Sunday, July 22, 2018

Murder Keeps No Calendar #bookgiveaway #summerreads

Hello folks - Edna Sweet here...nice to meet you. Yes, I am the Edna Sweet who runs the chain of Sweet Olde Tea Shoppes across England. I'm so pleased you like them.
Of course, I started with one little place just outside Oxford, and now look at me! And to think it might never have happened. That first year I was trading...well, the things you overhear when people think you're pouring them a cuppa or toasting a teacake - you have no idea. I was shocked. 
To my core. 
I can't say too much, not here. But if you'd like to know more...

When it comes to the perfect summer read - that allows you to relax and visit far-flung places with no effort - what's your cup of tea? 
A historic mystery set in old Shanghai? A hapless Scot on a visit to enigmatic Florence? How about an English country tea shop? Or a Welsh seaside city? 
Cathy Ace's MURDER KEEPS NO CALENDAR offers escapes to all these places, and more.

Whether you know this award-winning author's Cait Morgan Mysteries and WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, or not, you're in for a treat with this book.

Comment below, and leave an email address, to be entered to win a copy of the anthology where both her series begin. Closes midnight Eastern 23rd July. Open to those who live anywhere in the world!

To find out more about Cathy Ace and her characters check out her website:

Saturday, July 21, 2018

First Summer Married; First Summer Mom #bookgiveaway

By: Jaymie Leighton
From: No Grater Danger
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #7
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

Summertime... isn't it supposed to be relaxing, what with the kids out of school, and all? Instead, I feel like I'm going six ways and getting nothing done! Maybe it's just culture shock because I've never had a child before. Jakob seems to be taking it all in stride and just says "we'll get there!" whenever I panic.

Here is what we have to fit in this summer: work (of course), trip to Delaware to meet with the geneticist that Jocie (my little person step-daughter) has been seeing every year her whole life, a trip to Boca Raton to spend some time with my folks, and... then it's back to Queensville and back-to-school time and a round of medical, dental and eye appointments, school shopping, clothes shopping, getting the clothes altered (Jocie usually needs pants and skirts shortened), etcetera.

Jakob swears we'll get it all done and not to freak out. He says I'm only so stressed because it's my first summer being a mom, and that I need to just chill and we will get to every item on the list. Okay, I buy that, but how do we get so much done and still find time for fun?

Usually, in summer, I find time to go camping with some university friends in Canada for at least a week or two, and visit my grandmother in London, Ontario for a week. I work, of course, but also spend time in the garden, and read - lots and lots of books! - and hang out at the cottage with my parents for a week or so, too.

I'm not complaining. I love my new life as Jakob's wife and Jocie's mom! (Do you think she'll ever call me Mom?) But it's a change, and change is hard.

How do you handle change in your life? Do you find change stressful, or fun?


Cozy Up To Summer Giveaway!

Hello, dear readers! I'm so happy to see you all here, at Killer Characters' annual Cozy Up To Summer! month of giveaways.

I will be giving away one signed copy of No Grater Danger, as well as a bookmark and Vintage Kitchen Mysteries recipe card!

Open to Canadian and US readers! Comment here with your email address (yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com) and a first name by Midnight, July 22nd. If you comment after midnight, July 21st your comment will NOT show up right away, but will go into moderation; I'll approve them all before choosing a winner!

Good seeing you all, and stay tuned for MORE Vintage Kitchen Mysteries coming this year, AND Merry Muffin Mysteries, coming in 2019!

 A Christmas Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, coming Fall of 2018!

A NEW Merry Muffin Mysteries coming Spring 2019!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July and a GIVEAWAY

By Sully Sullivan
from the Theater Cop series by J.A. Hennrikus

All right, I know folks love Christmas movies. A lot of folks love Christmas movies. But that two week Christmas in July spree a couple of weeks ago? I saw someone tossing a scarf over their shoulder and I almost wept.
It isn't that I don't love Christmas, because I do. I can deck the halls with the best of them. Or rather, I used to be able to deck the halls. Then yours truly had a brilliant plan to raise more cash for our summer theater, the Cliffside.
"Why don't we do A Christmas Carol, and make it a fundraiser?" I asked innocently at a planning meeting a few years back. Our artistic director, Dimitri Traietti, reacted negatively to the idea, but I talked him into it.
I. Talked. Him. Into. It.
In other words, it's all my fault. Well, this last Christmas Carol, not all of that was my fault. Who knew our new Scrooge was a nightmare? And that issue with Mrs. Cratchitt. You can't blame me for that. No, all that happened, and was written about in A Christmas Peril, that wasn't my fault.
But doing the show, and making it an annual event that pretty much made me a zombie through the holidays? The show that kept my halls from being decked, since my cat didn't pull his weight and put up the tree? That's my fault.
And that's why Christmas in July made me cry. I was just getting over last year's A Christmas Carol, and wasn't prepared.
Tell me, given all that happened last year, can you blame me?
Friends, how do you feel about Christmas in July? Let me know below, and I'll pick a winner of a copy of A Christmas Peril on Sunday, July 22.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summer Book #Giveaway!

By Sassy Cabot of the Read ’Em and Eat mysteries by TerrieFarley Moran

How is everyone feeling during these hot summer days? I can tell you that living in Fort Myers Beach as I do, I am so grateful when a gentle breeze comes in off the Gulf of Mexico. The temperature is in the low 90’s most days, so when Bridgy and I finish our day at the Read ’Em and  Eat CafĂ© and Bookstore, we like to pop open an umbrella and spread out on the sand with a good book or two or three.

I wasn’t surprised to learn that all the Killer Characters feel as though summer is a great time to relax with a great book and cozy mysteries sure fill the bill. So to help with your summer reading we are holding a giveaway every day from now until August 15, 2018. Be sure and come back daily.

Today as part of the Killer Characters summer giveaway, we’re offering your choice of one of the Read ’Em and Eat books: Well Read, Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed, or Read to Death.

To enter, please comment below to let us know which book you would like to win. Please include your email in this format: your name (at) your server (dot) com--so the spambots can't pick it up.  Comments close at midnight your time on Friday August 20th.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Keeping Up

by Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of an adjoining barkery and bakery, whose adventures are memorialized in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston

Hi, everyone, and Happy July.  This year is going quickly.  Fortunately, all seems well in both my shops, Barkery and Biscuits, and Icing on the Cake.  Business is good, and I've been able to hold adoption events in the Barkery often.  I always enjoy doing things to help pets who need new homes.  My own dog Biscuit helps a lot by encouraging me--and tasting treats.  Plus, as always, I enjoy continuing my job as a veterinary technician on a part-time basis.

And in my town of Knobcone Heights?  Well, things are going fine at the moment.  But... well, you may already know that I've had to solve a fourth murder there.  Yes, I really had to.  You may know that I'm now in a relationship with Dr. Reed Storme, one of the veterinarians at the clinic where I work.  He'd been telling me to stay out of attempting to solve murders, for my own safety.  But when he wound up being the main suspect?  Well, you can guess what happened.  He encouraged me to help, as long as I was careful about it. 

What happened then has now been memorialized in the fourth book about me: Pick and Chews.  As always I have mixed emotions about being featured that way, but hopefully those books help the business in my stores.

And guess what.  Linda O. Johnston, the person who writes those books, has told me that this is a special month at the blog site where this will be posted--Killer Characters, according to her.  There are book giveaways every day.  And she'll be giving away a copy of Pick and Chews to one of the people who posts a comment on this blog. 

So... well, good luck to all of you.  Be sure to leave a comment to get a chance to win.  She says it'll take a few days, but one of you will wind up winning a book. 

And me?  Well, I hope this is the last story I wind up starring in... but I've been informed there are more murders likely to occur in this amazing, fun--but sometimes dangerous--little town.

PICK AND CHEWS, the fourth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, is a May 2018 release.

And leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Death of a Reenactor---and Giveaway!

By Chloe Ellefson, Historic Site Curator

of the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

by Kathleen Ernst

All I want to do is host a stellar Civil War reenactment at the historic site where I work, Old World Wisconsin. I want to work with a small group of great reenactors, and focus on social history.

Reenactors at Old World Wisconsin
My micromanaging boss, director Ralph Petty, wants a hokey mock battle with anybody he can shove onto the field and no particular care taken with authenticity.

Our first planning meeting quickly devolved into a battle of its own. Petty actually threatened to fire me if the event did not go well. He's tried before.

My stress faded a bit when I met Gunter, leader of a top-notch reenactment group. We walked out to the 1860 farm restored on site, once home to German immigrants.

The Schulz Farm
Everything will be OK, I promised myself. Gunter had some great ideas about programming.

As we approached the farm, an interpreter was shooing geese toward the stable. When several darted behind the building, she hurried after them. She stopped abruptly.  Then she turned and ran, long skirt held high, shrieking.

This was not good.

We ran to meet her. Her eyes were huge, her cheeks white. She was one of the summer hires, a college kid with only a few weeks' experience. "Behind the stable--I--he was... Oh God."  Her eyes welled with tears. "A man's hurt really bad."

"Go call 911," I told her, and kept running. My skin prickled. I sent up a silent prayer: Please let the man be OK."

But when rounded the corner, my heart plummeted like a stone tossed into a kettle pond. A middle-aged man wearing a Union army uniform lay motionless on his back. The reenactor's head lay at an unnatural angle.  His eyes were wide, vacant, staring at the sky. One arm was flung wide.

I think my Civil War reenactment is already doomed.

Giveaway! Leave a comment below, and you'll be entered in a drawing for a signed and personalized trade paperback copy of A Memory of Muskets. The Giveaway closes at midnight on July 19. The winner will be announced on July 20. Please either include an email with your comment or be sure to check back on the 19th. Happy reading!

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Kathleen Ernst is the author of thirty-six books, including the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries, mysteries for young readers, historical fiction, and two nonfiction books.  Before becoming a full time writer she worked as a curator at Old World Wisconsin.

To learn more about the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series---including the latest, Mining For Justice, see Kathleen's website.

Kathleen is celebrating the series with an eight-month-long retrospective, and it's A Memory of Muskets month! Stop by her blog to learn more about the book, and watch her Facebook Author Page for another Giveaway.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cycle Path Giveaway!

Evie Bloomfield here on lovely Mackinac Island and from the Cycle Path Mysteries. We all know not all weddings are created equal but to have the bride shoot the wedding planner may be a new one.

Okay, maybe he had it coming. Maybe he did forget to order the tables and chairs for the reception and went with picnic baskets and blankets for a sit on the lawn affair. Maybe he did forget to order the cake but he did scrounge up those cupcakes from Doud’s Market that weren’t too bad. And what about the good things? He ordered the best Champagne ever and lots of it.
Why did he remember the Champagne when he forgot everything else? Does it have to do with the dead guy on the docks who had a bottle of Champagne clutched in his hands? Does it have anything to do with the smuggling booze operation into Canada?
Not that the bride cares diddly about any of that all she wanted was a wedding to remember and a dead wedding planner with a musket ball in his chest is sure to make that happen.

But the upside of today is Killer Characters is launching Cozy Up To Summer Giveaway!!! It runs from now till August 15!! So don’t miss a day.

And today to kick off the event I’m giving away any book from my backlist and an adorable pair of Cat Socks. Everyone needs Cat Socks.

 Just leave a comment on What is the best thing about cozy mysteries!! The characters? Locations? Communities? That they are a series? I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for playing along!!