It's a great day for the Cozy Chicks. Not only did our own Ellery Adams hit the New York Times Best Sellers list at #1 for her debut novel in the Book Resort Mystery series, MURDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE ...
When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news. While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him. Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.
But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death—he was murdered. Why would an eldery man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim? As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape. Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again—and he’s found another body. When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.…
First in a new series by Ellery Adams Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.
But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…
Tori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl’s weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there’s also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid!
In the past couple of weeks, I've been working on the first story in a new cozy mystery series that will be called the Lotus Bay Mysteries. The thing is, the idea for it came to me more than nine years ago. Poor Tori Cannon has been toasting her buns on the back burner for all those years! Now, finally, I'm beginning to tell her story. Tori is going to solve a number (and I hope a GREAT number) of crimes with the help of her BFF Kathy Blake. And they've got new friends, too. (I haven't written their parts yet, but I know that Noreen and Anissa will be very important to them WHEN I FINALLY GET TO WRITE THEM).
So, what am I trying to tell you?
I've written a prequel to the Lotus Bay Mysteries, which I've sat on for more than a year because during that time I wrote my short story, Blue Christmas (which I only sat on for about four months), and then Dark Waters (Jeff Resnick #6) and Evolution (a collection of Jeff Resnick short stories which took place BEFORE the first Jeff Resnick Mystery, except -- most of them were written DURING the course of writing the first four books). Still, Tori kept poking my brain and saying, "Hey, START WRITING ABOUT KATHY AND ME NOW!"
(And what about Sabina, who's been sitting around even LONGER than Tori waiting for her story to be told. And then there's Lee, a cozy male protagonist (which my 4th agent said would never sell ... but NEVER say NEVER to me).)
So, I'm almost ready to release Tori's and Kathy's first (mini) mystery. It's called PANTY RAID and I hope it will be available by next week. It's currently being copy edited. (Sorry, but it's short, so will only be available in e format.)
So, when will the first book in the Lotus Bay series (in e and print formats) be available? I'm shooting for early October.
Meanwhile, I've got plans for a new Jeff Resnick short story (the next book is still percolating on the back burner), and a new paranormal series (like Jeff, it'll be edgier than my cozies), and I'm already plotting Booktown #10 (#9 will be published next June ... and oh, poor Tricia ... she needs a break).
Gosh, I feel exhausted just thinking of all the work I need to do in the next few months/years ... but you know what? I anticipate it all being a LOT of FUN, too! And I hope my readers feel the same way.
I'll be announcing the availability of PANTY RAID this week on my Facebook pages and on my website. Oh, and it will come out under my Lorraine Bartlett name.
My friend C.J. Lyons decided it would be great if readers could find new-to-them authors. To do that, she set up a website called Digital Book Day. On it, she would list all the free books she could come up with on a multitude of genres that are absolutely FREE ... and guess what? She's included mine -- MURDER ON THE MIND. The link is for Amazon worldwide, but the book is FREE for all e formats.
OMG -- just a week until BOOK CLUBBED comes out!!! If you haven't already pre-ordered, I'll hope you'll consider doing so. I'm selfish, I would dearly love to hit the NY Times list with this one. Thanks.
How would you like to win an advance review copy of BOOK CLUBBED, the 8th Booktown Mystery? Send me picture of your pet reading any of my books along with your snail mail address to Lorna@ LornaBarrett.com (don't forget to close up the space).
Below is my cat Fred reading Not The Killing Type. Okay, he sort of fell asleep, but it was because he was TIRED, not because he was bored.
The winner will be announced next Monday (June 16th).
UPDATE: It was too hard to choose, so everyone who entered the contest will receive a copy of one of my books. Stay tuned. Pictures of pets reading coming soon!
Kelly Flynn—accountant by day, sleuth by . . . well, anytime there’s a murder in Fort Connor, Colorado—is once again drawn in by a death near her favorite knit shop, Lambspun. A financial advisor who bilked half the town of its savings is found dead in his sports car. This entry, the first of a two-parter, seems a little tired. There’s less knitting, and seemingly less sleuthing. Much of the focus is on preteen Cassie, who has come to live with Kelly’s friends. When the book ends, a forest fire is raging, so the sequel will hop right into an inferno. For series fans. Includes a recipe and a knitting pattern. (From Booklist.)
Book 2 in Karen Rose Smith's Caprice De Luca cozy mystery series.
Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors--and it seems someone has designs on murder. . .Life is a full house for Caprice these days. She's dating, she's rescuing adorable cocker spaniels, and she's decorating the roomy interiors of Kismet's most well-heeled residents with fun fantasy themes. But she's worried about her pregnant sister. Bella's marriage is coming apart like a bad wallpaper job, and to make matters worse, she's decided to meet up with a former flame Bob Preston, a house painter Caprice frequently employs. When he's found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it's time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella's husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit.
I had a load of fun putting together y little cookbook RECIPES TO DIE FOR: A Victoria Square Cookbook together. The odd thing is, most of the recipes are ones I really do use over and over again. (It's kind of nice to have them all in one place.)
It's springtime and for me that means fresh rhubarb. What an odd vegetable. I never thought about it as a vegetable, since the only thing I use it for is desserts and chutney, but it really is a veggie, and the leaves are very, very poisonous. (If you value your liver, never, EVER eat them.) But the stalks are just fine to eat--and EXTEMELY tart! We've got rhubarb up the wazoo and I've been even tossing it in my green smoothies. (Yes, VERY TART indeed.)
Mr. L is partial to rhubarb crisp. Here's my favorite recipe
Ingredients: 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats ½ cup melted butter 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 cups sliced rhubarb 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°. In mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, and cinnamon; mix together until crumbly. Press half of the brown sugar and oats mixture into a buttered 8-inch square baking dish. Top with the sliced rhubarb. In a saucepan combine 1 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, and the 1 cup of water and vanilla. Cook together until the liquid is clear, then pour over the rhubarb. Top the rhubarb with remaining crumb mixture and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Serve warm, and if desired, with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Yield: 4-6 servings.
And in case you are interested in RECIPES TO DIE FOR, here are a few links.
Well, I missed a week. Then I thought I had written the blog post and would just post it this week. Hello, I got the pictures ready, but forgot to write the post. Oy. (My excuse: I've been writing up a storm!)
Last time out, I invited readers to submit pictures of their own china cabinets. Two readers took me up on the challenge. First up, is Diane L. from Manchester, CT submitted two pictures. Here's her curio cabinet.
and here's a view of her dining room. Just lovely, Diane!
Suzann F. from Bethlehem, PA is a collector after my own heart. She has a lot of really neat collectibles she keeps in a number of cabinets and shelves.
Look at the detail on that drawer! Beautiful.
Don't you just love those turkey plates? I have a turkey platter with a similar design.
Pretty, pretty, pretty!
Thanks Diane and Suzann for sharing your lovely cups and plates with us.