Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cozy Book Release Day

Happy First Tuesday and you all know what that means! BOOKS, BOOKS and more BOOKS!!!!
All of these book are out today and they are AMAZING!!! 

Murder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson 
The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott
Groomed for Murder by Annie Knox 
Fat Cat at Large by Janet Cantrell ( First in a New Series)
Death is like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy  Aarons ( First in a New Series)
The Skeleton takes a Bow by Leigh Perry
Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry ( First in a New Series)
The Wedding Soup Murder by Rosie Genova
To Fudge or not to Fudge by Nancy Coco
Nightmares can be Murder by Mary Kennedy (First in a New Series)
Rebel without a Cake by Jacklyn Brady
Marked Down for Murder by Josie Belle

Murder of a Needled Knitter: A Scumble River Mystery The Wolfe Widow Groomed For Murder: A Pet Boutique Mystery Fat Cat At LargeDeath Is Like a Box of Chocolates The Skeleton Takes a Bow Caught Dead Handed The Wedding Soup Murder: An Italian Kitchen Mystery To Fudge or Not to Fudge Nightmares Can Be Murder Rebel Without a Cake Marked Down for Murder 

Don't you just love the covers!! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour- Deep in Death by Colleen Helme

Please welcome  Collen Helme today! She is the Author of Deep in Death! 

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deep in death
by Colleen Helme

Deep In Death_01Cozy Mystery – 279 Pages
Running “errands” for her mob-boss employer, Joey “The Knife” Manetto, often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she ever imagined.
In the meantime, Uncle Joey has summoned Shelby to his office, where she runs into her former nemesis. Shelby inadvertently hears something that makes her fear for the lives of Uncle Joey and his hit-man, Ramos. This time, Uncle Joey is not sure he wants to involve Shelby in something he knows could get her killed. Keeping Shelby’s involvement to a minimum has disastrous results, sending Shelby on a dangerous path. As her investigation unfolds, Shelby finds death at every turn, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Can she escape from danger in time? Or will she find herself deep in death?

My review:

I couldn't put this book down. The story lines and plot twist were so captivating that I didn't want to miss a single word. Shelby's character is strong! This well developed story will keep you wanting more! I am looking forward to the next installment in the series!


About This Author
As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble…I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.

Author Links:
Amazon    B&N

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up #34

Here is what happened this week:

Aug 30th- Book Trivia- Sue Ann Jaffarian

Books I've read:

Deep in Death by Shelby Nichols
And She Was by Alison Gaylin

Coming this week:

Sept 1st- Blog Tour- Deep in Death by Shelby Nichols
Sept 2nd- Cozy Book Release Day
Sept 3rd- Author Spotlight- Elizabeth Craig
Sept 4th- First in a New Series- Fat Cat at Large by Janet Cantrell
Sept 5th- Blog Tour- The Corpse with the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace
Sept 6th- Book Trivia hosted by Victoria Abbott

Hope to see you here!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Trivia hosted by Sue Ann Jaffarian

It's time for trivia and today's lovely host is Sue Ann Jaffarian!! The prize is  a signed copy of the upcoming HELL ON WHEELS (9th Odelia novel due out in early November) and one copy of GHOST OF A GAMBLE.

Good Luck!!

Odelia Grey Trivia Questions
1.      What is Odelia’s middle name?  

2.      What is her father’s name? 

3.      After nearly 35 years, where did Odelia finally meet up with her mother again?  

4.      What felony did Willie Proctor commit?  

5.      What law firm does Odelia work for in the first seven books?  

6.      What are Odelia’s half-brothers’ names? 

7.      What does Mike Steele drive? 

8.      What is the name of Odelia’s nemesis from high school who is now a good friend? 

9.      How many children do Zee and Seth Washington have?  

10.   How many times has Odelia been shot and where?  

Leave an email when you comment please!! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Interview with Clea Simon

I am thrilled to have interviewed Clea Simon!! So come on and get some coffee or tea. You are in for a huge treat today!! Clea is the author of  the Theda Krakow Series, Pru Marlowe Pet Nior series,  and a Dulcie Schwartz Series!!

Welcome Clea, I am so glad that you can be here with us today!!

Shelley: Tell us about yourself?
Clea Simon: I’m a writer. :)
I have always been a writer, since my earliest days. I loved books and made my own books. Because a journalist because that seemed like a job a writer could have and there were stories to be told. Along the way, I realized I wanted to write my own stories, like I did as a child. Other than that, I’m married with one cat, no kids, and I live in the Boston area. I love to cook and hear live music of all sorts!

Shelley: What inspired you to become a writer?
Clea Simon: I have always been a reader. At times, books were my best friends, so writing came naturally.

Shelley: How did you come up with these great books?
Clea Simon: I don’t plot in advance. I come up with a situation or a character and ask myself, “And then?” The rest follows.(And thank you for the compliment!)

Shelley: Can you tell us a little of what you are working on now?
Clea Simon: I am finishing up Dulcie Schwartz # 10. It has taken me up to about 250 pages to realize what the book is really about - the core of it, if you will - so now I am re-reading and revising, starting at the beginning so that the first part lines up with the second part.

Shelley: What research did you have to do for your books?
Clea Simon: I talk to a lot of animal experts for the Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries - that’s always fun! And I am currently reading a lot about book conservation for this Dulcie. The techniques conservators use to bring back 200 and 300 (and older) books to life are amazing.

Shelley: When you are not writing what do you love doing?
Clea Simon: I love cooking - making big dinners for family and friends - and going out to hear music. Rock and jazz and Cajun and zydeco and opera. I love opera!

Shelley: What are three things you want your readers to know?
Clea Simon: I try very hard to make my characters consistent and believable - they may not always be smart or self-aware but I try to make them true to themselves.
I will never hurt an animal in any of my books. People yes, animals no.
I don’t plot my books in advance - this means I have to revise a lot, but I hope it also means I avoid cookie-cutter mysteries.

Shelley: If you could have a dinner party with three authors, living or dead, who would you pick and what would you serve as a meal?
Clea Simon: Maurice Sendak, JRR Tolkein, and Madeleine L'Engle because they were all great influences and they all depicted such complete - and completely different - worlds. I would serve a big bowl of chicken and mushrooms, over pasta - cooked in a good red wine - with a lot of wine to drink, to make sure the conversation flowed!

What a fantastic interview and getting to know you more has been a treat!

you can find Clea here:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First in a New Series- On What Grounds

Hey Coffee Lovers have you read this first? On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle!!  This is one of my favorites!!

On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #1)

Book Description

 September 2, 2003
Book #1 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series...
"The perfect cup of coffee is a mystifying thing. To many of my customers, the entire process seems like some sort of alchemy they dare not try at home...." 

Ten years ago, Clare Cosi left an unhappy marriage along with a job she loved: managing the historic Village Blend coffeehouse in New York's Greenwich Village. For a decade, she was happy raising her daughter in the quiet suburbs of New Jersey; but now that Joy is grown and gone, life has gotten way too quiet for Clare. With a little cajoling from Madame, the Blend's flamboyant, elderly owner, Clare agrees to return to her old job, and right from the start she gets one heck of a jolt. On her first morning back as Village Blend manager, Clare unlocks the front door to find her beautiful, young assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. As Anabelle is rushed to the hospital, police arrive to investigate, but Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play, and he deems it an accident. Clare disagrees; and after Quinn leaves, there are a few questions she just can't get out of her mind, like why was the trash bin in the wrong place? If this wasn't an accident, are her other baristas in danger? And are all NYPD detectives this attractive?

You can get it here if you haven't already!! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Author Spotlight- Mary Kennedy

Happy Wednesday!  I am delighted to be spotlighting the Lovely Mary Kennedy!! Mary has a Brand New Series coming out on September 2, 2014 it's called Nightmares Can be Murder!! You don't want to miss this series!!

I'm very happy that NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER, the first in the new Dream Club Mysteries is available for pre-order right now!! Release date is September 2, 2014. Want the inside scoop on Nightmares? Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.
When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can't help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can't be caught napping. It's up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare
I wrote a little companion guide to the series called DREAM INTERPRETATION, a psychologist's guide, that you might find helpful.What are your dreams trying to tell you? Do you ever dream of being stranded in a strange city in the dead of night, along and afraid? Do you dream of wandering through a beautiful house and discovering hidden rooms filled with treasures? Do you ever dream of loved ones who have passed? Dreams are our passport to our unconscious mind and this brief guide will help you unlock their secrets.
Hope you will visit me at www.marykennedy.net and see what other exciting projects are going on. I'm re-printing my Penguin teen novels with new covers and new titles, GOLDEN GIRL, SECRETS and MOVIE STAR and they'll be up soon. Love to hear from my readers, you can find me on FB, Twitter and LinkedIn. And I blog on The Cozy Chicks (a group of 7 cozy mystery writers) every Saturday. www.cozychicks.com. Happy reading! Mary Kennedy

You can pre-order Nightmares can be Murder here: