Friday, November 30, 2018

Spicy Christmas Murder

Merry Christmas to one and all! Do you enjoy dark chocolate? How about spicy food? How about spicy hot chocolate on a chilly winter's night? If so, you're in luck. My stand alone Christmas murder mystery is a perfect item to warm you up on a cold evening.

Spicy Christmas Murder is a stand alone reprinting of my cozy mystery contribution to last year's Summer Prescott Books Publishing Christmas collection (which is no longer available). Therefore, I'm thrilled to announce the solo release of this wonderful title!

The main character and business are based off a real woman and her hot sauce company. It is called Crazy Gringa's Hot Sauce. So, go check that out for the inside scoop!

Here is the book blurb:

You'll feel the burn in this exciting Christmas Cozy Mystery!

Hot sauce shop owner, Margo, never expected to find herself having to hide out for her own safety during the Christmas season. When it comes to homicide, however, Sheriff Carlsbad isn't taking any chances. Will Margo be able to help determine just exactly who is trying to hunt her down before Christmas Day, or will she and the sheriff be too late? 

Find out in this intense holiday Cozy Mystery!

Pick up your copy of the book on Kindle for only 99 cents!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

One Cozy Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit this holiday season with all of us at Summer Prescott Books Publishing by picking up your copy of the One Cozy Christmas box set, featuring new stand alone cozy mysteries by myself, Gretchen, Summer, and Patti. It's out today!

My story is something a littler different than I've tried before and is inspired by the Miss Marple short stories by Agatha Christie which I've been reading in the evenings with my husband. In my new tale, an elderly woman must recall the past few evenings following up to a murder in her local retirement community in order to gather enough clues to pin down the real killer. 

Time in the story jumps from the present, with our main character talking to the police detective, to the past where she interacts with the victim and suspects. As she completes her statement to the police, she begins to solve the case on her own.

Here is the book blurb:

The spirit of Christmas is in the air at Sweet Hills Retirement Community . . . but so is murder.

Seventy-nine year-old Agatha Reiner is determined to enjoy this Christmas season. Despite the fact that her only daughter is on the other side of the country, Agatha is making the best of the holiday cheer by eating Christmas cookies, listening to carols, snuggling up with her dog Aki, and crocheting doilies for all her neighbors in the retirement community.

Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone is in a festive mood. When Agatha stumbles upon a body, police suspicions turn toward her. It doesn't help that she was presumably the last one to see the victim alive and the detective on the case seems to think she's nothing more than a dotty old woman with a jealous streak.

Agatha realizes it is up to her to recount her time with the victim, step-by-step, clue-by-clue, to solve this mystery before she finds herself behind bars for the holidays.

You can pick up your copy of One Cozy Christmas for a limited time on Kindle for only 99 cents! Merry Christmas and happy reading!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Killer Acorn Pie

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my readers in America (and anyone else getting into the holiday spirit whether it be Christmas, Yule, or any other special occasion to help light up these chilly winter months)! In my house, this weeks kicks off the official beginning of the holiday season. Already, my hubby and I are thawing our bird and preparing the ingredients for wild rice stuffing, home made cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and even an English Walnut Pie! Yummy! We will also be putting up our tree this week the help light up the snowy month ahead.

Another great way I love to celebrate the holiday season is with a tasty murder mystery! So, those of you who get an extra long weekend this week, I have a treat for you. My latest holiday themed cozy mystery is hitting Kindle today for only 99 cents!

This latest one combines the traditions of Thanksgiving with a phenomenon that seems to be popular among so many families right now. Escape Rooms! One friend of mine in particular even ran a home made escape room for Halloween this last month. This book is dedicated to her! (You know who you are 😁)

I also took inspiration and ideas from my college days and sprinkled them into this book, since much of the story takes place on a chilly campus during the quiet week of Thanksgiving when most of the students are off seeing family. For me, Thanksgiving week in college was one of my favorites because I usually stayed behind. I loved walking around campus and seeing just how silent it was in the snow. The quad in the book as well as the layout of the buildings is lifted right from my own campus experience.

Here is a picture to give you an idea of the winter wonderland Idaho could turn into during the cold months. Those were good and happy days for me, especially when I was married to my hubby.

All in all, this is one of my favorite and most nostalgic books I've written, and I truly hope you find it an enjoyable read this holiday week. I'm also very excited about my next book set during the week of Christmas as well.

To learn more, check out this book blurb from Amazon:

Ever make a misguided decision?

Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year at Pies and Pages, and shop owner Bertha Hannah is trying to bring in even more customers by offering free tickets to a local holiday themed escape room put on by the community college. While not exactly sure how escape rooms work, Bert knows that teens, college students, and families especially seem to love them.

However, when one of Bert’s employees comes in telling of how her friend died in the same escape room they’re promoting, the sale backfires. Worse yet, Bert’s detective boyfriend Harry Mannor seems to think Bert’s employee may have had something to do with it.

With sales on the decline and a murderer on the move, Bert rushes to prove her young friend’s innocence before it’s too late.

This book will spice up your holiday, buy now, while it’s hot!

You can pick up your copy of Killer Acorn Pie on Amazon for only 99 cents or Kindle Unlimited for Free.