99 Cent Sale! Major Crimes, A Cozy Mystery

FB_IMG_1458488431967[2]Book 4 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series, Major Crimes, is now available for Kindle for only

99 cents

for a limited time!

Click here to order your copy!

Synopsis

Buckle up for hours of laughter, romance, and excitement with this Jersey Shore Mystery. When handsome detective, Bryce Kelly, is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he finds himself on the run and in hiding. Can amateur sleuth, Chelsey Alton, and a few quirky friends help him find the real killer and prove his innocence before it’s too late? If you love mysteries, don’t miss this humorous whodunit!

Reviews

Major Crimes is a revealing, compelling mystery story that’s hard to put down. Driven by interpersonal relationships, a sassy combination of fun and angst, murder and mayhem, and dangerous associations, it’s an emotion-driven and yet is a light, fun mystery that’s perfect for a cozy winter’s night. ~D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

5star-shiny-webMajor Crimes is a whimsical, fun, light hearted mystery. Michele Lynn Seigfried has created characters with great personalities that are very true to their New Jersey roots. If you are looking for a good mystery with a touch of humor, romance, detective work and more, then Major Crimes is a surefire winner. The story was new and fresh and there was never any question as to what information I could be missing. This is a quick and entertaining mystery sleuth book that I highly recommend. ~Trudi LoPresto, Readers’ Favorite  

The Jersey Shore Mystery Series is a wonderful whodunit series to read. Each book in the series has enough witty humor, mystery, suspense, and romance that easily draws the reader into Chelsey’s latest madcap investigation adventure. ~Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Major Crimes is a quick, light read. ~Readsalot

This is a gritty cozy mystery with some romance and lots of laughs, and that’s always a good thing. ~fuonlyknew

Full of grit and humor and intrigue, an enjoyable way to spend a few hours getting lost. ~Laura’s Interests

Community Affairs, a Mystery & Mayhem Finalist!

20141122_144651I’m so excited! My novel, Community Affairs, made the short list in the Mystery and Mayhem Awards! Along with a bunch of my favorite cozy mystery authors and a few of my favorite novels!  Check out the list of who made it by Clicking Here!

Community Affairs also got a rave review tonight from the Writer’s Digest Competition. Didn’t win anything, but scored 5 out of 5 stars in all categories:

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Commentary:

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS by Michele Lynn Seigfried is fascinating, engrossing, and entertaining. Recommended.
The cover is definitely one that would get my attention—sexy but not one that I’d be embarrassed to carry in public.

The title is one that gets attention, too, but not too prurient. The back cover copy will get readers to look inside and the author biography and picture are great. Wonderful work on both counts. Good production values overall.
The opening hook is good. The dialogue and action are both excellent. The author has an ear for dialogue and that keeps the story moving. The back cover copy promises humor and I believe the book delivers. I chuckled and smiled as I read. This is refreshing because sometimes detective novels can be harsh. The descriptions really brought the characters to life, too. I liked the mystery and the elements of the story, too. For me, this turned out to be a nice, pleasurable read. An excellent entry into the genre, one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others I know enjoy this type of book.
I think if this author keeps going, she’ll find and keep readers, Again, very nice book and story. Keep up the good work!

Come Out and Meet Me Monday Night!

Don’t forget to come see me Monday evening at the Somerset Patriots ball game!  There are tickets available that you can purchase when you get to the ballpark.

patriots game

Monday, August 10, 2015
Super Summer Reader/Author Event
Sponsored by the Home News Tribune/Courier News
During the Somerset Patriots Baseball Game
860 E. Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
6 – 9 pm
Come meet me and other great local authors while catching a baseball game! I’ll have all of my books for sale at a discount during this special event! 
 

The Home News has a gift bag for super summer reader participants and chances to win prizes!  For more info, click here:

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/topic/1582befe-f8c4-4343-b216-36c257a46163/super-summer-reader-2015/

6 Days Left Until Community Affairs!

I can’t believe the release of Community Affairs, BoCommunity Affairs front coverok 3 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series is only 6 days away!

I want to give a special thanks to the hundreds of people who have pre-ordered! I truly appreciate your support! I know you will love it!

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you can get your kindle copy at the discounted price of $2.99 by preordering here:  http://amzn.to/1qnafz3

The price for kindle/nook versions will be $3.99 once it is released.  The paperback version will also be available on January 27th. For everyone who has ordered a copy through me, my copies are on the way from the printer, and as soon as I have them, I’ll mail them out to you!

Here is another excerpt to hold you over!

Excerpt

At the end of the meal, our server came along with a tray of chocolates for dessert. I selected one, as did everyone at the table, and placed it on my plate. I wondered how I would eat it. I feared I’d look like a barnyard animal, picking it up with my hands and taking a bite, which was exactly what I wanted to do. But I refrained, if for no other reason than not to embarrass Jayce in front of his colleagues. It was too large to pop the entire thing in my mouth. I frowned and considered my options.

The hot air from the hospital big wigs began to blow. Um, I mean, speeches. The chairman of the hospital board made his donation pleas. The effects of the cosmos I drank were beginning to wear off, but I was buzzed enough that the chocolate in front of me seemed to be taunting me. I was a chocoholic by nature. A piece of chocolate in front of me was not likely to go uneaten, especially when my desire to keep my hourglass shape was momentarily inebriated along with me. I made a decision to cut the chocolate piece in half with my fork and knife. I thought that would be more ladylike, since I was attending such a high-class function.

I situated my fork atop the luscious-looking piece of heaven and dug into it with my knife. That evil little chocolate piece refused to be minimized. It shot out from under the knife, across the table, past the millionaire seated with us, and smacked into the back of Lemon Face’s head. She raised her hand to the back of her head and rubbed it along her hair. She must have felt something, but didn’t seem to know what it was. She didn’t seem too concerned about it.

My face glowed red in the dim dinner lighting. Not the shade of embarrassment; the shade of hidden laughter. I felt like a giggling girl at church. Why is it you always laugh harder when you aren’t supposed to be laughing?

I swiftly returned my fork and knife to their rightful positions to hide the evidence. I breathed a sigh of relief when I glanced around quickly and realized that the Lemon Face did not discover the chocolate bullet was mine. Everyone at my table was too busy watching the speeches to pay attention to me and my dessert malfunction. The crisis of having to explain my idiocy was averted! That was, until I heard laughter beside me. To my right, the chief of surgery was chuckling. I looked at him and was greeted by an “I saw that.”

Turning red once more, I giggled. “Please don’t tell anyone it was me.”

He shook his head and laughed harder. “I won’t.”

Jayce looked over at us. “What are you up to?”

I smirked and told him I’d tell him later. On the car ride home, I couldn’t stop laughing when I recounted how I shot Lemon Face with a chocolate bullet. It seemed hilarious to me. I had exacted my revenge on her without even trying.

2 Weeks to Community Affairs!

The release of Community Affairs, BoCommunity Affairs front coverok 3 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series is only 2 weeks away! How about an exclusive excerpt to celebrate?

You can get your kindle copy at the discounted price of $2.99 by preordering here:  http://amzn.to/1qnafz3

Excerpt

I impatiently waited for my escape from work. I needed to vent to my friend. Chelsey was a good listener. Luckily, five o’clock rolled around before I knew it. I said good-bye to Dira and made it to Casey Prime in five minutes flat. Chelsey was waiting for me at a table next to the bar.

Casey Prime was a great steakhouse. They also had a good appetizer menu and great discounts in their bar room on weekdays between five and seven. Five to seven would be just enough time to adjust my attitude.

“I need a drink. And fast!” I hung my purse on the back of the chair and plopped down in my seat.

“Well, hello to you too.”

The bartender came over to our table and took my order. “A cosmo, please. Actually, make it two.”

“Two drinks at once?” Chelsey raised an eyebrow.

“You don’t know what I’ve been going through.”

“Well, I’m here. Talk to me.”

“My new neighbors. The husband is a senator. The wife is a recent escapee from an insane asylum.”

“For real?” Chelsey’s eyebrow was raised again.

“The senator part is.”

The bartender returned with my cosmos. I downed the first one and handed him back the glass. “Were you interested in seeing a menu?” he asked.

I didn’t need to look at the menu. I ordered the same thing every time I went to Casey Prime. “I’ll have the shrimp cocktail, sirloin crostini, and the truffle fries.”

“I’ll have the filet sliders and the Casey fries,” Chelsey said.

The bartender headed to the computer and keyed in our order.

Chelsey took a sip of her gin and tonic. “So, tell me the rest.”

“Lemon Face called my boss today.”

“Lemon Face? Is that the wife? Why do you call her that?”

“Because she has a face that always looks like she just sucked on a lemon.”

Chelsey laughed and spit out some of her drink in the process.

“Anyway, she called my boss and said that I was rude and disrespectful.”

“So, what does that have to do with your work? You don’t live in the town where you work.”

“She pretended to be a resident.”

“How do you know it was her?”

“I don’t; it’s a feeling I got. She’s been messing with me. Called the cops, saying the boat was three inches too close to the property line. Left me a bag of poop lit on fire at my front door, and called me at work, threatening me.”

“What? She called you at work too, not only your boss?”

“C’mon, Chelsey. Keep up with me.” I downed my second drink. I held up the glass for the bartender to see, and he nodded, knowing I wanted another.

I told the whole story to Chelsey in detail after I had calmed my nerves with my second drink. Chelsey’s advice was to find a way to have some common ground with Lyla. She reminded me that life could be miserable having a neighbor battle.

“How would you know? Have you ever had a rotten neighbor?”

“Once. They would let their dog run all over the neighborhood. They would get mad at me for calling animal control. I was afraid the dog would get hit by a car. One night, I heard a lot of screaming, and I almost called the police.”

“Why didn’t you?”

“I figured I’d let them kill each other. Then I wouldn’t have the dog issue any longer.”

“Real nice, Chelsey. And I thought, between the two of us, that you were the nice one.”

5* for Oh No! Snow!

Oh No! Snow! just got 5 stars from Readers’ Favorite! Check out their review:

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

oh no snow front cover-01Oh No! Snow! by Michele Seigfried is a delightful story book for kids that teaches them about the winter season and gives them words that have everything to do with snow and the letter ‘S’. The two little penguins will take kids on a fun ride with what they are going to do in the snow. They wear their scarves and snow boots and plan on building a snowman and having a snow fight. They walk in snowshoes and catch snowflakes and have a lot of fun. The penguins finally feel the chill and they go back home to have soup and feel warm. The fun they had in the snow still lingers in their minds when they go to bed.

I found the book educational, informative and charming. Kids learn new words 5star-shiny-weband things associated with snow and cold weather. The author has put it beautifully so that kids will find the story exciting. The colorful illustrations are eye-catching and give pace and movement to the story. Kids can easily comprehend what the author is trying to convey through the pictures. The penguins in the story are adorable. The book makes a perfect bedtime story book and parents and grandparents can read it out loud to their kids and grand kids. It will also make a good book for read aloud sessions in classrooms and kids’ libraries. Kids’ books with a concept and an educational theme is the best way to teach and introduce young readers to new things.

 

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

Get a FREE Tax Cut!

January 4th – 8th, 2015

Click here to get your copy from Amazon.com!

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.

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