Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Diggin' Up Dirt Chapter One

Y'all I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE writing in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series. I turned in book seven over four months ago and just now turning in the blurb for it. It won't be released until May, but I just had to share the first chapter with you. But we'll get to that.

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First I have to tell you that I'm writing the 8th book in the series and I just can't stop myself from writing because it's so funny. Not that murder is funny, but it's funny in my southern cozy mysteries with all the shenanigans.
This photo is with me and one of my critic partners, Cherry Adair, using her copyrighted Plot By Color method.

We take a yearly retreat for two weeks and plot out a few books using her method. You can check her website out here. Anyways, after the two weeks, I pack up my plot boards and bring them home. They sit around until I'm ready to write that book.
This was in October and I'm just now getting around to writing the book....by oh my! I forgot how much fun this book was going to be to write.
You see. . . my partners write romance, so when they get to my books, we have the best time coming up with the funniest ways to put my amateur sleuths in the thick of the investigation. We spend a lot of time laughing and plotting things.

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These are just a few of the plot note that didn't make it in the book! Now, I'm sitting down to write Pushing Up Daisy...because Daisy is the victim's name...which totally cracks me up. Now, this is a working title and ultimately the publisher has the say in what the title is, but with my suggestion.
Needless to say, I'm writing away on it and having the best time.

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Of course, Charlie thinks I'm completely ignoring him now that he's gotten all the attention now that Scooter has passed away. Or maybe he's looking at my plot board with a few suggestions. . .

Regardless, my publisher is in the final stages of Diggin' Up Dirt and I have to say that I love this cover. It's all sorts of adorable and I'm giving you a very secret sneak peak at the first chapter!

Until next week!
xoxoxo~ T.

Monday, February 4, 2019

How Sophia Cummings discovered Banana Pudding Cupcakes!

Just reading that makes my mouth water! Mmmmm, mmmmmm goooooood!

Good morning. . .well. . .it’s a good morning because I’m above ground. That’s the best I’ve got. Those? Those are Banana Pudding Cupcakes. You can help yourself.

Instead of me telling you about how my heart has been broken because I caught my live-in boyfriend cheating on me with the hostess of the restaurant where he’s the head chef and I’m the head pastry chef, I’ll tell you about how I came up with the recipe for the Banana Pudding Cupcakes.

Every restaurant in the south pretty much has banana pudding on their menu. As a kid, I liked the taste, but there was just too much of the pudding. My parents had taken me to one of those smorgasbords type restaurants. I remember taking a cupcake and a plate of banana pudding from dessert section. I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to eat and Bitsy, that’s my mama and how she likes for me to refer to her, was beside herself that I’d taken two desserts when people on the other side of the world just wanted one dessert. She was good then about making me feel guilty. Anyways, I did my teenage job of ignoring her and scrapped the icing off the cupcake. I scooped some of the banana pudding, with a piece of banana, and frosted the top of the vanilla cupcake with it. My dad watched from across the table with a look of disgust on his face. Of course I had to try it and no matter how bad it was, I had to pretend it was good. I’d taken a deep breath and bit into my creation. It was an experience I’d never had.

I guess the look on my face spoke so loud to my dad that he reached over with his fork and upon my agreeable nod, took a bite. The next day, there was a twenty dollar bill and a note from my dad that said to head to the grocery store and buy the ingredients I needed to create a real banana pudding cupcake.

That was, as we say in the south, all she wrote.

It happens to be one of the most popular desserts I make at The Manhattan, the restaurant where I work in New York. You know, the one I was referring to when my live-in…moving on!

Anyways, I took a couple of weeks vacation and found myself back in Rumford, in my parents home, in my old childhood bedroom.

Ugh. Not where I plan to be for too long. But if Bitsy has anything to do with you, she wants me to move back for good. No way!

Anyways, I’m beyond excited to hear what a dessert you love to eat. Tell me!


See why readers are loving Batter Off Dead and why Woman's Magazine made Batter Off Dead their book club of Christmas!
"Romance, a lovable bunch of eccentrics, and a collection of recipes with murder most foul."

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ghostly fun!

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Family...like Granny Zula says, we are three gallons of crazy in a two gallon bucket. When it comes to me and my sister, Charlotte Rae, she's the crazy one even though I'm the one who was diagnosed with the Funeral Trauma. Just like most sisters, Charlotte and I were a little competitive in the funeral home business. After all, she did leave Eternal Slumber, our family funeral home, and began to work for a big funeral home that was more than just laying corpse in the casket. She went to work for the Hardgrove's Legacy Centers. They hosted baby showers, bridal parties, and even catered events right along side of a funeral. Granny said that she'd never seen the like: "You can go to a baby shower in the morning and walk over to a layout to pay respect in the afternoon."

But back to the Funeral Trauma. What is the Funeral Trauma? Well, I think Doc Clyde made it up to make granny and Charlotte feel better after I had a perilous  run in with a plastic Santa falling on top of my head and knocking me flat out! I thought I was a goner, gone to visit the big guy in the sky like the clients I stuck six feet under when I was visited by the ghosts of  people I've put six feet under. Only they tell me that they can't  cross over until I can figure out who killed them.

KILLED THEM??? I'm an undertaker, not a criminal investigator. Or was I?
A couple of years later, a few Betweener clients murders solved (yeah...they're called Betweeners, stuck between here and there), I've got the hardest client yet.

Charlotte Rae Raines.

Yep. That's my sister. When she realized I could see her in her new ghost state and when I realized I was the only one who could now see here. . .our relationship took a turn.

The thought of my sister being dead and I was the one who had to help find her killer was bitter sweet. Don't get me wrong, I want to bring the killer to justice and get my hands on them, but when I do find out, Charlotte will cross over and I'll never see her again.

Of course Charlotte's murder has about put Granny one foot in the grave and when Charlotte told me she wanted IT'S MY TURN on her tombstone, Granny about flew off the handle. It's a little undertaker humor that Granny didn't see fit.

I just might  take my time trying to figure out this murder.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Welcome to the Bee Farm

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Welcome to the Bee Farm! I'm Kayla Noro. Me and my husband, Andrew, have been here a long time. We don't have no youngins' between us. These bees are our babies.
I hope y'all had a great ferry ride over and Big Bib wasn't too much of a grump. He can be that way sometimes.
Anyways, as you know, we are a little island off the main land of Honey Springs. We are a working. . .um. . .I'm sorry, I get a bit misty eyed when talking about the place.
You see, I love this farm. I love all the bees. And as you walk around and take a tour, you'll notice a few of our bee houses are vacant. The upkeep of a house costs up to $400 each and sometimes these winter months do a number on them, though we do all we can to survive.
I hate to bring it up, but if you like what you see, we are actually taking donations to help fund the Bee Farm.
There's a jar inside of the gift shop next to the register. You know Christmas is coming, so if want to gift someone a jar of honey, we are doing free shipping. So buy several jars.

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If you see Andrew out there, he's probably fiddlin' with some bees. Stop by and say hello. He loves to answer questions.
What is something you love to eat with honey in it?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Oscar Park Tells All!

Character Interview With Hunky Oscar Park, Sheriff of Whispering Falls
1 - We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you? I wish she’d put more love scenes in there with me and June! Or even had more scenes with me using my wizard wand instead of everything focusing on June and her gift of potion making.
2 - If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
3 - What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least? I love that I’m a cop and she made me super cute. The girl readers seem to love that and call me their book boyfriend! The least thing I like is how June seems to get in sticky situations without me there to help her out. I don’t like my girl in danger.
4 - What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through? The fact that June is in situations where she is eye-to-eye with a murderer. Since I’m the sheriff, I have to keep some things a secret and that’s hard for me to do.
5 – What do you want to accomplish in the next book? Now that June and I are married, I tell her a lot of the evidence and crime scene information I collect from the recent murder in Whispering Falls. It's been great because June has this amazing intuition and we talk out what might've happened and I get leads from her that I'd otherwise never gotten before. I'd like to accomplish more in the way of deepening my relationship outside of romance with June.