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Authors Helping Authors – Paying it Forward.

Hi All!

I’m constantly astounded by the generosity and the general comradeship of the writing community. Need Advice? Ask away. Need your book shared on social media? Not a problem. Set up a newsletter swap when you only have 80 subscribers and they have 7000? Absolutely.

These acts of kindness are only the tip of the iceberg. We cheer each other on, lift each other up and commiserate when things don’t go exactly to plan. I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful community.

When I was presented with the opportunity to meet with an aspiring author this week to help her out, I didn’t hesitate. This week is extremely busy for me personally, and I’ve neglected my writing in a big way. However, I didn’t pass up the chance to help a fellow writer and meet last night to discuss her journey. This has been done for me countless times in the past, and it was time for me to pay it forward. It was really a lovely meeting, and I think that I even made a new friend. Honestly, just talking about publishing, and what I was working on re-lit the fire within me. I’d say the meeting was mutually beneficial!

Things in my household are going to ramp up for one last end of school year push, and them hopefully slow down a bit so I can get back at it!

In the meantime, please check out my recommendations for the week!

Bought The Farm (A Rainy Day Mystery Book 1)

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Rainy Day is headed to greener pastures.

Divorced, and with kids out on their own, she uses a recent inheritance to make big changes to her life. She quits her job and, on a whim, buys a hobby farm in rural Virginia, a hundred miles from her long-time home near Washington, DC. Despite the fact that she has no idea what she’s doing, she’s buoyed by the prospect of living in a small town and adjusting to country life. 

Until she finds a body in her bungalow.

A handsome neighbor, a charming pastor, a grumpy bartender, and a bumbling sheriff all manage to complicate the situation, especially when Rainy herself becomes a suspect in the crime.

When things take a turn for the worse, Rainy has to wonder – did she make a mistake buying the farm?

The Murder Pit (A Moose River Mystery Book 1)

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Daisy Savage finally has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming old house. 

What she doesn’t want is a dead body. 

When a frozen pipe in the basement of her century-old home leads her and her husband downstairs into a newly discovered crawl space, they find a coal chute they didn’t know they had. And a corpse inside of it.

Things become complicated when Daisy realizes she knew the victim. And things get even worse when it becomes increasingly clear that the body was placed there to make Daisy look like the killer. 

Against her husband’s advice and her own common sense, Daisy makes it her mission to prove to the denizens of Moose River that she is innocent. But doing so may be more dangerous than she planned.

Glad One: Crazy is a Relative Term (A Val Fremden Humorous Mystery Book 1)

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Being broke, jobless and divorced at age forty-five is bad enough. But when Val Fremden’s only friend ends up dead, it’s hard not to think the world’s out to get her.

Maybe it is….

The sugar-white sands of St. Pete Beach attract weirdos like mosquitoes to a bug zapper. So when the heir to Val’s friend’s estate can’t be found, the local loonies quickly swarm in, buzzing around for a piece of the leftover pie. 

Determined to find her friend’s true heir, Val reluctantly turns to three crackpots for help – a drunk, a redneck, and a snarky beach bum. Working at odds with each other, their bumbling investigation attracts the attention of a hot cop. He quickly gets into the fray and under Val’s skin. Whether it’s in a good way or bad only time will tell.

Love your mysteries with a side of snide? Get set for a heaping helping of Southern-fried screwball action in this hilarious accidental thriller! Grab your copy now!

 

That’s all for now! 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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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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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 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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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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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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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?

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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.

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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