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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Book Spotlight-Glitter, Glam And Contraband by Heather Weidner-Great Escapes Tour/Giveway

This is a spotlight post for The Great Escapes Tour
I have not read this book
 

About the book 
Private investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in Glitter, Glam and Contraband. In this fast-paced mystery, the Falcon Investigations team is hired to find out who is stealing from the talent at a local drag show. Delanie gets more than she bargains for and a few makeup tips in the process. Meanwhile, a mysterious sound in the ceiling of her office vexes Delanie. She uses her sleuthing skills to track down the source and uncover a creepy contraband operation.
Glitter, Glam, and Contraband features a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of humorous situations like helping sleezy strip club owner, Chaz Smith on his quest to become Richmond’s next mayor, tracking down missing reptiles, and uncovering hidden valuables from a 100-year-old crime with a Poe connection.
And others are saying
Full of action and humor, Heather Weidner delivers another enjoyable story.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Using a drag show and a strip club as settings in a cozy mystery was innovative. I liked that the cases were wrapped up in different times in the book—rather than waiting to the end of the book for all the mysteries’ solutions.
~Diane Reviews Books
Glitter Glam & Contraband by Heather Leigh Weidner gets my rating of four stars as it was highly entertaining. I loved this type of mystery, and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
~Baroness’ Book Trove Bulletin
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January 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 7 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
January 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
January 9 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 9 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST
January 10 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 10 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
January 11 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
January 12 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 13 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST
January 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 15 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
January 15 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 16 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT
January 16 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
January 17 – I’m All About Books – CHARACTER GUEST POST
January 18 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
January 19 – TBR Book Blog – SPOTLIGHT
January 20 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Bound For Murder by Victoria Gilbert-Great Escapes Tour-Spotlight/Giveaway


About the book 
Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn’t all peace and love among the “flower children” when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s commune.
Taylorsford Public Library director Amy Webber’s friend “Sunny” Fields is running for mayor. But nothing puts a damper on a campaign like an actual skeleton in a candidate’s closet. Sunny’s grandparents ran a commune back in the 1960s on their organic farm. But these former hippies face criminal charges when human remains are found in their fields–and a forensic examination reveals that the death was neither natural nor accidental.
With Sunny’s mayoral hopes fading, Amy sets her wedding plans aside, says “not yet” to the dress, and uses her research skills to clear her best friend’s family. Any of the now-elderly commune members could have been the culprit. As former hippies perish one by one, Amy and her friends Richard, Aunt Lydia, and Hugh Chen pursue every lead. But if Amy can’t find whoever killed these “flower children,” someone may soon be placing flowers on her grave.
And others are saying 
Victoria Gilbert writes entrancing and engrossing stories that pull you win and leave you wanting more!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
Bound for Murder is the fourth book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. I’ve read them all and they just keep getting better. Maybe it is because the characters feel like old friends.
~Diane Reviews Books
Bound for Murder is a charming cozy mystery with a dredging disaster, misplaced persons, a charismatic journalist, a hippie homicide, campaign commotion, and revealing research.
~The Avid Reader
Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is an excellent story with a couple of murders that keep you guessing.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
An intricately plotted mystery with lots of red herrings and subtle clues, BOUND FOR MURDER shows that past decisions can not only impact you but those around you. Who knew research could get you into so much trouble?
~Cozy Up With Kathy
Bound For Murder was a great clean cozy mystery with wonderful characters, it was also filled a few twists and turns to throw you off and keep you reading.
~eBook Addicts
Bound for Murder has engaging characters paired with some shady ones that keep both readers and our protagonist on our toes.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
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Silenced In Sequins Book Spotlight/Author Interview-Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style—until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime . . .
With her bottom line looking a little threadbare, Kelly is going all out to promote the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique. She’s counting on Black Friday to recover her start-up expenses—including a website and an advertising blitz. But the publicity is overkill when two warring divas, and one sparkly evening dress, thrust Kelly and her fledgling business into a scandal she can’t afford.
The gorgeous garment came to Kelly from the walk-in closets of Wendy Johnson, one of reality TV’s Long Island Ladies. When Wendy’s former co-star, Diana Delacourte, graces a Christmas gala in the dress that was once her rival’s, a very public catfight ensues. But is Wendy to blame when sequin-clad Diana turns up dead? Dodging the show’s ever-present cameras—and a detective’s stern warnings—Kelly hunts for a killer before the powerful celebrity-suspect makes good on her threats and rips her to shreds . . .
An interview with the author

  Since we just got past the holidays I am still enjoying the annual Sausage Balls my neighbor makes I am curious if you have a favorite holiday food?
I love Christmas cookies. I look forward to baking at the holiday season and it’s all about cookies. The cookie I look forward to the most is my Rugelach. I only bake them at Christmas.

What is the nicest gift you received from a loved one?
That's a really hard question to answer because all of the gifts from my family, my husband and friends have been wonderful. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to receive thoughtful and generous gifts and there’s no way I can select just one.

Speaking of holidays.  What is your favorite? 
My favorite holiday is Christmas. It has always been a magical time of the year for me. Growing up in New York City, the city would transform into an amazing wonderland with the beautiful and festive store window displays, the tree at Rockefeller Center and the hustle and bustle with shopping bags and the aroma of roasting chestnuts on street corners. And now living outside of New York City in the suburbs, the town I live in has traditions. There are two tree lightings in two separate sections of the town and there are craft fairs and a local firehouse sells Christmas trees that came from Vermont. It’s also a really special time when you’re with friends and family get together dive back into your traditions. 

 If you could spend some quality writing time in a cozy cabin in the woods, Or on the beach which would you choose?
I would choose the cozy cabin in the woods because the beach might be too noisy. If I'm going to travel to someplace to spend some quality time writing I want it to be quiet.
What is your favorite or dream vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot so far has been Wyoming. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We had a great vacation there and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Let’s talk about the tour.  What is your favorite part of the Great Escapes Book tours?
Hands down, having the opportunity to get in front of new readers. It’s my hope that when a reader discovers me for the first time, she’ll connect with me either through my website/blog/newsletter, Facebook or Instagram and then we can have hangout online and talk all things books, fashion and food. Having the opportunity to meet new readers is one of the best things I enjoy about the blog tour.
  
Now let’s get into the book and talk a bit about Kelly.  I’m sure with All the drama and murder going on she is ready for a vacation.  Where would she go?
Kelly would go to a beach. She’d love to lay out on the sand, order a drink with a little umbrella in it and read one of her fashion magazines.
The cover of Silenced In Sequins was just so glittery and dreamy did you have any input In the cover design?
Yes. My editor asked me for cover ideas. I usually send him a few for ideas. For the cover of SILENCED IN SEQUINS I knew that I wanted a female silhouette like the cover of MURDER WEARS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS,  and have her dressed in a silver sequin dress. I sent some inspiration photos I found on websites and Pinterest. I also requested that Kelly’s cat, Howard, be on the cover. My editor takes my suggestions and passes them along to the art department. It takes a few months before I see the final cover. And I have to say that I have not been disappointed with any of my covers from either of my series.
In case some of our readers may have missed Murder In A Little Black Dress should they read it before getting into Silenced In Sequins?
No, they don't have to. SILENCED IN SEQUINS can be read as a standalone. But I think readers would enjoy the first book.

Does Kelly have sleuth side kicks?
She does! She has her best friend from childhood, Liv Moretti. Liv works at her family’s bakery and is often a sounding board and the voice of reason to Kelly. There’s also Ariel Barnes. She helps Kelly with her finely-tuned research skills.

Is Kelly intentionally a sleuth or does murder and dead bodies just happen to show up wherever she hangs out?
Kelly has not set out to be a detective. For lack of a better phrase, she has stumbled into murder. Though, she does have good reasons to begin sleuthing and inserting herself into the murder investigation. Those reasons are found in the book. 😊

Sometimes the reader and the ‘sleuths’ have a time figuring out ‘who dun nit” from your perspective as a writer how easy or difficult is it for you to figure out who to make the  villain(s) in your stories? 
I start with the victim. I need to know who the victim is, his/her lifestyle, career, backstory. I try to develop as much as I possibly can about this person. While I’m doing that work, I’m looking for reasons why this person would be murdered. And it’s usually the reason that leads me to the who the villain is. So, it’s not easy or difficult, it just takes work and time to decide who those two people will be.

I am sure there is much more come for us in this series.  Can you give us a sneak peek of what is on your mind for the series?
No, I’m sorry. I can’t. But I can let you know what’s coming up. In September there will be a novella, WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO A GRAVEYARD, released and it’s Halloween themed. Then in January 2021, the third full-length Resale Boutique book, HOW TO FRAME A FASHIONISTA, will be released. Also in October, my fourth Food Blogger book will be released, THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Simple Sunday


Have A Blessed Day

Cozy Corgi Series Spotlight-Author Interview-Great Escapes Tour



Author Interview

Hello Mildred it is so nice to meet you here in the cyber world!  I 
am excited to chat about the tour, the new book and your Cozy Corgi series!

Hi! I’m thrilled to be here at My Journey Back, thank you for having me!

Let’s get acquainted with some fun/fast questions!

Okay, sounds exciting!

Here goes!

Chocolate-Nuts or No nuts
I don’t turn down chocolate in any form, but if I had to pick… nuts!
Coffee, tea or soda
Coffee. Much like Winifred, the main character in the Cozy Corgi, I’m an addict.
The beach, the mountains or the city
Right now, I could really use a beach.
Just dogs? Or cats too?  
DOGS!!!

I knew it would be fun chatting I adore dogs too!  Let’s get into the
Series and talk about the tour.  

What excites you about the tour?  

Readers!  Both old and new. I’m always flattered when my readers take the time to dive into the tours even when they already know everything about the series. Their support means the world!  And, of course, reaching new readers is huge and such a valuable opportunity. We indie authors don’t have large budgets to reach everyone, so I always fear that there are people out there who would love the Cozy Corgi series, but I’ve not be able to let them know of its existence. However, as a reader, I know that there are series I’ve come after many installments that I adore just as much as ones I’ve followed since the very first book, so, perhaps, it simply happens when it’s the right time for the right reader.

What is your favorite part of a book tour? 

I actually think the interviews are really fun. It’s amazing how many different angles different bloggers take, and there’s always a question or two I’ve never been asked before. In addition, I’m always so literally into my books, thinking about them from my characters’ POV and from the big picture of story arc, that it’s a strange sensation to speak about them from a literary framework. I enjoy it.


I know I enjoy the tours because I love meeting new authors and being introduced to new series like the Cozy Corgi Mysteries.

And again, I have to say thank you for taking the time to have me, and even more wonderfully, to give the Cozy Corgi series a chance. There are countless books out there, more than any of us could ever get to. Any time a person picks up a new book and new author to them, it’s an act of faith, one I’m extremely grateful for. 

Can you share with us how you came about writing the Cozy Corgi series?

Well, I adore cozy mysteries. They are where I go when I want to escape the world in a way that I know will be entertaining and intriguing but will have that sense of comfort and satisfaction, so I wanted to create that as well. As far as the cozy corgi part? I’m an avid dog lover and have had several corgis throughout the years. When I started this series, I had a corgi named Alastair. He offered his personality to be used for Watson, the corgi side-kick of the series. It was like he was just sitting there, staring at me, knowing he needed to star in his own books.  How could I not oblige?

Did you ever consider another location instead of Colorado?

No. Not for a second.  There are other locations I want to do for other cozy mysteries series, but I knew Estes Park, Colorado, was the right one for the Cozy Corgi. It’s the perfect setting. A charmingly gorgeous mountain town. Just enough tourists to keep the huge variety of stores bustling, but small enough to allow for an extended cast of characters that the readers get to know and fall deeply in love with as they go about their lives. I lived and worked in Estes Park for several years (after visiting it constantly with my family as a child), so it was a place that I knew well enough to make believable while still romanticizing a bit. I must say, if you get the chance, take a trip to Estes Park, it’s lovely. And, I promise, you’ll be safe, there aren’t nearly as many murders in town as the Cozy Corgi suggests. 

You’ve been a busy girl with 15 books in the series do you happen to have a favorite? 

Of course not! No author would ever, could ever, pick their favorite. Just ask any of them, they’ll tell you the same thing. 
And… they’d be lying. 
I do have some favorites, but more because of either what they mean to me personally or how they move the series along. Each of the installments can be read as a stand-alone. The primary murder/mystery will be solved in every book. However, there are ongoing mysteries, issues, personalities, etc, etc, etc, that evolve, grow and change throughout the series that have been mapped out since book one. There are a few books, where certain on-going plot lines either get answered, change directions, or new revelations are revealed. Those are the ones I enjoy the most. They’re like rewards for slowly building up to them. 

For those of us who are new to the series do you recommend book 1 or can we jump 
at any of the books? 

You absolutely jump in wherever. Each book has a murder that will be solved by the end, I don’t do cliffhangers in that sense of the word. However, I do believe the series will more enjoyable if read from the beginning, as certain things that happen will have a greater weight or impact if you’ve seen what our characters have gone through to get there. I will say this, the first three books are all pretty light, intentionally.  After that, though they are remain light—they are true to the genre cozy mysteries—things really start to deepen and grow more complex. 

Which one was the hardest to come together or write? 

Quarrelsome Quartz. I try not to preach or have any of my books take on an ‘After School Special’ feel, where there’s an obvious lesson to be learned. As a reader, I hate that, even when it’s about a lesson or an issue I agree with or believe in strongly. I want to read to enjoy and escape. And, with fiction, I believe that those lessons or issues should come across in a natural way, as I believe fiction, by nature, imparts empathy. If you’re beating someone over the head with something, you’re not crafting your art very well.  I slipped into that in Quarrelsome Quartz and let some of my own personal pasts impact the writing. As a result, it wasn’t subtle, and upon reading it after the first edit, realized it wasn’t really even a cozy, as it was much too dark. Much of that book was re-written and while the plot and events didn’t change, the tone and ease did. As a result, I think the book and series came out much stronger for it.

Was there one that was easy. . .everything just flowed?

I know this sounds like a cop-out, but most of them flow pretty easily. I do massive pre-planning, mapping, and outlining, so the hard work is done. More than anything, I LOVE these characters and I truly miss them when I’m not writing or editing them. That makes t pretty easy. I’ve also been through some cancer stuff this year, so many of the books, while not mentioned in the writing, hold dear places because of where I was, what I was going through, or what I was overcoming/facing that causes me to hold them close to my heart. 


I have noticed that food and baking is a part of the series.  Do the books 
include recipes?

They do!  To me, food always plays a part in my favorite cozy mysteries. Actually, food plays a huge part in my entire life. That comes through in every book. (Small spoiler alert: fairly early on in the series the Cozy Corgi Bookshop opens a bakery in the second story of the business.) I love incorporating the recipe included in each book into the storyline. I think it’s so fun to hear from readers that they are actually making and eating what the characters are talking about in the book. 

This has been really a lot of fun getting to know you.  I am looking forward to 
Reading the series.  Before we call it a day can you give us a sneak peek of what you’re currently working on?  

I’m currently working on book 16, Phony Photos. Remember that I mentioned there are certain books that alter the arc of the series or reveal huge secrets.  Well… this is one of those and I can’t wait to see how people react.  I’m also starting a second cozy mystery series, Cordelia’s Casserole Caravan (yes, there will be recipes in that one too), which will start late spring or early summer of 2020.  But, don’t worry, the Cozy Corgi isn’t going anywhere, there are still many cases for Winifred and her corgi sidekick, Watson, to solve!


Thank you for visiting.  Best wishes on the tour!

Thank you so much for having it. It was a blast!!!

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Happy Homemaker in Texas


Welcome to another week of Happy Homemaker.  I join Sandra
over at Family Corner to share what's going on in my little world

Sandra provides the prompts...I add some of my own because I just do.  Some days when I am writing my posts thoughts, ideas and memories pop into my hear and I want to share them with you!

The weather
It was so nice the last two weeks.  We've gotten some real 
Winter weather now.  It rained off and on all night and today it is cold and . . . 

Outside my window today
I let the dogs out to a wet yard and came back in and sat down at 
the computer and looked out the window.  This is what I saw . . . 
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Well not really.  But I did see Big 'Ole Texas size snow flakes for all of about 2 minutes.  They were so pretty!  

On the breakfast plate
So breakfast wasn't so good.  I bought fresh blueberries.  We had pancakes yesterday that were just o.k.  And this morning I attempted muffins.  The problem was the recipe not me...well I may have left them in the oven too long but I followed that darn recipe. 
I normal use Betty Crocker's cookbook but I gave it to my daughter.   I used Better Homes and Gardens...it wasn't a keeper. 

Here's to Happy
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I am intentionally remembering to be Happy.  Even when my muffins don't turn out.  I have a little glittery  Happy cut out that I got in Happy mail.  It sits on my desk. 

What I am wearing
The dogs were ready for outside and I knew it was wet.  I threw on black work pants and a tank. (and my coat) The Cowboy keeps the house well I'll just say I feel like it isn't Winter around here. 

On my reading pile
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I was so excited to get this in the mail yesterday!  I knew it was coming but it was a surprise to receive my Advance Copy.  It is a real print copy and I get to enjoy turning 'real' pages!

On the blogs
I am super excited that my Romance Book Tour is shaping up. 
Every author I invited has joined the tour.  I hope you'll stop in and check out some new books, author interviews and a few author giveaways!  
Love Is In The Air

On the menu
Sometimes a menu is simple to plan when your using last weeks!  
Soups and Stews seem to be working better for the time being.

Monday Leftover Chicken/Dumplings from Saturday (from last weeks roast chicken)
Tuesday Deer Camp Casserole fresh Veggie or Salad
Wednesday Potato Soup and Salad
Thursday Beef Stew and Fruit maybe a Salad
Friday  Leftover Potato Soup

Last weeks menu/what worked what didn't
Monday  Potato Soup, Cesar Salad, Fruit 
Pot Roast, Potatoes, and Carrots ✔
Tuesday  First attempt at No sodium Taco's 
Taco's from the Pot Roast...they were so good! 
Wednesday Fried Cod, Onion Rings, Cole Slaw and Fruit 
I was tired after cooking the fish just threw in some French Fries
Thursday Deer Camp Casserole, Fresh Green Beans 
Not sure what we had
Friday Oven Roast Chicken, Potato's and Carrots, Turnip Greens 
Had Mustard Greens they were so good.  I've never had them before!

In the green house
      
Seedlings in the green house...Broccoli, Celery, Kale and Romaine.
I was out of planting mix so had to use my flower pots.  They will be read to transplant soon.  About to go to Walmart and see if I can get some planting mix.  
The celery and Romaine is already for cutting!

My crafting space
Mild chaos.  Actually my blogging/computer space is clean and working o.k.  I am not happy with the printer on my work table but I do  not have anyplace else to put it.  
The sun has come out now.  It was so bright I had to close the blind!

What I am working on 
A junk journal from daily prompts from my group
Valentines tags/cards
Birthday cards
Re-arranging and organizing my space so it is easier to work in. 

A simple pleasure
Playing with paper and glue.  

From the camera
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Yesterday afternoon it was rainy and too wet outside so my daughter had make rainy day lessons.  

Scripture/devo. 


Have A Great Week

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