Guest Posts

There are just never enough books. 

Well, here is a place to get to know the wonderful authors who write them.

These authors share their characters, setting, and snippets, or they braved an interview to reveal their writing processes, strange research methods, weapons of choice, struggles, tips, and joys! And learn what weird things they keep on their desks.

Brew up some coffee or tea and enjoy. Feel free to comment on the posts and visit the authors’ links. They would love to hear from you!

Pairing Tea, Food, and Mysteries with Laura Childs

Give a plum cheery round of applause for our special guest, Laura Childs, New York Times best-selling author of Plum Tea Crazy.  Pairing Tea, Food, and Mystery I’ve always considered food and mystery to be a very inspired pairing. There’s nothing like cuddling under a...

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Researching locations – by Author Jen Black

Author Jen Black is here to talk about accuracy in her story's locations. Researching Locations by Author Jen Black I like researching locations for my stories. Contemporary stories in a foreign location are easily researched with tour guides, travel books and all the...

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Your story’s pacing – by author Rae Franklin James

Is your middle feeling sluggish? The middle of your manuscript, I mean. It could be your pacing. Read on to learn how author Rae James fixes her story's pacing. She welcomes comments, so feel free to drop her a response at the bottom of the page. PACING – YOU KNOW IT...

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A Big “What If” with Gerry Schmitt

Do you look around during the day and wonder what if? What if that happened, what if people really had to choose this or that? Don't you love those stories that go deeper into a "what if" question?  Today’s guest blogger is Gerry Schmitt, international best-selling...

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Spilling the Tea

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 cream).

with Lucy Leaf

I’d like to share what’s been brewing in the back of my head for “oolong” time. Of course, no one can “matcha” Betsy’s way with words, but I’m going to give it a try. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite tea, and let’s solve some problems!

Excessive Alliteration Nay or Yay?

  Ask Lucy!  Dear Lucy, I love excessive alliteration, okay maybe just a healthy dose of alliteration. But why is it frowned upon in my fiction fantasy? Pondering Penny           Dear P squared: While some alliteration here and there...

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

Dear Lucy 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 social media. Do you have any advice for me? Sincerely, too much...

Missing that Holiday Madness?

Ask Lucy your question here.Here you'll find blog posts from Lucy Leaf and Mrs. Grammar PersonMissing that Holiday Madness   Dear Lucy, I miss the holiday madness. After months (and months and months) of being in quarantine (and ore months), the one thing I miss...

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...

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

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 quickly. What should I do?...

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.

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

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.

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 spilling going...