Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading The Key to Murder by Jen Pitts. This is the first book in the French Quarter Mystery series and was released last year.

Turning 30 seemed an appropriate time to make a new start so Samantha Richardson packed her bags and moved to New Orleans. Renting an apartment in the Thibodeaux Mansion in the French Quarter, Sammy quickly makes friends with the other residents. She's discovered a unique book in her apartment, a diary that acts as part romance novel and part scavenger hunt. None of her new friends know anything about the book and all deny the unique gift left at her door. Deciding the book would be a great way to get to know her new city, Sammy starts following clues...until they lead her to a dead body. Is someone setting her up? Sammy is sure one of her new "friends" is lying, but who?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

A Brush with Murder - An Excerpt, Spotlight, & Giveaway

Today I'd like to share an excerpt from A Brush with Murder by Bailee Abbott. This book is the first in the Paint by Murder Mystery series and was released last week.

I groaned and mumbled as she explained her idea, which involved costumes and human billboards. “Let me get this straight. You want me to stand on a corner, in front of traffic and people, wearing a costume of a cartoon character, with a sandwich billboard shaped like an easel hanging from my shoulders, while I hand out flyers for our event? That’s your best idea to sell admission?” My forehead hit the counter with a thud.

“What happened to the daring and impulsive sister I know? I come up with this crazy idea, which, by the way, isn’t in my comfort zone, and you sit there all grumpy and critical. I’m trying to save my business the best way I can.”


 A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery by Bailee Abbott

About A Brush With Murder

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (October 12, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages

A quiet lakeside town in western New York state is the new home of Manhattan artist Chloe Abbington and the backdrop for murder in this series debut by Bailee Abbott.

For Chloe Abbington, the transition from fine art painter in New York City to painting-event business owner in charming Whisper Cove is more than a little jarring. But when poison-pen journalist Fiona Gimble writes a viciously negative review of the newly opened Paint with a View, Chloe learns that critics are the same everywhere. And when she finds Fiona's body behind her shop with a painting knife in her neck, Chloe realizes that this picture-perfect town offers anything but peace and quiet.

Suddenly, bustling Artisan Alley is a crime scene, and Chloe is the prime suspect. Her sister and business partner, Izzie, isn't much help--she's busy running the shop, and besides, she has secrets of her own. As shrewd Detective Barrett tries to paint her into a corner, Chloe soon finds that Fiona had plenty of enemies. The Whisper Cove Gazette columnist wielded her pen like a sword, slicing and dicing just about every shop owner in the lakeside town.

Chloe sets out to prove that she's been framed for Fiona's murder. But she'd better learn the fine art of detection quickly, before the real killer paints the town red again. Otherwise, she may end up trading in her paint smock for an orange jumpsuit...or a green burial plot.


About Bailee Abbott

Bailee Abbott is a native Ohioan who spends her days plotting murder and writing mysteries. She's a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Bailee lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio. Visits to Bemus Point, a town along the Chautauqua Lake in southwest New York inspired the setting for the PAINT BY MURDER mystery series. She also writes the SIERRA PINES B&B mystery series under the name Kathryn Long.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Twisted Tea Christmas - A Review & Giveaway


The Twenty Third Tea Shop Mystery 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina are ready to party. Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier and friend, Drayton, are catering an elegant party at the home of Miss Drucilla. Sadly, even before the food is presented, Theo discovers the elderly woman's body. The rings have been taken off her fingers and a Renoir is missing from the wall. When Miss Drucilla's personal assistant practically begs Theo to investigate, how can she say no? But could the young assistant actually be the killer?

The beauty of Christmas is tarnished by the cruel murder of a sprightly and generous doyenne of Charleston in this, the twenty third tea shop mystery. Once again tea shop owner Theodosia manages to investigate a murder while providing charming tea events and entertaining citizens and tourists alike. I liked the variety of suspects and how Theo truly wasn't sure who the killer was for practically the whole book. I admit to catching the clue that revealed the killer well before Theo figured it out, although I still had questions at the end. Although I've never been a fan of Delaine, and I dislike her behavior, I do appreciate her machinations on behalf of the animal rescue. I also want to give a special nod to a new canine with whom I fell in love. I hope we get to see more of him in the future.

It's easy to get swept away in the holiday mystery with delectable food and teas, delightful decorations, and plenty of action. That's a good thing, because there's a lot here you need to willingly suspend your disbelief. A police officer, at least one that's not corrupt, will not run people through police databases for a civilian, even if the civilian asking is his girlfriend. At twenty three mysteries in I can begrudge Theodosia for feeling she's qualified to investigate-but going into people's houses without their knowledge to snoop? She tends to take things a little to far these days. Laura Childs is a master of pacing and all of your concerns quickly fall to the wayside as she unfolds the mystery.

Fast paced and filled with holiday fun TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS is a knotty mystery that will delight both tea and dog lovers while sparking a festive mood.


 Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

About Twisted Tea Christmas 

Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 22nd in Series
Setting - South Carolina
Publisher: ‎ Berkley (October 5, 2021)
Hardcover: ‎ 336 pages

An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series.

Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town.

As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla is so pleased with the reception by her partygoers that she reveals her secret plan to Theodosia. The Grande Dame has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman--except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck.



About Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Mistletoe Cake Murder - A Review & Giveaway


The Sixth All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery

It's the week before Christmas and Gia Morelli is preparing, not only for her second Christmas in Florida, but her best friend's wedding. The final tasting at the caterer's turns out more final than everyone thought when another bride screams and collapses after eating a sample of the wedding cake. With her son accusing the fiance of murder and rumors abounding that the intended groom was having an affair with the very married caterer, Gia's boyfriend and Savannah's betrothed have a powder keg of a mystery to solve. Between finding the perfect Christmas gifts and keeping the bride-to-be calm, Gia will still manage to fit in a little snooping. After all, it wouldn't do for the caterer to be arrested before the wedding!

While I certainly prefer a white Christmas, I'm happy to spend this holiday in Boggy Creek, Florida, especially with the promise of Savannah's wedding. I love the holiday ambiance and am stunned by Trevor's house and his decorating abilities. I want to live there,!!! Or at least visit! In addition to Christmas and a murder, there is romance, nicely balanced with reality, culminating in a dream wedding.

I like how the murder was tied to Gia, but not intrinsically so. The murder mystery itself was fascinating, with so many components and I wanted most of the suspects to be guilty! What a nasty crew of characters, it made me feel for the victim even more. Lots of surprises and smart moves by Gia and Savannah made for a fun, exciting, and fist bumping read. "You go girl!" I said to myself more than once.

MISTLETOE CAKE MURDER delightfully blends the Christmas holiday, a beautiful wedding, and all of the feels to create a wonderful mystery. 


 Mistletoe Cake Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by Lena Gregory

About Mistletoe Cake Murder

Mistletoe Cake Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 6th in Series
Setting - Florida
Publisher: ‎ Lyrical Press (October 12, 2021)
Print length: ‎ 219 pages

’Tis the season for celebrating when Gia Morelli’s holidays include both a wedding and yuletide festivities. Until someone naughty delivers a most unwanted Christmas gift—murder. . .

For a native New Yorker, palm trees and warm temperatures don’t equal winter, much less Christmastime. Nevertheless, Gia Morelli’s friends have decked the halls and trimmed the trees to truly welcome her into their “family” with an old-fashioned Boggy Creek, Florida holiday season. Even more joyous, Savannah Mills is getting married on Christmas Eve—the greatest gift Gia could ever wish for her best friend.

But when Gia and Savannah stop by the caterer for a final tasting a week before the wedding, they overhear another bride arguing with her son about her husband-to-be. Moments later, the woman is sampling a piece of wedding cake—gorgeously decorated with mistletoe frosting—then suddenly dies.

Now Gia’s caterer friends are the prime suspects in what appears to be murder by poisoning. To clear their names and ensure Savannah has a merry matrimony will require Gia to conjure up a Christmas miracle . . .

  Includes recipes from the All-Day Breakfast Café!

About Lena Gregory

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading Mistletoe Cake Murder by Lena Gregory. This book is the sixth in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series and was released yesterday.

It's the week before Christmas and Gia Morelli is preparing, not only for her second Christmas in Florida, but her best friend's wedding. The final tasting at the caterer's turns out more final than everyone thought when another bride screams and collapses after eating a sample of the wedding cake. With her son accusing the fiance of murder and rumors abounding that the intended groom was having an affair with the very married caterer, Gia's boyfriend and Savannah's betrothed have a powder keg of a mystery to solve. Between finding the perfect Christmas gifts and keeping the bride-to-be calm, Gia will still manage to fit in a little snooping. After all, it wouldn't do for the caterer to be arrested before the wedding!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Wedding Soup Murder - A Recipe, Review, & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Rosie Genova to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Rosie writes the Italian Kitchen Mystery series which is being re-released. THE WEDDING SOUP MURDER is the second book in the series and was reissued last week. The review I'm sharing was originally posted in 2014.

The recipe comes from my friend Tom Ficarra, an enthusiastic foodie and pretty formidable home cook. (He also provided the inspiration for Father Tom, a secondary character in the series.) Italian dishes are the real-life Tom’s specialty, particularly those he samples in his yearly travels to Italy. The last time Tom visited Sicily, he stopped in a small town to fill up his rental car. He interrupted the gas station owner just as he was about to have his pranzo, or late day meal—pasta with arugula and fresh tomatoes that had been marinating in garlic. Served over hot pasta, the vegetables form a “sauce” that doesn’t require cooking.

As you can see, the measurements are not exact, and Tom’s original wording (“Chop the crap out of the tomatoes!”) has been, shall we say, adjusted, for public consumption. If arugula is not to your taste, you may use any green you like in this dish; the heat from the pasta will wilt it slightly. Also, if you find raw garlic a bit too pungent, do what I do: before marinating, lightly sauté the cloves in olive oil until soft but not browned.

The sweetness of the tomatoes really balances the bite of the greens. And here’s what else I love about this meal—your salad is on top of the pasta! All you need to add is some crusty bread and a medium-bodied wine for a complete meal.

Buon appetito!


Tom’s Cold Tomato Sauce with Arugula

This recipe makes more than enough “sauce” for a pound of pasta. It’s also good the next day as a cold pasta salad—add olives, cubed cheese, and chickpeas for a different take on the dish.


About 10 fresh plum tomatoes
· A 5 oz. package of fresh arugula or other hardy baby green
· ¾ cup-1 cup of olive oil
· 1-2 cloves of garlic, depending on taste
· Salt and freshly grated pepper to taste

1) Chop tomatoes, arugula, and garlic well; place in large bowl and mix thoroughly. At this stage, I season with two generous teaspoons of sea salt and several twists of the pepper grinder. Before serving, taste and adjust seasonings to preference.

2) Pour olive oil over the mixture.

3) Let the mixture marinate for at least three hours, taking care to stir the mixture several times. The arugula will soften and sweeten in the oil and juices from the tomatoes.

4) Serve over hot pasta of your choice (I used the double twists known as gemelli) with a generous amount of grated Romano cheese.



The Second Italian Kitchen Mystery

Victoria Rienzi is still on the Jersey Shore learning the family's restaurant business as research for her new book. Unfortunately, Vic's research feels more like punishment as her Nonna has her forming a thousand tiny meatballs, or polpetti, for the Italian Wedding Soup the restaurant is making for a special wedding. In addition, she has to go on site to help prepare the soup and special cookies for the reception with her ex boyfriend, Tim, the sous chef. Add some volatile chefs and staff at the fancy country club and we have a recipe for murder!

This second book in the Italian Kitchen Mystery series explores secrets. Multiple secrets are revealed to us as the book progresses; some good, some a possible reason for murder. Does what lies in the past determine what happens now? Do secrets, whether long hidden or recent, make things better or worse?

I'm happy to be back on the boardwalk. In addition to a solid mystery, Rosie Genova has given us another fun look into the Rienzi family and their relationships with each other as well as their restaurant, the Casa Lido. I'm curious as to what will develop between Vic and Cal, as well as between Vic and Tim. And I love seeing penance as 100,000 polpetti!

Italian Recipes included. 


The Wedding Soup Murder by Rosie Genova

About The Wedding Soup Murder

The Wedding Soup Murder (An Italian Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery Reissue 2nd in the Series
Two Roses Books; 2nd edition (October 3, 2021)
Print length: ‏ 275pages
Setting: A seaside town at the New Jersey shore

A wedding with all the trimmings—and death as an unexpected guest…

Victoria Rienzi came home to the Jersey shore to research a new book and perfect her cooking skills at her family’s seaside restaurant, the Casa Lido. But when Vic’s exacting nonna puts her in charge of catering the soup course for a wedding at the exclusive Belmont Country Club, it’s not long before trouble is simmering in the kitchen. Three temperamental chefs are butting heads, their sous chefs are throwing punches, and the formidable club president, Elizabeth Merriman, antagonizes everyone around her.

Elizabeth, aka “The Iron Lady,” has made her share of enemies, including the father of the bride, who was caught embezzling from the country club. She threatens to fire the famous pastry chef in charge of the wedding cake, who doesn’t bother to hide her hatred of Elizabeth. And who is the mystery man in dark glasses, who never leaves the older woman’s side?

Though the wedding goes off without a hitch, by the time the happy couple and their guests depart, Elizabeth Merriman is missing. When her body is found on the beach the next morning, it appears that the country club president slipped from the top of the seawall, but Vic isn’t convinced. Did The Iron Lady finally push someone too far? And did that someone push her back—into the arms of death?

About Rosie Genova

Bestselling and award-winning author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The inspiration for her cozy series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, comes from her deep appreciation for Italian food, her affinity for the New Jersey seaside, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. A former journalist and teacher, Rosie also writes women’s fiction and suspense. The proud mama of three grown sons, she still lives in her favorite state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Deep Green Envy - An Interview & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Joy Ann Ribar to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Joy Ann writes the Deep Lakes Mystery series. Deep Green Envy is the third book in the series and was released last month.

Kathy: In addition to being a baker Frankie Champagne is also a vintner. I'm lucky to live in the middle of three distinct viticultural areas. I love New York Traminettes, which isn't surprising as Gewürztraminers are a favorite of mine, along with champagne (or sparkling wine). What's your favorite wine?

JAR: There are so many enjoyable wines on the market, but I love a velvety rich red blend that I can pair with a steak or lasagne. A juicy jammy one is Scarlet Fumé from the Wollersheim family in Wisconsin. As far as Wisconsin vintages from a single grape variety, the Sabrevois from Vines and Rushes is luscious. I can’t discriminate though, so I have to give a shout out to the LaCrescent white wine from Four Daughters vineyard in Minnesota, which is a perfect balance of sweet and acidic and never disappoints.

Kathy: Are you a baker as well? What's your favorite thing to make? Or eat?

JAR: I’ve been baking since I was about 8 years old, the direct result of me following my mother around the kitchen from the time I could walk. She’s an avid baker and passed along her knowledge and passion to me. Cookies are my favorite because of the variety and techniques involved, and of course, the tradition of making them for the holidays and giving away big platters full! I used to bake and sell decorated cakes for any number of occasions, which was rewarding and fun. Learning to make icing flowers and trims was the best part.

Kathy: In Deep Green Envy Frankie encounters some rare stones. I love crystals. Do you happen to collect or admire them yourself?

JAR:  I do love crystals and have a few hanging in my windows to catch the sun and make rainbows for my kitty to chase around! I’ve been a rock hunter and collector since I was a kid. There’s something delightful about treasure hunting through a pile of stones on the beach. Now my grandkids and I share the joy of discovering agates, sea glass and quartz crystals when we’re rock-hounding the lake shore.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

JAR: I grew up reading the Bobbsey Twins and Trixie Belden before graduating to more sophisticated mysteries. I love being able to travel to places away from home that most mysteries offer, and it’s exciting to look for clues throughout the book, examine possible suspects, and see if your conclusions yield the right solution. Cozies are particularly enticing because of their idyllic small town settings and characters who feel like friends.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

JAR: I write short stories with an aura of mystery, fantasy and science fiction. I also write non-fiction essays. Two of my short pieces are published in Creative Wisconsin Anthology of 2020 and 2021. 


Kathy: Tell us about your series.

JAR: The Deep Lakes Mystery Series features Frankie Champagne - baker, vintner and Bubble & Bake shop owner with her business partner/ best friend, Carmen Martinez. Frankie’s side line is a sleuthing regional reporter for Point Press, giving her the opportunity to stick her nose into crimes in the small tourist town of Deep Lakes, Wisconsin. Of course, her investigations curl the toes of her life-long pal Sheriff Alonzo Goodman, especially since she enlists the help of her romantic partner, Coroner Garrett Iverson. Each book in the series is set in a different season which allows me to focus on the natural beauty of Wisconsin in its four distinct seasons.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

JAR: Well, choosing a favorite is like picking a favorite child. My main character, Frankie, is continuously evolving as she gains experience solving crimes while keeping two enterprises afloat. Fiercely independent, she realizes the importance of enlisting the help of her friends and beau throughout the trials and celebrations of everyday life. I love being able to surround Frankie with other characters that provide levity, humor and life lessons for her own personal growth, such as Carmen who is straightforward and helps Frankie stay grounded. Frankie’s mother and daughter make life complicated and her Aunt Cece and Carmen’s Tia Pepita provide comedy and wisdom at the same time.  

Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?

JAR: My inspiration for the series comes from the strong women in my family who have taught me the importance of resilience in the face of adversity, the importance of family and friendships, and the importance of laughter as a soothing remedy to most thorny situations. As a homegrown Wisconsinite, I am always inspired by the kind people in my area, the beauty of nature, and the quirky events and pastimes that claim the spotlight in our state (Lumberjack championships, Packer tailgate parties, Great Wisconsin Cheese Trail, Supper Clubs featuring fish frys and Old Fashioneds --- the state cocktail, and more).

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

JAR: I write for an audience and it’s rewarding to share my work with readers. I’m an English teacher and my heart thrives on discussions I have with my students about literature and writing. I want them to see that all kinds of writing matters and inspire them to find their writing voices, too.

Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

JAR: Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, Annie Dillard, and Sandra Cisneros

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

JAR: I’ve just begun These Tangled Vines by Julianne MacLean set in the vineyards of Tuscany. 


Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?

JAR: Besides everything I’ve mentioned already, I’m an avid birder with a life list, and because I love traveling, the top spots on my bucket list include Big Bend National Park in Texas, which is home to scads of bird species, and Costa Rica to see multiple varieties of hummingbirds. I also love to do research on any topic I choose to write about in my books: especially wine production and grape cultivation. And, I love hiking.

Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.

JAR: butter, cinnamon, cooking wine, oat milk creamer 


Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?

JAR:  Yes and Yes. I will continue writing the Deep Lakes series as long as the story line is worthy. I have three more books outlined and have begun writing Deep Dire Harvest, the next book taking place in Autumn. I would like to write a new mystery series and am kicking ideas around my brain right now to come up with something inviting for readers. So if readers have ideas for setting, main character and 
situation, please feel free to send them to me.

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?

JAR: The best part for me is being able to live in another world where I can partake in running a bakery and winery and pal around with my characters, listen in on their conversations, and think about how I can help them share their stories. 


 Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series) by Joy Ann Ribar

About Deep Green Envy

Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
Setting - Wisconsin 3rd in Series
Publisher: ‎ Ten16 Press (September 21, 2021)
Paperback: ‎ 344 pages Digital Print length: ‎ 226 pages

Summer in Deep Lakes sprouts a homegrown murder on the O'Connor farm. Frankie Champagne's hunt for clues lands her deep in sheep doo-doo, especially after rare stones surface in unexpected places. Crime-solving is no picnic for the baker/vintner as she hops from farm to field to bakery, trying to keep up with the tourist season and track a killer, too.

About Joy Ann Ribar

Joy Ann Ribar lives in central Wisconsin with her business partner-husband, John. She writes the Deep Lakes Mystery Series, starring baker/vinter and all-around spitfire, Frankie Champagne. Joy’s writing is inspired by Wisconsin’s four distinct seasons and local flavors, which she hopes to promote for all to enjoy.

Joy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Midwest Independent Booksellers, and Wisconsin Writers Association. She enjoys researching viticulture at area wineries, birding, hiking, and chatting with readers. Joy and her husband, John, someday plan to sell their house, buy an RV and travel around the U.S. spreading good cheer and hygge! Joy is a little proud to have two bestsellers with Orange Hat Publishing: Deep Dark Secrets (2019) and Deep Bitter Roots (2020), under the Ten16 Press imprint of Orange Hat.

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