Friday, November 24, 2017

#Bookgiveaway - Four ARCs - Holiday Cheer!

Character:      Savannah Webb
Series:           Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon

Hi, Savannah here. I'm getting ready to attend a reception at the Dali Museum tonight. It's in honor of a famous glass artist who used to be an apprentice for my late father. Not only that but Dennis was my first boyfriend in high school.

I'm a bit nervous. I haven't seen Dennis in a long time and I'm not sure how I feel about meeting him in person. He broke up with me a long time ago when we were both very young. We've been corresponding by e-mail about his upcoming exhibit and he's agreed to lecture to my students about etching. That's his speciality.

Luckily, for confidence, I have my little black dress, and my British boyfriend, Edward, who will be my escort. So, everything is well under control. Except that it probably isn't.


Etched in Tears releases on November 28, 2017 and is available for pre-order on AmazonNookKobo, and all your favorite bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books 

About Etched in Tears

When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer's cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah's first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis's return home has her reflecting on the past--a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father's records sheds new light on Dennis's history, but it seems his present life wasn't so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it's up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.


There's a #BOOKGIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and your email address in the form of name(AT)server(DOT)com to avoid the SPAM bots. Do this by midnight on November 25 for the chance to win a signed advanced review copy of each book in the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Series, Pane and Suffering, Shards of Murder, Cracked to Death, and Etched in Tears. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes.

Meet the author:

Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

Visit Cheryl and her books at her WebsiteFacebook or Twitter

Thursday, November 23, 2017

We’re Thankful - Season's Readings Book Giveaway

by Janet Marsh
from the Highland Bookshop Mysteries by Molly MacRae

Dear Readers,

For cozy houses,

warm kitchens,

friends old and new,

For family, pets, and stories, too,
we're thankful, 
and wish a heartfelt 
Season's Readings to you!

From Inversgail, Scotland, to wherever you are – if you’re sitting down to a feast this Thanksgiving or if you’re filling plates in a serving line to make sure others have a warm meal, if you’re traveling or if you’re far from home and those you love – we thank you for being readers and for spreading the joy of books. 

With all our love, Janet Marsh, Christine Robertson, Tallie Marsh, Summer Jacobs, Rab MacGregor, and Norman Hobbs.

To help you celebrate, we’re giving away two signed copies of Scones and Scoundrels, the second book in our new Highland Bookshop Mystery series. Leave a comment below with your email address before midnight eastern on Saturday November 25th for a chance to win a signed copy! (Sorry, USA and Canada only)

Scones and Scoundrels, book 2 in the Highland Bookshop Mysteries, comes out January 2, 2018, and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold.

Molly MacRae is also the author of the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries.  Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae, or find her the first Monday of each month at Amy Alessio’s Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Meet Edna Sweet, at her Sweet Olde Tea Shoppe (and enter for a GIVEAWAY!)

Hello there, my name’s Edna. Edna Sweet. Nice to meet you. If you’ve got stuck in traffic just outside Oxford – maybe on your way to see its famous spires and colleges – you might have seen the signposts to the village where I have my tea shop, or maybe not. It’s a small place, and we’re all rather glad we don’t get the tourists some of our neighbors do. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t good trade for me here. Indeed, since I opened my tea room a month or so back, it’s all gone a lot better than I could have dared hope. 

I think my toasted teacakes have a lot to do with my success; I use a family recipe and make them from scratch, every day. And I never use one of those nasty toaster things - no, I pop them under the grill at the top of the stove so they only toast on the cut surface where they’ll be buttered, leaving the underside nice and soft. Oh heck, have I given away a secret now? Ah well, you can try it at home if you like -  you’ll find it makes a big difference.

I’ve dreamed of owning a genteel tea shop in a quaint village since I was about ten years old when I was living in anything-but-quaint North London…and now I’ve finally made it happen. I spent weeks clearing out the place I bought; I’m surprised the previous owner hadn’t killed someone, the kitchen was in such a dreadful mess. But now everything’s just right: blue and white gingham tablecloths, dark wood tables and chairs, and a lovely big Welsh dresser bedecked with classic Willow Pattern china. Perfect. At least, that’s what I thought…until I overheard a conversation the other day that set me back on my heels. I’m wondering if I was mistaken…why on earth would anyone be talking about poison in my tea room?

You can meet Edna Sweet – and a host of other characters – in Cathy Ace’s brand new anthology MURDER KEEPS NO CALENDAR, which is available for pre-order at now! GREAT NEWS…If you’re a fan of Cathy’s Cait Morgan Mysteries you can find out how Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson first met, and for those of you who enjoy spending time with the women in Cathy’s other series, The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, you can be there when the four women decide to set up in business together! 

The anthology contains eight novellas and four short stories – one for each month of the year – two of which have already been produced for BBC Radio 4. The book is available for pre-order on Kindle NOW, and print copies can reach you before Christmas...what a super gift idea - right? Enter today to win a print copy - Cathy will contact the winner on Thursday afternoon.

Click here for the print book
Click here for the Kindle book 

Leave a comment below by midday, Eastern, on Thursday 23rd November (with your name and an email address) and your name might be plucked from the proverbial hat to win a print copy of the book. Good luck! Open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

Cathy Ace is the Bony Blithe Award-winning author of The Cait Morgan Mysteries and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries.  You can find out more about Cathy, her work and her characters at her website, where you can also sign up for her newsletter with news, updates and special offers:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Have a Cozy Christmas!

By: Jaymie Leighton Muller
Title: Leave It to Cleaver
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
My website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
Facebook: Author Victoria Hamilton
Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

This is new, this feeling; I'm shopping for Christmas for a little girl - Jocie, my step daughter - and it's all so new to me, joyful and yet terrifying. I'm not quite sure I know how to handle it. My older sister, Becca, never had children so I didn't even have nieces and nephews to practice on.

So... do I spoil her rotten like I want to? Everything she sees and likes
on television, my instinct is to run out and buy it. I don't want to see a sad face on Christmas day, and I well remember the Christmas I didn't get the Lil Miss Makeup doll I wanted. I don't remember what I did get, but now I can see why my mother wouldn't have gotten me that doll. Talk about the wrong message for a five year old... makeup on a toddler doll??

But Jocie wants a Finger Baby Monkey that's twenty dollars. Twenty dollars for a glorified finger puppet! But she reeeeally wants it! It's hard to resist that adorable face and pleading eyes; Jakob is leaving it up to me this year. He tells me she'll be just fine if she doesn't get it, and I want to believe him. I could be sneaky and farm that gift out to my mom and dad, who are completely in love with Jocie and would be happy to buy it for her, but then I run the risk of my folks getting her the gift she loves the best this Christmas.

I recently came across a gift giving philosophy for children that I really like. It's a rhyme, and goes like this: "Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." I love that idea, and Jakob is on board.

So, World Wide Web folk... what do you think? Give kids exactly what they want, or try to choose what you believe is best for them? I'll admit I'm confused.


Season's Readings Giveaway!

How about some gifts for YOU for Christmas?? You can sip your Christmas cocoa (or coffee, or tea) from this Have A Cozy Christmas! mug and use the cool skull teaspoon to stir it up! All while you're reading Leave It to Cleaver! ((Click on the pic to see the prizes up close!!))

So... Tell Jaymie your thoughts on a gift for Jocie in your comment.

Leave your first name and an email address ((yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com))

Comment by Midnight November 23rd (don't worry if you comment after Midnight on the 21st and your comment doesn't show up right away; it goes to moderation, and I'll okay it the next day!)

Open to US and Canadian entries!

Happy Holidays, all, and enjoy our Season's Readings Month of Giveaways!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

T'is the Season for a Giveaway

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

When you are a theater company who does A Christmas Carol every year, you start thinking about Christmas in August--meeting with designers, getting the marketing plan in place, starting to build the show. By October you've already had a first rehearsal. And depending on when you are opening, Thanksgiving is a bit of a blur. For the Cliffside Theater Company this year, Thanksgiving is tech week. Not the most festive of times.

Tech week is when lights are focused, wardrobe changes are rehearsed, press interviews are done on set,  and if you're lucky you get a full run of the show done before the first audience comes in. Since Thanksgiving is early this year, our final dress rehearsal is actually scheduled for Thanksgiving night. I know, I know. How is that possible? Well, if things were going well, we could have had the final dress on Wednesday and taken the day off. But things aren't going well. At all. (Read A Christmas Peril for more details on that!) So we have to have Thanksgiving dinner at the theater.

We're doing a pot luck for the feast, and the signups are interesting to say the least. Connie, our intrepid stage manager, has ordered a cooked ham and turkey and several pies to be delivered. Someone else is bringing roasted vegetables. The Beef and Ale is providing potatoes and green bean casserole. We have some Chinese food being delivered. Tofu is the prime ingredient in a couple of side dishes. Our rolls are going to be gluten free--don't ask.

I'm even going to make my bourbon sweet potato casserole. I've already started to roast the potatoes, and will caramelize the brown sugar, butter, and bourbon on Wednesday night to let them all marinate together before I bake them on Thursday. Yum!

Dinner is planned for two o'clock, in the lobby of the theater. The entire company will sit together, and share a meal. Maybe that will be the secret ingredient to make this our best A Christmas Carol ever.

Let's hope so--t'is the season!
I'm thrilled to kick off Killer Characters' Seasons Readings with a giveaway! Every day for the next month we will be giving away books. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog, with your email address.

I am happy to give one randomly chosen winner a copy of A Christmas Peril.

I will choose a reader Friday at noon east coast time, and will contact them for their address.

We are so grateful to our readers, and happy to celebrate with them for the next month!
Happy Thanksgiving friends!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Friends Let Friends Talk to Their Cats! Giveaway!

By Colbie Summers Owner of Meowio Batali Gourmet Cat Food

From the Gourmet Cat Mystery Series by Kathy Krevat


I’m Colbie Summers, owner of Meowio Batali Gourmet Cat Food, and owned by my cat, Trouble.

Trouble gets a lot of the credit for my business. Of course, I do all the planning, shopping, cooking, marketing, and so much more for Meowio. But Trouble inspired the whole thing.

I found her abandoned as a tiny kitten. She had so many digestive problems that I ended up cooking for her, and then for my friends whose cats had similar issues. When people I didn’t know kept offering to buy it, my business was born.  I try lots of new recipes, and Trouble is an excellent taste-tester. I learned early on that if Trouble doesn’t like it, the product won’t sell.

Trouble goes along with me to Farmers’ Markets, wearing a tiny chef hat and sitting on a cat-sized love seat. She adores the attention from her fans, and lets me know when she’s ready to go home.

I’m not saying that she talks to me, but she does have a way of getting her message across. I find myself translating quite well. And of course, I talk to her. (She just gave me a look that so obviously says All. The. Time.)

Growing Meowio into a side business, while balancing my full time job and the needs of my twelve-year old son, Elliott, hasn’t always been easy. But as a single mom who dropped out of college, I was doing pretty well when my father came down with pneumonia and his friend convinced me to come home and help him out. So I packed up Elliott and Trouble and moved back to Sunnyside, California.

I’d been a city girl for quite a while, but small town life has its charms, especially Joss Delaney, my dad’s organic farmer neighbor. His baby chicks have enthralled Elliott while other parts of Joss have my attention.

Somehow, I was convinced to join the Sunnyside Power Moms, a group of small business owners who joined together for networking and support. And somehow, I became friends with a bunch of soccer moms.

But small towns also have secrets. And sometimes those secrets lead to murder.

Do you talk to your pets? Do they talk back? Answer the question in the comments section below for a chance to win a Kindle copy of THE TROUBLE WITH MURDER! Please include your email in this format: name (at) server (dot) com to avoid spam bots. Giveaway ends November 20 at midnight your time.

Pre-order your copy of THE TROUBLE WITH MURDER, out on DECEMBER 12 by Lyrical Underground/Kensington Books.

Kathy Krevat is the author of the GOURMET CAT MYSTERY series and the nationally bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series under the name Kathy Aarons.

She lives in San Diego with her husband of twenty-five years, close to the beach, their two grown daughters and Philz coffee. Kathy’s an avid supporter of youth arts education and serves as president of the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving and Dog Treats

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.  Short post here since I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving, which is coming way too soon.  But I have developed some more healthy dog treats which residents of Knobcone Heights, California, can buy at my Barkery and Biscuits shop, as well as people treats, available at Icing on the Cake.

So far, this has been a nice, calm season.  I hope it stays that way, although I’ve an inkling that I haven’t solved my last mystery.  In fact, as I mentioned last month, there are hints that I may encounter another murder in 2018.

But for now, I’m giving thanks that the most stress I have at the moment is making sure I have enough products to sell in my shops, while still spending time at the local veterinary clinic to help the vets there care for animals in need.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, from my dog Biscuit and me!  And next month... well, I've heard that whoever posts here might be giving away a Christmas treat, so be sure to come here and visit.