Cozy Prizes Friday: Guest Post by Vicki Vass on Tour with Bloodline

Vicki Vass is visiting us today to talk about her new book Bloodlines. She was also kind enough to write us a little about what she reads for fun.  Don’t forget to find the Prize Guy to enter a giveaway for a coffee mug and a print copy of Bloodline.  So, take it away Vicki!

Thanks, Teresa, for letting me stop by today. I am very excited to be here and share details about my newly released paranormal cozy mystery, Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery. This book took over a year to write. While I was researching the book, I read many books for research, including a Pictorial History of Asheville, The Witches of Salem, Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachian.

I’ve returned to reading for pleasure. I always have an overtowering pile of books scattered on my bedside table, in my closet and on the bookshelf in my office. I would like to share some of what’s currently on my reading list, a very eclectic mixture.

First, I am three-quarters of the way through Sam Phillips, the biography of the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. I have been to Memphis and toured Sun Studio but was not familiar with much of Phillips’ history until I started watching the new series, Sun Records, on CMT. That led me to pick up this exhaustive biography, which includes various photos and has been very interesting for those who wish to delve into music history.

Next on my pile is Matriarch, the biography of the Queen Mother. This read was also sparked by a new series, The Crown, detailing the early days of Queen Elizabeth’s rule. I have always been intrigued by British royalty, probably inspired by my father, a history teacher. Most of my reading was about earlier Tudor royals, Elizabeth I and of course, the unfortunate wives of Henry VIII. This glimpse into the current royal family is fascinating.

I recently finished Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, about how women need to take more of a leadership role. I had resisted reading this one for a long time but found myself compelled to so I could partake in a discussion group with my full-time job. I found many of her theories and research very interesting and true to my experience in corporate America.

On to more hopefully pleasant reads, I, like many of you, try to take on too much which is why I found the premise of Wishful Thinking fascinating. Imagine you could time travel so you could be in two places at the same time on the same day. Well, there’s an app for that and it’s in this book. I thought this was a great look into a problem that all of us who struggle with time management issues face.

I am now starting Lilac Girls, a historical fiction novel about a socialite who helps a woman held in the notorious Concentration Camp, Ravensbruck. After seeing the Zookeeper’s wife and reading the book several years ago, I am very interested to read this novel, which has received much acclaim.

After finishing Big Little Lies, I treated myself to watching the HBO series based on the book. I actually binge watched the series in one day, all seven episodes. I couldn’t quite remember the book before watching the series but enjoyed it immensely.

So, what’s on your bookshelf? What are you reading? What types of reads do you enjoy the most?

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About This Author

Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

Happy Homicides 5: The Purr-fect Crime Blog Tour Day 10

Man, is this a cat with an attitude. So strange for this species!  Neil Plakcy is our last author on the blog tour and he is over at The Reading Addict Elf today, but first, read a little about his story in Happy Homicides 5. One more thing all you cat lovers–he writes about golden retrievers. This could get interesting!

Riding the Tiger: A Golden Retriever Mystery

Neil Plakcy writes romance and mystery, although he often varies the proportions of each. Like a lot of authors, he spends a great deal of time with his four-legged companion, so it was natural for him to pen a series featuring a golden retriever.

 

Go read more about Neil at The Reading Addict Elf

 

Happy Homicides 5: The Purr-fect Crime Blog Tour Day 9

Who could be blue when Happy Homicides 5 a terrific collection of cozy mysteries centered around cats is now on sale?  Today Linda Gordon Hengerer is visiting at This and That Book Blog. Before you click over, here is a little about her story for the anthology.

Dying for Sweet Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Short Story

 When a guard for a new exhibit at the Citrus Beach Museum of Art is found dead, will a cat thief turn out to be the killer?

 

Go to This and That Book Blog to read more about Linda Gordon Hengerer

 

Happy Homicides the Purr-fect Crime Blog Tour Day 8

 

Hang in there kitty, we are on day 8 of the Happy Homicides 5: The Purr-fect Crime. Today Joanna Campbell Slan is making an author to author visit to Jacquie Biggar’s blog. Jacquie writes romantic suspense so check her books out too!

Here is a description of Joanna’s story for the anthology.

The Catnip Caper: A Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery

The Cara Mia Delgatto series is a spin-off from Joanna’s popular Kiki Lowenstein mysteries. Cara and her friends are all animal lovers, but sometimes love can go astray.

Click Here to go to read more about Joanna Campbell Slan at Jacquie Biggar’s Blog

The Purr-fect Crime Tour Continues! Day 7

Isn’t that little guy cute?  Today Christina Freeburn is over at Musings From an Addicted Reader.

Christina’s contribution to the anthology is The Peculiar Habits of Mister Darcy.  Meet an animal therapist whose clients are more likely to sharpen their claws on a couch than lie on one. Can this relationship between a rescue cat and his owner be saved? Purrr-haps.

Go Visit With Christina at Musings From an Addicted Reader and don’t forget to comment! It enters you for a $50 Etsy Gift Card.

 

Happy Homicides The Purr-fect Crime Tour Day 6

On the blog tour for Happy Homicides 5 Terry Ambrose is visiting the blog home of Danita Minnis.

Terry’s mysteries take place in Hawaii and he takes some beautiful pictures that he posts on his website. I’ve always said Texas is a little piece of heaven but Hawaii may just have that beat!  Here is a little about Terry’s story.

The Runaway Persian: A Seaside Cover Bed & Breakfast Mystery 

The Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries are Terry’s new series set in a fictional town on the California coast. Richard Alcott and his daughter Alexandra recently inherited the hundred-year-old B&B where they’re learning how to run the business while they adjust to life in a small town—and solve the occasional murder.

 

Go to the blog Danita Minnis to read Terry’s words of wisdom and don’t forget to leave a comment to get yourself entered for a $50 Etsy card.

 

Cozy Prizes Friday- The Purr-fect Crime – Enter to Win a $50 Etsy Gift Card

Welcome to Cozy Prizes Friday!

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Happy Homicides 5 The Purr-fect Crime is on tour. and today we are

Today Loulou Harrington is guest posting at Long and Short Reviews.  Here is a little about Loulou’s contribution to Purr-fect Crime.

Dealy Purr-suasion: A Little Bit of Magic Mystery  Loulou Harrington is the author of the Myrtle Grove Garden Club mysteries, whose third book Murder on a Silver Sea, was the inspiration for this short story. When Loulou isn’t writing or gardening in her little piece of Oklahoma heaven, she and her husband are indulging their love of adventure on a small sailboat in the waters of Washington’s Salish Sea, home of the San Juan Islands featured in her new mystery series.

Click Here to Go to Long and Short Reviews

Wendy Sand Eckel is visiting Caroline Clemmons, but before you hop over there. Here is a little about Wendy’s story.

The Naming of Cats: A Rosalie Hart Mystery
The quaint little town of Cardigan on Maryland’s Eastern Shore seemed like the perfect spot for Rosalie Hart to open the Day Lily Café. A flat stretch of land between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Eastern Shore is home to crusty watermen, dug-in farmers, and people who are fiercely proud to call it home. Rosalie has enough on her plate running the restaurant. But when her Maine Coon uncovers a mystery, the cat has been let out of the bag.

Click Here to read about Wendy at Caroline Clemmon’s blog.

Leave a comment and you will be entered for the chance to win a $50 Card from Etsy! 

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