Can You Hear the Season’s Changing?

Thanksgiving is this month in the U.S., and the older I get the more gratitude I have every day of the year. It’s not that my life is without potholes–far from it. But those potholes aren’t quite so treacherous anymore since I’ve learned who I can count on to help me figure out how fill the hole so it’s no longer a problem, or who will willingly ferry me across any problem too big for me to handle. It was a huge lesson the day I realized I truly could ask other people for help. And my thankfulness grows with every day.

To that end, I’m spending the whole month of November posting the things I’m thankful for on a daily FB post on my profile page, and inviting others to share what they are grateful for in their lives. I have to tell you, it’s something I look forward to doing each day. Spending just a few minutes thinking about this makes the whole rest of my day go much better. I “hear” the thanksgiving goodness in each comment made by the people who read my posts, and I love getting this small insight into their lives and their month of Thanksgiving.

Cozy Holiday Escapes-Amazon coverAnd speaking of seasonal happiness and helpful people and reasons to be grateful, I want to take this opportunity to tell you about a fabulous group of authors who invited me into their authorial fold to contribute to a Christmas-themed anthology that was just released this week. I’ve read all these authors for years–been a fan of each long before I was published myself–so I have to pinch myself every day to believe that my “story gifts” are in this anthology with all of theirs. Karen Cantwell penned a new story in the popular Barbara Marr series, “How the Finches Stole Christmas.” Joanna Campbell Slan offers two short stories, one in the Kiki Lowenstein scrapbook series, “Kiki Lowenstein and the Secret Santa,” and another in her Cara Mia Delgatto series, “Cara Mia Delgatto’s White Christmas.” Carolyn Haines includes “Bones on the Bayou” a Sarah Booth Delaney story that will make you laugh and gasp until the mystery is solved. “Christmas in Venice” by Maria Grazia Swan tells the story of a pet-sitter investigating a missing tortoise over the holidays. Leslie O’Kane brings an Allie Babcock short mystery, “A Dog-Gone Christmas,” and makes readers worry and smile until the end. And since I’m in the middle of writing the third book in the Bodies of Art Mystery series, I wrote a brand new Christmastime story, “Seasonal Switches,” featuring Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes, as well as a Kate McKenzie Organized Mysteries story, “Organized for Christmas Wishes.” In all, there are eight stories in the book, seven tied to bestselling mystery series that gives a yuletide taste of the characters’ worlds.

This anthology will only be available for this years holiday season–it will disappear from the virtual bookseller shelves in January. Right now we have it priced at 99 cents, so if this sounds like something you’d like to read, please grab it while it’s a bargain and before it completely goes off sale. It’s our little Christmas gift to our fans, and we hope y’all like it–and maybe find a favorite new author or two. I’d love it if my favorites become yours too.

To find the buy links to the anthology, just go to my Where to Buy My Books page. You can click this link, or find the link to the page along the toolbar above.

Hope everyone is planning a Happy Thanksgiving. Is that jingle bells I hear with that turkey gobble?



I Love Spring Bargains

Since I write the Organized Mysteries, I guess I should be doing a Spring Cleaning post, but here’s a twist instead on how to bypass clutter by filling your ereader instead of bookshelves. I’ve been talking lately about the 99 cent sales on Organized for Murder and the International Cozy Mysteries anthology, but there are so many other wonderful ebooks going on sale at the moment that I had to give a sample. After all, a Kindle doesn’t weigh any more when it’s digitally filled than when it’s empty, right?

Here are some great buys you can check out–but these 99 cent sales only last a few more days, so hurry while you can grab a bargain! The links below will shoot out to the Amazon pages, but they’re on sale at all booksellers. I just didn’t want to clutter things up with ALL the links 🙂

Here’s a free one that may make you think of herb gardens & spring:

Murder & Moonflowers (the Herbalist Book #1) by Leslie Leigh

Two new books in a brand new Danger Cove Mysteries series–

Secret of the Painted Lady: A Danger Cove Renovation Mystery by Christina A. Burke

Murder and Mai Tais: A Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery by Sibel Hodge now specially priced for preorder

Then there are some recent favorites–

Murder at Castle Rock (Amelia Grace Rock & Roll Mystery by Anne Marie Stoddard

Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy by A. Gardner

Remote Consequences: Working Stiffs Mysteries #1 by Kerri Nelson

30 First Dates: a romantic comedy by Stacey Wiedower

Bird in the Hand (Proverbial Crimes Book #1) by Dane McCaslin

Murder Al Dente (Southern Pasta Mystery #1) by Jennifer L. Hart

A Cereal Killer (Sibyl Potts Cozy Mystery Book #1) by Morgana Best

Spicing Up Trouble: a romantic comedy by Mary Jo Burke

Well, that’s a Baker’s Dozen of Bargains starting with the two books I’m in at the top, but you’ll likely find a lot of other bargains at the booksellers right now as authors and publishers offer “tastes” of their series. All of these ebooks are set to go back to regular price soon, so if you see one you like it’s time to scoop it up–your ereader will love you for it and your budget with smile and clap in delight 🙂

Have you seen any good book bargains lately? If you have, feel free to list them in the comments section of this post. Thank you!

Bargain this Week & Great New Mystery Series

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00028]Whenever I’ve had a chance these past few days, I’ve been reading the first book in a great new mystery series by Jennifer L. Hart. Murder Al Dente had an official release date yesterday in all bookseller venues, but Amazon jumped the gun and released the Kindle version last Saturday afternoon and I snatched one up right away–at the release week bargain price of 99 cents! While I may be on deadline for the next Bodies of Art Book, and for the Sept 8th release of Organized for Homicide, I still suffer from a reading addiction that makes me an absolute b*tch if I don’t get my fix. My family puts up with me for awhile, but I don’t like to push their patience, so I try to at least read a little each day (it’s truly the least I can do to save family harmony–I am the glue that holds my loved ones together after all–LOL!). However, this book is making it more and more difficult to stop reading when I just meant to “take a quick reading break” during deadline week. The book isn’t just funny, the author is clever in word choice and dynamite at creating believable and likeable characters. And while I’m not finished yet, I have to say the mystery is first rate. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, there are terrific pasta recipes between each chapter. Heaven!

The book topped the Amazon Cozy Culinary charts before midnight last night. So, if you haven’t dished up a serving of Murder Al Dente for yourself, do so soon. The special 99 cent price only lasts until the end of this first week of release, then goes back to the regular $3.99 pricing.

Launch Week of Organized for Murder

It’s been several days since I’ve had time to blog on organization tips because I’ve been blogging so much on the new release. Anyone reading this who purchased ORGANIZED FOR MURDER, read & reviewed it, and/or blogged about it to share the news, thank you so very much. I cannot begin to put into words how much it has meant to see people like this book and help spread the news about it.

Early reviews and sales have been overwhelming. More than a hundred 5-star reviews on the online bookseller sites, and the book hit #1 on Amazon’s Cozy Crafts & Hobbies category on the first day. Right now, it’s still #4 as an Amazon Cozy, #1 on their Top Rated books, #2 in Hot New Cozy Releases, and #13 for Women Sleuths, which means that my amateur sleuth is measured against the popularity of all the other women sleuths in all the different categories of the mystery genre–what a thrill! On the B&N side, my book is currently #23 in Bestselling Mysteries–what a thrill to have the first book in my new series appear on the first page of that list! And while this is what I could call a very American cozy mystery, it’s become a pretty good hit in the U.K. as well, and by yesterday, which was Day 2 there on sales, it reach #26 in Bestselling Mystery category, and remains #1 on the U.K. Bestseller list for Cozy Crafts & Hobbies, just like the U.S.Image

While I meant to give a few more organization tips this week, the best tip I can offer today is to suggest if you have any interest in what I humbly call a good mystery, and/or like to read about ways to make your life more organized–but prefer to get the information in the midst of an intriguing cozy crime story instead of a conventional How-To book–please consider buying ORGANIZED FOR MURDER. Until the end of this week, it’s available in all ebook versions at the bargain price of 99 cents, but that price will go up to the regular pricing soon. So, if you want to save some money, get a well-reviewed mystery, and gain some organization tips along the way, please consider purchasing a copy of ORGANIZED FOR MURDER 

It’s available in print copy, too, at the Barnes & Noble site and the Amazon U.K. website, but the sale price is only for the ebook version. You can find all the easy links to buy by clicking on my page ‘Here’s Where To Buy My Books’ that you see listed just under the banner at the top of this page.