Dec 172016
 


I am going to catch up on this series in 2017!!

Better Off Thread by Amanda Lee
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Better Off Thread (Embroidery Mystery)
Series: Embroidery Mystery (Book 10)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0451473851
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW26A
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 Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour

Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered.

Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good…

Gayle

 

About This Author

Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. She also writes the Down South Café Mysteries as Gayle Leeson. 

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Nov 062015
 

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The blogger scheduled for today hasn’t posted so I am thrilled to take her place and have Amanda Lee stop by today! 

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The Stitching Hour
by Amanda Lee

Gayle

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I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to—and invite you to become a part of—my street team, The Cozy Cavalry.

What, you might be asking, is a street team? Good question. I didn’t know myself until I attended a conference a few years ago and found that many romance authors had these reader groups called “street teams.” (The concept is growing among mystery writers too.) Basically, a street team is a group of readers who enjoys your books and helps spread the word. They ask their library to order your books, they share your social media posts, and they come out to say hello when you’re doing a book signing in their area.

One huge benefit to me as an author in having a street team is getting members to post reviews. For instance, I had a book released in January of 2015, and the book was getting no reviews. I sent an email to my street team asking if anyone would be willing to review the book. Those who were interested in reviewing the book received a pdf or ebook copy (their choice) in exchange for an honest review. I was taking a big chance there, but luckily for me, most of the reviewers enjoyed the book and left a nice review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

calvI recently sent a survey out to the newsletter subscribers asking them to help me decide which new series to start on next. I gave them the synopsis of two new cozy series I’ve been considering writing, and I gave them a multiple choice answer. Would they be most likely to read book one; book two; both, with book one first; both, with book two first; neither; or other? Most of my respondents said they’d be likely to read both books but that they preferred the first book. So the next book I write—after the one I’m currently writing—will be that book chosen by the majority of the team members.

Another thing I like about the street team is getting to know readers on a more personal level. The Cozy Cavalry members follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and we often interact over posts (mostly Facebook, because that seems to be most people’s platform of choice). I love being able to bring a smile to a reader’s face, whether it’s from reading one of my books or from seeing something funny I’ve posted on Twitter or Facebook. I told my husband once that some of my best friends are people I’ve never met in person! (Yet. I keep hoping to meet more of them.)

In return, The Cozy Cavalry members have the opportunity to participate in exclusive giveaways, have chats, receive swag, and get sneak peeks of upcoming books. It’s a really fun way for authors and readers to interact. If you’d like to become a member of The Cozy Cavalry, please visit http://www.gayletrent.com/books/join-my-street-team/.

~Amanda

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Your Biography Information for your tour page and for use by the bloggers – Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.

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Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Publisher: NAL (November 3, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473844
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Synopsis:

In the latest mystery from the bestselling author of Wicked Stitch, the future of Marcy Singer’s embroidery shop is dangling by a thread…

Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, is one year old this October so it’s time to party in little Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Aside from the Halloween decorations and festive stitching kits and patterns, Marcy’s got all sorts of celebratory swag, including Seven-Year Stitch key rings and goodie bags.

Unfortunately, her new neighbors might spoil the revelry. An eccentric couple has opened a haunted house next door, and all that screaming will certainly scare off customers. But there’s even more to be frightened of after a local waitress is found dead on the sidewalk with mysterious markings on her neck—and one of Marcy’s key rings beneath her. With no time to hem and haw, Marcy must act fast if she hopes to restore the peace to Tallulah Falls…

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An Embroidery Mystery

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (June 3, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451467393
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Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to have the rug pulled out from under her….

Marcy can’t wait to see the new exhibit at the Tallulah Falls museum on antique tapestries and textiles, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to terror when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.

The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Never a dull moment in Tallulah Falls. Marcy finds her way right into the middle of another investigation. At least this time Marcy or her mother is not at the top of the suspect list. In fact this time Ted and Marcy really team up to find the truth.  Their relationship in really evolving in so many ways.

I absolutely love Angus, Marcy’s Irish Wolfhound. I would love to enter the Seven Year Stitch and be greeted by that wonderful dog. Her is so smart and evens obeys a very special visitor to Marcy’s shop. He is such a smart dog and a perfect companion. He graces the cover of the books and I wish I could just reach in a give him a big hug.

This mystery takes a real turn the will leave you thinking. How far would you go to help one of your children? Would you do something you know is wrong if it would allow you to do something right?

As always Amanda Lee has given us a fabulous story. She has introduced us to a few new characters. One who could be very important as the series continues.

Our favorites return as well. Marcy’s mom, Beverly, may be back in California but they stay in touch as much as they can.  Mom’s need to be able to share advice and wise words no matter how many miles they are away from their children.

These stories are so much fun to read. I highly recommend them to all cozy lovers.

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About The Author
Amanda Lee, also writing as Gayle Trent, is a full-time writer living with her family in Southwest Virginia. She writes the embroidery mystery series as Amanda Lee and writes the cake decorating series and the Myrtle Crumb series as Gayle Trent.

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Jun 132014
 

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cross stitchCross-Stitch Before Dying: An Embroidery Mystery
6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (August 6, 2013)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451240071
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Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to find out that show biz and sew biz don’t mix!

Marcy’s mom Beverly is the costume designer for a lavish, Bollywood-style production…and she suggests Tallulah Falls as a great place to shoot part of the film. Everyone at the embroidery shop, and around town, is in a flutter that a glamorous movie production is taking place in their midst. But when the star of the film is found murdered, the police suspect Marcy’s mom, who made it no secret she did not care for the diva’s attitude regarding her wardrobe.

Marcy might as well issue an open call for suspects, because the star had a long list of enemies. To save her mom’s career and keep her from accessorizing with handcuffs, Marcy and her friends will need to stitch together the clues to catch one crafty killer who may have designs on Marcy next…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series and this book has been screaming from my shelf since it arrived. When the next installment, Thread End came out this month I knew I needed to get my butt in gear and catch up on what was happening with Marcy and Angus, her Irish wolfhound right away.

This time Marcy’s mom brings Hollywood to Tallulah Falls and all heck breaks loose. Before they even arrive Ted, Marcy’s cop boyfriend, is chasing a gunman through the streets. Then the movie people come to town and a young starlet is found dead shorty after arguing with Beverly, Marcy’s mom.

It isn’t long before the Seven Year Stitch Sit and Stitch area becomes command central for the Marcy, the Inch High Private Eye, and her friends to try to stitch all the clues together. With all the movie people in town there are plenty of suspects, the murder definitely has to be one of them right??

Amanda Lee has crafted another great story.

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Dec 122012
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

It is my pleasure to welcome Amanda Lee (Gayle Trent) to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.

Hi Everyone!

Even though I write the embroidery mystery series which is set on the Oregon coast, I had never visited there until this past October. I live in Virginia. It was really great to see the place my characters call home. My books are set in the fictional town of Tallulah Falls. However, the characters often visit Lincoln City; and that’s where I went and stayed a couple of days.

My first glimpse of the beach behind the condo where I stayed. I was wearing sandals, but I quickly took them off to enjoy walking in the sand near the ocean. It was unseasonably warm in Lincoln City at about seventy degrees.

I thought it was so cool how the mountains met the ocean. In Virginia, we typically have mountains, flatlands, and then oceans. (Ken Hobbes of the Driftwood Public Library told me that our Virginia “mountains” are actually “hills.”) In Oregon, I saw huge mountain ranges bordered by the ocean.

Because in my series, there is a craft brewery and pub right across the street from Marcy’s shop, The Seven-Year Stitch, I had lunch at McMenamin’s, the Lighthouse Brewpub. Although craft breweries are common on the Oregon coast, I couldn’t find one in my area when I was researching The Quick and the Thread. Most of my research on craft breweries and pubs came from the Internet. At McMenamin’s, I was able to take a tour of the brewery and meet Doug (a/k/a the real-life Todd!), who taught me a lot about craft brewing.

After leaving the pub, I went in search of souvenirs. I was accustomed to seeing souvenir shops by the dozen when I visited beaches on the east coast. I was hard pressed to find a souvenir shop in Lincoln City. I finally found Treasures of the Sea and Captain Charlie Womack. Mr. Womack’s shop had treasures, but he was the best one of all! He was a fellow Virginian, and he was delighted that I’d stumbled across his store! We shared stories like old friends, and I promised to keep in touch.

Afterward, I went to the Driftwood Library where I met many more wonderful people, including Bob and Diana from Bob’s Beach Books and Ken Hobbes of the Driftwood Public Library. I truly appreciate the Driftwood Library Foundation for giving me the opportunity to visit Lincoln City, Marcy, Todd, Ted, Sadie, Blake, and Angus! J

Please visit my Pinterst board (http://pinterest.com/gayletrent/lincoln-city-or/) to see more photos of Lincoln City. Learn more about the series at my website (http://www.gayletrent.com) or via the Android App (http://www.appbrain.com/app/gayle-trent/com.onseeker.gayletrent).

~Gayle/Amanda

Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us! I hope you will be back to visit soon and often.

About This Author

Amanda Lee is the lady next to you in the grocery line or car pool. She has twins: one boy and one girl; she’s a baseball fan, she likes to decorate cakes, she rocks at Guitar Hero… Oh, and she likes to think about murder. But it’s okay! She only writes about murder…a lot! Find out more at www.gayletrent.com

Thread on Arrival:
An Embroidery Mystery
5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Obsidian (December 4, 2012)
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451238856

Thread on Arrival (An Embroidery Mystery, #5)

Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer agrees to help teach a class as therapy for domestic abuse victims. She meets Mary Cantor who wants to leave her abusive husband and take her daughter with her. There’s one problem. Her elderly father-in-law lives with them and she can’t bear to leave him behind. Marcy thinks she may be able to help after she learns the man wants to talk to her about on old tapestry that he believes may be a  treasure map.

After Marcy meets with Mr. Cantor and promises to keep the tapestry safe, he agrees to leave his home. Unfortunately when the police show up the next day to  escort him a safe place they are too late. Mr Cantor is dead and the house had been searched. Would someone kill to get their hands on the tapestry? Could it really be a treasure map? Marcy is definitely going to find out.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love my visits to Seven Year Stitch where I am not only welcomed by Marcy Singer but also by her wonderful Irish Wolfhound Angus and Jill. the mannequin the looks like Marilyn Monroe. 

Marcy has made some great friends since moving to Oregon. They take her classes, tell her who she should be spending her life with, and try to keep her safe as she is out trying to track down a killer. Her mother is in California, but only a phone call away. Sometimes she knows what is happening in her daughter’s life before her daughter does. Wonderful, rich, full characters – every one.

In addition to  the murder mystery which I thought I had figured out, then didn’t, then did, then didn’t 🙂 Marcy makes a big decision about her love life.  There was also a bit of history stitched in about the shipwrecks off the coast of Oregon that I found quite interesting.  Lee knots it all together into a very engaging story that I read all in one sitting.

You know things will never stay quiet for long in Tallulah Falls. Cross Stitch Before Dying hits shelves in August. Who knows what mystery the Inch High Private Eye will find herself in the middle of next?

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Apr 202012
 

The Long Stitch Good Night:
An Embroidery Mystery

4th in Series
Obsidian
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
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Tallulah Falls is getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day and so is Marcy Singer as she tries her hand at a little Irish embroidery called Mountmellick embroidery.

During a St. Patrick’s Day party at Todd’s pub, The Brew Crew, something goes terribly wrong when a man is found shot dead in the back room. The dead man is a frat brother of both Todd and Blake and they both were alone in the room when the murder occurred, but neither of them can remember what happened, and are pretty sure they didn’t kill him. Then they learn only their fingerprints were on the gun.

All clues point at Blake and Todd but there has to be a mistake. These friends are going to need the “Luck of the Irish” and some help from Marcy to get out of this one.  Ted is not going to be pleased as she puts herself right in the middle of other investigation.

Dollycas Thoughts

Another winner from Miss Amanda Lee!!!

This is one of those cases where you know there is much more to the story. Marcy knows her friends  are innocent so there is something everyone is missing. While working on her project in the sit-in-stitch square she keeps running through all the information and clues and works to stitch together what really happened.

These are down-to-earth characters everyone can relate to and feel a kinship with. I have no trouble picturing myself in Todd’s pub having a beer, at MacKenzies’ Mochas with the gang having a muffin, or at the Seven Year Stitch learning new embroidery techniques, while petting Angus. Small town USA is alive and well in these embroidery mysteries, but there is always a dead body or two, and a mystery to keep us needled until the final twist of the thread.

This a fun mystery that I couldn’t put down and read all in one sitting. I still don’t know which man is right for Marcy but I am sure the author has much more planned for Todd, Ted, Marcy and all the other residents of Tallulah Falls. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!! Keep them coming Amanda, your readers are waiting!

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About This Author
She live in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. She is a full-time writer/editor/mom/wife and chief cook and bottle washer, and loves every minute of it. Okay, not the bottle washing so much, but the rest of it is great.

She writes about cake decorator Daphne Martin and embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer.

Who’s Amanda Lee?

Amanda Lee is a pseudonym Gayle is using for the cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who owns an embroidery shop. The series is set on the Oregon Coast and features Marcy Singer, a spunky, thirty-something, entrepreneur who is handy with a needle.

Read more about Daphne and Marcy at my blog.

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