Friday, June 6, 2014

Thread End by Amanda Lee Blog Tour

Happy Friday! Joining us today is Amanda Lee(a.k.a. Gayle Trent) Her newest book Thread End is out and I really enjoyed it!

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Thread End
by Amanda Lee

It had all the makings of a good cozy mystery, small town, fun characters, and a mystery that our main character who gets tied up in it all to try and solve the murder.
~Griperang’s Bookmarks
If you like a good cozy mystery, I highly recommend Thread End and the rest of this series. They’ll tickle your funny bone, sharpen your sleuthing skills, and warm your insides with the enchanting romance.
~FUONLYKNEW Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews
I love this series because each mystery is well-written and fast-paced which makes it easy to follow along even if you haven’t read the rest of the series.
The mystery popped out right at the beginning of the story and so many threads of possibilities unraveled throughout the story that I was kept guessing right until the end
~Brooke Blogs
Interview with Amanda Lee
Tell us about yourself.

One unusual thing--I like to say I have the world's largest toddler. That "toddler" is a 135-pound Great Pyrenees who really does act like a big baby! He thinks he's a lap dog (like in the Caesar's dog food commercials).

Anyway, it's a good thing that I have the "toddler" because my boy/girl twins are leaving the nest on me this year! They've been terrific students, have such a bright future ahead, and I'm so proud of them...but I have to admit that I've had to come to terms with untying those apron strings. Let's amend that: I'm coming to terms with it... s l o w l y! :D
How did you come up with the title of this book? 

Actually, my first title suggestions contained the word kilim: Kilim with Kindness or Kilim Me Softly or something like that. However, my publisher was concerned that the word wasn’t familiar enough for everyone to get the joke, so we went with Thread End.
What are you working on now? 

What is your next project? I've just sent the first draft of Wicked Stitch, the next book in the embroidery mystery series, to my editor. In Wicked Stitch, Marcy and the gang participate in a Renaissance Faire. I'm also working on a new novella in the Myrtle Crumb mystery series written under the name Gayle Trent. The novella is titled and the story focuses on Myrtle's attempt to discover who's stealing people's identities at the soup kitchen where she's volunteering.
How did you begin writing? 

I began writing as a teenager. It was my junior year of high school, and I took a creative writing class. We’d read a story and then write a similar story. We wrote a satire, a western, a mystery, etc. It was such fun! Then during my senior year, I took Creative Writing II, and we did a lot of improvisation on stage. It was helpful for learning to think on my feet! (However, I do suffer from that dilemma they explored on Seinfeld once where you think of the perfect comeback to an insult hours or days after the experience!)
What Authors have inspired you and what authors do you like to read? 

I don't want to leave anyone out--and I'm sure I will--but I love reading Dean Koontz, Jeffrey Deaver, Mary Higgins Clark, Brad Meltzer, Duffy Brown, Larissa Reinhart, Jude Deveraux, Victoria Holt, Caroline Keene, Harlan Coben, Lori Foster, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe.... There are just so many!
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers. 

Thank you!!!! Thanks to you, the embroidery mystery series is still going strong. In fact, THREAD END (Book #7) got a "Top Pick" review in June's RT Book Reviews magazine! I truly appreciate your spending time in Tallulah Falls with Marcy, Ted, Sadie, Blake, Vera, Todd, Manu, Reggie, and, of course, Angus! We love you and appreciate your support and encouragement.
If you could have a dinner party with 6 of your favorite authors, living or dead, who would they be?

Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, Jude Deveraux, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.

18812364Thread End:
An Embroidery Mystery

Series: Embroidery Mystery (Book 7)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (June 3, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0451467396
ISBN-13: 978-0451467393

Marcy can’t wait to see the new exhibit at the Tallulah Falls museum on antique tapestries and textiles, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to terror when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.
The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.

my review:
This was such a great read. When a art professor ends up rolled in a rug dead. Marcy and her friend Reggie want to find out what happened and why before the killer strikes again. I love visiting with Marcy and the gang. They always make you feel welcome and it is a blast to solve the case right along with them.This is a great installment to w fantastic series that I know you will enjoy!

About The Author
Amanda Lee, also writing as Gayle Trent, is a full-time writer living with her family in Southwest Virginia. She writes the embroidery mystery series as Amanda Lee and writes the cake decorating series and the Myrtle Crumb series as Gayle Trent.

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  1. Love the characters. They become family. I have been a fan for awhile now.

  2. I enjoyed the interview and your dog is beautiful.


  3. That is one big cuddly toddler. Best of luck with untying those apron strings. that was a handful... Karen94066 at

  4. Second try:
    Yep, that is one big cuddly toddler.
    And that was a busy time.
    Best of luck with those apron strings.
    karen94066 at


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