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Author Spotlight of Sara Rosett, Author of Murder at Archly Manor, a High Society Lady Detective Mystery

I’m pleased to have author Sara Rosett from Houston, Texas here to speak about her writing and new release, Murder at Archly Manor that’s on blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

My first book, Moving is Murder, was published in 2006 with Kensington Books. It was the first book in the Ellie Avery Mystery series about a military spouse who moves around the country and finds murder and mayhem wherever she goes. That series has 10 books. I branched out into indie publishing in 2013 with the On the Run series. It was a combination of travel, mystery, and sweet romance in the tradition of Mary Stewart and Elizabeth Peters. The first book in that series is called Elusive, and there are now seven books in that series. I went back to writing traditional cozies with the Murder on Location series, which features a location scout traveling around England as she searches for venues to film Jane Austen movies. I self-published the series and the first book is called Death in the English Countryside. There are now seven books in the series. Most recently, I have been working on a historical mystery, which is set in 1920s England. Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series. The first three books in the series will release between now and Spring 2019.

That’s wonderful. You have quite a varied publishing background and some interesting series.

Tell us a little bit about your books — if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

My next book is Murder at Archly Manor, the first book in the High Society Lady Detective series. It comes out today, October 15, 2018. I’ve been working on the next two books in the series, Murder at Blackburn Hall and The Egyptian Antiquities Murder, and they will be out in 2019. With the historical setting, I’ve had to do a lot of research, but I love that! I’ve learned so much about 1920s daily life, including fashion, travel, food, communications, and transportation. It’s been fascinating!

Although I write modern cozies and other mysteries, I enjoy reading historical mysteries sometimes and have always enjoyed that time period. It must be fun to write about it.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

I love writing stories that entertain and give readers an escape from the everyday. I will continue to write and publish books in the series I have going, which means plugging away everyday writing, editing, and marketing the books.

I know what you mean. People who aren’t authors don’t realize the amount of time and hard work involved.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

A reader who loves a good puzzle mystery and wants to travel to interesting places through their reading is my ideal reader.

That’s a wide audience.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Keep at it! Keep researching the market. I’d also suggest going to conferences and meeting other writers.

Good advice.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

I wasn’t sure anyone would want to read my books and I didn’t know if I could finish a book. I think those are common struggles for beginning writers. You just have to put your head down and keep pushing forward. Get the book written, that’s the first step. Then get feedback on it and see where you are.

I agree. It’s common when you start to feel unsure of yourself and your writing. It gets a little easier as you publish, but is still a challenge until you get good reviews or on some bestseller lists.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?

No, nothing formal. I do have several writer friends who live nearby and we meet up for lunch or dinner occasionally to talk about writing.

I’m sure that’s helpful.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

I like walking/hiking and baking. I also enjoy traveling to new places. I’m a museum junkie and love to explore art museums, history museums, science museums…all kinds of museums!

I have similar hobbies. I don’t bake so much, but I love to walk and visit museums when I get the opportunity.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

I love research and working out the story in my head. The toughest challenge is getting the words on the page to match the story in my head. 🙂

Interesting. I don’t have that problem. I just need the time to devote to it. I use a light-up note pad by my bed to take notes if I get ideas during the night, so I can remember them the next day.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?

Cozies are so much fun because you get an inside look at a special world. Part of the story is finding out what it’s like to run a bakery or be a bookstore owner or escort a tour group.

Yes. I think that’s a big appeal to cozy mystery readers.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your books?

If you enjoy lighthearted mysteries with strong puzzles set in interesting locations, I hope you’ll check my books out. If you like travel, start with Elusive. If you like Jane Austen or English stately homes, try Death in the English Countryside. If you enjoy historical mysteries, check out Murder at Archly Manor.

Something for every mystery lover.

Please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. and include some book cover graphics and author photos if possible.

Website: https://www.SaraRosett.com

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/SaraRosett

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sararosett/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSaraRosett/

Twitter: @SaraRosett https://twitter.com/SaraRosett

 Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/srosett/

Litsy profile name: SaraRosett (no profile links available at this time, home page: http://litsy.com/)

GoodReads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/256977.Sara_Rosett

LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/SaraRosett

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sara-Rosett/e/B001IXRPSS

Bookbub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sara-rosett

Wow, you have a lot of social media connections. Some I haven’t heard of but should look into myself. Thanks so much for the interview and best wishes on your new release. For those who would like to enter your rafflecopter, I’ve provided the link here. 

Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Series)
by Sara Rosett

About the Book



Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Series)

Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (October 15, 2018)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 0998843164
ISBN-13: 978-0998843162
Digital ASIN: B07H2P8J3H

A high-society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. He burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague.

Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike. Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor.

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Spotlight for The Spirit in question, A Lila MacLean Academic Mystery by Cynthia Kuhn

The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery)
by Cynthia Kuhn

About the Book

The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Henery Press (October 2, 2018)
Trade Paperback | 252 pages
ISBN 9781635114065, 1635114063
Digital ASIN: B07FDL54HG

English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad.

With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague…or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?

About the Author

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Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. She teaches in Denver, serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado, and blogs with Chicks on the Case. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

Author Links

Webpage: cynthiakuhn.wordpress.com

Blog: mysteristas.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthiakuhnwriter

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiakuhn

Twitter: @cynthiakuhn

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Guest Post about Fascinating Books by Melisa Marzett

Fascinating books, you might have never heard of

 Reading is probably the most wonderful activity we have ever encountered and the choice we have is impressive. There are plenty of genres and every reader can find something to his/her taste. However, as a rule, people pay much attention to the famous novels such as “Fahrenheit 451”, “The Great Gatsby”, “The Green Mile” etc. That’s why this list will include less propagated books but interesting nevertheless.

The Song of Solomon” by Tony Morrison

Macon is a seeker who wants to finally understand who he is and show what he is made of. Macon Pomer is a child from a wealthy family intended to find out more about the history of his family and his heritage. At the beginning, he just wants to find the treasure hidden by his father but then he is more intended to disclose the mystery of his family. He wants to know what kind of people the member of his family was. In the course of his adventure, he realizes that there is nothing more important and precious than his family regardless all their odds. Since Tony Morrison is a representative of an African American, besides the ideas of love, she also highlights the problems of prejudice and infringing of black people. It perfectly shows the nature of human relationships within the family and society in general. Since Tony Morrison is a Nobel Prize winner her books including this one are worth reading.

The house of mirth by Edith Wharton

She is said to be named a “Lev Tolstoy in the skirt” thanks to this novel. Her masterpiece the novel “The Age of Innocence” was awarded by the Pulitzer Prize and filmed by Martin Scorsese. The house of mirth is the place where the hearts of the fools are being kept, according to the Book of Ecclesiastes. New York at the turn of the century is most likely the house of mirth, the golden age where the young and beautiful Lily Barth, who rejects marriage proposals by means of which her family can win back their place in the society and their wealth. Is it reasonable for her to seek for the true love or it will only lead to her self-destruction?

 “Runaway” by Alice Munroe

She is a Canadian writer, the winner of the Nobel Prize in 2013, as “the master of modern short prose,” and Man Booker International Prize in 2009 for a lifetime contribution to the literature and was named a “Chekhov of our time”. This is one of the most prominent works or her life. This is a story about a woman who was trapped in a bad marriage and then she decided to run away and change her life.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers stands alongside such titans of modern American literature as William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee, as a representative of the “Southern Gothic”. The author is twice a laureate of the Guggenheim Foundation (in 1942 and 1946), the winner of the Henry Bellamann Prize for his outstanding contribution to the literature. “This is a psychological novel telling about the relationships between two deaf-mute friends. The main heroes are the following: a tomboy Mick, an alcoholic and agitator Jack, and Biff Brennom, the owner of a bar and Dr. Benedict Copeland, a black psychiatrist idealist.

The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

The author is the winner of the Booker Prize. In her world, women are numb, they can’t have property, work and love, read or write. They are considered to be blind machines created to born children and serve. This is another good representative of dystopian novels you probably never heard of.

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain

What is the meaning of a successful person that our society tries to make us believe? This is a strong optimistic and communicative person ready to continue moving forward no matter what. Susan Kane tries to convince us that introverts are no worse than extroverts and capable of dealing with complex tasks. Moreover, there are certain peculiarities of introverts’ features that even more beneficial than extroverts’ ones.

Just Kids” by Patti Smith

Patty Smith is an American rock singer and poetess, a friend and a favorite model of the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In her memoirs she perfectly and accurately described New York in the late sixties and early seventies, the atmosphere of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the Chelsea hotel, meetings with great writers and legendary musicians and perfectly combines it with the history of her growing up as one of the greatest representatives of her generation.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This novel has no racial, gender of age borders. It should be written just as a very interesting representative of a modern literature. This is an amazing love story of Hazel Grace, a sixteen-year-old girl suffering from thyroid cancer, and Augustus, a seventeen-year-old boy, she meets at the support group meetings. Hazel gives Augustus the book “The Royal Illness” by Peter Van Houten. Having finished reading it, Augustus is upset since he considers the novel not to be finished. He sends a letter to the writer. Van Hooten responds that he can tell about the end of the story only face to face. Hazel Grace, her mother, and Augustus go to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten. However, this man appeared to be a drunkard who wants to ruin their fantasies about this book but it didn’t stop them from spending a wonderful vacation in Amsterdam.

The State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Brave and risky girl Marina Singh is looking for a miracle, and her intuition tells her that it is within the jungles of the Amazon. She will succeed but her adventures will show her different shades of truth.

The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James

Henry James is an acknowledged classic of American literature, and ” The Portrait of a Lady” is one of James’s best novels. This novel is about the price we pay for the mistakes and misfortunes. The main character Isabel being a fortuneless young girl in Europe, denies quite worthy contenders for the hand, and having received a fortune, falls in love with rogue Osmond. He marries her only to ensure the decent life of his illegitimate daughter of Pansy, born by a courtesan. Illusions crumble, there is no hope of happiness, but brave Isabel overrides all the misfortunes that have fallen on her shoulders.

The feminine mystique by Betty Friedan

This book is about the time when women were considered only a part of the family rather than a full-fledged member of society. They were obliged to follow strict rules and be nothing like a trophy for a man. “The feminine mystique” must be read by every woman. It is a manifestation of women’s laborious movement as a part of the world culture. In this book, Friedan analyzed a similar social process that took place in postwar America. By means of her analysis, she manages to name the main reasons that triggered this process. With impressive passion, Friedan accuses everyone including sociologists and psychologists, professors and politicians that always try to convince that the role of a woman is a family keeper. She states that attitude deprives women of the opportunity to show their talents and skills and be whatever they want to be. Since instead, they are nothing more but housewives. Despite the fact that this book caused a lot of debates and critics, it became a bestseller almost at once.

Lyric Contingencies” by Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens

She was brave, she was young,  her poetry was interesting compared with one of the man-authors of her time who was boring to read. Unfortunately, she became renowned postmortally.  The first collection of her poems was published in 1890, and without corrections and editing in the fifties of the twentieth century. Emily Dickinson is considered one of the most important figures in the world of poetry thanks to her contribution to the American poetry and worldwide. Moreover, she is one of the most read American authors even today.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The author has written this book for fifteen years. The book has a very twisted storyline and includes the filming of “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor in a small Italian town and the television shows of modern America. The lives of the main heroes are weirdly intertwined and continue developing from the 1960s to our days. Everyone has his own role, which they perform brilliantly. The lovers, husbands and wives, dreamers and cynics, stars and losers. stolen love, broken and cured hearts and amiable characters.

Obviously, most of the very popular books were dismissed and there is a strong reason for doing that. You’ve already heard so much about them. It definitely won’t be interesting to read about them again trying to recall the characters and the storylines you’ve already heard about so much. These books are far less famous but they are very interesting and peculiar nevertheless since most of them are based on a personal experience of each author and it will be easy to find wisdom we are all seeking for on the pages of these ones.

About the author: The author of this essay and a great book lover is Melisa Marzett. She did her best to share with you her reading experience and interesting books. By means of her knowledge, experience and writing skills she writes a custom essay. Currently, she works as a freelance writer on http://livecustomwriting.com. If you need help with your writing assignment, she is available online 24/7.

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Spotlight for Glitter Bomb, a Scrapbooking Mystery, by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

About the Book


Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
15th in Series
Berkley (October 2, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0451489543
ISBN-13: 978-0451489548
Digital ASIN: B078VVDSQT

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder….and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

About The Authors

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Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

Webpage – http://www.laurachilds.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

Terrie’s Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terrie.moran.9

Blog: www.womenofmystery.net

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23186092-terrie-moran

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Reason to Die on Kindle Countdown October 9 to 11

From October 9 to 11, my standalone mystery, Reason to Die, will be part of a Kindle countdown and be available for only 99 cents.

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Someone is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut. Detective Courtney Lang and her ex-partner and ex-lover, wheelchair-bound Bill Thompson, are paired up again and put in charge of the investigation. During the course of their search, Courtney uncovers information that points toward a connection between the murders and an unsolved series of muggings by a masked man, the same man who shot and disabled Bill a year ago on the night he proposed marriage to her.

Complicating matters for Courtney is her guilt about Thompson’s shooting, her affair with her new partner, Mark Farrell, and her unresolved feelings over the deaths of her mother and sister who perished in a fire while she was away from home.

As the deaths accrue and the “Handicapped Strangler” as the killer is coined by the press continues to rampage the town adding victims of different ages, sex, and disabilities to the murder count, Courtney discovers a clue that could crack open the case but may put her and Bill’s life in jeopardy.

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Spotlight for A Very Merry Murder, a Professor Prather Mystery, by Mary Angela

A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
by Mary Angela

About the Book


A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Camel Press (October 1, 2018)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816550
ISBN-13: 978-1603816557
Digital ASIN: B07G2VLLCV

It’s December in Copper Bluff, and from hillside to hallowed hall, everyone is merry—or will be as soon as semester break arrives. Students are studying, professors are grading, and Emmeline Prather is anticipating the university-sponsored holiday concert. Friend and colleague Lenny Jenkins will be accompanying the visiting quartet, Jazz Underground, and Em can’t think of a better way to kick-start the holiday season.

But before she can say “Jingle Bell Rock,” trouble arrives at Candlelight Inn, the bed and breakfast where the quartet is staying. One of the band members dies unexpectedly, and suspicion falls on Em, whose altercation with the man ends with him on the floor. He never recovers, and now she’s worried her reputation might not either. When Emmeline starts to see parallels between an Agatha Christie novel she’s teaching and the victim, Lenny claims she’s read one too many mysteries.

As the clues unravel, so does the murderer’s patience. Em is close to finding the truth, but will the truth—or the murderer—push her over the edge? It will take a Christmas miracle to solve this case, but if there’s one thing in surplus this time of year, it’s faith.

About the Author

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Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather academic mystery series, which has been called “enjoyable” and “clever” by Publishers Weekly. She is also an educator and has taught English and humanities at South Dakota’s public and private universities for over ten years. When Mary isn’t writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for The Perfect Body, A Professor Molly Mystery by Frankie Bow

This post was contributed by author Frankie Bow. Her cozy mystery, The Perfect Body, is currently on tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Book Cover Design and the Danger of Assuming

When I sent out The Perfect Body to my beta readers, I expected feedback and maybe even a little pushback. Professor Molly has just had a baby, and the story contains some graphic elements of postpartum life.

To my relief, no one was offended by descriptions of soggy breast pads or diaper explosions. But one reader had a strong opinion about the cover:

She hated the rat.

Uh-oh. Was this going to be a problem? Maybe the rat didn’t look enough like a lab rat because it was more brownish-gray than white. (A truly white rat would have disappeared against the white clipboard.)

I went to one of the Facebook groups I belong to, Save our Cozies, for advice. Save our Cozies is a community of passionate, outspoken cozy mystery enthusiasts.

Dear cozy-savers, I pleaded, I need your help! I got feedback from one beta reader that the creature on the cover was too vermin-y and gross. Does the redesign (with the standing rodent) fix it?

I expected to get some straightforward feedback from my fellow cozy-savers, and I was not disappointed.

The original rat was not popular. Readers thought it was “creepy,” and some even shared that they had a phobia of rats.

Maybe a cuter rodent would be better—a wee mouse, perhaps?

The little standing mouse had a few positive comments, and was definitely seen as cuter than the rat.

But overall, the rodents didn’t get a lot of love. Quite a few people said they wouldn’t even pick up a book with a rodent on the cover.

My beta reader, it turns out, was on to something.

Well then, how about a cover with no critters? This is nice, right?

Sure, but there was another problem now. Without a critter to draw the eye, the cover was too plain.

What design element would fit the composition of the book cover, and make people think of laboratory research? I asked my husband (who is an actual scientist) for ideas. He suggested I fill the space with a syringe and needle.

I thought that might be a bit much for a cozy, but I decided to give it a try.

We were down to hibiscus-only versus hibiscus and needle.

With only two cover designs to choose from, I enlisted the (free!) site, helpmechooseacover.com and invited the Save our Cozies members to vote.

The winner was hibiscus and needle, which got over 70% of the votes.

So what did I learn?

1) Don’t assume everyone shares your taste.

2) A lot of cozy readers really, really dislike mice and rats (which might by why they love cats so much).

3) “The Hibiscus and Needle” would be an intriguing name for a pub.

About the Book


The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Hawaiian Heritage Press
Release Date – September 30, 2018
Print Length: 203 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GVRPNLY

When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University’s exclusive donor dinner, she doesn’t expect to have to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it’s one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop dead…it’s quite another when he takes you up on it.

About the Author

Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

Author Links

Twitter https://twitter.com/Frankie_Bow

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7809288.Frankie_Bow

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/frankie_bow/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/frankie.bow.1

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankiebow/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/frankie_bow/

Tumblr http://frankiebow.tumblr.com/

RSS Feed https://frankiebow.com/feed/

Purchase Links

Purchase link books2read.com/PerfectBody

Links to all platforms will be there.

Amazon

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

October 1 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

October 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

October 3 – Jane Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 4 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

October 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

October 6 – Babs Book Bistro – RECIPE POST

October 7 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 8 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 9 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 9 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW

October 10 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

October 11 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good BookREVIEW

October 12 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

October 13 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 13 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

October 14 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

Here’s the link to the Rafflecopter for the blog tour’s giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/317ab7c621/