Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Cozy Mystery Sale

Interview With Cozy Mystery Author Maria Grazia Swan

What got you interested writing Cozy Mystery books? 

I always considered myself a mystery writer having embraced the stories of Agatha Christie since I was about 10 years old. Oh, I read her books in Italian, of course.

Tell us a little about the Mina Adventures series. 

Love Thy Sister, Book 1 was originally sold as a stand-alone.  Years later, when I received the rights back I decided I had so much more to write about Mina and so I came up with Mina Adventures because I had no idea where I was going to go with the story. Well, to Italy and back, for starters…

Also, tell the readers about the Baker Girls series. 

Baker Girls is my only series with Arizona locale, my other series are split between Italy and Orange County, California. So this feels like home and for years I had Great Danes, plus I learned how to drive in a Fiat 500.

If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you? 

All my main characters are female-Italian born-living in the United States.  Lella York is over 50, Mina is approaching 30 and works with rescued pets, Monica is a Realtor..I’m over 50, I volunteer at Home Fur Good, the inspiration for the No Kill Shelter Mina runs, and I sell Real Estate in Phoenix Az. I guess that answers that question. Right?

What's your favorite character that you have created and why? 

Diego Moran. He was supposed to be killed in 2 chapters.  The ladies in my critique group wouldn’t let him die. And for that I thank them.

Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books? 

Most of my books are inspired by real events. Especially Gemini Moon. The opening scene on Ponte Vecchio happened to me, way back.

If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be? 

I’ve already had all the careers I desired. This is it…

What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why? 

Italian Summer, did a lot of crying while writing it because I really did go back home and cried in front of the house where I grew up, the 3 story my grandfather built.

What do you like to do with your time when you're not writing? 

I sell real estate, love yoga and at the moment I’m redoing a townhouse from floor to roof. My retirement home.

What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you? 

I spent an evening in a mamas an place, in Tokyo. You know, the places for members only where the girls entertain the male clients? I was the only non-Asian there..and no, I was not working, just observing.

What do you have in store for your readers next? 

Need to finish book #3 of the Baker Girls, but I will be in Italy during Fall and I want to explore small churches and such for an Italian wedding, that would be for Mina’s adventures. That’s all folks!

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Interview With Cozy Mystery Author Emily Selby

What got you interested writing Cozy Mystery books?

Writing cozy mysteries was just an extension of reading them, because ever since I read my first Agatha Christie’s book (Murder in Mesopotamia), I wanted to be Hercule Poirot, and then, of course, Miss Marple. As soon as I realised this was not possible, the next obvious step was to start writing my own cozy mysteries. It took me several years to get from the “lets-think-it-up” stage to pressing that Publish button, but it was worth the wait.
I love writing cozy mysteries because I love creating characters and their backstories, weaving the intricate web of lies and secrets, and (who doesn’t? ;-)) killing off some unpleasant personas. It is also about taking the reader on the ride alongside, guiding them to discover whodunnit for themselves. What a joy!

Tell us a little about the Paper Crafts Club series.

As I like to think about the series: a smart girl, a nerdy inspector, a dead body and a quirky British town full of suspects - whodunnit? Ah, yes, there is also a paper craft related murder weapon, or some other important element of the crime scene.  And a little romance.

The main character, Katie is a single mum juggling part time police admin job, freelance cleaning gigs, motherhood and murder mysteries. Jack, the male main character is a DI “on loan” from another city. She’s all about intuition and gut feelings, while he’s a ‘logic-and-evidence’ type of guy. And yes, they clash.

The series is set in a fictional town in Cumbria - one of my favourite regions in the UK. Katie is largely based on a good friend of mine. Katie’s daughter, Julia, is the “brainchild” of my own daughter (and yes, many conversations between Katie and Julia are based on my conversations with my daughter), who also helped me name and describe the key characters. Jack, somehow appeared out of nowhere, and has been developing kind of independently of what I want him to do. Because some characters are like that (sigh ;-))

If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?

Not entirely, but if I could just try it for a few months, then I most definitely would.
I would obviously want to see what it’s like to be Katie, but I have a really soft spot for Dorothy Ravencroft. I’d like to see more of her life and personality and I’ve actually come up with an idea for a spin-off series with Dorothy as the central character. Why? Because I think Dorothy is an interesting person, maybe even eccentric, who has the courage to be herself even in a small, gossipy town. She is also “the wise woman”, someone who is able to see right through people. And she is not afraid to have fun and laugh at herself. She has travelled a lot in her life, has lived in various places, and will go away on a few more adventures in the future.

What's your favorite character that you have created and why?

I like almost all of my characters. Katie is probably my most favourite one. I like how she is moving on from her previous marriage, to becoming her own person, self-reliant,  confident and proud of herself. I like her open mind and desire to learn and grow. I also like her sense of fairness, that “everyone deserve a fair chance”. She annoys me a little with her stubborn refusal to admit she’s fallen head over heel in love with Jack, but that’s okay - we’ll get there :)

Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?

Yes. Beside a few scenes with Julia and Katie taken straight out of our household, there are also some other stories and characters based on my own experience. One of the victims is based on someone I met 15 years ago and still vividly remember.

If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?

Private detective, of course :) But more seriously, a composer or an orchestra conductor, someone who creates music for people to enjoy. I did try, learnt to play the piano and even to sing, but I quickly realised I didn’t have enough talent, so I returned to writing. I think I would be a very unhappy person if I couldn’t do something creative.

What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?

I like all my books in the paper Crafts Club Mystery series, and Book 3 is probably my favourite one. I learnt a lot while researching the technology that is discussed and used in the book. I like the way modern technology proves of little use and it’s the good old sleuthing that saves the day. I also enjoyed writing the settings and discovering some of the secrets I didn’t even know the key players had.

What do you like to do with your time when you're not writing?

I like spending time with my family, playing board games, country walking, or laughing watching silly cat videos. I love cooking, baking, and doing arts and crafts by myself or with my daughter who is 9 and very creative.  I also enjoy reading and walking. Walking is usually when I stumble across new book ideas.

What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?

Obviously, I love writing and reading cozy mysteries, but I have another favourite genre: sci-fi and cyberpunk. And I’m secretly planning a few sci-fi novels.

What do you have in store for your readers next?

The Paper Crafts Club Mystery Series book #6 is due in mid-August, and then I’ll take a little break (to write that sci-fi novel), but will publish a box set in August/ September. I am also planning to write a prequel to the series, and the Christmas story! Book #7 in the series will probably come out in September/October, and I will continue with monthly releases in the series until the end of the year.
If you want to find out if what Katie does with the inherited workshops, or if she’ll ever admit to being madly in love with Jack, stay tuned.
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Interview With Cozy Mystery Author Ava Mallory

What got you interested writing Cozy Mystery books?

My mother is an avid reader. Our small home in Spain was filled with books, mostly mysteries. I grew up watching my mother read them, then, followed suit. My first real taste of cozy mysteries were the Nancy Drew books, then, I moved on to Agatha Christie, and Georgette Heyer.  I knew from early on that I’d one day write. I figured cozy mysteries would be part of my writing journey. I now also write psychological thrillers and romantic suspense under pen names. I guess, it’s all things mystery for me.

Tell us a little about the Mercy Mares series.

Mercy Mares is a character I developed to pay homage to all the wonderful nurses, nurse’s aides, medication aides, and everyone who has worked in the healthcare industry from the hands-on caregivers to the cleaning and support staff. I was a hospice nurse for twenty years. I moved up through the ranks and met so many wonderful patients, families, and medical professionals. Mercy shares traits with many of the guys and gals I worked with, learned from, and had the honor of calling my friends.

Also, tell the readers about the Missy Rae series.

The Missy Rae series is a character created with my daughter in mind.
She’s technically a witch – by name only. But beyond that, she’s a young adult who hasn’t quite figured out where she wants to go in life and hasn’t yet come to terms with all the great gifts she possesses. I adore her because while writing about her foibles, I find myself learning about life, love, and learning to be yourself with her.

In addition, tell readers about the Jinx Cove series.

Jinx Cove is the brainchild of my friend Savannah Mae. She’s had this story to tell, but like many writers, doubted herself. After a four-year-long battle with breast cancer, she decided to finally write the book she carried with her for years. Her world is about a group of hapless witches, some young, some old, all not very good at the whole witch thing. They make a lot of mistakes, make their problems so much bigger, and yet, somehow, get themselves out of binds by the skin of their teeth.

She wrote the first book in that series. I volunteered (begged) to co-write the second and third book in that series. We decided to intro a few of my characters to her world. The first co-written book is Missing in Jinx Cove. It was tons of fun to write. We’re currently working on book three, the final book in that series. The title is Murder in Jinx Cove. Again, it will include cameos by a few of my characters.

If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?


Which character and why?

I have in some ways, albeit without tripping over any dead bodies or witnessing any heists, but mildly similar. Some of what Mercy says and does are very reminiscent of a certain former hospice/dementia care unit nurse manager. Wink. Wink. I’d be her for an adventure or two and then I’d have to bow out because my children would miss me.

What's your favorite character that you have created and why?

Hands down, my favorite character is Nubbin Schmeckpepper. I LOVE him! He’s cranky, feisty, and big, old teddy bear all at the same time. I love every silly word that comes out of his mouth. I love the way he holds absolutely nothing back. He’s the best!

Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?

So many! It’s so much fun hearing fans, especially former healthcare workers, tell me how this or that happened to them or someone they worked with. Those are the best stories ever. Patients going MIA. Check. Missing medical charts. Check. Lazy coworkers. Check. Forced overtime. Check. Working super short-staffed. Check. You name it, it’s happened.

If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?

In a dream world, I’d read books for a living. Yes, please!

What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?

My first instinct is to say Mercy & Mayhem. When I wrote it, I absolutely loved it, but now, some four years later, I have to say it’s one of the books I’m currently writing. It’s a cozy mystery that I’m contracted to write for Sweet Promise Press. I’ve wanted to write the characters in this book forever. I can’t wait until I can share this book with the world!

What do you like to do with your time when you're not writing?

I am a binger. I binge read books, binge watch dozens of shows on streaming services and on cable channels and I have an addiction to planning. Give me stickers, Washi tape, markers, and all-things-planning and I’m a happy girl.

What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?

I speak three languages fluently – Spanish (Catalan), English (American), and Italian (Because why not?).

What do you have in store for your readers next?

I have several books in different stages of production. I am two books away from completing the Mercy Mares series. I’ll be introducing three new series later this year in my cozy mystery and sweet romance series and I have six (seven?) new thrillers to be published over the next year. You can say, I have lots in store for the foreseeable future.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cozy Mystery Ebook Deal For Wednesday

Wisteria Witches by Angela Pepper

Zara Riddle moved to a small town so her life could be quiet and safe. But now that her witch powers have kicked in, life is anything but. Long-lost relatives are coming out of the woodwork, and it turns out the family tree is riddled with magic. 

When a ghost shows up, Zara finds out her Spirit Charmed powers come with a cost. She must solve the woman's murder. Zara teams up with her handsome neighbor, a wolf shifter who's both mysterious and perfect. Maybe too perfect? He did save her life during a vicious attack, but some strange coincidences have Zara second-guessing her alliances.

The town of Wisteria may be quaint on the surface, but danger lurks around every corner. To protect her family, Zara must risk her heart and her life. Forces of good and evil will face off in a battle where one side has a secret advantage.

One thing's for sure. Zara Riddle is keeping these new powers, blue lightning balls and all.

Once you go witch, you never switch.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cozy Mystery Ebook Deal For Tuesday

Sweet Murder by Tegan Maher

What's a witch to do when the meanest man in the county drops dead in his coleslaw during her shift at the local barbecue joint? Noelle does what any good Southern girl would do: she flicks a wrist to clean up the mess, then thanks the stars for doing the world a favor. She should have known nothing's that easy.

The Magical Oversight Committee is on her back because she can't keep her unruly little sister in line and the hunky new city-slicker sheriff would like to take her to dinner, except he suspects her of murder. To top it off, her cursed miniature donkey is being particularly calamitous and the old hens at the local beauty parlor are laying bets on her love life. 

A skydiving best friend and a bossy, living-impaired aunt become the least of her worries when the killer decides to bump up the plan by bumping her off. Can she figure it out in time to save all that she holds dear, or will Noelle be next on the list of folks who've turned up dead?

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Cozy Mystery Ebook Deal For Monday

Mint Choc Chip and Murder by Lori Woods

Molly is excited for her date with Officer Jeffrey at the Savannah Pirate House - she’ll get to sample good food, and learn some history about her new town. Plus, with her new recipe of Mint Choc Chip ice-cream, business is going well for her.

As usual, things always heat up in her presence. When the underground tunnel collapses in the middle of their meal, to everyone’s horror, the Su chef Carl, is found dead.

Join Molly, Whammy, and her friends to discover if Carl was killed by an accident…or if fowl play was at stake.

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