Thursday, October 25, 2018



An unwelcome visitor, an unrequited love, and a dead body create chaos in a middle-aged woman’s plan for a productive summer.

Despite a looming divorce, an empty checkbook, and a struggling cleaning business, Cece Cavanaugh is determined to land on her own two feet. Adamant about staying a safe distance from the handsome detective who has her fantasizing about violating the morals clause in her prenuptial agreement, Cece dives headlong into her work.

Even though she has no free time to spare, Cece finds herself guilted into cleaning a hoarder’s home. Her discoveries in the condemned house are too shocking to ignore. Diamond-laden pachyderms, a secret cache of money, and a dead body lure Cece into launching an investigation that places her in direct contact with the one person she’s desperate to avoid--hunky Detective Case Alder.

With clues in hand, Cece runs down leads and eliminates suspects one by one. Her conclusion and brave accusation put a friend’s life in peril forcing Cece to hatch a plan to outsmart the killer. A daring move could either save Cece and her friend or lead to their demise.

Book Details:

Title: Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn

Author: Tricia L. Sanders

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: The Grime Pays Mystery series, Book 2

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (October 24, 2018)

Print length: 250 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


A few of your favorite things: My family, old photos, flamingos.
Things you need to throw out: Old clothes, clutter, everything in my basement (I hate to throw stuff away, so I always put things aside that I can recycle. Only I never find the time to turn them into something else.)

Things you need in order to write: Laptop, music, iced tea (unsweet, no lemon).
Things that hamper your writing: Too many ideas and not enough time, noise, laundry

Things you love about writing: Making stuff up, creating characters, building relationships.
Things you hate about writing: Editing, marketing, talking about myself.

Things you love about where you live: Four seasons, my friends, my writing group.
Things that make you want to move: My daughter doesn’t live here, I hate single-degree temps, live too far from civilization.

Things you never want to run out of: Iced tea, clean underwear, gas (in my car).
Things you wish you’d never bought: An oak entertainment center, 1992 Dodge Dynasty (in 1992), a boat (we never used it, and took a beating when we finally sold it)

Favorite foods: Anything Mexican, pizza, a good salad.
Things that make you want to throw up: Anchovies, beets, oysters.

Favorite music: Country music.
Music that make your ears bleed: Heavy metal (is that still a thing?).

Favorite beverage: Iced tea (unsweet, no lemon).

Something that gives you a pickle face: Grapefruit juice.

Favorite smell: Lilac (the real deal flower, not fragrances that are imitation lilac)
Something that makes you hold your nose: Farts.

Something you’re really good at: Photography
Something you’re really bad at: Singing

Something you wish you could do: Play piano.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Play clarinet. (Like why would I need to know how to play a clarinet.? Bad move, Mom!)

Something you like to do: Sit on my patio and watch the sunrise.

Something you wish you’d never done: Ate a persimmon that wasn’t ripe.

People you consider as heroes: People who are charitable and give of themselves and their time.

People with a big L on their foreheads: People who put down other people.

Last best thing you ate:
Scallops at my favorite restaurant.

Last thing you regret eating: A lemon bar. It was okay, but not spectacular, and I ate the whole thing.

Things you’d walk a mile for: A hug from my daughter, to rescue a dog, to see an old friend.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Reality TV, frozen pot pies, dirty dishes.

Things you always put in your books: Sassy women, best friend relationships, iced tea (I’m addicted)
Things you never put in your books: Graphic sex, raw language, demons.

Things to say to an author: I wrote a review for your book
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: When are you going to get a real job?

Favorite places you’ve been: Kenya and Tanzania, Venice, Santorini
Places you never want to go to again: Mexico.

Favorite genre: Women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, suspense, anything by Harlan Coben
Books you would ban: Badly edited books.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Harlan Coben, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright
People you’d cancel dinner on: Anyone who wants to discuss politics, or anyone who abuses their position to hurt/destroy other people.

Favorite things to do: Photography, writing, traveling, watching the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Dishes, cooking, housework.

Things that make you happy: My family.

Things that drive you crazy: My family.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: Rode in a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara
Something you chickened out from doing: Tubing down a river in Belize. (I didn’t really have the opportunity to chicken out. The event was canceled due to weather, but I was not looking forward to doing it and would have chickened out if it hadn’t been canceled.)


Tricia L. Sanders writes cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. She adds a dash of romance and a sprinkling of snark to raise the stakes. Her heroines are humorous women embarking on journeys of self-discovery all the while doing so with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.

Tricia is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don't get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women's fiction road trip adventure.

A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.

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