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Holly Hart solves another murder! 99cent release!

Summer is flying by. Way. Too. Fast. Can we agree on that? (Thanks!)

I love summer. I love having my kids home. I love the relaxed pace. I love not making lunches at the crack of dawn. I love reading at the lake, watching the setting sun sparkle on the water. All of this. Even if it means my writing and publishing takes a back burner. That said, I had these Holly Hart mysteries ready to go!

And, it’s time for book 3. Frosted on the Ferris Wheel. It’s at a preorder-soon-to-be-live-if-it’s-not-already price of 99 cents! And here it is!

Also for a short time, Deadly Independence is at 99 cents too! Grab both before they go back to their normal price!

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In case you want a yummy chocolatey dessert. I made this one recently. M&M Chocolate Oat Bars. Though originally found at Lil’ Luna, I needed to double the oat mixture part, because it didn’t coat the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Here’s my version!


Hope you’re enjoying these last dwindling days of summer. Read any good books? Discovered any new recipes? I’m always looking for desserts and easy dinners!

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A cozy mystery release and a sale!

Lots of news! I survived the release of my new cozy mysteries into the world. Footprints in the Frosting has been out a month and Deadly Independence just released at the introductory price of 99 cents. Just for you.

Not only that but for less than a week both books are priced at 99 cents! The time is counting down to when they’ll be back at full price. Grab them while you can!

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The Fourth of July means cookouts and celebrations. While selling cheesecake tortes at the fireworks–despite the fact that Holly’s nemesis, Millicent Monroe, steals the show with over-the-top gimmicks–Holly rescues a napping lady from a stray firework.

Except Agatha Poppleton wasn’t napping–she’s dead.

With the help of her friends, and her dog, Muffins, Holly sneaks in some sweet revenge while solving the murder. She realizes it might have been a mistake to hide her plans from the handsome Officer Trinket when she comes face to face with the killer.

More Holly Hart cozy mysteries are lined up for this summer and fall. Sign up for newsletter to stay up on new releases and to receive a free Holly Hart mystery–Murder with a Slice of Cheesecake.

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How to write a cozy mystery! (part 3)

Welcome to part 3 of this somewhat humorous take on writing cozy mysteries. You can read part 1 and part 2 in case you missed them.

I have a special offer today. The first Holly Hart Cozy Mystery has been published! If anyone would like to read Footprints in the Frosting and be part of a review team, you can sign up here. I’ll send you the ebook file, and if you could post the review on Amazon that would be fantastic! Or you can purchase it now!

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So along with a fun-loving sleuth, yummy food (usually a dessert) a cute pet, a murder (of course), a handsome cop, and a trouble-making antagonist, here are the next three.

7. Must have a sidekick, usually quirky.    CHECK

Holly meets her quirky sidekick, an older woman named Charlene, early on in Footprints in the Frosting. Charlene is a tough nut and will always tell Holly the truth whether she wants to hear it or not. Most detectives, including amateurs, have sidekicks. Honestly, I truly think it’s so the sleuth has someone to get into trouble with. 🙂

8. Must have humor.    CHECK

Okay, I’m not sure humor is a hard and fast rule, but cozies are cozies for a reason. When we’re talking death and motive and suspects, sometimes the reader needs a little breather, a little comic relief. For Holly Hart, this comes in the form of her antagonist. Holly also runs into her early on in the first mystery. These scenes have been so much fun to write.

9. Must have a wide cast of characters.    CHECK

Holly lives in a small town. She’s not an island unto herself. By the end of the first mystery, Holly has formed her tribe, her gang of sleuths. Together, they solve the mysteries. For Holly, this includes the handsome cop, Trent Trinket, who doesn’t want her getting involved in police business. And to that we say, “Of course.” Just another source of romantic tension. You’ll meet all of them in Footprints in the Frosting.

So, if you’re interested in joining the review team–then sign up here!  Or download now!

Thank you! What other must haves have you seen in cozy mysteries? Please share in the comments.

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