Kelly’s Koffee Shop – Interview & Giveaway!

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 An Interview With Dianne Harman

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve had a checkered background. I owned national antique and art appraisal business for several years. I became somewhat disenchanted with people who defined their worth by how much “stuff” they had so I opened two yoga studios. A few years after that my husband became quite active in politics and was in the California Legislature for twelve years. I sold the yoga business and divided my time between Sacramento and Huntington Beach, California, entertaining Governors, Legislators, and people associated with politics, so being an author is a relatively new career for me.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your newest book?

It’s an interesting cozy mystery – murder, five suspects, a drug-sniffing dog, a lovable amateur sleuth who owns the town coffee shop and a romance involving the county sheriff.

How many books have you written?  Tell us a little about each.

Six. Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote, while standalone novels, follow several characters as they deal with murder, aging, substance abuse, and love. Side stories involve Afghanistan issues, the mafia, a private investigator who readers tell me is one of their all-time favorites, food, etc. Tea Party Teddy and Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy deal with California politics. My latest novel, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, is the cozy mystery I referred to in the paragraph above.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

It changed daily.

When did you know that writing was for you?

When I first started to write Blue Coyote Motel three years ago.

Do you have a current work in progress?

Yes. In a few weeks I’ll be publishing “Murder at Jade Cove.”

Are any of your characters based on real people?

Not per se, but I don’t think you can write without having some of the people you know in your characters.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

No, but they became very real to me and dictated where the story went. When I write it’s kind of like reading a novel at the same time.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Waiting for beta readers and editors to return the works!

When you aren’t working and writing, what else do you like to do?

I love to cook and read. I think one of the main reasons I’m settling on cozy mysteries is because I can incorporate my love of cooking and eating into my books and I even share recipes!

What’s a good book that you’ve read recently?

I’m really enjoying “A Dead Husband” by Anna Burke.

Is there any advice you would give to aspiring writers out there?

Yes. The same advice that was given to me. Write as much as you can. As soon as you finish one, start another one. Your writing will improve with each one!

GIVEAWAY!

Do you want to win an ebook (Nook or Kindle, your choice) of Kelly’s Koffee shop?  Just comment on this post by January 25th and you’ll be entered to win!

KKSfrontKelly’s Koffee Shop (A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery) (Volume 1)

  • Series: A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503015630
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Synopsis:

Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought. The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. The townspeople can’t believe what has happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. She identifies five prime suspects, but which one did it? Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try to determine who the killer is in a murder that’s shocked the town.

Kelly’s Coffee Shop is a mouth-watering cozy mystery with recipes

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About This Author

Dianne lives in Huntington Beach, California with her husband Tom, a former California State Senator, and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

 

 

Author Links

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110409099727295696245/posts

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorDianneHarman

Contributor: Huffington Post

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Web Site http://www.DianneHarman.com

Blog: http://dianneharman.com/blog/

Twitter: @DianneDHarman

 

Tour Participants

January 15 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post

January 16 – MysteriesEtcReview, Giveaway

January 17 – deal sharing aunt – Interview, Giveaway

January 18 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog

January 19 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Guest Post, Giveaway

January 20 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

January 21 – A Blue Million Books – Interview, Giveaway

January 22 – Omnimystery News – Interview

January 23 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway

January 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post, Giveaway

January 25 – off

January 26 – Latte’ Da! – Guest Post

January 27 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

January 28 – off 

January 29 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review, Interview, Giveaway

January 30 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway

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Community Affairs – A little teaser!

Community Affairs, book 3 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series, is only days away from being released!  I’m so excited! Are you ready for another teaser to hold you over?

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Community Affairs front coverExcerpt

“C’mon, girls; let’s go.”

“Finally!” Callie said with sarcasm. I think she was starting to imitate me, which wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

We hopped in the car, buckled up, and headed for Big Chuck’s for breakfast. Big Chuck’s was famous for their humungous portions, yummy eats, and low prices. We sat at a booth to the left of the hostess station. A waitress handed us menus and said she’d be back to take our order. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone come through the entrance.

“Oh, no. I told you before, you’re not welcome here,” the waitress said. I turned to see what the commotion was. I saw Cason trying to talk to the waitress.

“Nicole, you are her best friend. I need to know where she is.”

“What are you talking about, Cason?”

“I’m talking about how Lyla didn’t come home last night. I know you know where she is. Did she stay at your house?”

“Do you really think I’d tell you where she is? After the way you treated her?”

“Nicole, please. I’m worried about her. I just want to know she’s okay.”

“Did you have a fight or something? Did she catch you cheating yet again?”

“No, Nicole! We didn’t have a fight. I didn’t cheat on her again. It was only that one time.” Cason’s tone changed from pleading to agitated.

“Yeah, right. I know all about your little prostitute next door.”

All the patrons were beginning to stare. Nicole and Cason were not exactly quiet. I shrank down in my seat to avoid being detected by Cason. I thought it was odd that both Jayce and Lyla didn’t come home last night. It couldn’t possibly mean that the two of them were having an affair, could it? Then, accusing Cason and me of having one. What do they call that? Projecting?

“Why is our neighbor yelling at the waitress, Mommy?” Kailyn asked.

Shhh, Kailyn. Let’s be patient.”

We turned our attention back to the scene unfolding before us.

“You need to leave, Cason. I’m at work here and you are disturbing all the customers,” the waitress said.

Cason spoke through clenched teeth. “Nicole. Nothing was going on with the neighbor. Lyla concocted that in her head. She was starting to lose it. And now I can’t find her. I’ve looked everywhere she would be. Please tell me she is okay and I’ll leave.”

Big Chuck stepped out of the kitchen in his white chef’s apron, holding a large spatula in one hand. “Is there a problem here, Nicole?”

“No, no problem at all, Chuck.” Nicole retreated to the coffee station and picked up a pot. She scurried around to various tables, freshening up people’s mugs with warm decaf. Cason followed her, seemingly unintimidated by Big Chuck’s enormous size and growing annoyance.

“Nicole, please. I’m begging you. Please tell me that she’s okay and I’ll go away.”

Big Chuck approached him from behind, placing his large hand on Cason’s shoulder. “I’m only going to ask you to leave once.” Big Chuck had a deep, booming voice that scared the pee out of me.

Cason looked back at him, disinterested, then looked back at Nicole. “Nicole, please. Just let me know if she’s okay.” Nicole ignored him.

I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what was going to happen next. Cason grabbed Nicole by the arm. Nicole swung around and threw the pot of hot coffee at Cason, which caused Cason to release her arm to jump out of the way.

The coffee pot sailed past Cason and shattered in a zillion pieces on the linoleum. Big Chuck grabbed Cason’s arm with his left hand, swung him around, and landed a right hook to Cason’s jaw. Cason stumbled backwards. Big Chuck swung again, making contact with Cason’s right eye. Cason fell on the ground and Big Chuck gave him a swift kick in the side. Cason scrambled to his feet and limped toward the door, slipping on the spilled coffee and landing face down in shards of glass. Scraped, bruised, and covered in coffee, Cason tried to get up, steadying himself with his hands in a downward dog position. Big Chuck went after him again, kicking him square in the rear end, forcing Cason to tumble out of the front door.

“Clean up this mess, Nicole!” Big Chuck picked up his spatula and strutted back into the kitchen.

“Right away, boss.”

I was speechless. Kailyn and Callie were dumbfounded. They hadn’t ever witnessed such violence, unless it was bestowed upon Wile E. Coyote.


5* for Bub and Guy Wish Upon a Star!

Five Star Review from Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite:

Bub and Guy Wish Upon a Star by Michele Lynn Seigfried is a beautiful story of friendship for kids. Bub and his friend5star-flat-web Guy are looking at the night sky and they see a shining star. They decided to make their wish, only to realize that it is not a star. They keep looking at it and they think its a jet. Bub is upset that his wish won’t come true and his friend consoles him. Guy asks him what he wished for, whether it was a car, a house or a barge. But Bub’s reply takes him by surprise. This delightful book of friendship, selflessness and unconditional love will surely find a place in the hearts of all young readers.

Tfront cover Wish upon a star-01he book is beautifully illustrated so that the author’s concept comes across clearly. I found the friendship between Bub and Guy heartwarming and it also teaches kids about loving unconditionally. Parents and grandparents can use the book as a good bedtime story book for their kids and grand kids. It is also perfect for a read aloud session in classrooms and libraries. Children’s books with a concept and a message are sure winners because it’s is the best way to teach kids and this book does just that. It’s a perfect book for small kids and the author does a marvelous job in conveying a beautiful concept using very few words. It is a beginner’s book and the concept of friendship, selflessness and love is conveyed very effectively to readers. 

Click here to see the book on Amazon 

This children’s picture book is for ages 2-5, and teaches children about friendship, selflessness and love.  Amazon carries both the paperback version and the kindle version.

99 Cent Sale – Red Tape!

Red Tape is on sale for just 99 cents (for Kindle) until January 11th!

To order from Amazon, click here!

Red TapeRed Tape is the first book in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series.  This cozy mystery is a tale about a single mom, Chelsey Alton, who is trying to balance her family and career when things start to go haywire at her job in a quirky little town named Sunshine, located at the Jersey shore. She encounters an irate resident, corruption in the government, and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. When Chelsey starts to figure out the truth behind the mayhem, she finds herself framed for a crime she did not commit. She narrowly escapes several attempts at her demise, only to find herself in a much more precarious situation.

Shweta Shankar for Readers’ Favorite says, “The author’s style is fast and riveting and holds the reader’s interest throughout the book. The plot develops well, building up the suspense until the reader is hooked! It is a gripping, gritty novel that leads the reader through a maze of events and emotions, electrifying drama in one page to love and compassion in the next! This book is a compelling page turner.”

Red Tape was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2013 Beach Book Festival in June, won the Indie Book of the Day Award in August 2013 and was a finalist in the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest.

 

Free Kindle ebook! Tax Cut, a Jersey Shore Mystery!

Get a FREE Tax Cut!

January 4th – 8th, 2015

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Tax Cut front coverSynopsis:

A strong, yet vulnerable single mom, Chelsey Alton, lands a new job thanks to the recent murder of a government employee. More dead bodies, missing victims, and mysterious fires plague the quaint, New Jersey shore town and Chelsey’s determined to find out what’s going on. The deeper she digs, the more she puts herself in a frighteningly funny world of stalkers who sing serenades off-key and corrupt politicians cutting underhanded deals with sinister mobsters; but can she save herself when she becomes entrenched too deep in this Jersey Shore mystery?

A 2014 Beach Book Festival Runner Up!

A great read for anyone who likes a pinch of humor and a dash of romance in their mysteries!

What Others are Saying:

Tax Cut has everything – suspense, murder, romance.  Michele Lynn Seigfried has written a story that will make you laugh, make you worry, make you want to find out the conclusion as quickly as you can. If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum books, you will like the Chelsey Alton, Jersey Shore Mystery series even more. The characters are real and the story is fun yet suspenseful, all at the same time. I highly recommend this book and expect to see it rising quickly as a favorite series. Tax Cut will soon be the most talked about new book. Don’t miss out – read it today.  ~Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite: (5 Stars)

LOVED this book!  ~Leslie Storey, Storeybook Reviews: (5 Stars)

I really enjoyed the twists and turns this book took plus learning about the people in Chelsey’s life, it was great to have a single mom being a detective so to speak. ~Paula Ratcliffe, Community Bookstop: (5 Stars)

I find this series a real hoot. This is a great new cozy series. ~Kate Eileen Shannon, Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading (5 Stars)

Filled with suspense, humor, friendships, TAX CUT is fast paced.  Well written and engaging, it was hard to put down. ~Rosalee Richland, Darla King Series (5 Stars) 

What a great read this is!  Each character was vividly portrayed.  Chelsey is a strong heroine surrounded by a zany cast of characters.  Her sidekick Bonnie keeps readers laughing.  There are also stalkers, romantic interests and evil mobsters tossed into the mix.  The story takes a million twists and turns and keeps you guessing to the end.  I really enjoyed this well written mystery.  Who knew being a Municipal Clerk could be so dangerous? ~Yvonne Herring, Socrates’ Book Reviews: (5 Stars)

About the Author

10351731_808312012525849_7180028156337465183_nMichele Lynn Seigfried is an award-winning novelist, children’s book author/illustrator and public speaker who was born and raised in New Jersey. In her mystery novels, she draws from her personal expertise in the area of municipal government, in which she has served for over 15 years in two different municipalities. She holds a B.A. in communication from the College of New Jersey with a minor in art. She obtained the Master Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2010. She also holds the Registered Municipal Clerk certification and Certified Municipal Registrar Certifications from the State of New Jersey.  In combining her love of writing with art, Michele began writing and illustrating children’s picture books in 2013.

Michele is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime – Central Jersey, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the New Jersey Author’s Network.

Connect with Michele:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MicheleLynnSeigfried
Twitter: www.twitter.com/micheleseig
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/MicheleSeig
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/MicheleSeig
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/micheleseig
Email: MicheleSeigfried@gmail.com
Google+: www.google.com/+MicheleLynnSeigfried

Cozy Christmas Capers!

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19 holiday short stories by 19 New York Times,

USA Today, and award winning authors!

This book will only be available December 1 – January 31, 2015

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Enjoy these tales of mystery, romance, and laughter amid the backdrop of pine trees, gingerbread men, and Santas galore!  The perfect short bites for cozying up by the fire with a cup of
cocoa…or waiting in line at gift wrapping!

Stories include:

Rosolio Red (Franki Amato Mysteries) by Traci Andrighetti
Chasing Tinsel (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries ) by Ellie Ashe
Death of a Christmas Witch (A Crewel to be Kind Mini Mystery) by Diane Bator
Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog (Queenie Baby Mysteries) by Christina A. Burke
The Holiday Inside Job by Mary Jo Burke
Hard to Catch a Christmas Thief (Hard Targets) by Wendy Byrne
A Christmas Ghost & Zero Regrets (Dead by the Numbers Mysteries) by Jennifer Fischetto
Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (Culinary Competition Mysteries) by Janel Gradowski
Christmas in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday
Christmas Al Dente (Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries) by Jennifer L. Hart
Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries) by Sibel Hodge
A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries) by Gin Jones
Mini Pie the Christmas Spy! (Mini Pie Mysteries) by Libby LaManna
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (Greatest Hits Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry Ornamental Danger (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson
Motion for Mistletoe (Jamie Winters Mysteries) by Kelly Rey
Christmas in Venice by Maria Grazia Swan
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Tahoe Tessie Mysteries) by T. Sue VerSteeg
Santa’s Little Mistake by Stacey Wiedower

http://www.gemmahalliday.com/Halliday_Publishing/ourbooks/Christmas/

Release Day! That Witch Ripped Up My Flowers

It’s release day for my 5th children’s book!

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A little princess just wants to plant her flowers. But, a mean witch rips them all up! What is the princess going to do? Find out in this fun story!

That Witch Ripped Up My Flowers is a 30-page picture book for children ages 2-8. Told in rhyme, it teaches children about finding solutions to problems and helping others. With its colorful pictures, cute rhymes, and large print, this book engages small children, and encourages them to read. Anyone who loves a cute story with a happy ending will enjoy this fun-filled book!

Release Date:  October 14, 2014

To purchase, click here:  Amazon

Sneak Peek Inside The Book:

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