Wednesday, December 19, 2018
I know just how stressful this time of year can be for all of us, so I therefore also know how important it is to take time for ourselves in all the holiday busyness. What better way to take a breather than to curl up with a blanket and some Christmas cookies with a good book?
Well, you're in luck! My newest cozy mystery, Killer Chocolate Pecan Pie, is out today on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.
This story of Yuletide murder is a long time coming. It took a long time to write and had many, many edits and rewrites that needed to be done to make it just perfect. Thankfully, we got it out in time
Here is the book description from Amazon:
‘Tis the season to be…dead?
There is nothing pie and bookshop owner, Bertha Hannah, loves more than Christmas.
Smiling faces in the shops, softly falling snow, parties, presents, and—as always—delicious pie. Bert can’t wait to spend the holiday cuddled up on the couch in front of a warm fire after Jack Frost nips at her nose.
Unfortunately, things aren’t all songs and carols when a bitter rivalry breaks out between the choir directors of her church’s holiday concert. The good-natured warmth of the season turns icy when a church member winds up dead and the number one suspect begs Bert to use her sleuthing skills to solve the case and clear their name.
Will Bert be able to solve the crime and recapture the Christmas spirit…or will she die trying?
You can pick up the new Pies and Pages today for only 99 cents!
Friday, December 14, 2018
Personally, I love nothing more than curling up in front of a roaring fire (or in my case this year, a warm radiator) having some hot chocolate and a little popcorn while reading a good Christmas cozy mystery.
As many of you know, I spend my life writing cozies. I constantly am thinking up new ways for people to die as well as new ways to solve said murders. It is a fun if not daunting process.
However, something many of you might not know about me is my constant struggle with depression. Yes, yes, I know. Isn't it so cliche for the writer to fight their inner demons while trying to get their words on the page? Still, it is a real daily struggle that many people have to deal with, including myself. It is as real as fighting off daily migraines, gal bladder pain, back troubles or any other chronic condition.
I'm usually the sort of person who is against sharing personal trauma or struggle online, finding it a hollow attempt at a cry for help most of the time. However, seeing as I consider many of you friends, it seemed okay to do it this time of year--when the season is at its brightest.
To make sure we get plenty of Christmas cheer together, we've attended the Nutcracker Ballet, gone hiking in the local forest that they string with Christmas lights each year, gone out for festive coffees, tried some seasonal beers, did Christmas shopping together, and so much more. In many ways, it has been an amazing time of happiness for us.
Still, having these struggles also means I write a little slower, my drafts aren't as clean, and the whole process of getting books out to you takes more time than usual. First and foremost, my apologies for that. I prefer to give you guys at least two or three new Christmas books a year, but this time around it looks like I'll only be able to manage one.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and I hope to put out many new books in the new year.