Monday, February 27, 2017

COMING SOON: 50 Shades of Cabernet

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, makes a writer's heart flutter more than the announcement of the release of a new book! So you can imagine how I feel when i share the news of my participation in anthology which combines two of my favorite things: mystery and wine!  50 Shades of Cabernet is scheduled to release on March 20, 2017, in hardcover, trade paperback and electronic versions. Here is a little bit about our book:

APPELLATION—What it’s all about
In vino mysterium is the theme for this collection of short stories, each blending a baffling mystery and a glass (or more) of cabernet. When eighteen mystery writers combine their talents, the result is the perfect “flight” of stories that range from the light-bodied puzzles to sparkling cozy mysteries to darker, heavier tales of deceit and murder. While cabernet is the featured wine, this anthology will appeal to connoisseurs of all varietals—in both wine preference and mystery style.   

VARIETAL COMPOSITION—List of stories and authors  
“Whose Wine is it Anyway” by Barb Goffman ö “Love the Wine You’re With” by Teresa Inge ö “Wine and Prejudice” by Kristin Kisska ö “Life is a Cabernet” by Jayne Ormerod ö “Name Your Poison” by Maria Hudgins ö “A Little Thunder in Smithfield” by Lyn Brittan ö “Wyld Women & Wine” by Douglas Lutz ö “World’s Greatest” by Alan Orloff ö “Par for the Course” by Heather Weidner ö “Waiting On Wine” by Debbiann Holmes ö “Midnight in the Church of the Holy Grape” by Betsy Ashton ö “And Wine to Make Glad the Heart” by James M. Jackson & Tina Whittle ö “Wine, Women, and Wrong” by Maggie King ö “Blown Away” by Nancy Naigle ö “Home Tour Havoc” by Rosemary Shomaker ö “Cobblestones and Cabernet” by Jenny Sparks ö “Friday’s Jewelry” by Ken Wingate

Friday, February 24, 2017

JUST BEACH-Y, An interview with mystery writer Heather Weidner

Today we begin our quest to learn a little more about the writing habits and favorite beach things of authors contributing to the soon-to-be-released 50 Shades of Cabernet  anthology, featuring a mystery, and a glass (or more) of wine. Today’s guest is Heather Weidner, whom I met via our Virginia is for Mysteries, volumes I and II association.  Her entry into the 50 Shades anthology is “Par for the Course.”  

Q. What kind of stories do you write?
A. I write mysteries with humorous elements.

Q.  What is your writing routine?
A.  I’m a binge writer. I work full-time, so I write early in the morning, on my lunch break, and evenings and weekends. I try to write something every day, but I’m not always successful.

Q.  Do you use real or fictional settings in your stories?
A.  All of my settings to date are real places. I usually write what I know. I’ve lived in Virginia all my life. I love that the beach, mountains, and metropolitan cities are all within driving distance. Though my stories are set in real places, if something gruesome happens, I always make sure that it’s a fictional place.

Monday, February 20, 2017


In my interview last Friday, one of the questions was, "Suggest a snack that pairs well with your latest release."  This is a no-brainer for any of you who know me, or have read any of my Blonds at the Beach Mysteries (The Blond Leading the Blond; Blond Faith). My go-to snack (for both me and my characters) is Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies!  Any flavor!

A few months back when I needed to develop a promo item that tied in with my books, I came up with a rack card that had a recipe for Cannoli Dip on the front (best served with Milano Cookies as dippeers), and a complete list of titles on the back, and a small pack of cookies stapled to it.  I prepared 400 of them. Presentation was key.  How's this for a WOW! factor?

Friday, February 17, 2017

JUST BEACH-Y, an Interview with cozy mystery author Jayne Ormerod

We’ve got a new author interview format, one that asks an author about the writing process, and some insights into a few of their favorite beach-y things. I volunteered to “test the waters”, so to speak, so here’s a little bit more about me.

Q.  What kind of stories do you write?
A. Most of my stories fall on the cozy end of the mystery spectrum, but I do branch out sometimes into women's fiction.

Q.  What is your writing routine?
A.  Stare at the white screen on the computer until my eyes bleed? 
There are days when writing comes easy, and then days when there’s just nothing, so I play Solitaire.