Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Monday, September 26, 2022
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LKBR: Hi, Melicity, it’s great to have you with us.
MP: Thank you so much for having me, Lisa!
LKBR: Please tell us a bit about yourself.
MP: Ooh - where to begin and keep it brief? Ha! Melicity is my cozy pen name, but my birth name is Melissa. I’ll answer to either! I’m an American girl, married to a Kiwi guy who lives in a Scottish mini castle. I’m also currently the president of the UK/EU’s Sisters in Crime chapter, Once Upon a Crime (but you don’t have to live in Europe to join us online!). When I’m not writing, I’m success coaching or traveling around the world fostering fur babies or performing (currently planning to narrate a fellow author’s cozy audiobook this year - yay!).
LKBR: Please tell us about your new book.
MP: Deadly Traditions is a collection of twelve, super fun Christmas cozy mystery stories, each with a focus on Christmas traditions. These tales are perfect if you like to enjoy a full story in one sitting before bed, in the bath, by the fire… anywhere you love to find your own brand of comfy ambience. My contribution is: A Little Christmas Villainy and is set in a villa in the Italian countryside where family members (up to no good!) have descended from England for the holiday.
LKBR: Do you remember where you were/what you were doing when the idea of this book/series came to you?
MP: The idea was first presented at the beginning of the year (I think!) by the fabulous and prolific, Gayle Leeson, during a small group gathering of cozy mystery author friends I created back in 2021 and continue to facilitate. I was hoping we could all collaborate on something fun at some point, so was completely thrilled when Gayle suggested it. Besides, everything’s more fun with a friend!
LKBR: Is writing your full time job? What’s your writing schedule like?
MP: Writing is not my full time job - I have too many other things I love to do! But it is a regular activity in this season. My writing schedule varies, but during the multiple sprints (I call them Writing Parties!) I host or participate in, I make much more progress. These typically happen in the morning or afternoon. I find I do a lot of writing in my head before I get out of bed, too. I avoid story creating at night, though, because my brain will be buzzing and I’ll struggle to get to sleep. Also, when I have deadlines looming, I become this all day magical paragon of productivity. I’m totally outwardly motivated. Ha!
LKBR: No matter where you are, do you write down ideas when inspiration strikes?
MP: I do. Well, probably 90% of the time. I don’t keep my phone in the bedroom, so I often have my husband send me an email or text of my idea to pick up in the morning if something strikes me when I’m all tucked up in bed and don’t want to get out again!
LKBR: Do you write your book(s) from beginning to end or do you write scenes out of order then pull them together?
MP: I typically write intuitively from beginning to end. Once in a while, I’ll jot down some lines of dialogue or a snippet of something coming up further in the story if my brain serves it up, but I’m not a jigsaw puzzle writer - which surprises me. The way I go through life, I would’ve totally thought I’d write random scenes as I felt inspired, to put together at the end, but it’s just not how it’s panned out.
LKBR: Where do you do most of your writing?
MP: I have a desk set up in front of a large bay window in the living room where I do most of my writing. But sometimes I get too fidgety, so will move my laptop to the kitchen table or to the couch for a change of scenery. Definitely not in bed though. I’d love to say I go to a cute café or botanical garden, but I’m too elegantly lazy to leave the house!
LKBR: What are three things always within reach when you’re writing?
MP: Hmm… Well, if I’m at my desk, I have a pretty monthly calendar where I can collect fancy stickers on the days and weeks I meet my goals. I have a mousepad with a picture of a kitten flying in to give me a hug from outer space. I have some encouragement cards set up and today one of them says, “Once we are willing to accept that anything worth doing might even be worth doing badly, our options widen.”
LKBR: Please describe yourself in one sentence.
MP: The first thing that comes to mind is: She believed she could, so she did; and she believed YOU could, so you believed you could, so you did, too.
LKBR: Do you have a message for your readers?
MP: Find out what things make your heart swell with fun, joy, delight, awe, whimsy, joie de vivre (you get the picture!) and give yourself permission to experience much, MUCH more of them. And then even more. And I hope the stories you’ll find in Deadly Traditions can be a small part of that journey of delight for you! xx
LKBR: Thank you so much, Melicity, for spending time with us today. Can’t wait to chat with you again!
MP: It was such fun to be here with you, Lisa. Let’s do it again sometime!
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About the other Authors
About Gayle Leeson
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee. She is currently writing the Kinsey Falls chick-lit/women's fiction series, the Down South Cafe cozy mystery series, and the Ghostly Fashionista cozy mystery series. Her book KILLER WEDDING CAKE won the Bronze Medal in the 20th Anniversary IPPY Awards. Gayle lives in Southwest Virginia with her family and enjoys hearing from readers.
About Mollie Cox Bryan
Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge. She's the author of several bestselling mystery series, also writing under the pen name Maggie Blackburn. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She's also penned a historical fiction: MEMORY OF LIGHT: AN AFTERMATH OF GETTYSBURG. She's the mother of two nearly perfect daughters, each pursuing careers in music.
About Erin Scoggins
USA Today Bestselling Author Erin Scoggins is a long-time Southerner with a fondness for offbeat humor and fresh fried chicken. After fifteen years in marketing with a Fortune 500 company, she traded her MBA for fictional crime scenes and feisty small-town families. She writes fun, flirty mysteries that are celebrations of food, family, and the killer South.
Visit her at www.erinscoggins.com for book news and shenanigans.
About Estelle Richards
Estelle Richards lives in the beautiful American Southwest and writes cozy mysteries. Connect with Estelle at estellerichards.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/estellerichardswriter/.
About Justine Maxwell
Justine Maxwell writes cozy mysteries with brave heroines, strong family bonds, and a touch of romance. She has degrees in psychology from Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University. She hopes to one day become a reclusive author in a mountain cabin near Flagstaff, AZ. Until then, she'll be a busy mom of four small children and one (allegedly) hypoallergenic pup, writing in the midst of chaos.
About Wendy H. Jones
International Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring DI Shona McKenzie are set.Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. Killer's Countdown was her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Killer's Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. The seventh book in the series. Killer's Curse will be released early august 2020. The Dagger's Curse, the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries, was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. Turning to humorous crime the Cass Claymore Investigates series was born. She is also a highly successful marketer and is currently in the process of rereleasing her completely updated marketing book Marketing Matters. This will be part of the Writing Matters Series following the release of Motivation Matters. She is also the author of the Bertie the Buffalo picture book and associated soft toy and colouring book. Wendy is delighted to be one of the authors in two anthologies aimed at empowering women - The Power of Why, and Women Win Against All Odds. She is proud to be the President of the Scottish Association of Writers and is the host of The Writing and Marketing Show podcast, a writing and marketing coach. and CEO of Writing Matters online writing school, Authorpreneur Accelerator Academy.
Dianne Ascroft is a Canadian writer living in Britain. Since moving to Britain in 1990 she has lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Online she can be found at http://www.dianneascroft.com.
She writes cozy mystery, historical and contemporary fiction, often with an Irish connection. Her non-fiction articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and regional newspapers including the Toronto Star, Ireland's Own, Senior Times, Celtic Connection and Irish Connections Canada.
She was co-editor of The Fermanagh Miscellany, the Fermanagh Authors' Association's yearly anthology for several years and she also contributes material to other local history and writers' anthologies.
Dianne is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Sisters in Crime, Historical Novel Society, Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Authors' Association and Fermanagh Writers.
Dianne started life in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the buzzing city of Toronto and has progressively moved to smaller places through the years. She now lives on a small farm in Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. If she ever decides to write her autobiography the working title will be 'Downsizing'.
USA Today and Wall Street Journal 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 80+ books.
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Saturday, September 24, 2022
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LACY OATMEAL COOKIES
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I’m always excited to check out a new cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. They’re always clear, simple, easy to follow, and have some of the best recipes.
Of course, when I saw a Gooseberry Patch cookbook called, QUICK & EASY RECIPES WITH HELP . . . From My Instant Pot, Air Fryer, Slow Cooker, Waffle Iron & More, I just knew I had to check it out! As always with they’re books, I’m so happy I did!
QUICK & EASY RECIPES WITH HELP breaks down it’s chapters by cooking implement. Air Fryer, Instant Pot, Slow-Cooker etc. I find this very helpful since I don’t use all the different types of equipment.
Recipes you’ll find are . . . Air Fryer - Pepperoni Pizza Sandwiches, Sweet Potato & Bacon Fries, Mini Cinnobuns . . . Instant Pot – Steak & Red Pepper Bowls, Easy Cheesy Shells, Salted Caramel Cheesecake . . . Slow-Cooker – Poppy Seed Chicken, New England Clam Chowder, Beef Burgundy Stew, Crockery Apple Ring . . . Blender – Creamy Basil Salad Dressing, Fajita & Bowties Salad Bowl, Autumn Apple Milkshake . . . Waffle Iron – Grandmother’s Waffle Cookies, Quick English Muffin Sandwiches, Jelly French Toast . . . Sheet Pan – Yummy Sausage Cups, Baja Shrimp Tacos, Cranberry-Orange Scones . . . Skillet – Southwestern Flatbread, Dixie Fried Chicken, Eva’s Fruit Cobble . . . Muffin Tin – Sweet Apple Butter Muffins, Brie Kisses, Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, and so, so many more!
I love that there are savory, and sweet recipes for each form of cooking. It makes for so many options!
I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a photo for every dish. The photos included make the food appear as though you can smell it.
QUICK & EASY RECIPES WITH HELP will be a well used addition to any cookbook collection.