A New Year’s Haunting: The Victorian Ghost Party Craze

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho

As frost and fog envelop the Central Valley in the ghostly shroud of winter, thoughts drift inward to the warmth of family, home, and the holidays. But as the Christmas tree is lit and the New Year rung in with loved ones, the season’s longest, darkest nights recall a time when ghost stories and spooky soirees were the otherworldly order of the day.

Story Crafting on a Whim

by Sarah E. Burr

As an author who juggles four different mystery series—all cozy in nature—it's great spending quality time with my characters during "release week." What do I mean by quality time? Well, for me, release weeks require hyper-focus on a specific world and cast of characters. During my usual writing weeks, I'm bouncing around from town to town, character to character, working on whatever project speaks to me the most…or has the closest looming deadline.

Lost Coast Literary By Ellie Alexander: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa
& Ellie Alexander

Emily Bryant is excited about pitching her first book at a major New York publishing house. Growing up she loved editing her favorite books making notes and even suggesting new endings, so it’s a dream come true. However, her boss has dashed her hopes: Pass. Maybe next time. Could the day get any worse? She’s been ignoring calls from her estranged uncle, so he decided to give her the bad news via text.

Stretching the Bounds of Reality

by Margaret Lucke

Do you believe in ghosts? What about other aspects of the supernatural?
These are questions I get asked as the author of the Claire Scanlan Haunted House Mysteries. I’m excited that the second in the series, House of Desire, debuted earlier this month and is finding its way to readers.

Easter Haunting: An Easter Supernatural Mystery Short Story

by Margaret Mendel

Charlotte usually experienced a transition at dawn. She had lost count of how many of these she had undergone, but then, since her murder, not much made sense. There was a familiar feeling when this smoky life force came over her. Charlotte often thought it must be how a butterfly feels when it comes out of a cocoon. There was no casing though for her to break through only heaviness that weighted her down making it difficult to move about as she once again became active.

Spouse on Haunted Hill By E. J. Copperman: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murphy

Alison has enough problems what with business at the haunted B&B slower than usual, two contrary resident ghosts, and a daughter, Liss, who’s in California visiting her dad, aka The Swine. He just can’t be trusted. It’s a relief to go to the airport to pick up Liss, just to make sure she’s really back. It’s not good news to see Steven The Swine deplane right behind her.

Haunted is Always in Fashion By Rose Pressey: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

The owner of clothing boutique It’s Vintage Y’all in Sugar Creek, Georgia, Cookie Chanel considered herself a connoisseur of vintage attire. She’s not the only one, in addition to writing a blog and advising television and movies, she has been asked by author Juliana McDaniel for a consultation on a book she’s writing. When their meeting takes place, it’s after Juliana’s car has crashed, and she is unexpectedly in a very deceased and ghostly form.

A Grave Prediction By Victoria Laurie: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Professional psychic Abby Cooper has come a long way in proving her value to local enforcement. In fact, she is now an official consultant to the Austin’s Cold Case Division within the FBI, working alongside her husband and her best friend’s husband. Unfortunately, this has also led to Abby becoming a political pawn within the bureau, with her boss’s, her husband’s, and the Cold Case agents’ jobs all on the line.

More Penguin/Kensington Mysteries To Start The New Year

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow

We are starting the new year with some great mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors-Death by Tea by Alex Erickson, Thread and Gone by Lea Wait, Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass, and Ghost in the Wind: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery by E.J. Copperman. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 4 books & a link to purchase them.



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