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Cozying Up for Wedding Season

I can’t let May come to an end without saying thank you to V.M. Burns for including my book Buzzkill in her article “The Irrepressible Allure of the Wedding Cozy” on Crime Reads.

I loved writing the book and based some of the cozy craziness on my own wedding now almost thirty years ago. Are you invited to a wedding this summer or possibly planning one? It’s summer, there’s love in the air and you have the hall booked. What could possibly go wrong?

In Buzzkill, Betsy gets overwhelmed with the process until she enlists a wily wedding planner, Mr. Andre, to help her escape a white wedding catastrophe. It doesn’t help that she has endangered Pecan Bayou with a bad recipe for homemade calamine lotion.

Did you have a crazy wedding? Do you have a favorite wedding cozy mystery? Let me know in the comments!

And if you would like to check out the excellent books of V.M. Burns, Malice nominee, visit her at VMBURNS.COM.

A Day in the Life of My Main Character Betsy Livingston Featured at Dru’s Book Musings

BetsysRockerI’m on the last stop of my book tour for Buzzkill and it’s a good one.  Dru’s Book Musings asked me to write a day in the life of Betsy Livingston.  Here’s just a little of her day:

I sipped at my coffee as I thought about my day. It was going to be another busy one. I was headed over to the diner to give a talk on my latest column, “Casseroles for Any Occasion”. I’m going to be handing out my recipe for Tator Tot Casserole. Ruby Green is always working on these lady’s club days so I promised I would drop off a copy of the recipe by her shop, The Best Little Hairhouse in Texas. I admit I’m pretty busy today, but a little secret that nobody else in this little town of Pecan Bayou Texas knows is that tomorrow I don’t have anything planned. ….

Will Betsy keep her free day tomorrow?  Find out more by reading the full post at Dru’s Book Musings.


Now that my book tour is ending I would like to thank Lori at Great Escape Book Tours.  This was a wonderful tour with some fantastic cozy blog stops. I feel blessed to have found you.

I will posting the winner of our giveaway soon so if you haven’t entered for an Amazon gift card and a jar of Texas honey–Do it today!!!  Enter at Dru’s Book Musings.

To the next book…

New Review of Buzzkill from Brooke Blogs

I’m over at Brooke Blogs today with an excerpt of Buzzkill and a review from Brooke.  Here is a part of her review.

Though Buzz Kill is the fourth in the Pecan Bayou series, I found I was definitely able to read it as a stand-alone. I felt like I had a good grasp of the characters. Buzz Kill is a perfect cozy mystery: it has romance and a touch of humor. I love that in a cozy!

Go to Brooke Blogs to read the rest of the review.

Thank you Brooke!

Readers are also leaving some great helpful hints that Betsy would love to use in her column.

Be sure to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a jar of Texas honey and a $10 Amazon gift card.

A Chat and a Chai With Betsy Livingston

ChloeGetsAClueI’m over at Chloe Gets a Clue today where my main character Betsy, The Helpful Hinter, is having a conversation with Chloe Carstairs another fictional character who is an interior decorator and amateur detective .  This was so much fun as the two of them discuss weddings and solving crimes and compare Chloe’s Rhodesian Ridgeback with Betsy’s Weimaraner.

Here is a little of the conversation:

Chloe: Good tip. Speaking of Buzzkill, your recipe for homemade calamine lotion has some unintended side-effects. Want to talk about it? 

Betsy: You would bring that up. Next thing I need to ask you is whose wedding are you going to attend – mine or Prissy’s? She is so stressed out trying to be the premier bride in town that when she put it on her skin, she broke out in hives. Of course she blames me, but I just think it was her own body turning on her.

Go to Chloe Gets a Clue to read the full discussion

Check out Chloe’s Mystery-Murder on the First Day of Christmas.  I have always wanted to write a Christmas mystery and I love reading them.

And be sure to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a jar of Texas honey and a $10 Amazon gift card.

Buzzkill Featured at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner Today


I’m hopping over to Kaisy Daisy’s Corner today on my Great Escapes Book Tour for Buzzkill.  Come visit me there for an excerpt from Buzzkill and Kaisy Daisy’s wonderful review!  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for an Amazon gift card and a good ol’ jar of Texas honey!

5 Flowers Review for Buzzkill from a Chick Who Reads

Yesterday I received hearts and today it’s flowers.  Hoping this means chocolates may be in my future. (I’ll share)  I’m happy to be visiting over at A Chick Who Reads chickbuttontoday, so hop on over and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a jar of Texas honey and an Amazon Gift Card.

Here is some of Andrea’s review.

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The hilarity that ensues while Betsy tries to get organized and then gets a wedding planner is truly priceless. It definitely made me wonder why anyone goes through all the hassle or in this case why they’d want to get married on Valentine’s Day. (Oh yeah..so their hubby won’t forget!) The whole wedding planning process is full of issues thanks to another couple getting married on the same day and one half of the wedding party is the mayor’s son. 

Go To A Chick Who Reads to read the full review


Thank you Andrea!  I appreciate your review.



4 Hearts for Buzzkill-A New Review from Rantin’ Ravin’ & Readin’

I really am on the road today, so this post will be short.  I’m being reviewed today over at Rantin’ Ravin’ and Readin’ .  Kate gave me  four hearts !   Go to Kate Eileen Shannon to read the full review. http://kateeileenshannon.com/     Thank you Kate 🙂


Guest Post at Melina’s Book Blog and a 5 Star Review for Buzzkill

I’m guest posting over at Melina’s Book Blog Today.  I discuss my tendency to close the bedroom door and to put my violence offstage.  In the age of graphic storytelling I wondered if this made my books without a market and if there were still book-lovers who wanted stories like this?  My delight was discovering the world of cozy readers!   Here is a little of my article:

The traditional structure of the cozy mystery is cozy-not realistic. If I’m going to write love scenes into my stories, then I’m going to emphasize romance and sweetness and I’m not going to emphasize sweaty bodies and bulging bosoms.

Go to Melina’s Book Blog to Read the Full Guest Post

And here is a part of Melina’s Review-Thank you Melina!


Well, Teresa Trent has done it again.  I think this has been the best Betsy Livingston book yet.  I really enjoy visiting Betsy and all the great folks of Pecan Bayou, TX.  5 Stars

Go to Melina’s Book Blog to Read the Full Review


New Review for Buzzkill at ReadALot

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Reading Time-So Precious!

My book tour stop today is a new review for  Buzzkill .  Rhonda, whose blog is titled ReadALot has already read 213 books in the first six months of 2013.  I have a confession to make Rhonda, I’m the mother of a dyslexic and as for me, even though I’m not quite dyslexic, thank God for Kindle narration and audiobooks.  You rock, girl!  Here is a little of Rhonda’s Review:

This is the 4th book in the Pecan Bayou series by Teresa Trent. It is the first one I have read. I enjoyed it. I did guess the killer but I had decided I was wrong. Had no idea of why but it made sense.
The characters were well developed. I feel I missed a little of it because I had not read the other books. I was afraid of not knowing if Betsy and Leo were a great match when they were not answering questions of where they would live after the wedding.

Go to ReadALot to read the full review


…and thank you Rhonda!

Tour Stop: Betsy’s Interview at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More

MelissasMochasmysteriesmoreMy tour continues!  Yesterday I was interviewed over at Cozy Up With Kathy and today Betsy, my main character gets a few questions at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More.  Betsy talks about Buzzkill, her newest brush with crime, her wedding and even about Butch the dog.    If you have any questions for Betsy, leave them in the comments and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a jar of Texas honey (without the killer bees) and an Amazon gift card!

Go to Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More