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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Deadly Southern Charm, A Lethal Ladies Mystery Anthology, by Sisters in Crime

My short mystery, “Unbridled” is set in a fictional equestrian facility in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Riding stables don’t lend themselves to many recipes—unless, of course, you’re a horse, then oats and hay!  But I’ve always enjoyed the outdoor tailgates, picnics, pool parties, barbeques, and garden parties that Southerners celebrate in their signature style. My go-to contribution to any seasonal gathering is this marinated cucumber and tomato salad.  It’s a breeze to prepare, chill for a few hours in your fridge, and then be ready to be the star of any buffet table.  Even your riding instructor will approve.

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced ¼” thick

1 onion (I prefer sweet) sliced and separated into rings

3 large tomatoes, cut into wedges

Dressing:

½ cup white vinegar

2 tbsp sugar

1 cup water

2 tsp salt

1 tsp fresh coarse ground black pepper

¼ cup oil

Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over vegetables and mix well.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for at least 2 hours before serving, stirring once per hour.

Drain excess dressing before serving.  Enjoy!

Kristin Kisska used to be a finance geek, complete with MBA and Wall Street pedigree, but now she is a self-proclaimed fictionista. Kristin contributed short stories of mystery and suspense to the Anthony Award winning anthology, MURDER UNDER THE OAKS (2015), VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES- VOLUME II (2016), FIFTY SHADES OF CABERNET (2017), DAY OF THE DARK (2017), MYSTERY MOST GEOGRAPHICAL (2018), MYSTERY MOST EDIBLE (2019), and DEADLY SOUTHER CHARM (2019). She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and James River Writers. When not writing suspense, she can be found blogging on her website~ KristinKisska.composting on Facebook at KristinKisskaAuthorand Tweeting @KKMHOO. Kristin lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.

PRAISE FOR THE ANTHOLOGY

Deadly Southern Charm is a keep-you-up-at-night collection loaded with well-crafted characters and perfect plotting by some of today’s best mystery writers. Brava!

USA Today and NYT Best-selling author, Ellery Adams 

Deliciously devious and absolutely delightful, these marvelous stories will keep you captivated! Sweeter than sweet tea on the surface, but with smartly sinister secrets only a true southern writer can provide.  What a joy to read!

Hank Phillippi Ryan best-selling Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark Awards winner

This collection of short crime fiction charms even as the stories immerse you in murder, revenge, and deadly deeds. Set all over the south, from Virginia to North and South Carolina, in Atlanta, Memphis, and New Orleans, the stories by eighteen authors engage and entertain with rich imagery and dialog from the region – and nefarious plots, too. Pour a glass of sweet tea and settle in on the porch swing for a fabulous read.

Edith Maxwell, Agatha and Macavity Awards nominee

This can’t-put-it-down collection of mystery short stories is flavored with the oft-eerie ambiance of the South, where the most genteel manners may hide a dark and murderous intent. Enjoy Deadly Southern Charm with a Mint Julep in hand – a strong one.

Ellen ByronUSA Today best-selling author, Agatha and Daphne Awards nominee and Lefty winner

Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology)
by Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia

Frances Aylor, Mollie Cox Bryan, Lynn Cahoon, J.A. Chalkley, Stacie Giles, Barb Goffman, Libby Hall, Bradley Harper, Sherry Harris, Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, Samantha McGraw, K.L. Murphy, Genilee Swope Parente, Deb Rolfe, Rod Sterling, S.E. Warwick, Heather Weidner
Editors: Mary Burton and Mary Miley

About the Book


Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology)
Cozy Mystery
Wildside Press (March 27, 2019)
Paperback: 173 pages
ISBN-10: 1479448397
ISBN-13: 978-1479448395

About the Authors

Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel in her financial thrillers. MONEY GRAB is the first in the series. www.francesaylor.com

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry, and fiction. An Agatha Award nominee, she lives in Central Virginia. www.molliecoxbryan.com

Lynn Cahoon is the NYT and USA Today author of the best-selling Tourist Trap, Cat Latimer and Farm-to-Fork mystery series. www.lynncahoon.com

A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

 

Stacie Giles lived many places before settling in Virginia where she is returning to ancestral Southern roots, including a grandfather who was a Memphis policeman.

Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and is a two-time finalist for US crime-writing awards.www.Barbgoffman.com

Libby Hall is a communication analyst with a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia. She is also a blogger, freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

Bradley Harper is a retired Army pathologist. Library Journal named his debut novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, Debut of the Month for October 2018. www.bharperauthor.com

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and is the president of Sisters in Crime.www.sherryharrisauthor.com

Maggie King penned the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet anthologies. www.maggieking.com

Kristin Kisska is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and programs chair of the Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia chapter. www.kristinkisska.com

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage Mysteries.www.samanthamcgraw.com

K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two dogs.www.Kellielarsenmurphy.com

Genilee Swope Parente has written the romantic mystery The Fate Series with her mother F. Sharon Swope. The two also have several collections of short stories. www.swopeparente.com

Deb Rolfe primarily writes mystery novels. This is her first published short story. She and her husband enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

 

Ronald Sterling is the author of six books and draws upon his colorful and varied life experience as a U.S. Airman, saloonkeeper, private detective, realtor, and New Jersey mayor.

S.A. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries. She has short stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 SHADES OF CABERNET and TO FETCH A THIEF. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell terriers. www.heatherweidner.com

EDITORS

Mary Burton is a New York Times, USA Today and Kindle best-selling author. She is currently working on her latest suspense. www.maryburton.com

Mary Miley is a historian and writer with 14 nonfiction books and 5 mystery novels to her credit. www.marymileytheobald.com

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LethalLadiesCVA?lang=en

Website: https://www.sistersincrimecentralvirginia.com/anthologies

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Designs On Murder, A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery, by Gayle Leeson

 

What’s So Special About Abingdon?

by Gayle Leeson

I typically set my stories in fictional towns so I can have more control over the types of businesses that are there and the events that I can have occur and be conducive to a good murder. Okay, I know there’s no such thing as a “good murder,” but you know what I mean.

With Abingdon, I’m able to combine the best of both worlds. I have the real town with its rich history to draw on, plus Abingdon is located near my fictional town of Winter Garden. If you’ve read my Down South Café mystery series, then you’ll recognize Winter Garden as the setting. Since there is going to be another Down South Café mystery coming soon, I like than I can use the settings for both series in order to broaden my characters’ worlds.

Abingdon, Virginia is a beautiful town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The land that would become the town was surveyed by Dr. Thomas Walker, who would later go on to partner with Thomas Jefferson’s father. When I tell you it’s old, it’s really old. The town was officially established in 1778,

Some of Abingdon’s popular attractions include;

The Martha –a former private residence, the school that was Martha Washington College was in operation from 1860 until 1932. The building was reopened as a hotel in 1935.

The Barter Theatre – the State Theatre of Virginia, this theatre was established in 1933 by Robert Porterfield. The price of admission was forty cents or the equivalent amount of produce. Four out of five patrons bartered their admission with produce, livestock, or dairy products. In honor of the tradition, the theatre hosts at least one performance in which admission is a donation to an area food bank.

The Virginia Creeper Trail – a 34.3-mile rail-to-trail running from Abingdon to Whitetop Station at the Virginia/North Carolina border. In 2014, the Virginia Creeper trail was inducted into the Rail-to-Trail Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon only twenty-seven trails. This trail was chosen for its remarkable scenery, railroad history, and trailside amenities.

I hope you’ll join me—and Amanda and Max—in discovering the charms of Abingdon and its surrounding areas…both the real and the not-so-real ones.

Designs On Murder:
A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
by Gayle Leeson

About the Book

Designs On Murder: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Grace Abraham Publishing (March 26, 2019)
Print Length: 229 pages
ASIN: B07MYCQJHB

What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn’t really…alive?

Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn’t realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine “Max” Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn’t the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.

Amanda is afraid that one of her new “friends” and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark’s murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate–the ghostly fashionista can’t end up the killer’s next victim!

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women’s fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and has just begun this new cozy series, the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery series. Another Down South Cafe novel is slated for release in August with book two in the Ghostly Fashionista series scheduled for October.

Author Links

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Website: www.gayleleeson.com

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

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

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Leeson/e/B01NBSTBDU/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gayle-leeson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/426208.Gayle_Trent

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Pinot Red or Dead? A Wine Trail Mystery by J. C. Eaton

Must We Use Those Promo Pics?

By Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp (J.C. Eaton)

We’ll be honest. We don’t photograph well. That’s an understatement. It doesn’t matter who’s behind the camera lens, if either of us are the subject, the picture is doomed. So what do we do when agencies, libraries, and other media request a copy of our picture for publicity?

We cringe!

Some of our author friends have professional photographers do their “shots,” and they look marvelous. Especially when the picture is taken so that the head is turned to the back for that “come hither look.” Or in Jim’s case, that casual “man about town,” look. If we did that, it would just be an advertisement for a chiropractic office. We can fix your pain in minutes. Besides, the camera will add at least ten pounds and we think the flash adds another twenty-five.

We did have a few facial shots taken by a photographer friend of ours but we wound up looking like part of the lineup from the local prisons.

“We can’t believe it,” Jim told our friend. “Convicted felons in their orange jumpsuits look better than we do.”

“Try taking the picture at a distance,” I offered.

“It’ll take too long for the two of you to walk that far,” was his response.

Then we tried having our pictures taken with our pets. It was a disaster. The dog, a thirteen pound Chiweenie, snapped at the photographer, lunged at the camera, and snarled during the entire process. The cats were a bit better, but not by much. Their attention spans were practically non-existent and after a minute or two, they squirmed, clawed, and climbed all over us.

The only good thing to come out of it was that our sixteen pound cat hid Ann’s double chin and she liked that photo so much she decided to use it for the next decade. So what if Jim looked shell-shocked from being clawed to pieces on his side of the photograph.

Then, there’s the issue of our smiles. We always thought we had decent smiles. Nice smiles. Happy smiles. But none of it seems to hold  true in a photo. Our smiles either bear an uncanny resemblance to the clown face from the old Coney Island Steeplechase Amusement Park or worse yet, in Ann’s case, Mrs. Danvers from Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel, Rebecca.

We’ve thought of doing one of those cutesy things, like using a logo of a butterfly or perhaps some sort of caricature instead of submitting our photos, but when we’re invited to speak at an event, they want your actual mug shot. Apparently, the audience needs to be warned ahead of time.

Those marvelous authors who were born before the camera was invented had it made. All they had to worry about was the printed word, or in worst case scenario, an artist rendering of their likeness. Still, they had to contend with handwriting their manuscripts. Given that option, bring on the cameras and we’ll smile away!

Pinot Red or Dead?
(The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton

About the Book


Pinot Red or Dead? (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (March 26, 2019)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108035
ISBN-13: 978-1516108039
Digital ASIN: B07F5XDH41

There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.

As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.

The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .

About the Authors

Ann I. Goldfarb

New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) set for release in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at www.jceatonauthor.com and www.timetravelmysteries.com

James E. Clapp

When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is set for release in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.

Visit their website at www.jceatonauthor.com and Like and Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JCEatonauthor/

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Herbs and Homicide, An Faierie Apothecary Cozy Mystery by Astoria Wright


Pantser, Plotter, Story Spotter

One of the first questions people think of when asking writers about their process is whether the author is a pantser or a plotter. In other words, do you write by the seat of your pants (a pantser) or follow outlines to plot out your novel (plotter)? This question was the first one I asked myself when I thought about seriously making writing a career.

When I started writing stories for fun in third grade, I was a pantser because, well, I don’t know any third-graders who are plotters. My pantser days lasted right up until after college when I would just write short stories, poems, and little scenes that would come into my mind. Nothing was planned and certainly not outlined. When I finally did start writing longer novels in my free time as an adult, I was definitely still a pantser, even though I’d never heard of the term.

I got to about page 30 on seven books, (five science fiction, one fantasy, and one children’s book), but it was more like 40 pages if you counted out of context excerpts of scenes I had yet to weave into the stories. I’m glad I did that. I wrote when I felt a powerful urge to question “what if” or when I let my imagination run wild and realized there’s a story there.

I still keep a journal by my bedside, purely for writing whatever my mind thinks up. I think being a panster is, for me, the purest form of writing because it takes the reigns off the imagination and lets it run free to chase stories and roll around in poetry. That freedom allows me to see stories everywhere in daily life. One case in point is how I began writing The Faerie Apothecary Mysteries.

The series started one rainy day when I was out shopping. As soon as the rain died down, I hurried to my car only to stop at a curious sight sitting by my car tire. There, amidst the pavement of the parking lot was a part of a branch, presumably from a tree that had been injured by the windy circumstances.

Typically, I, like every other person I know, would not have thought twice about a twig, except that this one was eerily reminiscent of a person. In reality, the warped wood was just a branched twig or might have even been two of them bundled together to trick the eye. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t actually pick it up.

To a writer always in search of a story, though, it was the universe using a stick to point me in the direction of a story. The sign couldn’t have been clearer if a raven perched itself on my windshield to harass me with a recitation of “nevermores.”

There was a story in this broken branch, and it was one about faeries. What other diminutive, yet humanlike creature could suddenly become a wooden figure? And what if the rainy weather hadn’t been a storm at all, but a faerie fight between pixies?

I had been on a cozy mystery kick for a while, enjoying the genre as a reader and wanting to write such a mystery since almost the very first cozy I’d read.  I didn’t know at the time how this would fit into a cozy mystery, but I wrote the tree-branch inspired scene before any other book details emerged. Over the next few weeks, probably a month overall, my mystery-fueled mind mixed together a cozy series combining the fae and murder mysteries.

The pixie fight eventually became a scene in Chaos in the Countryside. While I did create an outline for both Chaos in the Countryside and Herbs and Homicide, I do allow myself to veer off of the outline if my imagination is leading me down a different path. This happens almost every time, and I hear similar things from other writers.

That’s probably why authors have identified a third kind writer: Plotsers. Plotsers do both, writing by the seat of their pants and planning at the same time. It’s my theory that all writers are plotsers, it’s just a matter of to what degree they plot or not.

Pantser, plotter, or plotser, I think the number one thing to be is a story-spotter. Stories are happening everywhere and everywhen. It’s up to the storytellers to find them.

Herbs and Homicide (The Faerie Apothecary Cozy Mystery)
by Astoria Wright

About the Book

Herbs and Homicide (The Faerie Apothecary Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Novelwright Mysteries (September 27, 2018)
Paperback: 217 pages
ISBN-10: 1949453030
ISBN-13: 978-1949453034
ASIN: B07HR4D74K

Looking for a unique paranormal cozy mystery series that’s lighthearted and fun?

Settle into the cozy countryside of Moss Hill, where house-elves rent rooms, sprites live in gardens, a leprechaun is the best tailor in town, and a half-elf/half human named Carissa Shea owns a pharmacy known as The Seelie Tree Apothecary shop. Life couldn’t be more idyllic for Cari, but healing humans and fae folk proves challenging at times, especially when secrets unfold in The Faerie Apothecary Mysteries.

About Book 1: Herbs and Homicide
In the small town of Moss Hill, customers of all kinds visit Carissa Shea’s Seelie Tree Apothecary Shop. That includes tall and short, young and old, human and faerie. Being half-elf/half-human herself, Carissa personally knows and cares for them all. So, when a grumpy brownie, a type of house faerie, named Miss Morgan dies in her shop, Carissa is devastated. As she learns more about her customer’s death, she realizes Miss Morgan might have been the only thing standing between the Seelie, faeries of light and goodness, and the Unseelie, faeries of darkness and evil. On top of it all, the Sidhe guard, protector of all fae residents, rule it a murder and name Carissa as a suspect! Now she must prove her innocence and find the real culprit before it’s too late – not just for her but for all of Moss Hill.

About the Author

Astoria Wright is the author of The Faerie Apothecary Mysteries, including the bestselling prequel novella Chaos in the Countryside. Intrigued by myths and inspired by cozy mystery writers before her, Astoria tries to combine two worlds with human and faerie neighbors trying to solve puzzling crimes on the fictional island of Moss Hill. She’s also a poet, which shows in the Moss Hill poetry anthology “written” by the characters in the series. Her goal is to bring Moss Hill to life in her stories, because who doesn’t wish we lived in a town with magical faeries as neighbors?

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Missing Stitches by Nicole Luttrell

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From now until Tuseday, February 26th, you can download Missing Stitches for free! 

You know when you have this one thing that consumes your life for several years? Yeah, that’s where I am right now.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nicole. And for the last five years, I’ve been working on an epic Fantasy series called Woven.

And now, the final installment is done. Missing Stitches, book three of Woven, is now available.

Magic, dragons and two countries battling for dominance. And that’s just the start. Devon, Sultiana, Victor and Lenore live in a world where magic is as common as turning a pot or knitting a shawl. Men’s magic comes from metal, women from thread.

Devon and Lenore are Mestonies, the ruling family of Septa. The family rose to power generations ago by defeating a dark church that had enslaved the people. King Octavian the first believed that the Monks of the Silent Path were defeated.

He was wrong.

This enemy has returned, to destroy the Mestonie family and take control of Septa back. And they’ve begun by kidnapping Lenore’s daughters.

Devon must find the girls with their father, Victor, while Lenore and Devon’s wife, Sultiana, lead their armies in a war on the very boardwalks of Septa. But can Lenore fight for her city without losing her unborn son? Can Devon save the princesses from the Monks? Or will the city finally fall in the conclusion of Woven?

I can’t believe the story is finally coming to a close. It’s honestly surreal.

Saturday, February 23, is the Facebook launch party. It’s from 6:00 to 9:00. And we’ve got some great authors participating in the takeovers. Here’s our schedule:

6:00- Me
6:30- Connie Cockrell
7:00- Mark McQuillen
7:30- John West
8:00- Ron Steiner
8:30- K. Matt

These are some great authors, don’t miss the event.

On Sunday, February 24, I’ll be posting a free short story, Stella’s Vision.

Thank you all for reading this today, and if you want to check out the Woven series from start to finish, here are the links and some teasers for Missing Stitches.

Broken Patterns

Starting Chains

Missing Stitches

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for The Puppy Who Knew Too Much, a Dog Club Mystery by V.M. Burns


The Smelly Truth About Red Herrings

Before I started reading mysteries, I thought a herring was just a fish. Which of course, it is, but mysteries, especially cozy mysteries have a lot of herrings, in particular, red herrings. I’ve read a lot of mysteries over the years, but I have yet to read a mystery involving fish, especially herrings. I had to wonder, what’s the connection between herrings and mysteries? And, why are they called red herrings?

I’m not a fish lover, so I turned to Google for answers. I learned a lot about herring, too much. Don’t panic, I won’t burden you with the details. In fact, I will scale things back to prevent herring overload, by pointing out two facts. First, herring have a very strong scent (not a selling feature in my book, but to each his own). Second, herring are in the same family as Sardines (which might relate back to the first point now that I think about it). That’s pretty much all we need to know at this point. Although, I still had one other question. While, I saw a lot of pictures of herring (Atlantic herring, Pacific herring, Araucanian herring, etc), none of these were red. So, why do we call them “red herring?” Further digging provided that answer. When the herring are smoked and salted, they turn a brownish red color (who knew).

Now, let’s recap what we know. Herring is a fish which has a strong scent and turns a reddish color when smoked and salted. Yet, I still need to understand why these fish became associated with mysteries. Herring, specifically the red ones, are a big deal to the mystery enthusiasts. To the cozy mystery lover, a red herring means a lot more than a smoked fish. In mysteries, red herrings are false clues intended to challenge the reader and to divert them away from the real clues. So, why are these false clues called red herrings?

According to Wikipedia, the idiom “red herring” originated from an English journalist, William Cobbett, in 1807. As the story goes, a young Cobbett claimed to have used red herrings to train hounds to track. Apparently, he used the strong scented fish to lay a false trail for the hounds. Mystery solved. A couple hundred years later, mystery authors are still using red herrings to lay false trails and throw readers off the scent.

The Puppy Who Knew Too Much
(A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns

About the Book


The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (A Dog Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (February 12, 2019)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-10: 1516107918
ISBN-13: 978-1516107919
Digital ASIN: B07D233MVK

Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder . . .

Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly’s left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer.

But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it’s up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer . . .

About the Author

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

Author Links:

Website: http://www.vmburns.com/

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

Twitter: @vmburns

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for The Gun Also Rises, A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery, by Sherry Harris


Of Cats and Characters

Hmmm, a Steinbeck reference to start a post about the cats at the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida and how they are like writing a character.

Last year as I was writing The Gun Also Rises I had a chance to visit Key West. High on my list of things to do was visit the Hemingway House because in The Gun Also Rises Sarah Winston discovers lost Hemingway manuscripts in her client’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts. (For the real story of how the manuscripts were lost visit http://www.thehemingwayproject.com/2018/08/22/hadley-talks-about-the-lost-manuscripts/ )

One of the many fascinating things about the Hemingway house is the cats. There are around forty to fifty polydactyl, or six-toed cats, living on the property. (You can read more about them here: https://www.hemingwayhome.com/cats/ ). As I roamed around the house I snapped pictures of them and thought about how much cats and characters in mysteries  have in common.

Sleuths like the Hemingway cats should be unique. When I first started writing the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries, I thought a lot about how to make Sarah different. Although she’s recently divorced and hurt when her ex is accused of murder, she doesn’t believe he could have done it, so she sets out to clear his name. Her garage sale business is unique, and it allows her a look into her clients lives that not many protagonists get. Before her divorce she lived on an Air Force base which gives her a different perspective on life. And since her ex is the chief of police of Ellington, she doesn’t have any law enforcement allies so solving things is that much harder.

Sleuths have to be observant. Sarah’s bargain hunting has taught her to find a treasure that others have overlooked. It helps her solve mysteries by noticing behaviors or comments that doesn’t fit in with the story everyone else believes to be true.

Sleuths have to know how to mingle with a crowd. Sarah’s life as a military wife gave her lots of skills for meeting and talking to new people. With all the moves and always starting over from scratch at each new location Sarah can fit in no matter the situation.

Sleuths have to know when to take a break. Even a people person like Sarah sometimes needs to get away. When she’s stressed heading to a garage sale or going antiquing distracts her from her problems. If she can’t do that she loves to take a walk at Sleepy Hollow cemetery to visit the graves of authors like Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The peaceful setting, the quiet, and the historical setting refreshes her soul.

And finally, sleuths have to be entertaining. No one wants to read about a boring main character. The protagonist has to be the center of attention. Since I write in first person, readers always see things from Sarah’s perspective. Sarah isn’t originally from New England and she delights in the way people pronounce things, their accents, and the different terms for familiar objects like calling shopping carts “carriages.”

Thanks so much for having me!

It was a pleasure, Sherry. Thanks for that charming post, and best wishes on your new release. I’m sharing information on your blog tour below.

The Gun Also Rises
(A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris

About the Book

The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716965
ISBN-13: 978-1496716965
Digital ASIN: B07CWF942Q

TO RECOVER A PRICELESS MANUSCRIPT . . .

A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?

WILL SARAH HAVE TO PAY WITH HER LIFE?

Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her . . .

About the Author

Agatha Award-nominated author, Sherry Harris, started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sherry.n.harris.1

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SHarrisAuthor

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6208827.Sherry_Harris

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