Cozy Mystery

Announcement – Daphne McLean Merch

Hi All!

I hope all is well. I don’t have updated pictures to show you of the construction because it basically looks the same. Progress is being made, and we’re chugging along just fine.

As some of you may know, the main character in my cozy mystery series is a True Crime fanatic. It’s actually why she has the base knowledge she needed to solve her first case! I’ve partnered with a designer, who is helping me come up with some adorable True Crime related designs! These are all things Jennifer would love and use daily! So far, I have a sweatshirt out on Amazon, and I’m working on cellphone cases. New products will be added weekly, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Please feel free to shoot me any ideas based on the characters from my series. Maybe Jimmy’s Pembury Acres PD sweatshirt?

Click below to get your free copy of my short story, Murder at the Pawstume Party featuring my rescue pup, Daisy Mae. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

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Don’t forget to snag your copy of Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun. (and a finished kitchen)

How have you guys enjoyed the book club so far? The links to the first four books have already been sent. SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

Meet the Author, and discuss cozy books here.

In other news, this is the last weekend for the free book promotions

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Stay cozy!

Daphne

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Cheers to Warmer Weather!

Hi All!

Happy weekend! The weather has been a bit warmer where I live, and it’s giving me life! I’ll take 50 degree weather all day every day. I love it.

Also, thanks to those of you who reached out to let me know what they thought about Murder at the Pawstume Party! It’s never easy to start a new series, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed it!

I had a meeting with the contractors yesterday. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so it was very difficult to mask my displeasure. They have been no call, no show since last Wednesday. We had a discussion. While it was a bit tense, and they knew I was annoyed, I *think* (hope/pray) that they got the message, and that things will be smoother sailing from now on.

Have I mentioned that we initially contacted this company a year and a half ago?

***deep breaths***

Anyway, I’m grateful for my camper kitchen, we’re blessed to have a finished basement, and one day the work will finally be complete. Long story short, I don’t have any new progress pictures for you. (Maybe next week?)

In other news, I’m participating in another free book promo!

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Click below to get your free copy of my short story, Murder at the Pawstume Party featuring my rescue pup, Daisy Mae. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

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Don’t forget to snag your copy of Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun. (and a finished kitchen)

How have you guys enjoyed the book club so far? The links to the first three books have already been sent. SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

Meet the Author, and discuss cozy books here.

If you are a Kindle Reader, (Not Kindle Unlimited) I’m going to make your TBR list explode! An author friend of mine is having a promo on her cozy mystery collection. This weekend only, they are FREE.

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That’s not all… (I’m starting to sound like an infomercial!)

Another author colleague of mine is also offering her books free (This weekend only).

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I’m participating in a multi author giveaway. There are upwards of 30 short stories in this promotion.

Including my book, that’s 58 for free! Please feel free to drop me a line any time. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stay cozy!

Daphne

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February Vibes, Cozy Mystery Reader Tribes

Hi All,

Happy Friday! (It’s Friday, right?) This is a long one, and I promise that you’ll want to scroll to the end.

If you are from an area of the world that has winter, this is the stage where it goes from being this cozy, magical, wonderland… into a cold, muddy, mucky, mess. I’m ready for even slightly warmer temperatures. It would make having to cook in my camper kitchen a tad more bearable. LOL

For those of you who are new, (Welcome!) I’m having construction done on my house. We’ve completely gutted our kitchen, living & dining room. Demo started in early December, and that’s pretty much where we’re still at. I’m hoping a bit more progress is made next week so I can share some pictures. Right now, it just looks like a shack. 🙂

In other news, my kids and I started volunteering for this organization called Lasagna Love. We make a few lasagnas a month, and deliver them to families that we’ve been matched with. We took our little makeshift kitchen to the limit, but it provided for us and we were able to bless people in our community. If you know a family in need, or if you would like to volunteer, click the link below.

Click below to get your free copy of my short story, Murder at the Pawstume Party featuring my rescue pup, Daisy Mae. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

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Don’t forget to snag your copy of Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun. (and a finished kitchen)

How have you guys enjoyed the book club so far? The links to the first three books have already been sent. SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

Meet the Author, and discuss cozy books here.

If you are a Kindle Reader, (Not Kindle Unlimited) I’m going to make your TBR list explode! An author friend of mine is having a promo on her cozy mystery collection. This weekend only, they are FREE.

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That’s not all… (I’m starting to sound like an infomercial!)

Another author colleague of mine is also offering her books free (This weekend only).

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I’m participating in a multi author giveaway. There are upwards of 30 short stories in this promotion.

Including my book, that’s 58 for free! Please feel free to drop me a line any time. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stay cozy!

Daphne

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Freezing Temps and Free Books!

Hi All!

I’m in the Northeast, and it’s cold here. We finally got all of our Christmas Decorations down, and I’m enjoying our clean and decluttered home. For me, there is no better feeling than the first day Christmas decorations go up, and the day after they come down. Although, I like to wait until the second weekend in Jan to make that happen. To keep things cozy, I leave up white lights in the living room.
The construction on our Kitchen/Living/Dining area is moving slowly. They just started framing everything, and will hopefully be done with that by the end of next week. I’m still very grateful for our finished basement, and our camper kitchen.

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I’ve been accepted into another anthology that is coming out this summer! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun!

In other news, I got the rights reverted back to me for Murder at the Pawstume Party. I’ll be sending a link to the book to my loyal subscribers this week. If you would like a copy sign up for my newsletter below. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

How many of you joined the Cozy Mystery book club? The links to the first two books have already been sent. You still may have time to snag the one for 1/15. If you haven’t already done so, SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

I think that’s all for now. I’ll hopefully have some more progress pictures of the construction to send to you next week.

Until next time, Stay cozy!

Daphne

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Behind the Scenes with Daphne McLean

Hi All!

A big THANK YOU to all who filled out the survey last week, and volunteered to be ARC readers for me. We have a nice big team for now. I received many questions about me, my writing life, and how I came up with ideas. So, for those of you who asked, here’s a little about my story.

In October 2013, my son was about a year old. I was in a bit of a rut. I didn’t know any other local moms, and my good friends who had children lived over an hour away. “B”, my older guy, was a great baby. I mean they are all great babies, but this kid man. He was/is great. He was my little sidekick who just went with the flow. I loved being home with him, and having our own little adventures, but I was… lonely.

My good friend, and neighbor asked me to start going on daily morning walks. While she didn’t have kids, she loved “B”, and it seemed like it was a good idea for all of us. During that time, we would talk about everything. Marriage, friendships, kids, personal goals, you name it. Anyone that knows me knows that I dislike and avoid physical activity of all kinds. This person, “L” got me to walk daily. It was great.

Anyway, I’ve started and not finished a handful of books over the years. My process is to take something normal and innocent about my life and twist it in some way to make it different, complex, and sometimes sinister. It’s a way to be able to write what I know, without writing an autobiography. So, while we were out on these walks, I started thinking about this idea for a book about a true-crime loving stay-at-home mom, (raises hand) who happens upon a crime scene, and inserts herself into the investigation. I ran this idea by “L” and she said, “Write it!” So, I wrote the first three chapters, and sent them off to friends to see if there was something there, all of them responded to keep going. However, not too long after, life got a little different. “L” moved away, and “B” started needing more activity, and then before I knew it, my youngest, “W” came along and basically didn’t sleep for two years. (I forgive him, and love him deeply).

In late September of 2019, the air started to chill, and the leaves began to change. It reminded me of the time I spent walking with “L” and that old manuscript I started. A new family moved into “L’s” house and gave me a bit of inspiration. I re-wrote the first three chapters, outlined the rest, and by February 2019, I was a published author!

Pembury Acres and it’s inhabitants, are all (loosely) based on my life, and the people in it. The characters are a hodge podge of people I know, mixed with traits of other people I know. For example, the Chief is a mix of my high school ROTC teacher, my grandfather, and lots of police chiefs that I’ve seen on TV or read about in books.

Jennifer Temple and I are alike in that we are stay-at-home moms, we both have sons, chickens, and failing vegetable gardens. We also both love true crime. I however, can cook and would likely never stick my nose into a real police investigation. So there you have it. The inspiration for Red Picket Fences, and the subsequent books all came from my little neighborhood, and the people in my life.

If you guys have any more questions, please let me know!

Moving on… a few announcements Death at a Dinner Party is on sale for $0.99 until Sunday. It’s also now available in paperback! I’ve met many of you via BookFunnel, so I’m not sure if paperback is your preferred choice.

Also, I have two new books to share with you from my fellow author friends.

That’s all for now! Happy Reading!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

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Your TBR (To Be Read) list is going to get longer… Cozy Mystery Deals!

Hi All!

In between writing books, I like to read a whole bunch of books on craft, as well as a few cozies. However, this time, I’m taking a little vacation. My family and I have been in quarantine since March. We stumbled upon a camper for a very reasonable price recently, so we scooped it up, and are now parked at a camping spot on Chincoteague Island. It’s the safest way to travel these days!

Thank you to all who read and reviewed my latest release, Death at a Dinner Party. I’m working on a few more stories to share with all of you in the coming months. Until then, I have some books from my fellow cozy authors to tide you over!

This Entire Box Set is only $0.99!

This 20’s mystery is on Pre-order for $0.99!

If you haven’t done so already, please check out book 3 in the Jennifer Temple Mystery Series! Stay Cozy!

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Death at a Dinner Party is LIVE

Death at a Dinner Party is LIVE

Hi All!

I hope this e-mail is finding you well, and that you had a lovely weekend! Although it’s not quite October, my children strongly encouraged me to decorate for Halloween. This holiday is a big deal at our house, and it usually takes me several days to complete. I will send pictures along next time or you follow me on Facebook to view the finished product!

In other news, Death at a Dinner Party is finally Live! I’m so excited to share my latest cozy mystery with all of you. I hope you are enjoying following Jennifer Temple, and the cast of quirky but lovable characters. This book was a labor of love for me. I wrote it through a very difficult time. It was hard some days to get up the energy to write, but I pushed on for you, the readers, and for my father, who I know would be cheering me on to cross the finish line, and finally write “The End”

For those of you who prefer the paperback version, that should be coming out sometime next week!
If you need me, I’ll be busy plotting Book Four” Death on Rugosa Bay. I can’t stay away from my characters for too long. I miss being swept away by the quaint little neighborhood of Pembury Acres.
As always, please reach out to let me know what you thought. I LOVE hearing from you guys!

Stay well and stay cozy!

Daphne

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait…

It took time, revisions, and many early mornings/late nights, but I’m happy to announce that Body in the Begonias is finally here!

Lucky for you, there are two ways to get it!

  1. Sign-up for my newsletter, and download your FREE epub or mobi file right away.

Click here to sign up for my newsletter, and get book right away.

2. Pre-order on Amazon and have it delivered to your Kindle on July 1, 2020.

 

In the meantime, I’m feverishly working on Book 2: Death at a Dinner Party to be released on August 31, 2020!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne