A Day in the Life of Genevieve Girard by Diane Vallere

Crushed VelvetThat jerk! That jerk of a husband of mine. He wants me to sell my tea recipes to an Italian food distributor. How could he? He knows the whole theme of Tea Totalers is French—that was my dream, to own a French-themed tea shop. I thought he understood. I mean, he always cracks jokes that the only reason I married him was because he had a French last name. When I said I wanted to serve food from France, he probably thought I meant French Fries.

I know he thinks the only reason I’m mad is because of the French/Italian mix-up, but it’s so much more than that. This tea shop is my whole world. You’d think it meant something to him too considering we met at the World Tea Expo. But lately I’ve been thinking that Phil doesn’t care all that much about me and my dreams. He spends more and more time away from home. He said the taxi fares at night are better than during the day, but if he really was doing it for the money, then why was he so eager for me to sell out? And now he’s going to meet with that distributor, I just know he is. That’s why he’s going to Los Angeles tonight instead of tomorrow morning like we’d planned. Los Angeles! Why anybody would want to spend their time in that big city instead of San Ladrón, our nice, quiet, and peaceful town, is beyond me. Even my friend Poly Monroe moved from there to here and she’s happy (but that might be because she’s about to reopen the fabric store.)

I grabbed the jambon and brie (ham and cheese, my aunt fanny!) sandwich that I’d made for Phil’s trip and took a bite, and then another. So much for the thoughtful picnic basket I packed for his trip. I finished the sandwich in four bites and guzzled tea straight from the fresh pitcher that I’d brewed for him too. That’ll show him, I thought. He could get a crummy burger from a drive-thru for all I cared. Maybe that’s what it would take for him to calm down and realize how well I took care of him.

I knew I shouldn’t be mad at Phil. He was just trying to help us make ends meet while Tea Totalers got on solid footing. Feeling guilty about the empty picnic basket, I set about packing a new one and brewing a pitcher of calming tea. That would have to help matter. Sure, Phil complained that the last time I tried this recipe he didn’t feel so well, but I could tweak the recipe. Maybe this time it would turn out differently.


You can read more about Genevieve in Crushed Velvet, the second book in the “Material Witness” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Suede To Rest.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 17 for the chance to win a print copy of Crushed Velvet. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. CRUSHED VELVET, the second book in the nationally bestselling and Lefty-Nominated Material Witness Cozy Mystery Series, comes out August 4. Diane is the current president of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, and was co-chair of the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference. She also writes the Madison Night and Style & Error Mystery Series. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

Visit Diane at www.dianevallere, on Twitter or on Facebook

123 responses to “A Day in the Life of Genevieve Girard by Diane Vallere

  1. Barbara Tobey

    Fun series.

  2. Kathleen Costa

    Great blog….Suede to Rest was a good book, and I expect Crushed Velvet will not disappoint. Poly is a great character with a well-written storyline.

  3. Crushed Velvet sounds like a exciting mystery book, and the cover is adorable. Thank you for the chance to win the book.
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  4. I really enjoyed the first one in this series and looking forward to Crushed Velvet. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Grace Topping

    Congratulations, Diane, on your recent launch of “Crushed Velvet.” From your write-up, it sounds like a murder is brewing. I look forward to reading another Poly Monroe adventure.

  6. Crushed Velvet sounds like a great mystery. I love the cover! Thank you for the chance to win this book.

  7. Sounds tasty!

  8. Nice book, I hope to get a chance to read it 🙂

  9. I love the idea of a Material Witness Cozy Mystery Series! Will add books to my wishlist.
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  10. Sounds like a cute book. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  11. Barbara Hackel

    As many others, I have been looking forward to this second book in the Material Witness series. SUEDE TO REST was such a terrific start to the series, I am looking forward to more Poly and friends! Thanks Dru and Diane for the opportunity to win a copy of CRUSHED VELVET. 🙂

  12. Denise Zendel

    Love the titles. Going to have to pick these up. I don’t think yhe relationship between Poly and her lying husband is going to turn out well.

  13. jane chizmar

    Looking forward to reading crushed velvet.

  14. Yvonne Gilbert

    Thank you for this chance to win! It sounds like a great read. Can’t wait!!!

  15. This looks like a great books

  16. I can’t wait to catch up on this series.

  17. I just adore the cute cover on this new book….sure would love to win it!!!! Sounds like a great read!!!!! Can’t wait to read it!!!! God bless!!!!

  18. I adore the kittens in this series. Thanks for the giveaway

  19. I love the cover. It would catch my eye and make me interested enough to purchase it. Thanks for the review. robeader53@yahoo.com

  20. Hmmmm, sounds interesting. I would love to win it.

  21. What a lovely feature and great giveaway. A talented author whose book I would enjoy. Thanks for this chance.

  22. Love the cover! I think I will really like Genevieve. Can’t wait to read this series.

  23. book sounds interesting and would love to win. TY for the chance

  24. Sounds like a good series.

  25. I’m a material girl (you should see my stash); so I REALLY love this series!

  26. elainehroberson

    I think I know those two cats on your cover (or two just like them). Sounds like a great book. Would love to try it.

  27. Now I’m curious about the snippet but still would love to read “Crushed Velvet”…all the advanced reviews have been fab and I’m intrigued with the concept.

  28. I would love to win a copy of Crushed Velvet! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Looking forward to the new title from Vallere–she’s a great author! Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Barbara Landrum

    Oh I do love cats, and this book really intrigues me, looking forward to reading this one!

  31. Another new to me series, I’ll have to look into getting the first one, this sounds good. Thanks for introducing a new book to me. 🙂

  32. I don’t think things bode well for the husband!

  33. I loved book #1! Can’t wait to read this one.

  34. Book looks great! I haven’t read any books in this series, but I’ve been seeing alot of it on other blogs. So good job with the promotion! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. I really enjoyed Suede to Rest so I’m looking forward to reading Crushed Velvet. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  36. Dotty Kelley

    Looking forward to reading this one.

  37. Thank you for the giveway. This looks like a great read!

  38. kayekillgore

    I loved the first book in this series.

  39. New series for me sounds like my type of book

  40. do men really ever understand us women? looking forward to finding out what happens in their relationship.

  41. Kelli Jo Calvert

    Sounds like a fun read!!!

  42. Loved Suede to Rest. Would love to own Crushed Velvet.

  43. Crushed Velvet sounds like a really great book. Looking g forward to it.

  44. I have been really enjoying both of your series. Happy to see a new one. Congrats

  45. Thank you Dru for another great blog today & for featuring Diane and her new release! I loved Suede To Rest and am anxiously waiting to read Crushed Velvet. Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Carving Lady

    Sounds like a good series to start on. Thanks Dru and Diane for the chance!

  47. Marilyn Watson

    Love the beginning…how many times have we gotten angry like that? Great Cover too…thanks for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  48. I REALLY want to read these! And I love the pictures of the cats on the cover.

  49. this is a must-add to my Wish List……..
    thank you for the giveaway……..

  50. Love to start this series. It sounds so fun. Thank you for the chance

  51. Jill Broussard

    Enjoyed this. Would love to read your book. Thankyou for the opportunity!

  52. Such a great series, always has me laughing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  53. I love fabric, so I’m in. It was interesting to hear Diane talk about Polyester at a recent book signing and hear how the titles of her books came to be. i have a copy of Suede to Rest.

  54. I am currently reading the first one – Suede to Rest – loving it so far! I like Charlie’s attitude and Poly’s determination.

  55. Thanks for the giveaway! Loved the first book in the series and can’t wait to read this one!

  56. Tease me all over Facebook. Little pictures of hot books, a tape measure, and now a portion of the book. I really want to read but I have to wait. Book budget is shot.

  57. I love all things French, especially the good. Can’t wait to read this.

  58. I love the Madison Night books, so I’m looking forward to this series! Suede To Rest is already waiting in queue on my Kindle. 🙂

  59. Celest Mattis

    I love love reading this blog everyday and I love the sound of Crushed Velvet. Hope to win a copy, thanks for the chance.

  60. I’m looking forward to reading Crushed Velvet. Suede to Rest was a great book and I can’t wait to see what happens now that the fabric shop will have a new incarnation as Material Girl. Thanks for the chance to win.

  61. Sounds like my type of book!

  62. How will things work out for this couple? I think I want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  63. A novel revolving around a tea shop what is not to love! A book I could fall in love with.

  64. I have not read this series but it sounds good
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  65. Thanks Diane for commenting and interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.