Author Julie Seedorf

Thursday, May 25, 2017


KNIT TO BE TIED
Book 14 in the Knitting Mysteries
by Meggie Sefton

PAPERBACK

The New York Times bestselling author of Only Skein Deep returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun knitters must come together before their whole town unravels…

In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant, Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn that the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the man she dreamed he was. He’s a cad.

Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the dad-to-be and also strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the loose. Now it’s up to Kelly and the gang to put down their needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to kill again…


DELICIOUS RECIPES AND KNITTING PATTERN  INCLUDED! 

MY REVIEW

Based on the hardcover edition from 2016

Author Maggie Sefton has knitted another crafty mystery!

I had a great time being back in Fort Collins, Colorado hanging out at Lambspun. Well, you know, that murderer running around was a bit of a drag. ;-)

KNIT TO BE TIED is a perfect addition to the Knitting Mystery series. Ms. Sefton has written a cast of characters that stay with you log after the story is done. It’s been wonderful to watch these characters grow over the course of these fourteen books.

A tight, yet delicately woven mystery, KNIT TO BE TIED has everything a cozy mystery should have, and more. And enticing mystery or two, lots of twists, turns, and bumps, all equal an amazing tale that will keep you reading well past your bedtime.

I’m already looking forward to the next installment!

Make sure to check out the back of book for a knitting pattern, recipe, and an excerpt from the very first Knitting Mystery, KNIT ONE, KILL TWO!



KNIT TO BE TIED
releases in Paperback
June 6!


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017



Did you get any of the new cozy releases this week?

Here are some great titles to check out!

May 22


Bethany Halderman, a good friend of Lani's, calls and informs her that her sister Cammy has been killed in an accident. The accident was determined to be just that, an accident, but Bethany isn't so sure that is the case. it seems that prior to her accident, Cammy was involved in a contest with a grand prize of $1,000,000. The day of her accident Cammy called Bethany and told her she suspected there was more going on than met the eye. Later that evening she was dead. Bethany called Lani and asked for her help in uncovering the truth about what really happened to Cammy. The contest, which involves unlocking clues which lead to locations around the island where the next clue can be found, has a clause which allows for a substitute to be named should one of the contestants be unable to finish. Lani decides that the best way to help Bethany find out what happened to her sister is to enter the contest as Cammy's replacement. She takes two weeks off work from her job as a water safety officer and travels to Maui.

Once Lani gets a feel for the game she quickly realizes that something odd is going on with the hacks which are part of the game. Luke is visiting his family and Lani needs a tech nerd to help her with the brains part of the competition, so she calls new friend Zak Zimmerman and asks if he and Zoe would be willing to come to Maui to help her uncover the conspiracy behind the mystery. 

Join Luke and Lani, Zak and Zoe, as they race to uncover the clues faster than anyone else while outwitting a hacker and identifying a killer.

May 23

Audio

Dessert chef Casey Feldstein is running a new retreat called From Sheep to Shawl at a resort on the atmospheric Monterey Peninsula. Participants will learn about sheep-shearing, fixing up the fleece, and spinning, and will eventually knit a lovely shawl.
Nicole Welton has been hired to teach the fleece-to-fiber portion of the retreat. She's an expert spinner, and her small shop in Cadbury by the Sea houses a beautiful assortment of spinning wheels and drop spindles.
But when the new teacher fails to show up for class and is found lying dead on the boardwalk, it leaves everyone's nerves frayed. Now Casey has to knit together clues faster than she can count stitches before someone else at the retreat gets dropped.


Audio

Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana's, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town's big break is interrupted by murder....
Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, a.k.a. the Merc. Not only is Erin Murphy busy remodeling her courtyard into a relaxing dining area, she's organizing a steak-cooking competition between three of Jewel Bay's hottest chefs to be featured on the program. But Erin's plans get scorched when one of the contending cooks is found dead. With all the drama going on behind the scenes, it's hard to figure out who didn't have a motive to off the saucy contestant. Now, to keep the town's reputation from crashing and burning on national television, Erin will have to grill some suspects to smoke out the killer.


When Julia’s gran, Dot, wins an all-inclusive spa trip to Scotland, Julia finds it difficult to refuse the offer of a relaxing week away from her café. Along with her sister, Sue, they pack up her tiny vintage car and drive all the way from Peridale to Seirbigh Castle, ready to be pampered. The last thing Julia expected was to be caught up in another murder investigation, but when the cruel owner of the family-run spa, Henry McLaughlin, is shot dead, she can’t resist ditching the facemasks and massages in favour of cracking the case.

Julia quickly befriends the young cook and talented-baker, Blair, and acquires a job in the kitchen so she can observe the strange family in the wake of the murder. Henry’s wife and children are acting suspicious, and with an incompetent young Detective Inspector on the case, Julia makes it her mission to discover the secrets held within the ancient walls before Seirbigh Castle claims another victim.


A mysterious death brings Deputy DeeDee Clawson to the scene of a movie being filmed at an old mansion in Silver Hollow. Tucker Rockwood, the star of the movie, is found dead, a stake through his heart. Lots of people might have wanted to kill Tucker, but when DeeDee’s investigation points in the direction of the movie’s producer, Caine Hunter, she thinks she has her man.

As if investigating this murder isn’t enough, DeeDee has something else hanging over her head. As the daughter of a werewolf pack leader, she has agreed to an arranged marriage. She hasn’t even met her intended yet, but she’s already starting to regret her agreement to enter into a loveless marriage…especially when her feelings toward Caine turn from suspicion to romance. 

Caine Hunter has been smitten with feisty deputy Clawson since day one, but since DeeDee seems determined to arrest him for murder, he’s pretty sure the feeling isn’t mutual. Yet, he can’t help but sense that DeeDee is fighting an inner attraction to him that she won’t admit even to herself. Too bad that once she discovers his secret, she’ll want to have nothing further to do with him. 

As the investigation heats up and DeeDee’s wedding day approaches, she turns to her four close witch friends, the Quinns, and their quirky familiars. There’s only one way to get out of the looming marriage without risking being ostracized by her pack, and Gray Quinn is the only person that can help. 

But when things take a dangerous turn with a surprise twist, will DeeDee risk it all and discover that love can be even more powerful than magic?

May 24


When Maisie Swenson stumbles onto the site of an ancient church steeped in pirate folklore, she's thrilled to explore it. She never expects to find a young woman lying in the churches yard clutching flowers like a real live Snow White. And just like the cartoon Snow White, this woman cannot be awakened.

As Maisie tries to puzzle through that situation, one of her guests is found in a coma, too. Only this one is mysteriously clutching a necklace. 

Can she ever sort through all the crazy clues to find where the pirate and ghost stories end and a real life killer begins? Or are the folklore tales true after all?

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A couple of audios and some paperbacks!

Which one sounds good to you?


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Author 
Kathi Daley 
has a new book!


You know what that means don't you? 

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

Kathi is celebrating the release of 
MURDER AT WATERS EDGE
Book 6 in the Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries


Bethany Halderman, a good friend of Lani's, calls and informs her that her sister Cammy has been killed in an accident. The accident was determined to be just that, an accident, but Bethany isn't so sure that is the case. it seems that prior to her accident, Cammy was involved in a contest with a grand prize of $1,000,000. The day of her accident Cammy called Bethany and told her she suspected there was more going on than met the eye. Later that evening she was dead. Bethany called Lani and asked for her help in uncovering the truth about what really happened to Cammy. The contest, which involves unlocking clues which lead to locations around the island where the next clue can be found, has a clause which allows for a substitute to be named should one of the contestants be unable to finish. Lani decides that the best way to help Bethany find out what happened to her sister is to enter the contest as Cammy's replacement. She takes two weeks off work from her job as a water safety officer and travels to Maui.

Once Lani gets a feel for the game she quickly realizes that something odd is going on with the hacks which are part of the game. Luke is visiting his family and Lani needs a tech nerd to help her with the brains part of the competition, so she calls new friend Zak Zimmerman and asks if he and Zoe would be willing to come to Maui to help her uncover the conspiracy behind the mystery. 

Join Luke and Lani, Zak and Zoe, as they race to uncover the clues faster than anyone else while outwitting a hacker and identifying a killer.

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MURDER AT WATERS EDGE
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You can find a full list of Kathi's books at . . .

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Check out all the great books in the
Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries
by Kathi Daley!

BOOK ONE                                       BOOK TWO

BOOK THREE                               BOOK FOUR

BOOK FIVE                                     BOOK SIX

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Monday, May 22, 2017

BOOK TOUR


I'm so excited to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Tyler Colins
and her new book
THE CONNECTICUT CORPSE CAPER
Book 1 in the Triple Threat Mysteries


The antics of seven inheritance recipients during a week-long stay at a Connecticut estate are detailed by protagonist Jill Jocasta Fonne. The will of her aunt stipulates that if anyone leaves early, his or her share will be divided among those remaining. As it happens, one does leave—permanently—when he dies just hours after arrival. Guests and staff alike have secrets to share as Jill and her colleagues, Rey and Linda, discover when they step out of their chosen professions into the roles of amateur sleuths. But are these secrets the reasons that bodies start appearing and disappearing? Others soon join in the sleuthing, and the bumbling and stumbling—and mayhem—begin.


MY REVIEW


My first thought when reading THE CONNECTICUT CORPSE CAPER is that it was a cross between the movies, Clue and House on Haunted Hill. You know, rambling, haunted mansion, weird, creepy butler, a cast of characters very different from each other all there to get a piece of a fortune. As I continued to read, the Clue description is the one that stuck closer to the story.

Author Tyler Colins inserts a lot of humor and more than one body into this tale, and her style of writing makes for a fast read. Before I knew it, I was at the end of this whodunit, and surprised with who had done it.

I think you’ll find this a fun read. Along with the two movies I mentioned above, THE CONNECTICUT CORPSE CAPER  also takes on a Charlie’s Angels feel that will certainly be the set up for the future books in the Triple Threat Mysteries. 


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*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

Two lucky winners will receive a print copy of

THE CONNECTICUT CORPSE CAPER


Winners will be chosen after May 28 
at the end of the tour

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

Giveaway open to USA only.


This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.


Tour Participants

May 15 Blogger Nicole Reviews  - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
May 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
May17 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
May 18 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
May 19 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
May 20 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST 
May 21 – Valerie's Musings - REVIEW, INTERVIEW
May 22 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 23 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
May 24 – Fantastic Feathers - SPOTLIGHT
May 25 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
May 26 – Lori's Reading Corner – GUEST POST
May 27 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT



Tyler Colins is primarily a writer of fiction and blog posts, and a sometimes editor and proofreader of books, manuals, and film/television scripts. She’ll also create business plans, synopses, film promotion and sales documents.
Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are skills and joys (she likes playing detective and developing structure).

Her fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries. Her genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and helpful “affirmative” non-fiction.

She aims to provide readers with smiles and chuckles like the ever-talented Janet Evanovich and the sadly passed and missed Lawrence Sanders, the “coziness” of Jessica Fletcher, and a few diversions and distractions as only long-time pros Jonathan Kellerman and Kathy Reichs can craft.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

BOOK TOUR


I'm so excited to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Linda O. Johnston
and her new book
BAD TO THE BONE
Book 3 in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries


Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend Billi Matlock doesn’t hurt his cause.
But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack. After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.

An Interview with Linda O. Johnston

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today!

LJ:  Thank you so much for having me!


LKBR: Please tell us a bit about your book/series.

LJ:  My Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries are about Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician who always wanted to be her own boss.  When a friend who owns a bakery has to leave the town of Knobcone Heights, California, Carrie buys it and turns half into a barkery where she bakes and sells the healthy treats for dogs she developed as a vet tech, while also keeping the other side open to sell people treats.  She also keeps her vet tech job on a part-time basis.  And somehow, people start being murdered in Knobcone Heights.  The first time, Carrie is the main suspect so she has to figure out whodunit.  After that, her friends keep getting accused, so she has to help them, too.

Carrie also owns a wonderful dog named Biscuit, and lots of other dogs are featured in the series as well.


LKBR: How did you come up with the concept for this series? How about the idea for this installment?

LJ: At the time I came up with the idea for the series, there weren't many stories where pet food was the featured theme, but lots of cozy mysteries involved people food.  As a dog lover who's also a writer, I enjoyed the concept when I thought of it--and ran with it. 
My current release, BAD TO THE BONE, involves a guy who's been attempting to get Carrie to sell a recipe or two for her pet treats to the large pet food manufacturer where he works.  He appeared in the first and second stories, and it seemed natural for him to wind up being a murder suspect in this one.


LKBR: Do you have a favorite character in your book/series?

LJ: Of course I like and admire Carrie.  I really respect veterinarians and vet techs.  I also am impressed with people who create and cook food.  I don't do much of either.


LKBR: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love, action, death, etc?

LJ: Not really.  I've been at this for a while, and I also write romances so most scenes tend to come to me when it's time to write them.


LKBR: In your writing, have you ever used experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

LJ: I always kid around about writing mysteries and being able to get back at people who've harmed me in some way by putting their counterparts in stories. And I have done that at least once...


LKBR: When you’re in the process of writing/creating a book, do you use a computer, typewriter, dictate, or use pen to paper?
LJ: I started writing on a computer years ago and continue that as my method today--although my subconscious mind often comes up with ideas at odd times so I put pen to notecard to make sure I don't forget them.


LKBR: Do you have any writing quirks or rituals that you do before, during, and/or after writing a new book?

LJ:  I suspect I'm quirkier than I'm aware of, but my rituals are very writing related.   I always have to plot on my computer using the "plot skeleton" I've developed over the years, then, from there, create a synopsis that I work from while I'm writing the story.


LKBR: What does your family think about your writing? How important is their support?

LJ: Everyone is quite supportive--although my husband has read only one of my 45 published novels, and I doubt that my grown sons have read any.  But no one gives me a hard time about my disappearing into my office to write, either.


LKBR: Who/What inspired you to write your first book? 
 
LJ:  I'd always loved reading and tried writing my first story as a child: a sci fi story with a girl and boy who traveled in space.  Eventually, when I started practicing law, I also decided it was time to follow up on my childhood dream, and I began getting up an hour earlier than everyone else in my household to have writing time.  My first published fiction was a short story published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and it won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best first short story of the year.  That, of course, inspired me to keep writing... and eventually I also started publishing novels.


LKBR: What was one of the most surprising thing(s) you learned when trying to get your first book published?

LJ: It's not easy--or at least it wasn't then, when the only way to do it was to submit to established publishers.  But one thing I learned then and still adore now is that there is a very supportive community of other writers out there, in all genres, and the writers I've met all help one another succeed--or at least provide willing shoulders to cry on.


LKBR: What book are you reading?

LJ: Right now, I'm reading, and enjoying, A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham, since I received a copy at the California Dreamin'  romance conference I recently attended.  Otherwise, I'd probably be reading another cozy featuring dogs!


LKBR: Do you have any advice for aspiring cozy writers?

LJ:  Yes!  Keep writing, and be sure to join writers' groups in the genres you prefer.  As I mentioned before, the community of writers is very supportive and can help you determine the best way to get published when you're ready.


LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

LJ: Please visit my website www.LindaOJohnston.com for links to all my books, including my new one BAD TO THE BONE.  Also, next month my eighth Alpha Force paranormal romance will be published by Harlequin Nocturne, and its link is there, too. 

Additionally, please come visit me at www.KillerHobbies.blogspot.com on Wednesdays, on the Killer Characters blog on the 18th of each month, at A Slice of Orange  blog on the 6th of each month and at the InkSpot blog on the first Monday of each month... and friend me on Facebook!  And I do pop up often at chats, blogs and more on Writerspace.


LKBR: Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better!

LJ:  And thank you again for inviting me!


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*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

Two lucky winners will receive an print copy of


BAD TO THE BONE


Winners will be chosen after May 21 
at the end of the tour

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

Giveaway open to USA only.


This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.



I was born a writer. I can't remember a time I didn't write, though my earliest scribbles, while I was in diapers, were not decipherable even by me. Later, I saved ideas for school assignments and awaited opportunities to write them. My first attempt at an epic, when I was eight, was a science fiction story so incredibly precocious that, if I could find it, I'm sure I'd find a new calling as a writer. Well, maybe not. Still, it was a start: the story of a young boy and girl who together explored the universe.

That's something else: I was also a born romantic. Nearly all my fiction involves a romantic relationship. No wonder I wound up writing romance novels!

I have also always enjoyed solving puzzles, which led me to write suspense into all of my stories, too, no matter what their genre or subgenre.
I stopped writing fiction in law school -- confusing cases and boring briefs left little time for pleasure. But, I couldn't stay away. Soon as I could carve out time early in the morning before work at my first law job, I wrote for fun once more. Cathartic! In my first finished -- and as yet unpublished -- mystery, I killed off a law firm's senior partner.

I am additionally a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.  I live in the Los Angeles area with my husband and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lexie and Mystie.

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