Sunday, October 21, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: SARA ROSETT




ABOUT THE BOOK


A high society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall? 

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred.

Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike.

Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor. 





Book Details:


Title: Murder at Archly Manor   

Author: Sara Rosett

Genre: Historical mystery
Series: High Society Lady Detective series
, book 1

Published: Oct 15, 2018

Print length: 254 pages
On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours








INTERVIEW WITH SARA ROSETT


Q: Sara, tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
A:
Murder at Archly Manor is the first book in the High Society Lady Detective Series. Each book in the series will be a self-contained mystery that is solved by the end of the book. Murder at Archly Manor is set in 1920s England and follows Olive Belgrave as she sets out to make her own way in the world. She falls into an investigative job and gets tangled up in a murder investigation. Researching the 1920s was so much fun. I learned about so many things—the fashion, the music, the slang, and so much more!

Q: Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
A:
I like to write at home at my desk. I use a combination of dictation and typing. I do my best writing while I’m fresh in the morning when the house is quiet.

Q: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?
A:
I had a reader tell me she read one of my books while going through cancer treatment and the book let her escape into another world. I got teary-eyed!

Q: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write?
A:
It’s a toss up between a short story and a locked-room mystery novel. Short stories are a challenge because they’re sort of unforgivable. All the parts must work together perfectly or else the whole thing falls apart. Locked-room mysteries are difficult because you have to come up with a seemingly impossible crime that is actually solvable. Thankfully, I did finish both the short story and the locked-room novel. I suppose the ultimate challenge for me would be a locked-room short story!

Q: Have you been in any natural disasters?
A:
I survived Hurricane Harvey. It was an awful time. There was so much destruction and loss, but it was also wonderful to see how people helped each other, jumping into to meet needs right away. Thankfully, we only had a little wind damage, but I don’t want to go through anything like that again. I’m sure the experience will show up in my writing someday.

Q: What makes you nervous?
A:
Speaking in front of people. I’ve done plenty of events, both as a solo speaker and on panel, but I still get nervous—every single time! 


Q: What makes you happy?
A:
Books and chocolate, preferably on a rainy afternoon. :)

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?
A:
I love the Maxwell Perkins quote, “Just get it down on paper and then we'll see what to do about it.” I read that quote when I was writing my first mystery and realized I had to stop working on the first couple of chapters. I had to get on with the rest of the book. Once I had it down paper I could edit it and make it better, but I had to move forward.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A:
Tough question! I would probably split my time between the mountains in the summer and Texas in the winter with lots of traveling to visit new places in between.

Q: What book are you currently reading and in what format?
A:
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen. It’s one of my favorite series. I love to read historical mysteries as well as write them!

Q: What’s one pet peeve you have when you read?
A:
I don’t like books that start with what I call an internal cliffhanger, an exciting scene that breaks off in the middle then there’s a time jump that takes the reader back a week or two, which means I have to go back and read twenty chapters or so to get back to the exciting scene. I find the technique extremely annoying. It makes me want to stop reading the book.  

Q: Where is your favorite library, and what do you love about it?
A:
My favorite library exists only in my memory. It was the library that my mom took me to when I was a kid. I discovered the magic of reading in that library and dug into mysteries like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. The library has moved to a new building, but I can still remember hurrying through the doors to look for the row of yellow spines in the mystery section.

Q: What are you working on now?
A:
I'm working on the next book in the High Society Lady Detective series. I'm really enjoying spending time in 1920s England. In the next book, Murder at Blackburn Hall, Olive goes to a quiet English village in search of a missing mystery writer.


OTHER BOOKS BY SARA ROSETT

Murder on Location series
On the Run series
Ellie Avery series



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes light-hearted mysteries for readers who enjoy puzzling plots, charming settings, and quirky characters.

She is the author of the Murder on Location series, the Ellie Avery series, the On the Run series, and the High Society Lady Detective series. Sara also teaches an online course, How to Outline A Cozy Mystery.

Publishers Weekly called Sara's books, “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.” Sara loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement.


Connect with Sara:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Buy the book:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks  |   Kobo  |  Google Play






Friday, October 19, 2018

FEATURED CHARACTER: KAREN SHUGHART'S EDMUND DECLERYK




ABOUT THE BOOK


Early one gray November morning, retired Lighthouse Cove, New York police chief, Edmund DeCleryk, finds Emily Bradford’s body on the beach at the base of the bluff where the local museum and historical society stands. At the same time, a break-in has been reported at the museum, and Emily’s coat and purse are found hanging on a peg in the museum’s gift shop where she worked. Was her death the result of a burglary gone bad or something more sinister?

When the police chief is called out of town for a family emergency, he hires Ed, now working as a criminal consultant, to assist deputy police chief, Carrie Ramos, with the murder investigation. After several leads don’t pan out, the chief, now back in Lighthouse Cove, decides to close the case. Confident that with more time the murder can be solved, Ed is determined to continue investigating on his own, with encouragement from his wife, Annie the museum’s executive director.
One morning while in the basement of the museum, the couple discovers a copy of a map dated 1785, and Ed’s instincts tell him it may be connected to Emily’s death. On a hunch, he and Annie travel to Toronto, Canada, where he learns of the original map and a manuscript written in 1847 that were unearthed during an archaeological dig. The manuscript contains information about a ship that capsized during a fierce storm on Lake Ontario — in 1785. Now Ed has clues as to why the murder occurred, but he still doesn’t know who committed the crime. Or does he?


Book Details:

Title: Murder in the Museum


Author: Karen Shughart

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery, Book 1

Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (February 13, 2018)


Print length: 266 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours





ABOUT EDMUND DECLERYK

Edmund DeCleryk was raised in Lighthouse Cove, New York. After graduating from high school, he received his B.S. in Forensic Science from Syracuse University; and a Masters’ degree in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology. He retired as a Rear Admiral in the Navy, where he spent much of his career as a SEAL. 

After heading a violent crimes squad in Albany, New York, Ed served as police chief in Lighthouse Cove and then became a criminal consultant. He currently helps to solve murders when the small police force is overwhelmed with other responsibilities. He and Annie, his wife, live in a restored ship captain’s home, have two sons and daughters-in-law, five grandchildren and a ten-year-old beagle, Gretchen.



INTERVIEW WITH KAREN SHUGHART'S EDMUND DECLERYK


Q: How did you first meet Karen? 

A:
She had heard about me through some of her criminal justice buddies and thought my character would be perfect as her sleuth. I’m tough but gentle.

Q: Want to dish about her?

A:
Yes, she’s a bit intense and sometimes needs to focus-she’s good at a lot of things. I told her to pick something and stick with it. She decided it would be writing.

Q: Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?

A:
I’m a bit of a Renaissance man, if I do say so myself.

Q: Tell us about your favorite scene in the book. 

A:
My favorite scene is when Annie and I travel to Toronto, Canada and combine business with pleasure. We discover a manuscript, written by a man named Thomas Battleforth in 1847, that provides us with clues about the murder, but we also have a very intimate evening where we dine at an exceptional French restaurant and then later in our hotel have a romantic interlude.

Q: Did you have a hard time convincing Karen to write any particular scenes for you? 

A:
Yes. I wanted a love scene with my wife, Annie. Karen was somewhat uncomfortable at first because cozies don’t have explicit adult scenes. We negotiated a bit then finally agreed that the scene would be a “fade away,” like the film noir movies of the 1940s and 1950s–more suggestion of what comes next than description. My wife approved.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not being read somewhere?

A:
Oh, the book pretty much describes what I like to do. But I’d say ice boating is among one of my favorite activities in the winter. My vintage sports car is almost restored, so when it’s ready, I’ll take to the backroads. I love going fast. And I spend time with my Navy buddies and Annie and our friends and family.

Q: If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?

A:
I’d probably tell Karen to write a little less about how the characters' dress. Some of it sets the scene, some of it may not be necessary.

Q: Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters? 

A
: I like most, but not all of them. I respect some, but not all. You’ll have to read the book to guess which ones.

Q: Do have any secret aspirations that Karen doesn’t know about?

A:
I’ve always been in law enforcement in one form or another. I might be a racing car driver if I were a bit younger.

Q: If you had a free day with no responsibilities, what would you do? 

A:
I’d have breakfast at Bistro Louise with Annie, take my metal detector to the beach after that, have lunch with friends, continue working on my sailboat and sport’s car restorations, have drinks and an intimate dinner with my wife.



Q: What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
A:
I hope they like me. I’m very calm and rock-solid, and I think I’m warm. I’m interested in people I meet. I think I also appear a bit serious at first, but when they’ve known me for a while, they get to see my sense of humor.



Q: What's the worst thing that's happened in your life? 

A:
I got shot, but it was only a graze (it’s not in the book). I learned to be more careful.



Q: Tell us about your best friend. 

A:
My best friend is definitely my wife, Annie. We’ve been together since we were at college, and we tell each other almost everything (except when we are told things in confidence that we can’t share). We have the same values and share many of the same interests.



Q: What are you most afraid of? 

A:
Losing Annie, our children and grandchildren.



Q: What’s the best trait your author has given you?

A:
I’m very loyal and even-tempered.
The worst?
I’m not at home as much as I’d like to be to help around the house.



Q: What do you like best about fellow character Charles Merrill?

A:
He’s very smart and very complex. He’s a wonderful historian. And he’s honorable.
Least?
At times his loyalty to others clouds his judgement, and he can be a bit irascible.

Q: What’s Karen’s worst habit?
A:
She’s a bit obsessive about wordsmithing, sometimes she just needs to realize that what’s she’s written is good enough.



Q: How do you feel about your life right now?

A:
I love my life and wouldn’t change a thing.

Q: What aspect of your Karen’s writing style do you like best?

A:
She writes great descriptions. She paints beautiful pictures with words.

Q: If your story were a movie, who would play you?

A:
Andy Garcia, or if he’s not available, then Richard Gere. I’m a little taller, but they are the right age and either of them would fit the part.

Q: Describe the town where you live. 

A:
Small, quaint village on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in upstate, New York, not too far from Rochester, Syracuse and Canada. Friendly people, real sense of community, spectacular scenery:  apple orchards, vineyards and of course, the sea. Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Q: Describe an average day in your life. 

A:
I get up early, around 6:00, let our beagle, Gretchen, out, then make coffee for myself and get Annie’s tea ready. She sleeps later than I do. We read the local daily newspaper and/or watch the news on TV, then walk Gretchen. Other than that, there’s no average day. If I’m sleuthing, I may be interviewing, writing notes, traveling to different locales, contacting other law enforcement agencies or sitting in meetings with the police chief. On days I’m not working and Annie can take time off from her job, she and I do stuff together and I work on projects and hobbies or meet some of my Navy buddies for lunch.

Q: What makes you stand out from any other characters in your genre? 

A:
I’m male. Many cozy protagonists are female.

Q: If you could be “adopted” by another writer, who would you choose?

A: 
Louise Penny. She’s a wonderful author.

Q: Will you encourage Karen to write a sequel?

A:
Yes, she’s told me that she’s already started writing it. It’s called Murder in the Cemetery, and the historical link is the War of 1812.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Karen Shughart received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comprehensive Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate courses in English at Shippensburg University. She is the author of two non-fiction books and has worked as an editor, publicist, photographer, journalist, teacher and non-profit executive. Murder in the Museum: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery is her first work of fiction. Before moving to Sodus Point, New York, she and her husband resided in south central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Connect with Karen:

Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads

  |  LinkedIn 

Buy the book:

Amazon 





Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: CYNTHIA KUHN




ABOUT THE BOOK


English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad. 


With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague...or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?


 Book Details:

Title: The Spirit in Question 

Author: Cynthia Kuhn
Genre: Cozy mystery, amateur sleuth, humorous mystery,
Series: Lila Maclean Academic Mystery, book 3
Publisher: Henery Press (October 2, 2018)
Print length: 252 pages
On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours







LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH CYNTHIA KUHN


Things you love about where you live: Blue skies, sunshine, wonderful people.
Things that make you want to move: Lack of shoreline, high altitude, crazy lightning.

Favorite foods: Salad, popcorn, red licorice.
Things that make you want to throw up: Mushrooms.

Favorite beverage: Skinny caramel latte. 

Something that gives you a pickle face: Whiskey.

Favorite smell: Vanilla .

Something that makes you hold your nose: Locker rooms
.

Something you wish you could do: Be a librarian.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Trigonometry.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Marry my high school sweetheart and have children>

Biggest mistake: Wait so long to have children.

Things you’d walk a mile for: People I like, books.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Bullies, yelling at sports.

Things to say to an author: “I enjoyed your book” or “I just wrote a review.”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “You did it wrong.”

Favorite places you’ve been: Jamaica, Toronto, San Francisco, Disney, any beach
.
Places you never want to go to again: Junior high school.

Favorite books (or genre): Academic mysteries, traditional mysteries, humorous mysteries.

Books you would ban: I would never ban a book.

Things that make you happy: Family and friends, great conversation, humor/laughter.

Things that drive you crazy: Rudeness, condescension, unnecessarily long meetings.

Things you always put in your books: Bookmarks and love. 

Things you never put in your books: Cheese slices.


OTHER BOOKS BY CYNTHIA KUHN

The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1)
The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2)




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She teaches in Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Connect with Cynthia:
Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |

Buy the book:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  IndieBound  |  Book Bub








Monday, October 15, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: TAMARA VEITCH & RENE DEFAZIO




ABOUT THE BOOK

When the world collapses from a Golden Age into one of chaos and strife, mankind’s salvation lies in the hands of eternal Emissaries― guardians chosen to protect the secrets of a sacred, ancient civilization and to guide humanity back to enlightenment even as its darkest hour approaches.
A timeless tale of love reborn through the ages.

Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two along with a chosen few become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.

Good and evil come to blows and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

“For every soul there is a theme, a path that must be followed, lessons that must be learned...”
Veitch and DeFazio’s award-winning debut novel deftly blends elements of a fantasy- adventure with historical fiction to create an unforgettable, fateful tale of eternal love, undying devotion, betrayal, suffering and the hope that binds us all.


Book Details:


Title: The Emissary

Author: Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romantic Fiction


Series: The One Great Year Series, Book 1

Publisher and publish date: Waterside Press October 9, 2018

Print length: 216 pages







INTERVIEW WITH RENE DEFAZIO & TAMARA VEITCH


Q: Tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
A:
The One Great Year Series begins with Book 1, The Emissary, which opens on a Golden Age world where Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two – along with a chosen few – become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization, to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.
The Emissary  blends elements of a fantasy-adventure with historical fiction and covers three vastly different periods in history.
Readers don’t have to read our books in order because we are careful to include all the background readers need as they join the series, but as Book I, The Emissary closes, there are many more stories yet to be shared including lifetimes in ancient Greece with Plato and Socrates, Genghis Khan’s Mongolia, and World War II German occupied France. We are releasing Book II The Emerald Tablet, rapid fire in February 2019, so that readers can jump right into the series without a long wait.

Q: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
A:
"I alone know that I know nothing . . . " was attributed to Socrates more than 2000 years ago. In our research, and in life, we have learned to never judge others, because we cannot know their thoughts, experiences, capabilities and limitations. It is only the weakness of the ego that judges without compassion. Life is a series of lessons and the more patient and empathetic we can be with others and ourselves, the better the world will be.

Q: Have you been in any natural disasters?
A:
Yes, and the experience has been used in our second novel! While in Lima, Peru in South America Rene was staying at a hotel and one morning while in the shower a slow rumble began to increase in volume. At first he thought it was a train traveling under the hotel. It was then he remembered the hotel was on a sheer cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, the roar became deafening, and the toiletries began to fall off the glass shelves into the sink below them. He stepped out of the shower dripping wet, his mind in utter confusion. He opened the bathroom door and the bed was moving up and down rocking on its four legs across the room. He had never experienced an earthquake, and he panicked and ran around the apartment like Chicken Little, naked. He vaguely remembered learning that he should stand in a doorway, so he did until the earthquake subsided.  When it ended, he went to the window and the Peruvians were outside walking their dogs like nothing happen, business as usual. The concierge later said, “that was a big one!” Apparently it was a 7.6 on the Richter scale.

Q: Wow! What is the most daring thing you've done?
A:
Quitting our day jobs to write full time actually rates higher for us on the daring scale than either Rene’s world highest bungee in New Zealand, being charged by a twelve foot bull shark, one hundred feet down scuba diving six hours off the coast of Australia, or when we repelled 275 feet through waterfalls in Costa Rica. We both knew that The Emissary needed our undivided attention, and we have never looked back. So, for us, the most daring thing we have ever done was definitely the wisest decision of our lives.    


Q: What are your most cherished mementoes?
A:
Our most cherished mementoes are the albums of our travels around the world. We learn something new every time we travel. From year to year, the photos immortalize and catalogue all of our memories. We can see the changes that those experiences have brought in us and in our children. It is wonderful to reflect on moments and places that deeply affected us and to learn how small the world is and how generous and alike people truly are. Another treasured memento is the Ica stone that we were given while in Peru researching. These same stones are woven into the storyline of The Emissary, when Marcus is incarnated as Sartaña in Stone-at-Center.

Q: If you could only save one thing from your house, what would it be?
A:
Our dog! Socrates is the best writing buddy on the planet, and he takes turns encouraging each of us. Every writer should have a dog at their side over the long solitary hours. We rescued Socs a year and a half ago, and now we can’t imagine life without him.

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?
A:
There is a quote attributed to Albert Einstein that clearly outlines how we think: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is.”  Even in the most difficult times we try to find lessons and gratitude and stay positive. That doesn’t mean never feeling anger, sadness or grief – those things are essentially human. For us it is a reminder to notice the wonder and beauty in the world around us.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A:
We will always maintain a home base in the Vancouver area on the West Coast of Canada. We feel truly blessed to live in such a beautiful location, surrounded by amazing family and friends. As passionate travelers we plan to live as citizens of the world. Our goal is to long-stay in a number of places around the globe throughout the years. Our research for The Emissary took us to Peru and Bolivia, and we fell in love with the beauty and simplicity of Pisac, Peru. It is near beautiful Cusco and is only a few hours from Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley. We can definitely see ourselves spending a few months a year there. We also love Europe and are looking forward to improving our French, Spanish and Italian. Books III and IV will also have us returning to Asia for research, so we might just find another gem location that sticks in our hearts. There is just so much to see. We truly believe that next to reading there is nothing that helps one grow like travel.

Q: What would you like people to say about you after you die?
A:
We would like to make a difference. We would like to have it said that we made the world a kinder, gentler place and that by fearlessly following our instincts and passions we were able to create novels that both entertained and inspired people. We would like to remembered for imagining beautiful possibilities and maybe even help people suffer less.

Q: How did you create the plot for this book?
A:
The original idea for The Emissary and The One Great Year Series was inspired by Graham Hancock’s book, Fingerprints of the Gods. Rene was backpacking around the world visiting ancient ruins in Egypt, England, Indonesia, and others. Hancock’s alternative view on history was a huge inspiration to him. Rene got the idea to place characters into a world based on that reality. He wrote a fifteen-page treatment in which the main character Marcus was reincarnated. Marcus had past life memory, but his soulmate Theron did not, and he pursued her throughout the ages. Many years later, Rene pitched the idea to his co-author Tamara. Tamara loved the history, romance, and fantasy and together we wrote The Emissary.

Q: Is your book based on real events?
A:
The Emissary and the entire series are based on a real theoretical phenomenon known as The Great Year Cycle. The Great Year Cycle has been documented in over 31 ancient cultures. As our series progresses and more stories unfold, real world events and familiar historical characters are introduced. It is original, historical fantasy fiction based on world history, philosophy and infinite imaginative possibilities. We like to say it’s a fiction story in a non-fiction world.

Q: One of your characters has just found out you’re about to kill him off. He/she decides to beat you to the punch. How would he kill you?
A:
Helghul, our antagonist, is the character most likely to demand brutal restitution for our plotting, but because The Emissary is a reincarnation tale, our key Adversary likes to keep his enemies alive where he can see them. Helghul knows we authors will kill him off, over and over again, so rather than murder us, and allowing us to be reborn to write his brutal death in endless more ways, he would imprison us, torture us cruelly just for amusement, and prevent us from writing him any more harm.

Q: Yikes! With what five real people would you most like to be stuck in a bookstore?
A:
We are two authors so we have two answers: For Tamara: I would love to be stuck with JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, and my dad. I have literally studied the phrasing, dialogue, character development, and writing styles of these authors my whole life. They are my literary heroes, and I want to thank them.  My dad, Jim Veitch, is in that list because though he was a huge supporter of my writing he passed away when I was only sixteen. I would love to be able to hand him our books and say thank you!  #Gratitude  
For Rene: I would like to be stuck with Mark Twain because I could listen to his ramblings all day, Socrates because who wouldn’t want to spend time with the wisest man ever to walk the planet? Marlon Brando not only because he was well-read but also just to bask in that charisma, Albert Einstein so I could tell him the quantum world does exist, and maybe he would finally find the theory of everything. Don Rickles because after all that heavy conversation we would all need a good laugh! 

Q: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?
A:
The greatest compliment for us has been “this book changed my life.” It is a BIG one, and we don’t take it lightly! We have heard it many times now, and we know it’s true because the theme that is the basis for the story changed our lives, too. Most people are wondering what their purpose is, or why we are here. Through lovingly crafted fiction we contemplate and then illuminate the answer to that question. As Marcus is reincarnated over the ages, he struggles with the brutality and grief of everyday life, but he doesn’t lose hope, because he and the other Emissaries know that there is a thread of consciousness that binds us all. The Emissary reminds us that the illusion of separation between people is truly the root of all evil, and when we remember we are ever interconnected, we are changed, for the better. 

Q: What are you working on now?
A:
We are working on the audiobook for Book II, the Emerald Tablet, that will come out February 2019. We loved recording the audio for The Emissary because it allowed us to hear the story told as we had intended while writing. Rene is an experienced actor so he brought an incredible range and depth to the reading. It was rewarding to get the final audio files and hear how many character voices we had actually managed to record! 
We are also very busy writing Book III in the series, and we are excited that the story still feels so alive and interesting; we are taking it in yet another fascinating direction. In between our creative ventures, for the rest of fall and winter, we will be visiting our local bookstores and libraries to meet readers and engage with people in person. We will also spend a lot of time on social media connecting and answering questions. We have decided to do a video blog to chronicle The Emissary’s journey to becoming a bestseller, so along with our busy family life, we have our hands full!


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rene DeFazio was born and raised in Canada and currently resides in the Vancouver area with his wife and writing partner Tamara Veitch. Rene is an actor and producer with more than eleven film and television roles to his credit. A world traveler and lifelong adventurer, Rene has called upon his unusual and exciting experiences in co-creating The One Great Year novel series. His tireless research and first hand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights, and smells help to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, mural artist, and mother of three. She grew up in Canada and attended Simon Fraser University, studying English, psychology, history and General Arts. Tamara has had a lifelong interest in spiritual wisdom and has carefully researched ancient teachings from many traditions to ensure historical accuracy throughout The One Great Year Series.

Tamara and Rene have completed Book I and II in The One Great Year Series and are currently working on Book III. To maintain a dynamic and authentic presentation of the ancient secrets at the core of their writing, they travel to exotic locations in search of esoteric knowledge and cultural insights that will inspire readers everywhere. In 2014, Veitch and DeFazio were each awarded Empowered Writers Award at the World International Peace Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: HOLLY QUINN




ABOUT THE BOOK

For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut. 



Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.



When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, Wisconsin for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body―with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat. 



Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam―who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her―and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles. 



As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans―and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.


Book Details

Title: A Crafter Knits a Clue

Author: Holly Quinn

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: A Handcrafted Mystery, book 1

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018)

Print length: 330 pages







INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY QUINN’S SAMMY KANE


Q: Sammy, how did you first meet Holly? 

A:
I was working in my craft shop that I’ve taken over after my best friend Kate died tragically. I was minding my own business, when she came in inquiring why I keep finding dead bodies.

Q: Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book? 

A:
Because honestly? I think the universe knows I’m very curious and can dig into an investigation-even if it gets me into a heap of trouble. Plus, I drag my sister and my cousin into my shenanigans which leads to nothing but fun!

Q: Tell us about your favorite scene in the book. 

A:
“Come on now! That would be a DEAD giveaway,” she laughs!

Q: Did you have a hard time convincing Holly to write any particular scenes for you?

A:
It’s not as easy as it looks setting up a new series. Keeping pace and unfolding characters that will weave throughout the series amid an early murder makes it a challenge. There are definite bumps in the road. The pace definitely picks up as the story unfolds.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not being read somewhere? 

A
: Take my dog Bara for a long walk on a trail. Actually, I spend way too much time at the Sweet Tooth Bakery next-door gorging on Marilyn’s tantalizing treats. Or across the street drinking coffee at Liquid Joy. The owner Douglas pretty much has a permanent seat for me by the window.

Q: If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be? 

A:
I would make people understand my passion for finding the truth. I will go to great lengths to uncover it. I hope people don’t find fault with this and see me as annoying because I can be a pretty straight shooter too.

Q: Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters? 

A:
I love them, how could I not? We all have our foibles . . . My sister might be a little neurotic and my cousin is a gorgeous free-spirit, but the three of us SHE’s (and I do mean that literally) stick together. Our initials spell out S.H.E. S-Sammy, H-Heidi, and E-Ellie. I tease them sometimes about the SHE detective agency of our youth- they’re under the impression, I haven’t stopped playing . . .  ha-ha!

Q: Do have any secret aspirations that Holly doesn’t know about? 

A:
No, they unfold as she follows me around like a puppy-Ha!

Q: If you had a free day, what would you do?

A:
Go on a romantic date with Detective Liam Nash.
 


Q: What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? 

A:
Sometimes I can come off a little impulsive or high-spirited. I hope people know my heart is in the right place. I just want justice, you know? Especially for those I love and the town I love-Heartsford. People who know me, trust that I always have the best intentions even though I might not totally think before I speak.



Q: What's the worst thing that's happened in your life? 

A:
I lost my best friend Kate. I’ve taken over her store, but still working on living up to her legacy. She was so loved and cherished in this town. She created a sense of community kindness that I’m still aspiring to. I’m learning to love like she did. I’m learning to open my heart and love people without judgment and help when they need it. That was Kate. And I miss her.
 


Q: Do you have a BFF besides Kate?
A:
I also have a furry best friend, his name is Bara, and I couldn’t live without my golden retriever! 



Q: What are you most afraid of?

A:
Getting too close to people and then losing them.

Q: What’s the best trait your author has given you? 

A:
I have a heart for the truth and justice, and I’ll dig until I find it.

What’s the worst? 

I don’t think before I speak, sometimes people find that unlikable.



Q: What do you like best about your fellow character, Heidi?

A
: She’s beautiful inside and out. She has a huge nurturing heart which is why she’s a nurse at the local hospital. I hate when she wears her scrubs around town in public places after her shift. Doesn’t she realize she’s full of germs? Ick!

Q: What’s Holly’s worst habit? 

A
: She doesn’t live in the present moment. The only time she lives in the present moment is when she’s writing about me.


Q: What aspect of Holly’s writing style do you like best? 

A:
The fact that she doesn’t hide my voice. She tells exactly what’s in my head-even if sometimes it may come off inappropriate.

Q: If your story were a movie, who would play you?

A:
One of the actresses from Hallmark-definitely! Erin Krakow, Lacey Chabert (although they might be a little too sweet to play me). Maybe more Candace Cameron Bure, as she’s a little more confident and assertive on screen (but she’d have to dye her hair–I’m brunette with red highlights).

Q: Describe the town where you live. 

A:
Heartsford, Wisconsin is a fictitious town based off a real town–Hartford–along with characteristics taken from other Main Streets in small midwest towns. Heartsford is a pretty special place. Kate used to say, “Where the small-minded gossips might be big, but the people’s hearts are BIGGER in our little ole town of Heartsford.” Ha-ha! Marilyn owns the Sweet Tooth bakery, Douglas owns Liquid Joy, and we three S.H.E.’s hang out at the Corner Grill–a little more than we should. There is a river walk that snakes through the town and a local flower committee that keeps the grounds filled with seasonal beauty. It’s a great town, really. You should put it on your list of places to visit!

Q: What makes you stand out from any other characters in your genre? 

A:
Most likely that it’s not just me really . . . it’s us three SHE’s . . .

Q: Will you encourage Holly to write a sequel? 


A:
She’s already working on the 3rd . . . so YES, the sequel is coming, and a sneak peek behind the pages . . . the reader will learn what happened to Kate.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist's handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: PATRICIA HALE



ABOUT THE BOOK

When Ashley Lambert, a top student athlete, jumps eighteen stories to her death it's a clear-cut suicide, but why pushes her parents to hire the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan. When the investigation veers toward performance enhancing drugs and blackmail, coaches, students, even her parents come into question. But Britt’s getting sidetracked by their new neighbor. Rhea McKenzie has bruises on her arms and is mourning the disappearance of her one-year-old son. Griff tells Britt to stay out of the neighbors' business and focus on their case. But Britt is sure there's more than one case at hand. And when she sees Rhea in the shadows at the local day care, she’s knows her neighbor has a secret. An off-hand comment links the two cases, a so begins a chain of events that will destroy Ashley’s family and suck Britt into a life-threatening alliance. 





Book Details

Title: Scar Tissue

Author: Patricia Hale

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Intrigue Publishing (September 1, 2018)

Print length: 194 pages


On tour with: Partners in Crime Book Tours










INTERVIEW WITH PATRICIA HALE


Q: Patricia, what’s the story behind the title of your book?
A:
The title, Scar Tissue, comes from Stephen King’s, Mr. Mercedes. In the book, he says, “That’s all history is, scar tissue.” All of my characters are damaged from the experiences they’ve had in their pasts. These “scars” they carry are at the root of their destructive behavior and lay the groundwork for the plot and outcome of the story. It seemed a fitting title.

Q: Tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
A:
All of the books in the Cole & Callahan series can be read as standalones. They contain the same characters, but each book is a different case. In the first book, The Church of the Holy Child, Cole and Callahan face a serial killer whose focus is the local women’s shelter and a priest who is hearing the killer’s confession, but must choose between his vows and women’s lives. In Durable Goods, Britt goes undercover inside a religious refuge to look for a missing teen. But things aren’t what they seemed and when she loses contact with Griff and is trafficked over the Canadian border, it’s up to her to find the girl and get out.

Q: Where’s home for you?
A:
I live in Standish, Maine, though I grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. 



Q: If you had an extra $100 a week to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
A:
I’d go to a Bikram yoga class. I do yoga DVDs at home every morning, but it would be fun to go to a Bikram class. Especially on a cold winter day.


Q: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
A:
Don’t take critiques/reviews personally. They are not about you as a person. They are about your work. Use them as learning tools.

Q: What do you love about where you live?
A:
Being close to my children and grandchildren is the best part about where I live. I also have walking trails nearby to hike with my dogs and a lake within a mile for swimming and kayaking. I love New England’s changing seasons although I wouldn’t mind shorter winters. 



Q: Have you been in any natural disasters?
A:
We had a mini-burst go through our yard once. It’s a small tornado. It began with driving rain that came against the house sideways because the wind was so strong. I could hear the trees outside beginning to crack. It was extremely frightening because I couldn’t see outside at all due to the rain, so I had no way of knowing in what direction the trees were going to fall. I only heard the cracking and then a thunderous sound when they hit the ground. Three, huge pine trees came down in our yard. One across the car, one five feet from our front door and one across the front yard. The whole thing only lasted about 2-3 minutes, but it was very scary.

Q: Sounds like it! What’s one thing that you wish you knew as a teenager that you know now?
A:
I wish I had taken school more seriously, but I was more interested in the social scene than academics. I wish I’d understood the importance of an education and a career.

Q: What choices in life would you like to have a redo on?
A:
I would have finished college the first time around. I did go back and finish in my forties (MFA degree), but I wish I’d done the full four years right after high school. I would have completed my degree in zoology/wildlife management and been a researcher and writer on a specific species of animal.


Q: What makes you nervous?
A:
Doing promotional stuff for my books. I love sitting quietly and writing, but when it comes to public speaking or book signings or conference panels, I get very nervous. I’m an introvert.

Q: What makes you happy?
A:
Doing what I love, writing, being in the woods with my dogs and time with family.

Q: What makes you scared?
A:
Bears. I do a lot of trail hiking/walking alone with my dogs. I have bells on the dogs and I carry a taser. I’ve only run into a bear once and that was during an early morning (5 a.m.) walk in my neighborhood. The dogs started barking, and he left the trash behind and ran into the woods.  



Q: Yikes! What are your most cherished mementoes?
A:
I have three items that I cherish most. Each was handmade by one of my children. One is a clay bust that my daughter made in high school. One is a clay replica of my son’s hand and one is a cardboard house made by my other son in elementary school that says, “Pat Hayes Publishing” (my maiden name). These all have prominent places in my office.

Q: Would you rather be a lonely genius, or a sociable idiot?

A
: As an introvert, I’d be a lonely genius.

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?
A:
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -Anton Chekov

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A:
I’m pretty content in Maine. It has mountains, ocean, lakes, four seasons, and family. I’d love to travel the world, but Maine is home.

Q: What would you like people to say about you after you die?
A:
I would like to be remembered as kind, thoughtful and patient. Qualities I strive for, don’t always achieve, but try.

Q: What’s your favorite line from a book?

A:
I don’t know about a line. There are far too many to choose just one, but my favorite chapter from a book is the chapter on the Christmas pageant from the book, A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. I’ve never laughed so hard while reading a book.  

Q: Are any of your characters inspired by real people?
A:
Not a complete character, but I’ve used quirks from people I know. A dear friend I used to work with smoked Honey Berry cigars and always (unsuccessfully) tried to hide it from her husband. I liked the idea and gave the same vice to Britt.

Q: Are you like any of your characters? 
A:
I suppose I have some of Britt’s characteristics. I’m impulsive like Britt and tend to act before I think things through. I’m impatient, not so much with others, but with myself. I need to do things fast.

Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A
: Stephen King, because of his writing style. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but I read his other work. He speaks directly to the reader, straightforward, never pretentious. His writing flows so easily, I don’t even feel like I’m reading. Also Greg Iles, rich characters. Lionel Shriver, great intensity, great writing.



Q: What book are you currently reading and in what format?
A:
Velocity by Dean Koontz in paperback. I’m also reading MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror.  on my Kindle. My husband keeps laughing at me, but I’m obsessed with shark movies and want to read it before I see the movie The Meg.  Jaws is still one of my favorite movies.

Q: What’s one pet peeve you have when you read?
A:
When a writer isn’t credible. With the internet, research is quick and easy. I also stop reading a book if it’s too unbelievable. I don’t mean, sci-fi or fantasy, that’s the genre, but fiction that has a character acting in a way that isn’t believable in order to forward the plot.

Q: Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
A:
I have to write first thing in the morning. I go right to my computer when I wake up, stopping to brew coffee, of course. I work until early afternoon, by then my brain is slowing down. In good weather I like to sit outside, but most of the time I’m in my office at my desk. 

Q: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?

A:
A woman once told me that she’d borrowed my book from the library. She liked it so much that she went to the store and bought all three because she wanted to own them.  

Q: That is quite a compliment. What’s the worst thing someone has said about your writing? 

A:
I submitted a manuscript to an agent about fifteen years ago. She said the plot/story was excellent, but my writing wasn’t good enough. At the time, it hurt, and I stuck the manuscript in a box under my desk. But it’s always been in the back of my mind because I liked the story and the characters.   


Q: What are you working on now?
A:
I’ve decided it’s time to pull out the manuscript I took out of the box beneath my desk. I have much more experience now so I’m going to do a re-write and bring it back to life. Hopefully, I’ll have better luck this time around.

It’s the story of a tragic accident involving two families. The effects on their friendship, marriages and children are brought to light as they await the impending trial and cover up truths that promise irreparable damage.
 


OTHER BOOKS BY PATRICIA HALE

The Church of the Holy Child (Book #1 Cole & Callahan Series)
Durable Goods (Book #2 Cole & Callahan Series)
In the Shadow of Revenge (2013)





ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Patricia Hale lives in Standish, Maine with her husband. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Goddard College, a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the NH Writers Project. When the computer is off, you can find Patricia on the sideline of her grandsons’ sporting events or hiking the trails near her home with her German shepherd and one very bossy Beagle.

Connect with Patricia:

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

FEATURED CHARACTER: LAURA CHILD'S CARMELA BERTRAND




ABOUT THE BOOK

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder . . . and Shamus seems less like a victim and more like a suspect.





Book Details

Title: Glitter Bomb

Author: Laura Childs
 and Terrie Farley Moran
Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery, book 15

Publisher: Berkley (October 2, 2018)

Print length: 320 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours









CHARACTER GUEST POST WITH LAURA CHILD’S CARMELA BERTRAND


Hi Everyone. My name is Carmela Bertrand. I am the proud owner of the Memory Mine Scrapbooking shop on Governor Nicholls Street in the heart of French Quarter of New Orleans. My BFF Ava Gruiex owns the Juju Voodoo shop a few blocks away. We may be busy entrepreneurs but we still manage to have an exciting social life because New Orleans is always crackling with the vitality of a town filled with social events small and large, all contributing to keeping us a tightly woven community.

Naturally Mardi Gras is our most majestic celebration, a continuous party with entertainment, friends, beads and the most amazing food.

As annoying as my ex-husband, Shamus Meecham, can be, he does know how to party. Shamus told me that his krewe had built the most spectacular float for the Pluvius Parade. Ava and I were not going to miss a chance to see that so we found a primo spot to view all the excitement. We were dancing around, catching beads in mid-air, cheering our heads off, and raising our geaux cups to all the costumed marchers as they went by.

Right behind a marching band, the golden float rolled down the block. I said to Ave, “This is it. The float Shamus bragged about. I can’t wait to see it up close.”

 I loved the gold glitter swirling all around the float and the energy of the krewe members throwing gold beads into the crowd of onlookers was contagious.  Everyone was having the time of their lives until BOOM! The float exploded right in front of our eyes! Krewe members were thrown up in the air and landed smack on the ground. A ton of gold glitter erupted from the float. In a couple of seconds glitter was covering everything and everybody. I shook my head, wondering if I would ever get the tiny flakes out of my hair. After the total shock wore off, all the krewe members began to stand unsteadily and dust themselves off. All but one. I saw Shamus lean over a body that was perfectly still and begin brushing away the pounds of glitter on the man’s face. The man never moved.

Wailing sirens were rapidly approaching and that could only mean one thing. My fiancé, handsome and debonair Detective Edgar Babcock, was about to find me at yet another very public death. That was the last thing I needed. But there I was when he pulled up. Within a few minutes he discovered that Shamus was there as well. Let’s just say, Babcock gets agitated anytime Shamus is around. And he is mega annoyed at my being anywhere near one of his murder cases. So this was a double whammy.

Of course I had to promise Babcock that I would go home and stay away from “snooping” as he called it.

But once it was confirmed that there was a bomb on the float and then people started to look at Shamus as a definite suspect, well, on behalf of Boo and Poobah, the loveable dogs that Shamus and I still share, what else could I do but “snoop”?

I hope you will come and hang out with me, Ava and, of course Babcock, in Glitter Bomb.




ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Connect with Laura:
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Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead, followed by Caught Read-Handed, and Read to Death, released in July of this year.  The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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