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Cozy Prizes Friday: Staging is Murder



Just to show you how on top of my blog schedule I am, I had lunch with this lovely lady at Malice Domestic and didn’t realize she was scheduled for an interview today! Senior cozy author moment. Don’t forget to scroll down and enter for a chance at a free copy of Staging is Murder!

Laura Bishop just nabbed her first decorating commission—staging for sale a 19th-century mansion that hasn’t been updated for decades. But when a body falls from a laundry chute and lands at Laura’s feet, replacing flowered wallpaper becomes the least of her duties.

To clear her young assistant of the murder and save her fledgling business, Laura’s determined to find the killer. Turns out it’s not as easy as renovating a manor home, especially with two handsome men complicating her mission: the police detective assigned to the case and the real estate agent trying to save the manse from foreclosure.

Worse still, the meddling of a horoscope-guided friend, a determined grandmother, and the local funeral director could get them all killed before Laura props the first pillow.

My Interview with Grace

  • How did you come with an idea for your book? 

There were two things I had to come up with for my book. One was the hook for my character, and the other one was the “what if” question.

In a cozy, the main character usually has a hook, which I learned is a profession or interest (baker, florist, garage sale expert, etc.) that becomes a major part of the story. I was advised that since I would be spending a lot of time writing about this hook that I should pick one that I like or know something about—or be willing to do a lot of research. After looking at all of the areas of my life, work, interests, hobbies, etc., I came to realize the one thing that I enjoyed was home staging. I had spent way too many hours watching HGTV home staging shows, and when I discovered that I had a knack for it, I helped friends stage their homes. So I decided that would be my hook, and that’s how STAGING IS MURDER came about.

The “What if” question is the basis for a story. For example, what if a young boy receives a scholarship to a school of wizardry? The basis of the Harry Potter books. What if a little girl and her home are blown away by a tornado? The basis for the “Wizard of Oz.” In my case, I wrote my mystery around the question: What if a fax went to the wrong number? What could be in that fax that might cause someone to commit murder?

  • What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

When I started writing fiction, the one thing that surprised me was how humor kept creeping into my writing—either from situations I put my characters in or from the snarky remarks my main character, Laura Bishop, made. A scene that I hope readers enjoy, and I hope find a bit humorous, is the one where Laura and her BFF Nita go to a campground at night to investigate whether some men living there in a rickety camper could be the ones who committed the murder. First they had to cross a field to get there, which they discovered had been used to graze cows. You can imagine the stuff they ran (or stepped) into. Later Nita also drags Laura to the same campground searching for some members of Hell’s Angels who might have been involved with the murder. Laura frequently ends up playing Ethel to Nita’s Lucy.

  • What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I’m busy working on the second book in the Laura Bishop series (tentatively titled STAGING WARS). This one involves members of a local arts group. Laura gets to see Monica, her high school nemesis, behind bars and having to sleep on a cot without her usual silk sheets. Monica definitely needs Laura’s help. But would you be willing to help clear someone of murder when you suspect that person had an affair with your late husband?

I recently completed a short story about a woman who discovers her husband of twenty-five years plans to leave her for a very young woman who lives next door and what she plans to do about it. He may regret that he strayed.

  • If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I spent a career writing step-by-step procedural guidelines and computer user guides. Quite boring, which is why I turned to murder mysteries. But if I had to write in another area, I would probably draw on that experience and turn to writing nonfiction self-help books or articles. During my career, I helped guide a lot of people in writing their resumes and applying for work. I’m definitely not an expert in that area, but I know enough to help someone who doesn’t have a clue where to start.

  • Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

I will be happy to send one commenter a copy of the ARC for STAGING IS MURDER.

  • Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

I hope readers will enjoy STAGING IS MURDER, and if they are willing to leave a comment or review, I would greatly appreciate it. They can leave it at one of the following:

Amazon 

Goodreads

Grace’s Website: https://www.gracetopping.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gtoppingauthor

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44098504-staging-is-murder?from_search=true

Back Cover Copy

Laura Bishop just nabbed her first decorating commission—staging for sale a 19th-century mansion that hasn’t been updated for decades. But when a body falls from a laundry chute and lands at Laura’s feet, removing flowered wallpaper becomes the least of her duties. 

To clear her young assistant of the murder and save her fledgling business, Laura’s determined to find the killer. Turns out it’s not as easy as renovating a manor home, especially with two handsome men complicating her mission: the police detective assigned to the case and the real estate agent trying to save the manse from foreclosure.

Worse still, the meddling of a horoscope-guided friend, a determined grandmother, and the local funeral director could get them all killed before Laura props the first pillow.

Bio

More About the Author

Grace Topping is a recovering technical writer and IT project manager, accustomed to writing lean, boring documents. Let loose to write fiction, she is now creating murder mysteries and killing off characters who remind her of some of the people she dealt with during her career. Fictional revenge is sweet. She’s using her experience helping friends stage their homes as inspiration for her Laura Bishop mystery series. The first book in the series, Staging is Murder, is about a woman starting a new career midlife as a home stager. Grace is the current vice president of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of the SINC Guppies and Mystery Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.

Author Links

Website – https://www.gracetopping.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/gtoppingauthor

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GraceToppingAuthor

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomgracetopping

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Designs on Murder

With the advent of the new Project Runway,  I think it’s only fitting to have a cozy mystery centered around the world of fashion, don’t you? This book has some cozy and historical elements to it when you add a ghost from the 1930s. Fun! Gayle Leeson (aka TRENT!) was kind enough to answer a few questions about her newest cozy mystery, Designs on Murder

About the Book

Designs On Murder: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series

What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn’t really…alive?

Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn’t realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine “Max” Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn’t the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.

Amanda is afraid that one of her new “friends” and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark’s murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate–the ghostly fashionista can’t end up the killer’s next victim!

You can pick up a copy of Designs on Murder at Amazon.

A Visit With Gayle 

How did you come with an idea for your book?

I believe it was a combination of things. I’d been watching the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries tv show on Netflix, and Phryne inspired my ghost Max. And I’ve always been drawn to that particular building in Abingdon, and since there are so many old buildings believed to have resident ghosts in town, that it was only natural for my heroine to set up shop there and discover Max.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I think the scene where Amanda meets Jason, the photographer, is cute. I think that scene really emphasizes the differences between Amanda and Max.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

The next book in this series and the next book in the Down South Café series will be out later this year.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

Psychological thriller.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes. There’s an overall prize through the blog tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Bookbub

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women’s fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and has just begun this new cozy series, the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery series. Another Down South Cafe novel is slated for release in August with book two in the Ghostly Fashionista series scheduled for October.

Author Links

Newsletter sign-up form: https://forms.aweber.com/form/14/1780369214.htm

Website: www.gayleleeson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GayleTrent @GayleTrent

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

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Leeson/e/B01NBSTBDU/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gayle-leeson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/426208.Gayle_Trent

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Cozy Prizes Friday: A Literal Mess

 

 

This one is a special shout out to all the literary agents out there, (including mine) from J.C. Kenney.  Be sure to check out my review of A Literal Mess and then enter the giveaway for a chance at a $25 Amazon gift card. 

About the Book

A-LITERAL-MESS

A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Lyrical Underground (January 8, 2019)
Print Length: 196 pages
ASIN: B07C6T6X41

 

The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert . . .

Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author’s daughter—Allie’s longtime friend.

Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic’s ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .

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My Review: 5 Stars

J.C. Kenney gives us a new cozy mystery series with little Allie Cobb, the kickboxing crusader, and literary agent. Allie was a relatable character and I was pleased with how the story came full circle. I read a lot of mysteries but  I wasn’t sure “whodunnit” until the very end. Good work! I look forward to other works by J.C. Kenney.

 

How did you come with an idea for your book?

It’s kind of a funny story. My agent posted an article in our agency chat group about a person going missing near a river. I wasn’t writing mysteries at the time, but commented in an offhand way that the article sounded like a great story nugget for a cozy mystery. Well, my agent responded by challenging me to write the story. After thinking about it for a couple of days, I decided to go for it. That offhand comment led to A Literal Mess. It’s been nice having something good come out of spouting off without thinking!

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I hope they really like Allie’s final showdown with the murderer. I think it’s a testament to her quick thinking and fearlessness. Allie doesn’t sit back and wait for things to come to her. She takes the initiative. I hope readers see that, and appreciate it.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

A Literal Mess is the first book in the Allie Cobb Mysteries series. Book two, A Genuine Fix, will be out this July. The third book in the series, A Mysterious Mix Up, will be out in 2020.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I’ve been a fan of science fiction all my life, so writing in that genre could be fun. I actually have a space opera I work on when time permits. Someday, I’ll finish it. I hope! 

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Goodreads and Amazon. I truly appreciate the time readers spend with my stories and if they are inclined to leave a review, those are the two places that would help the most. Thanks in advance!

Please share the link for readers to add your book on Goodreads!

Here you go: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39901823-a-literal-mess

About the Author

J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.

Author Links

Website – https://www.jckenney.com;

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JCKenney1;

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JCKenney1;

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/JCKenney;

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/j.c.kenney/

 

 

Cozy Prizes Friday: The Spirit in Question

Today we have a cozy mystery that is set in a haunted theater. Have you ever been in a dark theater all alone? It is seriously creepy! Cynthia Kuhn is visiting us this Friday with The Spirit in Question, the third book in her Academic Mystery Series. Cynthia is an Agatha Award winner for a best first novel, and if you don’t know about the Agatha’s think Emmy’s but for cozy mysteries.  So let’s meet Cynthia and don’t forget to enter her giveaway for your choice of books and a $25 Amazon gift card.

A few words with Cynthia

ck2x3How did you come with an idea for your book?

Tolliver Ingersoll is a character I loved to write who had been cut out of both of the first two books, so I decided to center The Spirit in Question on him. He is a playwright, so I began with a play, then imagined what trouble could happen at the theater and went from there.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I can’t name it without giving too much away. It’s supposed to be unexpected when it happens. How about: I hope they’ll enjoy multiple scenes!

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

The first two books in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series are The Semester of Our Discontent and The Art of Vanishing. I’ve also written fiction, poetry, and essays. In addition, I have blogged with Mysteristas and Chicks on the Case. In the future, more mysteries, I hope!

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

Mystery is my favorite genre. I do have an idea for a book that would probably be classified as fantasy.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes! Thank you for asking (and thank you so much for having me on your blog). There’s a giveaway for one Lila book associated with this book tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Most readers seem to gravitate toward Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing, and Barnes and Noble.

Please share the link for readers to add your book on Goodreads!

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/cynthiakuhn

About the Book

The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Henery Press (October 2, 2018)

English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad.

With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague…or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?

You can find The Spirit in Question at these online retailers

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About the Author

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. She teaches in Denver, serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado, and blogs with Chicks on the Case. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

Author Links

Webpage: cynthiakuhn.wordpress.com

Blog: mysteristas.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthiakuhnwriter

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiakuhn

Twitter: @cynthiakuhn

 

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Bears in the Night

In my Piney Woods Series, I write about a historic hotel, which was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. I grew up not too far from the Stanley and it is also the hotel that was featured in The Shining.  Check out this bear coming in the window at three in the morning!

Hmmm, I wonder if he used Expedia or Priceline for his reservation?

If you love reading about hotels, may I recommend Murder of a Good Man?

A bear free establishment.

 

Cozy Prizes Friday: Sipped

Sipped (The Penningtons Investigate)
by CT Collier

 

About the Book


Sipped (The Penningtons Investigate)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Asdee Press (June 11, 2018)

The Penningtons are back in book three of The Pennington’s Investigate Series by C.T. Collier. Have you ever gone into someone else’s desk drawer to find something? Uh, yeh. Me either. Looks like there’s some snooping and little bit of gossip going on in this one.

Be sure to look for the Prize Guy for your chance at a copy of Sipped. 

 

After a rough semester, Professor Lyssa Pennington just wants to post her grades and join her husband, Kyle, in Cornwall for Christmas. First, though, she’s expected to host an elegant dinner for Emile Duval, the soon-to-be Chair of Languages at Tompkins College.

Too bad no one told Lyssa murder is on the menu. And, by the way, Emile Duval is an imposter.

Who is he really? And who wanted him dead? Without those answers, the Penningtons can kiss Christmas in Cornwall goodbye.

You can find Sipped at these online retailers!

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About the Author

How did you come with an idea for your book?

While the overarching framework, setting, and main characters for Sipped come from its series, The Penningtons Investigate, the concept and plot for Sipped grew from a rumor—a rather salacious one, to be honest. I’d heard the tale whispered in the hallways at one of my old workplaces, a college whose identity will not be revealed. It wasn’t a story I would use as is (did I mention it was salacious?). Gossip like that doesn’t appeal to me and doesn’t fit with the clean upbeat tone of the Pennington books.

Still, there was something at the heart of the rumor that made for a good mystery. That something was the notion of two people sneaking around someone’s old office looking for evidence left behind, to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Who might those two people be? One was a person completely unfamiliar with the campus; and that person would need a savvy guide to find the right office, break in, and make off with the goods … all the while evading security.

And what if someone else—someone providing a distraction for the theft—was bumped off during the robbery but the thief didn’t know it? Confused? So are the police! There are almost no clues to the motive for the murder or to the identity of the murderer, but there’s an abundance of red herrings. Who but the Penningtons could possibly sort through the mess to find the real killer?

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I love every scene in Sipped, of course, but the one I choose to read aloud at book signings comes early in the book, when Lyssa and her friend Natalie are celebrating the official end of fall semester at Tompkins College. They’re fixing dinner in Natalie’s kitchen and Natalie is going on and on about having met her idol, a supermodel named Vivienne. Lyssa thinks Natalie is pulling her leg … or maybe someone is pulling Natalie’s leg. It’s all good fun, but Lyssa’s skepticism is blinding her to some serious clues the author is setting up for attentive readers to discern.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I do have a completed romance series, Lakeside Porches, that is actually the entire backstory for the main characters of The Penningtons Investigate, including Lyssa and Kyle Pennington’s love story (Waking Up to Love, written as Katie O’Boyle, released by Soulmate Publishing, Inc.).

There are several spinoff series on the drawing board, including one romantic suspense series. Right now, though, my focus is on The Penningtons Investigate. I’m currently writing book 4, Chugged, and there will be at least two more after Chugged.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I love a good romance and a gripping romantic suspense!

My favorite romance series is Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries. Every book in the series is a gem, and I love watching Grace’s story unfold through the diary entries she writes with each book. For romantic suspense, Carla Neggers is my idol. I started with Declan’s Cross, one of the Sharpe and Donovan series; now my book buddies and I eagerly await each new book in the series. Every one of Neggers’ series—some are romance, some romantic suspense—has its own flavor, and I enjoy many of them. Of her romance series, I especially like the Swift River books.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes, several of the blogs on the “Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book” tour for Sipped include giveaways, and there is a giveaway that spans all the blogs on the tour. Prize is the reader choice’s: Kindle, Nook, or print copy of Sipped (US only for print, please).

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

I would love for readers to post a review to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, their choice. Here are some helpful links:

Amazon Paperback: https://tinyurl.com/y8rkglpe

Kindle: https://tinyurl.com/yd8aaffc

Barnes & Noble paperback: https://tinyurl.com/y8thfleb

Nook: https://tinyurl.com/y92jccys

And here’s the link for readers to add Sipped to their Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40607107-sipped

 

C. T. Collier was born to solve logic puzzles, wear tweed, and drink Earl Grey tea. Her professional experience in cutthroat high tech and backstabbing higher education gave her endless opportunity to study intrigue. Add to that her longtime love of mysteries, and it’s no wonder she writes academic mysteries that draw inspiration from traditional whodunits. Her setting is entirely fictional: Tompkins College is no college and any college, and Tompkins Falls is a blend of several Finger Lakes towns, including her hometown, Seneca Falls, NY (AKA Bedford Falls from It’s a Wonderful Life).

Author Links

Website: https://drkatecollier.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kate.collier.315

Twitter: @Tompkins Falls

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/zds5zps

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder in the Cards

Ante up! Today we are sitting at the table with a psychic poker player. (And I can’t even produce a poker face!)  Murder in the Cards is the first book in this series and what an interesting idea for a sleuth. Talk about someone who can pick up on clues others miss!  Paige Sleuth spent some time telling us about her book, her background and herself, so check out the interview and then scroll on down to the Prize Guy for your chance at a digital copy of another Paige Sleuth mystery, Murder in Cherry Hills.

About the Book


Murder in the Cards (Psychic Poker Pro Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (July 1, 2018)
Print Length – 252 Pages

Tiffany Swanson is finally living the dream when she quits her stressful job to become a poker pro. Except her dream job doesn’t turn out to be so perfect when she picks up the troubling vision of a murdered man from one of her opponents. Even more disturbing, Tiffany didn’t know she was telepathic.

Before long she finds herself spending more time investigating a homicide than playing cards. But with an entire wedding party to suspect and only one weekend to pinpoint the guilty party, how will Tiffany ever figure out “whodunit” in time?

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An Interview with Paige Sleuth

How did you come with an idea for your book?

Tiffany, the Psychic Poker Pro Mystery series heroine, and I are a lot alike in that we’re both half Vietnamese, live in Las Vegas, and gave up our day jobs for other interests. She’s basically the person I came up with when I asked myself, “If I weren’t so boring and went out and talked to people instead of spending my days reading and writing, what would I be doing?” Well, the answer was obvious: solving murder mysteries. I thought it would be an interesting twist to give her some telepathic abilities as well. And being a poker player provides her with a lot of opportunities to meet and talk to people (and by “people” I mean murder suspects).

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I personally enjoy the scenes with Tiffany and her family the most. Tiffany’s firecracker of a mother, rational father, quirky aunt, and wacky cousin all feel like real people to me, so including them in the story allows me to keep in touch. I have to say though, I also had a lot of fun with the scene where Tiffany pretends to be a stripper to gain information about the murder. I won’t tell you if she’s successful or not.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I currently have 31 books published, 6 of which are standalone mysteries attached to my own name (Marla Bradeen), and 22 of which are part of my Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. I don’t intend to end that series anytime soon, so you can look for more books to be added in the future. I also have more adventures planned for Tiffany. I’m not quite sure how I’ll juggle keeping up with two series yet, but supposedly other authors manage so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to figure it out.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I would love to try writing a psychological suspense novel. I personally love to read that genre, and it would be immensely satisfying to see one with my own name on it sitting on my bookshelf. Unfortunately, Tiffany and Kat (the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery heroine) object whenever I’m not working on one of their stories, so at this point I don’t know when I’ll find the time to make that happen. But never say never.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes! My third annual “Buy in July” event is happening now. During the month of July, $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (excluding ebook purchases of Murder in Cherry Hills) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 does a wonderful job helping to reduce the number of cats euthanized here in Las Vegas through their work spay/neutering feral cats. I’m also giving away an ebook copy of Murder in Cherry Hills, Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book one, to someone who enters the Rafflecopter associated with this blog tour. That giveaway is being coordinated through Great Escapes, the organizer of the tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Anywhere they’d like! We authors love reviews, whether they’re posted to Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, or on a personal blog or Facebook page. Even just telling a friend if you enjoyed a book is so appreciated.

 

About the Author

Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats’ demands, she writes. She loves to hear from readers and welcomes emails at paige.sleuth@yahoo.com.

Author Links
Website: http://www.marlabradeen.com/ps
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marlabradeenauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marlabradeen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14207326.Paige_Sleuth

 

 

As part of Paige Sleuth’s third annual “Buy in July” event, $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (excluding ebook purchases of Murder in Cherry Hills) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 is a volunteer-powered organization that seeks to reduce the number of cats euthanized every year by trapping and spay/neutering feral cats in the Las Vegas area before releasing them back into their communities

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder at the Mushroom Festival

Time for Spring festivals and this week let’s get into fungi at Murder at the Mushroom Festival. The author, Janet Finsilver was kind enough to answer a few questions about her writing process and how she loves to write about dogs with special abilities.  My dogs Martin and Max have special talents. All I have to do is open the refrigerator and they appear like magic from anywhere in the house!

Be sure to look for the prize guy! Today he gives you the chance to enter her giveaway for a digital copy of Murder at the Mushroom Festival.

About the Book

Murder at the Mushroom Festival (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series

There’s a corpse among the chanterelles!

Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the Week of the Mushroom festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions spreading like fungi in the quaint Northern Californian community over the culprit’s identity, Kelly and a savvy gang of sleuthing seniors known as the “Silver Sentinels” must uncover the truth about the secluded property before a tricky killer prepares another lethal surprise . . .

A Visit With the Author

 

How did you come up with an idea for your book?

I have a series of books that I call safe whodunits. This means there is no graphic violence and the main characters will return in each one. In the mystery world they are called cozy mysteries. My books all have dogs with special abilities.

Where did the ideas come from? Traditional mystery writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle influenced me. Murder She Wrote was a favorite show I watched. This is where the type of books I write came from.

As for the dogs, years ago I read about a standard poodle trained to detect cancer. That’s where the original idea came from for the dogs with special abilities in my books. I was fascinated and started collecting information about the different ways dogs contribute to our lives. Each of my mysteries highlights a certain skill. Murder at Redwood Cove has a basset hound trained to detect cancer. In Murder at the Mansion two beagles are bedbug and termite finders. Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table has dogs trained in hearing-assistance for people who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as one trained to help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My most recent book, Murder at the Mushroom Festival, has a diabetic alert dog that also finds mushrooms! These aren’t dog books, but the dogs all have a function in the stories.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

There are many scenes I hope the readers enjoy. I’ve put an excerpt from Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table below.

Mary gave me directions, and I headed out to discover my future. Auntie’s table was off by itself a ways away from the crowd. Summer and a pale man sat across from a woman in black, voluminous clothes, a cloth scarf on her head. She was staring into a small cup, and I could see her lips move.

Suddenly Summer stood up, and even at a distance I could here her loud “No!” She turned to the man now standing next to her and grabbed his arm. She pulled him away from the table, and they headed in my direction.

The man put his arm around her shoulders as they walked by me. “Mom, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s coffee grounds and Auntie’s active imagination.”

I saw tears in Summer’s eyes.

“You don’t know.” She shook her head from side to side and looked stunned.

“Mom, I have no dark secrets from the past that will be revealed,” he said, his voice beginning to trail off as they moved away. “And no one is going to die.”

~*~

Here are some hints for other favorite scenes. In Murder at Redwood Cove, Fred uses his hound abilities to find a missing person. An unusual room is discovered in Murder at the Mansion. An unexpected ride happens at a botanical garden in Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table. My protagonist has to do some quick thinking to save herself in Murder at the Mushroom Festival.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

Right now I’m focusing on my Kelly Jackson series. I have a contract for a fifth and sixth book. The tentative title for book five is Murder at the Marina. It goes to the publisher in June. The next “project” after that will be figuring out what happens in book six!

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

Growing up I enjoyed reading books that had dogs or horses in them. I think it would be fun to do a young adult series involving animals.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

The usual places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016. Book 3, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE was released on March 14, 2017.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Prestige, Privilege and Murder

D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today…  No, not me. I’m on 28 years of marriage and contrary to what they said at the wedding, I think it will last. Christa Nardi is here today to talk about her new book Prestige, Privilege and Murder and it’s all about an ugly divorce. A peek-through-the-blinds at your neighbor kind of divorce. She was kind enough to answer some questions about the book and be sure to scroll down to find the Prize Guy for your chance at a print copy of this cozy mystery.

How did you come with an idea for your book?

This book started as I sat at a stop light on my way to work and the opening scene popped into my head. For the past year, a friend had been dealing with a situation like Stacie’s pending divorce and trying to get back into the social scene again. I think like our dreams, the stories we create are all somehow related to people and situations in real life. I feel compelled to add here, the friend’s husband is still alive and well!

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Gosh, that’s hard. I like the scene with Stacie’s father showing up first thing in the morning – as Rick is leaving, looking disheveled.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I recently published the 5th and last of the Cold Creek Mystery Series featuring a professor turned amateur sleuth.  I am working on a spinoff, with the main character, Sheridan Hendley.  The second in the Stacie Maroni series is also a work in progress.  In between, I co-author a teen/young adult mystery series with Cassidy Salem. We hope the fourth in the Hannah and Tamar series will be coming out mid-April.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

It would be fantasy – to create my own “world” with interesting characters and scenery. I’m not sure how authors like Piers Anthony (Xanth series) keep all the characters and places straight. I may be a bit too concrete for that.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes! Look for the Prize Guy!

Where can readers leave reviews of your book? Amazon and Goodreads

 

About the Book


Prestige, Privilege & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery)Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (January 10, 2018)
Print Length: 182 pages
ASIN: B078N1M422

Money isn’t worth killing for, or is it?

When her estranged husband is murdered, Stacie Maroni Noth is quickly identified as the main suspect. With divorce papers not yet signed, she may get a substantial inheritance – a clear motive in the eyes of both Noth’s family and the police. His family and law firm strive to keep up the pretense that all is above reproach and idyllic. In her quest to prove her innocence, however, Stacie discovers she’s not the only one with a motive for murder. Could it be a colleague at the prestigious law firm where he worked? Or is it tied to the victim’s stance on domestic violence? Or maybe even his threats to reveal family secrets? Whatever the true motive may be, it soon becomes clear that Stacie might be the next victim.

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About the Author

 

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery along with romance are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to cozy mystery. She is the author of the Cold Creek Series and co-authors a young adult mystery series with Cassidy Salem.

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Book Blast Friday: Killer Tied

There are plenty of twists and turns in this cozy mystery and judging from the cover–cute shoes! Lesley A. Diehl is visiting us today to answer some questions about her latest mystery, Killer Tied. 

How did you come with the idea for Killer Tied?

Killer Tied is the sixth book in the Eve Appel mysteries from Camel Press. The idea for the book came from asking myself the question, what if a young woman approaches Eve and tells her she is Eve’s sister? But Eve doesn’t have a sister and her parents died in a boating accident when Eve was nine years old. This woman looks like Eve, but her age is such that she would have been born after the parent’s death. If what the woman says is true, then someone had lied to Eve, and it appeared the person who told Eve the lie is her own grandmother, the woman who raised her.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

In the scene between Eve and her old friend from college, the reader learns how Eve met her former husband, Jerry and reveals that Eve’s friends old grudge against her continues until today. The friend reveals that she knows more about Eve’s mother than Eve does, and Eve struggles with how she can mend the past and get the friend to allow Eve access to records that might tell Eve if her mother still lives. It is a scene where two sassy women do battle with each other, one trying to hurt the other by hiding the truth and the other, Eve, tries to control her usual bold and snarky approach to unearth the truth. But as Eve says, patience is not something she had yet mastered. The reader hopes Eve will finally discover what she must know about her mother, but college friend is more interested in righting a past injustice than helping Eve uncover her past.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

There will be three more Eve Apple mysteries, and I hope to make them a little different from the ones that have gone before. In the seventh book which will be released by Camel Press sometime in the autumn or winter of this year, I bring Eve’s best friend Madeleine’s uncle from Scotland to visit Madeleine and her family. He brings his son, daughter-in-law and grandson with him. The visit should be fun for everyone, but trouble begins when the daughter-in-law runs off the road in the rental car and almost drowns herself in one of the many canals crisscrossing the area. An accident? Perhaps, someone shoots at Madeleine’s uncle and wounds him. Is someone trying to kill him or his family? Eve takes on the case to along with another one and finds herself up to her designer blouse in trouble.

The third book in the Big Lake Murder mysteries will be released this year. Cry Muddy Murder finds Emily Rhodes, retired preschool teacher and present-day bartender at the local country club, participating as a volunteer in a re-enactment of the Battle of Okeechobee. As usual, she stumbles onto a dead body, this one the local principal’s. Set in the Lake Okeechobee, Florida area, Emily and cohorts discover the principal’s past indiscretions may have led to his murder, but the truth is as likely to reside closer to home.

I also write a microbrewing series set in a picturesque river valley in Upstate New York. Hera Knightsbridge owns and operates a microbrewery threatened by drought, hydraulic fracturing, and murder. The other cozy mystery series I write features a college professor as a protagonist. Dr. Laura Murphy finds trouble on her campus with the president’s murder, the pollution of the lake she lives on and the killer antics of a college fraternity. College life is anything but ivory tower academics for Laura.

I also have written a number of short stories featuring Aunt Nozzie and the grandmothers, a family trio of geriatric misfits who just happen to help their niece and granddaughter solve murders. These stories are Thanksgiving themed and appear in Untreed Reads Thanksgiving anthology, The Killer Wore Cranberry, Vols 1-5.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

My protagonists are more romantic than I, so I know I would be terrible at romance, and without a background in law or criminal justice, I don’t have the expertise to write mystery with a lawyer or cop as protagonist. I might try women’s fiction because I could use a lifetime of experience to create my characters. My background as a psychologist might help.

Is there a giveaway or promotion for this book?

There are several giveaways on this tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Please leave them on Amazon with each book there.

 

About the Book


Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series

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Eve Appel Egret is adjusting to married life with Sammy and their three adopted sons in Sabal Bay, Florida. While still running her consignment stores, she is going pro with her sleuthing by becoming an apprentice to a private detective.

Until her marriage, Eve’s only “family” was her grandmother Grandy, who raised her after her parents died in a boating accident. Now, in addition to her husband and sons, she has a father-in-law who clearly dislikes her. Sammy’s father, a full-blooded Miccosukee Indian long presumed dead, has emerged from the swamps where he’s been living like a hermit, and he isn’t happy about Eve’s marriage to his half-Miccosukee, half-white son.

As for Eve’s family, are her parents really dead? A woman named Eleanor claims to be Eve’s half-sister, born after her mother faked a boating accident to escape her abusive husband, Eve’s father. Then Eleanor’s father turns up dead in the swamps, stabbed by a Bowie knife belonging to Sammy’s father, Lionel. Strange as Lionel Egret is, Eve knows he had no motive to kill this stranger. In order to clear him, Eve must investigate Eleanor’s claims, and she might not like what digging around in her family’s past uncovers.

About the Author

 

Lesley is a country gal through and through, from her childhood on a dairy farm in Illinois to college in a cornfield in Iowa, Lesley creates sassy, snoopy protagonists who embrace chasing killers in country settings. Lesley writes several series: the Big Lake Murder mysteries and the Eve Appel mysteries both set in rural Florida; the Laura Murphy mysteries located on a lake in upstate New York; and short stories, some featuring a few of Lesley’s unique relatives from back on the farm (Aunt Nozzie and the Grandmothers). She is inspired by an odd set of literary muses: a ghost named Fred and a coyote as yet unnamed. Killer Tied is the sixth mystery in the Eve Appel Mysteries. To read more about Lesley’s unusual and humorous cozy mysteries, go to www.lesleyadiehl.com.

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