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Costumes & Cadavers: Sassy Supplies Cozy Mystery by Katherine H. Brown #Character GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


It is my pleased to welcome Charity from Costumes & Cadavers:
Sassy Supplies Cozy Mystery

by Katherine H. Brown today to Escape With Dollycas!

 

Hi, there!

I’m Charity Basham, MC of Costumes & Cadavers. First, thanks for having me today. You’ve expressed interest in getting to know about me and the book where I live, so here goes.

Sassy Supplies Crafts & More is the name of the store that I own in the little town of Becksville, Texas. We have an array of supplies for crafts of all kinds and our customers are pretty diverse, too. I love to craft and sew and make things. The creativity outlet is refreshing and challenging. You never really know how something will turn out, but that’s part of the fun.

I also enjoy finding creative ways to get my customers to try out new crafts or hobbies. For example, in Costumes & Cadavers I hosted a Halloween party for employees and customers. The only catch: sew your own costume!

It was a blast, let me tell you! Well, until it wasn’t. But I won’t get into that here; you’ll see what I mean in the book.

Where was I?

Oh, yes. Customers. I have several regular customers who are beginners and others who are more skilled than myself in so many different arts and crafts. You’ve got older folks, like Bunny Neugenbauer, as well as louder than life personalities. Margo is one of the latter. From her outfits to her voice to her personality, loud is the absolute only word you can use to describe Margo best.

Me?

I’m just ordinary. Nothing special. I like pizza, especially chocolate chip pizza, and crafts, and I love my customers. Oh, and no matter what anyone says, I’m not a blonde. I simply have light, light, light, light brown hair. Probably the most interesting thing about me is my cat Jinx. At least, that is what my Persian bundle of fluff would tell you if he could talk. He’s a troublemaker and spoiled to the core, but I don’t know what I’d do without him.

Looks like I need to run. Big holiday craft night to prepare for! Catch you later.

Thanks, Charity for visiting today!! 

Now keep reading to find out more about Costumes & Cadavers and its author!

About Costumes & Cadavers 


Costumes & Cadavers: Sassy Supplies Cozy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (January 17, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 36 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QMRXW4T

Nobody ever plans to be the death of the party.

 

Party guests congratulate Charity Basham, owner of Sassy Supplies Crafts & More, on the scariness of her backyard skeleton decoration. Unfortunately, Charity didn’t put out any skeleton decorations.

 

With the discovery of a dead body, her Halloween party turns into a nightmare. With her fingerprints (and some white cat fur) are all over the murder weapon, Charity finds herself at the top of the suspect list.

 

Can she clear her name before the dishy Detective Sota arrests her for murder?

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I loved that this story was so quick, really packed a punch, and had me wanting more of the series.
~Brooke Blogs

Costumes and Cadavers offers a complete cozy mystery with a set of characters, a feline, murder, a couple of suspects, and all in a few pages.
~Nadaness In Motion

This is a very fast, fun cozy mystery. There’s even a cat involved. It’s the perfect way to spend a few hours.
~Socrates’ Books Reviews

This pint-size read packs a lot of punch and made me wish there were more pages to turn.
~Maureen’s Musings

About Katherine H. Brown

Texas author Katherine Brown is a wife, a mother to two beautiful book-devouring girls, a bookaholic ice cream lover, Harry Potter fan, and an enthusiastic weaver of words. Writing since she could scribble with crayons, Katherine has published books for adults and children alike. Fans of her cozy mystery series range from age twelve to seventy-two. She hopes to inspire in others a passion for reading and provide many adventures through the pages of books for years to come.

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Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery) by Katherine H. Brown #Spotlight / #Giveaway / #AuthorInterview – Great Escapes Book Tour


Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery)
by Katherine H. Brown

 

Hi Katherine. Welcome to Escape With Dollycas.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m a wife, mom, stepmom, and Texas author. I love to read so many genres, though I write cozy mystery, clean romance, and some children’s / middle grade. I constantly have WAY too many ideas and works in progress, so this year I’m trying to focus on completing one thing at a time and being more efficient with my writing. I love brownie batter and ice cream, tea, and reading at the beach.

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

I often think of a whole random scene to a book that I hadn’t even thought about writing. (Never something convenient like the scene I’m stuck on for a book I’m actually in the middle of.)

I will eat almost half of the brownie batter before I ever put it in the pan to bake. Every time.

I really, really wish I was able to draw or sketch even slightly decent so that I could illustrate some of the books I’m writing for my baby girl.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember lots of Dr. Seuss books being read to me. I also remember checking out The Wishing Tree from our local library when I was a very little kid. Little Golden Books are also a vivid memory.

What are you reading now?

I just finished Manners & Monsters, I’m using A Visitors Guide to Victorian England for research, and I’m slowly reading the Mother Daughter Book Club series with my oldest daughter.

What books have most inspired you?

Honestly, I think a love of reading and escaping into someone else’s life is what inspires me. I can’t name one specific book.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

My brain is always concocting murder and getaway plots or making up motives for random people in regular life, plus an enjoyment of reading mysteries, so those two things led me to decide that was the most fitting genre to begin my writing career with.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

When on vacation, I love to write early in the morning on the beach when very few people are out yet. For ordinary days, I have an eleven-month-old so writing at this point takes place very quietly in my bedroom during her naptime as I keep a close eye on the baby monitor and hope she sleeps a long time each day. 😉

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I would have to say most of the plot ideas come from just some overactive area in my imagination. I don’t think any of my mysteries were spurred by something in life. Some of the characters may pick up little traits of people I know or of other characters that I’ve absolutely been drawn to.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Besides the new time crunch factor in my life, I find that as do many authors, I struggle a lot with self-doubt and comparison. I love so many of the books that I read, that I always fear mine don’t measure up, even when I get compliments or good reviews on them. I must say it is also easy for me to become engrossed in the character’s day to day life, so I have to watch out for that when I’m writing descriptions.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a good story is made up of characters that you either want to be or meet, and a journey that keeps you guessing.

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

Piper, the main character in my Ooey Gooey Bakery mystery series is probably most like me, even down to the pocket knife that she carries. I’ve been known to have a knife on my person, even if I have to clip it to my bra when wearing a dress.

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

For one thing, I integrated some factual information about human trafficking awareness and reporting into the backmatter of my books because it is such an evil practice that hasn’t always been recognized as occurring in areas all over the world, including our own country and states.

Another thing that may make my books a little different is that while the mystery wraps up in each book, there is sometimes a relationship cliffhanger for the characters.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m excited to be writing a historical cozy mystery for the holidays later this year, as well as beginning to venture somewhat into clean romance (that whole engrossed in the character’s lives made me want to see how I feel about writing something where the mystery isn’t the main focus).

I also have a bit of a different standalone mystery novel that I’m working on that involves a librarian and Ireland. It is going to be great if I can shove out my self-doubt and get really digging into it next month as is my plan.

The third book in my Adventures of Gladys cozy mystery series is also in the works.

Did I mention sometimes I want to do way too many projects at one time, considering how short naptime writing is every day? Wish me luck!!!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep read to get the details on Katherine’s new book!

About Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life


Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Katherine Brown Books
Original: March 1, 2019; Re-edited and released Jan 2021
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1733725806
ISBN-13: 978-1733725804
Digital ASIN: B07P1P5N2K

Two best friends & a bakery!

 

Piper and Samantha are in heaven. Well, close. More like a long weekend at the O Heavenly Day Spa.

 

A few mysterious notes start appearing everywhere, things get uncomfortable. As spa treatments go awry things get dangerous. A threatening message convinces Piper and Sam that they have to find out who is behind all of these disasters. When the smoke alarms go off and the spa erupts into panic, the chaos separates the friends and Piper stumbles into trouble. Will someone help her before it is too late?

 

More About Katherine Brown

Katherine H. Brown is a Texas author with a love of reading and chocolate chip ice cream. Book lover and weaver of words, Katherine always has several projects going at one time but is most recently occupied with a new baby born in April 2020. Katherine loves to hear from readers and often gets input from them through newsletter polls to help choose character names or book titles.

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Bonbon Voyage (Adventures of Gladys) by Katherine H. Brown #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Bonbon Voyage (Adventures of Gladys)
by Katherine H. Brown


I am thrilled to welcome Katherine H. Brown to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hey there! Thanks for letting me come say hi today. My name is Katherine Brown and I live in Texas. I love words and weaving them together to create stories and books. I also love to read. I read fiction the majority of the time, with one or two non-fiction books thrown in every year or so. I read cozy mystery, chick-lit, paranormal, witchy and werewolves, you name it. My Kindle is running out of space and I’m constantly looking for new places to put bookshelves in my home. My husband built me several beautiful ones inset in the wall already.

Besides tons of books, my bedroom is cluttered with a ridiculous number of spiral and composition notebooks, big and small. I’m jotting down story ideas, random bits of dialogue that are witty but have no story to go with yet, poems, and about a million fun titles for books that I haven’t begun to write yet.

To answer the age-old question, yes, I’ve actually always wanted to write. Since childhood. My parents can vouch for that and they are still some of my biggest fans. My sister is only an email away and I bounce ideas off of her frequently. There are so many things I love about writing. I love telling stories that entertain people and keep them guessing. I enjoy the freedom of allowing words to flow onto the page; I don’t plan out my books down to the last detail. I barely plan the beginning, middle, and end. I do brainstorm and jot down a list of things that need to happen but then the characters take over and I am able to simply write, often being as surprised as the readers at what happens next. For example, Chef Fabio started speaking with a French accent in the book and I had no idea he would be French when I added him. It is fun, to make something come to life and rewarding when others tell me they enjoy it or ask when the next book will be completed.

One of the most difficult things about writing, for me, is deciding on the ending. I don’t even like to read blurbs because I want to be totally surprised. When I write, I find it difficult to “know” the end rather than just be surprised. I know. Weird. Still, I’ve found a happy medium of planning enough to create a good storyline while still leaving enough empty space to not know all of the details. I work through the problem with my characters as we go.

Just like reading, when writing I get to be all of the characters. I can make them familiar, or I can use them to vicariously experience new things and that is thrilling. All of the fun and adventure without any of the actual pain and danger to fear. When people tell me that they don’t like to read, it is the one thing I can’t imagine.

When Summer arrives and with it a pretty big disruption to my writing schedule because of all the things we have planned. Let me share a typical workday with you. The alarm for my husband to go to work blares between 4:45 and 5 in the morning. I get up alongside him and turn my laptop on as I head to brush my teeth. For the first hour or two, I check emails and maybe update my mailing list and do business operations. Plus check to see if I’ve earned another thirty-five cents or not. Then after taking our daughter to school, I settle in with water or green tea and a bowl of peanut butter/oats/honey/dark chocolate chips for a good three to a five-hour writing session. Twenty to thirty minutes of TV while I eat some lunch, then maybe mow the yard or do other outside things. I usually push for another hour of writing or editing before it is time to get my daughter from school. With that, I’m able to get around 50,000 words in a month MOST months, though not every time. Things come up. Life happens. For the most part, it is a system that works for me and that I can be productive with. I think that my favorite book to write in my Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery series might be book 3 Bake, Eat, & Be Buried. One of the most fun scenes that had me laughing out loud was when Gladys shows up to the bakery with a bag of “supplies” for herself, Piper, and Sam. The things that woman found shopping online!

Thanks for letting me share a little about me today. I hope that. if you decide to check out the books, that you enjoy them. I love reader feedback.

~Katherine

About Bonbon Voyage

bonbon voyage
Bonbon Voyage (Adventures of Gladys)
Cozy Mystery Novella
1st in Series
Independently published (December 31, 2019)
Paperback: 213 pages
ISBN-10: 1653633166
ISBN-13: 978-1653633166
Digital Print Length: 129 pages
ASIN: B083BZLF22

Gladys gets more than she bargains for when she climbs aboard her first cruise and witnesses a murder. Armed with wigs and wits alone, she determines to get to the bottom of things.
This cozy mystery is a spinoff from the Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery series.

About Katherine H. Brown

Katherine H. Brown is from the tiny community of New York, Texas. Booklover (some might say book addict) and weaver of words, Katherine desired to be a writer from childhood, embarked on her first publishing adventure in 2017, and in 2019 said audios to her cozy office job to leap into a career as an author full-time.

When not found between the pages of a book or tapping keys on her laptop, Katherine loves to watch baking shows with her stepdaughter or cuddle up with her husband Patrick. Katherine and family prepare to welcome a new baby girl into the family in March 2020.

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