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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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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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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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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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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