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The Next Chapter…

Hi All, and Happy Friday!

The weather here is FINALLY feeling a bit more like spring. Walking through the stores now, it’s all stuffed with summer fun, (oh hey Target). You can’t escape it. So, I’m packing my books up and heading for a girls weekend near the beach tonight. I’m so very excited. I LOVE being near the water, and I desperately need this time to recharge.

Have you ever felt depleted? Lost? Completely empty? That’s been me over the last few weeks. I’m hoping this trip will be just the thing I need to get my writing career and my overall health back in check!

I’m sitting here at a book store, sipping on coffee, and typing away. I’m basically living the dream right now. Getting up and out of the house, this morning was extremely helpful. The simple act of sitting among people, and not even interacting with them is giving me what I need to get through to the next chapter.

Getting through to the next chapter is exactly what I need right now in order to get my FREE Book, Body in the Begonias out soon. Book Two: Death at a Dinner Party, and Book Three: Body on Rugosa Bay. Book three needs to be out before the end of summer, so wish me luck!!!

As always though, I’ll happily keep you supplied with endless reads from my fellow Indie Authors to tide you over! Have a great weekend, and be on the lookout for beach pictures on my Instagram!

Murder & Mistletoe (A Franny Calico Mystery) Kindle Edition

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When American seamstress Franny Calico wakes to find her friend has gone missing from a speeding train, she knows that something strange is afoot. Aided by the handsome conductor, Warburton Smith, and her friend Inspector Gustalt, Franny will tear all of France apart to find Millie Valentine, even if it means putting her own life at risk.

Lentil Death Do Us Part: A Death du Jour Mystery #4 Kindle Edition

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Lentil Death Do Us Part is the fourth book in the suspenseful Death du Jour series, where the special of the day is always murder…

Chef Bethany Bradstreet has finally opened the Railway Café, the restaurant of her dreams in Newbridge’s quaint historic train station. She gets to do what she loves every day—cook amazing food with her best friend.

Bethany’s smooth sailing hits a snag when bad weather threatens to sink her friend’s wedding. The venue is flooded, and the ceremony is only two weeks away! To bail out the beleaguered bride, Bethany rushes to find a uniquely beautiful spot for her friend to tie the knot.

But all bets are off when Bethany finds mummified remains at the new wedding locale. Crime scene tape definitely won’t fit in with the planned décor.

To cook up a solution—to the wedding woes and the murder—Bethany must rely on the two men vying for her heart. Can anyone say awkward?

And she’ll have to work fast…before death parts them all.

Until Next Time!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Mother’s Day Cozy Mystery Collection!

Hi All!

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy mother’s day. I hope you are all getting the love you deserve today. I realize this day might be difficult for some. Whether you’ve lost your mom, you’ve lost a child, or you want a child desperately and don’t have one.  I just want you to know, that I see you and I’m sending you a virtual hug. Do something nice for yourself today. You deserve it too.

I don’t take for granted how blessed I am. I have two amazing little ones and I’m grateful that I was chosen to be their mommy every day. That’s not saying that every day is sunshine and rainbows, we’ve had our share of tantrums and tears. I

just make it a point each day to take a breath in and remember how lucky I am. One of my biggest pet peeves is fingerprints on the windows. I can’t stand them so I’m washing a few of the kid’s favorite windows almost daily. It’s during that time that I take a moment to look at their little fingerprints and remember that one day my windows will be clean, and this moment in time will be over. I wipe them away knowing that for now, they’ll be back tomorrow.

In honor of ALL the women and mother’s in our lives, I’ve collaborated with some very talented Cozy Authors to bring to you a mother’s day Cozy collection!

Pour your self a cup of coffee, sit back and relax today. The windows can wait until tomorrow.

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Red Picket Fences
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Jennifer Temple, a stay-at-home mom, investigates a mysterious house fire that results in the deaths of two of her neighbors.

The truth is hidden…

Will she find it before bathtime?

 

Margaritas and Murder
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In honor of Mother’s Day, meet Marsha, Sunny Truly’s mom. Marsha doesn’t like her daughter’s new job as a rookie private eye. She was so proud of Sunny being a history teacher but then that awful You Tube “incident” got Sunny fired.

Now, Marsha has a lot more to worry about — like her daughter’s penchant for solving mysteries and encountering creepy killers.

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Professor Molly is battling morning sickness,
a meddling mom,
and the unwanted “help” of the Student Retention Office.
The last thing she needs on her to-do list is a murder.

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Katie, a single mum to a 10-year old Julia, has her hands full with a part-time police clerk job, a few cleaning gigs and paper crafting with her daughter when life throws her yet another curveball. She finds the body of a cleaning client stabbed with a crafting tool, and becomes one of the suspects.
Katie has her own ideas about who the real murderer is, but the lead inspector won’t listen.
Can she dig up the evidence before another victim drops dead? Or will she take the fall for a crime she didn’t commit?
Click to find out what Katie will do.

 

 

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Megan Cassidy has raised her only daughter with the help of her cousin and best friend after her husband’s sudden death years ago, and the two have always been close. But now Emma is ready to head off to college, leaving Megan with a big house all to her self. But Emma has a solution, and before she leaves, the young woman brings home a new addition named Barney. Barney is not merely a new pet, but he is trouble! And soon the beagle is sniffing out mysteries, helping Megan find the clues and answers. It all started so innocently…

 

 

 

 

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When Nelson Dingler is found dangling from a chandelier—feet-side up—Grams Dingler determines to find her son’s killer. Can Olive help her best friend save her feisty grandmother from suffering the same fate? And can the Cold Cream Shop survive while Olive psyches out the killer?

Contains a recipe for heavenly lavender lemon honey soap.

Until next time!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Taking a vacation…from myself.

Hi All!

I enjoyed a brief reprieve from writing and blogging, but I’m back in action. Sometimes one must take the time to step away and refresh. I binged reality television, read books, enjoyed time with my kids, and basked in lots of time in the sunshine (slathered in SPF of course!).

In essence, I took a vacation from myself, and from what usually makes me tick. It was much needed. Jennifer Temple, and Pembury Acres was far from my mind for a bit and while I missed them I needed to regroup before diving back into their world.

Oddly, I pictured them all patiently waiting around for me eager to know what they are supposed to say or do next. To my surprise, they happily went on with their lives solving murders, going for morning walks, getting coffee, & eating salami sandwiches from Lacy’s Deli. I’m the one that needs to catch up with them. Not the other way around.

I also had a great one-on-one consultation with a big name in the indie world, and I left the session feeling re-invigorated. I’ve had a few personal issues in the last few weeks that took the wind out of my sails, but I’m ready to dive back in and bring you Body in the Begonias and Death at a Dinner Party. They are both coming very soon.

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In the meantime, I have some great cozy mystery recommendations for you this week!

A Saucerful of Death (Starlight Cozy Mystery Book 1)

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Darren Nelson stars as a United States Space Explorer who finds himself entangled in more than just intergalactic intrigue when he falls for an interstellar beauty. Not only does he have to divert attention from a lovely alien, who hitched a ride on his return capsule, but when a fellow astronaut he clashed with is found dead, he must find a way to clear his own name. He must constantly discourage his best friend and mission team member, Stephen, from aiding and abetting the lovely alien that has began to fall for Darren. Jeannie is determined to save him herself and thanks to retro tv, she is sure she knows just how to go about it.

Wishing Well (Chapel End Mysteries Series Book 4)

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If a party brings life to a village…

…why does it end in death?

Postwoman Jenny Reid’s interest is piqued when a tramp is discovered on the outskirts, but no one admits to knowing who he is.

The fun evening out descends into chaos with old rivalries erupting from jealous spats. Jenny is caught in the middle, her desolate love life paraded for all to see. When the tramp makes his entrance attentions are diverted, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Revelry turns to tragedy.

Once again, Jenny is dragged back to the past by the appearance of a diary. Someone is clearly trying to tell her something, but will she work out the clues before it’s too late?

Grab this fast-paced mystery today.

Red Rover, Red Rover

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Of course, he doesn’t know a latte from a cappuccino . . . Brent Peterson is actually a spy! When things go south, Emily, a young coffee barista, is thrown into a world of espionage, danger, and humorous codenames. The first in a series of clean spy-comedy novellas.

That’s all for now. Until next time!

Stay Cozy,

-Daphne

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Rain, rain, go away…

Hi All,

Last week was a bit crazy so apologies for not getting this out on my regular Friday schedule. The kids and I are adjusting well to our new sports schedule, and we’re even finding time for neat little craft projects! I’ll post a picture of the dino playset we created below.

I’m still working on Body In The Begonias it’s longer than I expected it to be!!

There really isn’t much to update you on. This month has been a blur, and I’m looking forward to our upcoming spring break! I hope to finish the story by then and get it off to an editor.

In the meantime, check out this Witchy cozy it’s on sale for $0.99 until 4/19!

The Ghosts of Wonky Inn: Wonky Inn Book 2

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Alf has tried to banish her demons.

And her ghosts.

But memories of her recent past linger and keep her awake.

Every night it’s the same. Insomnia.

When she does eventually drift off, she’s woken almost immediately by a sobbing spirit.

He says he’s lost.

And worse than that, someone is trying to kill him.

Who is this sad specimen of a spirit? And where does he belong?

And how do you kill someone … who is already dead?

Find out what Alf gets up to next as the Wonky Inn adventures continue.

Read The Ghosts of Wonky Inn today.

As promised, here are pictures of the playset the kids and I created this weekend!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Fairy tale Friday…

Hi All!

I hope everyone is well today! As always it’s been a long week, and I’m extremely excited for some downtime. My oldest just started little league and the schedule is already stressing me out. I’m a new “sports mom” and I have a feeling this will be our normal for years to come. The first game is this weekend, and I’m really excited to see my kid in uniform!

We went to the bookstore as a family yesterday for a school fundraiser, and I was in heaven!!! I bought a new book about writing mysteries that I can’t wait to delve into with some coffee on my couch!

What are all of you up to this weekend?

I’m still plugging away at Body in the Begonias, and I should hopefully have it complete by the end of this week! I guess I didn’t realize how easily Red Picket Fences flowed out of me until I tried to sit down and write another book! Remember, this is going to be a free short story for my newsletter subscribers only.  Click here to sign up for my newsletter.

In the meantime, I have another great book recommendation for you!

Once Upon A Murder (A Fairy Tale Mystery Book 1)

 

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In the town of Castle Rock, many residents live a fairy tale life but not all get a fairy tale ending.

The home of Michael Grimm is a unique place where the line between the haves and the have-nots might as well have been a canyon. The gated community of Fairy Tails houses the wealthy, royal, and connected while the simple townsfolk they ignore putter about their lives on the other side.

Despite the embittered classes, not much happens in their divided town and Michael, along with his sister Monica, struggle to keep the doors of Grimm Investigations open.

That is until Preston Charming, the wealthy son of one of the most powerful families in Fairy Tails, is found murdered in Siren Woods. The Grimm siblings eagerly take the case, but soon Michael finds himself on a collision course with the scars of the past and people who inflicted them.

Amid old enemies, abandoned shoes, hardened servant girls, and infamous parties; will Michael solve this homicidal puzzle before the killer sees to it he doesn’t get his happy ever after?

Don’t forget about the multi-author promotion!

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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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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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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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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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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?

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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