Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Tour - Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle - Giveaway

I am so pleased that Cleo Coyle is here with us today. Her newest book is Once Upon a Grind and it was so very good!
One lucky winner will receive a hard copy of Once Upon a Grind. Must leave a comment and email to be entered.

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Once Upon A Grind
by Cleo Coyle

This is one of my favorite cozy series to read. Cleo does not disappoint with Clare trying to solve the mystery. I think this one was even more fun as it has the fairy tale theme…
~Griperang’s Bookmarks
…this book was full of a great mix of ingredients, tantalizing aromas and flavors, and feelings of happily ever after.
~The Editing Pen
This is the kind of book you start in the evening and in the morning you’re found on the couch, snoring with book fallen to the floor. I suspect Alice and Marc are incapable of writing anything less than a ♥♥♥♥♥ book.
~Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading
ONCE UPON A GRINDOnce Upon a Grind
(A Coffeehouse Mystery)

Series: A Coffeehouse Mystery (Book 14)
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (December 2, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270851

From the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Blend comes an enchanting new entry in the “satisfyingly rich” Coffeehouse Mystery series.
Includes wicked good recipes!
When coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi roasts “magic” beans for a Fairy Tale Fall event, she brews up a vision that leads to a sleeping beauty in Central Park; a big, bad wolf of Wall Street; and an East Side enclave with storybook secrets…
Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi and her merry band of baristas give their coffee truck a “Jack and the Beanstalk” makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare’s coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical–until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model’s body in the park’s woods.
The police dismiss “sleeping beauty” as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a list of suspects–from a New York Giant to quite a few wicked witches–and a cold case murder that reaches back to the Cold War. Now Clare is really in the woods with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming Club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn’t solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending.

My review:
This is by far my favorite book in the series. Fairy tales,murder and coffee what more could you ask for! I read this in one day and couldn't put it down. From the minute you turn to the first page you are enchanted and captivated. You become so swept up in the story. Clare Cosi is such a great character and she knows her place and can handle herself and everything that comes her way and she proves it again in this great read!

Guest Post :

Thanks so much to Shelley for hosting us today, and happy holiday greetings to everyone! Marc and I had a grand time writing Once Upon a Grind, a wicked good murder mystery that plays with the themes of classic fairy tales.

The book is full of humor and the events are sometimes larger than life, but we can assure you that the elements of the story are authentic. The settings, for instance, are either real or based on real places. And our characters come right out of our experiences (thirty years of living and working in New York City).
Researching our novels is also second nature. Alice’s first job out of college was as a cub reporter for the New York Times. We still enjoy researching New York’s changing culinary culture. Not that everything changes. In Once Upon a Grind, you’ll hear about New York’s Papaya King, an eighty year-old hot dog stand that’s still standing. And, yes, with “King” in its title, it was the perfect reference for a New York culinary mystery about fairy tale murders.

To see the recipes featured in Once Upon a Grind, click here.

We hope you’ll join us for more stops on our Coffeehouse Escape Blog Tour. We’ll tell you more about Once Upon a Grind and share holiday goodies like this one:

Cookie Swap! Today we’re sharing a beautiful cookie for your dessert trays, Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars. To get our recipe (and find out why they are the “best ever”), click here.

SECRET CODE: The 5th of the 9 words in Cleo’s Secret Code Contest is YOUR (Learn how to enter Cleo’s Secret Code giveaway here.)

May your holidays be bright!

~ Alice and Marc (Cleo Coyle)

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About This Author
CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by

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Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Escape Tour Giveaway – Prize Package Includes…
* An autographed copy of Cleo’s brand new book, ONCE UPON A GRIND, in its beautiful first-edition hardcover format
* A complete set of all 13 Coffeehouse Mysteries published to date, each one personally inscribed by Cleo to the winner
* A durable, custom-designed Coffeehouse Mystery Tote Bag
* A freshly-roasted package of Billionaire’s Blend, a hand-crafted coffee created by One Good Woman Fine Coffees and Teas as a tribute to Cleo’s recent bestseller BILLIONAIRE BLEND.
* A Coffeehouse Mystery cup, featuring a favorite saying of Madame’s, the octogenarian owner of The Village Blend: “Survive everything. And do it with style.”

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  1. Shelly - Thank you so much for hosting a stop on our Escape blog tour. You have been a longtime supporter of cozy mysteries as well as our Coffeehouse Mystery series, and we truly appreciate it!

    Marc and I are so pleased to see that you enjoyed our latest. We love the phrase you used in your review--"swept up in the story"--because that's what every writer tries to do for his or her readers, bring them into a world and escape where they will be thrilled, delighted, and emotionally moved. It's not always possible, but Marc and I work hard to entertain you. If you're happy, we're happy!

    We're already working on next year's entry. Coffeehouse Mystery #15 (title to be revealed soon) is scheduled for December 2015. And we hope new readers will discover us with ONCE UPON A GRIND and be set to join us again for another trip to our Village Blend.

    Warmest wishes to you and thanks again for hosting!

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  2. Wow, I am all stoked up to read this book. I love humor in cozies, in fact, I love humor period. It helps over the rough spots in life. Would be delighted to win this book.


  3. Thank you, Shelley & Cleo. I will never be able to buy all the books in this, it would be wonderful to win all 13! That said, I would be happy just to start with "Once Upon a Grind" and continue forward.

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  4. This is a series that just feels so comfortable, you get drawn into the story and being with the characters and you don't want to leave. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Sounds like a great book!

  6. Take me away to Village Blend. Judy

  7. Forgot the addy...Judydee22002 at yahoo dot com

  8. Sounds deliciously fun!

  9. This sounds like I would love it...

  10. Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. Winner ! Patricia T! Congratulations!


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