What I’m Watching? Murder, She Baked: Just Desserts

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What I’m Reading? Freshly Ground Murder (A Killer Coffee Mystery Book 3) by Tonya Kappes

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The holidays have arrived, and nothing is going to steal the joy of Roxanne Bloom’s first Christmas in Honey Springs.

The town’s annual Christmas in the Park is underway and includes a Christmas Pawrade that’ll help the furry residents at Pet Palace get a home for Christmas. It’s not the four-legged creatures that steal the show, it’s the pair of legs sticking out from the Christmas tree lighting ceremony that has all the town talking.

The suspects are piling up faster than the falling snow, while a murderer is on the loose. Roxy can’t let this ruin her first Christmas in Honey Springs and soon realizes it’s the ghosts of Christmas past that holds the real clues. But can she get this mystery solved in time for the holidays?

Includes Holiday Recipes from The Bean Hive!

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Patti Benning’s Book 5 in Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria Series

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Eleanora Pacelli has more on her plate than ever, and when her grandmother takes a nasty spill late one night, Ellie’s plate goes from full to overflowing. She finds herself starting to feel a bit overwhelmed as she tries to nurse her precious Nonna back to health, in addition to performing her usual tasks at the pizzeria. When her grandmother returns from the hospital, she surprises Ellie with something that could change her life forever.

Just when it begins to seem that things can’t possibly get worse, a tragic death occurs at Papa Pacelli’s. Ellie and her best friend witness a horrific act, and realize that both of their lives could be in danger. Will they find the killer before the killer finds them?

Author Fun: 13 Questions About Patti Benning!

1. Where is your favorite place to write?

Well, I have completely taken over the den as my office so I am loving being able to write in there. I have such a great set up and am even considering adding a mini fridge and a coffee maker. 😉

2. Coffee or Tea?

All of the above? I’ve recently been forced into trying iced coffee and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the weather is going to be getting pretty chilly and I’ll have to stick with my warm beverages for now. English Breakfast tea and black coffee.

3. Favorite book of all-time?

You Bet Your Life. The 18th book in The Murder She Wrote Series. I must have read it 5 times!

4. NaNoWriMo yes or no?

It is something that I have thought about but because the stories that I write are shorter in length, I always felt that I’d not be “winning” since it would be more than one novel equaling that high word count. I have never had a problem getting my words on to paper, thankfully, so maybe someday I’ll give it a shot if I ever choose to branch out of the cozy mystery genre.

5. Genre that you would write if you had no restrictions?

You know, I really think I would still write mysteries but I would really love to be able to write a romantic mystery. The same feel-good stuff that’s in a cozy, but with a larger romance component.

6. If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I’ve always had such a hard time answering this! My grandson asks me all the time. I have to say, it’s a toss up between being able to understand and speak to animals, and super-human strength. Quite the mix huh?

7. Favorite author?

Debbie Macomber. There is just something so inviting about every one of her books and I’ve read them ALL!

8. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?

I prefer quiet when I write. Occasionally I may have the television on in the background but it’s rare.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where will it be?

Somewhere warm and on the beach. I’m not picky!

10. What do you do when you get writer’s block?

Muddle my way through it and keep going. Sometimes I end up writing words that have nothing to do with the story but I keep going either way and remove the stuff that makes no sense when I do my first round of self-editing.

11. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I don’t really do much for plotting, I have my version of an outline which is sometimes just random thoughts I put together and I do my best to go by what that says but sometimes the characters take action and what they want to do outweighs what I want to do!

12. Do you have a playlist for your characters?

I’ve never thought of this, so no, I do not but it would be kind of fun to see what songs I could think of that may match up to some of my favorite characters!

13. Do you write every day?

With both the Pizzeria Series and the Killer Cookie Series going on right now, I do generally write every day. I have nothing to complain about though because I love that I am able to do this and would even try to write a third series if I could.

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© 2016 by Diane Morasco. All Rights Reserved

Author Fun: 13 Questions About Summer Prescott!

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1. Where is your favorite place to write?

On the couch, in front of the fireplace.

2. Coffee or Tea?

Coffee in the morning, iced tea with lunch, hot tea when I’m not feeling well.

3. Favorite book of all-time?

Toughest question ever… The Stand is up there, though.

4. NaNoWriMo yes or no?

No.

5. Genre that you would write if you had no restrictions?

I don’t have restrictions, lol.

6. If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Peacegiver.

7. Favorite author?

Way too many to choose from. All of the SPBP authors 😉

8. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?

70’s and 80’s usually.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where will it be?

California, I’m a native.

10. What do you do when you get writer’s block?

Go out to dinner with my muse. 🙂

11. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A bit of both. I have to have at least a general outline, but from there, the book usually writes itself.

12. Do you have a playlist for your characters?

Nope.

13. Do you write every day?

I definitely try to. Do emails count? 😉

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Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco. All Rights Reserved.

What I’m Reading…

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Bookstore café owner Krissy Hancock would rather spend Halloween serving pumpkin goodies than wearing costumes with Pine Hills’ wealthiest at Yarborough mansion, especially when the soiree shapes up to be more trick than treat . . .

As if a run-in with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren’t enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death in a room filled with ominous jack-o’-lanterns. All signs suggest a crime of passion—but when the hostess’s jewelry disappears, malevolent intentions seem way more likely . . .

With the estate on lockdown and a killer roaming the halls, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate each nook, cranny, and guest for answers—while also confronting a few demons of her own. Someone has lots of skeletons in the closet, and Krissy better tread lightly to expose them . . .

Writers on Writing: Summer Prescott

Kindle Cover Peaches n cremeGrowing up with a military dad, Prescott had the amazing experience of having lived all over the world – experiencing other cultures, customs and cuisines from an early age.

 

Now that she’s settled into a peaceful and pleasant adulthood in the Midwest, Prescott’s loves in life are simple – a good book, some fine wine, and furry friends underfoot. She has found that Cozy Mystery readers are some of the nicest folks you’d ever want to meet, and Prescott is glad to have befriended many of you as she journeys through this wonderful mystery called life.

 

Prescott finds inspiration for characters every day in the people she meets and the places she visits. Taking unique traits and expanding upon them, Prescott imagines the way that new characters would look, talk, think and go about their daily lives. The folks in Prescott’s  books live interesting and colorful lives in the movie that plays in her head, and she gets to enjoy writing down their shenanigans.

 

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

To quote Nike…just do it! Practice makes perfect. The more I write, the more growth I experience as a writer. I now look back at my first books and cringe a bit. Everyone has to start somewhere though, and the main thing is to never give up!

 

How has this helped you as a writer?

It motivates me. I see much more growth and polish in my writing – it just keeps getting better and better, but I never want to feel like I’ve learned it all – there’s always room for growth and improvement.

 

Mac or PC?

PC all the way!

 

Do you use Word or Scrivener?

Word. I’m a creature of habit, and even if a program makes my life easier, I tend to stick with the tried and true.

 

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

Nope, my laptop is my constant companion. Sometimes if I’m out and about and I need to remember a new plot or character idea, I’ll email myself with it.

 

Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes, I always check my email, Facebook and other accounts before I sit down to write. I get all of my distractions out of the way so that I can focus, and I always have a snack and something to drink (coffee, tea, Gatorade) nearby. And music, definitely music.

 

Do you start by writing or researching first?

Some of both. I tend to research when something technical pops up in the midst of writing, but if I have a storyline or locale that requires more info, I’ll do the research ahead of time.

 

Favorite spot to write in the winter?

Under a blanket, in front of the fireplace, on my comfy couch.

 

Favorite spot to write in the summer?

Anywhere with a cool breeze and plenty of sunshine!

 

eBook Review: New England Clam Murder by Summer Prescott

eBook Review: Clambake Murder by Summer Prescott

 

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Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco