Thursday, January 8, 2015

A New Series from Lorraine Bartlett

I'm happy to welcome Lorraine Bartlett back to Cozy Up With Kathy. Lorraine, who also writes as Lorna Barrett and L.L. Bartlett, gives a new mystery series this year. With Baited Breath, the first of the Lotus Bay Mystery series was released this past Tuesday. Mystery fans will probably be familiar with her Booktown Mystery series, as well as the Victoria Square Mysteries and the not so cozy Jeff Resnick series.

Kathy: You start a new mystery series with With Baited Breath. This book, which was just released January 6th, is the first in the Lotus Bay Mystery series. What made you decide to launch a new series?

LB: Tori and Kathy have been residing in the back of my brain for at least 7 or 8 years. I was between books and thought it might be fun to finally let them tell their story.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

LB: Tori and Kathy are dreamers. They want to set up businesses in a beautiful but economically challenged area. At the opening of the book, the base of Lotus Bay has three businesses: a bar, and two bait shops with marinas. Tori’s grandfather’s bait and tackle business isn’t doing so hot. She wants to help him revive the business, including reopening the long-shuttered motel on the property. Her grandfather is against it.

Kathy: What will adding this new series do to your other series?

LB: Nothing, really. I intend to keep writing the Jeff Resnick, Booktown, and Victoria Square mysteries, as well as my adventure-fantasy series, The Tales of Telenia. It may just be that the books come out on a more erratic schedule. And I intend to continue to write short stories. They’re a nice break between longer pieces of fiction.

Kathy: Was there a specific inspiration for this story?

LB: I just liked the idea of writing about a beautiful summer place, and the friendships between four women. I had a great time writing the first book in the series. I hope to write the second one during the summer.

Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?

LB: I’ve got a Jeff Resnick short story coming out the first week in February. It’s called Crybaby and features his niece, Betsy. On May 5th, the paperback edition of Book Clubbed (#8 in the Booktown Mystery series) comes out; on June 1st, the hardcover edition of the 9th book in the series comes out: A Fatal Chapter.

Kathy: A new interview section-this or that. Pick one of the 2 choices given.

Library or Bookstore

LB: Bookstore

Expositional or Continuing Story

LB: Continuing Story

Editing or Marketing

LB: Marketing

TV or Film

LB: Film

Chocolate or Vanilla

LB: Vanilla

Mountains or Beach

LB: Beach

Tea or Coffee

LB: Tea

Cats or Dogs

LB: Cats (Well, I really like both, but I only have cats.)

Summer or Winter

LB: Summer

Normal or Paranormal

LB: Normal

Vampire or Werewolf

LB: (neither)


Get your copy of With Baited Breath through these links:

Kindle US:
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Read more about Lorraine by following these links:

writing as Lorraine Bartlett, L.L. Bartlett, and Lorna Barrett - Victoria Square Mysteries & Tales of Telenia (Facebook) - Jeff Resnick Mysteries (Facebook) - Booktown Mysteries (Facebook)


  1. Have it, can't wait to get to it. I know I can count on you for a great read.

  2. I am looking forward to this new series too! Great interview!