It’s a couple days after release day and it’s still all good! And a little bit crazy as I’m trying to juggle writing a new first draft, finalize a project for my agent and take care of life things. Oh, there’s also Connie. The weather is cool and she’s full of energy. There’s been a few games of tug of war with a sock between my work sessions.
Since Tuesday, I’ve received emails and messages and comments about THE CORPSE IN THE GAZEBO. I’m so grateful for all of them. There are also reviews being shared and I thought I’d share a few of them. Here’s one.
Well, it happened. THE CORPSE IN THE GAZEBO released yesterday. And like every other release day, it was a busy 24 hours. And I loved every minute of it. From answering reader emails, posting on social media, checking on my blog tour stops to doing a live Zoom event with five other amazing authors also celebrating book birthdays, I was all over the place. And I even got my car an oil change! Yep, the glamorous life of an author. 🙂
Yesterday was also National Neighbor’s Day. How fitting that the release of THE CORPSE IN THE GAZEBO fell on that day because Hope is dealing with a particularly cantankerous neighbor, Birdie Donovan. In fact, Birdie is circulating a petition to force Hope to move from their street. Now, this doesn’t sit well with Hope, who loves her neighborhood and her restored farmhouse. She’s not moving any time soon and she lets Birdie know just that. Unfortunately, that conversation happens in public and it’s captured on video, which goes viral. That’s pretty bad, right? Well, it gets worse for Hope. To find out how much more worse, you’ll need to pick up your own copy. 🙂
Yesterday I also got to celebrate my book’s birthday with five other cozy mystery authors and had the pleasure of joining in on a panel discussion about our books. To check out that video, click here to be directed to YouTube. And be sure to check out their books! Now’s the time to stock up on cozy reads.
Cozy mysteries are perfect for gift giving. Wouldn’t it be great to mark some gifts off your list?
A couple of months ago I sat down with a cup of coffee and scrolled through my blog posts. All the way back. I was looking for some inspiration because I really wanted to get back to writing regular posts. It felt like the more time I was away from regularly blogging, the harder it was to write a post. That seemed odd to me since I have been able to write 80,000 word plus novels. Yet a 500 word blog post stymied me. Go figure. So I thought a look back to when I was regularly writing blog posts might help me get back into that groove. Well, what I realized was that I never wrote about Connie joining our family. Well, I’m going to do that now.
If you haven’t met Connie yet on social media, here she is. Connie came into our lives after a rough four months. Our beloved Susie passed away unexpectedly over the Memorial Day week. She was fifteen. Then four months later, Billy passed away. He was fourteen. Our hearts were broken and our home was so quiet. Then Connie came and it hasn’t been quiet since. And she was exactly what we needed.
Within two months of her coming home, I enrolled her in puppy school. There she learned the basics, met her best friend, Maura (they still have play dates) and got her diploma.
Connie has a lot of energy and she loves a good game of tug of war and ball playing. She’s also curious, so I love taking her places like a local garden center that has animals. She always rides shotgun in her booster seat.
She loves holidays (probably because there’s always a new toy for her) but she’s also a hard worker, so much so that she’s been promoted to my office manager. The girl keeps me on task. 🙂
In June, Connie celebrated her second birthday and in a few weeks we’ll celebrate two years of her joining our family. She’s still a ball of energy and she’s a bit of a ham in front of the camera and doesn’t mind wearing a hat. 🙂
While Susie and Billy will always be in our hearts, Connie has carved out a place for herself. Do you share your life with a pet? Leave a comment below sharing something about your best buddy.
No, the coldness inside of her just sat there, expanding with every minute that passed, and it hurt.
“This is perhaps my favorite book in the Food Blogger Mysteries so far. I’ve enjoyed watching, author Debra Sennefelder, flesh out and grow her cast of characters. Characters I both love, and love to not like. They are layered with wonderful, and not so perfect layers. She truly is a gifted writer.” ~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
☑️Mystery with recipes ☑️Small, New England town ☑️Twenty year old cold case ☑️Adorable dog
Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that’s heating up fast . . .
Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope’s childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine’s Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon’s mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.
The next day Hope discovers Devon’s apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother’s cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend’s body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it’s no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it’s up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . .
It’s Friday so I’m sharing some of my favorite things from this week. While I’m looking forward to the start of fall, I’m shocked that it’s already September 10th. Wasn’t it just Labor Day? What the heck happened? I guess life happened, right? So much to do and some days it seems like there aren’t enough hours to accomplish everything on my growing to-do list. But, I did manage to jot down some of my favorite things to share with you today.
My faves this week include a podcast, a new bookstagram account, an interview with one of my favorite authors, the workout of the week, a little self-care/pampering purchase and my current read. Ready? Let’s get started.
Podcast: Author Stories with Hank Gardner. This is a podcast I’ve listened to for a very long time and it was the first podcast interview I did. This week’s episode featured author Vera Kurian, author of Never Saw Me Coming.
Instagram: There’s a new bookstagram account on the block. My friend Heidi Z. has launched her bookstagram account recently and she’s rocking it over at @Heidizreadz. Check it out!
Inspiration: A conversation over at the Clubhouse author’s group mentioned Creative Live. I went over to check out what was being discussed but found Kelly Corrigan’s interview with Jane Green. I grabbed a cup of coffee, sat down and watched the interview. I was reminded that watching these types of interviews is very motivating and inspiring to me. This is a big help now since I’m starting a new book. 🙂
My current: Poisonous by Allison Brennan. I love the Max Revere series and so sad that it’s ended but I’m catching up. I think I have one more to read in the series.
A little bit of pampering: I indulged and bought a collection of nail polish from Nails, Inc. I love the colors (I prefer neutrals and browns). I admit the name of the collection had me right away – Sweet As Chocolate. Hello! Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out. But there are other collections and I really like the quality of the product.
Do you have a fave this week you’d like to share? Leave a comment below. 🙂