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Out Like A Lamb… Rainy April Cozy Reads!

Hi All!

I can hardly believe that it’s the end of March already.  As cliche as it sounds, time seems to be flying and I honestly feel like it was just Christmas!

Speaking of time flying…

I’m going to cut to the chase, I promised a new free Jennifer Temple Short story, Body in the Begonias, for April 1st. I’m going to be missing that deadline. I will say that I am 3/4 of the way through and it’s just longer than I planned it to be. (Yay more book for you!) I also have been approached by a few editors, and I will be reaching out to them for prices and timelines. The book IS coming, just not on Monday!

Remember, you’ll only have access to the book if you are a subscriber to my newsletter.

It’s going to be hard to get any reading or writing done this weekend though… Where I live, it’s going to be in the 70’s and I’m elated.  My chickens are excited that it’s getting warmer as well. They’re happily laying eggs again, and enjoying the extended time free ranging each evening.

What are your weekend plans?

If you’re looking for a book to read while enjoying the warmer weather, I have a few more recommendations this week!

Feverfew and False Friends: Mystery (The Witches of Wormwood Mysteries Book 3)

**This book is on pre-order and will be delivered to your Kindle 3/31

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Get your copy here.

A witch has vanished.

The only clue to her whereabouts is a threatening letter and a gory trail that screams foul play.

When Hazel receives a similar letter, she realizes that this mystery involves the entire town… and she could be the next witch to disappear.

It’s a race against time to find the missing woman and discover who is using their poison pen to turn the residents of Wormwood against one another.

The town’s secrets are about to be revealed, and the truth is more twisted than anyone could have imagined.

If you like talking cats, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this magical mystery series.

Start reading today!

 

A Hillcrest Witch Mystery Collection: Books 1 – 5 (5 books for $0.99!!)

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Get your copy here.

Penny Banks in an amateur sleuth just trying to get by in her small mountain town in Colorado. Her love life is a mess and business is slow. Then one day she inherits a magical book and everything changes…

Along with the ladies in her knitting circle, Penny starts to study witchcraft. Just in time, too! Werewolves, vampires, and tennis-playing spirits make their way to Hillcrest, and trouble abounds. Can Penny protect her town?

Lastly, this is a multi-author promotion going on the entire month of April. All books listed here are $0.99!!! Stock up on rainy April reads now!

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That’s all for now!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainy Day Cozy Reads & More!

Happy Friday All!

Welcome new subscribers and happy SPRING as well.

Although it’s been rainy where I live, the warmer weather and the flowers in early bloom are giving me life!

In case you missed It, last week, I talked about making my Irish Soda Bread. I split one batch into two delicious loaves and enjoyed every slice. We also successfully built a leprechaun trap. My kids had a blast making it. I posted photos of all of this on Instagram.

My free weekend went amazingly well. I made it into the top 20 of the Cozy category, and into the top 50 in the overall store. I’m overwhelmed by all of the positive reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Thank you to each one of you who took the time to do that for me!

I’m still working on my (FREE) short story “Body in the Begonias”  my original editor fell through so It may be a little later than promised. Just know, it’s still in the works!

In the meantime, I’ve curated some excellent reads for you this week! Please let me know what you think!

 

Summer Snoops Unleashed 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes

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This multi-author boxed set is on pre-order. All proceeds from the pre-order will go to pet related charities.

Preorder here.

Spirited Sweets Mysteries: Books 1-4 (Spirited Sweets Paranormal Cozy Mystery)

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A small town, a handsome dead husband, plenty of cookies, and an adorable kitty…This boxset of sweet, paranormal mysteries is love at first sleuth.

Come along as Claire, her ghostly husband, Nick, and their mischievous kitty, Milo, solve the mysteries of Bleu Clair Bay in this 4-book boxed set.

From the death of Nick’s grandmother to a rich real-estate developer’s murder, a New Year’s Eve party that ends with a corpse in the closet, and a new bakery that comes into town with a bang–these quick mysteries are sure to leave you wanting to read more!

Includes:
Book One: Bittersweet Betrayal
Book Two: Decadent Demise
Book Three: Red Velvet Revenge
Book Four: Sugared Suspect

BONUS: Recipes included!
1. Claire’s “famous” cinnamon rolls
2. Cinnamon cherry pie tarts
3. Blue Clair Bay Brownies

If you love sweet, clean paranormal mysteries, you’re going to LOVE the Spirited Sweets series!

Tea Leaves, Jealousy, and Murder (A Sullivan Sisters Mystery Book 4) 

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Circus clowns…

Wedding attire…

Dead bodies…

It’s time for a Traveler’s Bay Wedding!

Gramps and Tillie are ready to tie the knot in less than a week. Unfortunately, things aren’t going as smoothly as everyone had hoped. When Joy Braggs is murdered in front of Jaycee in a most unusual way, she recruits the girls to help her solve the murder. Between bridesmaid fittings, a bachelorette party, and circus theatrics, Jaycee and Jax must race against the clock to catch the killer…because Gramps isn’t going to let anything stand in his way of marrying his Tillie. But when Jaycee gets too close to the truth and is seriously hurt, the gloves come off, and everyone steps up to take out the bad guy. Can Jaycee and her family capture the killer before the wedding…or will Gramps be left standing alone at the end of the aisle?

 

That’s all for now! Please let me know what you think about these fabulous cozy reads!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Luck O’ The Cozy Reader

Hi All!

Happy St. Patricks day weekend! I am so excited for soda bread and corn beef on Sunday.  I make my own Irish soda bread every year. I have the most amazing recipe from an old cookbook my mother gave me. (If you’re interested in the recipe, drop me a line!)

I typically try to make smaller loaves for my neighbors and friends, but it’s just not happening this year. Apparently, my boys decided we’re trapping a leprechaun and I need to look up how to make a trap. (Any help would be greatly appreciated) Also, we need to hide our gold and money. How did I go 30-something years without knowing all of these leprechaun rules? In any case, these leprechaun shenanigans are going to keep me very busy this weekend. I’ll only have time for one loaf.

Anyway, today is your lucky day! (Weekend) If you were on the fence about giving this indie author a chance, you can download Red Picket Fences FREE on Amazon Kindle this weekend only. I would love to have you (Yes, you) as my reader. Jennifer Temple and the quaint neighborhood of Pembury Acres are waiting…

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I’ve also got some awesome cozies to share with you! (I’m not here to only talk about myself BOOOORING!)

Murder For Neptune’s Trident…A Citrus Beach Mystery (Citrus Beach Mysteries Book 1)

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Get your copy here.

Love to Curl up with a Good Mystery?

 

Who killed JJ Travels? What does it have to do with Neptune’s Trident?

A simple errand for a client leads Megan Cassidy into more trouble than she could have ever thought possible.
Before she knows what has happened, she’s a witness to a murder and a target for bullets and speeding trucks.
Who knew there could be so much going on in this little southern town, where your neighbors watched your back and “Mom & Pop” businesses populated Main Street?
When FBI Consultant, Aiden Tory, arrives to solve the murder, Megan pushes her way into the investigation. Together, they discover JJ hid secrets about their tropical paradise. Secrets that got him killed.
With her dog, Barney, helping to sniff out clues, they follow the leads, discovering the past can come back to haunt you.

A Catastrophic Theft (Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective Book 3) **NEW RELEASE**

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Get your copy here.

Reg has been able to set up a respectable, if somewhat unconventional business providing psychic services in Black Sands, and is starting to feel like she could actually settle down there long-term.

But her relationship with Sarah, who has been her loyal friend and protector since she arrived becomes strained when Sarah’s precious emerald necklace disappears.

There is no shortage of suspects, with Reg herself at the front of the line.

Friends and felines pitch in to solve the mystery, but in the end, it is up to Reg and her cat Starlight to ferret out the truth.

Intent: A Small Town Secrets Novel Book #1

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Get your copy here.

A Small Town Secrets Novel Standalone Series – (Book #1)

A storm is coming. . .

Raylee is certain that danger lurks nearby, but can she trust the clues?

Feeling stuck in her small town, twenty-two-year-old Raylee finds happiness in an old high school crush. But the familiar world she’s always known abruptly changes when she is thrust into a dark mystery. Her high school nemesis suddenly shows up. Tragedy strikes. And someone is watching her every move.

Now Raylee will face a frightening uncertainty as she attempts to uncover the truth. The clues point to a suspect who is close to her, but soon her life is on the line in a complex suspenseful encounter. Can she expose the truth before it’s too late?

A clean dramatic thriller that takes you on a spiritual journey, where faith is tested and the truth is not what it seems.

That’s all for now!! Until next time.

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

 

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Lots of Coziness in One Little Post

Hi All!

Thank you to all who reached out about my eyes. I’m happy to report, that my vision is back to normal! My launch party went off without a hitch and a good time was had by all. In fact, I had such a good time, that I neglected to take one picture.  Suffice it to say there were lots of desserts, lots of laughs and lots of Prosecco. 😉

Springlike weather is finally arriving at my neck of the woods next week, and I cannot wait to get outside. I’m really looking forward to the days when I can take my laptop out on the porch to write. As much as I’m excited to be writing on my porch, I’m even more excited to be reading on my porch.

I’ve been loading up my Kindle with lots of coziness lately. Here’s what I’m adding to my TBR (To Be Read) list this week:

Before I get to my list, I also wanted to let you know that Red Picket Fences is being featured in not one but TWO fantastic promos this weekend. Check out all of the awesome authors who are also featured.

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All of the books in this promo are $0.99!

MYSTERY LOVERS VIRTUAL BOOKSHOP!

All books in this promo, are either free or are $0.99!

Now, onto my picks for the week!

Bath Bombs & Beyond (A Bathhouse Row Cozy Mystery Book 1)

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Get your copy here.

A dead cabaret singer? Poisoned bath bombs? Impossible.
Patti mixed the bath bombs herself. 

Who would believe Patti’s slight concussion gave her the ability to communicate with the dead?
Nobody, especially not her fussbudget partner Sandy.
Who is the dead person she can see? Fanny Doyle, that’s who, a chatty Technicolor ghost who was once Al Capone’s seamstress. Why has Fanny hung around the empty shop waiting so long? She has a big problem and now that Patti can, see and talk to her, she wants help solving the mystery.
With all the shop’s opening weekend bad luck has the Row’s competition put a hex on the newest soap shop on Central Avenue? Maybe. They’re jealous hags who would want Bathhouse Row Soapery to fail.
How does Patti solve the mystery of the poisoned bath bombs? Will Fanny leave Hot Springs without knowing what happened on the day she died? Download your copy of Bath Bombs & Beyond today. Help solve the mysteries and enjoy the fizzy good time on Bathhouse Row.

Previous Engagements: A Press Pass Mystery (Press Pass Mysteries Book 1)

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Get your copy here.

Senator Morgan Maxwell’s fiancée is dead and it’s not the first time.

Boston reporter, Ali Loukas, has her sights set on advancing from radio newscaster to TV correspondent, so when the Maxwell story practically drops into her lap, she seizes the opportunity to solve the murder, scoop her competitors, and move up the broadcasting ladder.

But gaining access to evidence and witnesses without stepping on the toes of a family friend, Detective Ryan McGuire, could be tricky.

Despite a knife wedged in her front door and opposition from the police, Ali is determined to prove that she can find the answers, solve the crime and earn the dream job–if she can stay alive to make it all happen.

A Bell in the Garden (A Spicetown Mystery Book 2)

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Get your copy here.

When the owner of a new business digs up buried bones on opening day, the rumor mill in Spicetown comes alive!

Mayor Cora Mae Bingham and Police Chief Conrad Harris are faced with the Chamber of Commerce President on a rampage, the sweet biscotti-baking neighbor living a lie, the notorious town floozy being misunderstood and everyone in town speculating about who is missing.

Figuring out who the bones belong to will open up the cold cases in Spicetown and unearth all the old gossip that was never truly buried. Cora Mae and Chief Harris learn a few things about their fellow citizens along the way.

 

That’s all for now! Please let me know what you bought! Have a great week!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

 

 

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Lash Disaster, New Release, Free Book & Announcement!

Hi All!

Happy Friday!

All I have to say is, What.A.Week.

I have no idea what happened, but the week was going along swimmingly, and then BAM like rapid fire, the days ticked off and all of a sudden it’s Friday, I have a mile long to-do list, and what seems like 5 minutes to get everything accomplished.

I’m throwing myself a little “release party” this weekend for Red Picket Fences. It’s really just an excuse to get some local friends together and eat all of the cupcakes, and maybe (definitely) have a glass of wine or two. I’ve got a lot of house cleaning and cooking to do, but I’m really looking forward to it.

Wednesday was a complete wash because I had a scary yet potentially comical (maybe one day?) mishap with some professionally applied false eyelashes. In a sad attempt to glam myself up for the party, I used a gift card my friend generously gave to me to have eyelashes put on. I had them applied at 10:30 AM, and they looked beautiful! The lashes of my dreams. The best part was, I didn’t see or feel them. Until… 3:30 PM rolled around, and all of a sudden, my eyesight went completely blurry. I couldn’t read, and then I couldn’t make out the features of people’s faces. My father rushed me to the salon to get them removed, and as it happened, there was an eye Dr. right next door. They patched me up, and I’m seeing much better today (not 100% but way better). Sometimes the price of beauty isn’t worth it. Lesson learned.

Moving right along, I have some exciting news to share, I have a new release, a freebie, and a cover reveal!

Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery Book 1)

Piper and Samantha are in heaven. Well, close. After winning a contest to raise the most money for human trafficking awareness and prevention, Piper and Sam are rewarded with a long weekend at the O Heavenly Day Spa. When mysterious notes start appearing everywhere, things get uncomfortable. When spa treatments go awry it is starting to get dangerous. A threatening message in Piper’s closet convinces Piper and Sam that they have to find out who is behind all of these disasters before someone gets hurt. Is it Broussard the stuffy concierge? Gladys, the sweet old lady who decided to join them for the weekend? When the smoke alarms go off and the spa erupts into panic, the chaos separates the friends and Piper stumbles into trouble. Will her friends be able to help her in time?

Get your copy here.

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The Corpse in the Cabana (Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

Sassy, snarky Viola Roberts quit her boring accountant job to pursue her dream of writing novels, even if it meant eating ramen noodles every day. Now that her career has taken off, she’s headed to a writers’ conference at an exotic Florida resort complete with white sand beaches and swaying palm trees where she plans to lounge in the shade drinking frosty beverages with little umbrellas. And, of course, no sojourn to tropical climes would be complete without her boozy, wise-cracking best friend, Cheryl.

When Viola discovers the diva of the author world dead (as a doornail) of unnatural causes, the police immediately consider Viola their prime suspect. But when the head detective turns a gimlet eye on Viola’s best friend, the author has had enough! Along with help from a hunky fellow writer, Lucas Salvatore, Viola is determined to ascertain who killed the corpse in the cabana before she, or Cheryl, wind up in jail. Or worse.

Get your copy here.

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And finally, I am happy to announce that I am releasing a short story FREE to newsletter subscribers only. Watch your inboxes for Body in the Begonias on April 1st!

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That’s all for now!

Stay Cozy,

-Daphne