Monday, June 18, 2018


I'm excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
12 Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer
Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes includes never before published books from:

** WSJ Bestselling Author Judith Lucci - Gawd Almighty & the Corn
** WSJ Bestselling Author Cindy Bell - Murder at Pawprint Creek
** WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Mooney - Dog Gone and Dead
** USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author Amy Vansant - Summer Teeth
** WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Helme - A Midsummer Night's Murder
** WSJ Bestselling Author Kim Hunt Harris - The Murder of Bandera Bandito
** USA Today Bestselling Author Anna Celeste Burke - A Body on Fitzgerald's Bluff
** Ava Mallory - A Dream Stray-Cation
** Sandi Scott - Croquembouche Murder
** Susan Boles - Death on the Beach
** USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever - Toxic Tech
** Anne R. Tan - Just Lost and Found

Release Date: July 24th, 2018 

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Have a howlingly good read during the dog days of summer with a dozen cozy mysteries from Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors. Murder lurks in every corner during the dog days of summer. Solve the mystery as our snoops leash the criminals – at the beach, at the farm, on the mountain – everywhere! All profits from this pack go to support NO KILL animal charities! Fetch it now! And help us help pets!

Bonus recipes from the authors are included!

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SUMMER SNOOPS AND COZY CRIMES is a boxed set of twelve mysteries by twelve wonderful authors of cozy mysteries.

Authors,  Judith Lucci, Cindy Bell, Colleen Mooney, Amy Vansant, Colleen Helme, Kim Hunt Harris, Anna Celeste Burke, Ava Mollory, Sandi Scott, Susan Boles, Sam Cheever, and Anne R. Tan, all pen great mysteries that are sure to bring readers hours and hours of reading pleasure.

These whodunits offer a range of suspense, action, humor, and of course mysteries that will keep you guessing. Every tale distinctively showcases the individual voice of its author. Each book, so different from the next, compliments the other books in the set.

Fans of each author will be thrilled with their contribution. And new fans will be born as they discover new favorites.

The very best reason to give this set a try . . . All profits from SUMMER SNOOPS AND COZY CRIMES go to support NO KILL animal charities!

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About the Authors

Judith Lucci

Dr. Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal and best-selling Amazon. She is an award-winning author of the Alexandra Destephano Medical Thriller and the Michaela McPherson "Two Sleuth's and a Dog" Crime fiction series. Her newest series, Artzy Chicks, releases next month and features a group of , eccentric, talented but zany artists in their Art Gallery at a Mountain Resort.
In 2017, 'Viral Intent' (Book 3) Alexandra Destephano Series) was awarded a Gold Medal by Readers' Favorites for 'Best Political Thriller'. as was her crime thriller 'The Case of Dr. Dude' (Michaela McPherson #1) for a Gold Medal for 'Best Amateur Sleuth for 2017. 'The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year' won an additional gold medal for 'Best Holiday Read' of 2017.
Her favorite things are reading, writing art and animals. In her spare time she teaches painting, loves up on animals and raises money for needy causes. Judith lives with her 4 dog family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She loves to connect with her readers and is available at Check our her website at and sign-up for a free copy of Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center.

Cindy Bell

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Cindy Bell, has always loved reading, but it is only recently that she has discovered her passion for writing romantic cozy mysteries. When she is not reading or writing she loves baking (and eating) sweet treats or walking along the beach with her energetic cocker spaniel, thinking of the next adventure her characters can embark on. Cindy is the author of the Chocolate Centered, Donut Truck, Dune House, Sage Gardens, Nuts about Nuts, Bekki the Beautician, Wendy the Wedding Planner, Heavenly Highland Inn and the Macaron Patisserie Cozy Mystery Series.

Colleen Mooney

Colleen Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans along with everyone else in her family. She is a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author and writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles and the fourth book, Death By Rum Balls was released in December 2017.
Since January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters In Crime chapter in New Orleans, has been elected President and has a planned a Mystery Writers’ Conference for June. She is currently working on her 5th book in the Brandy Alexander series.
In New Orleans, she’s been a member and active in many Mardi Gras Krewes, Super Krewes, and organizations. Colleen says she has never met a parade she didn’t like.
She’s an ardent animal lover and the Director for a breed rescue, Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana for the last fifteen years. She has rescued and placed over 350 abandoned or surrendered Schnauzers. She loves to write and writes about what she loves. Colleen says, “New Orleans is where it all happens for me.”

Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author specializing in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men. So, autobiographies, mostly. Ha! But seriously: She writes happy romantic comedies, mysteries, and urban fantasies. Amy is the former East Coast Editor of SURFER Magazine but the urge to drive up and down the coast interviewing surfers has long since left her. She's a dog-lover who works at home with her goofy husband and loves interacting with fans, so stop by her blog or Twitter and say hi!

Colleen Helme

Colleen Helme is the author of the bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, a wildly entertaining and highly humorous series about Shelby Nichols, a woman with the ability to read minds. When asked if reading minds is something Colleen wishes she could do she says, "No way! It gets Shelby into so much trouble that I would never want that ability." Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby's adventures. Besides writing, she loves reading, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.

Kim Hunt Harris

Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people laugh with her tales, and the Trailer Park Princess series was born.
Kim loves to not only make her readers laugh and entertain them with a good mystery, but also to examine the issues the everyday people face…well, every day. Issues like faith and forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance. Set in Lubbock, Texas, the fun books feature a cast of quirky characters, outrageous situations, a drama queen of a dog, and from time to time, a tear or two.
Kim lives with her husband of more than thirty years and two teenage kids in Texas.

Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning, USA Today Bestselling Author!
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Life is an extravaganza! figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.
On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had met in San Diego and married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University. A GED for my husband and many more years of education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. Retired now from my role as a professor of social work and behavioral science, I have picked up a long-time interest in writing fiction. I'm still married to the same sweet guy and live with him in the Palm Springs area. In addition to reading and writing fiction, I enjoy painting, hiking, hanging out with my handsome husband and tending to my Siamese kitties.
An award-winning and bestselling author I enjoy snooping into life's mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! My books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California--the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark also set here in the Coachella Valley. Find out more at


AVA MALLORY has been a grade school teacher, a psychiatric technician, a dementia unit nurse manager, and a Hospice nurse. She has embarrassed herself in front of handsome celebrities, won vocal contests much to the chagrin of her children, survived a major earthquake, and nearly drowned when she mistakenly thought a YMCA lifeguard asked her to dive into the deep end on her first day of swim lessons. She and her eternally annoyed children share their home with a massive collection of books and a never-ending supply of new book ideas.

Sandi Scott

Sandi Scott is a cozy mystery reader who finally found the courage to write the stories in her head and share them with others. She fell in love with mystery books when she first started reading Agatha Christie eons ago, although her favorite female sleuth will always be Harriet the Spy. She loves dogs, her family, her readers, and sweet treats -- not necessarily in that order.

Susan Boles

Susan Boles is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and also writes romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors series. A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba. _________________________________________________________

Sam Cheever

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books.


Anne R. Tan

Anne R. Tan fell in love with storytelling in elementary school, but decided to study engineering so she could get a “real job.” Her day job is her vacation from home and she moonlights as a writer to keep the voices inside her head under control. She is a toddler wrangler and a part-time short-order cook for her family. She is married to her version of Bob Vila who believes everything needs to be fixed, even if it’s already working. The koi fish in her pond are the only sane members of her household.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018


I'm excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author
Eva Gates
Book 4 in the Lighthouse Library Mysteries

Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide. 

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted? 

With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks
, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.


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LKBR:  Thank you, Vicki aka Eva Gate, for being here today!

EG: I am absolutely delighted to be able to talk with you!

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about the Lighthouse Library series.

EG: The Lighthouse Library series is written under the pen name of Eva Gates.  This is a cozy series, set in a library in a lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the fourth book in the series, The Spook in the Stacks, Halloween is fast approaching and strange things are happening out on the marsh and in the lighthouse.

LKBR: How did you come up with the concept?

EG: This series was originally a work for hire from Penguin. I am happy to be able to say I took their suggestions and used them to make the series my own.

LKBR: What are your future plans for this series? Any hints or spoilers you  can give us about the next book?

EG: The series is continuing with Crooked Lane Books, and I have contracts for books 5 and 6.  In book 5, Something Read, Something Dead, wedding bells are ringing!

LKBR: Is writing an energizing experience, or does it take a lot out of you?

EG: I love doing it, which is the only reason I do! It gives me energy for sure.

LKBR: Once you knew you wanted to be a published writer, who was the first person you reached out to for help? (Such as a publisher, or author)

EG: I joined Sisters in Crime and then the Crime Writers of Canada. Networking and support for a beginning writer (heck, for any writer) are crucial.

LKBR: What sort of research do you do for your books? Is it more computer based or hands on?

EG: I’ve been to the Outer Banks several times doing location research for the books. Because the books are set in a real place, not only Nags Head, but the actual Bodie Island Lighthouse, it’s important to get it as right as I can (ignoring the fact that there isn’t a library in the real lighthouse). The Internet is good, but nothing beats being in the real location

LKBR: What is your writing process? Place, time of day, by the hour or word count?

EG: Every single day when I am at home. At a small computer used only for writing books, at a stand up desk.  I start in the morning, and write for several hours, just until I feel I’ve accomplished all I can for that day.

LKBR: How do you come up with character names?

EG: With great difficulty.  I’m constantly struggling to come up with something different than I’ve used before. 

LKBR: Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex? Do you have someone you use for advice?

EG: I’ve never had a problem, I don’t think.  Then again, my main characters are always women and the men are secondary characters.

LKBR: Do you read reviews of your books? If you do, and a review is bad, what effect does it have on you? (I know some reviews are mean as opposed to constructive.)

EG: Yes, I do. Some writers say they don’t read reviews, but they’re probably lying. When my books are newly released, I read some of them, but not so much after the first week.  If a review is unfairly bad, I’ve learned to just let it go. Some people are mean, and some people are quick to dismiss what they didn’t bother to try to understand.

LKBR: What are 3 things readers may not know about you?

EG: 1. That I am an extreme introvert (really!)
2. That my pre-writing profession was as a computer programmer and then a systems analyst
3. That I also write novellas for adult literacy

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

Twitter: @vickidelany
Instagram: vicki.delany

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

EG: Thank you so much for inviting me.

The Lighthouse Library Mystery series is a favorite of mine, and my sister. I want to send a thank you to Crooked Lane Books for picking up this series and giving us readers more time with the wonderful characters.

It was so easy to fall back into the grove with protagonist Lucy Richardson and the crew of the Brodie Island Lighthouse library. Through the words of author Eva Gates, it was incredibly easy to picture the library and surrounding area, as well as hear the characters voices as I read their written words.

To say it was hard to put this book down would be an understatement. As with the first three books in this delightful series, THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS is a fast-moving mystery with an attention-grabbing plot. With Halloween thrown into the mix, this tale had something fun or exciting happening in every chapter. I simply couldn’t put it down until I had read the last word.

Don’t let your TBR spook you into keeping this book from your stacks. Grab up your copy of THE  SPOOK IN THE STACKS today!

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.

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