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Cover Reveal ~ The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for the fourth book in the “Giulia Driscoll” mystery series, coming May 30, 2017.


Title: The Clock Strikes Nun
Series: Giulia Driscoll #4
Genre: Humorous Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Website: Alice Loweecey

When terrified Elaine Patrick knocks on Driscoll Investigations’ door and insists her house is haunted, Giulia Driscoll’s first response is “we don’t handle ghosts.” When Elaine’s housekeeper and crackpot filthy rich cousin descend on Giulia and demand she find out who’s trying to steal sweet, fragile Elaine’s family business out from under her, that’s a different story. They want DI to provide Tarot readings, ghost hunting sessions, and even an exorcism.

Ghost hunting? There are apps for that. Tarot readings? Experts in the skill are right across the street. Exorcisms? Having a priest for a brother-in-law comes in handy. Giulia plunges into a crash course in all things supernatural, convinced everything happening to Elaine is stagecraft.

Except when it isn’t. Giulia’s about to discover a new dimension to sleuthing, if she can survive attempted murder long enough to see through the web of lies around her client.

About the author
Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer horror films and Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble for her sleuth Giulia Driscoll or inspiring nightmares as her alter-ego Kate Morgan, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).

You can also connect with Alice on her Amazon page.

Book is available for pre-order at retail and online booksellers.

A day in the life of Maizy Emerson by Kelly Rey

motion-for-mischiefJamie Winters mentioned that someone wanted to know about a day in her life, but since she’s really old, like in her thirties, she’s in bed asleep or something right now, so you’re getting me instead. Consider yourself lucky. Don’t tell her I said this, but if we were Batman and Robin, she’d be Robin, and who wants to know what he’s up to all day long?

I’m Maizy Emerson, I’m seventeen, and I help Jamie solve murders. She’s got a job as a glorified legal secretary for a low class law firm, and I do hard and unnecessary time in the classroom, but we rock at the detective thing. My Uncle Curt doesn’t like it much that Jamie keeps finding dead people, but he still helps out sometimes. Which is good for Jamie, because she kind of has a thing going with Uncle Curt. Besides, he’s pretty useful when we need some muscle. Or someone to drive the getaway car.

Personally, I have no time for romance. Sometimes I let Brody Amherst buy me a Sizzli, but that’s just a resource retention calculation on my part. Jamie drives the stegosaurus of cars, so we need to be able to rent Honest Aaron’s junkers when hers breaks down. Honest Aaron doesn’t care that The Man is conspiring to keep me from getting my driver’s license, and I don’t mind little things like rusted-out floors and bloodstains. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

Just because my dad’s a cop doesn’t mean I can’t shop locally.

I should probably tell you that I mostly observe the arbitrary societal norms designed to oppress free thinkers and teenagers, but I had to crash Oxnard Thorpe’s wedding because Jamie was supposedly getting paid to be the maid of honor, and if you know anything about Jamie, it’s that she hates weddings. So there was bound to be serious entertainment value there. It was only a perk that Oxnard was the Adult Diaper King of New Jersey. The situation practically required me to buy that tasteful five dollar thrift store gown and show up. I had a pretty good time, too. If you’ve never checked out a gazillionaire’s mansion, I recommend it. Don’t judge. If rich people don’t want anyone to conduct self-guided tours, they shouldn’t hold parties.

Anyway, for some reason, all the guests left after the food fight, so there was no one around when Jamie and I found the groom dead in the swimming pool. Which might’ve seemed like an accident if Oxnard hadn’t given so many people a reason to want to kill him. We got some help, (if that’s what you want to call it) in finding the killer from Eunice Kublinski, the new lawyer in town. Eunice will be fierce once she gets that fainting problem under control.

And that’s how we got involved in Motion For Mischief.

You can read more about Maizy in Motion For Mischief, the fourth book in the “Jamie Winters” mystery series.

Legal secretary and sometimes-sleuth Jamie Winters thought she’d seen it all. . . until now.

When Oxnard Thorpe, the Adult Diaper King of New Jersey and one of Parker, Dennis’s most important clients, is found dead in the swimming pool of his sprawling mansion on his wedding night, his bride gives Jamie and her teenaged sidekick, Maizy, the green light to find the killer. Could it be the faded society maven, the bridesmaid for hire, the harried housekeeper, Oxnard’s embittered twin siblings, the surly wedding planner, the groom’s sketchy colleague, or even the not-so-blushing bride herself? Just when it seems things couldn’t possibly get more confusing, they get an assist from Eunice Kublinski, the firm’s timid new attorney with a morbid fear of public speaking—which makes things much, much worse! If Jamie doesn’t unravel the truth quickly, she may just be next on the killer’s list!

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Meet the author
Kelly Rey is the author of the Jamie Winters Mysteries and co-author with Gemma Halliday of Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Brash Blonde. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, working out, and avoiding housework.

All comments are welcomed.

Motion For Mischief is available at online booksellers.

A day in the life with Bobby Baxter by Cindy Blackburn

unexpectedWhen Dru Ann asked my daughter to tell you about her typical day, Cassie agreed without thinking ahead. My daughter’s like that—jump in with both feet and worry about the repercussions later. Cassie, if she had just thought a moment, would know she doesn’t have time for any extra work right now! Not only is she busy with her job—she’s a college professor—but she’s also managed to get herself a five-year-old child to take care of. Not that I’m complaining. Little Truman is cute as a button and smart as a whip. He’s a delightful addition to our household, but he’s keeping Cassie on her toes.

Once she realized she’d taken on more than she could handle, Cassie asked me to fill in for her, and hopefully Dru Ann will approve of my typical day. Unexpected perhaps, but the life of a seventy-year-old retired English teacher who lives with his daughter in a teeny tiny town in rural Vermont is anything but boring. Trust me, no one who lives with Cassie Baxter need worry about boring. The girl is always getting herself into the most unexpected pickles. . .But I digress. Let’s get back to a day in the life of me—Bobby Baxter.

We Baxters, despite what Cassie tries to claim, are morning people. I’m up by five a.m., and since I know that deep down inside she’s a morning person also, I go upstairs to my daughter’s room to greet her. Lately, I pick up Truman along the way. The child is always wide awake and waiting for me. He fits right into our household! I take a seat in the rocking chair beside Cassie’s bed, Truman joins me, and by the time our Labrador retriever Charlie gets himself comfortable on top of Cassie, she’s awake, too.

Of course she starts complaining, but that doesn’t last long, because I immediately regale everyone with the latest Chance Dooley dilemma. Upon retirement I took up writing science fiction, and Chance Dooley is the hero of my stories. A whiz-bang pilot, Chance is the owner and operator of Dooley’s Delivery Service: The Delivery Service That Delivers Where No Delivery Service Has Ever Delivered Before! Chance and his trusty Spaceship Destiny spend their days flying here, there, and everywhere throughout the Hollow Galaxy. And Cassie, and now Truman, always make fantastic suggestions to help Chance navigate (no pun intended) his latest exciting adventure. Indeed, Chance Dooley gets into almost as many unexpected pickles as my daughter!

Once we figure out what Chance and I will be working on while everyone else is off at school—Cassie to Crabtree College to teach, and Truman to his kindergarten class in our one room schoolhouse in Lake Elizabeth, Vermont, I cook breakfast. We Baxters love a big breakfast, despite what Cassie might tell you. By the way, she tells me I drive her nuts. But anyone who knows Cassie, knows the girl is completely Looney Tunes with or without my help.

With my daughter and Truman gone for the day, Chance and Charlie and I enjoy a few hours of quiet while I write. On second thought, ‘quiet’ might be a bit of an exaggeration. Life around here is never as quiet as you might expect—we have neighbors. Joe Wiley lives next door and also works from home on the most fascinating contraption called the FN451z. Noisy? Let me tell you. What I cannot tell you is exactly what the FN451z does. My daughter calls Joe Wylie a mad scientist, but Cassie can’t fool me. The girl is head over heels for Joe, and Joe feels the same about her. But between you and me, I also have to wonder about a certain state trooper named Jason Sterling. He and Cassie do seem to spend a lot of time together. . . Hmmm.

But back to me. As far as my own love life is concerned, we have another neighbor, Maxine Tibbitts. The FN451z is our noisiest neighbor, and Maxine is our nosiest. Cassie insists Maxine has a crush on me, and truth be told, she may be right. But I’m not sure how I feel about Maxine, and the woman is busy enough without me anyway. Maxine is a columnist for our local newspaper—a gossip columnist to be specific. And what with Cassie as her neighbor, Maxine always has plenty of interesting fodder for her weekly column.

Speaking of interesting, my daughter has gotten herself involved in yet another murder investigation! Let’s just say, we’re having a very busy autumn here at Lake Elizabeth—where the water is getting colder, the leaves are turning orange, and my daughter Cassie Baxter is going nuts.

Learn more about Cassie, Bobby, Truman, and the whole lovable gang at Lake Elizabeth, Vermont in Unexpected, the second Cassie Baxter Mystery. New release! Here’s the scoop:

Small sleuth, tiny town, unfailing fun.

Welcome to Lake Elizabeth, Vermont, where the water’s growing colder, the leaves are turning orange, and Cassie Baxter is going nuts. Who wouldn’t go nuts with this latest unexpected development? Meet five-year-old Truman Tripp. Cassie, who is most definitely not a kid person, can’t understand why his mother left the child with her. But some even more perplexing problems soon present themselves, and Cassie’s already Looney Tunes life gets even loonier. Expect the unexpected when Lake Elizabeth’s most unlikely duo, Cassie and Truman, team up to catch a killer.

The Cassie Baxter Mysteries: They’re not Cue Balls, but they are screw balls.

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About the author
Cindy Blackburn writes cozy mysteries because she thinks grim reality is way overrated. When she’s not thinking up cindyblackburnunlikely plot twists and ironing out the quirks and kinks of her lovable characters, Cindy is feeding her fat cat Betty or taking long walks with her cute hubby John. A native Vermonter who hates snow, Cindy divides her time between the south and the north. Most of the year you’ll find her in South Carolina. But come summer she’ll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont. Yep, it’s a place very similar to Lake Elizabeth. Cindy’s favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory, her favorite movie is Moonstruck, and her favorite color is purple. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans.

Cindy is giving away a Kindle copy of Unexpected. Giveaway ends February 22, 2017. Leave a comment to be entered in the random drawing. The e-book will be sent directly by the author.

Learn more about Cindy Blackburn and her books at www.cbmysteries.com. Cindy can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

All comments are welcomed.

Unexpected is available at online booksellers.

Cover Reveal ~ Ivy Get Your Gun by Cindy Brown

It is my pleasure to reveal the cover for the fourth book in the “Ivy Meadows” humorous mystery series, coming May 16, 2017.


Series: Ivy Meadows #4
Genre: Humorous Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Website: Cindy Brown

There’s a new sheriff in town—and she can sing!

When Gold Bug Gulch’s actor-gunslinger Mongo winds up shot for real, actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows goes undercover as the ingénue in the tourist town’s melodrama. Unfortunately, she’s distracted by a pack of marauding Chihuahuas, a problematic love life, auditions for Annie Get Your Gun, and a personal mission: to show people the real Annie Oakley.

What’s more, the no-good, yellow-bellied varmint who killed Mongo isn’t finished with the Gulch—or with Ivy. Will our heroine prove she CAN get a man with a gun—before the killer gets her?

About the author
Cindy Brown has been a theater geek (musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright) since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s the author of the Agatha-nominated Ivy Meadows series, madcap mysteries set in the off, off, OFF Broadway world of theater. Cindy and her husband live in Portland, Oregon, though she made her home in Phoenix, Arizona, for more than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.

She’d love to connect with readers at cindybrownwriter.com.

Ivy Get Your Gun is available for pre-order at retail and online booksellers starting February 20, 2017.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Kindle or Nook copy of Macdeath. The giveaway will end February 21, 2017. Good luck everyone!

A day in the life of Cruise Director Sierra Sullivan by Cindy Sample

dying-for-a-diamondMy name is Sierra Sullivan and I’m the cruise director on the Celebration, a 2200 passenger ship sailing the Caribbean. It’s a great job most of the time. Mingling with passengers, visiting tropical islands, giving dance lessons, and hosting bingo are all part of my daily activities.

Unfortunately, on this voyage, so is murder.

I ran into my cousin, Laurel McKay, and her husband, Tom Hunter, who are on their honeymoon. Laurel’s family is known to be a bit on the zany side. For example, they all thought it was a good idea to surprise Laurel and Tom on their honeymoon.

Honeymoon for eight! That’s a recipe for homicide right there.

Back when I used to babysit Laurel, she always seemed to be a magnet for mischief. According to her husband, she’s become a magnet for murder.

I can’t complain since I’m going to need Laurel and Tom’s help on this trip. You’ve all heard that familiar saying, “no good deed goes unpunished?” Well, it certainly applies to me. I had offered to help Evelyn Peabody, one of the cruise line’s Platinum members. The huge diamond ring she purchased in Grand Turk needed to be resized, but she didn’t have time to wait. When I offered to deliver the ring and her other purchases directly to her stateroom, she couldn’t have been happier.

A few hours later, I discovered that an unhappy Evelyn Peabody could be more forceful and more threatening than a category four hurricane. Not only did she accuse me of stealing her diamond ring, she insisted the captain lock me up in the brig.

I was innocent, of course. But there was one teensy weensy problem. While I was playing emcee in the theater, the cruise security staff decided to go through my stateroom.

Guess whose beach bag contained one of the missing jewels?

It’s hard to believe my situation could get any worse but then a murder occurred, and I landed at the top of the suspect list!

Thank goodness, I have Laurel and her husband on my side. Tom is a former homicide detective and Laurel’s hobby is solving mysteries. Although her investigative technique appears to be more Inspector Clouseau than Miss Marple.

I don’t care how Laurel stumbles about solving these mysteries. I just hope she can do it before the cruise ends, or my career, and my freedom, could end as well.

After all, one of these days, I’d kind of like to star in a series of my own!

You can read more about Sierra and her adventures in Dying for a Diamond, the sixth book in the “Laurel McKay” humorous mystery series.

Warm breezes, tropical seas, a handsome new husband? What more could a girl dream of?

When newlyweds Laurel McKay and Tom Hunter embark on their honeymoon cruise, they look forward to sunny days exploring the Caribbean islands and intimate evenings together. Their dream quickly goes “poof,” when Laurel’s family decides to tag along and their romantic duet turns into a party of eight.

The first night on the ship, Laurel witnesses someone “going overboard.” But no one is reported missing, and the chief of security gives Laurel’s sighting the same credibility as an alien landing.

After a series of diamond thefts, Laurel discovers that suspicious shipmates are as plentiful as calories on this cruise. When a murder occurs, and a family member becomes the top suspect, Laurel is determined to unmask the killer before her dream honeymoon becomes a nautical nightmare.

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About the author
Cindy Sample is the national bestselling author of the Laurel McKay humorous romantic mystery series. She is a four-time LEFTY Award Finalist for best humorous mystery. Her experiences with on-line dating sites fueled the concept for Dying For A Date.

Dying For A Dance, winner of the 2011 Northern California Publishers & Authors award for fiction, is based on her experiences in the glamorous world of competitive ballroom dancing. Who knew dancing could be so deadly?

Dying For A Daiquiri, a 2014 Silver Falchion Award finalist for best traditional mystery, moves the action to the Big Island of Hawaii. Dying For A Dude, a 2015 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in both humor and mystery brings the action back to the California Gold Country. Get ready to hang on to your saddle because the West just got wilder!

Dying For A Donut, is set in the Apple Hill area, home to more than fifty apple farms and bakeries. Talk about dangerous research! Then on to the 2017 release of Dying For A Diamond. Laurel wanted to take another vacation (Or maybe Cindy did) so the gang sets off on a Caribbean cruise. A killer cruise!

Cindy is a past president of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime and has served on the boards of the Sacramento Opera and the YWCA. She has two wonderful adult children who live too far away.

Visit Cindy on her website at cindysamplebooks.com, on Facebook and on @cindysample1.

All comments are welcomed.

Dying For A Diamond is available at online booksellers.