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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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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)

***FREE***

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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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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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Get your copy here.

Love to Curl up with a Good Mystery?

 

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