Friday, November 27, 2015

What's New? On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander

What's New? On Thin Icing (A Bakeshop Mystery series) by Ellie Alexander will be released on December 29th.

Series: A Bakeshop Mystery (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 29, 2015)
Language: English

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It's the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she's asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up...until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

"An intriguing new series."-Reader to Reader

Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules's own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit...and make sure he gets his just desserts.

"A delectable tale of murder and intrigue."-Portland Book Review on Meet Your Baker

About the Author

ELLIE ALEXANDER is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. She is the author of the Bakeshop Mysteries, including Meet Your Baker and A Batter of Life and Death. You can find her on Facebook to learn more!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Guest Post- Edith Maxwell

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am so thrilled to have Edith Maxwell with us today. What are you thankful for today? Have a great Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each of my friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving, all! And thanks to Shelley for inviting me over.

I blogged on Monday over at my regular spot, the Wicked Cozy Authors, about some unusual things I’m grateful for. Today I’m thankful for my wonderful adult sons, for pumpkin pie, for my stalwart partner, Hugh, for my generous and talented author pals. I’m of course grateful that I live in a relatively safe part of the world, where war is not underway. Although we all know that too much shooting and even bombings go on right here in the United States.

I’m full of gratitude that stories continue to pour out of me, and that major publishing houses want to pay me to write them. And delighted that readers like my books! Here’s a fun story from one reader. She’s talking about my first Country Store mystery, Flipped for Murder, which just came out a month ago:

Missy Stockwell posted on my Maddie Day author page on Facebook, “Okay, so as I was just about to fall asleep last night I jumped because I thought I forgot to visit someone in the hospital. Then I remembered that it was Robbie going to visit Roberto in Italy and I laid back down. That’s when you know a book is stays with you even after you are done reading it.” Glad you liked it, Missy!

I’m really excited about my new historical series, the Quaker Midwife Mysteries. Delivering the Truth will release in April – and don’t you love the cover? Rose Carroll is a Quaker, a midwife – and now an amateur sleuth, hearing secrets and birthing the truth about murder.

And I’m thankful Kensington Publishing renewed my Local Foods Mysteries for two more books. Book four, Murder Most Fowl, will be out in late May (as will Country Store number two, Grilled for Murder).

I’m even grateful for the short dark days of this season – because they make it easier to stay inside and write!

Readers, what are you thankful for?

Edith Maxwell
Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author
Farmed and Dangerous. Kensington Publishing, 2015
Bluffing is Murder. (Written as Tace Baker), Barking Rain Press 2014
Flipped for Murder. (Written as Maddie Day), Kensington Publishing, 2015
Delivering the Truth. Midnight Ink, 2016

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Trivia- Kathi Daley

It's time for some Christmas Trivia and today's lovely host is Kathi Daley. One Lucky reader will receive Santa Sleuth paperback (or kindle) and a Santa Sleuth mug. Santa Sleuth comes out Dec. 1. Leave your email and answers in the comments by Dec.1 and the winner will have three days to respond. Good Luck

All of the questions are based out of Kathi Daley's books.

1. In Christmas Crazy Zoe wants to duplicate a recipe that her grandma used to make as a surprise for her grandfather. What was the dish that Zoe asked Ellie to help her figure out the recipe for?

2. In Christmas Crazy Zoe spends a special Christmas morning with someone. Who was she with?

3. In Christmas in Paradise a man named Jordan Tanner comes into town to meet his daughter. Whose father does he believe he is?

4. In Christmas in Paradise Tj’s dog Echo saves her life. What does he save her from?

5. In Christmas Cozy one of the teachers from the high school is found dead. What was her very Christmassy name?

6. In Christmas Cozy Zoe is introduced to a little girl that will end up changing her life. What is the little girl’s name?

7. In Christmas Cozy Levi had to spend part of his winter vacation doing adjunct duty for the high school where he worked. What did he have to do?

8. In The Cat of Christmas Past a cat helps Cait solve a mystery. What is the cat’s name?

9. In The Cat of Christmas Past Cait must solve a mystery to help save an apartment building from a miserly old man. What is the mystery she must solve?

In The Cat of Christmas Past Cody gets Cait a special Christmas Gift. What does he get her?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Author Spotlight- Jean Flowers/ Camille Minichino

This weeks spotlight goes out to Jean Flowers (a.k.a. Camille Minichino) Jean is the author of a brand new series Death Takes Priority( A Postmistress mystery series)

Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She is currently on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and teaches writing throughout the Bay Area. Camille is Past President and a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America, NorCal Sisters in Crime, and the California Writers Club.

Camille has published over 20 novels and many short stories and nonfiction articles.
As Camille Minichino, she's published Periodic Table Mysteries, featuring retired physicist GLORIA LAMERINO.

As Margaret Grace, she writes the Miniature Mysteries, featuring miniaturist GERALDINE PORTER and her 11-year-old granddaughter, Maddie. The 8th in the series, MANHATTAN IN MINIATURE will be released in April 2015.
As Ada Madison, she's published the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college professor SOPHIE KNOWLES.
As Jean Flowers, Camille is launching a new series, The Postmistress Mysteries. The first, DEATH TAKES PRIORITY, will debut in 2015.

A stand-alone, KILLER IN THE CLOISTER, is available on Kindle and CreateSpace.
The nonfiction book, HOW TO LIVE WITH AN ENGINEER, is available on Kindle and Createspace.

Monday, November 23, 2015

First in Series- Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers

Are you ready for a new series? This First in Series is by Jean Flowers(a.k.a. Camille Minichino) Death Takes Priority ( A Postmistress Mystery series)was released on November 3rd.

Series: A Postmistress Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (November 3, 2015)
Language: English

Introducing a murder mystery that really delivers!

After caring for her dying aunt and being dumped by her fiancé, Cassie Miller decides to return to her small hometown in the Berkshires to lick her wounds and live in the house where she was raised. Leaving behind her managerial position in the Boston main postal office, Cassie trades in her tailored suits and high heels for the comfortable blue shirt and red, white, and blue striped scarf of the Postmaster for North Ashcot, Massachusetts.

Everything is business as usual until Cassie arrives at work one day to find that someone has broken into the post office building. The only items stolen: stacks of telephone books. Who steals phone books? Two days later, the body of an unidentified man is found in the woods. And when the handsome antiques dealer she just had lunch with is taken into custody, Cassie is suddenly drawn into the case. With a crime enveloped in mystery, she needs to track the killer—before another victim’s fate is sealed in the dead letter office…

Jean Flowers is the pseudonym for a long time mystery writer who has published series with Berkley and Minotaur.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Blog Tour- Cover Shot by LynDee Walker

I am so thrilled to be part of this blog tour. Joining us today is LynDee Walker. Her new book in the Headline in High Heels Mystery series, Cover Shot was released on November 10th.

A Headline in High Heels Mystery
5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press (November 10, 2015)
Paperback: 312 pages


It’s been a slow news month in Richmond, and crime reporter Nichelle Clarke is enjoying the downtime when ominous messages and a dead body kick things into high gear. And that’s before the guy with the rifle takes a hospital full of people hostage.

Up to the top of her knee-high Prada boots in leads, Nichelle finds her favorite detectives under pressure to make an arrest, but it doesn’t add up—and ignoring the “why” of this story could cost Nichelle the most important person in her life.

With too much to lose, a shot at the story of a lifetime, and a missing bullet that might be the key, landing this headline could save the day, but can Nichelle dig up the truth before the killer buries her with it?

This fast-paced, action packed whodunit is by far the best one yet. You are instantly pulled in and captivated by a great story.The characters are so strong and well developed they take the story to new heights. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading. LynDee is a great author. She tells a story so well written you will think it is taking place right then, and through her characters brings you hours of fantastic reading.

About This Author

LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation.

Her debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestseller, and was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. DEVIL IN THE DEADLINE is the fourth in LynDee’s Headlines in High Heels mystery series. The fifth COVER SHOT is out November 2015.

LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is either playing with her children, working on her next novel, or admiring beautiful shoes she can’t wear.

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Weekly Wrap Up # 98

Here is what happened this week:

November 16th- First in Series- Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver
November 17th- Author Spotlight- Janet Finsilver
November 18th- Guest Post- Christine Freeburn
November 19th- Guest Post- Toni L.P. Kelner
November 20th - What's New? Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz
November 21st- Shelley's Reviews.

Books I've read this week:

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

Coming this week:

November 23rd- First in Series- Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers
November 24th- Author Spotlight- Jean Flowers
November 25th- Book Trivia- Kathi Daley
November 26th- Guest Post- Edith Maxwell
November 27th- What's New? On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander

Have a great week!