With a Spirit of Vengeance

Bee (Bryan) Maxwell, from With a Spirit of Vengeance, a Bay Island Psychic Mystery, is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about a typical day in her life.

Welcome, Bee. I’ll turn the floor over to you –

Hi! My name is Bee (Bryan) Maxwell, and I own Dreamweaver Designs, a designer dress shop down the boardwalk from Mystical Musings. Cass Donovan is one of my best friends.

My typical day doesn’t start until sometime around noon. That is, if Cass doesn’t wake me up earlier, for some reason, which has been happening all too often lately. But I can’t work on my designs during the day, too many distractions, so I often work until the wee hours of the morning, then have a bite to eat and go to bed as the sun is rising.

Anyway, I usually get up around noon, then head to the diner or the deli for breakfast and a good dose of my favorite pastime, gossip. I often stop in to visit with Cass and Stephanie, my other best friend, for a while afterward to share any good dirt I unearthed during my morning rounds. And I visit with Stephanie’s little boy, Aiden, who has become the center of my world.

I’m even doing better with Stephanie’s husband, Tank, though it’ll be a while before I completely trust him. Let’s just say, he and I don’t see the world the same way. He’s a big, tough detective, and I’m…well…not.

After a visit with my girls, I head in to the shop to work. I have a huge fashion show every year, and I’m expecting a number of buyers from New York City to attend the next one. Business has begun to pick up lately, especially with the introduction of my new beach wedding line. You just have to see it. It’s fabulous, if I do say so myself.

Preparations for my annual fashion show, the most important event of the year for me, are fully underway, and let me tell you, the stress is incredible. I have yet to convince Cass to model the new chemise set I’ve designed for her, but I’m pretty sure I can talk her into it. I hope. And if I can’t, I’ll just pull out the big guns; I’ll remind her of the Ouija Board fiasco. That oughta do it.

As if that isn’t enough stress for me to deal with, Ophelia Wilson, or her ghost at least since she lived and died over a hundred years ago, is tormenting Cass again. And after I thought we’d put that whole issue to rest. Now it looks like we may have to try to solve a century old murder to help Ophelia move on. Well, at least it will make for a good vlog for Mystical Musings.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Bee, and good luck with With a Spirit of Vengeance, a Bay Island Psychic Mystery.

Readers can learn more about Bee and her author, Lena Gregory by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest pages. Readers can also follow her on Twitter.

The book is available online at the following retailers:

 Amazon   Barnes and Noble   Kobo

About Lena Gregory: Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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A Hint of Mischief

Fiona is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about A Hint of Mischief, the latest novel in the Fairy Garden mystery series.

Welcome, Fiona. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

Hi, I’m Fiona, and I’m a righteous fairy in the Fairy Garden Mysteries. I was a bit of an imp in the fairy kingdom, so the queen fairy booted me out and said, in order to return, I had to help humans solve problems in order to earn my adult wings. I am the only righteous fairy in the fairy kingdom. There’s only one at a time, so I’d better get my act together.

I met Courtney Kelly when I arrived in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the very day she was opening her fairy garden shop called Open Your Imagination. She used to work for her father in his landscaping company, but she wasn’t fulfilled, so she spread her wings and, with a little inheritance from her nana, started her own shop. She’s so excited. I’m thrilled for her, too.

There are three books in the series, counting this one, A HINT OF MISCHIEF. In each, I’ve helped Courtney solve a crime. It’s not easy. I’m not allowed to make anyone tell the truth. But I can calm people, and I can hear people, and I can follow a lead, just like Courtney. We work well together. I love her very much.

Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?

Oh, my, do you think a writer could control me? Ha! Well, okay, yes, Daryl does, sort of. And I trust her to do the right thing. She gets me, you know? I think all her life she’s believed in fairies, and that takes a good imagination. So many humans don’t believe in us. But she does, so I encourage her. I even visit all her fairy gardens to bring them a little magic. I think she suspects I do this, but I’m keeping mum about it.

How did you evolve as the main character?

So far, I’ve earned two sets of my adult fairy wings. I need three. And I’m tamping down my impish behavior. I really want to be good. Smart. Trustworthy. I want Courtney to be able to count on me in a pinch. The queen fairy has told my mentor, Merryweather of Song, that I’m doing a pretty good job of learning. Merryweather teaches me potions and such. She also keeps a tight rein on me. I’m not allowed to socialize yet. But I’m hoping I’ll be able to do so soon. I mean, I can see my fairy friends, but it has to be for the right reason, not just fooling around. In fact, with my friend Zephyr, I was able to help a reporter find a missing woman. That was really cool. Zephyr is an intuitive fairy. She gets to use her mental skills. I’m working on that.

Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?

Like I said above, I do love my fairy friends. Zephyr is really cool. And now that I’ve met Callie, aka Calliope, I really enjoy her, too. She can be a bit over the top when it comes to loving and nurturing nature, but that’s her character. I admire her for her passion. And I am quite partial to Pixie, Courtney’s Ragdoll cat. Pixie and I play all the time. Because I can fly and elude her, she gets frustrated, but I know she loves me. I also love Courtney’s best friend Meaghan Brownie. She is an artist and loves beauty and she plays the harp. And then there’s Joss Timberlake. She works at the shop and she can see me now. At first, she couldn’t, but when she truly opened her mind, wow! She is older than Courtney and acts like Courtney’s protector. That’s sweet, don’t you think? And don’t get me started about Brady Cash. He’s so handsome and funny and he adores Courtney. He owns the restaurant across the street from the shop. He can’t see me yet, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be able to in time. He wants to. That’s always a good start.

What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?

Well, I spend most of my time at Open your Imagination. The shop sells plants and fairy figurines. There’s a patio with a beautiful fountain and ficus trees that I can retreat into. The patio is where Courtney serves tea on the weekends. The main showroom has all sorts of beautiful items for sale, like teacups and plant holders and books about fairies and gardening. Oh, and windchimes. I love the tinkling sound of chimes.  I also spend time at Courtney’s cottage, Dream-by-the-Sea. She fixed it up, and her backyard is filled with fairy gardens and sweet smelling plants. It reminds me of home.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?

Like I said, this is the 3rd in the series. Readers might want to start with the first because that’s where they’ll get to know how Courtney and I met, but a reader can read this story on its own. My author tries to make sure that all her books can be read as a stand-alone. She gives enough of my backstory that a reader won’t feel lost. Feeling lost is NOT a good feeling. Trust me, I know. That’s how I felt when I was booted from the fairy realm. But now I belong, and I love living with Courtney.

Thank you for answering my questions, Fiona, and good luck to you and your author, Daryl Wood Gerber, with A Hint of Mischief, the latest book in the Fairy Garden mystery series.

Readers can learn more about Fiona and her author, Daryl Wood Gerber by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads, Bookbub, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.

The novel is available at the following online retailers:

Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Bookshop – Murder by Book –  Mysterious Galaxy

About Daryl Wood Gerber: Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Fairy Garden Mysteries, Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she penned the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. In addition, Daryl writes the Aspen Adams Novels of Suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Daryl loves to cook, fairy garden, and read. She has a frisky Goldendoodle who keeps her in line. And she has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and hitch-hike around Ireland alone.

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The Case of the Crazy Cat Lady

Cathy Carter is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, the first novel in the Buttercup Bend mystery series.

Welcome, Cathy. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady is the first of the Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series. It’s the first one in which I help solve a crime. I’m reluctant at first because I’m somewhat shy, but my more aggressive friend, Nancy, brings out the amateur sleuth in me. Together, we help investigate the murder of Maggie Broom, Buttercup Bends “Cat Crazy Lady” who just happened to leave my pet business a substantial amount in her will and much more than she’s left her brother and sister, both of whom the sheriff suspects could have killed her.

Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?

I get a say, as do my co-characters. Sometimes we lead Debbie in a totally different direction and kill off people she hadn’t planned to murder.

How did you evolve as the main character?

 I was in the right place at the right time. While on assignment for Pauline, the town’s newspaper publisher, my grandmother’s friend, and the sheriff’s girlfriend, I witnessed her discovery of Maggie’s body. Pauline also happened to be Maggie’s neighbor, and one of the suspects in her murder because she had an ongoing battle with Maggie about her outdoor cats that destroyed the plants in her garden.

Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?

I enjoy sharing the story most with my friend, Nancy Meyers, who also works on the Buttercup Bugle. In addition, I like sharing it with the three handsome Buttercup Bend men; Steve, my gardener; Michael, my vet; and Brian, the deputy sheriff. Of course, I love sharing the story with my Siamese cat, Oliver, and my grandmother, Florence and brother Doug and his wife, Becky.

What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?

Buttercup Bend is a lovely small town in the Catskills, especially in the spring when my story takes place. All the town residents keep beautiful gardens. As a photographer for the paper, it’s a perfect place to take pictures.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?

Just that I think they’ll really enjoy it, and I hope they’re stumped by the killer, as I was. Also, if they haven’t read Debbie’s other series, The Cobble Cove cozy mysteries, I would recommend they check them out.

Thank you for answering my questions, Cathy, and good luck to you and your author, Debbie De Louise, with The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, the first book in the Buttercup Bend mystery series.

Readers can learn more about Cathy and her author, Debbie De Louise by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads, Bookbub, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Debbie’s Character Chat pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.

The novel is available at the following online retailers:

Amazon – B&N – Kobo

The Universal purchase link is: https://books2read.com/u/bOzPdN

About Debbie De Louise: Debbie is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. Her novels include the five books and four stories of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, a comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries; Reason to DieSea Scope, and Memory Makers. Debbie has also written a time-travel novel, Time’s Relative, and a non-fiction cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, written from the points of view of four of her cats and has also published articles in online and print pet magazines including Catster.com. Her latest book, Meows and Purrs, is a poetry collection of cat poems that includes photos and notes about her cats.

Debbie’s stories and poetry appear in the Red Penguin Collections, What Lies Beyond, ‘Tis the SeasonStand Out, Volumes I and IIUntil DawnTreat or Trick, and Pets on the Prowl. Her poems are also featured in the Nassau County Voices In Verse 2020 anthology and the 2020 and 2021 Bards Annual. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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Death at Fair Havens

Rye and Wanda are visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about Death at Fair Havens.

Welcome to both of you. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

Rye: Well, I want Death at Fair Havens to be more of a fluke than a series. Obviously, my friend Wanda and I don’t want to chase murderers every week-

Wanda: Speak for yourself! Just because this mystery happened to surprise us doesn’t mean we weren’t essential in bringing justice to that poor man and his family.

Rye: Of course we were essential! Your ex, the so-called “sheriff,” couldn’t detect his way out of a paper bag.

Wanda: That’s not true. I know you and Ryan don’t always get along-

Rye: Ever. We don’t ever get along.

Wanda: But even you have to admit he’s pretty good at his job.

Rye: If he’s so good, why did it take two complete amateurs to take care of this mess? I mean, sure, as vice principal at the high school, I see my fair share of drama, and I’ve definitely taken a punch or two from those kids, but that doesn’t mean I’m qualified to deal with death on a regular basis!

Wanda: I see death all the time. And as a minister, I’m at the center of drama maelstroms weekly.

Rye: That still doesn’t qualify you for a fulltime sleuth position, and, if you remember, you were not an easy patient in the hospital. I think there was a staff party when you left.

Wanda: I’m not going to quit my day job, if that’s what you’re asking – I need the benefits, for one thing – but I’m going to stay open. And I am going to be more careful. Look at all these books on investigating I checked out from the library!

Rye: Here we go…

Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?

Wanda: Well, we have two authors, and you know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen? It makes for a great restaurant!

Rye: Was that a joke you stole from one of your sermons?

Wanda: …Maybe. It was a good one though, wasn’t it?

Rye: It was terrible, but I will say you delivered it well, and with jokes, that’s more than half the battle.

Wanda: I do have a lot of practice!

Rye: What were we talking about? Oh, do we have a lot of control? I’d say we have most of it. The writers nose around in here on occasion, but only after we’ve done all the hard lifting.

Wanda: I have to agree with you there. We solve the mystery, and they do, what? Sentences and paragraphs! Then they take the credit.

How did you evolve as the main character?

Wanda: I’ve always felt like the main character in my own story, haven’t you, Rye?

Rye: Not at all. Half the time I feel like I’m the pretty heroine’s best friend…although in this case, the pretty heroine was my father during most of childhood while he held the position of sheriff around here.

Wanda: He does have a…robust presence, doesn’t he? Nevertheless, you’re clearly leading lady material. I have a wonderful collection of self-image boosting tee shirts to inspire you next time you’re feeling like a supporting character.

Rye: Inspirational shirts? Am I being punished?

Wanda: They’re clever! And soft too. I wear them as pajamas for the most part, although sometimes in the summer, I wear one under my robe with shorts and heels.

Rye: That I would like to see!

Wanda: I think when it comes to women like us-

Rye: Persistent, clever, intuitive, immune to criticism-

Wanda: I wouldn’t say either of us is immune!

Rye: You know what I mean. We’re willing to justify stretching our authority to a ridiculous degree, even though it will almost definitely land us in hot water.

Wanda: …that part is true. And Ryan did mention something to me about being “too nosy for my own good.”

Rye: I love when men call me “nosy.” It means I’m onto something.

Wanda: Exactly! See? You’re a natural at this main character business.

Rye: Then there’s the fact that nobody else in the book volunteered.

Wanda: There’s that.

Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?

Rye: Is there anyone in either of our lives we wouldn’t call a “character” … with love, of course? Certainly my boss, Gerald Mendoza.

Wanda: “Principal Duck-the-Hard-Stuff?” How about my best friend Tony-

Rye: Oh, Tony’s great. Between being the church musician and the high school drama and chorus accompanist, he has all the best gossip. People “sing” for him. Then there’s the funeral director you’re always making eyes at – Luke?

Wanda: Our relationship is strictly professional, thank you very much…can he ever wear that black suit though!

Rye: Wanda! He’s old enough to be my dad.

Wanda: Your dad cuts a nice figure too, you know. Just because a few of us are pushing fifty doesn’t mean we don’t think about …

Rye: La la lal la la I can’t hear you!

Wanda: Very mature. Sticking your fingers in your ears!

Rye: It’s that or listen to you talk about how attractive you find the men in this town. I choose ignorance. Next it will be that creepy new aide at Fair Havens or the bartender at Laredo’s.

Wanda:  Listen, when you are divorced and clergy and can’t date most of the people you know because of boundary issues, the pickings are slim. Some of us have to fish where we’re planted.

Rye: …that makes no sense…and also complete sense.

Wanda: Story of my life.

What’s the town like where you find yourself in this story?

Rye: Small. Invasive. Imagine a bear trap closing over your foot-

Wanda: It’s completely charming. New England at its finest! The bakery downtown is the best. You have to try their scones. Wing-Time is fantastic. Locals has amazing burgers. Whoops, guess I eat out a lot! We do have miles of gorgeous walking trails-

Rye: As long as you don’t mind potential murderers taking pot shots at you.

Wanda: And we’re a relatively short drive to the ocean and the city, but not so close that we’re overrun by tourists every year.

Rye: That’s true. I do like that.

Wanda: The people are…well, maybe not universally friendly, per se.

Rye: Some still say you are “from away.” How many years have you lived here?

Wanda: Hey! I have it on biblical authority – nowhere is perfect.

Rye: And we’re a ways from nowhere … or Boston.

Wanda: Now, that’s a joke I’m saving for a sermon.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?

Wanda: I’ve heard the cover is gorgeous and what’s inside is “to die for.”. I haven’t seen a copy myself, but – Father Brown to Grantchester, I do love a good holy-clue mystery.

Rye: Same here. And I heard a free short story is coming out in July. You know, a good book beats a Netflix binge at least five days of the week.

Wanda: Every day of the week. The phrase is “every day.”

Rye: But you don’t work with teenagers “every day.” Sometimes, tv wins.

Wanda: Fair enough.

Thank you for answering my questions, Rye and Wanda, and good luck to you and your authors, Maria Mankin and Maren C Tirabassi, with Death at Fair Havens.

Readers can learn more about Rye and Wanda and their authors, Maria Mankin and Maren C Tirabassi by visiting the authors’ website and their Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter.

The novel is available at the following online retailers:

Brian Mill Press – Powell’s – Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Indiebound – Indigo 

About Maria Mankin and Maren C Tirabassi: After teaching and working in early education for a decade, Maria Mankin has published six books with Pilgrim Press and has contributed to several anthologies. She is also a co-author of Circ, a mystery set in Skegness England, published by Pigeon Park Press, and Pitching Our Tents: Poetry of Hospitality. She is a regular contributor to Living Psalms, a collection in which the Psalms are reinterpreted in poetry and art as a reflection of God’s work of justice and compassion. She is currently working on a book of poetry and the third novel in the Rev and Rye Cozy Mysteries.

After trouping the country in the 70s as assistant manager of theatrical tours for choreographer Agnes de Mille, The National Theatre of Great Britain, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Black Broadway production of ‘Guys and Dolls,’ Maren Tirabassi changed careers, to the surprise of everyone, to study at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and later Harvard Divinity School. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she served as a bi-vocational pastor to seven churches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire while developing her writing career. Maren is the author of twenty-two books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the majority published by The Pilgrim Press.

A former Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH, and LAMDA Prize nominee for Transgendering Faith, Identity, Sexuality and Spirituality she currently facilitates programs for the NH Humanities Council with New Americans and people with cognitive difference and leads poetry and memoir workshops in prisons, recovery groups, churches and synagogues, hospice and survivor groups. She blogs at giftsinopenhands@wordpress.com.

With frequent writing collaborator, Maria Mankin, she is currently editing Death in the Woods, the sequel to Death at Fair Havens, as well as plotting the third novel.

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Murder is No Picnic

Amy Pershing is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about Murder is No Picnic, her latest novel in A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery series.

Welcome, Amy. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about your novel. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

MURDER IS NO PICNIC is the latest in the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries series featuring Sam Barnes, a disgraced but resilient ex-chef and the world’s most reluctant YouTube star. While Sam tries to balance her new job as the local paper’s “Cape Cod Foodie” with her complicated love life, a posse of just-slightly-odd friends, a falling-down house and a ginormous dog, she also discovers a new talent – a propensity for falling over dead bodies … and for solving crime.

In MURDER IS NO PICNIC, the Fourth of July is coming, and for Sam, it’s all about the picnic. Okay, and the fireworks. And the parade. But mostly the picnic. What could be better than a DIY clambake followed by the best blueberry buckle in the world? Sam has finally found the perfect recipe in the kitchen of Clara Foster, famed cookbook author and retired restaurateur, and she’s thrilled when Clara agrees to a buckle baking lesson. 
But when Clara dies in a house fire blamed on carelessness in the kitchen, Sam doesn’t believe it. Unfortunately, her doubts set in motion an investigation pointing to the new owner of Clara’s legendary restaurant—and a cousin of Sam’s harbormaster boyfriend.  So, in between researching the Cape’s best lobster rolls and planning her clambake, Sam needs to find Clara’s killer before the fireworks really start….

Where did the idea for the mystery that is central to the story come from?

I confess to having an addiction to Antiques Roadshow. To satisfy my fantasy of finding a goldmine in my attic (which is never gonna happen), I have Sam not only cash in on an antique clock from Aunt Ida’s attic but also begin to wonder if Clara’s killer has snatched something of value from Clara’s house (perhaps a rare book?) and set the fire to cover the theft.

Is there a theme or subject that underlies the story? If so, what prompted you to write about it?

I think Sam’s neighbour, Helene Greenberg, explains it best:

            “So what do you think?” I asked when I was talked out.

            “I think that people with only one truth can be very dangerous,” she said enigmatically.

            “Care to explain?” I asked.

            She leaned toward me. “We all know people who believe strongly that ‘war is bad,’ right?”

            “Right,” I said. “And they’re not wrong.”

            “No, they’re not,” Helene said. “But if it is their only truth, if there are no circumstances in their mind when war, as awful as it is, might be necessary, the consequences can be unfortunate. If nothing is more important than peace, it allows the holder of that one truth to justify any inaction—like not standing up to fascism—or, conversely, any action—like committing a heinous crime—to prevent war.”

            “So you think whoever killed Clara Foster was in the grip of one inflexible truth?”

            “I have no idea,” Helene said frankly. “But I do think that most murderers have what they consider one overarching ‘truth’ that allows them to kill another person in defence of that truth. Sometimes it’s a conviction that they’ve been treated unfairly, or that money will, in fact, buy happiness and wholeness, or that family always comes first. There are any number of one-truths that can push a person to kill. Only sociopaths kill for no reason. And most murderers are not sociopaths, in my experience.”

            And Helene’s experience was extensive. For more than two decades, the woman had evaluated people facing criminal charges, talked with witnesses, and consulted on murder investigations. I trusted that experience.

            “Okay,” I said, “what do you suggest I do next?”

            “I know you,” she said. “You’ll do what needs to be done.” Not super helpful.

            Then she added, “But whatever you do next, I think you should be very, very careful.”

How do you create your characters? Do you have favourite ones? If so, why are you partial to them?

Honestly, as much as I admire intricate mysteries (and mine are very twisty!), the ones I love are always the ones in which the characters are fully rounded, smart and funny. They’re not perfect, but they’re definitely doing the best they can.

And if as an author you have characters like that in your books, they drive the bus (or my bus anyway).  I would never do what my heroine, Sam, does.  She is everything I’m not: tall (really tall, like, over-six-feet-tall kind of tall), brave (wait until you see her face down anyone who threatens her dog), and snarky (I am boringly polite). So I even though I put her into the scenes that I’ve outlined before I start writing, I really don’t know what Sam’s going to do or say until she does it.

But of all of my characters, I’d like to be Helene. After six decades on the planet — twenty five years of them spent as a legal psychologist with the Manhattan DA’s office — Helene has a certain wisdom (including a deep and cynical knowledge of human nature) that I very much admire. I also admire her style.  This 60-ish librarian is like no librarian you ever met, with her mane of curly silver hair that she doesn’t even try to tame and a penchant for t-shirts that say things like “Don’t judge my journey.”  When I grow up (if I ever grow up), I want to be just like Helene.

How do you bring to life the place you are writing about?

I’ve always been drawn to mysteries in which the setting is a character in itself.  Think of Ann Cleves’ Shetland Islands, Louise Penney’s Three Pines, Donna Leon’s Venice, or Alexander McCall Smith’s Botswana.  This was what drew me to writing cozy mysteries, where the sense of place plays such an important role.

I’m an unapologetic cheerleader for Cape Cod, where I spent every summer of my childhood sailing, swimming, and never, as far as I can remember, putting on a pair of shoes from June to September. It was paradise. It still is. In the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries, I wanted to make the Cape I knew and loved as real as any other character in the book. And the only way to do that was through Sam’s eyes.

So, in every Cape Cod Foodie mystery Sam sails the Cape’s waters, which allows me free reign to try to capture the beauty and essence of the place. Here’s Crystal Bay from Sam’s point of view in MURDER IS NO PICNIC:

By this point, we’d reached the channel markers into the big bay, an enormous curve of blue water protected from the Atlantic Ocean to the east by a narrow, five-mile-long barrier bar of sand and dune grass known by locals as the Outer Beach. To the west, Big Crystal was bound by the curve of the Fair Harbor shoreline. Straight ahead of us, the bay seemed to stretch endlessly, which in a way it did, as eventually, slightly beyond the horizon, it emptied out into the ocean itself. A few small islands floated in the blue like green oases.

“It’s beautiful,” Vivian breathed.

What research do you do to provide background information to help you write the novel?

I write murder mysteries.  Which means that for every book, I do extensive research on how to kill people. (It’s a nasty job, but someone has to do it.) Also, since I like to come up with novel approaches to murder, I have to do even more research to be sure that what I am proposing is even possible. I truly hope nobody ever goes through the search history on my computer.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about the book?

Well, what I’d actually like to do is thank my readers.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for buying my books and all your lovely reviews on Amazon and GoodReads! Thank you for patronizing local bookstores when you can! Thank you for loving Cape Cod! But most of all, thank you for taking Sam Barnes, aka the Cape Cod Foodie, and her faithful canine companion, Diogi (as in D-O-G, get it?), into your hearts.

Thanks for answering my questions, Amy, and good luck with Murder is No Picnic, the latest book in A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery series.

Readers can learn more about Amy and her writing by visiting her website and her Facebook and Instagram pages.

The novel is available at the following online retailers:

Amazon     B&N      Kobo     Google Books    IndieBound   Bookshop.org  PenguinRandomHouse

About Amy Pershing: Amy spent every summer of her childhood on Cape Cod. She was an editor, a restaurant reviewer and a journalist before writing the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries, including A Side of Murder — which Elizabeth Gilbert called “the freshest, funniest mystery I have ever read” — and An Eggnog to Die For  — which Kirkus Reviews gave a starred review, saying, “A delightful sleuth, a complex mystery, and lovingly described cuisine: a winner for both foodies and mystery mavens.” The third book in the series, Murder Is No Picnic, also received a starred review from Kirkus, which wrote: “A clever, empathetic and totally believable heroine sets this fine cozy above the competition.”

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Valued for Murder

Dorothy Sayers is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about Valued for Murder, the latest novel in the Dotty Sayers Antique mystery series.

Welcome, Dotty. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

Hi, I’m Dorothy Sayers, although I prefer being called Dotty.  I’m the main character in the cozy mystery, Valued for Murder.  This is the 2nd book in the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series, the first being Fake Death.

The books are about me, as a shy amateur sleuth, stumbling across murders in my new job at Akemans antiques and auction house.

Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?

My writer, Victoria Tait, chooses the theme for the story, based around my personal development and growth, and my increasing knowledge and experience in the antiques world.

She finds a victim, a setting and some suspects and allows the story to unfold from there.  I know I, and the other characters, often surprise her and the story heads in an unexpected direction.  But that’s fun and spontaneous.

How did you evolve as the main character?

I was a shy, nervous soul as I’d spent my life dominated by my father and then my husband.  When my husband died, I had to learn to be independent, and I fell into a job at a local auction house.  The theme of each book follows my growth, both personally and at work, while I learn about antiques and solve some murders along the way.

Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?

I wasn’t too sure about some of the other characters to start with, but as my confidence has grown, alongside my job at Akemans, I’ve come to enjoy their company and value their advice.

At Akemans, Gilly Wimsey is a mother-like figure making sure I’m OK.  David Rook, at Akemans, and Aunt Beanie, my landlady, are mentor figures, providing advice and guidance, and Keya, Constable Varma, is developing into a fun, if slightly clumsy, friend.

I also love my British blue cat, Earl Grey, who I adopted in the Fake Death.

What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?

The story is set in the wonderful English Cotswolds, and I’m so lucky to be living and working in such a beautiful area.  I love driving along the top of the rolling hills and through the honey-coloured stone villages.  Akemans antiques centre is converted from a three-storey flour mill and still has the wooden mill wheel, sitting in the River Coln which runs alongside Akemans to the nearby village of Coln Akeman.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?

If you’d like to start at the beginning of my story, and the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series, you can download the free prequel Hour is Come, by visting my website www.VictoriaTait.com.

Thank you for answering my questions, Dotty, and good luck to you and your author, Victoria Tait, with Valued for Murder, the latest book in the Dotty Sayers Antique mystery series.

Readers can learn more about Dotty and her author, Victoria Tait by visiting the author’s website and her Goodreads, Bookbub, Instagram and Pinterest pages.

The novel is available online at Amazon 

About Victoria Tait: Victoria was born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, and never expected to travel the world.  But she fell for an Army Officer, and she has followed him from Northern Ireland, up to the Scottish Highlands, across to Africa and the Kenyan Savannah, back to the British Cotswolds, and they are now living in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Southern Europe.

She never expected to be an author, but all their moving is not ideal for holding down a job.  Instead, she has taken the experiences of the places she has lived to write vivid and evocative cozy mystery books with determined female sleuths.

She has two fast-growing teenage boys, and together they have learnt to ski on the Bosnian mountains.  She also enjoys horse riding, mountain biking and she has started running as a way to improve her physical fitness, mental wellbeing and shed some excess pounds.

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Bayou Book Thief

Miracle Fleur de Lis James-Diaz is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about Bayou Book Thief, the latest novel in the Vintage Cookbook mystery series. Her friends call her Ricki.

Welcome, Ricki. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

Hi – I’m Miracle Fleur de Lis James-Diaz. But my friends call me Ricki. You’ll find me inside the new mystery, Bayou Book Thief, which is the first book in the new Vintage Cookbook Mystery series. After losing my estranged my husband to a stupid internet challenge, I’m now a 28-year-old widow. I also lost my job managing a billionaire’s collection of first editions when he was arrested for running a Ponzi scheme. So I’ve moved back to New Orleans, where I was born, and I’ve opened a shop selling vintage cookbooks and kitchenware at Bon Vee Culinary House Museum in New Orleans’ Garden District. But I’m thrust into sleuthing when a sticky-fingered coworker is found murdered with a vintage kitchen item from my own shop.

The series follows my journey as I put down roots in New Orleans – launching a new business, making new friends… and perhaps even a new romance. And now that I’m in the city where I was born, I hope to track down the teen girl who disappeared from Charity Hospital after giving birth to me and find out what I can about my birth family on both sides. I adore my adoptive mom and dad, Josepha and Luis James-Diaz, and really appreciate how they’re supporting me on my journey. But pesky murders keep getting in the way of everything! Given how overwhelmed NOPD is these days, I find myself doing a lot of amateur sleuthing to save my friends from being falsely accused of crimes.

Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too? My writer keeps me on a pretty tight leash, lol! Because of her TV background, she’s an outliner. But I let her know when she’s off base and she listens to me.

How did you evolve as the main character? My author did something she’d never done before. She can’t remember how she happened upon it, but she found a really detailed character chart she used to develop me. Character Chart for Fiction Writers – EpiGuide.com. But as she wrote me, I asserted some of my own personality and she found new aspects to me that went beyond the extensive development she’d already done. It was fun!

Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them? I really like my new friends Zellah, Cookie, and Lyla. Zellah is a talented artist who runs the café at Bon Vee where I work. She’s also got a great B.S. detector and I really trust her opinions. I didn’t think I’d like Cookie, who’s kind of self-involved, but she’s funny and totally honest about who she is and what she wants from life. She calls herself a “recovering children’s librarian” and insists she is over children. But she’s wonderful with them. And Lyla’s both my boss and friend. She’s older, in her mid-40s, and has a teenage daughter who tests her on a daily basis. The stories she tells us!

What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story? I’ve just opened my shop and I’m both incredibly excited and nervous. I have a great collection of vintage cookbooks from all decades of the twentieth century – and even older. And some great vintage kitchenware. But I’m hoping my past doesn’t haunt me. My husband was an internet star. He changed his name from Chris to Chris-azy! and made a lot of fans doing his dumb stunts, so his death got a lot of attention. So did my boss Lachlan Barnes’ arrest. I’m trying to fly under the radar in the Big Easy. But between my notorious past and the murder of a tour guide I kicked out of my store for shoplifting, under the radar goes out the window.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book? Not only do you get to visit New Orleans vicariously and see if you can solve two murders, each book in the series includes recipes my author adopted from her very own vintage cookbook collection. If you’d like Greta Garbo’s recipe for Swedish Salad from the Photoplay Cook Book [sic] of 1928, this is the book for you!

Thank you for answering my questions, Ricki, and good luck to you and your author, Ellen Byron, with Bayou Book Thief, the latest book in the Vintage Cookbook mystery series.

Readers can learn more about Ricki and her author, Ellen Byron by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads, Bookbub, and Instagram pages.

The novel is available at the following online retailers:

Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Google Books – Alibris – IndieBound – PenguinRandomHouse

About Ellen Byron: Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty Awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Bayou Book Thief will be the first book in her new Vintage Cookbook Mysteries. She also writes the Catering Hall Mystery series under the name Maria DiRico.

Ellen is an award-winning playwright, and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WingsJust Shoot Me, and Fairly Odd Parents. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. An alum of New Orleans’ Tulane University, she blogs with Chicks on the Case, is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America and will be the 2023 Left Coast Crime Toastmaster. 

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The Physicists’ Daughter

Justine Byrne and Georgette Broussard are visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about The Physicist’s Daughter by Mary Anna Evans.

Welcome, Justine Byrne and Georgette Broussard. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

Justine: We just met, but we’ll be best friends forever. Sometimes, you meet somebody and you just know. In The Physicists’ Daughter, the first in a series of historical mysteries set during World War II, you’ll read about the factory where Georgette and I met, a place where people build airplanes and boats that Allied troops use to fight the war. And we also make…well, Georgette and I aren’t sure what we’re building.

Georgette: Justine thinks our boss is lying to us about that. Knowing Sonny like I do, I think she’s probably right.

Justine: No kidding.

Georgette: Every day, we take a bus out of New Orleans to a big, modern industrial plant that sits right on the bank of a bayou, with an airstrip out back. We bolt together little gadgets made out of metal and some kind of black stuff—

Justine: Carbon. They’re made out of carbon. Some of our friends machine the carbon blanks to incredibly tight specifications..

Georgette: Yeah, what she said. She’s the one that studied physics and math and stuff.

Justine: Well, nobody expects a woman to know anything about physics, and that works in our favor. Because somebody, probably a German spy, is sabotaging our work. If that person had any idea that we suspected trouble, we could be in a lot of danger.

Georgette: So it’s a good thing people think women are dumb?

Justine: No, not at all. In this case, though, that might work to our advantage.

Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?

Justine: Mary Anna’s a bit of a scientist, too, so she likes to have a plan. She researched 1944 New Orleans, so she could make a realistic setting for us. She read up on a particular branch of physics in 1944—I can’t tell you what it is—and she even found some blueprints that were Top Secret back then. But it’s really hard for her to stay in charge. We have our own minds.

Georgette: We go where we like to go, and we do what we like to do.

Justine: You can say that again.

Georgette: Nobody tells me what to do.

How did you evolve as the main character?

Justine: Mary Anna knew that she wanted to write about a woman who knows science but is living at a time when nobody around her expected her to know it. I grew out of that idea. Both of my late parents had doctorates in physics, and so does my godmother Gloria. Mary Anna also knew that I wouldn’t have been especially popular at the girls’ school I attended. When the book begins, I’m in a hard situation and I’m alone, since my parents have died and I’m struggling to support myself and to save for a future when the soldiers will come home, sending me back low-paying “woman’s” jobs for the rest of my life. I’ve never had a friend like Georgette. Getting to know her helps me grow in ways that Mary Anna would never have expected when she started writing the book.

Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?

Georgette: Other than me? Yeah, she probably does. She sure likes that bookworm Charles. He spends a lot of time with her but, for some reason, he never gets around to asking her out. And I can’t blame her for paying a little attention to Martin. He ain’t as smart as her and Charles, but he’s got quite the body on him!

What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?

Justine: Well, we’ve already told you about the factory where we work, so maybe I’ll tell you about the place inside my head where I can admit to myself that I’m really scared. In The Physicists’ Daughter, I use so many things my parents taught me to solve the mystery of who’s sabotaging our work. I decipher a coded message. I find evidence that important parts of our factory were sabotaged.

Georgette: You also break up a bar fight with a dress shoe.

Justine: That’s true, but maybe it’s beside the point.

Georgette: If you say so.

Justine: I guess I’m trying to say that, in the end, I don’t have all the evidence. I have to act. I have to trust my instincts. And that’s a scary place for a physicist to be.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?

Justine: I’ve never known anybody like Georgette. She strong and smart and brave and loyal. She’s a great friend, and I think you’ll like her.

Georgette: I think you’ll like Justine, too, if you go for eggheads that use words like “neutronium” and “ion stream” and “urani-whatever.”

Justine: Hey! I’m not that bad!

Georgette: Oh, you’re exactly that bad. But you took me with you on an adventure that a little girl from Des Allemands could never have dreamed of. And maybe I helped you out a little, too.

Justine and Georgette: Come to 1944 New Orleans and watch us stop an enemy spy. Because the Nazis are no match for the physicists’ daughter.

Thank you for answering my questions, Justine and Georgette, and good luck to you and your author, Mary Anna Evans, with The Physicists’ Daughter

Readers can learn more about Justine and Georgette and their author, Mary Anna Evans by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads, Bookbub, and Instagram pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.

The novel is available at the following online retailers:

Bookshop   IndieBound    Barnes and Noble    Amazon      Booksamillion     Nook     Kindle     Kobo

About Mary Anna Evans: Mary is the author of The Physicists’ Daughter, the first in her series of WWII-era historical suspense novels featuring Rosie-the-Riveter-turned-codebreaker Justine Byrne. Her thirteen Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries have received recognition including the Benjamin Franklin Award, a Will Rogers Medallion Award Gold Medal, the Oklahoma Book Award, and three Florida Book Awards bronze medals. She is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing, including mystery and suspense writing. Her work has appeared in publications including Plots with Guns, The Atlantic, Florida Heat Wave, Dallas Morning News, and The Louisville Review. Her scholarship on crime fiction, which centers on Agatha Christie’s evolving approach over her long career to the ways women experienced justice in the twentieth century, has appeared in the Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie (coming September 22, 2022), which she co-edited, and in Clues: A Journal of Detection. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Camden, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer. She is at work on the second Justine Byrne novel, The Physicists’ Enigma.

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Lies, Spies and a Baker’s Surprise

Terry Ambrose, author of Lies, Spies and the Baker’s Surprise, a Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery, is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about the inspiration for the storyline for his Seaside Cove series.  

Welcome, Terry. I’ll turn the floor over to you –

We recently visited Cabrillo National Monument, a national park in San Diego. Our visit reminded me of why I chose the San Mañuel storyline for the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.

The statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo commemorates the arrival of the first Europeans in San Diego

The park is home to a statue of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the man credited with being the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the United States. Cabrillo arrived in San Diego in 1542. By today’s standards, he and his crew were sailing on rickety ships, had poor navigation, and inaccurate instruments. Let’s not forget the diseases. Or the indigenous peoples they met. Some of whom took a dislike to the strange intruders. In fact, Cabrillo died just north of San Diego in the Channel Islands after a skirmish in which one of his bones was shattered. But his voyage, and the other explorers of his time, paved the way for international commerce.

That’s one reason the Old Point Loma Lighthouse was so important. The lighthouse operated from 1855 to 1891 and helped sailors avoid the treacheries of sailing near the California coast. There are hundreds of ships that didn’t avoid those treacheries, however, and their skeletons lie on the ocean floor, scattered up and down the entire coast.

Within two decades after Cabrillo’s arrival in San Diego, Spain’s Manilla galleons began their ascent to a 250-year reign as the premier trading vessels of their day. The galleons carried gold and silver to the Far East. They returned laden with silks, spices, and other exotic goods. While those voyages could be quite lucrative, they could also lead to a tragic end.

Which brings me back to the San Mañuel storyline. The San Mañuel is a fictional example of a four-hundred-year-old sunken Manilla galleon. Its discovery provided me the opportunity to convey the dangers of sailing near the coast in those early days, and the trouble such a discovery can bring today.

Many of those ships lying on the ocean floor are now a diver’s delight, but a wreck like the San Mañuel would be a magnet for treasure hunters. And trouble. After all, we’re talking about a find that could be worth millions, if not billions, of dollars.

I hope you’ll join me in Seaside Cove. Not for the treasure, but for the stories of the people who live there. It’s a fascinating little town. A place that’s fast becoming known as the little town where murder meets the sea.

Thank you for sharing the inspiration behind the storyline for the series, Terry, and good luck with Lies, Spies and a Baker’s Surprise, a Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery.

Readers can learn more about Terry Ambrose by visiting the author’s website and his Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, and Instagram pages. Readers can also follow him on Twitter.

The novel is available online at Amazon.

About Terry Ambrose: Once upon a time, in a life he’d rather forget, Terry Ambrose, tracked down deadbeats for a living. He also hired big guys with tow trucks to steal cars—but only when negotiations failed. Those years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

Terry has written eighteen books, several of which have been award finalists. In 2014, his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. His series include the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries, the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries, and the License to Lie thriller series.

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Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones

Elizabeth Pantley, author of Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones, a Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic (Book 6), is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to give us some tips for how to write a mystery.

Welcome, Elizabeth. I’ll turn the floor over to you –

One day you say to yourself, I read so many cozy mysteries. I’d love to write one! The thought percolates and grows. But how do you even begin?

There are many articles and books about the technical approach to writing. How to make a plot outline, build characters, create a setting. This article isn’t about any of that. It’s about getting off the ground and beginning to make your dream come true when you’ve never done anything like this before.

Everyone is different, of course. But if you’ve never written a book before, here are some tips for getting started from scratch.

First, You Read

Pick two or three of your favorite books and read them again. But his time, read to learn. Pay attention to more than just the story and take lots of notes. How does the author keep your attention from page to page? How does each chapter end, and each new one begin? What sentences grab you, make you laugh, or cause you to gasp? How does the dialog flow when characters are speaking versus the narration portions of the story? How does the author describe each new character – it’s more than listing height and eye color! How does the author describe the settings? What ways make it interesting to learn about a new character or place?

Examine your Reading History

What kind of books fill your collection? Plan to write a book in the genre of those you read most. If you mainly read books about witches, don’t write a book about dragons! Write what you know, and what you enjoy reading. Your book will have more meaning and writing will be easier.

Don’t Fight a Blank White Screen

It’s unlikely you’ll pen a bestseller from the first word on a blank page. It can be overwhelming to begin from nothing. A better plan might be to come up with a basic person and place, then a rough plot line.

Who is the main character? Where does she live? Who are the people in her circle of family and friends? Once you figure that out, plan a murder! That can be the fun part. Who gets murdered, why and who did it? Once you have these basics you can approach your book in a way that feels right to you. Some people enjoy a complete chapter-by-chapter outline, others prefer to be a “pantser” – writing page-by-page by the seat of their pants and letting their creativity flow.

Be Flexible

You might start out believing you’re a free-flowing writer but get stalled every day without a clear path. If that happens, try writing out your plot chapter by chapter and see how that feels. Until you begin you won ‘t really know what’s best for you.

To be a Writer you Must Write!

Set a plan or schedule for yourself. It might be an hour a day, or even just four hours over the weekends. Build a plan that works within your real life. If your goal is too lofty it might scare you away.

Then don’t be afraid to add more hours if things are going well and you have the time. The more you write, the easier it will get!

Read and Learn

Once you get rolling that’s the time to read some articles and books about writing a mystery. There’s so much to learn, so don’t get bogged down by doing too much research. Writing is your top priority. You can always edit later to make your manuscript better!

If you’re thinking it could take you a year to write a book, you’re right! It might take a year. But a year from now you’ll either have your book written, or you’ll still be thinking about maybe, someday you might write one. So, go ahead. Get started. Good luck!

Thank you for your advice for getting started writing cozy mysteries, Elizabeth, and good luck with Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones, a Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic (Book 6).

Readers can learn more about Elizabeth Pantley by visiting the author’s website and blog, and her Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram and Pinterest pages.

The novel is available online at  Amazon

About Elizabeth Pantley: Elizabeth says that writing the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she’s ever had at work. Fans of the series say her joy is evident through the stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful inspiration for the enchanted Destiny Falls world.

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