Lucy Leaf Is Spilling the Tea All Over the Place

Spilling the Tea with Lucy Leaf 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...

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...

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Honey Roasted Cozy Mystery, 19th in SeriesBerkley (January 25, 2022) Clare Cosi is busy as a bee planning her honeymoon when murder buzzes into the Village Blend in this all-new mystery in the beloved New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse series by Cleo Coyle. While...

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...

Danger at Dunhaven Castle

Danger at Dunhaven Castle A Cate Kensie Mysteryby Nellie H. Steele Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie MysteryCozy Mystery, 4th in SeriesPublisher: A Novel Idea Publishing, LLCNumber of Pages: ~400 BOOK SPOTLIGHT! Journey to Scotland for Nellie Steele’s...

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 me 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. She arrived with a giveaway for you!   Interview with Elizabeth Pantley It’s great to meet you! I hope you...

Excessive Alliteration Nay or Yay?

  Ask Lucy!   Dear Lucy, 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?...

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 always...

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 peeking in on you?...

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond Cozy Mystery 53rd in Series Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021) When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting,...

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...

The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Book Reviews Haunted Bookshop Mysteries Cleo Coyle and the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.  Have you met Jack Shepard? To catch up with all things Jack and Pen, click here: https://amzn.to/31rrPKW.More goodness from Cleo Coyle: https://amzn.to/2OsCJV4Coffee, coffee, yummy...

Raining Cats and Cats

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 supposed to escape into this great...

Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

  Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery)Cozy Mystery22nd in SeriesPublisher: Berkley  Reviewby Julie S., staff reviewer I love these Tea Shop Mysteries. Settling in to read Haunted Hibiscus felt as if I were coming home. The Indigo Teahouse, a comfortable place filled...

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

    Ask Lucy Dear Lucy Do Not Disturb doesn’t work anymore! I am trying to get moving on my first novel, but I can’t seem to get past a brief outline. Either my mind is everywhere else, there are too many interruptions, or I can’t stop scrolling on...

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4p94d2ap0k Julie S., Staff Reviewer Reading the title of P. D. Workman’s Gluten-Free Murder, I thought it was going to be another fluffy murder mystery. I was wrong. Erin Price moves to Bald River...

Ballard, H. Byron: Asfidity and Mad-Stones

Click HERE to purchase your copy. 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 Memphis to Glastonbury in search of...