Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne

Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne

Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne Review by Julie S. Anyone named Isabel Puddles was sure to have a quirky life, quirky friends, and a quirky mystery. Isabel Puddles quickly lets us into her life with vivid descriptions of the community, her friends, and the little...
A Page Marked for Murder by Lauren Elliott

A Page Marked for Murder by Lauren Elliott

A Page Marked For Murder, by Lauren Elliott Review by Julie S., ePen staff reviewer. A cozy village, a winter festival, and sizzling secrets waiting to disrupt the peaceful nature of Greyborne Harbor all come together in a mystery needing to be solved. A Page Marked...
Skipping and Stumbling Steps to a Gladstone Mystery

Skipping and Stumbling Steps to a Gladstone Mystery

Paula Paul visited and chatted about her skipping and stumbling steps to writing a novel. Sound familiar? HOW I WRITE A GLADSTONE MYSTERY By Paula Paul For Dead Men Only is the fifth book in the Dr. Alexandra Gladstone series. Someone asked me recently what steps I...
A Witches Tea Party with Mark Taylor

A Witches Tea Party with Mark Taylor

Witches Tea Party with Mark Taylor We found Witches Tea Party and wanted to share with you a feisty female protagonist written by a male author. I find the whole Salem history captivating, so this novella just begged to be added to our Guest Author pages.  Enjoy!...
Social media scrolls and trolls

Social media scrolls and trolls

Dear Lucy Leaf, I enjoy sitting outside in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee and scrolling through my social media feeds. Along with my favorite cozy author pages, I enjoy a local college newspaper. Lately there’s a mean guy who posts horrible comments on the...
Tea, a Good Mystery, and Ursula Marlow

Tea, a Good Mystery, and Ursula Marlow

It’s so delightful when authors stop over to visit. When Ms. Langley-Hawthorne dropped by, I couldn’t decide whether to serve English Breakfast or Earl Grey. Which would you serve? Tea and Mystery and Ursula Marlow By Clare Langley-Hawthorne When my...

A Radiant Summer Newsletter

June. Yep. Hard to believe. Do you have a pile of books to read that will sweep you away from current headlines?  I’m finally getting into Sunshine on Scotland Street that my daughter bought for me. Because who doesn’t  need sunshine these days? And, well,...
How many tea bags does it take to fill a cup?

How many tea bags does it take to fill a cup?

Dear Lucy, I am quarantined with my college-age daughter, and she always uses two tea bags instead of one.  I’ve asked her to please conserve our precious supply, but she keeps “forgetting.” My tea is running out quickly. What should I do? Sincerely, Bubbling...

Spring Newsletter

If you missed the spring newsletter, here it is. Click the image for the full newsletter. Be sure to sign up for email delivery of author and book news.
Drive-thru coffee in the time of quarantine.

Drive-thru coffee in the time of quarantine.

Dear Lucy, I’ve been feeling very sad recently. I’ve been making myself coffee every morning, but I’m starting to really miss my morning Starbucks trip. There’s just something about someone making coffee for me that’s just so special. What should I do?...
The page vs. screen conundrum.

The page vs. screen conundrum.

Dear Lucy: My partner always wants to watch television while I’m enjoying the next book on my TBR shelf. How can I share the appreciation of a good story from actual pages instead of from a flat screen? Sincerely, A chapter ahead Dear Chap: Ah, yes. The page vs....
Raining Cats and Cats

Raining Cats and Cats

Dear Lucy: I’ve got a stack of new urban fantasy books to read, but my cat keeps climbing on my tea table, then leaping onto my lap, right on top of the open pages. How am I supposed to escape into this great story? Sincerely, Raining Cats and Cats   Dear Raining, Try...
Basic Phrases These Days Are So Boujee.

Basic Phrases These Days Are So Boujee.

Dear Lucy: I was invited to a reader’s group to spill the tea. What the heck and why would I ruin their tablecloth on purpose?  Sincerely, Spiller? Dear Spiller with a question mark: You dress up in your best tea-drinking finery. There’ll be no actual...
Lucy Leaf Is Spilling the Tea All Over the Place

Lucy Leaf Is Spilling the Tea All Over the Place

Hello, subscribers! My name is Lucy Leaf. As I’m sure you all know, my sister, Betsy Bean, had a wildly successful advice column for a coffee company. However, I noticed one significant problem. Her column was all about coffee (and probably way too much focus on Irish...
The Alchemist of Lost Souls and The Lost Boys of London

The Alchemist of Lost Souls and The Lost Boys of London

Bianca Goddard Mysteries, by Mary Lawrence While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London’s sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can...
Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

There’s a new serving in the Tea Shop Mysteries!  Cozy Mystery 21st in Series Publisher: Berkley (March 3, 2020) REVIEW: While diving into this next adventure with the gang at the Indigo Tea Shop, I wondered what would be different. I expected a murder, I...
Murder at the Marlowe Club and Edwardian Manners

Murder at the Marlowe Club and Edwardian Manners

What a treat to have Kate Parker stop by and impart some manners! Well, Edwardian manners. Have you ever thought about how it would be for you to live during that era? Scroll down to enter the giveaway! Historical Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Publisher: JDP Press...
Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Take a look at these delicious Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle!   COMING SOON!             Brewed Awakening, by Cleo Coyle, latest in the Coffeehouse Mysteries This eighteenth in the coffeehouse mysteries series will give you all...
Ballard, H. Byron: Asfidity and Mad-Stones

Ballard, H. Byron: Asfidity and Mad-Stones

Asfidity and Mad-Stones: A Further Ramble Through Hillfolks’ Hoodoo Sharing these practices and this beloved but fading culture has led me far afield, teaching and speaking. I’ve rambled from the bayous of Louisiana to the ruined hills of West Virginia, and from...
Ballard, H. Byron: Staubs and Ditchwater

Ballard, H. Byron: Staubs and Ditchwater

Staubs and Ditchwater: A Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo After years of pondering, Byron Ballard has written a primer for the kind of magic she practices. Driven to it by colleagues, friends and students, writing this little book is an act...
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