Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle Latte Brownie Mocha macchiato Bulletproof Barista Cozy Mystery, 20th in SeriesBerkley Welcome to more fun with Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle! When a film crew’s location shoot delivers an actual shooting, Clare Cosi...

Reinventing Rita and Finding Your Moxie

Author Interview Reinventing Rita and finding your moxie I had such a lovely chat with Nancy Christie to talk about all things Reinventing Rita and baked goodies. Enjoy! I’m thrilled to have you visit! I’ve so many questions for you. Make yourself comfy...

The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Haunted Bookshop Mysteries Jack Shepard: Detective. Charmer. Ghost. Not for the faint of heart. He will steal yours away. Spend a little time with Jack Hop on over to say hi or offer up a shot of whisky:https://www.facebook.com/JackShepardGhost More Cleo Coyle...

Excessive Alliteration: Nay or Yay?

Excessive alliteration Q: I love excessive alliteration, okay maybe just a healthy dose of alliteration. Sometimes I’m not even aware I’ve done it until I see all the highlighted words from my editor. But why is it frowned upon in my fiction? A: While some...

Ode to Homophones

Ode to Homophones Mrs. Grammar Person’s Ode to Homophones When I give my assent, it means I concur, but my rapid ascent means I fly like a bird. (I just love homophones, don’t you?) I compliment you when I say something kind, like your meal is superb and...

Admire Your Adverbs

Admire Your Adverbs Mrs. Grammar Person wants to admire your adverbs. Are you as fond of adverbs as we are? We have been waiting for months for Mrs. Grammar Person to return.And now Mrs. Grammar Person has a few things to say: Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar...

Irregular Nouns

Irregular Nouns Barbara Venkataraman is back with another sweet verse for our ears. The Mixed-up Sound of an Irregular Noun Fear not, Gentle Writer, for Mrs. Grammar Person, hearing your sighs and seeing your furrowed brows, is delighted to offer her assistance once...

Stage Directions in a novel?

Q: My editor has several margin comments about “stage directions.” I’m not writing a play, it’s a novel. What does she mean by too many stage directions?Sincerely, Befuddled A: Your lovely editor is merely pointing out that showing a reader...

Pleas Don’t Dessert Me

Pleas don’t dessert me. From the desk of Ms. Grammar Person Fear not, Gentle Writer, for help has arrived.  Rest assured that your grimaces and groans, your grinding of teeth has not gone unnoticed. And, because Mrs. Grammar Person abhors the grinding of...

Zac Bissonnette’s Hooray for Hollywood

Zac Bissonnette Hooray for HollywoodA Killing in Costumes (A Hollywood Treasures Mystery) Stardom fades fast when you’re on the line for murder.   Zac Bissonnette is the New York Times bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including The Great Beanie...

Granny and Jezabelle: Crossover Characters

Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN CrossoverGrannyEdith Press (March 1, 2022)   Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, aka Granny, and Jezabelle Jingle are supersleuths in their own communities, Granny from Fuchsia and Jezabelle from Brilliant. Because they live...

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

  Ask Lucy!   Dear Lucy, How many tea bags? 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...

Writing a relatable memoir – by Linda Strader

WRITING A RELATABLE MEMOIR   Author Linda Strader is here to talk with us about writing memoirs and Summers of Fire. Check out her bio below. Oh, the stories Linda must have in her notebooks.       When I initially wrote my memoir, it never occurred to...

Interview with Elizabeth Pantley

Interview with Elizabeth Pantley Elizabeth Pantley braved the drive over for a short interview, so I got out my best tea service and freshly baked cookies.   Interview with Elizabeth Pantley It’s great to meet you! I hope you don’t mind that I left my Halloween...

The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins

Susanna Calkins The Masque of a Murderer Right from the first pages, the author’s rich touches of setting and locale immediately had me engrossed in the story. I was drawn to the characters and their complex relationships, particularly between Sarah and her father. I...

Elizabeth Price visits with Haunted Ends

  Elizabeth Price visits! We’re really excited to have Elizabeth Price here with us. Tea is ready and we’ve got some goodies to munch that are hot out of the oven just as Ms. Price seated herself on a comfy chair in our interview room. Hello, Ms. Price! We...

Tea and Murder with Terrie Moran

 Author Terrie Moran dropped by ePen for a lovely visit. I baked cookies, brewed tea, and settled in.       Hello Terrie! Before we settle down to tea and conversation, I love to ask authors what odd item is on their desk. What would we spy if we were...

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley MoranMurder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi PondCozy Mystery, 53rd in SeriesPublisher: Berkley   When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in...

What makes a mystery a cozy mystery?

Cozy Mystery    What makes a mystery a cozy mystery? An amateur sleuth. A protagonist who could be me or you, just a regular person. A small-town setting. Community is key here. A local area where we can get to know the village or town citizens and take a visit to an...

Raining Cats and Cats

Lucy Leaf / Betsy Bean     Raining Cats   Dear Lucy: It’s raining cats at my house! 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...