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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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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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Cozy Mysteries with Puppy Power!

Hi All!

Depending on where you live, you might be getting some snow today. What goes better with a cozy snow day than a cozy mystery? Here are three that are definitely going on my TBR (To be read) list.

Brownie Points for Murder: A Jill Andrews Cozy Mystery #1

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Brownies, bribes and a body on the beach.

Suburban mom Jill Andrews has two young kids and a husband who travels more than he’s home. Her biggest worry is the decision to re-enter the workforce until she trips over the body of her neighbor, Samuel Westen, who’d been feuding with Jill’s sister-in-law Desi.

When the stress of being the police’s top suspect lands Desi in the hospital with pregnancy complications, Jill must navigate her own mom-life crisis, sift through a tangled web of secrets and lies, and discover the identity of the real killer before it’s too late.

Peril at the Pawn Shop: A Cozy Mystery for Pet Lovers (A Walk in the Bark Book 1)

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Annie Hudson is busy. Really busy.

With her petsitting client, Ralph the pug, at her side, Annie is running around town walking dogs, training greyhounds, organizing puppy classes, and taking energetic Vizlas for runs. And it’s all to save money for and build interest in her not-yet-named dog store, the business she’s dreamed of for years.

But Annie’s plans change when she finds out that the death of local pawn shop owner, George Appleby, has been ruled a suicide. She knows that there’s at least one person in town who will benefit from Appleby’s death: Chet West, the real estate mogul who’s trying to buy up all the small businesses in her little town and replace them with chain stores and tourist destinations.

And one day soon the small store going out of business might be her own.

Now Annie’s determined to figure out what happened to Appleby and how Chet West is involved – even if the police don’t care. And the more she and Ralph run around chasing down leads and sniffing out suspects, the more Annie realizes that Little Nectar, Connecticut, is not the wholesome little town she thought it was.

Baa’d to the Bone: An Animal Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1

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A sheepdog in training. A flock under threat. Can he find a killer before the case unravels?

Beau dreams of being a champion sheepdog just like his aunt. With the help of new livestock friends and a kind-hearted farmer, he vows to lead the herd proudly through the lush valleys of South Wales. But when one of the sheep goes missing, Beau never expected a woolly crime scene…

While his aunt warns him not to get too friendly with the flock, his connection with the sheep gets him both respect and a target on his back. As the brave pup frantically sniffs for clues, he’s got one chance to solve the mystery before the farm starts counting sheep for all the wrong reasons.

Will Beau learn the ropes in time to protect his friends from a flock fatality?

Baa’d to the Bone is the first book in an animal-themed cozy mystery series. If you like plucky creatures, authentic Welsh settings, and home-baked suspense, then you’ll love Sarah Jane Weldon’s shaggy dog tale.

That’s all for now! I’m off to bake cookies with the kids.

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

 

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PUBLISHED!

Hello All,

I clearly don’t beat around the bush here. I’m happy to announce that what started out as a few chapters in July 2018, grew into an actual real-life book in February 2019. I’m beyond excited, and completely exhausted.

I. Finally. Published.

You can purchase your very own copy of Red Picket Fences on Amazon.com

Click here to purchase the Ebook (a steal at $.99)

Click here to purchase the Paperback

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What now?

Well, as you read last week, I started tackling my ever growing to be read pile. I’m going to share highlights from that pile next week.
I started writing book two. I sent out the first chapter to a few critique partners and received some very positive feedback, (very exciting). Lastly, I started a short story about Jennifer Temple, that will only be made available to newsletter subscribers only. Be on the lookout for that in early spring.

I would really love to hear more about all of you.

What are you reading?
Got a recipe to share?
Are you a writer, and need self-publishing help?

That’s all for this week,

Stay Cozy!

-Daphne