What I’m Reading? Broom for One More by Morgana Best

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Goldie Bloom’s womb is empty. Not that she minds—only her dead mother’s busybody bestie, Gertrude Hyacinth Clutterbuck, won’t stop harassing her. Goldie’s got other things on her mind, like her wombat’s terrorising of the Dutch running club, fighting her attraction to the infuriatingly gorgeous Detective Max Grayson, and the melon she is asked to mind. (Don’t ask!)

Can this new sea witch navigate her powers, solve a murder, survive her 5K race, and find a way to welcome her new house guest?

 

Broom for One More by Morgana Best!

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What I’m Reading? Christmas Spirit: Cozy Mystery Series (The Middle-aged Ghost Whisperer Book 1) by Morgana Best

xmas-spirit-1Prudence Wallflower tours the country, making live appearances. She connects people with loved ones who have passed on. However, her reputation as a clairvoyant medium is failing, and even Prudence has begun to doubt herself. She has never seen a ghost, but receives impressions from the dead. This all changes when the ghost of a detective appears to her in bodily form and demands her help to solve a murder. Prudence finds herself out of her depth as an amateur sleuth, and to make matters worse, she is more attracted to this ghost than any man she has ever met.

In this cozy mystery series so far:
1. Christmas Spirit
2. Ghost Hunter
3. There Must be a Happy Medium

Book Review: Broom Mates by Morgana Best (Seven Pets for Seven Witches: A Collection of Paranormal Cozy Shorts)

51ih1e-g8oL._SY346_Broom Mates is the fun, gripping and witty prequel installment from the immensely talented Morgana Best 
in Seven Pets for Seven Witches: A Collection of Paranormal Cozy Shorts.

Best kicks off her Sea Witch Cozy Mystery Series by introducing readers to her newest character, the charming and sassy, Goldie Bloom.

Best’s playful dialogue, hilarious characters, sharp narrative, and on point whodunit delivery cements her further in the cozy mystery sphere with this stellar standout.

Best is a writer who runs the breadth delighting and hooking a diverse gathering of readers from the most discerning mystery aficionado to the sleuth snob.

Best has a lil’ something-something goin’ on down under for a smorgasbord of readers to lose themselves in, get swept away by and tickle their funny bones.

Best not only has the goods but the chops to dip it and do it and express it in a sundry of ways with a wide array of books available for every palate.

Copyright © 2018 by Diane Morasco. All Rights Reserved.

What I’m Reading? Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink) by Krista Davis

 
61c64Gld1lL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There’s plenty of inspiration in her new apartment—a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie’s boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition—she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it.

When the professor’s nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie feared. But the following morning, Delbert has vanished. It’s not until she visits the third floor of the store that Florrie makes a tragic discovery—there’s a trap door in the landing, and a dead Delbert inside. The esteemed Professor Maxwell is an obvious suspect, but Florrie is certain this case isn’t so black and white. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters on the scene, all with a motive for murder. With a killer drawing closer, Florrie will need to think outside the lines . . . before death makes his mark again.

Color Me Murder on sale February 27, 2018.

Writing Rituals: Morgana Best

best-shirt-400x522Bestselling Aussie author, Morgana Best, grew up leaving Tim Tams for the fairies at the bottom of her garden. Now she lives with a half-blind Chocolate Labrador who happily walks into doors, a rescue Dingo who steals zucchinis from the veggie patch, and a cat with no time for nonsense. A former college professor, Best enjoys big bowls of pasta, not working out, and visiting the local lighthouse, where she tries to spot the white Humpback whale.
 

 

  1. When do you write?I write several hours a day, seven days a week. I don’t stop until I make my word count for the day. After that, I revise what I have written, and then, if I’m still awake, I do admin work. After each new book release, I have a few days off writing, and catch up on admin instead.Every day, I stretch as soon as I wake up, feed the dogs, and go for a run. I have coffee and then start writing about 8 a.m. 

    2.  How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

    I work in my office which is in my house. I have a security gate so unwanted callers can’t get in, and I don’t have a landline. Someone could easily murder me and steal my identity. I always think of the old movie, The Net.

    3.  How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

    I usually edit the morning’s work in the afternoon.

     

    4.   What song is your go to when you are feeling uninspired? 

    I’m never uninspired—I have to keep myself in check as I have too many ideas. I find any noise distracting, apart from the sound of the coffee machine, of course. My cell phone ringtone is inspiring: DJ Khaled’s All I Do Is Win.

    5.  What do you always do when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

    I never get writer’s block. Another author once said that dentists don’t get dentists’ block. I think it would be scary if brain surgeons got brain surgeons’ block. I would like to get writer’s block, as then I could watch TV in the daytime.
    My voice recorder turns itself off if I don’t speak for a minute, and that forces me to think of something quickly.

     

    6.  What tools do you use when you are writing?

    Dragon software with a headset or a handheld recorder. I type badly. I don’t use Scrivener, as I was using Word in the 1990s, and I’m too used to it now to change. I do use Grammarly and ProWritingAid at the end of every day.

    7.  What is the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

    My handheld voice recorder.

     

    8.  How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

    I write in sprints. My sprints are usually around thirty minutes each, and I do a rough draft of one chapter in that time, so it’s intense. I reward myself with food at the end of each sprint. If I am in writing frenzy near the end of a book, I fuel myself with salted caramel, almond milk ice cream. (I won’t admit to how much.)

Book Review: Live and Let Diet: Cozy Mystery Series (Australian Amateur Sleuth Book 1) by Morgana Best


Live-and-Let-Diet-1Synopsis:

 Sybil Potts moves to Little Tatterford, a small town in the middle of nowhere in Australia, seeking to find peace and quiet after the upheaval of her divorce. 

Although the town is sleepy and nothing has ever happened, her arrival coincides with a murder in the property adjacent to her cottage. Sybil soon finds she is at odds with the attractive Blake Wessley, the exasperated police officer who is trying to solve the murder.

 After Sibyl narrowly misses becoming the next victim, she turns her attention to the suspects. Is it the English gentleman, Mr. Buttons, who serves everyone tea and cucumber sandwiches, or her landlord, Cressida Upthorpe, who is convinced that her fat cat, Lord Farringdon, speaks to her? Or is it someone else entirely?

My thoughts: Unequivocally, Live and Let Diet is proof Best is the heir apparent to Dame Agatha. Hmmm…I wonder if Best has done an Ancestry DNA to see if there are some roots stemming from her Aussie lineage to Christie’s English branches?

Best’s writing is as smooth as Australian Whiskey, as pulled together as a sailor’s knot and as hilarious as a natural comedian fresh out the stable. Genius!

Best knows not only how to sketch life in a small town but relocates the reader there on a magic carpet weaved together by letters of savory goodness. Best does not deliver watery soup disguised as a ‘cozy mystery’ but serves up an alphabet stew of aromatic scenes with piping hot paragraphs and a salted caramel dessert of laughter that is like its namesake, both salty and sweet.

When it comes to characters, Best is an equal opportunity scribe. She powerfully crafts them all. She does not drop the ball when it comes to secondary players or those passing through town or those created as scene fillers. If Best does write characters as “scene fillers” Live and Let Diet does not demonstrate that the gifted Best is capable of diluting characters, scenes or her captivating tale to plow through the weeds. Live and Let Diet has no weeds. Live and Let Diet is a splendid garden of produced magnificence from characters to setting to whodunit with fun, laughter and murder sprinkled in to give you a juicy escape.

In a nutshell, Best is an expert minstrel.

NOTE: THIS IS THE 2nd EDITION, RE-RELEASE OF the 2014 A CEREAL KILLER. IT IS THE LENGTHENED BOOK WITH A NEW TITLE AND COVER AND ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS.

Copyright © 2018 by Diane Morasco. All Rights Reserved.

What I’m Reading? Live and Let Diet: Cozy Mystery Series (Australian Amateur Sleuth Book 1) by Morgana Best

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Sybil Potts moves to Little Tatterford, a small town in the middle of nowhere in Australia, seeking to find peace and quiet after the upheaval of her divorce.

Although the town is sleepy and nothing has ever happened, her arrival coincides with a murder in the property adjacent to her cottage. Sybil soon finds she is at odds with the attractive Blake Wessley, the exasperated police officer who is trying to solve the murder.

After Sibyl narrowly misses becoming the next victim, she turns her attention to the suspects. Is it the English gentleman, Mr. Buttons, who serves everyone tea and cucumber sandwiches, or her landlord, Cressida Upthorpe, who is convinced that her fat cat, Lord Farringdon, speaks to her? Or is it someone else entirely?

NOTE: THIS IS THE 2nd EDITION, RE-RELEASE OF the 2014 A CEREAL KILLER. IT IS THE LENGTHENED BOOK WITH A NEW TITLE AND COVER AND ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS.