Thursday, February 5, 2015

A purr-fectly lovely cover

As I think I mentioned last week ... the Victoria Square Mysteries are coming to audio.  It's been a long time coming, but a little judicious nagging certainly didn't hurt.

Yesterday, my editor sent me the cover for the first one, A Crafty Killing.  (It'll all be available on February 24th.) To be fair, it was gorgeous. There was just one honking big error. The cat.  It was a ginger cat.  A very handsome ginger cat, but it wasn't Mason, the cat in the story.  Mason is a tabby!

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Well, I let my editor know I was and wasn't happy. It's not his fault, after all, that Marketing ALWAYS gets it wrong!  The new art director was probably just taking a cue from the original cover. (Which wrongly has a ginger cat on it.)

When I didn't hear back from him during the next hour, I wondered if he might start to think I'm some kind of diva. And this audiobook is coming out from Tantor Media (a company that my publisher licensed the audio rights to).  I don't know how he did it, but my wonderful editor asked them to change the cover--and they did!!!!  Color me shocked, but extremely happy.

I think you have to agree, this cover is PURRfect.  I like the fact that Mason is glancing over his shoulder with a wary expression--looking for bad guys

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I'm liking Tantor Media!  Not only do they produce nice covers, but they actually offer the audiobooks as downloads AND on CD. I have not heard a sample of the book, but I have heard samples of the narrator reading other cozy mysteries, so I think she'll be a good fit.

You can order the audio edition of A Crafty Killing.  Just click here.  (It's also available from Amazon and will soon be available from iTunes and Audible.)

The book and ebook are still available, too, and there'll be more on the horizon, too.

I'll let you know when The Walled Flower and One Hot Murder are available during the next couple of months.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New month -- new stories to enjoy!

I love the first Tuesday of the month -- that means new releases from many of my friends and favorite authors.  Today is no different.  Of course, first up is ... me .. then two of my Cozy Chicks blog sisters, Kate Collins and Duffy Brown.

Crybaby-smCRYBABY featuring Jeff Resnick

Jeff Resnick—babysitter? It wasn’t a reference that had ever graced his personal résumé, but when he’s entrusted to care for his brother’s most prized possession—his infant daughter—Jeff is tested in ways he could never have anticipated. With his girlfriend Maggie unavailable, Jeff has only one person he can turn to for advice when his tiny niece falls ill on his watch.
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A_Root_Awakening-smA Root Awakening ... a Flower Shop Mystery by Kate Collins

Now that they’ve tied the knot, flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, want to put down roots. When it comes to picking a house, Marco can’t wait to get his hands dirty, while Abby isn’t ready for a fixer-upper. But conflict really sprouts when they’re checking out a dilapidated Victorian and watch a construction worker take a life-threatening tumble. Since witnesses claim the man shouted for help, suggesting that the fall was no accident, the victim’s flamboyant wife hires Marco to find the person responsible. Meanwhile, Abby keeps secret from Marco her own investigation into the home’s inhabitants, a family whose off-kilter behavior has aroused her suspicions. If only Abby’s very pregnant cousin, Jillian, will stop distracting Abby with false labor pains, she can conclude her own inquiries before Marco finds out…and her case blossoms into a disaster.

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Dead Man Walker-smDead Man Walker ... a Consignment Shop mystery
by Duffy Brown

As a mortician beautician and housekeeper, Mercedes is no stranger to corpses or messy bathrooms. But the last thing she expects to find in a client’s bathtub is a dead body! Now she’s a murder suspect and it seems like her life is going down the drain. She turns to local lawyer Walker Boone to get her out of hot water.  But Walker has his own surprising connections to the dead man in the tub, and now he needs Reagan’s help to clear his own name—and keep him alive…

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