Category Archives: Specials

Where I’m at…

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Where I’m at…

After being in Texas for a while, you begin to pick up some of the jargon. Obviously, I find myself saying ‘y’all’ instead of ‘all of you,’ as if three words were too difficult to say. And instead of saying, ‘where are you?’ for some reason, ‘Where’re you at?’ pops out of my mouth. I do realize that after returning to Canada, I have to let go of my Texas talk. Not that anyone would say anything; folks are much too polite but they might secretly roll their eyes. Canadians are proud of their British roots, which means finishing each word properly and not leaving anything off – like the ‘g’ in words that end with ‘ing.’ It also means speaking slowly and pronouncing each syllable. To Texans, this is a foreign language.

However, I digress. I really do want to tell you where I’m at.

Where I’m at with my writing, that is.

A couple of months ago, I was not pleased with how my writing was going. Basically,  that is because it was going nowhere. It wasn’t that I wanted or had the desire to become a well known author or even make tons of money. I wanted to enjoy what I was doing but I was not. That’s where I was at then.

I decided to change my whole outlook about writing. Writing should be fun. I did not want it to be stressful in any way. When I’m not writing, there is something missing in my life. It’s good for my brain. It forces me to widen my vocabulary. In other words, it’s healthy. Especially as we age.

I was never satisfied with two of my books and I always thought that if someone read one of those books first, they would never want to read another. It feels terrible not liking your own books. However, they were there for anyone to buy. Overnight, I made the decision to republish all my books. It was as if a weight lifted off my shoulders. When you decide to do this without any premeditation, it is like plunging into a pool of cold water!

While family members worked on covers, I edited one book at a time. After publishing my books the first time, I never picked one up to read. I was too afraid they might be as bad as some reviewers wrote. Well, guess what? I read, I edited, I did some rewriting, and in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed every book! Creating covers was a bit of a challenge but I have a very talented daughter, and together with her dad’s finishing touches, I was very pleased with the end result. They were ‘me.’

I now have all my books on Kindle for 99 cents and they will stay that price. These I write for friends and family and for anyone else who would enjoy reading them. Every few weeks, I will pick one book and do a free promotion. I feel happy doing this.

And, that is where I’m at.

Book of the Month

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Book of the Month

Hi everyone!

Where did August go and why did the temperature change overnight? Suddenly, I’m sleeping longer in the morning and feeling chilled even when it’s still warm outside. That’s what autumn does to a person. For many, this is the best time of year. It isn’t mine but then I tend to be a bit of a killjoy. As each day gets cooler and each leaf flutters to the ground, my mind suddenly fills with pictures of blowing snow and icy roads. Sorry about that!

There is, however, something to look forward to every month of the year – whether it’s 35*Celsius (very hot) or -25*Celsius (very cold) – and that is my Book of the Month!

September’s book on Kindle for 99 cents is calamity@thecarwash.

A marital spat at a car wash turns deadly – and Mabel Wickles, Parson’s Cove’s amateur sleuth, isn’t buying the claim that the victim’s wife bashed him over the head with a brick. However, when the woman confesses to the murder, Mabel decides to investigate the crime herself – along with help from her best friend Flori, her cat Sammy, and a busload of senior citizens.

https://www.amazon.com/Calamity-Carwash-Parsons-Cove-Mystery-ebook/dp/B009372BVW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav

August’s books of the Month: #2 in Parson’s Cove Mystery series and Historical Fiction, Sarah’s Valley. Both 99 cents on Kindle!

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Celebrate your love of cozies this summer

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To celebrate the summer, I’ve teamed up with more than 40 fantastic cozy mystery
authors to give away a huge collection of cozies, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky
winner!
You can win my novel CURRENT AFFAIRS, plus books from authors like Patricia Rockwell and Vicki Vass.
Enter the contest by clicking here- bit.ly/cozysummer
Good luck, and enjoy!
Lane
Cozy Mystery - July 2016 - Stone-Lane

June is swiftly passing by…

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June is swiftly passing by…

Today was the first day of summer. It’s hard to believe that spring is gone forever for 2016!  This is my favorite time of  year. The trees and lawns are so green it hurts your eyes. Soon, if it’s a hot dry summer, our lawns will turn a dull brown and leaves will begin to drift down from the tree branches. Now, the flowers are in full bloom and the scent of lilacs fill the air. I know no one really feels like reading – they feel more like getting out into the garden and pulling weeds. Or, at least, they know that’s what they should be doing. On the other hand, gazebos make a wonderful place to enjoy the warm air, the flowers’ scents, and the sound of the birds. And, a wonderful place to read.

This is just a reminder that Frozen Identity is still on for 99 cents until July 1st.

If you live in Arizona perhaps this story will cool you off!

https://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Identity-Parsons-Cove-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00JBNPDQI?ie=UTF8&qid=1466458704&ref_=la_B00BL8HTZY_1_3&s=books&sr=1-3

When a frozen corpse is discovered in a fishing shack on a nearby lake, most residents of Parson’s Cove assume the man succumbed to the blistery cold. However, after the body thaws, the coroner discovers that the man––one Victor Fleming––was actually beaten to death. Eye witnesses suggest that town bad boy Jakie Flanders was seen leaving the shack the night of the murder and was overheard threatening Fleming in town earlier. Add this to the fact that Victor Fleming was Jakie’s mother’s first cousin and was demanding money from her––and Jakie’s motives for murder were piling up. Jakie’s mother Flori, a crier if there ever was one, is so devastated when her oldest boy is arrested that she is drained of all her tears, and only her best buddy and local amateur sleuth Mabel Wickles seems to have any faith that Jakie might just be innocent. Putting her detective cap on, Mabel enlists the aid of her young computer expert friend Nathan Horne and her pal the local Sheriff, Reg Smee, in her attempt to clear Jakie and bring her friend Flori some relief. Soon, Mabel discovers a startling fact. The frozen body, whom everyone assumes is Victor Fleming––isn’t. Did Jakie kill the wrong man––if he killed anyone at all? Or is there another reason entirely for this corpse’s frozen identity? Mabel will encounter many more clues before she puts this mystery on ice.

 

A Reminder

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A Reminder

All my books, cozy mysteries and historical fiction are now on sale for 99 cents each.

http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Rose/e/B00BL8HTZY/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

 

Mish Mash Wednesday! Sales, Books and Thank You.

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Photo from ClaraDon Flickr

Photo from ClaraDon Flickr

Today is a day to give thanks to our Veterans. We here at The Cozy Cat Chronicles would like to say thank you to all those that served and sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for us each day so that we can have the freedom we do today.

 

 

 

We don’t have a guest post today so this is our chance to highlight some of the things going in the lives of the Cozy Cat Chronicles authors.

 

Scent of a SwindleAuthor Joyce Oroz has a new book released by Cozy Cat Press. It is called Scent of a $windle. Visit Joyce Blog or pick up a copy on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

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Julie Seedorf has her book Granny Skewers A Scoundrel on sale for .99 until November 28.

 

 

 

 

 

mise_Diane Weiner has Murder Is Elementary  on sale for .99.

 

 

 

 

Cold_Case_ConundrumStop in to Sharon Rose Mierke’s Blog and see what she is up to this week. Sharon is the author of the Parson Cove Mysteries. Her latest book is the Cold Case Conundrum and is on sale for .99.

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Jean Coast is working on her new mystery, so if you need to catch up here is her latest and greatest, A Nate To Remember.

 

 

 

 

Pickin_Murder-3Vicki Vass Tedeschi has a new book out published by Cozy Cat Press. Pickin’ Murder is part of her Antique Hunters Series.

 

 

 

 

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Amy Beth Arkawy , author of  Killing Time and Dead Silent also has her own Blog Talk Radio Show. Her show features a wide variety of topics. Some of our Cozy Cat Press Authors guest from time to time. Here is her interview with our own Vicki Vass. Blog Talk Radio.

These are just a few things happening with some of our Cozy Cat Authors. Subscribe to our page and get the latest news on new releases from our 12 authors along with specials they might run for the holidays.

 

 

LETTERS_FRONT_1800pxStop in at Rita Seedorf’s website and see what she is up to today. Her latest book is Letters From Brackham Woods.

 

 

 

 

The Baffled Beatlemanica CaperVisit Sally Carpenter’s Amazon Author Page and find out more about her mysteries. They will keep you reading long into the night.

 

 

 

 

51sAAnXc4qL__SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Visit Lane Stone books to keep up with Lane’s busy life. I have it on good authority that she is steeped deep in writing her next book. Her last book Current Affairs is deliciously delightful and mysterious.

 

 

 

 

Tie_DiedWe can’t for get about the talented Tim Hall. He too was a guest on Amy Beth Arkawy’s Blog Talk Radio show talking about literature and his Bert Shambles Mysteries.

 

 

 

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00071]Leslie Matthews Stansfield is the author of the Madeline Teahouse Mysteries. Visit her Goodreads Author Page to learn more about Leslie.

 

 

 

 

Remember to thank a Veteran today.