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Spotlight, Blog Tour, and Giveaway for Whole Latte Murder, An All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery, by Lena Gregory


Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory

About Whole Latte Murder


Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation Lyrical Press(April 27, 2021)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516110498
ISBN-13: 978-1516110490
Digital ASIN: B08F2X8NGW

Ex-New Yorker and local diner owner Gia Morelli is still getting used to the sweltering Florida sun. But this summer she’ll have to deal with a more dangerous kind of heat—when she’s hot on the trail of another murderer . . .

Summer in Boggy Creek has arrived, and Gia’s best friend, successful real estate agent Savannah, is getting hitched. Now she’s enlisted Gia’s sleuthing talents in a desperate search for the perfect wedding dress. But when Savannah mysteriously vanishes after showing a mansion to a bigwig client, Gia investigates the house Savannah was trying to sell. The first clue she finds is Savannah’s car in the driveway. Inside the house, they stumble on Savannah’s potential buyer—dead. Someone had apparently closed the deal—with a two by four full of nails to the client’s head. Soon afterward, a woman’s body is fished from the lake near the same house. The townsfolk are now sweating bullets over the murders, and the heat comes down on poor Gia to find her missing friend, and track down the killer . . .

About Lena Gregory

Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

To learn more about Lena and her latest writing endeavors, visit her website at http://www.lenagregory.com/ and be sure to sign up for her newsletter http://lenagregory.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=9765d0711ed4fab4fa31b16ac&id=49d42335d1.

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April 26 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

April 26 – Literary Gold – REVIEW

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April 27 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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May 4 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

May 5 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

May 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

May 6 – Ascroft. eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 6 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

May 7 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

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Review: A Medium’s Birthday Surprise: Becky Tibbs: A North Carolina Medium’s Mystery Series, Book 1 by Chariss K. Walker

***5-stars

The first of the Becky Tibbs: A North Carolina Medium’s cozy mystery series, this book introduces Medium Becky Tibbs, who on her 26th birthday, receives a vision from her boyfriend who died ten years ago on her 16th birthday. She needs to find out why Josh is so angry, why he’s chosen to visit her after all this time, and why he didn’t know he was dead. With the aid of a detective who once had a crush on her sister and her two siblings, Becky discovers who killed Josh and why. This helps him have closure and enter the light.

The best part of this book, in my opinion, was the relationship between Becky and her brother and sister who, also mediums, have chosen not to use their powers, although her brother begins to change his mind at the end of the story. I also liked the fact that Becky works in an antique shop, a perfect place to find ghosts. The setting in Asheville, North Carolina, is also interesting. This book has hooked me into checking out the others in the series. I recommend giving it a try.

Posted in Cozy Mystery, Interview

Spotlight of Tracey Drew, Author of Knitted and Knifed, the first Knitty Kitties Mystery

Please welcome Tracey Alvarez writing as Tracey Drew who is here from New Zealand to talk about her new release.

Hi, Tracey. Great to have you with us. 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.

I self-published my first contemporary romance in December 2013. Since then I have self-published 20+ other romance titles, become a USA Today bestselling author with one of my titles reaching the USA Today list, and I’m now working on a series of cozy mysteries.

Wow! That’s incredible. Congratulations! Tell us a little bit about your books.

I’m currently writing the fourth Knitty Kitties Mystery, with book 3 HANKS & A HITMAN that released on April 19th.

Love the title of your series. I’m partial to kitties, as I feature them in most of my books including my Cobble Cove cozy mysteries.

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’d like to write a lot more Knitty Kitties Mysteries, they’re so much fun!

Cozies are enjoyable to write. I’m hoping to continue the Cobble Cove series, too, and also start another.

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

A reader with a sense of humor and one who loves cats, yarn, and a tricksy mystery to solve.

I’m sure that will be a wide audience.

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

I’m personally a big proponent of publishing independently—once you’ve done your dues learning to write gripping stories, characters who jump off the page, and developed a voice that readers can’t get enough of, write the books you love. There is an abundance of advice and support online for indie authors, but also plenty if you want to go through traditional channels.

Good advice.

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

Self doubt. And it doesn’t go away once your first, or even tenth, book is published. You have to take that leap of faith and keep pushing forward.

That’s so true.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?

I belong to the Romance Writers of New Zealand, who are very supportive to members who write genres other than romance.

Very Nice.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

Knitting and crochet, cats, reading, road trips with my car-loving husband.

Those sound like great hobbies. I used to enjoy crocheting, and I love spending time with my cats and my daughter and husband, too.

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

There are many awesome things about being an author—working from home with my two cats snoozing close by, making up stories about imaginary people, the sense of satisfaction from completing another book that I’m proud of. The not-so-good—marketing and promotion, administration, deadlines. The toughest challenge for me is the regular battle with writer’s block and the stress that goes with it.

I’m lucky that I don’t suffer writer’s block, but I agree with you about the challenges of marketing and promotion.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?

I love delving into a character’s motivation and backstory, and hiding clues from my readers in plain sight.

I can understand why you like that.

Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?

Excerpt from Knitted & Knifed.

Around us, people had begun to notice Officer Austin’s marked police vehicle parked outside the store. A few bolder locals wandered over to ask what was going on. I kept my gaze locked onto my phone screen, feigning sudden interest in social media posts of funny cat memes and updates on the mundane things people did on a beautiful summer’s morning.

One of Sean’s talents was people skills, which he successfully employed to evade any direct questions about what was going on inside. As the youngest, he’d learned from his older siblings how to circumvent Mum and Dad’s rules and the consequences of breaking them: with charm and misdirection.

However, by the time two more police cars cruised down Cape Street toward us, even Sean’s cheeky banter couldn’t keep the curious onlookers at bay. Quite a few people now milled around outside the store, and the lead vehicle had to double-park next to a ute and order its driver to move along. As uniformed officers poured onto the sidewalk and immediately began issuing instructions, I caught a glimpse of one man in the second car. He remained in place until the crowd had been ushered aside.

Then, and only then, did he unfold his sizable bulk from the car. And by bulk, I mean six foot something of broad-shouldered, rugby-player-thighed, hands-that-could-crush-a-fistful-of-unshelled-walnuts big. He cut an imposing figure in his charcoal-colored suit, totally out of place in this small seaside town where tidy-casual was considered business attire.

With precision-cut black hair, dark shades, and what might have been a sexy mouth if it wasn’t curved downward in a scowl, he strode toward us, his long legs eating up the sidewalk. I didn’t need to see behind those shades to know he was sizing up my brother and me because he immediately struck me as a size ’em up kind of guy.

He stopped in front of us, arms folded across his chest. “Good morning. I’m Detective Sergeant Mana.”

His voice was as deep as a gravel pit and equally as abrasive.

“Hey,” Sean said.

I kept my lips zipped. Did he expect a polite greeting in return or an impressed gasp in recognition of his authority?

His gaze slowly swept from Sean’s face to mine. “Tell me. Which one of you brought a cat to a crime scene?”

Excellent excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

My books are set in a fictional town in a very real and beautiful region of New Zealand, the Hawke’s Bay. As a New Zealander, I love introducing my readers to our stunning country.

Setting is very important to readers.

Thanks for the great interview. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best wishes on your new release and forthcoming books.


Knitted and Knifed: A Humorous & Heartwarming Cozy Mystery
(A Knitty Kitties Mystery) by Tracey Drew

About Knitted and Knifed


Knitted and Knifed: A Humorous & Heartwarming Cozy Mystery (A Knitty Kitties Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently published (January 5, 2021)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8679373846
Digital – ASIN: B08GL9XM2Q

Wanted: Cat mum to manage a yarn store, corral two curious cats, all the while being tangled up in murderous mayhem and mystery.

A smart woman would dump her cheating ex, move from the city, and give herself a chance for a well-deserved do-over. A smarter woman—smarter than me, anyway—wouldn’t jump out of that same frying pan and return to Cape Discovery, a seaside village where her family is the nuttiest of all the nut-ball residents.

I’m a former high school counselor, middle-child peacemaker, and current curator of lots of squishy/fuzzy goodness at my granddad’s little yarn store. Temporary assistant. Until I decide what to do with the rest my life. There’s only one knotty problem to untangle first. The knife sticking out of the most unpopular man in town, and the police detective trying to pin the murder on the donkey—otherwise known as my younger brother. With a pair mischievous cats determined to be underfoot and a craft group of Serial Knitters and Happy Hookers wanting the inside scoop, a girl could lose her mind. And if the killer has their way, maybe even my life…

Tessa Wakefield has her hands full juggling a cozy craft store, her crazy family, and two men who’d rather poke out their eyes than describe themselves as cute. Which they totally are. Cute, charismatic, and occasionally on her mind when she’s not stumbling over dead bodies and using her newfound sleuthing skills to track down murderers. Lucky she’s an excellent multi-tasker because digging beneath Cape Discovery’s surface can unearth secrets that kill.

About Tracey Drew

Tracey Drew lives Down Under with her husband—who’s given up complaining about her yarn addiction–and two madcap tabby cats called Kevin and Alfie. The feline brothers constantly battle with her while she’s trying to write her books by demanding lap-time, but they also provide constant inspiration for her fun & quirky cozy mysteries.

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

Goodreads Author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20705014.Tracey_Drew

Goodreads Title: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55355231-knitted-and-knifed

BookBub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tracey-drew

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April 14 – Novels Alive – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 14 –Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

April 15 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

April 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

April 16 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

April 16 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 17 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

April 18 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW

April 19 – Literary Gold – REVIEW

April 19 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

April 20 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

April 20 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

April 21 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 21 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 22 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 22 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

April 23 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – SPOTLIGHT

April 23 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

April 24 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for the Corpse Who Knew Too Much, A Food Blogger Cozy Mystery by Debra Sennefelder

My Favorite Podcasts by Debra Sennefelder

There were two inspirations for writing THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, the fourth book in the Food Blogger Mystery series. The first was my fascination with podcasts, and the second was my interest in cold cases. Today I’m going to share with you five podcasts I enjoy listening to.

In the book, Hope’s old high school friend, Devon Markham, returns to Jefferson. She has a podcast called Search for the Missing. Now she’s ready to tackle the one missing person’s case that has haunted her for twenty years – her mother’s.

She reconnects with Hope and asks for her help in finding the truth about her mother’s disappearance. At first, Hope is reluctant to get involved. A lot is going on between her blog, teaching her first blogging course, and her budding relationship with Ethan Cahill, the police chief. And because she’s been involved in a few murder investigations already, she’s had enough true crime to last her a long time.

However, when Devon disappears just like her mother had, Hope is determined to find out what happened to both mother and daughter.

Unlike Hope, who wasn’t into podcasts when the book opens, I’ve been very interested in them for a few years. I first started listening to podcasts about the craft of writing and then discovered true crime. Now I subscribe to several, so there’s always a new episode to listen to when I’m doing chores around the house or outside in the garden. When I see the notifications pop up on my phone’s screen to let me know there are new podcasts, I am almost excited to do laundry.

Ready to find out my top five faves? Here we go.

My favorite wellness podcast is Flipping 50. The host, Debra Atkinson, has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to women’s fitness. Her show is around under thirty minutes and has a nice mix of guests.

My favorite writing podcast is Write Your Best Book. Host Christina Kaye has great episodes ranging from writing story arcs for series to how to build a marketing platform to plot.

My favorite true crime is My Favorite Murder. The hosts Karen Kilgariif and George Hardstark explore murders from all over the country. The topic is horrible but giving a voice to the victims draws me to true crime podcasts.

My favorite bookish podcast is Author Stories with Hank Gardner. I discovered this podcast years ago, and I was beyond thrilled to get booked on the show to talk about the Food Blogger Mystery series. I love Hank’s interview style and the wide-range of authors he speaks with.

My favorite cozy-focused podcast is Cozy Ink with Leah Bailey. This was also a podcast I was on, and I love how she formats her interviews. There’s typically a brief interview about the author’s book and then a second interview with the author that gives writing tips.

There you have my top five podcasts that are an automatic listen. Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorite ones? Please leave them in the comments section.


The Corpse Who Knew Too Much (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder

About The Corpse Who Knew Too Much

The Corpse Who Knew Too Much (A Food Blogger Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496728912
ISBN-13: 978-1496728913
Digital ASIN: B082WR1YCL

Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that’s heating up fast . . .

Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope’s childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine’s Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon’s mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.

The next day Hope discovers Devon’s apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother’s cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend’s body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it’s no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it’s up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . .

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!

About Debbie Sennefelder

Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery.

Her first novel, THE UNINVITED CORPSE (A Food Blogger mystery) was published in 2018. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, where she majored in her hobby of fashion buying, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in retail and publishing before becoming a full-time author. Her writing companion is her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzu, Connie.

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April 3 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

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April 5 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW*, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

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April 6 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW*

April 6 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 7 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

April 7 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 8 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR GUEST POST

April 8 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 9 – Novels Alive – AUTHOR GUEST POST

April 9 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 9 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW

April 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

April 10 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW

April 11 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW*, AUTHOR INTERVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

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April 12 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

April 13 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

April 13 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

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Don’t Forget your Easter Gift

I hope you all had a nice Easter/Passover. This is just a reminder that my Easter mystery, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, is free through Monday, April 5.

During an Easter egg hunt at the Cobble Inn, a ring is found on the grounds by Alicia’s daughter, Carol. When the sheriff has it examined, he discovers it belonged to him and Gilly’s neighbor, Gretchen Miller, who disappeared the month before. An investigation leads to the discovery of Mrs. Miller’s body buried on the site of the inn’s new construction.

As Alicia and Gilly set out to solve this new mystery despite their husbands’ discouragement, Sneaky and Kittykai, the library and inn cats, secretly lend them a paw.

Here’s what reviewers are saying about this fun, short mystery:

“Cobble Cove is a world you would love to live in – spending days at the inn or the library, curled up with your cats, your best friend a murder mystery writer – the perfect cosy mystery series!”

This is a fun and very quick read, and makes me want more. I’ll be back for more adventures with these Cats!

A fun read, especially if you have cats and know their intelligence, ingenuity, and curiosity.

Get your copy here: mybook.to/KKEaster

If you haven’t read the other Cobble Cove stories or books, check them out on my Amazon author page.

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Final Harvest, A Finding Home Mystery, by Barbara Howard


Final Harvest (Finding Home)
by Barbara Howard

About Final Harvest


Final Harvest (Finding Home)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently Published (August 1, 2020)
Paperback: 164 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8655968134
Digital ASIN: B08BKZ58YF

Traci Simmons has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.

About Barbara Howard

Barbara Howard is a “not-so-cozy” mystery and YA author of a dozen books, including her most recent trilogy, Finding Home Mystery Series; Final Harvest, Charlotte’s Revenge, and Milo’s Journey. She is a first-generation tech geek turned master gardener with a passion for fresh air, vegan cuisine, and tracing her roots. A big city girl with a small town heart, she returned to her family home in the Midwest after an extensive career as a Department of Defense Project Manager at the Pentagon and spends most of her time treasure hunting, spoiling her fur-babies, growing veggies, and raising chickens.

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March 24 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

March 24 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

March 25 – Novels Alive – SPOTLIGHT

March 26 – Here’s How It Happened – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 27 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

March 28 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT

March 29 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 29 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 30 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 31 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

April 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 1 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

April 2 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

April 3 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

April 4 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST

April 5 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

April 6 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

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Spotlight for Boarding with Murder, A Sierra Pines B & B Mystery by Kathryn Long


Boarding with Murder
by Kathryn Long

About Boarding With Murder


Boarding with Murder (A Sierra Pines B&B Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (March 9, 2021)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817301
ISBN-13: 978-1603817301
Digital ASIN : B08SHLHD2D

Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she’s inherited trouble along with her aunt’s B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes?

About Kathryn Long

Retired teacher, Kathryn Long now spends her days plotting and writing mysteries. Her most recent credits are romantic suspense novel, A DEADLY DEED GROWS and mystery, BURIED IN SIN. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Under the pen name, Bailee Abbott this author writes the Paint by Murder cozy series, starting with A BRUSH WITH MURDER soon to be released. Kathryn lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio.

Author Links

Author website: https://www.kathrynlongauthor.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KathrynLong.Books

Twitter: https://twitter.com/klongauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4203129.Kathryn_Long

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kathylong7487/

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March 24 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE

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Interview with Lori Robbins, Author of Murder in the First Position, the first On Pointe Mystery

Please welcome Author Lori Robbins from New Jersey to Ruff Draft

Hi, Lori. It’s great to have you here. 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.

I published my first book, Lesson Plan for Murder, a little over three years ago, in November 2017. In 2018 it won the Silver Falchion for Best Cozy Mystery and was a finalist in the Readers’ Choice and Indie Book Awards. Lesson Plan for Murder was published by Barking Rain Press, which has since gone out of business.

My most recent work, Murder in First Position, was released November 2020, by Level Best Books. It’s the first novel in the On Pointe Mystery Series. My short story, “Accidents Happen” will be in the May 2021 Malice Domestic anthology, Murder Most Diabolical, and another short story, “Leading Ladies” will be in the New York Sisters in Crime anthology Justice for All in September 2021. I have not as yet self-published any books.

Very nice. Congratulations on your new 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.

Murder in First Position is the opening work in the On Pointe Mystery Series, which is set in the world of professional ballet. I’m nearly finished writing Murder in Second Position, which will be released November 2021. I now have the rights back to Lesson Plan for Murder, which is part of a planned Master Class Mystery series. I’m nearly finished with the second book, titled Linked to Murder.

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 plan to continue writing both mystery series, and I also have plotted the first work in a third series. I also hope to publish more short stories. My plan is to keep writing!

Great plan. I’m also hoping to start a new cozy series in addition to my Cobble Cove books. I have the first written and ideas for the next three. I currently have 5 full-length books and 4 short eBooks in my Cobble Cove series. My Easter mystery, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, is on blog tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, too, until March 28.

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

Although I’m not at all funny in real life, I’m very funny on the page. Readers who like some humor in their mysteries will enjoy my work. Although my new series is set in a professional ballet company, readers don’t have to know a single thing about dance to enjoy it. People who are drawn to a flawed narrator with a quirky, and occasionally dark sense of humor, will enjoy reading about Leah Siderova.

I think most readers enjoy a bit of humor in their books, especially in cozies.

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

Everyone has an important story to tell. Listen to the voices in your head. If you write as you think, your writer’s voice will sound, and be, authentic. And I think that’s what appeals to readers, irrespective of genre. The most important thing, of course, is to keep writing. You’ll find your audience.

I agree completely.

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

I received forty-nine rejections before getting an offer from two publishers. I thought I was prepared for rejection, but honestly, it never got easier.

I hear you. I’ve been lucky finding my two publishers quickly, but it’s been a different story with agents. I’m still trying.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?

I’m a vice president of the New York chapter of Sisters in Crime.  I’m also a member of the Damsels of Distress, a group I formed with three other NY SinC writers. We give book talks and writing workshops. Other groups include the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

I’m also a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. They are both great groups. I’m hoping to join Mystery Writers of America, as well. I’ve never heard of Damsels in Distress, but I will check them out.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

Unsurprisingly, I’m an avid reader! After all these years, I still take ballet classes, although for now these take place via zoom. I look forward to once again attending dance performances, and I recently took up swing dancing. I love traveling to foreign cities. I also enjoy baking, because then I get to eat the results. I have several knitting projects that are in the works but are unlikely to get finished. My guilty pleasure is crossword puzzles.

A nice variety of interests. I never had much interest in crossword puzzles, but I did love to solve Logic Puzzles at one time.

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

My books are character-driven, and I love it when those characters begin to take on a life of their own. My toughest challenge is time: I wish I had more of it. On the other hand, I also don’t have time for writers’ block.

lol. Excuse me, but you summed up my feelings about writing exactly. There aren’t enough hours in a day for me to write and promote my work. I also love creating characters and enjoy where they take me in their stories.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?

Cozy mysteries put ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. They invite the reader to take part in the investigation, because the plots unfold in places that feel real, even though they’re often imaginary. These books are challenging to write for those same reasons: why would an ordinary person track a killer? Motivation has a special role in this genre. Also, I love puzzles, and mysteries have those in abundance.

Great points. You’re so right about that.

Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?

The following is an excerpt from Murder in First Position

I was the girl all the other kids wanted to kill. Skinny, pretty, and confident, I was the target of much envy and very little affection. I realized later that people resented my extreme disinterest in their lives. But it was never personal, because all I ever cared about was ballet.

These days, I wasn’t quite so dismissive. I wouldn’t reveal the exact number of years that had passed since high school, but I would admit that while my former classmates were still young, I was old. Not too old to get pregnant, and not too old to make partner in a law firm, but definitely old for a ballerina trying to make a comeback. And for me, nothing else counted.

I wasn’t bitter. One minute you were the newest baby ballerina and the darling of every critic. The next thing you knew, you were having knee surgery and The New York Times’ dance czar was faintly praising you for your “mature artistry,” which was ballet-speak for “time to retire.” But I wasn’t ready to hang up my pointe shoes. And Bryan Leister was my ticket to the future.

I didn’t have much time. American Ballet Company had commissioned a new ballet from Bryan, and I wanted the lead role. If my performing career were to end soon, and persistent pain from my recently reconstructed knee indicated just that, then I wanted to go out with a bang. On my terms, not anyone else’s.

I called Bryan the night before we were due to return from our summer break. I wanted to grab him before anyone else called in her chips.

“Bryan! It’s me. How are you? How was Montauk?”

This seemed like a good opening. People loved to talk about their vacations. At least over the phone you didn’t have to look at any pictures. You could pretend you salivated over them on Facebook or Instagram.

Bryan’s enthusiasm didn’t match mine. “Uh, Leah. The summer was great. Yeah, it was great. Seriously, I’ve been meaning to call you, but I was, you know, about to leave for a really important appointment. Talk to you tomorrow?”

As Call Ended floated across the screen, I pondered his lack of interest. When we first met, he answered my calls as excitedly as a freshman girl who’d been asked to the prom by the captain of the soccer team. But Bryan sounded more like a college kid whose mother has phoned during his fraternity’s beer pong competition.

I worried all night about whether or not I’d be cast in Bryan’s ballet. Or any ballet. The next morning, I got up early and anxiously checked my email. If Grayson Averin, the Times chief dance critic, had finally written his long-promised feature article about my collaboration with Bryan, I’d automatically become a hot commodity. Powerful men would be calling me, instead of the other way around…

As I entered the lobby of the ballet studio, a different kind of nightmare emerged when a barrage of texts pinged in rapid-fire succession. By the time I disengaged the phone from the depths of my dance bag, the alerts had grown to epic proportions, more suited to a state of emergency than the ordinary resumption of the dance season. I figured family and friends were messaging their support upon my return to ballet.

No hearts greeted me. No smiley faces either. And no bursts of confetti-filled congratulations. Instead, a horrifying series of condolences filled the screen…

The links to each message were the same. Ballet’s Newest Power Couple:  Bryan Leister and Arianna Bonneville Remake the Future of American Ballet Company. When I clicked on the title, a dramatic photograph filled the screen. Bryan Leister, looking feverish and passionate, had his hands wrapped around a young dancer’s waist. She was bent backward, in an understandably ecstatic pose. The shock of seeing another dancer in my place was so disorienting, I forgot to push the elevator button. I stared at the picture, unable to look away.

Brian’s voice from behind jolted me out of my funk. “Totally amazing, huh?” Bryan, his arm draped over the shoulders of the girl in the photograph, had an annoying grin on his face.

I swallowed my gloom and congratulated him. “Hitting the big time, I see.”

“Yeah, the article was pretty great. Have you, uh…well, you probably already know Arianna? Arianna Bonneville?”

I bared my teeth—the closest I could get to a smile—and greeted her politely.

Taller than me by a good five inches, she looked down her flawless little nose. “Of course I know you. I used to watch you dance when I was still a little girl.” She flipped her long blonde ponytail over her shoulder and softly laughed.

Bryan wasn’t stupid. He probably knew what I was thinking, and he sounded sincere. “Leah, you know I appreciate all you’ve done for me.” He patted me on the back. “I’ll make sure Friedrich keeps you on the rehearsal schedule. If you’re up to it, of course.”

I unlocked my jaw. “Thanks, Bryan. But I’m fine now. Better than ever. And I can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal studio. I’m sure your ballet is going to be great.”

Bryan avoided further eye contact by addressing his next words to the scuffed door. “I think you’ll like our new ballet master. Friedrich Holstein is brilliant, and he has a lot of exciting plans.”

I’d met Friedrich briefly, during our Paris season. In the two weeks we worked together, the only talent he showed was his genius for biting criticism. Of course, I didn’t say what I was thinking. I already distrusted and disliked Arianna, and in the incestuous and competitive world of professional ballet, dancers could be quite ruthless in their quest for stardom.

When we got to the fifth floor, Bryan rushed into the men’s dressing room. I called after him, “Hey! Before you go, I wanted to ask you—”

He held up his index finger, indicating I should wait. Seven long minutes later, I realized he wasn’t coming back…

Excellent excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

You don’t have to know anything at all about dance to enjoy Murder in First Position! But if you are familiar ballet, you’ll recognize the best—and the worst—of life in this beautiful world.

I’m sure readers will enjoy that. I’m sharing your blog tour and contact information below. Thanks so much for the interview and best wishes on your series.


Murder in First Position: An On Pointe Mystery
by Lori Robbins

About Murder in First Position

Murder in First Position: An On Pointe Mystery
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Level Best Books (November 24, 2020)
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-10: 1947915746
ISBN-13: 978-1947915749
Digital ASIN: B08GQBDLN9

Ballerina Leah Siderova knows the career of a professional dancer is short. But rarely is it as brief as that of her rival, Arianna Bonneville, whose rise to stardom ends when she is stabbed in the back.

New York City police detective Jonah Sobol fixes upon Leah as the prime suspect. After all, she was the one who found the body, she had the most to gain from Arianna’s death, and it was her name Arianna whispered, just before she died.

Leah is desperate to clear her name, and she begins her own investigation, collaborating with her best friend and her ballet coach. As the three dancers sort through backstage intrigues, attempted blackmail, and a tangle of romantic liaisons, the noose around Leah’s neck grows tighter.

Ballet, with its merciless discipline, is all Leah has ever known. Is that enough to keep her one step ahead of the police—and the killer?

About Lori Robbins

Brooklyn-born Lori Robbins began dancing at age 16 and launched her professional career three years later. She studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School and ballet at the New York Conservatory of Dance. Robbins performed with a number of regional modern and ballet companies, including Ballet Hispanico, the Des Moines Ballet, and the St. Louis Concert Ballet. After ten very lean years as a dancer she attended Hunter College, graduating summa cum laude with a major in British Literature and a minor in Classics. Her first mystery, Lesson Plan for Murder, won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy Mystery and was a finalist in the Readers’ Choice and Indie Book Awards. Murder in First Position is the first in her new mystery series, published on November 23, 2020, by Level Best Books.

She is currently working on the second book in both series. She is also the author of “Accidents Happen” a short story that will appear in the 2021 Malice Domestic anthology: Murder Most Diabolical. Robbins is a vice president of the NYC chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a founding member of the Damsels of Distress, a group that offers writing workshops and book readings. She is an expert in the homicidal impulses everyday life inspires.

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Interview with Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The Disappearance of Emily, A Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic Novel

I’m excited to chat with Elizabeth Pantley from Seattle, Washington about her new release, The Disappearance of Emily, the second book of her Mystery and Magic series.

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

I’ve written thirteen parenting books published by McGraw-Hill. I’ve just recently made a leap into fiction with my Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series.

How interesting.

Tell us a 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.

The first book in the Destiny Falls series was released a few months ago: Falling into Magic. That’s where the story begins. The second book in the series, The Disappearance of Emily is releasing now, and I’m in the middle of writing the third book: The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales.

Excellent. I have to say I loved Falling into Magic and hope to read The Disappearance of Emily soon. I’m happy to hear you’ll be having a third in the series coming out, too.

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 have notes and ideas for the first ten books in the Destiny Falls series. I also have ideas percolating for several other book series. It will keep me busy!

Lol. You sound like me. I’m starting to think about the sixth book in my Cobble Cove series and am also hoping to start a new cozy mystery series. In addition, my Easter Cobble Cove story, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, is on blog tour starting today, March 22, and I have a time travel thriller releasing in April. So many book ideas, so little time to write them!

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

Anyone who likes fun, magical, cozy mysteries with a bit of humor and a lot of intrigue would enjoy the Destiny Falls series. I’ve had readers that range all the way from young adults to centenarians!

That’s a nice wide audience, and I think you can add cat lovers to that mix, as I love the cats in your books and am even interviewing one on my cat character’s blog today.

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

Write what you know in the style of books that you love. For your first draft, keep it to yourself and just get your story down on paper from beginning to end. Then share, edit and revise.

Good advice, but I’m more of a pantster in that regard. I let the story unfold as I write, but I have trained myself to do more plotting lately. Editing and revising are always important after a first draft.

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

Well, that was over twenty years ago, but I’d say the challenge of just getting the ball rolling is hard.

It certainly is in more than one respect. Writing the book is the first challenge, getting it published is the second, and marketing/promoting is the third.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?

I’m a member of quite a few mystery groups – the support is helpful and encouraging.

I agree that groups, especially those in your genre, can lend much-needed motivation and support as well as networking and educational opportunities.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

I love to run – I actually have a very hilly 5K route I run every weekend. I enjoy hiking in the woods. Most of all, I enjoy any activity I share with my four kids and one young grandchild.

Interesting. I’ve just started running, jogging mostly, but I also like to fast walk and do power walking videos when the weather isn’t nice enough. I find it really clears my mind. I had a feeling you were a runner by the wonderful descriptions of running in your book.

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

I love when a story unfolds as I write it and when other people enjoy it. The hardest challenge is the marketing and bookkeeping. I’d rather just write – but that work must also be done!

I think most authors would agree with you on that. I certainly do.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?
I love that the characters and the location drive the story. It’s fun to create a world filled with interesting people who deal with unusual circumstances. I love that you can count on a good resolution!

Happy endings are a great feature of cozies. I also enjoy creating quirky characters in small towns with pets, of course, and murders that aren’t too gory.

Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?

I’d love to! Let’s just start with the beginning!

Chapter 1

The mountain trail was tricky. I was moving slowly through the deep snow. I knew the lake had to be nearby. It was important to find it, but I could barely see ten feet in front of me. It was steep and slippery, and I was making my way using trekking poles to assess where I should step next. My hands and feet were cold. I heard Latifa calling out to me. Where was she? What was she saying? 

“Good morning, Sunshine!” Her lilting voice woke me from my dream. “Happy one-month-a-versary!” It’s amazing how accustomed I’d grown to my cat’s telepathic voice in my head.

I squinted at my fluffy Himalayan sidekick. She was sitting beside me on the bed. I stretched out my arms and gave an extra-loud yawn in her direction, hoping she’d get the hint that she had woken me up.

“Message received. Woke you up. So sorry. Got it.” She squinted at me and whispered, “Not sorry.”

I yawned at her again.

“Bet you forgot today is one month from the earth-shattering day we arrived in Destiny Falls.” Her big baby blues were focused on me, and her whiskers were twitching. “I have appointed myself Keeper of Your Calendar. You can be so forgetful about celebratory dates.” She shook her furry head as if it were impossible to believe.

“Squeeee! You remembered!” She head-butted my face and spun a little circle on the bed, then turned to tear open the package. There was more squealing as she discovered her new, feathered cat toy.

I patted my sidekick’s head and tossed my legs over the side of the bed. A glance at my phone confirmed that Latifa-the-alarm-clock was right on time. I needed to get changed and meet Axel downstairs for a morning jog into town. He was often too busy with work to join me in the morning, so it was a wonderful treat to have some extra time with my newfound brother.

My brother. How I loved the sound of that. After a lifetime as an only child in a tiny three-person family, finding out that I had siblings and a large hidden family was monumental. Add to that a mysterious, magical new world, and I was floating on cloud nine.

The only dark spot was missing my family and my best friend, Luna. I was still trying to figure out how to tell them about Destiny Falls. I’d have to sort this out soon, since my cover story of a working trip to Denmark was nearing its expiration. A month overseas was feasible, but as the timeline continued, I’d need to address my disappearance.

My Nana and Granana would be happy that I was happy. They’ve been my biggest cheerleaders my entire life. They always said my happiness mattered most to them. Both my parents disappeared the week I was born, so my grandmother and great-grandmother jumped into raising me. They were dedicated to the job, with an enthusiasm that was a complete contrast to their tiny, delicate appearances. Luna and I referred to them as the Mighty Minis, which was an apt description. 

Figuring out how to explain that I wasn’t really in Denmark, but in a magical, hidden town in an unknown location was a whole new ball of wax. Especially since the town was finicky about who it revealed itself to. Any e-mails or texts I attempted to send, explaining my location, disappeared into the ether in a wisp of bounces— undeliverable, message not sent, connection lost. Even phone calls suddenly lost the signal. Maybe Axel, my brother (deep sigh of joy), could help me solve this problem.

I turned on the movie channel for Latifa, my furry little movie buff, tucked my ponytail through the back of my baseball cap, and headed out. I strolled slowly down the hallway, so I could absorb the beauty of this amazing home.

Hmm. That was odd. Where was the window seat? It was usually somewhere in my hallway, but it was oddly absent. There was a glorious swatch of sunlight, which is where it normally would be lounging. I snickered. Imagine that. A window seat that can lounge in the sun. Magic touched the Caldwell Crest home in the most interesting ways.

Caldwell Crest is a masterpiece of design. It could be described as a cozy, mansion-sized mountain cabin. I felt embraced by the sweeping staircase made of polished wood. I loved the plank wood floors and ceilings and the gorgeous but understated chandeliers. I adored the stone fireplaces that soared all the way up to the tall ceilings. The earthy colors of the décor were soothing. Even after a month, I was still adjusting to the fact that it was now where I lived.

The home was enchanting. I could almost believe the rumors that it was originally built as a castle back in the 1800s and magically remodeled many times. It’s difficult to understand Caldwell Crest and the mysterious place that was Destiny Falls, especially since the definition seemed to always be changing.

It had been a wild ride of a month since I’d been thrown through a portal and landed here.

I gave another exaggerated stretch and reached over to the bedside table. With a flourish, I presented her with a small, gift-wrapped package.

Excellent excerpt. I really love your description of settings and places in Destiny Falls.

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

I bet you won’t be able to guess the murderer in book one, and that you’ll be shocked at the end of books two!

You’re right that I couldn’t guess the killer in your first book, and I’m sure you’re right that I’ll be shocked at the end of the new one.

Thanks so much for the great interview. I’m sharing your blog tour, my review of the first book, and the link to the interview of your cat character. Best wishes on the new release and your wonderful series.

My review of Falling into Magic: https://wordpress.com/post/debbiedelouise.com/12053
Sneaky the Library Cat’s Interview of Chanel: https://wordpress.com/post/sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com/4295


The Disappearance of Emily
(Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
by Elizabeth Pantley

About The Disappearance of Emily

The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently Published (March 15, 2021)
Number of Pages 250
Digital ASIN: B08MDZDQY7

Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

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Author Spotlight of Abby Collette, Author of A Game of Cones: An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery

It’s a pleasure to welcome Abby Collette (also writing under Abby L. Vandiver and publishing a women’s fiction book, Where Wild Peaches Grow, under Cade Bentley in 2022). Abby is from Cleveland, Ohio.

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

I am a hybrid author. I am both traditionally and self-published, writing more than twenty-five novels and short stories. I have about six series, and all but one are cozy mysteries. Henery Press published one of my series, and Penguin has published one and will publish another one sometime soon.

That’s wonderful. I also consider myself a hybrid author. I’ve been publishing with two Indie publishers under my own name, but I write both a cozy series, my Cobble Cove mysteries, and standalone thrillers for Solstice Publishing and Next Chapter Publishing. One day I hope to also publish with a large publisher.

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.

I write cozy mysteries. I have a new series about twins who were abandoned, one grew up in foster care the other was adopted. They find each other as adults, open a bookstore and soul free café. And as noted, I’m writing a women’s fiction to be published by Lake Union an imprint of Amazon.

Nice. Those sound like very interesting books.

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 just want to write as many books as I can. I hope to continue self-publishing and writing cozies and women’s fiction.

Good luck with that.

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

I want everyone to enjoy my books. But, I do understand that readers don’t like every genre, so I guess I want every reader who enjoys the genres I write in, to read my books.

It’s true that some people prefer a certain genre, but I’ve found that if people like your writing, they may try your other books even if they’re in a different genre.

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

Don’t give up!

That’s short and sweet and oh so true.

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

Learning how to write. I didn’t go to school for creative writing. As I used to say, who knew there were rules to writing.

People don’t realize that writing involves knowledge as well as talent.

9. Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?

I do belong to a writing group, it’s called #amwriting and started at my local library. Now, though we have it on Zoom. I also have a writing partner, another author, Kathryn Dionne.

That must be helpful. As a librarian, I’m glad when writers use the library. I host a writer’s group, First Draft, that meets once a month through Zoom. While we have a few patrons registered, it’s open to everyone since it’s virtual.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

I love movies and traveling. I’ll be happy when I can get back to doing those things.

Me, too. I enjoy traveling, although I always miss leaving my cats.

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

I don’t think there is anything that I don’t like about being an author. I love the independence, writing on my own schedule and writing what I like.

Sounds like it’s a great fit for you.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?

I love that they are light reads, fun and that I can make them funny.

I enjoy that, too.

Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?

From a Game of Cones:

“We don’t need revitalization,” someone yelled from the audience. “There’s nothing wrong with Chagrin Falls.”

“It’s not revitalization,” someone else yelled out. “It’s gentrification.”

“We’re not a blighted area.”

I knew that voice. I swiveled from the waist and cast my eyes toward the rear of the room. Standing near where Miss Green-Eyed Junior Associate Veronica had just vacated, was my brother Bobby. The activist. Standing next to him was my grandfather.

Someone must have spread the word because neither of them had been there when the meeting first started. Now, the back of the room, since the last time I looked, had become standing room only.

“We’ve been named Tree City USA for twenty-five years running,” PopPop said. “We’ve got the falls, the trees, and our shops. We don’t need anything else.”

“That’s right.” I heard several people say. “Yes! We don’t need anything else,” came the chorus.

“We’re not going to stand for this!” Miss Devereaux said and stepped forward. Even dressed in a dainty summer pink sweater with three big bows down the back and a pair of loose fitting jeans, she seemed ready for a fight. Usually glittery and gem encrusted, the only sparkle I noticed was the one in her eye that I was afraid would flicker into a flame. At nearly seventy, I hoped she wasn’t thinking of forcibly ushering the man out of her shop. She was known to be a little feisty.

“You’re coming here trying to mess up things that aren’t broken.” It was Squeaky Voice speaking again, she seemed willing to join in the fight if that was Miss Devereaux had planned. I didn’t know which, if any, shop she owned.

“I’m not—we’re not-” Zeke Reynolds stopped what he was trying to say and let out a nervous chuckle. “Please,” he said raising his hands to control the crowd, “I’m just here to assess and send in a report. And,” he stopped to take a sip of out of his bottle water, “keep you informed of how things are progressing.”

“We don’t need your progress reports,” Miss Devereaux said. “And we don’t need or want you here.”

“That’s right!” Maisie pumped a fist in the air, choking out the words. “We don’t want you here.” The threat of tears emerging spilling out in her voice.

“Get out!” Riya said and with that hurled her shoe.

As it went spinning over the heads of the sitting shopkeepers and toward the podium and Zeke, a hush came over the room, and all heads turned toward Riya.

“What are you doing?” I screeched, my mouth gaped, my eyes big.

“Being supportive,” she said, as if it were obvious.

“Hey!” Zeke Reynolds shouted defensively, ducking out of the way of Riya’s projectile. “Don’t shoot the messenger!”

Excellent excerpt, Abby. Thanks for the interview, and best wishes on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour for it along with your giveaway.


A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About A Game of Scones


A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (March 2, 2021)
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0593099680
ISBN-13: 978-0593099681
Digital ASIN: B089S6SPKB

In this charming mystery series set in an ice cream shop, no case is too cold to crack!

Bronwyn Crewse is delighted that Crewse Creamery, the ice cream shop her family has owned for decades, is restored to its former glory and serving sweet frozen treats to happy customers in the picturesque small town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. But when a big city developer comes to town intent on building a mall, a killer with a frozen heart takes him out.

After literally stumbling across the body, one of Win’s closest friends becomes the prime suspect, and to make things worse, Win’s aunt has come to town with the intention of taking command of Crewse Creamery. Even though Win has a rocky road ahead to help her friend and keep her ice cream shop, it’ll take more than a sprinkle of murder to stop her from solving the crime and saving the day.

About Abby Collette

Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette, is a hybrid author who has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. She has hit both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller list. Books one and two, A Deadly Inside Scoop and A Game of Cones, from her latest cozy series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, published by Penguin Berkley, is out now.

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