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Hello Reader! We Have Strange Powers! How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? How Do You Doodle? How Do You Hug a Porcupine? How Does Your Salad Grow? How Full is Your Bucket? How Have I Grown? How Much Is a Million? Wigglebottom: Howard B. Is Your Mama a Llama? It's Snowing! But can she weave together the clues? But on arriving at Dunham Manor, they discover the household in turmoil as the ceremonial dagger used in Montcalm family christenings A Patchwork of Clues Queen Bees Quilt Mystery Series 1 Po Paltrow, writer, quilter, and nurturer of the Queen Bees quilting group, is on her morning jogging through the streets of Crestwood, KS, a small university town, when a cat's meow draws her to the back door of one of Elderberry Road's quaint stores, Selma Parker's quilt shop.
There she finds But someone involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive, and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very pregnant Pecan Answers in the Attic Inn at Holiday Bay 4 After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past Though many of the villagers regretfully decline their invitations to Emma Harris's annual Christmas bash, Lori Shepherd has no intention of missing it.
When the winter weather takes a turn for the worse, it's Between conjuring up new spice Whitney Bloom, the inn's new manager, can't believe her good luck. Between her scrumptious cherry scones and the painter's As an amateur sleuth, she's finding catching criminals a lot more dangerous than catching typos. Nestled in the picturesque Catskills, the village of Lenape Hollow prepares to celebrate the Digging Up History Museum Mystery Series 8 When a summer intern at the Preservation Society discovers an aged document hidden in the binding of an antique book, Society president Nell Pratt is intrigued by the possibilities: is it a valuable historic document or just a useless scrap of paper?
Down in Flames Webb's Glass Shop Mystery 6 A highlight of Savannah's new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students' safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian Duplex Double Trouble Flamingo Realty Mystery 4 Stella's newest client, Charlie Booker, wants to sell his half of a duplex but before he can sign the listing papers, he's murdered. Even stranger, there are only one set of footprints leaving the house, with none showing up as entering the home.
The police mark it as a robbery gone But when a killer strikes, she'll need a rabbit to rescue her. When decorator Meg Barrett travels to a remote mansion to help select period pieces for a new s-style television mystery series, Murder at Royale Court Down by the Bay 2 Harbor Village is a vivacious retirement paradise known for its beachy locale and active senior scene. But ever since murder moved in, the idyllic coastal community is becoming a little less lively.
With the first annual antique car show cruising into the tranquil bayside oasis of But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for …. Ninth Grave Writers Retreat Southern Seashore 9 When Jack receives a disturbing email from a man claiming to have killed eight people, he sets off on a road trip with Jill and Kizzy in search of the answers he will need to stop this madman before he is able to kill victim number nine.
But sniffing out clues leads to something even more merciless…a dead body! He has no idea. Trouble comes his way in spades, featuring a coyote…burglaries.. I liked getting to read the writings of new-to-me authors, it helped me get an idea of their writing style, which I found enjoyable.
All of the stories flowed smoothly and they were all easy reads. I thought that all of the characters in the four novella were well rounded and well developed. And I especially liked the relationships between the humans and the dogs, it was heartwarming. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy, especially a dog cozy. I laughed and I got teary-eyed The Rainbow Bridge and everything in-between.
This is a must read book for dog lovers. She blogs at Pens, Paws, and Claws. She married a naval officer and off they sailed to see the world. After nineteen moves, they, along with their two rescue dogs Tiller and Scout, have settled into a cozy cottage by the sea. When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
Heather: I have always loved to write. I started out with short stories and poems. Jayne: I had a dream. In my dream the words appeared on a page rolled onto the spool of a typewriter this was a few years ago! I woke up wanting to be a writer! The morning after the dream I enrolled in a fiction writing workshop. The rest, as they say, is history. Rosemary: My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Writing stories was fun, and my hand penned words to paper with enthusiasm. The Odyssey encapsulates all you need to know as a human, I think.
I jump from raw impressions to imagined scenarios easily. Those proclivities served me professionally as a government data and policy analyst and have driven my imagination my whole life. Teresa: I knew I loved to write during my youth when I stated writing poetry. Later, as an adult I started writing mysteries. With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd? Heather : To Fetch a Thief is a collection of four dog-themed novellas. It gives the reader four different cozy authors. All have dog sidekicks who are often the heroes of the story.
And the variety of authors and styles gives the reader a good selection of mysteries. I write really tight and things happen at a very fast pace. Also, my main characters are reluctant sleuths. With no experience, they can get themselves into some crazy situations. Most of my work is in the short story format. To Fetch a Thief stands out from the crowd of other cozies because it offers a fresh group of dog-specific mystery stories in one volume, giving readers a variety of plots. Teresa: Great titles, characters, and plot!
To Fetch a Thief is about four fun tails of theft and murder. This involves mysteries and animals and many of my readers love both! Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you? Heather: I start out as a plotter who outlines and color-codes everything. Then I start writing, and I go where the characters and story take me.
Jayne: I try to work from a detailed plot, but the characters often have their own ideas of where the story is going. They obviously know more than I do! Rosemary: I do start with a very general outline of a beginning, middle, and end, but I let the story unfold organically as I write longhand. I outlined one story in great detail a while back, and at first that felt satisfying. When I went to put in the time writing the extended content, I no longer had the heart for it.
Teresa: I do both. I create an outline and then begin writing. Sometimes characters take their own path as I am writing, and I just go with it. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews? Heather: I do read them. I respond to comments and compliments on my social media sites. I value the reviews and opinions. And I always try to learn something from the feedback.
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Jayne: I read the reviews, of course. I do not respond. Not ever. Although I want to! You really like me! Rosemary: I do ask friends to submit a review on popular review sites, and I encourage readers to write reviews for authors and to comment on author posts. I do read some reviews to get a sense of what some readers think about the story. Teresa: I do read reviews. The reviewer did not like reading short stories. But I never responded since I was told that it could only result in back and forth responses between the author and reviewer.
Heather: Turn off the TV and start writing. Life, college, grad school, and work took up a lot of my young adult life. If I had to do it over again, I would have started my serious writing in my twenties. There are only so many grains of sand that fall through that hourglass of life.
Rosemary: Get involved with a writing community early. Join a few writer groups across several years to get a sense of what resonates, what is useful, and where you feel at home. Teresa: Keep writing to develop your craft. And be patient regarding publication. It will happen, but it takes time. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book s? Who designs your book covers? Heather: I think the cover is very important. It draws the reader into the story. My publishers have always had staff to design the covers.
I was fortunate to have a voice in the final selection. Jayne: Who designs your book covers? I like a cozy mystery so I rarely pick up something with a dark sinister cover unless someone recommends it. My covers are designed by San Coils at www. A few covers were uninspired, and one was down right weird. The publisher did. Now, with To Fetch a Thief, the four authors worked with Bay Breeze Publishing to select cover art, and it was a collaborative process. Teresa: The cover is very important.
Most book buyers will look at the front and back covers and the first page of the book. Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special? Her dog sidekick is a Jack Russell Terrier named Darby. When Amy and Darby find some strange things left in the house by the previous owner, her imagination springs to life. Then she talks to the gossipy neighbors next door, and their twist on the previous neighbors makes her want to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Some odd things and strange conversations give Amy the idea that something nefarious occurred in her dream home. Jayne: My characters are always ordinary women who get thrust into extraordinary situations when they stumble across dead bodies. Even though they do not want to get involved, they always rise to the occasion and, despite the messiness involved in chasing murderers, do their part to make sure justice prevails.
Readers love the dogs and their interactions with the main characters. Adam Moreland in the story is a young man burned by life. Along the way he begins to realize life is a journey and that his difficulties pale in comparison to those of others. The character Mary Beth Collingsworth, daughter of prim-and-proper doyenne Judith Collingsworth, has possibilities, and I may feature her in another dog story.
Elmont Fisher and his wife Shirley are a quirky old couple. What do you think of these characters? They own their own business, so they can get out and solve crimes and not be tied to a desk. Heather: I learned that being an author is not just writing books. As a writer, you need to learn to balance your time to be successful in all areas of the business. There are some situations you have no control over. Might as well laugh. Once you send your story to editors, publishers, etc.
Teresa: That I have to create the story, find a publisher, and market the book. Heather: I write in every spare moment I have. I work full-time as an IT manager, so I get up early, write at lunch, and write in the evenings. I try to write every day, but life gets in the way sometimes. Jayne: I do have another career as a real estate agent. Teresa: I write every day in my car during lunch since I work a full-time job. I write in hot and cold weather to finish my stories. Being creative with my time is important to balance work and a writing career.
I also have a non-fiction piece coming out next year in PromoPhobia. And the third in my Delanie Fitzgerald series is coming out next year. After that is the much anticipated third Blonds at the Beach book, Blond Luck. Rosemary: Completing another novella, making serious progress on a novel, and publishing at least one short story in Teresa: The second book in the Mutt Mysteries series.
Heather: I think the writing is the easiest part. I love to plot and organize the story. For me the hundreds of rounds of editing, proofreading, and book marketing are harder. But all of it makes a good, successful book, so writers need to balance their time.
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Jayne: Hardest is editing. The easiest part is coming up with story ideas. Rosemary: The hardest part of writing is carving out uninterrupted time to write, write, write, and to have the leisure to not have to perform all those acts of daily living like cook, clean, and eat. Once on a roll, I can stay in the zone for hours and hours. Getting ideas is the easiest for me. I also take note of odd and wonderful happenings all the time. Coming up with a title is always the easiest for me.
I have so many favorite authors. Parker, and Steve Berry. Rosemary: You know, I really do like all types of mysteries—from cozy to edgy. I listen while doing household chores, cooking, and downsizing the proliferating stuff in my attic and closets! I like adventure novels and short stories, also. Heather: I am 80s girl at heart who loves popular culture.
You will always see pop culture references in my novels and stories. I love reading and writing. Exposure to individuals with varied backgrounds and goals in life have helped me create believable, relatable characters that I hope you enjoy reading about. Love those 26 letters! Teresa: That I love to create stories that reads can relate too. I also do a lot of research to make sure they are factual. Heather: I appreciate all of my readers, and I love to hear what they think about my stories and novels. Stop by my social media sites.
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I love to chat. Thank you! Rosemary: Support your local writers. Get involved with local writers on the Internet and in person. We mystery writers sponsor really interesting speakers for our monthly -ish meetings: embalmers, police officers, FBI agents, search and rescue personal and canines, crime scene cleanup professionals, and more. Many of these speaker meetings are open to the public, and the content is eye-opening and entertaining—if this is your kind of thing. Teresa: I am very appreciative of my readers who often tell me they love my work. As an author, that is the best feeling in the world.
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Who knew? The model-quality Russian immigrant, back in East Aurora to rekindle their romance, will be working as a hairstylist at the barber shop next door to Well Played, the toyshop Liz manages for her dad. The whole town is abuzz with the scandal and Liz has a few questions of her own, wanting nothing more than to forget the loud argument she overheard between Marya and Ken the night before. There could have been other motives… Was Marya going to cut into a competing hairstylist business? Killing Santa is not. Unfortunately, Santa pulled up in his sleigh, DOA. Rumor has it the deceased was a mean drunk with a soft spot for feral cats.
volunteerparks.org/wp-content/mysucysu/2848.php Stan has no idea why he was dressed as St. Meanwhile, Seamus, a jolly Irishman who comes to America every December to visit his pub-owner nephew, is nowhere to be found. Could he just be off on a Boston bar crawl? Or is something more sinister under the tree? Or murder might be the only thing under the mistletoe this holiday. A man dies during a dinner party Zak and Zoe are attending, Alex has a famous friend staying with her, a suspicious federal agent shows up creating more questions than answers, and what should be a fairly cut and dried murder investigation turns into a complicated mess which makes it difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Steve Huntington had a way of offering jobs that were too good to be true. Mark Huntington made offers too good to turn down. Sedona had a habit of being caught in the middle; somewhere in the proximity of bad guys with guns and family members she was trying to avoid. Good thing the latest case involved a hospital. Then again, not all hospital personnel were interested in the lasting health of the patients…or that of their co-workers.
Book one is: Executive Lunch. Book two is: Executive Retention. Feline deadly this Christmas. Lara Caphart, who runs the High Cliff Shelter for Cats with her Aunt Fran, is waiting for the green light for a brand-new category: pet-friendly cookies. As Lara begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse, not even her significant other may be able to stop a perfectly clawful killer from getting away with the purr-fect crime. A perfect cozy mystery. Reilly cooks up a perfect recipe of murder and mayhem in this charming cozy.
Everything a good cozy should be! While Kay attends a Christmas tea at Hawthorne Hills Retirement Home, a beloved caretaker dies from an allergic reaction to peanuts. Kay uncovers sinister plots of fraud, revenge, and corruption at the Home. During this season of peace on earth, good will to men, additional murders occur. Despite multiple attempts on her life, and with the support once again of her best friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, Kay continues her quest for bringing justice for the victims.
Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 16th, I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading. A photo shoot in a graveyard ends in a grave shooting. But she is surprised when a new ghost appears, decked out in s couture. Then a model runs toward her, saying the grumpy photographer has been edited out of the picture — for good.
Sarah knew starting over would be messy. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!
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