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April Showers…

Hi All!

Spring is in full bloom where I live! All of the color and new life surrounding me has given me such a boost!

Little Miss Daisy Mae is still pretty much the center of our universe at the moment. The baby chicks we hatched took over for a bit, but she’s still top dog. My 8-year-old taught her “speak” this week. She also learned how to escape the fenced in yard. Luckily, (for now) she just runs to the basement and howls for my husband to let her in. She’s got the cutest little howl! We’re reinforcing the fence this weekend.

In other (BIG) news, I typed ‘THE END’ on Death at Rugosa Bay, and it’s off to my editor! I cut this one close, so I will be sending ARC copies around the time it’s published. My ARC team is full for the moment. However, if you’d like to help me out, word of mouth goes a long way! I’d love for you all to become my little scream team.

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Another exciting development is that I’ve compiled books 1-3 into a “boxed set!! If you haven’t read all of my books yet, now is the time to catch up!

I’m super excited to get back to reading while I wait for my edits! Here are some recommendations that I have from my very own TBR list!

That’s all for this week!

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The Chicken or the Egg?

Hi All!

I am sending Death at Rugosa Bay off to the editor this week! I’m thrilled with how it’s turning out. I was hesitant at first to take Jennifer out of Pembury acres, but this new cast of characters is pretty stellar. Don’t worry, I still include some old favorites as well!

If you celebrate, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. For those of you who do not, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The weather was beautiful. We had a quiet Easter, just the 27 of us! (My family of 4, Daisy Mae, and 22 new baby chicks!)

My husband and I kicked back on our lawn chairs and watched our little guys ride bikes, draw with sidewalk chalk, and blow bubbles. It was a peaceful and restful day.

Have you guys been enjoying the book recommendations I’ve been sending you? Please let me know if you enjoyed one in particular so I can let the author know.

Here are your books to read this week! I hope you enjoy them.

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Out Like a Lamb


Hi All!

Thanks to those who responded last week, especially to those who sent links to the books they are reading. I added a few of them to my Kindle. I would love to hear from more of you. Please don’t be shy. Drop me a line.

This week, I took a little journey to the year 2000 for Death at Rugosa Bay. I have a few flashback scenes in this book, and it was fun to explore the past a little. I’ve also decided to bring back a character from book one that everyone enjoyed!

Little Daisy Mae is growing like a weed! She’s learned to lie down, and give paw this week. My husband snapped this adorable picture of her. I couldn’t resist sharing it.

I’m going to hunker down this weekend and hopfully put the finishing touches on book 4. If you need plans for this weekend, I have some reccomendations for you! Some of you expressed that you aren’t fond of the paranormal cozy mysteries. I’ll still include them for those of you who enjoy them, but I’ll be sure to give you all a good mix.

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That’s all for this week!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Happy Weekend!

Your Cozy Mystery recommendations for 3/12

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Hi All!

Happy Saturday! I hope you’ve been enjoying my weekly newsletters. I’ve enjoyed writing them, as well as reading your responses! (That’s my favorite part!)

I have a podcast, and keep up a blog about the process of publishing, and that alone keeps me very busy. I completely neglected those tasks this week, because things are heating up in Rugosa Bay! I even went to the beach this week for inspiration!

Pro-tip, even if your weather app says it’s going to be 73 degrees in the TOWN the beach is in, it’s likely going to be much, much colder by the water when it’s only March, and you live in the Northeast. While our trip only lasted a whopping 15 minutes, (Yes, it was that cold.) it was still a lot of fun. Pets are allowed on the beach until it starts getting warmer, and so we were able to bring little Daisy Mae with us. She loved it at first, but the cold was too much for her.

We also introduced her to the chickens this week. For only being 12 weeks old, Daisy is a very obedient pup. The first day, she was hesitant and cautious, but curious. (The chickens are all bigger than her) One of my girls was not happy about Daisy’s presence and kept running up to my husband and jumping on his shoulder. The next day, Daisy got a bit more courageous. She is very much a playful pup, and after one of our girls lost a single tail feather (She’s OK), we decided to keep Daisy on a leash so she’d get used to the chickens from a distance. I’ll be researching more about that this week.

The snow is now completely melted here, and I’ve been spending most of my evenings having socially distant conversations with my neighbors, while my kids played in the front yard. It’s been wonderful to have interaction with people (outside of my household) again.

I hope you enjoyed my updates for the week. Below, I have a few book recommendations, as well as a brand new site to get FREE and discounted books. They’re expanding the genre selections in the coming weeks.

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That’s all for this week!

Stay Cozy everyone!

Daphne

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In like a lion….

Happy Friday everyone!

How are all of you dealing with the time change? Me? Not so well. I typically get up super early so I can write, and that didn’t happen at all this week. Looks like I’ll have to start setting an alarm. (I know, the tragedy of it all… Right?) Even little Miss Daisy Mae is sleeping in later these days.

If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a funny video of her today!

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I’m thinking about adding Daisy Mae to my next series. I plan to launch a new series next year, and I’m in the planning stages. Don’t worry Jennifer Temple fans, I’ll be adding to her series as well.

Speaking of planning my next series… Is it just me or has the Cozy Mystery landscape changed a bit lately? I feel like a few years ago, it was all cupcake bakeries, cats and crafts, then Paranormal/ Witches hit the scene… Now what? I’m having a difficult time analyzing the market right now.

What are you guys reading these days?

Other than spinning my wheels about the next series, putting the finishing touches on book 4, and chasing after an adorable puppy, we celebrated St. Patrick’s day this week. Just our little family.

Well, that’s enough of me blathering on. Here are your cozy Mystery recommendations for the week!

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That’s all for this week!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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It’s Finally Friday! Cozy Mystery Recommendations for 3/5.

Hi All!

First off, I’m blown away by all of the responses that I received last week. There were too many to respond to, (which is a first for me). However, rest assured, I read them all.

After her first bath!

Our sweet little Daisy Mae is adjusting to life in our family quite nicely. She’s 11 weeks old, gained 2 pounds, can sit, and has already learned her name! We’re going to introduce her to our chickens next week. (Wish us luck!)

I’m very excited by how Death at Rugosa Bay is shaping up. I think this is going to be my best book yet! I love escaping into the world of that quaint little beach town each morning as I write. I hope you feel the same way. May 1st is right around the corner!

We have some major yard work planned for this weekend. However each night I plan to spend a little time with some of these recommendations!

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That’s all for this week!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Happy Friday! In need of weekend plans? I’ve got just the thing.

Hi All!

It’s been a whirlwind of a week. I want to thank those of you who reached out to me last week. I genuinely love hearing from you.

In somewhat related news, my husband brought this little lady home last weekend. Yes, it’s soon, but she needed a home. He and the kids were missing having a furry friend in the house. Pete would have loved her. Meet Daisy Mae. She is a rescue pup, and we’re in love. She’s helping to heal our broken hearts.

This is how I write now

We’ve all been busy chasing after this bundle all week. Good news is, she’s snuggly. So I plan to get in some puppy snuggles and pick up a book this weekend. Here are your recommendations for the week!

That’s all for this week!

Stay cozy,

Daphne

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Buried under snow? Cozy up with a good mystery!

Hi All,

I first wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by the unexpected snow/extreme cold temperatures. We’ve been very lucky where I live on the East Coast, but I know what it’s like to be without power for days and it’s not a fun experience.

I’m still working on Book 4 – Death on Rugosa Bay. It’s set in the summer, and it’s extremely difficult to get in the summer mindset with 2ft of snow outside. If you live in a warmer location, send me pictures of your yards for inspiration.

On a sadder note, I was a bit derailed with writing as our family experienced a loss this week. We sadly had to put our 16 yr old pup down. He was the BEST dog, and will be missed greatly. I’ll hopefully be able to get back to work next week.

If your Kindles are charged, and you need something to do to pass the time, I have a few cozy mystery recommendations for you. (affiliate links)

This boxed set is on sale for $2.99 through 2/28. Catch up on this series before the newest release arrives on March 4th!

This is a NEW cozy mystery series that debuted Feb 12th! I know for a fact that this author is working on the next book in the series.

I’m LOVING this new alien’s in cozy mystery trend that is happening right now! Check out this cozy!

That’s all for this week. Until next time, stay warm and stay cozy,

Daphne

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Your Cozy Mystery Recommendations and Deals for the Week

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Hi All!

I hope all of you had a lovely weekend! I unplugged this weekend and spent some much needed downtime with my family. I also binge watched Firefly Lane on Netflix and then immediately bought the book! No joke it was 2AM, and I needed more of the story. The story is STILL sticking with me. Now THAT’S writing talent.

I also enjoyed a quiet little valentines day with my three guys. All in all it was a very relaxing weekend!

Below are your cozy mystery recs for the week!

Today is the last day to get your free books in the Winter Cozy Mystery Giveaway!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne