does her best.”

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

All of it.

What do you think makes a good story?

Something that rings true. Fiction shines a light on the truth. Throw in a funny line every now and then, and you’ve got something.

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

Most of them have a few of my traits here and there. That’s always a good starting place, but as the characters solidify in my mind, they become less and less like me.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

I don’t like stuff that’s too heavy. I want to think about something, not cry about it. If I want a good cry, I can always pick up the real estate section of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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

My books are written on many levels. Scratch the surface and you’ll discover a darker place than you thought would be there. But if you don’t want to scratch, sit back, have a good laugh, and an adventure that has a happy ending. Life is for living, but it can be tough.  We need to be positive, upbeat and do our best. At night, when we lay our heads on the pillow, we need to know that no matter what the outcome, we did our best. That’s all we can ask of ourselves. Further, my work is dedicated to families of all types everywhere.  When we are fortunate to share our lives with others, bound by love and hopes for a good future, we are, indeed, a family. And very blessed.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The sky’s the limit, Toots, the sky’s the limit.

Thank you, Heather, for being my guest today!

Now let me tell you about her latest cozy mystery!


The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
The Wives of Bath Press (November 27, 2017)
Print Length: 281 pages
E-Book ASIN: B076HDD3JY

Lee’s Uncle ‘Tío’ is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?

Praise for The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
by Heather Haven

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Alvarez Family (since finding her first book on Bookbub a few years ago) and enjoy Ms. Haven’s sense of humor as she spins her stories for us readers.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

I have been such a huge fan of this series I love how the Alvarez’s work together to get to the bottom of every situation they are handled.
~Community Bookstop

 

More About the Author

After studying drama at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, Heather went to Manhattan to pursue a career. There she wrote short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and two one-act plays, produced at several places, such as Playwrights Horizon. Once she even ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency. She was unemployed at the time.

One of her first paying jobs was writing a love story for a book published by Bantam called Moments of Love. She had a deadline of one week but promptly came down with the flu. Heather wrote “The Sands of Time” with a raging temperature, and delivered some pretty hot stuff because of it. Her stint at New York City’s No Soap Radio – where she wrote comedic ad copy – help develop her long-time love affair with comedy.

Her first novel of the humorous Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Murder is a Family Business, is a winner of the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011. The second, A Wedding to Die For, received finalist nods from both Global and EPIC’s for Best eBook Mystery of the Year, 2012. It also won the Editors and Predators silver, 2012. The third of the series, Death Runs in the Family, won the Global Gold 2013. The fourth installment, Dead…If Only, won Global Silver 2015. The CEO Came DOA, Book Five, won the Global Gold Medal 2017 and Dan Poynter Legacy Award 2017. The Culinary Art of Murder is the sixth book of the series.

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Dec 082017
 

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

Author Interview – Suzanne Trauth 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a multi-genre writer. I started out writing screenplays and then transitioned to novels and plays. Since my background is in dramatic works, I focus a lot on plot and dialogue in my Dodie O’Dell Mystery Series.

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

I have had play readings at a number of theatres in the New York/New Jersey area and a number of years ago, I co-wrote a play about Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans. I also wrote and directed a short film. But I am a mystery book lover at heart. I once stayed home from work to finish a novel!

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember being read to at a very early age but Nancy Drew mysteries and the Bobbsey Twins series stand out.

What are you reading now?

I am reading several books now: AMERICANAH, Louise Penny’s series (specifically A FATAL GRACE) and ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY!

What made you decide you want to write?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write! In grade school and high school, I tinkered with plays and short stories. But then I got caught up with theatre and my focus shifted away from writing. But fortunately I found my way back about twenty years ago and now I am focused on my mystery series.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I generally do most of my writing in a home office in northern New Jersey. But I do take notes everywhere… Snippets of conversation, character ideas, everywhere I go it seems I find material!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Now that I have a series going, there is a town and its inhabitants that lay the groundwork for each novel. But each novel also introduces new characters, so many ideas come from them! The characters speak to me…Ideas also are generated by the play that I have chosen for each novel. For example, the first Dodie O’Dell mystery featured ROMEO AND JULIET so the play was a springboard for the setting, character interaction, and murder mystery.

What books have most inspired you?

In the mystery world, I am truly inspired by Elizabeth George and Louise Penny. Each of their series provides food for thought, exceptionally well-plotted stories with strong and engaging characters. In the non-mystery world, I love to read a range of authors. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE stands out. I love books set during World War II.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

For me getting the first draft down can be a challenge. Thoughts and ideas tumble out while I am trying to adhere to a very loose outline. Once the draft is finished and I start the next draft, it can be a challenge to establish clues, investigative procedures, and red herrings! I want to keep the reader engaged but not give away the end of the book.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think all of the standard elements must be present for a good story: well-drawn characters, a strong setting, believable and interesting dialogue. And then the X factor…that extra something that really pulls in the reader and makes her want to stay up all night, or skip work, to finish.

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

Hmmm…great question. I suppose I see myself in several characters. Dodie’s management skills, adventurous spirit, and sense of humor; Walter’s wacky rehearsal exercises; Lola’s friendship.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

Write what you know? Or at least write what you enjoy…I have loved mystery novels since I was a grade schooler, beginning with Nancy Drew. Reading a mystery novel is like solving a puzzle and puzzles fascinate me.

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

There are so many wonderful mystery series out there…when I started in on the Dodie O’Dell books, I decided to place the mysteries within the context of a small town restaurant (the Winderjammer) and community theatre (the Etonville Little Theatre). So, I am combining food and theatre. I think that combination might be unique.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

RUNNING OUT OF TIME is the third book in the Dodie O’Dell Mystery Series. Book number four—JUST IN TIME—will appear in the fall of 2018. Books five and six are already in the planning stages…

Thank you, Suzanne, for being my guest today!

About The Author

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Readers can visit her website at www.suzannetrauth.com and on Facebook.

 


Running out of Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (October 10, 2017)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601837240
Digital ASIN: B01NBUM1LD

Restaurant manager Dodie O’Dell’s themed food ideas have been called cute, clever, and delicious, but never revolutionary—until now. Dodie’s Windjammer Restaurant is stocking the Etonville Little Theatre’s concession stand with colonial-era desserts and drinks: Swamp Yankee applesauce cake, pumpkin bread, hot cider punch, and mulled wine to complement the latest production. A local playwright has adapted Thornton Wilder’s Our Town into Eton Town, shifting the story to colonial America and the founding of Etonville, New Jersey, shortly after the Revolutionary War.

On opening night, hours before the curtain rises, Dodie runs into an agitated actress backstage with blood on her hands. Then a stranger is found among the chairs set for a graveyard scene with a knife in his chest. The show will not go on—the theatre is now a crime scene. Hoping to clear the red-handed suspect, Dodie returns to the role of amateur sleuth to mull over the clues and beat the backstage stabber to the punch—before someone else becomes history . . .

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Oct 252017
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am over the moon to have Larissa at Escape With Dollycas today as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour! 


20 Quick Questions with Larissa Reinhart

 

Favorite Color – orange

Favorite Candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Favorite Snack – Fried Apple Pie

Favorite Soft Drink – Tea

Favorite Hard Drink – Lemon Sour (a drink in Japan made from fresh lemon, seltzer water, and Japanese grain alcohol—kind of a vodka made from rice)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – dark chocolate with raspberry

Favorite Movie – Lost in Translation

Favorite TV Show – Cops

Favorite Book – This one’s too hard, I have many favorites 😉 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is my earliest favorite.

Favorite Fictional Character – Edward Rochester

Favorite Super Hero – Black Widow

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Favorite Carnival Ride – bumper cars

Favorite Spring Activity – Eating BBQ

Favorite Summer Activity – Floating or tubing (inner tube on a river)

Favorite Fall Activity – Going to the North Georgia Mountains and eating fried apple pie

Favorite Winter Activity – Reading

Favorite Place to Read – In bed

Favorite Place to Write – In my inherited Danish chair with a footstool

Not sure if this what Larissa’s looks like 🙂

Dream Vacation Destination – Singapore

Thank you so much Larissa for plating 20 Quick Questions! 

Now let me tell you about her new book!

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Romance
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press (October 17, 2017)
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8

#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.

Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.

So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Maizie Albright is working at Nash Security Solutions but as a bookkeeper instead of getting the training she needs for her private detective license. That changes when she brings the firm a new case that entails keeping a movie starlet out of trouble and to the set on time. Should be easy, right? But what starts out a basically a babysitting job turns into a full blown case with dead bodies and body doubles. It also brings Wyatt closer to admitting his feeling for her. Now she just needs to stay alive and solve the case so she can maybe take their relationship to a whole new level.

Hollywood comes to Georgia and brings a whole bunch of trouble. I liked that Maizie had a history with actress she is supposed to be “watching” and quickly finds out she really doesn’t know her very well at all.  It isn’t long before Nash is brought in because with the sighting of  more than one dead body that goes missing before the cops can arrive, Maizie is clearly in over her head. Maize still has the spunk she had in the first book, standing up to her overbearing mother and not giving up on the case. Finding herself in some sticky situations she is able to think on her feet, but some situations could be avoided if she would think before she acts. That is why she is still in training and #StillAWannabeDetective.

The author has packed a lot of action, danger, humor, and romantic tension in this story. Twists and turns are “off the chain” 🙂 The relationships and conversation are realistic and had me laughing so many times. Maize is truly one of a kind and I just can’t get enough. Unlike her former Hollywood persona, Julia Pinkerton, there is no script and the dead bodies and the danger are all real. And so is steamy Wyatt Nash. Another awesome character that I love.

I dove right into this book and completely escaped. Yes, I think I am channeling my much younger self  a little bit in this review. Maizie just brings that out of me. This was a fun read and I can’t wait for the next Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery! I really want to follow her wherever she goes and whatever messes she gets herself in and out of.

#AMUSTREAD     #5STARS      #GETYOURCOPYTODAY

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About The Author

Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

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Oct 202017
 

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
by Lois Winston, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Maggie Toussaint, Jonnie Jacobs, Camille Minichino, Heather Haven, Vinnie Hansen, Mary Kennedy, Rita Lakin, and Judy Alter

I am so happy to welcome Jonnie Jacobs to
Escape With Dollycas today to play 20 Quick Questions!


20 Quick Questions with Jonnie Jacobs

 

Favorite Color – Lavender. But most of what I own (clothing and furnishings) is neutral -black, brown or gray. Go figure.
Favorite Candy – I rarely eat candy, but can always be tempted with a piece of Sees – dark chocolate only.

Favorite Snack – Nuts

Favorite Soft Drink – Seltzer water with lime

Favorite Hard Drink –  My go-to is a glass of wine but I love mixed drinks like the mojito, lemon drop, margarita, and the totally decadent pina colada.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Coffee or vanilla

Favorite Movie – No favorite but I enjoy mystery and crime dramas, and quirky movies like Little Miss Sunshine and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. My most memorable movie was The King and I. It was my first movie ever, and we sat in a grand old theater with a live organist who played before the show started. Sheer magic to a child.

I love The King and I too!

Favorite TV Show –Believe it or not, I don’t have a television.

Favorite Book – Impossible choice.

Favorite Fictional Character – Ditto.

Favorite Super Hero – Gosh, the only one I’m actually familiar with is Superman.

Favorite Singer/Group/Band –I favor the classic rock music of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the country/bluegrass music from the same era (probably because that’s what I grew up with.)

Favorite Carnival Ride –Anything tame like the Merry-Go-Round or Ferris Wheel. I’m a wimp when it comes to roller coasters and such.

Favorite Spring Activity –  Evening walks when the air is sweet with spring blossoms.

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Favorite Summer Activity – Hiking, and then spending the afternoon reading.

Favorite Fall Activity – I’m generally energized to clean out and organize (although very little of it actually gets done), and to get back to hobbies like quilting and knitting.

Favorite Winter Activity – Sitting in a comfy chair by a big fire and a book.

Favorite Place to Read – Outside in the shade on a warm summer day.

actor portrayal

Favorite Place to Write – My study (AKA spare bedroom I’ve homesteaded as my own.)

Dream Vacation Destination – I’ve travelled a lot but the list of places I’d like to go keeps growing.

 

About the Author

Jonnie Jacobs is the best selling author of sixteen mystery and suspense novels, and a number of short stories. A former practicing attorney and the mother of two grown sons, she lives in Northern California with her husband. Email her at jonnie@jonniejacobs.com or visit her on the web at http://www.jonniejacobs.com.

 

 


Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
Cozy Mysteries
Self Published
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Print Length: 675 pages
ASIN: B074TVL3HG

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas is a collection of ten mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novella is a tie-in to an established multi-book series—a total of over 800 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, cozy, and female P.I. mysteries.

Frosted, A Moreno & Hart Novella by Allison Brennan & Laura Griffin—Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation. Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart. But their routine assignments are anything but safe.

Crewel Intentions, An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Novella by Lois Winston—Craft editor Anastasia Pollack receives a desperate call for help from former fashion editor Erica Milano, now in Witness Protection. Erica is being stalked and is afraid to notify the authorities. She once saved Anastasia’s life. Will Anastasia be able to return the favor before the stalker strikes?

No Quarter, A Cleopatra Jones Novella by Maggie Toussaint—Amnesia, the doctor says when accountant Cleopatra Jones wakes in a distant hospital. Hours later most of her memory returns. Detective Jack Martinez visits Cleo’s nearby wealthy client, only she’s dead and broke. To Cleo’s horror, she’s a murder suspect. Will she totally recover her memory before the killer returns?

What the Widow Knew, A Kali-O’Brien Novella by Jonnie Jacobs—Attorney Kali O’Brien takes on the case of a young woman accused of murdering her much older, very rich husband. As evidence mounts and other possible suspects are eliminated, Kali’s doubts about her client’s innocence grow. Meanwhile, Kali is also grappling with her feelings for longtime boyfriend Detective Bryce Keating.

The Magnesium Murder, A Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—While freelance embalmer Anastasia Brent prepares the body of a young bride-to-be, she learns the girl’s mother suspects foul play. Once again Anastasia is pressed into service as a sleuth, following a trail of clues in search of a murderer and justice.

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Lee Alvarez Novella by Heather Haven— When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

Smoked Meat, A Carol Sabala Novella by Vinnie Hansen—Baker and wannabe sleuth Carol Sabala visits her mother for a family Christmas get-together. It’s murder, in more ways than one.

A Deadly Fundraiser, A Talk Radio Novella by Mary Kennedy—When radio talk show host Dr. Maggie Walsh and her pals start digging up clues in a scavenger hunt at a glitzy fundraiser, the game suddenly turns deadly. Will Maggie and her team be able to crack the case and solve the crime?

The Color of Fear. A Kelly O’Connell Novella by Judy Alter—Kelly receives a written kidnap threat targeting her infant daughter, Gracie. Kelly’s assistant Keisha narrates as Kelly and her family plot their precautions, but as time passes and the threat still looms, fear takes a toll on the family…and on Keisha.

Papa’s Ghost, A Gladdy Gold Mystery Novella by Rita Lakin—Gladdy and her girls accept an assignment iat a famous resort in Key West, thinking it will combine business with pleasure. Once they arrive, Gladdy suspects something is strange. Not only is their client an unexpected shock, but so is the case of murder they are expected to solve. Can they succeed when a whole city is against them?

Some explicit language in a few of the stories.

 

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I am excited to have Debra visit today for
20 Quick Questions!!

Favorite Color – a perfect, subtle teal green like sunlight filtering through a pine forest

Favorite Candy – dark chocolate

Favorite Snack – peanut butter (on a knife works in a pinch!)

Favorite Soft Drink – Ginger Ale…like maybe twice a year

Favorite Hard Drink – Gave them up years ago (but I did a whisky tasting at Edinburgh Castle last year!)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Dulce de leche

Favorite Movie – Today? Leap Year

Favorite TV Show – Today? Shetland!

Favorite Book – Outlander

Favorite Fictional Character – Black Beauty

Favorite Super Hero – Christopher Reeves as Superman (that’s the extent of my Super Hero knowledge).

Favorite Singer/Group/Band –  Sting

Favorite Carnival Ride – Tilt A Whirl

Favorite Spring Activity – Rushing to finish little jobs around the house in preparation for summer guests

Favorite Summer Activity – Shopping for fabric

Favorite Fall Activity – Catching up on Sleep (but it’s the best time to travel, too!)

Favorite Winter Activity – BingeWatching mysteries and making soup on a Sunday

Favorite Place to Read – in bed

Favorite Place to Write – my recliner

Dream Vacation Destination – the UK. I saw parts of Scotland but I need to go back and see more, plus Wales and England.

Thank you Debra for playing 20 Quick Questions!! 

The Case of the Clobbered Cad (Nosy Parkers Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Journey Fiction (August 4, 2017)
Paperback: 302 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1946892027
E-Book ASIN: B0749K9NZX

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…

Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.

Praise For The Case of the Clobbered Cad (Nosy Parkers Mysteries)
by Debra E. Marvin

Set in the days when every young girl dreamed of following in Nancy Drew’s shadow, with the added attraction of men in kilts and a delectable Scottish brogue, this exciting mystery will sweep you off your feet.
~Laura’s Interests

The writing is strong, and the characters well-developed. The balance of romance vs. mystery is about right for my tastes (i.e., almost all mystery with just a bit of romance). Ms. Marvin seems like an author to watch.
~The Ninja Librarian

The Case of the Clobbered Cad is just the right amount of campy with a dash of romance, a bit of Scottish brogue, and a delightful landlady who really needs her own series 🙂
~Reading is my SuperPower

 


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Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, and contracted with Journey Fiction, and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.

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I am thrilled that Tj could stop by to play 20 Quick Questions!! 

Favorite Color – Black. What else for a mystery and thriller author?


Favorite Candy – Snickers bar (but I rarely eat candy).


Favorite Snack – Ah …. To disclose this would reveal why I am an UFO. (Ugly Fat Old dude)

Favorite Soft Drink – None. It dilutes the bourbon.


Favorite Hard Drink – Bourbon. Good bourbon. Very good bourbon.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Pistachio. No butter pecan. No, pistachio. No …

Favorite Movie – Midnight in Paris (Yeah, I know, weird for a guy like me!) Lonesome Dove. Anything Alistair MacLean like Where Eagles Dare or The Guns of Navarone … I love the old noir, too like Charlie Chan, Poirot, Mr. Moto, and always any B-rated Sci FI or horror movie from the past like Creature of the Black Lagoon, the original Mummy movies, The Blob … you get it!

Favorite TV Show – It changes… but always British mysteries like Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders. Then anything Discovery or History Channel. Right now, I am loving Blood Line on Netflix. I used to love Sci Fi channel when they played goofy, fun, Saturday night movies. Now they are SyFy and play wrestling and reality TV or non-science fiction crap.


Favorite Book –So, so many. Six Days of the Condor. Anything Alistair MacLean, Nelson DeMille (in particular Plum Island).

Favorite Fictional Character – Hercule Poirot—the David Suchet role only.
Hercule Poirot—the David Suchet role only

Favorite Super Hero – None. Not for me.

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and ZZ Top.

Favorite Carnival Ride – The shooting gallery.

Favorite Spring Activity – Riding my Harley Davidson and hanging with my Labs!

Favorite Summer Activity – Riding my Harley Davidson and hanging with my Labs!

Toby and Annie Rose


Favorite Fall Activity – Riding my Harley Davidson and hanging with my Labs!

Toby and Annie Rose


Favorite Winter Activity – Not crashing my Harley on the ice! Then, assuming I make it home after the ice, hanging with my Labs.

Favorite Place to Read – My den.
Favorite Place to Write – My den.

Dream Vacation Destination – Alaska. I’ve traveled so many places in the world I want to see more of the US. If ever possible again, Egypt.

Thank you Tj for playing 20 Quick Questions!!
Give those beautiful pups a huge hug from me!

About This Author

Tj O’CONNOR IS THE GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE 2015 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS (IPPY) FOR MYSTERIES. He is the author of New Sins for Old Scores, from Black Opal Books, and Dying to Know, Dying for the Past, and Dying to Tell. His new thriller, The Consultant, will be out in May 2018 from Oceanview Publishing. Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. He was raised in New York’s Hudson Valley and lives with his wife and Lab companions in Virginia where they raised five children. Dying to Know is also the 2015 Bronze Medal winner of the Reader’s Favorite Book Review Awards, a finalist for the Silver Falchion Best Books of 2014, and a finalist for the Foreword Review’s 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.

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New Sins for Old Scores
by Tj O’Connor
Black Opal Books (May 27, 2017)
Paperback 370 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1626946750
E-Book ASIN: B071S213GB

Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And, when it does, it’s the worst kind of murder.

Detective Richard Jax was never good at history—but, after years as a cop, he is about to get the lesson of his life. Ambushed and dying on a stakeout, he’s saved by Captain Patrick “Trick” McCall—the ghost of a World War II OSS agent. Trick has been waiting since 1944 for a chance to solve his own murder. Soon Jax is a suspect in a string of murders—murders linked to smuggling refugees out of the Middle East—a plot similar to the World War II OSS operation that brought scientists out of war-torn Europe. With the aid of a beautiful and intelligent historian, Dr. Alex Vouros, Jax and Trick unravel a seventy-year-old plot that began with Trick’s murder in 1944. Could the World War II mastermind, code named Harriet, be alive and up to old games? Is history repeating itself?

Together, Jax and Trick hunt for the link between their pasts—confronted by some of Washington’s elite and one provocative, alluring French Underground agent, Abrielle Chanoux. Somewhere in Trick’s memories is a traitor. That traitor killed him. That traitor is killing again. Who framed Jax and who wants Trick’s secret to remain secret? The answer may be, who doesn’t?


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