Come, Bitter Poison

come bitter poison  large banner640Author Monica Knightley shares news of her latest release, Come, Bitter Poison. The cozy mystery is the second book in the Stratford Upon Avondale Mystery series. Welcome, Monica.monica

Monica began creating compelling characters and stories at the age of three, when she had a plethora of imaginary friends, all with complete backstories. Today any characters that come knocking on the door of her imagination find themselves in one of her mysteries, young adult novels, or paranormal romances.

When not fueling her reading addiction or writing her next book, Monica loves to travel with her husband—especially to England. A bit of England seems to make its way into most of her books. Must haves include a perfectly steeped cup of tea, and a good, bold red wine. She lives in Portland, Oregon where the frequent rainy weather is perfect for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.

More about Come, Bitter Poison:

COME BITTER POISONSexy film star. Long-held secrets. Murder by poison.

When international stage and film star Miles Elliot comes to Stratford Upon Avondale to play Macbeth, Maggie O’Flynn is thrilled. He’s been her actor crush for years. But when Miles ends up at the center of a murder investigation Maggie finds herself slipping back into the role of amateur sleuth. Before long many of her friends become suspects in not just one murder, but two. Maggie must discover who’s poisoning people associated with the Shakespeare Festival before one of her friends gets slapped with a murder charge. And she must do so while dodging paparazzi that are stalking her due to a supposed love affair she’s having with Miles Elliot.

With a bit of Shakespeare, copious amounts of tea, and a faux-English setting to rival anything the real England has to offer, COME, BITTER POISON is the second book in THE STRATFORD UPON AVONDALE mystery series. Though part of a series, COME, BITTER POISON can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Lovers of cozy mysteries will find a cozy home in Stratford Upon Avondale.

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Website: http://www.monicaknightley.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monicaknightleyauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/monicaknightley

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Secret Lives and Private Eyes

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Heather’s short stories appear in Virginia is for Mysteries and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II. Her debut novel, Secret Lives and Private Eyes,  premiered on June 20.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She currently lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. She is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Guppies, and Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia. She is currently President of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia.

More about Secret Lives and Private Eyes:

Secret Lives coverBusiness has been slow for Private Investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, but her luck seems to change when a tell-all author hires her to find rock star Johnny Velvet. Could the singer—whose career purportedly ended in a fiery crash almost thirty years ago—still be alive?

As if sifting through dead ends in a cold case isn’t bad enough, Delanie is hired by loud-mouth strip club owner Chaz Wellington Smith, III, to uncover information about the mayor’s secret life. When the mayor is murdered, Chaz becomes the key suspect, and Delanie must clear his name. She also has to figure out why a landscaper keeps popping up in her other investigation. Can the private investigator find the connection between the two cases before another murder—possibly her own—takes place?

Secret Lives and Private Eyes is a fast-paced mystery that will appeal to readers who like a strong, female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of difficult, and sometimes humorous, situations.

Grab your copy here: Amazon

How to connect with Heather:

Website & Blog: http://www.heatherweidner.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherWeidner1

FB: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherWeidnerAuthor?ref=hl

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/crazyforwords13/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heather_mystery_writer/

Google+ : https://plus.google.com/+HeatherWeidner

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Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction

bannerToday, with pure delight, I welcome author Amy Metz to my website. Amy and I connected in January when she hosted me on her website to promote my first mystery. Today, she shares the fourth book in her cozy mystery series, Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction. Welcome, Amy!Amy Metz

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I love mysteries, but I don’t like gory, scary ones. I also love to laugh, so humor is important in my books. Cozy mysteries don’t have sex, violence, or bad language, but that doesn’t have to mean boring. I write cozy mysteries because that’s my style. I didn’t realize I’d written one until I sent my first book to a publisher who told me it was a cozy mystery.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Caledonia goes through a divorce in Rogues & Rascals — something I recently went through. My ex-husband’s attorney inspired a lot of this book. Some people may think the attorney in the book is a caricature. Sadly, she is not.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I write what my characters tell me to write. I don’t really have a specific reader in mind. I just want to tell a fun story with a little mystery and intrigue.

Please describe your writing routine.
I don’t have one. I write when my characters are speaking to me. When they’re not, I edit, rewrite, or work on marketing the series. It’s not a very disciplined approach, but it’s the one that works for me.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Get beta readers — preferably not family members — and listen to their feedback. Find readers who will be brutally honest like reviewers will be after the book is published. Writers become too close to their work and can’t be objective about it. Beta readers can help you work out the kinks and make your book better.

More about Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction:
Like any good Southern belle, Caledonia Culpepper was raised by her mama to be gracious, charming, witty, and above all, a devoted mother and loving wife, so she’s baffled when her marriage falls apart.
Wynona Baxter is a master of disguise but is often a ditzy airhead. A hit woman wannabe, when she’s hired for her first job in Goose Pimple Junction and things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to resort to Plan B. She’ll also need Plan C and D.
Crooked lawyers, restless husbands, a teenaged hoodlum – it seems there are rogues and rascals everywhere you look in Goose Pimple Junction.
When Caledonia and Wynona’s paths cross, they prove there isn’t a rogue or a rascal who can keep a good woman down. Mama always said there would be days like this…

Grab your copy here: Amazon

How to connect with Amy:
Website: authoramymetz.com
Email address: authoramymetz@yahoo.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmyMetz
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoramymetz
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmyMetz

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Disposable or indispensable?

Recent headlines in The Seattle Times illuminate the importance of the American worker:

  • Microsoft shuts down last major piece of Nokia purchase, cuts 1,850 jobs (May 25, 2016)
  • Boeing plans hundreds of layoffs in local IT unit (May 25, 2016)
  • A few weeks ago, my employer reminded me of my importance. I received a text message that told me because I had not completed an annual competency, which I last completed in August of 2015, I was taken off the schedule and not allowed to work. I thought, this must be a mistake. My cellphone chirps every day with my supervisor asking me to come in on my day off to cover a co-worker’s shift who called out sick. Again. Or there’s a hole in the schedule: did I mind working extra? Now, with no warning, I’m told I can’t work. Hmm. I later found out I was one of 18 employees in my department who was made to clock out, finish the competency, and then clock back in.

    But this actually proved to be a blessing in disguise. Because this sudden “You’re off the schedule; we have no need of you,” spurred me to think about my future. How secure is my job? I wonder if employees at Boeing or Microsoft asked themselves the same question on May 24th.

    When I told my supervisor that her text made me feel disposable, she was quite surprised. But I recognize this as the harsh truth it is: for all the extra shifts I work and all the times I cover for co-workers, I am disposable.

    But I don’t want to be disposable. I want to be indispensable. Where can I be indispensable?

    Well, I think I’m pretty important to my husband and our little boy. And there’s one other place where I cannot be replaced: as the CEO of Baskethound Books, the small press I started in 2013. No one else can give life to the characters who inhabit my mind. No one else listens to their stories, cries with them and laughs with them. Just me. In my little office with Dean Martin crooning and my basset hound snoring, I do what no one else can do: I write my books.

    This got me to thinking: what are the obstacles to moving forward with Baskethound Books? Well, frankly, money. So, feeling bolder than I should, I took out a small loan and bought back the rights to my debut novel, Celebration House. I’ve wanted my rights back for a long, long time. Probably since I received my first three-month royalty payment of $31. Yep. That’s three months of royalties. And it was the biggest payment I received. So, last week, I did it. I made payment to Tirgearr Publishing and my rights are just that: mine.

    I also contracted with Melinda Wade, a professional actress, to narrate A Beautiful Day in Alaska. It’s really empowering to hear a professional storyteller tell you how much she loves your writing. I heartily recommend it to my fellow authors.

    I approved the sale of my third audiobook, Death Goes to the County Fair, and got busy fine-tuning the print version. It’s available now. The narrator, Daniel F. Purcell, and I delight in updating one another with sales figures.

    I’ve also decided to rename my novel, Bone Girl. For too long, I ignored all of the folks who told me the title dissuaded them from buying the book. Some would-be readers thought Bone Girl was a horror story; one reader suggested it was an erotic version of Gone Girl. Nope. Neither. So, working with the audiobook narrator, Darryl Hughes Kurylo, I retitled the book Trombone Girl, The Josey Miller Story. The new title and cover art will premier on July 1st. (Here’s a sneak peek at the cover. Beautiful, huh?).

    Cover by Elizabeth Mackey

    Cover by Elizabeth Mackey

    Can you hear the excitement I feel? Trust me: I never feel this excited when I trudge off to my day job. Maybe that’s the difference between disposable and indispensable.

    Hands and arms inside the cart: Next, defining the “romance” novel for myself.

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    The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors

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    Today I welcome author Julie Seedorf to my pages to talk about her cozy mystery, The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors. Welcome, Julie.author photo

    Why do you write cozy mysteries?

    I like the premise of a book that doesn’t use bad language, graphic sex or graphic violence. I feel we have too much of that in our society. I don’t use bad language myself, and I taught my children and grandchildren that bad language is not allowed in my house, so I can’t write about it either. I want my books to be able to be picked up by adults and not have the parents worry if their kids should start reading my books. Although I still question myself because my new step-grandson asked me why I had to murder someone in my books. That question makes me think long and hard at what I write. I also enjoy reading cozy mysteries.

    Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
    This novel is the first book in my second series. My first series takes place in the fictional town of Fuchsia, Minnesota. Brilliant is mentioned in Fuchsia and is not far away. For this series, I wanted my characters to be just as quirky and a little younger. I also wanted my mystery to be a little different than my other series. Fuchsia is very pink and defies rules. Brilliant was founded by the Brilliant Brothers, and their minds created some intriguing secrets.
    Jezabelle Jingle and her neighbors live in the first neighborhood in Brilliant, the Penderghast neighborhood. Each person in the neighborhood has secrets of their own, and they find the neighborhood holds a puzzle, leading them down a road of mystery, crazy events and even murder. The neighbors are all ages and have moved into the neighborhood at different times. None of them had any idea, especially Jezabelle who has lived there the longest, that the Brilliant Brothers built their neighborhood as a puzzle. They only realize it when Mr. Warbler is found trapped between floors in his house because someone carved up his floor and stole a hardwood square.
    Jezabelle, my main character, is snarky, funny and has a secret love life no one knows about. She is smart, quick and not afraid to try new things. She takes her best friend, Lizzy, and the rest along with her to unearth the history of Brilliant, still leaving questions when this puzzle is solved, making the group realize solving this puzzle is just the tip of the iceberg in a community they thought they knew. There are also some crossovers with Fuchsia.
    As far as my idea for this book — I wrote the first chapters before I wrote my Fuchsia Series, and I dug it back out and decided with a little tweaking, it would make the perfect follow-up series for my Minnesota books. Ideas just pop in my head. My goal is to take people away from real life for a few moments and give them something to laugh and smile about.

    Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
    I don’t except to say I hope they like to be silly and enjoy a little fantasy and fun. My readers are all ages, and I feel my books span all ages. I do have some children’s books out that highlight the relationship between grandmothers and grandchildren. I also write a column for newspapers. Currently, I am in the process of writing a serious book that deals with aging and searching for acceptance with the later years of life.

    Please describe your writing routine.
    When I first was offered a contract with Coy Cat Press and I saw the writing routines of other authors, I felt almost defeated, as if I needed to change the way I write to conform to the way others thought the ritual should be. I finally realized each author must have their own routine. I get an idea or even if I don’t have one – I began to write and the story comes. There are times I don’t know what is going to happen, and it appears on paper. I stop and wonder what to do next because it wasn’t something I planned. My mind is always whirling so I have to adapt my writing style. I can sit all day or I can sit for a few hours. So, no, I don’t have a routine. It seems to work for me.

    What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
    Not everyone is going to like what you write. Listen to your heart and not your head. If it feels right to you, believe in yourself. Stay true to who you are. Success doesn’t come right away after being published. That is a hard thing to remember because we all want to sell lots of books, but it takes time to build up a following. Don’t give up your dream.

    More about The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors:
    Jezabelle Jingle and her neighbors in the Penderghast section of Brilliant, Minnesota, have a mystery on their hands.
    Cover artSomeone is stealing sections of hardwood floors in their homes and the thefts may be connected to a long-hidden treasure left by the founders of Brilliant. Not only that, there’s a dead body in a basement to add to the mix. Can Jezzie and her quirky friends figure out the puzzle and find the treasure before some other, unknown person–maybe the murderer–beats them to the punch? Or will the town’s Chief of Police, Hank Hardy, prevent the group from their sleuthing? Anything can happen in the strange little town of Brilliant, Minnesota. After all, brilliant minds create brilliant finds!

    Grab your copy here: Amazon

    How to connect with Julie:
    Website: http://julieseedorf.com, http://sprinklednotes.com
    Email address: hermionyvidaliabooks@gmail.com
    Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/julie.seedorf.author
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/julieseedorf
    Buy Link: Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BDZWAE4
    Paperback: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1REieD0
    Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1REisdp
    Signed copies available on the author’s website under SHOP: http://www.julieseedorf.com/#!shop/wroqv

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    Killer Cocktail

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    Today, I feature author Tracy Kiely and her newest release, Killer Cocktail.
    Tracy Kiely is a self-proclaimed Anglophile (a fact which distresses certain members of her Irish Catholic family). She grew up reading Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and watching Hitchcock movies. She fell in love with Austen’s wit, Christie’s clever plots, and Hitchcock’s recurrent theme of “the average man caught in extraordinary circumstances.”
    After spending years of trying to find a proper job that would enable her to use her skills garnered as an English major, she decided to write a book. It would, of course, have to be a mystery; it would have to be funny; and it would have to feature an average person caught up in extraordinary circumstances. She began to wonder how the characters in Pride and Prejudice might fit into a mystery. What, if after years of living with unbearably rude and condescending behavior, old Mrs. Jenkins up and strangled Lady Catherine? What if Charlotte snapped one day and poisoned Mr. Collins’ toast and jam? Skip ahead several years, and several different plot ideas, and you have her first mystery Murder at Longbourn.
    While she does not claim to be Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, or Hitchcock (one big reason being that they’re all dead), she has tried to combine the elements of all three in her books.
    More about Killer Cocktail:
    Walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards with a bow-tied Bullmastiff draws Nic and Nigel Martini plenty of attention from the press. But that’s nothing compared to the attention they receive at the A-list after party, when Hollywood royalty learn that Nic and Nigel have discovered behind-the-scenes footage from A Winter’s Night, an acclaimed film known for backstage love triangles and the tragic death of its original star, Melanie Summers.
    KILLER COCKTAILReturning home after the party, Nic and Nigel find their house in shambles and their employee DeDee Evans beaten within an inch of her life. And when the weapon used to pummel DeDee implicates beloved actress Christina Franklin, Nic and Nigel drink and banter their way into a modern-day version of a golden-era crime caper.

    How to connect with Tracy:
    Webpage: http://www.tracykielymysteries.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracykielymysteries
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tracy_Kiely
    Blog: http://www.tracykielymysteries.com/?p=blog

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    Failure is Fatal

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    Lesley A. Diehl visits my blog to talk about her newest release, Failure is Fatal. Welcome, Lesley. I’m so delighted to host you today.author photo

    Why do you write cozy mysteries?
    I have lived in small towns for most of my life, so the setting of a cozy mystery is familiar to me. I can’t imagine trying to write something set in an urban area. While I like to construct complicated plots, I like mysteries where the characters can be explored in some depth, and I prefer to have a cast of characters that I can introduce to the reader. The interplay among them is important to making the story compelling and encouraging the reader to solve the puzzle of the crime. The reader should have a sense that the people inhabiting the book are reachable.
    The aspect of a cozy that is most important to me is the implied contract that is developed between the writer and the reader, the contract that says this book will not disappoint. I will solve this crime and set the village right again, perhaps not the same as before, but the bad guy or gal will be brought to some kind of justice. There is an inherent optimism in a cozy mystery: this crime can be solved and justice will prevail.

    Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
    Failure Is Fatal is the second book in the Laura Murphy mysteries and, as with the first one, Murder Is Academic, we have snoopy Dr. Laura Murphy, a member of the psychology department at a small public university in Upstate New York, investigating murder, this time of a coed. She’s encouraged to help ferret out clues by a detective and her good friend in the local police department. Her obsession with finding the killer puts her relationship with Guy LaFrance on the back burner, making the future of their love affair problematic. But Laura perseveres despite Guy’s reservations. Fueled with chocolate and her nosy nature, Laura’s quest brings her into conflict with a local fraternity and forces her to look closely into her own past for clues in this murder.
    The idea for the book came out of a study on sexual harassment undertaken by my undergraduate research assistants and me the year before I retired. The project, hitting close to home for some faculty on campus, stirred up controversy. I simply took that controversy and blew it up into a murder.

    Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
    The typical reader for my work is a woman over the age of forty, and knowing this about my readers, I write to this description, not only because it appeals to this group, but also because cozy mysteries always find this age and gender group as their reading audience. Mysteries set in a small town where the characters know one another, where motives for murder abound and are intimate, and where the protagonist is fond of and part of village life is my ideal reader’s cup of tea, although cozies can feature jazzier settings and quite sassy protagonists. I think Laura Murphy is that kind of protagonist. If my readers don’t want to be like her because she’s too outgoing and in-your-face, they secretly like her style and might want her as the friend who says what they might not. I write the protagonists I like, but I’m pretty certain I’m creating a story the reader will find compelling because I include humor as well as serious themes, and the bad guy always gets it in the end.

    Please describe your writing routine.
    I do most of my writing in the morning and afternoon. With my morning coffee, I check my emails and attend to the business of writing and promotion. I’ll then work on my manuscript, taking a break for lunch and returning to work in the afternoon. I try to take computer breaks every hour, engaging in more active tasks such as walking to get the mail, doing a load of laundry, hanging out clothes, gardening, prepping for dinner or cleaning a closet. There’s something about cleaning a closet or organizing my desk or a bureau of clothing that allows me to let my thoughts free and sometimes I get writing ideas from accomplishing these menial tasks. I never write after dinner or before I go to bed. I’ve found that I can’t sleep if I do.
    As for the writing itself, sometimes I have a plot outline which I check from time to time. Other times, I’m just winging it. I do go back and reread what I’ve written the day before so that I can pick up the thread of where I’m headed and to give my writing flow.

    What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
    Learn your craft by reading about it, taking classes offered by the Guppies, the unpublished arm of Sisters In Crime, joining professional writing organizations such as Mystery Writers of America or Sisters in Crime, attending conferences, finding a critique partner, or joining a critique group online or in your area. Read books in your genre, lots of them. Read outside your genre. Talk with other authors, but don’t use them as the final word on what you write or how you write it. Your aunt wants the best for you, but she’s probably not the best judge of your work, so don’t think friends and relatives will function well as sounding boards. You need feedback, so get it from professional sources by swapping manuscripts or partial manuscripts through the Guppies Group as suggested above. If you are going to go the traditional route in publishing by finding an agent, learn how to do this. Learn how to write a synopsis and a query letter.
    Most importantly, find your own voice, the one you’re comfortable with, and then write, write, write!

    More About Failure is Fatal:
    Someone at Professor Laura Murphy’s college appears to be playing a joke on her by planting sexually explicit stories in her research results, but the joke turns deadly when one story details the recent stabbing murder of a coed.
    coverLaura’s close friend, Detective Derrick Pasquis from the local police, asks for her help in interviewing the prickly suspects who resist intervention from outside the campus community. Eager to search out clues, Laura ignores warning signs that playing amateur sleuth may jeopardize her newly developing romance with Guy. And of course her usual intrusive manner puts her at odds with everyone on campus — colleagues, the college administration, the head of campus security and fraternity members. Is there no one Laura can’t offend in her eagerness to find the truth? The closer she gets to solving the crime, the more it appears that the past — the coed’s, that of a prominent faculty member and Laura’s own — is the key to the murder. Caught in an early winter blizzard, Laura must choose between wandering the mountains and freezing to death or taking her chances with a killer clever enough to make murder look like the work of an innocent student.

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    How to connect with Lesley:
    Website: www.lesleyadiehl.com
    Blog: www.lesleyadiehl.com/blog
    Twitter: @lesleydiehl
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lesley-A-Diehl-522270901254754/timeline

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    To Catch A Treat

    bannerAuthor Linda O. Johnston visits my pages today to talk about her newest release, To Catch A Treat. Welcome, Linda.author photo
    Hi. I’m delighted to be here as part of my Great Escapes Book Tour.  I’d like to tell you about me and my writing and my latest work.
    First: me.  My name is Linda O. Johnston, and I’m here to let people know about my latest release: To Catch A Treat. It’s the second book in my Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series. The first book was Bite The Biscuit, which was released a year ago. It was a finalist in the fiction category of the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Awards.
    In addition to the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, I also write the Superstition Mysteries for the same publisher, Midnight Ink. The second Superstition Mystery, Knock On Wood, was released last October, and the third, Unlucky Charms, will be out in October of this year.
    If you haven’t guessed,  I write a lot. To Catch A Treat is my 42nd published novel. In addition to my mysteries, I write for two Harlequin series. My Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel Clandestine Attraction will be published this August. I also write the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters for Harlequin’s paranormal romance Nocturne line.
    So why do I write?  It’s who I am, what I do.  Why do I write cozy mysteries?  Because I love them. And I love dogs. All of my mysteries feature dogs. I additionally enjoy writing romances, and there are also canines in my Alpha Force miniseries — werewolves! Also, the shifters have cover dogs in case they’re seen in shifted form.
    For many years, I was an attorney specializing in real estate law. That was fun while it lasted, but I started getting my fiction published while I practiced law. Eventually, I became the full-time writer that I am today.
    In addition to writing novels, I enjoy blogging and letting people know about my published work and just getting out there and meeting readers and other writers in person… and virtually!

    More about To Catch A Treat:
    Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal mostly because she wants to meet — and critique — his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judgment, Carrie has only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped along with many other purebred pets.
    cover artJanelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeowner spotted at the dog parks where Go and the others were stolen. Soon after Janelle confronts her, though, Ada is found dead. With Janelle and Neal on the suspect list, Carrie must solve the mystery before the police bark up the wrong tree.

    Grab your copy here: Amazon

    How to connect with Linda:
    Webpage: www.LindaOJohnston.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaOJohnston

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    Without A Doubt

    WITHOUT A DOUBT large banner 640Nancy Cole Silverman talks today about her newest release, Without A Doubt. This is the third book in the series and draws upon Nancy’s 25-year career in radio journalism. Welcome, Nancy.Author photo

    Why do you write cozy mysteries?
    When I first started writing, I hadn’t heard the term. I just knew that I like to write with a sense of suspense and humor. In fact, I couldn’t do one without the other. I think that makes for a more interesting and refreshing story arch. It was publisher who identified my genre as cozy, but I like to think of it as cozy with a bite.

    Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
    I worked in news and talk radio for twenty five years and when I retired I was intrigued with the idea about writing a mystery series about what I experienced firsthand. Listeners think they know that bodiless voice and often would call in after a show to talk; they would reveal so much more than they might in person or to law enforcement.

    Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
    Cozy readers are mostly women 45+, but I like to think both men and woman 35+ would find The Carol Childs Mysteries of interest. Particularly those searching for a complex mystery with several subplots dealing both with the crime and interpersonal relationships.

    Please describe your writing routine.
    I write everyday, all day. I take numerous breaks. I never try to push myself for several solid hours at one sitting. Rather I schedule lunch and breaks throughout the day, but I’m always in the office by 7:45 a.m. and I never leave before 4 p.m. On average, I write about 3 to 4 hours a day.

    What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
    Read. Write, and rewrite. Writing is in the rewriting. Never sit down to write to a word count. Rather, write a scene and when that scene done, write another. Most importantly, when you’re finished, put it aside for awhile, then review it with fresh eyes, maybe a month later.

    More about Without A Doubt:
    As radio reporter Carol Childs investigates a series of Beverly Hills jewelry heists, she realizes her FBI boyfriend, Eric, is working the same case. Even worse, she may have inadvertently helped the suspect escape. The situation intensifies when the suspect calls the radio station during a live broadcast, baiting Carol deeper into the investigation.
    Cover artIn order for her to uncover the truth, Carol must choose between her job and her personal relationships. What started out as coincidence between Carol and Eric becomes a race for the facts — pitting them against one another — before the thieves can pull off a daring escape, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind, and taking the jewels with them.

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    How to connect with Nancy:
    Website: www.nancycolesilverman.com
    Email address: nancy@nancycolesilverman.com
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    Twitter: @nancycolesilver

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    Do Over! Revisiting The Wedding Day

    Remember when you were a kid, playing a game at school, and there was some kind of mistake or interruption, so somebody yelled “Do over?” Well, that’s what happened with me and my post about The Wedding Day by Sharon Kleve. Due to a miscommunication, I didn’t post the interview with Sharon yesterday as I planned. So, do over! Welcome back, Sharon.Kleve photo

    Why do you write romance?
    It makes me feel good. I have a technical day job and writing romance balances out my brain.

    Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
    When I heard about Kindle Worlds, I thought I’d give writing fan fiction a try. Fan fiction is a great way for readers to discover authors who are also fans of their favorite books. I love best-selling author Lucy Kevin’s writing so I chose to write a fan fiction book around Four Weddings and a Fiasco. The Wedding Switch was so much fun, I wrote another one called, The Wedding Day, which was released yesterday.

    Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
    Someone who likes sweet, light-hearted romance with animals and food in them. I include some sort of pet and recipes in all of my books.

    Please describe your writing routine.
    I write every evening after dinner and on the weekends. It takes up most of my free time, but I’m lucky to have an understanding husband. He takes care of our cat and some of our household duties when I have a deadline.

    What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
    There’s a lot of talk about self-publishing and how great it is. How you can have more control of your finished work. My advice is to find a trusted eBook publisher and stick with them. I’ve been with Books To Go Now http://bookstogonow.com/ from the beginning. Except for my two Kindle Worlds books. I feel fortunate to have found them early in my career.

    More about The Wedding Day:
    Cora Henley doesn’t believe in love at first sight. In her personal experience love never lasts. Her parents’ nasty divorce and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal have her convinced long-term relationships don’t work.
    The  Wedding Day coverKane Price is finally ready to settle down, get married and have a family. When he falls head-over-heels for Cora, she makes it clear she’s not interested in a serious relationship. He’s come up against difficult obstacles before and never gives up until he gets what he wants. And he wants Cora.
    If Cora can just trust her heart to Kane they both might find their happily-ever-after.

    Grab your copy here: Amazon

    How to connect with Sharon:

    Website: http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/
    Email address: sharon.kleve@gmail.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKleve

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