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Cozy Prizes Friday: Knot What You Think

 

Okay, stitchers! Today we have a quilting mystery, Knot What You Think on Cozy Prizes Friday.  I always love how quilting mysteries are so good at tying up all the loose ends!  Be sure to scroll down and find the Prize Guy to enter to win a print copy of Knot What You Think.

 

The newest member of Martha’s close-knit quilting circle has an eye for couture. But when the designer’s fingerprints are found blanketing a crime scene, Martha must prove that he didn’t have a hand in homicide! 
 
Martha Rose is alarmed by the discovery of Dolleen Doyle’s dead body, especially when evidence suggests a fellow quilter committed the crime.  Set on clearing her pal, Martha searches for answers—but with ties to a convicted fraudster’s stolen millions and a secret office room, the victim’s past raises even more questions. As Martha inches towards the culprit, she learns that wrapping the case up—and living to baste another square—will be trickier than she ever imagined . . .

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About the Author:  Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA

Mary Marks

Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.

 

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Book Blast Tuesday: R.L. Syme Discusses Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron

 

Today Rebecca Syme visits us to talk about her new book Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron.  She has some interesting ideas about deadly baked goods and a delicious giveaway today! Scroll down to find the Prize Guy. Today he’s giving you the chance to enter to win a 15 Piece Neapolitan Macaron Collection that embodies the classic combination of Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate flavors packed into our luscious, signature Sucré macarons.  Yum.  After reading that, I may need to get a snack before I proceed on to the interview!

About R.L. Syme: Rebecca Syme writes small town romance as Becca Boyd and cozy mystery as R.L. Syme. She is a long-time foodie and loves fancy cheese. Becca calls the mountains of Montana her home and draws inspiration from the beautiful vistas and heartwarming people. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Line of Fire series of sweet romances and part of the Chick Tales series set in Somewhere, TX.

 

R.L. Syme

Vangie Vale wants nothing more than to stay under the radar…especially the police radar.
So when her new bakery becomes linked to a murder investigation, nothing will stop the gossip mill from connecting her to the dead body. Can’t have that.

How did you come with an idea for your book?

I was actually eating a macaron one day and I had a weird thought about what would happen if someone went through “death-by-macaron”. Not that they’re a dangerous food… it’s just my weird brain. I often think, “how would someone die while doing/eating/wearing this”. I guess that’s why I write mystery/suspense. J

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

My absolute favorite scene in this book is toward the end, so I won’t give it away, because it’s a leeeeetle bit of a spoiler. But let’s just say, Malcolm is in it. **wink**

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I’m just about finished with the second Vangie Vale book, which will be about the Corpseless Custard, and I’m so excited for this book. It’s been even more fun for me than Murdered Macaron was.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I imagine I will write a little darker mystery series at some point. If you read an early version of this book, you know this was a little darker book originally, and after some feedback from superfans of the cozy mystery genre, I changed a few things. But at some point, I will probably write something a little more Criminal-Minds-y.

 Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

We are doing giveaways on several different blogs, aaaaaaaand, I’m super excited to announce that we’re doing a local book signing in Bozeman, Montana (the inspiration for Madison Falls, in Vangie’s series) at the Country Bookshelf indie bookstore. I’m very excited about that. The Big Sky Bakery will be catering, and we will have lots of fun!

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

On Goodreads, or on Amazon. I would love to get them! I always like to hear what readers think, no matter what they thought of the book.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Dadgummit

I am so excited to have Maggie Toussaint back again with her new book Dadgummit! That’s what I said–Dadgummit!

Maggie was kind enough to be interviewed for the book, so here is a little visit with Maggie, one of my favorite Georgia girls.

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Maggie Toussaint

How did you come with an idea for your book?

Thank you for having me here, Teresa. It’s always a pleasure to visit your place. Sometimes an idea appears fully formed in my head, other times a hint of the idea worries at me for days, and still other times, each small idea cascades into the next. For the book on tour now, Dadgummit, I knew I wanted my sleuth to go away on vacation because we’d already killed a pile of people in her fictional home town. And since she lived at the shore, what better vacation than going to the mountains? She’s on a fixed budget, so it had to be camping or borrowing an RV, and it couldn’t be too far because then the gas would be too much. So, the Georgia mountains. Just like that I had my setting, but what paranormal events would happen in the mountains? Then I remembered that many Native Americans remained in that area, and that the Cherokee had a wealth of folklore and legends that would work with my series. These connected ideas occurred to me much as I’ve recorded them here. One idea led to the next.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Choosing between scenes in a favorite book is very hard, but I particularly love the scene where the Nunnéhi kidnap my sleuth and her friends. It’s the first time Baxley has heard of realms being located between the living and the dead and she’s in for a big surprise.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

My muse doesn’t need encouragement to stray! You’re talking to a writer who started in romance, then wrote romantic suspense, cozy mystery, paranormal mystery, short fiction, and futuristic mystery. I’m really enjoying mystery as a writing genre right now. In addition to the Dreamwalker Series that includes Dadgummit, I’m working on novella sequels to my Cleopatra Jones Cozy Mystery Series. No Quarter, a 26,000 word novella, will be out in the Sleuthing Women II anthology this fall. Also, the last installment of my Lindsey & Ike cozy novella series will be out this fall.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I think I’m right in the pocket now. I do not need more writing genres.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes. There is a giveaway that spans the entire Great Escapes blog tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Everywhere they can think of! Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, for starters. Mentioning a review you wrote on Facebook or Twitter is always appreciated. Maybe you have a blog – those are great places to post reviews. I love to see reviews, and I look forward to hearing what readers say about my books.

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Thank you, Maggie!  Now here’s a little more about her new book!

 

Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.

Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.

Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.

With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?

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Book Blast Tuesday: Audition for Murder

Audition for Murder

by P.M. Carlson

Better go through that script again, because it’s time to Audition for Murder! There are all kinds of goodies to help you learn more about this book from P.M. Carlson’s  Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor  Series.

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Synopsis:

Audition for Murder by P.M. Carlson

Actors Nick and Lisette O’Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, where they take on the roles of Claudius and Ophelia, two of the professional leads in a campus production of Hamlet. Threats and accidents begin to follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the turmoil of 1967 America.

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Lisette stumbled on the way to the car, and Nick caught her elbow to steady her. Rob had unlocked the back door, and Nick helped her in while Rob let Maggie into the front passenger seat and then went around to the driver’s side. There were a few snowflakes blowing in the wind, and his pale hair licked about his forehead like little flames. He sat down, closed the door, and stared at the wheel a minute.

“God,” he said. “I’m stoned. A little.”

“Do you want someone else to drive?” asked Maggie.

“No. I’ll be fine.” He raised a dramatic finger and declaimed, “Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.”

“Every inordinate cup is unblessed,” countered Nick, who had maybe had a drop too much himself.

“I’ll be extremely careful,” Rob promised. He turned the key and started out of the lot. Lisette lurched against Nick as they rounded the corner onto the highway.

“Are you okay?” he asked.

“Very tired,” she said.

Nick tipped her chin up and studied her a minute in the headlights of the car behind them. “You look bad,” he said, concerned. He could see her honey-brown eyes in the wavering light. The pupils were tiny. “Do you feel sick?”

“M’all right,” she said. The eyes closed. Nick leaned forward.

“Rob, she looks bad.. Could we get her to a hospital, do you think?” Maggie turned to look at Lisette.

“She says she’s all right,” objected Rob. “Are you sick, Lisette?”

She made an effort. “Just tired. Bed.”

“I’ll just take you home,” said Rob soothingly.

“Home,” murmured Lisette. Her cheek was cold and damp. Nick felt panic rising.

“Rob, please!” he said.

“Come on, Nick,” said Rob. He had stopped at a stoplight, and turned to look back at them, the red glow making his hair shine like embers. “The hospital is miles away, and she says she’s just tired. I believe her. I’m tired too.”

“Nick’s right,” said Maggie suddenly. “She’s not just tired.”

“Jus’ tired,” repeated Lisette.

“See?” said Rob. “You two alarmists are interfering with her rest.”

Maggie leaned across Rob, switched off the ignition with one hand, and opened his door with the other. “Out, Rob,” she said.

“What?”

“Out. Get out. Now.”

“You’re crazy!” He stared at her unbelievingly. The light blinked to green.

“Sorry, kid,” she said, leaning back against her door and placing an elegant French boot, still muddy, against his thigh.

“My God! My coat!” Shocked, he flinched away from the boot. She shoved, and he suddenly found himself outside, arms flailing for balance. Maggie slid smoothly into the driver’s seat and turned the ignition. The car moved forward and left Rob on the pavement, staggering. When they were clear of him Maggie pulled the door closed and made a rapid U-turn, then pressed the accelerator. The car vaulted up the hill toward the hospital.

By the time they had run their third red light, a patrol car was chasing them. Lisette was slumped against Nick, and he braced himself to keep them both from ricocheting around the back seat as Maggie traced a complex, competent line through the other traffic. He was dimly aware of the flashing lights from behind intersecting the rapid flow of the light from street lamps. She did not slow, and the sirens and lights behind them got other traffic out of the way. When she turned into the hospital driveway the patrol car seemed to relax a little. She skidded to a halt in front of the emergency room and was out opening Nick’s door instantly.

“Need help?”

“She’s not heavy,” he said. Lisette was unconscious.

“I’ll follow when I’ve talked to the officers.” She made sure the emergency door was open and then walked toward the patrol car. Nick carried the limp body into the emergency room.

Excerpt from Audition for Murder by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.

P.M. Carlson

Author Bio:

P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Killer Party

Here is your chance to get a peek at Lynn Cahoon’s latest! Killer Party is part of Lynn’s Tourist Trap Mystery series so if you are not getting time off this summer,  pick up this book for your staycation.  Don’t forget to click on the prize guy below to enter to win an e-copy of Killer Party.

Description

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to anymore . . .

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lynn Cahoon

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

 

 

 

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The Detecting Duchess Gets the Spotlight!

Today we are spotlighting a Victorian cozy mystery. Yes, you can be historical and cozy! Here is a description of The Detecting Duchess!

The only thing standing between Georgia and her fairy-tale wedding is a murder. Or two.

When a young woman pleads for help from Georgia Fenchurch in locating a missing Crown investigator, Georgia resists. Her wedding is only a week away. Before she can say no, she’s knocked to the ground by an assailant attempting to kill the young woman.

Georgia now feels she must help. She soon finds herself up to her wedding veil in stolen treasure and coded letters. With the Duke of Blackford’s help, Georgia follows a trail of missing men and dead bodies. Every victim had one thing in common – a desire to possess a fortune in gold.

In between the society balls and social calls of late Victorian London, Georgia works on her last case before the big day. Will she stop a ruthless killer in time? Or will Georgia find getting to the altar on time is going to be murder?

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About the Author:

Kate Parker

Kate began reading Agatha Christie mysteries and the Nancy Drew books while her classmates were reading Dick and Jane. She particularly likes historical mysteries and the feeling of time travel a good historical book can give the reader. Combined with her love of late Victorian to World War II architecture and fashions, she found an outlet for the stories and characters that fill her head by writing The Victorian Bookshop Mysteries and The Deadly series, as well as taking part in the Christmas Revels anthologies.

Cozy Prizes Friday: Interview with Joanne Guidoccio Author of Too Many Women in the Room

Buongiorno readers! Joanne Guidoccio visits us today to talk about her newest book, Too Many Women in the Room. She is a prolific writer so after you check out this book, take a look at some of her other work.  Be sure to look for the prize guy and enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Joanne Guidoccio

How did you come with an idea for your book?

After completing A Season for Killing Blondes, Book 1 in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, I started imagining different storylines for Book 2. I knew that Gilda and her love interest, Carlo Fantin, would be returning. In keeping with the Italian flavor of the series, I decided to continue with the foodie/non-foodie theme and feature more scenes with Maria and Rosa, two busybodies who provided comic relief. I also wanted to give photographer Michael Taylor his comeuppance. These disparate elements came together in the following scenario: What if a non-foodie invests in a Greek restaurant only to find herself and her closest friends embroiled in a murder investigation.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture—Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

I hope my readers will enjoy the malocchio (evil eye) scenes that involve the well-meaning but misguided interference of the older Italian women in Gilda’s circle.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

A Season for Killing Blondes and Too Many Women in the Room, Books 1 and 2 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, were released by The Wild Rose Press in 2015 and 2017. A Different Kind of Reunion, Book 3, will be released in 2018.

I also write paranormal romance about a middle-aged, ex-mermaid who was abandoned on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England and forced to reinvent herself. Between Land and Sea and The Coming of Arabella, Books 1 and 2 of the Mediterranean Trilogy, were released by Soul Mate Publishing in 2013 and 2015. Ideas are percolating for Book 3, The Making of a Psychic Mermaid.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I have great admiration for writers of historical fiction. I am most impressed by their ability to expertly weave fact and fiction. At some point, I would like to dabble in that genre. Perhaps, explore my own roots and write an immigration story (Italy/Canada circa 1950s).

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes. I hope everyone will enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Readers can leave reviews of my book on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

 

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