I first heard about this book through a library webinar I attended. As a fan of time-travel books, I found the premise interesting, a story about a woman whose mother died when she was young but who was able to go back in time to see her again. Although I didn’t lose my mother as a child, I know the feeling of wanting to spend more time with a loved one you’ve lost. Faye discovers that there are negatives as well as positives for doing this when she comes across an old box that had originally contained a Christmas gift for her. This box serves as a time machine that can send her back to the year prior to her mother’s death. While the trip back is bumpy, and Faye is bruised and battered from it, she is eager to befriend her mother who is younger than she is at the time. She also meets her young self which is an anomaly in this type of fiction. While Faye is reluctant to share her experience with anyone, including her husband who is about to enter the clergy, she confides in a blind co-worker. As she investigates the past through her time-travel trips and also through information she gathers in the present, she learns some amazing facts about her mother. The end is a twist that will surprise you but that makes sense of the plot. While this is a time-travel mystery, it’s also a story about faith and family. I read the advanced reader’s copy. The book releases in late January, and I highly recommend it.
A Bit of Literary Library Love
Several of the characters in the Penny Brannigan mystery series are great readers. Amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan loves to curl up with a good mystery. Police procedures are good, but nothing too violent. In Slated for Death, when she couldn’t sleep, the local librarian offered her a nice, boring history of farming practices in the former USSR.
Mrs. Lloyd, a retired postmistress, loves The Lady magazine, and subscribes to it so she won’t miss an issue. And although she occasionally dips into Country Life, she doesn’t read books. Her lodger, Florence Semble, however, is an avid reader, but she chooses not to buy them, preferring to be a regular patron of the Llanelen public library.
Another patron of the local library is Bronwyn Evans, the rector’s wife. She likes Regency romances, and if the story includes a handsome young earl with a smart carriage, so much the better.
But beyond the local public library, two private libraries feature prominently in the Penny Brannigan mystery series. Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By (2013) is set in the beautiful tranquillity of Gladstone’s Library, in Hawarth, North Wales. Founded by four-time British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone in 1894, the library is the only prime ministerial library in Britain. It’s also a residential library, which means visitors can book a room and stay overnight, and it hosts conferences, which was the perfect reason for a group of my characters to gather.
She opened the door and stood aside to allow the others to enter the library. Three walls were lined with dark, built-in shelving filled with books, and the fourth wall, facing the door, was painted a soft, sophisticated shade of sage green with a hint of grey. It featured a fireplace with an ornately carved mantelpiece and surround situated between two large windows overlooking green fields dotted with grazing sheep.
Comfortable-looking chairs and a sofa upholstered in a muted grey-coloured fabric positioned on a worn, patterned burgundy carpet invited visitors to sit and thumb through the selection of magazines on a coffee table or choose a book.
“Those are the original shelves,” Gwennie pointed out. “They were fitted when the house was built.”
One unit of floor-to- ceiling shelves was filled with old books with leather binding in brown, navy blue, and red, their titles printed in gold on the spines, but most of the books were newer—colourful hardbacks and paperbacks. The books looked read and the room looked formal and felt cozy at the same time, with just the right hint of old-book smell.
“What a beautiful room,” exclaimed Penny.
“It is that,” said Gwennie, “except when it’s time for spring cleaning and every book has to be taken down and dusted.”
Although a library, public or private, doesn’t figure in On Deadly Tides, the most recent title in the Penny Brannigan series, the reading theme is woven throughout the series and probably plays as much a role in my characters’ lives as it does in yours!
On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
by Elizabeth J. Duncan
About On Deadly Tides
On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
11th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (November 10, 2020)
Kindle ASIN: B084V85BT8
With a picturesque black and white lighthouse, pebble beaches and stunning views of sea and mountains, the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales is the perfect place for an idyllic mid-summer painting holiday.
And watercolour artist, businesswoman, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is enjoying the retreat enormously – until she discovers the body of a New Zealand journalist on a secluded beach just as the tide is going out, threatening to take the body with it.
The post mortem reveals the victim died from injuries “consistent with a fall from a great height,” and the death is ruled accidental. But Penny thinks there’s more to the story. Curious how the victim came to such an untimely end at this most inhospitable spot, she uncovers a link to a mysterious disappearance several years earlier.
And as her holiday romance with a wildlife photographer turns to love, she learns some truths about herself, too, that surprise her.
As the winds of change blow through Penny’s own life, she sets sail on a friendly tide for a future she never dreamed possible, in a beautiful place she never imagined.
About Elizabeth J. Duncan
A two-time winner of the Bloody Words (Bony Blithe) Award for Canada’s best light mystery, Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of two series: the Penny Brannigan mysteries set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills featuring costume designer Charlotte Fairfax. A former journalist, public relations practioner, and college professor, Elizabeth is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers. She divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Llandudno, North Wales.
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November 27 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
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November 29 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 29 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
November 30 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT
November 30 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
December 1 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST
December 1 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
December 2 – Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT
December 3 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
December 3 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
December 3 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST
December 4 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 5 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 6 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 6 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
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It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already here, and a new year is on its way. I know most of us are hoping 2021 is better than 2020. I certainly am. While we look forward to better days, we can make the most of the holidays by keeping our hopes and spirits high. One good way to do this is to relax with holiday reads. For the whole month of December, starting December 1, four of my holiday stories and books will cost less than a dollar. You can get all 4 eBooks for less than $5. Check out these stocking stuffers for yourself or someone on your gift list.
Here’s a peek inside each stocking.
Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery
Purchase Link: mybook.to/sneakyxmas
My award-winning Christmas story featuring the characters from my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery, won the 2019 MUSE Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association. Who killed the pet store owner? Can Sneaky, the Siamese, help Alicia solve this mystery before Christmas Day?
Celebrating Christmas with My Characters
Purchase Link: mybook.to/XmasCharacters
Celebrating Christmas with My Characters introduces the characters from my Cobble Cove series. As the characters gather in the library of the Cobble Inn, each one has a gift for their author, and I have a gift for each of them.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Purchase Link: mybook.to/CobbleCove2
This 2nd book of the series takes place in Cobble Cove and also New York City during the holidays.
The Missing Mistletoe
Purchase Link: mybook.to/missingmistletoe
While not a part of the Cobble Cove series, this is a holiday time-travel mystery with a touch of romance taking place in San Francisco during the time of the Great Earthquake.
As you stuff your stockings with this great deal, keep your eye out for my new release, my first non-fiction book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats publishing in early December and on blog tour from December 9 to December 23 with a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway. Information will be posted on this blog and on my social media channels.
This has been a tough year and one that’s hard to find things to be thankful for, but if you reflect on the people in your life, I’m sure you’ll find many. I’m thankful for my husband, daughter, and cats, my relatives, friends, and co-workers at the library, my church, neighbors, and community, my readers, social media followers, my publishers, and fellow authors, my doctors, dentist, and veterinarian. The authors whose books I enjoy reading, the actors whose shows I like watching, the sunrise and sunset, nature, God, and all the animals and wildlife that inhabit the Earth.
While I’m thankful for the things I have and the people I know, I’m also thankful for the things I had and the people I knew. I’m thankful for my parents who are gone but who loved, raised, and taught me how to treat and care for others and for all the pets I lost through the years who brought me so much joy while they were part of my life. I’m thankful for a friend I lost from COVID this year who inspired me by her faith.
Thanksgiving isn’t about Pilgrims and Indians dining together or stuffing yourself on turkey and sides. It’s about giving thanks for those people and things you take for granted every day or don’t realize the value of. It’s also about being the person others are thankful for knowing and doing the things that people are thankful you do.
To Fetch a Villain – Four Fun “Tails” of Scandal and Murder A Mutt Mystery
by Jayne Ormerod, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, & Heather Weidner
About To Fetch A Villain
To Fetch a Villain – Four Fun “Tails” of Scandal and Murder A Mutt Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Bay Breeze Books
Paperback: 244 pages
Old dogs and new tricks abound in TO FETCH A VILLAIN, the third installment in the Mutt Mysteries series. This collection of four novellas illustrates why dogs are our best friends and the perfect companions for digging up clues, solving crimes, and bringing villains to justice. Let sleeping dogs lie? Not when the MUTTS are on the case.
About the Authors
Heather Weidner writes the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series (Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband). Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and Deadly Southern Charm. Her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series (To Fetch a Thief, To Fetch a Scoundrel, and To Fetch a Villain). Her new cozy series, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, launches October 2021.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Through the years, she has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.
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Maria Hudgins is a mystery writer and a former high school science teacher. She is the author of the Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries, the Lacy Glass Archaeology Mysteries and several published short stories. Her favorite things are traveling, reading, dogs, and cats. She lives in Hampton, Virginia with her cat, Lulu.
Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio town and attended a small-town Ohio college. Upon earning her accountancy degree, she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor). 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, settled in a cottage by the Chesapeake Bay. Jayne writes cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings. You can read more about Jayne and her many publications at www.JayneOrmerod.com.
Teresa Inge grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hotrods. She is president of Sisters in Crime Mystery by the Sea Chapter and author of short mysteries in Virginia is for Mysteries, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea, and Murder by the Glass.
She resides in Southeastern Virginia with her husband and two dogs, Luke and Lena.
Purchase Links – Amazon
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November 18 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
November 18 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews -SPOTLIGHT
November 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST
November 19 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 20 – Books to the Ceiling – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
November 22 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – GUEST POST
November 23 – My Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 23 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
November 23 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
November 24 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST
November 24 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
November 24 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
November 25 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
November 25 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
November 25 – Reading Authors Network – REVIEW
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What are the benefits of online digital marketing classes?
Over a decade or two, the Internet has touched almost all aspects of our life. It has also changed our buying habits. Businesses have also realized this change and are responding to development very positively. They have extensively started using digital platforms to sell their products. With so much development in the field, digital marketing has also emerged as a wonderful career option for the new generation. Many educational and training institutes have started offering digital marketing courses in multiple fields.
Online Digital Marketing Courses
Apart from traditional classes, many institutes have also started conducting these classes through online platforms like online SEO training classes, web content, brand management, mobile marketing classes, and so on. These classes offer many advantages over the traditional classes. Let us look at some of the benefits of online classes.
What are the Benefits of Online Digital Marketing Classes?
One of the major benefits of digital classes is that they are more affordable than traditional programs. Many of the online classes charge less tuition fee. Moreover, even if they charge a similar tuition fee, you do not have to pay for the commutation charges. Besides, the course material is also available online so you do not need to pay for textbooks or course packages. Moreover, the new trend of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) offers many digital marketing classes for free.
Flexibility of Time
This is a big plus for online digital marketing classes. You can attend online classes at your preferred time. This allows you to study without disturbing your work schedule. As the course is available online, you also don’t need to spend your time visiting libraries. So, the flexibility of time allows you to balance your work and study schedules and also gives you enough time to fulfill your family commitments.
Better Career Prospects
As you can study while working, online classes allow you to upgrade your knowledge and qualification without losing your work experience. This allows you to grow in the organization you are already working with. Besides, it opens up many new career opportunities for you in other organizations. Completing a digital marketing course online also shows your eagerness to learn new subjects and leaves a good impression on prospective employers.
Improve your Computer Operating Skills
This is an indirect advantage of learning through online classes. Even attending online SEO classes allows students to learn basic and advanced computer skills. While you navigate through various learning methods, you become more proficient in operating computers and associated programs, applications, and packages.
Many students hesitate to participate in traditional classes. With the online classes, they easily open up and take part in the discussions. Online classes also help in improving concentration as there is no disturbance during the classes as in the traditional classes.
So, overall online digital marketing classes offer you many benefits over the traditional classes. They are more affordable compared to traditional courses. Besides, they also allow you to study while working. So, if you get a chance to attend online SEO classes, do not miss the opportunity as these classes can be very helpful in enhancing your career prospects.
Crime in Cornwall (British Book tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin
About Crime in Cornwall
Crime in Cornwall (British Book Tour Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (October 13, 2020)
Paperback: 228 pages
Patrick and Rita Stonning, Claire’s neighbors in Ashton-on-Tinch, dash down from London on weekends to host loud parties. They work in a publishing house and use their Ashton semi-detached home as a break from big city stress. Patrick arrives at Claire’s door distraught, reporting one of his partygoers, Olive Nott a best-selling author, dead. Claire discovers that not only is he dead, he’s been murdered. Patrick is suspected of the murder and has enough motive to satisfy the police. Nott wrote mysteries set in Cornwall and had planned to take his lucrative contracts to a competing company. His latest book dealt with smuggling in the caves of Cornwall. The police, including DI Mark Evans from the newly formed Major investigations Team wonder if he learned too much from his research. Claire takes her six tourists, most from America, to the Cornwall coast in search of sites of mystery novels and hears the opinions of the Cornish people on smuggling. She asks Patrick to meet her in Penzance to give a guest lecture on the smuggling in Oliver Nott’s novels. Claire finds Patrick self-aggrandizing and arrogant but doesn’t agree he would murder and sets out to find the one responsible.
Claire Barclay is enthusiastic about her British Mystery Book Tour business. She enjoys taking her guests, usually from America, to the settings of mystery novels where bodies are long dead. Her neighbor’s plea for help to deal with a recently murdered well-known author unsettles her. She leaves the body to the police and takes her guests to Cornwall, including a British tourist who far is too interested in the dead author.
About Emma Dakin
Emma Dakin lives in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. She has over twenty-five trade published books of mystery and adventure for teens and middle-grade children and non-fiction for teens and adults. Her love of the British countryside and villages and her addiction to cozy mysteries now keep her writing about characters who live and work in those villages. She introduces readers to the problems that disturb that idyllic setting.
November 9 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 9 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – GUEST POST
November 10 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 10 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
November 11 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
November 11 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 12 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 13 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
November 14 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
November 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 16 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
November 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
November 17 – Mysteries with Character -AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 17 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 18 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
November 19 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
November 19 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
November 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
November 21 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
November 22 – I Read What You Write– CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 22 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW
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The Madness of Mercury (Zodiac Mystery)
by Connie Di Marco
About The Madness of Mercury
The Madness of Mercury (Zodiac Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Suspense Publishing (October 8, 2020)
Paperback: 268 pages
Digital ASIN: B08K3JT8P1
San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice. But when a disastrous Mercury retrograde period hits, her life and practice is turned upside down, along with that of many of her colleagues who practice in the city. San Francisco has fallen under the spell of the Prophet’s Tabernacle, a religious cult that has descended upon the city. Reverend Roy, a Mercury-ruled, silver-tongued preacher offers a message of love and charity to the less fortunate, but Julia soon learns that the Reverend’s charity doesn’t extend to anyone who stands in his way. The Reverend is waging war on sin as he perceives it, targeting psychics, Wiccans, mediums, astrologers, gays, and anyone else he considers an abomination unto the Lord.
Driven from her apartment, Julia seeks shelter with her client and friend, Dorothy. Dorothy has separated from her spouse and is caring for her two elderly aunts at their home on Telegraph Hill. Dorothy’s aunt, Evandra, appears stricken with dementia and her other aunt, Eunice, has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. When Eunice disappears, Julia’s sure that she is headed for Prophet’s Paradise, a supposedly idyllic community north of the city. Julia fears that Eunice is being misled and will be in danger. She determines to rescue Eunice and take on the Army of the Prophet.
Julia learns once more what she already knew –that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.
About Connie di Marco
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury, the first book in the series will be re-released in October 2020.
Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the national bestselling Soup Lover’s Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.
Social media links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zodiacmysteries/ (Connie di Marco Author)
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November 12 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 13 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
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November 15 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT
November 16 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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November has been summerlike here, and the leaves on Long Island are at their peak. The weather will be more seasonal soon, but my daughter and I have enjoyed the Indian summer. We attended the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze at the Old Bethpage Restoration this past weekend. This event is usually held upstate, but they brought it to Long Island this year, and it was lots of fun. How has the weather been by you? Did you do anything special for Halloween or to celebrate autumn?
After October’s blog tour for No Gravestone Unturned, which is still available to view here if you missed any of the stops, and all the other giveaways I participated in, this month will be somewhat less hectic, although there are a few events in the works, a podcast interview with the Cozy Sleuth on November 27 and an article on decluttering your cat items in Catster Magazine’s January/February issue that will be out in late November.
In October, I was involved in a panel of mystery authors during Virtual Bouchercon. I was a panelist on the “Keeping Secrets: The Past is Never Gone” panel where I discussed, with other mystery authors, the keeping of secrets in mystery novels. The playback for this panel is now available on Youtube and shared below:
Another panel in which I’ll be involved in this Thursday, November 12, as a moderator this time, is closer to home. It’s the Hicksville Library’s Virtual Local Author Panel featuring 7 local authors including myself. You’re invited to attend by registering in advance at the library’s website at this link.
You can read about the local author panel in the November 4th Hicksville News article.
My last bit of November news involves the monthly giveaways I’m now offering to subscribers of my newsletter. To be eligible to enter the December giveaway, you need to be a subscriber of Debbie’s Drafts by December 1. You can subscribe through the pop-up form on this site or contact me with your email if you’d like me to subscribe you.
I hope your November is safe and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, that you have a nice holiday with friends and/or family.