Archive | September 2015

Booth Talks Books WINNERS!

51UFrg9dMIL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Well, if you won…you received an e-mail.  Your author will be getting in touch with you.  I love it when an author e-mails me.  8bfa7e_d363a24be1654109bd029cb48012d6e5.jpg_srz_p_228_330_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzJust makes my whole day.  Yep.

So, congratulations to the winners! And, thank you to the authors, Mary Kennedy, Maureen K Howard, Janet Cantrell, Summer Prescott and CC Dragon who donated both paper and digital books for the giveaway. We love your creativity in your writing. ❤  Keep writing, using your brain and we’ll keep supporting you.  *BIG author group hug!*

Winners….

Pat Pinkson– Mary Kennedy’s “Dream a Little Scream” or French Vanilla Candle11825209_10102225831537962_3161502834092754898_n

11907197_163808767284920_8300223443773095718_nRuth Nixon– Maureen K Howard’s signed copy of “Sunny Side Up”

Gail Fuhlman AND Kory Bull– One of Janet Cantrell’s “Fat Cat Mysteries” books with bookmarks and sticky notes

Kelly Pfister -Summer Prescott-newest e-book, “A Deadly Slice of Lime”51te8svigol__sx311_bo1204203200_

Karen Keyon-CC Dragon’s e-book of “Helena Goes to Hollywood”

I can’t wait to hear how much you love these books. Please come back and post pics when they arrive.

Our WEEK of Giveaways continue with CC Dragon!

Today, I would like to introduce you to CC Dragon​, author of the Helena Morris Helena Goes To HollywoodMysteries.  Make sure to check out CC’s “Cozy Mysteries With Sass” page and of course, our giveaway (button at the bottom).  CC Dragon is giving away an e-version of Helena Goes to Hollywood.  Thanks CC!

From “Helena Goes to Hollywood”….

Martial arts instructor Helena Morris has a few weaknesses. One is her FBI agent ex-husband who she avoids. The other is her superstar sister Sonia who is divorcing a soap star hunk of a husband. When Sonia needs protection from a stalker, Helena finds herself playing bodyguard and investigator. Glitz and glamour aren’t her style but she must gain full entry into her sister’s world to keep her safe!

It’s hard to know who to trust when half the suspects are professional actors with out of control egos. A murder too close for comfort stuns everyone and Hel knows her sister is probably next. Working the case with a little help from her still interested ex, a hunky LAPD detective, and other helpful friends, she has to track down rabid fans and clear jealous co-stars to get at the killer. With so many suspects, she’ll have to outsmart them all while not pissing off the LAPD to get a step ahead of the killer.

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Interview with Summer Prescott and Day 4 of Booth Talks Books Giveaway!

Summer Prescott has joined us today to talk about her books, characters and herself!  If you haven’t read her books, you need to.  I have enjoyed her Key West series so much.  It has even prompted me to make way too many pies.

Murder By Lime

Murder By Lime

BTB: How long have you been writing cozy mysteries?
SP: My first cozy was released on February 5th of this year.

BTB: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?
SP: I like to draw largely from life experiences. I really enjoy writing about places that I’ve been and basing characters around people whom I’ve encountered.

BTB: Okay, I have to ask…WHY Key Lime? Tell us all about this revelation to write around a Key Lime shop in the Keys.
SP: I think maybe it’s indicative of my intense longing for a vacation! Just kidding. 😉 I love the beach, and Key West has so much to offer in the way of imagery, activities and more. I really wanted the readers to be able to smell the salty air and hear the whispers of the swaying palms. Books are a great escape, and I wanted to make this series, in particular, a mini-getaway for the readers.

BTB: Have you thought about putting out recipes to go with you books?

A Lime To Kill

A Lime To Kill

SP: Actually there are plans in the works to put out a Summer Prescott cookbook that will have recipes from all three series – I’m so excited about that!

BTB: Who is your favorite character in your Key Lime series? I know who mine is, but I will talk of that later.
SP: As sappy as it sounds, I’m going to have to say Detective Cortland, because there’s so much more to him than meets the eye. He’s a really good guy with some depth to him…which will show more and more in book 7. And he’s handsome too…that doesn’t hurt. Creepy Tim is running a close second though.

BTB: Is Tim based on someone you know in real life? Will there be more of him? I am a HUGE fan of the super-creepy neighbor.
SP: Tim is actually based on the blending of a couple of people, one who actually is a mortician, and the other who is quite an oddball. He’s featured pretty prominently in book 7 as well.

BTB: Are there any other Lime books in the works?

SP: I’m currently writing book 7 right now, and there is a book 8 in the works as well. Beyond that…we’ll have to see. I’m considering doing spin-offs of all three series.

BTB: What are the different series you write?
SP: The Key West series, of course, the Rocky Cove series, which features a New England clambake caterer, and the Frosted Love series, which revolves around a cupcake shop owner in Louisiana.

BTB: Do you have a certain series that is your favorite or close to your heart? 51892mhgyzl__sx311_bo1204203200_
SP: They’re all special to me. The Rocky Cove series was inspired by my relatives, who all hail from the East Coast; the Frosted Love series literally takes place in a town in Louisiana in which I lived, but I changed the name, and the Key West series takes me to paradise – it doesn’t get any better than that.

BTB: Thank you Summer for helping Booth Talks Books celebrate reaching 100 subscribers!
SP: Thank you! It was my pleasure

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Interview with Janet Cantrell…And GIVEAWAYS continue!

BTB: When did you start your adventures in writing cozies?8bfa7e_d363a24be1654109bd029cb48012d6e5.jpg_srz_p_228_330_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz

JC: The Fat Cat series is my first venture into cozies. Under the name Kaye George, I’ve written traditional mysteries for a few years. The first in this series came out in September of 2014. I know a lot of
cozy writers and they are very fun to do. The readers who are fans of cozies are loyal. Add to that the readers who love books with cats, and that made it easy to bring this series to best-seller status.


BTB: What inspired, “Fat Cat?”

JC: The basic idea for the series came from my publisher, Berkley Prime
Crime. They gave me a basic, sketchy idea and I filled in all the
blanks (such as the killer), adding new characters and making the
series my own. I love it when my characters come to life for me. I’ve
gotten attached to all of them in this series. The publisher also
wanted the stories set in Minneapolis. Our family lived there for
several years and I’ve always loved that area. So it wasn’t hard to
become attached to my setting, either. I did wonder for a bit how I
would make Minneapolis into a “cozy” place, but then my husband
remembered the Dinkytown area and I knew that was perfect. That area
has changed a bit, but I’m idealizing it and using it to suit my story
purposes.


BTB: Tell us a little about Quincy we might not know.

JC: Don’t tell anyone, but Quincy is the reincarnation of one of my
favorite cats, Agamemnon. He was all black, but otherwise very similar
to Quincy. He was a rescued feral, very smart, very loving, and overweight cat.
This is too obsolete to use in a book, but that cat used to love to
play Elf Bowling. Remember that computer game from years ago? He would
hear me start to play it and would jump into my lap. He patiently
permitted me to push his paw on the return bar to bowl the balls,
waiting for the moment we won the game and the Santa Claus popped up
in the lower right-hand corner. Then he would pounce. He had to GET
that Santa!

BTB: Why do you think it is popular to include animals in mystery and crime stories?


 

JC: Crime is a dark subject. People get killed in murder mysteries. As
writers, we have to never forget that and to treat that part of our genre with respect. sienna_week4However, our main purpose is two-fold: to entertain our reader, and to give our reader a world where justice is
served. I think that’s a big reason people read mysteries, to go to a
place where the evil-doers are punished appropriately. This sometimes
doesn’t happen in real life–it’s too messy and unpredictable.  As for animals, they balance the darkness. That’s what I think. They add lightness, innocence, and pure love. Readers who have pets relate
to books that include them. An awful lot of people have pets, too!


 

BTB: Are you currently working on another book? If so, what?

JC: I’m about to start edits for Fat Cat Takes the Cake, which will be out
in April 2016. (Hint: it’s available for preorder). I turned it in a
couple of months ago and now will make the changes my editor wants.
There aren’t many, I’m glad to see, just a few clarifications. The
next stage will be going through the copy edits. A copy editor does
these, correcting any spelling, punctuation, and grammar that she
sees. I’ll go over that also when it’s done.


 

BTB: Who is this Kaye George I keep hearing about? Do you want to talk about what she’s up to?

JC: Kaye? Oh yes, Kaye George! She’s a little bit nuts right now because
she’s completing two more books, both due out next spring also. Janet
Cantrell is my pen name only for the Fat Cat series. I use Kaye George
for all my other writing. There are three series: People of the Wind
(Neanderthal mysteries), Cressa Carraway (musical mysteries), and
Imogene Duckworthy (humorous Texas mysteries). I also write short
stories whenever I can. The mystery series are all traditional, but my
short stories can get into the noir category. In fact, I have a story
called “Heartbreak at Graceland” that will be in Memphis Noir, an
anthology by Akashic coming out in November.

I have web pages both as Kaye George and Janet Cantrell.

kayegeorge.com
janetcantrell.com


BTB: Thank you so much Janet for your time and for telling us all of these fun bits about yourself, your kitties and your alter-ego. How fun!

JC: Thanks so much for being a fan and for having me here, and congratulations on your milestone at Facebook! I hope the next 100 roll in soon.

 

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway!  Janet Cantrell is giving away two different books in her Fat Cat series along with some other goodies!

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Interview with Maureen K. Howard

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, we are talking to Maureen K. Howard, the author/s behind the book, “Sunny Side Up.” She’ll be giving away a signed copy of her book during the drawing on Saturday. For now, let’s get to know a little about this amazing author.

 

Who is Maureen K Howard?

Maureen K. Howard is the pen name we use. It’s a combo of Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard. Mother/daughter team.

 

How long have you all been writing as “Maureen K. Howard”?

Informally forever. We started collaborating on book 1 about 3 years ago.

 

Why is this series set on Lake Erie?

Setting is Lake Erie because we’ve been boating there 20 plus years. The kids grew up there every summer.

 

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What’s the story behind the title, “Sunny Side Up”?

Francis’s last name is Egge (rhymes with ledge) but people mispronounce it “egg”all the time. The series titles all have a take on kinds of eggs.

 

 

Where did June and Francie come from? Real people or your all’s head?

Francie and June are imaginary characters but they possess traits from various close friends.

 

Have you got anything in the works?

Book 2, Deviled, will be available in November- on time for holiday shopping!

 

Thanks Maureen and Brigette! We look forward to “Deviled.”  Don’t forget to enter our giveaway.  Maureen K. Howard is giving away a signed copy of “Sunny Side Up.” 

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Booth Talks Books Celebration

I am so excited that we reached over 100 on the Facebook site, so with five of my close author friends, I am having a week-long give away.
Booth Talks Books giveaway

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Here is what we have in store ALL WEEK!!!

Monday: Mary Kennedy- Copy of Dream a Little Scream or French Vanilla Candle
https://www.facebook.com/mary.kennedy.948?fref=ts

Tuesday: Maureen K Howard- signed copy “Sunny Side Up”

Wednesday: Janet Cantrell- Copies of Fat Cat at Large Fat Cat Spreads Out, with bookmarks and sticky notes
https://www.facebook.com/janet.cantrell.167?fref=ts

Thursday: Summer Prescott- Kindle Copy of newest book, “A Deadly Slice of Lime”
https://www.facebook.com/summer.prescott.58

Friday: Cheryl Dragon (CC Dragon) -Ebook of Helena Goes to Hollywood
https://www.facebook.com/cheryldragon

Spread the word, enter and good luck!!!! Drawing will be held on Friday evening.

Review: Murder By Lime by Summer Prescott

26208771We return to Key West in Murder By Lime, the fourth installment of Summer Prescott‘s Key West Culinary series.  We find the mother, Marilyn Hayes already fretting about her daughter being late for work at her small Key Lime pie shop.

When daughter, Tiara, arrives we find out her yoga class running late.  Marilyn then goes into the typical “he’s too old for you” mom talk when she finds out that Tiara has been hanging around the yoga instructor.  They banter back and forth about Drew’s merits, setting him up to be a major player in the story.

A lime shortage hits the country and the small shop in a big way, making them look into other options for their fruit supply.  Tiara informs Marilyn that Drew is into shipping and importing as a second job aside from teaching yoga.  Reluctantly, Marilyn agrees to let her check to see if Drew could find a supplier of limes to keep the small sweet shop afloat. He succeeds.

A new supplier is found at a cheaper rate and all seems well.  Tiara and Drew start to hang out more and going on frequent rides in his boat. The happiness is short-lived, however, as Pedro is found dead days later on Drew’s sunken boat and Tiara is arrested for the crime by Detective Bernard Cortland.

Marilyn’s creepy neighbor, Tim Eckels sees things he shouldn’t, Carlos the old supplier of limes seems happy that Pedro is dead since his business is flourishing and Drew is hiding a secret.  Who killed Pedro? Will Tiara’s name be cleared or is it doors closed for Sublime Sweets?

This is the second book I have read in the series and I can tell you that you do not have to read these in order to enjoy them. I was looking for mention of the crimes in the prior book, but it was never mentioned. So, the reader is not going to feel11988459_10102268920237862_362473221879797504_n like they are missing out on anything. There is nothing worse than grabbing a book that you want to enjoy then being lost because you’re missing out on something. This won’t happen in this series it seems. I could easily see this being a weekly mystery series on TV.

I love the realistic relationship between Marilyn and Tiara. The way they interact and face obstacles together is nice. Each of them are living their own lives, trying to find their own way but at the same time still being there for each other through their love of the pie shop. The shop, in a way, is symbolic of their connection, constantly changing, but anchored with the same main ingredient. Yes, I am equating the lime to love. Call me mushy but you’ll see what I mean when you read it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this light, yet action packed cozy.