Thursday, August 30, 2018

Cozy Mystery Ebook Deal -- A Little Bit Witchy by A.A. Albright

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A Little Bit Witchy by A.A. Albright

There has most definitely not been a murder on the Riddler's Express.

Aisling Smith is about to try out for a new job - a job writing for a paper she's never heard of. But seeing as she's currently writing classified ads and obituaries, it would be foolish not to give it a shot.

Riddler's Edge might be a small town, but it's definitely not boring. The train hasn't even pulled into the station, and already a woman has been murdered.

According to the grumpy but gorgeous Detective Quinn, the passenger's death wasn't a murder at all. He insists that Bathsheba Brookes died of a nut allergy. Aisling doesn't believe it for a minute. She intends to discover the real story - a difficult challenge, considering the town's inhabitants seem to be keeping some very big secrets.

Riddler's Edge is a town where people wear sunglasses after dark, and creatures howl in the woods. It's also a town where, despite the strange occurrences, Aisling feels right at home.

But even if she gets to the bottom of Bathsheba's death, Aisling might not get to be the Daily Riddler's newest reporter. There's one final, mysterious test that she must pass - a test carried out by the newspaper's owner. And Aisling suspects he might be looking for more than just a journalist ...

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cozy Mystery Ebook Deal -- Murder at Pooch Park by Cindy Bell

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Murder at Pooch Park by Cindy Bell

A canine-loving sleuth. A detective barking up the wrong tree. It’s a race against time to follow the scent and find the murderer before someone else ends up dead.

Nikki Green thought muddy paws and furry scuffles were the worst troubles she’d encounter at the local dog park. So, she’s shocked when her client’s German Shepherd sniffs out her friend’s dead body. And her confusion only grows when the hunky detective who helped her through a life-changing experience years ago treats her like a total stranger. But with her friend’s killer on the loose, she has little time to ponder the mystery of his baffling behavior. 

Side-by-side with her canine companions, she searches for the killer and discovers her detective pal wasn’t the only one acting strangely. To find her friend’s murderer, Nikki must dig through a web of secrets and suspects before the killer strikes again. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Interview with Cozy Mystery Author Zanna Mackenzie

What got you interested writing Cozy Mystery books?

I’ve always loved reading books with an element of mystery in them but I like them to be light-hearted at the same time – so cozies were perfect for me to write!

Tell us a little about the Amber Reed series.

Amber works for the local newspaper in the village of Palstone and is tasked with making up the horoscopes! She’s bored with her life and seeking excitement – which she gets when she lands right in the middle of a celebrity murder mystery investigation. Soon she’s battling to convince the handsome special agent from the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency (CCIA) that she can help him catch the killer!  The series has 6 books in it so far, a new book on the horizon, plus a free book available via BookFunnel for those who want to try the series for free to see if they like Amber’s sleuthing adventures. On Trial (the free book in the Amber Reed series available on BookFunnel) can be downloaded here:

Also, tell the readers about the Glen Falls series.

My Glen Falls cozy mysteries are a little different because they have a magical element to them with myths, spells, witches and all sorts of supernatural elements to the mystery plot. Much like my Amber Reed series and my Recipe For Disaster series (they’re culinary cozy mysteries in that series) the Glen Falls books bring together fun, romance and an intriguing mystery to solve.

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

Hmm... good question! Not sure I would to be honest – I don’t think I could stand the stress of all that sleuthing!!!

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

Another excellent question! It would be a close call between Amber from the Amber Reed series and Lizzie from the Recipe For Disaster series. Amber is probably my favorite character to write though as she’s great fun but also has many insecurities and various issues which I can relate to. I like the fact Lizzie lives on a farm in the glorious Lake District though so that makes this decision a tough one because the Lakes is one of my favorite places in the world – and I’ve always dreamed of living on a smallholding and growing fruit, veg, herbs and flowers.

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

No, my books are entirely created from my imagination.

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

If I was clever enough and could afford the study required then I’d love to be a meteorologist as weather forecasting has fascinated me since I was a little girl. I used to have a little weather ‘station’ at home that my Dad built for me and every day I’d write down in a book the temperature maximum and minimum, rain fall amounts, wind direction etc.

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

Probably the latest book in the Amber Reed series because it was set in the glorious Caribbean so was great fun to research and write – sadly I didn’t get to go to the Caribbean though! I used to be a travel agent so love to do in depth research on countries, customs, local foods etc. I set up a Pinterest board for the book with lots of fabulous pictures to inspire me. You can see the board on Pinterest at:
Another reason this book is my favorite is that the on-again / off-again romance between Amber and special agent Charlie is such fun to write! Who knows what will happen between the two of them – even I’m not sure how things will end up!

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

I love gardening! I’m always pottering about the garden doing deadheading, watering, feeding, mowing the lawn, planting seeds etc. I also enjoy time with family, walking our 5 dogs in the countryside, time spent in nature and reading.

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

That I’m a weather geek? That I used to be a qualified therapist in clinical aromatherapy, naturopathic nutrition and various other natural therapies? That I was a travel agent many (many!) years ago? That my absolute favorite food is cheese and biscuits?

What do you have in store for your readers next?

I’m excited to be part of a Christmas cozy mystery anthology with 11 other cozy authors and will be penning a new Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency story for that. I’m also working on the next Amber Reed Mystery as well.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Cozy Mystery Ebook Deal For Monday

Long Paw of the Law Five Book Set by Laurie Anne Marie

Welcome to Comfortville, a quaint little town nestled inland from the Pacific coast. 
Ashley Crane is busy nursing a broken heart, working tirelessly as a cook, and hanging out with her family and best friends when her boss at the restaurant is murdered. 
At first the investigation is left to Nathaniel Thompson, the local handsome police detective. But when Thompson arrests the wrong suspect, Ashley takes the investigation into her own hands. 
Solving the case won't be easy. She'll need help from her parents April and Burt, her best friends Sean and Lara, and her cute and clever cat Charlie. 
It's up to Ashley Crane to find the real murderer in Comfortville before they strike again. 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Cozy Mystery E-Book Sale

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Fairy Cake Faker by Sabrina Hartford

Things should finally be going well for Faye Anderson. After all, her struggling cake shop is starting to make a profit. Her life, at last, seems to be in balance.

Except her pet cat Tom keeps on having nightmares that suggest something terrible is about to occur.

And when Faye finds the body of a dear friend, she realizes that more murders are about to hit the sleepy town of Fairfields.

It’s going to be a tricky case to solve, especially since there doesn’t seem to be any clues. Can Faye find the culprit before disaster strikes?

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Interview with Cozy Mystery Author Anna Celeste Burke

What got you interested in writing Cozy Mystery books?

As many of my readers, I was an avid reader as a child. I loved so many children’s classics including mysteries. Thanks to libraries at school in the neighborhoods where I grew up in San Diego, even children in families with little money had access to The Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys mysteries. I was so proud of my library card and remember how astonished that I could take a stack of books home and read them for free!
When I grew older, I added classics written by Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Elizabeth Peters, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Edgar Allen Poe, Daphne du Maurier and so many others. More recently, I’ve added tons of new authors into the mix: Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Dorothy Gilman, Lilian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown, and dozens more.
Until recently, I didn’t think much about the distinction between “cozy” and “traditional” mysteries, but I love to read books in series with interesting lead characters—especially those that star amateur or accidental sleuths. I also enjoy mysteries featuring exotic locales, witty dialogue, interesting plots, and a big dose of fun. Food and adorable pets like Asta in Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man series and Lilian Jackson Braun’s Koko and Yum Yum in her “The Cat Who…” series add to the fun.

Tell us a little about the Jessica Huntington series.

The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series features a 30-something accidental sleuth with a background that’s entirely different from my own. She’s a child of privilege who grew up as an only child. I’m the oldest of 5 children in a family where there was never lots of money. I thought it would be interesting to imagine the struggles confronting a woman born with a silver spoon in her mouth when her well-planned world suddenly turns upside down.
A little spoiled, life unravels around her when a ruthless husband dumps her and her law career tanks. Jessica’s wallowing in a pity party, trying to drown her sorrows in shopping sprees, spa trips, and other self-indulgences when life throws her another curveball.
In the first book of the series, A Dead Husband, someone murders her best friend’s husband. Jessica’s friend, Laura Stone, is at the top of the list of suspects. Like most amateur sleuths, Jessica’s soon in way over her head as she tries to help her friend and find out who killed Roger Stone.
Jessica has a quirky set of friends as sidekicks who become embroiled along with her in more murder and mayhem in the four books that follow. A self-proclaimed “calamity magnet” she seems to attract “lowlifes living the high life” as she’s pulled into one murder investigation after another. Family dysfunction, infidelity, murder, and mayhem--what else can you expect from members of the rich and famous in Jessica Huntington's social circles? 
I loved writing this series because over the course of the five books [A Dead Cousin--for release September 26th] there’s lots of room for character development. Not just Jessica, but the friends and family around her grow and change as the series unfolds. For Jessica, that means dealing with family issues, restarting her law career, and taking another chance on romance.
Because I worked as a chef, my characters always eat well. Plenty of good food’s essential to the camaraderie between Jessica and her friends. Jessica’s life gets even more fun when Anastasia joins the sleuthing team in A Dead Mother.

Also, tell the readers about the Georgie Shaw series.

The Georgie Shaw series is about a woman who’s much more like me. Trained as a chef, she’s worked her way up into middle management at a Disneyesque entertainment empire. Built on the success of a cartoon cat, Marvelous Marley World has lots in common with the Walt Disney Company where I started my career as a chef. We worked for “The Mouse” at the Mouse Factory while Georgie works for “The Cat” at the “Cat Factory.”
Also, like me, Georgie loves chocolate, Siamese cats, and the California coast. In her fifties, she’s a mature woman who’s made a stable life for herself. Unlike me, she stayed with the Marvelous Marley World. I gave in to my inner nerd, left Walt Disney World, earned a Ph.D. and spent 30 years as a behavioral scientist.
Also, unlike me, Georgie isn’t married. In her fifties, she’s settled into life as a single, career woman. Suddenly, all that changes in book 1, Murder at Catmmando Mountain—there’s a murder at the foot of Catmmando Mountain in Arcadia Theme Park and someone is trying to frame Georgie for it.
When Georgie Shaw met Detective Jack Wheeler it was love—and murder—at first sight.
Those old Thin Man movies featuring Dashiell Hammett’s book, is a significant source of inspiration for this series. I love getting these two into trouble and watching them go to work as a couple to figure out whodunit. They don’t have the spunky wire hair fox terrier, Asta at their side like Nick and Nora Charles. Instead, Georgie and Jack are “owned” by two sweet and lovable Siamese cats--the mouthy Miles and his more melodious companion, Ella.
Yes, that’s Miles and Ella as in Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. Georgie and Jack are jazz fans like me. I love other kinds of music too. At seventeen the wild man I married was a rock musician, and I was considering a career in opera or musical theater.
There are six books in the Georgie Shaw series with a seventh—A Tango Before Dying—on the way!

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

One of the great things about writing—as with reading—is that you get to live out lots of different lives. In some ways, Georgie Shaw’s life is a study in the path not taken. I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to stay with the Disney company and continue my work as a chef. In the Georgie Shaw series, I get to play that out that possibility almost as if I’d lived it.
I also sometimes wish I had Jessica Huntington’s black AMEX card.  I love extravaganzas and relish the way she’s able to treat her friends to lavish spa days, shopping trips, and luxurious vacations.

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

Jessica Huntington was my first lead character in a series, so I have a soft spot for her. I also love Jessica’s surrogate mother, Bernadette, and as honestly believe: “We should all have a Bernadette in our lives.” She’s funny, resourceful, generous of spirit, and has a strong faith. Bernadette pulls no punches, though, and tells it like it is—the kind of loving and direct friend we could all benefit from if we had a confidant like her to use as a sounding board.
Georgie’s boss “Mad Max Marley” is another favorite character. Like many of my characters, he’s a deeply flawed person. He’s also creative, dedicated to his work, and relentless in his pursuit of excellence. Small in stature, he’s larger than life, and still going strong in his seventies. I like characters who persevere in the face of adversity.
In fact, that’s a common trait shared by the lead characters in all three series I’ve written. Jessica Huntington, Georgie Shaw, and Kim Reed [From the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series] are all “survivors.” That’s true for the female leads in the two new series I’m debuting this year.

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

Oh, yes! Bits and pieces of real experiences appear in all the books I’ve written. For example, many of the Georgie Shaw stories feature versions of events that occurred while I worked for the mouse.   

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

Well, I’ve done lots of other things in my life and enjoyed many of them, but none of them more than writing mysteries.
In addition to working as a chef at Walt Disney World, I earned a master’s in social work and spent about five years as a therapist while finishing a Ph.D. in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan.
I worked as a research scientist for 25 years, writing grants, administering research, and conducting my research studies on policy, practice, and outcomes of treatment for alcohol, drug, and mental health problems. Much of that time, I was a professor at The Ohio State University.  I taught courses at the university, too, so I’ve done lots of teaching. I also had a consulting practice that involved working with frontline staff trying to help people learn to solve problems overcome adversity.

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

My favorite book is always the one I just finished. Right now, that’s A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff, book 1 in the Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery series. It’s a brand-new series that debuted in a recently released box set: Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: 12 Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer. A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff will be available as a standalone in eBook and paperback editions in the fall. Here’s the description that will appear on the back of the book:
When Miriam Webster moves into the Hemingway Cottage in the Seaview Cottages active adult community, she brings a few secrets with her.
Can she keep them after she and her spirited Dalmatian, Domino, discover the body of a beautiful young woman on Fitzgerald’s Bluff?
The mystery takes a quick detour when Miriam and her friends return to Fitzgerald’s Bluff with Deputy Sheriff Darnell Devers in tow. The dead woman’s gone, but not for long. Where the body turns up is only one of the surprising twists the mystery takes for Miriam and her new friends.
Convinced that the local Deputy Sheriff isn’t up to the task of finding a killer on the loose, Miriam and her gang of Grand Old Lady Detectives [G.O.L.D.] set out to discover the truth about A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff. Can they solve the case without becoming the killer’s next victim?
You can find out now by buying the Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes box set—a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller! Or, you can grab the standalone copy in September.

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

I enjoy hiking, reading, trying out new recipes to include in the books I write. I love to visit the Coast to spend a day or two at the beach. We’re only a few hours from LA and San Diego, where I grew up, so I enjoy visiting those cities and going to museums, theaters, zoos, botanical gardens, and touring historical venues.

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

Some of my consulting included travel to other countries where I worked with agencies trying to evaluate and improve alcohol and drug treatment services. On one of those trips, one of my friends and I got chased by an enormous camel while we were out in the Arabian Desert. We had to run for it and jumped into the car right before he caught up with us. He still wasn’t happy and kicked the heck out of the car before our driver could get us out of there.

What do you have in store for your readers next?

I’m just finishing A Dead Cousin, book 5, in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series. Jessica’s close friend, Detective Frank Fontana, is missing. He’s a good cop and a handsome, decent, standup guy. One of two new men in Jessica’s life, he’s rekindled hope that she might eventually take another chance on love.
When Frank disappears shortly after the end of a tricky undercover operation, not everyone believes he’s a good cop. Jessica and her friends intend to find him, but they soon become entangled in a web of secrets and lies that make it hard to know who's on which side of the law.
Is Frank a good cop gone bad or in the worst mess of his life?
I’m also working on another new series set in California’s wine country. Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire, book 1 in the Calla Lily Mystery series that mixes mystery and romance, with a bit more suspense than the series I currently write. I can’t wait for readers to meet Lillian Callahan—Calla Lily to her beloved aunt. Lily’s surprised to learn that she’s inherited her aunt’s estate. Not everyone’s pleased about that, apparently, because when Lilly returns home to California’s wine country, bullets fly! Sparks fly, too, when handsome U.S. Marshal Austin Jennings steps in to help Lily find out who wants her dead!
I'll release the book on November 13th as part of the Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense box set. It's one of 21 romantic suspense novels by bestselling and award-winning authors. Like the Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes box set we just released, the Love Under Fire box set raises funds for charity. In this case, we’re aiming to raise money for the Pets for Vets organization.
Before the end of the year, I also plan to release The Murder of Shakespeare’s Ghost, book 2 in the Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery series, and A Tango Before Dying, book 7 in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Interview with Cozy Mystery Author Lotta Smith

Tell us a little about the Paranormal in Manhattan series.

It's a romcom supernatural mystery featuring Mandy, a medical school dropout, and a super-sexy FBI agent Rick--who happens to be the one responsible for Mandy's failure at school. Together, they work on paranormal cases, mostly by interviewing dead people. It's Bridget Jones meets X-files, but one of my readers said it's X-files written for Family Guy.

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

Yes. :)

Which character and why?

Mandy, hopefully. I always wanted to be someone chasing the bad guys. And, she can talk to the ghosts.

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

Jackie, the ghost of a drag queen is my favorite. Being a ghost is very rare, but she's also a really colorful drag queen.

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

Not really... well, who am I kidding? Mandy's clumsiness often reflects my own mishaps.

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

Actually, I'd never imagined having a career in writing. I went to med-school to pursue a stable career, but I got sick every time I visited the wards (mostly due to the smells, and the endless beeps of the monitors and machines, and I felt claustrophobic in the wards... like I was trapped in a prison. Not that I've been ever locked up in prison.) So I tried to pursue an office worker career, but it lasted only briefly. And, I tried to get a new job but things didn't go well.
One night before going to bed, I prayed "Please let me know the name, web address, and the phone number of the company which would hire me. If I'm not destined to work, please give me some other solution. In this world, a human needs money to get by. I'd really appreciate it if you'd let me know the winning number combination of a lotto???" And on that night, someone told me in my dream, "Write books. This time, things will brighten up." So I'm writing. :)

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

Wicked for Hire. It's the beginning of the series, with Mandy, Rick and Jackie popping up from nothing.

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

Planning for a dream vacation. Except, I often get satisfied with just planning, and I rarely go to the trip.

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

I've never been to Manhattan...

What do you have in store for your readers next?

I'm currently writing the latest Paranormal in Manhattan Halloween story. Also, I think it'll be funny if I could write a new series featuring a runaway princess.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Interview With Cozy Mystery Author K.E. O'Connor

What got you interested writing Cozy Mystery books?

I love a puzzle. I’ve read load of cozy mysteries and enjoy trying to figure out the killer. I also watch lots of mysteries on TV and people hate it because I always pick out the killer before the end!
Cozy mysteries always have a lovely sense of community and friendship or strong family bonds. That can be lacking in real life, so it’s heart-warming to create this lovely place and fill it with great characters, and add a little mystery!

Tell us a little about the Lorna Shadow series.

The Lorna Shadow series is cozy paranormal series (10 books and counting) about a woman who can see ghosts and helps them solve their murders.
The series theme is all about friendship, helping those in need, and ensuring justice is served.
This is my favorite series so far. I fill the books with interesting suspects, quirky animals (Flipper is Lorna’s ghost sensing dog) and lots of treats.

Also, tell the readers about the Zee Town series.

I tried something a bit different with Zee Town. This series is loosely set in the UK county of Cornwall, an idyllic setting of amazing cliff tops and beautiful beaches.
The different thing about it, is this cozy series has zombies in it. Before you go, yuck, not zombies, these are placid zombies – they don’t bite! The theme of this series is all about acceptance and including others even though they’re different to me or you.
Of course, there is always a murder to solve and a tricky romance with the local grumpy cop to spice things up.

In addition, tell readers about the Old Sarum series.

Old Sarum was my first try at a paranormal cozy series featuring witches. Again the theme is about family and friendship and righting wrongs.
I set the series in a hidden place called Old Sarum next to the famous stones at Stonehenge in the UK. I love the idea of a hidden world just out of our reach, where magic is real.

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

They’re all a bit too nosy and feisty for me, but maybe I could handle a couple of hours, so long as there was a big mug of tea waiting for me at the end of it J

Which character would you choose and why?

I’d picked Cassie March, my heroine in the Zee Town series. She’s hard working, stubborn, and has two gorgeous men after her. I’d love just one hot guy chasing me, so two would be a treat, but only for a bit, then they can leave me alone so I can read a book and put on my comfy slippers without being judged.

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

I always end up loving my sidekicks. The furry ones, not the human ones. In my new series, there’s a dog called Wiggles. I can’t say too much about him without giving away a key plot point but he’s my favorite character and makes me laugh out loud with his outrageous behavior. He appears in my new series – the Crypt Witch cozy mystery series.

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

In one Lorna Shadow story, there’s a mystery that involves a body in a wall. That was inspired from watching Most Haunted and learning about priest holes and hidden passageways. A priest reportedly got trapped and abandoned in the wall and was only found hundreds of years later. Life sure is stranger than fiction.

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

Hand on heart, this career is amazing. I left a safe, well-paid career to be a writer. It was a gamble but I now do this full time, and often kick myself with how happy I am.
If I had to pick another career, I wanted to be a zoo keeper when I was a kid, until I learned it’s mainly clearing up animal poop and cutting up food! I’d also love to be a librarian and be surrounded by books every day.

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

It’s the first one I published. It’s not a cozy one, but has mystery in it. It sits in the young adult paranormal romance genre and is called Initiation – the School of Exorcists. I wrote it in my early twenties when my head was full of Twilight and Harry Potter, and is a mess of both concepts. It’s my favorite because it was my first step into writing. It showed me what I could achieve. I made $32 in my first month of publishing that book. I was thrilled, lol! One day, I will return to that series (there are six books in it) and re-write it into an even more awesome tale of love, death, and coming of age.

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

If I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing or new ideas for stories. I watch a lot of TV and that inspires new stories. I sit with a pad next to me and sketch down plots of great movies or TV shows.
I read a lot and will try anything. I’m currently reading the new Dan Brown book and also reading a clean romance about an accidental bride! I also have Stephen King sitting on my bedside cabinet.
I listen to loads of music and enjoy rock and metal – anything from soft rock of the 80’s to Metallica, Paramore, Pink Floyd and Inglorious. I air guitar with the best of them.
I’m a classic introvert writer, and on the extreme end of introversion, so am content in my own company for weeks. Noisy parties or group outings leave me cold inside and miserable. A great book, a cup of tea, and a snuggly blanket, and I’m happy.

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

I’m trained as an archaeologist, but was more into the academic side than digging in the dirt. My best find when excavating was a car which had been buried vertically in the ground, bumper side up.

What do you have in store for your readers next?

My new paranormal cozy mystery series the Crypt Witch series is releasing at the end of August 2018. Expect lots of twisty puzzles to solve, meet a witch with a huge demon problem in her life, and a faithful four-legged companion who is like no dog you’ve met before.
Luck of the Witch and Hell of a Witch will be the first two books out.
I also have another Lorna Shadow book planned to release just before Halloween, which will have a suitably spooky theme, and I’m writing a novella featuring Lorna for a festive anthology, coming out around Thanksgiving – it features a turkey, a ghost, and a heap of fun.
You can find all my books on my website

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Interview With Cozy Mystery Author Katherine Hayton

What got you interested writing Cozy Mystery books?

I’ve always loved reading mysteries—it’s about ALL I read—but I grew a bit tired of the gritty realism of the police procedurals I was writing. I wanted to write about nice people and nice towns for a change and cozy mysteries offered me the perfect opportunity to do that.

Tell us a little about the Sweet Baked series.

This is set in a little township about ninety minutes away from where I live, and was built around some natural hot springs. In the series, Holly Waterston returns home after her marriage and career go kaput to recover and assess her options. She falls back in love with her home town and finds new purpose working in the family bakery while forging a stronger bond with her sister Crystal. Aside from the murder mysteries, the series also charts the progress that Holly is making toward reconnecting with her roots and building new friendships and relationships.

Also, tell readers about the Tea Shop series.

I LOVE this series, it’s so much fun to write. This came out of a desire to write shorter books (more in line with my attention span as a writer) and is set in the lovely fictional town of Aniseed Valley. The main character is Willow Foxglove, a woman in her fifties who is rediscovering herself and building a sense of purpose by solving murder mysteries and also opening her first business—a herbal tea shop using produce from her own garden. She has an ‘accidental’ pet, a Maine Coon kitten bought for her by a sort-of boyfriend who didn’t know she’s allergic to cats. One look, though, and Willow couldn’t bear to give Mavis away, so she’s taking allergy shots. Her best friends are bookworm Harmony and a conspiracy theorist/UFO spotter Reg, also a fellow widower.

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

Goodness, no. I can’t think of anything more horrific in real life than tripping over dead bodies on a weekly basis! I’d be scared to walk out the front door.

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

I think Willow Foxglove is my favorite because she’s changing her life at a late age and fulfilling a dream, just like I did when I gave up a successful career in insurance to become a struggling writer.

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

I occasionally piece together bits and pieces from real-life crimes or anecdotes to weave them into a story. With the first of my police procedural series, I pulled the crime together from a real-life ‘exorcism’ that took place in NZ, killing the woman the relatives were trying to save, and various cults that operated in Canterbury during the 1970s. See! This is why I switched to writing cozies – so much nicer. There’s also a bit in the Sweet Baked mystery series about Holly’s fear of the single lane bridge going into Hanmer Springs. That might be based on my own fears, just a little.

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

Book cover design. I love designing covers – it’s so much easier than writing all the stuff inside J I don’t have the patience to deal with clients, though, so I don’t know that I’d make any money

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

I love Deathbed of Roses, one of the Tea Shop cozy mysteries. The idea of working and planning for so long to open a new business, then having nobody turn up on the opening day tickles me for some unknown reason. Don’t worry! It all works out in the end.

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

Watching television and reading. I tend to call this research to justify how much of each I do.

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

I once nearly stood on a three-foot long lizard in Australia because it was the same color as the concrete. This reminds me that I need to get my eyes tested again!

What do you have in store for your readers next?

Coming up shortly is a new cozy mystery series - the Honey Bee Mysteries – which features an autistic beekeeper as the amateur sleuth. I’ll also keep adding some new stories into the Tea Shop Cozy series until I run out of ideas J and I have another two stories in the Goth Girl Mysteries yet to go.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Interview With Cozy Mystery Author Sonia Parin

What got you interested writing Cozy Mystery books?

A friend suggested I try my hand at cozy mysteries. My response was a resounding “Huh?” However, I looked at my bookshelves and suddenly realized they were filled with mysteries, including cozy mysteries. I had so much fun writing the first one, I now live by the motto, “If it ain’t fun, don’t do it!”

Tell us a little about the Mackenzie Coven series.

My witch in training, Lexie, had a ten year sabbatical from her coven duties and has now been thrust right into the thick of it by her two cousins who organize her into solving supernatural mysteries. Lexie has a chatty feline companion named Luna. In my latest Mackenzie book, Witch in Exile, Lexie was ‘gifted’ with a blueberry munching fairy. In hindsight, I think I introduced this new character because Luna needed someone to keep her in line. The stories are lighthearted and aimed at providing pure escapism.

Also, tell the readers about the Dear Abby series.

Abby Maguire hails from a small town in Iowa, but she spent several years working for a major newspaper in Seattle. After losing her job, she travels half way around the world to take up a job in a small town newspaper. A couple of years ago, I wrote a few books set in a fictional town in Australia. I had all these quirky characters I had thoroughly enjoyed writing so when I had to find a setting for the Abby Maguire series, I decided to send her to the small alpine town of Eden.

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

That’s a tough question. I love all my characters. Lexie has extraordinary witch powers, most of which she has yet to discover, a talking feline companion, a hunky guardian/chronicler of all her deeds and or misdeeds as well as a fairy companion. Then there’s Eve Lloyd. She might be a fictional character but she now owns the swanky French stove I want! I’m so jealous! Finally, there’s Abby Maguire. She went through a tough break-up, so I’ve been kind to her and surrounded her with a cast of characters who make her life interesting. She lives within walking distance of the best coffee anywhere and she resides in a pub with a world class chef providing scrumptious meals. The local detective is easygoing and good-looking. Yes, I want to be Abby.

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

Luna. Like Lexie, I’m more of a dog person. Luna first appeared at the end of Witch Inheritance and I had no idea what I would do with her. In the second witch mystery book, I decided to give her a voice and she hasn’t stopped talking since. She’s been the most entertaining character I’ve written. She has a dry sense of humor and is surprisingly versatile and complex. At times, she’s a teenager full of angst, she can be a grizzly toddler, but she can also be wise. Mostly, she’s annoying, in a fun sort of way.

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

I have stockpiled many years of experiences which I can tap into.
I’ve had a variety of jobs, moving in different circles and meeting people from all levels: from friendly caretakers to CEOs. I’d like to think my experiences allow me to write my characters with confidence. Although, at the end of the day, they’re all fictional.

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

I can honestly say this is the best job I have ever had.

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

Can I pick two? To date, I have enjoyed writing every single one of my books. However, Witch in Exile is the one that made me laugh the most. Then there’s Sleeping With the Fishes. I knew I would have fun writing it the moment I decided to introduce 100 Carmen Miranda impersonators. Also, I remember getting to the last chapter and not knowing who the killer was going to be.

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

I’ve gone through phases: knitting cable sweaters, hand stitching wedding ring quilts and gardening. Now I use my baking time to work out plots.

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

I’m not sure it qualifies as fun, but I once considered joining a circus. A girls’ night out was organized. We discussed the subject at great length over a Chinese meal. Then we trekked out to the open air circus. It was the middle of winter, so that didn’t go too well. Also, the only jobs available involved climbing and I have an unmitigated fear of heights. We wrapped up the night in an out of the way cafe where we experienced an unexpected scene involving a one man play and full frontal nudity.

What do you have in store for your readers next?

While I have already begun work on a couple of new series, I’ll continue to add to the existing ones. The owner of the small town newspaper Abby Maguire works for is a newspaper mogul so, at some point, I’d like to see her hitching a ride on his jet and landing in a small town where she can stumble upon another murder mystery. I’m also working on the next Mackenzie Coven mystery, Witch Fairy Tale.