Hey, all, I'm so thrilled that No Mallets Intended is out, and I look forward to what readers think about Jaymie's latest adventure, and the changes about to take place in her life! So... let me know what you think! I'm eager to hear all about it. As I write, I do think of the readers, but much of what happens in my characters' lives is organic, proceeding from what came before in what I hope feels like a natural way. Jaymie was dissatisfied and questioning why the men in her life seemed just not quite right for her. Was it her? Was it them? Was she just not ready? But so much in life happens while we're trying to figure it out, and sometimes you just have to go with the flow. And speaking of flow... over the next few weeks to a month I will be at various blogs promoting No Mallets Intended. Sometimes there will be giveaways! So... I will update every day I am at a blog with the active links, below. Follow me! November 3rd - Marie’s Cozy Corner- Review and Giveaway. November 3rd - Fresh Fiction - Hoosier Too:
Hoosier cabinets in the vintage Kitchen Mysteries. How one piece of furniture
started the whole series! November 4th - Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows- Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
Must apologize for my long silence on this blog, but I've been super busy.
I will be updating next week, since I am doing a blog tour for No Mallets Intended, which comes out on November 4th.
We're working on a whole new Victoria Hamilton Mysteries website, as well, and I will update here on EVERYTHING. I will also let you know which blogs will be giving a way a copy of No Mallets Intended.
In other news, I'm extremely excited that I have received a contract renewal for Books 4 & 5 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries.
So... tally-ho, and I'll have more to say very soon now!
It's been a rather intense month, celebrating Tempest in Teapot coming out and getting ready for Muffin But Murder to come out, while maintaining my regular schedule and with a copyedit on my plate. So even though I was working toward it, the release date for Muffin But Murder kind of snuck up on me! and here it is!
I am doing a blog tour, of course, and there are giveaways attached to some of these.
It all started yesterday at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, but if you haven't entered for my Supersized Summer Giveaway, you still can! The winner will not be chosen until Midnight, July 3rd, so go on over, check out my strawberry Smoothie recipe and comment to enter to win!
This was so much fun... thank you to Kim at Read Your Writes! If you want to know more about Tempest in a Teapot, drop in! BTW, I love how she formatted this... it's so pretty, and I love the extra little graphics she has used!
Hello, my lovelies!! I'm so pleased to be launching my new series, The Teapot Collector Mysteries written by Amanda Cooper (that's me!) and I'll be doing a couple of weeks of promotion.
As I appear on blogs, and we run contests for a prize package including the book, I'll be linking them here!
Also... in case you didn't know... for the months of June and July Killer Characters will be running a massive two month blow out Cozy Reads of Summer contest! We're each giving away prizes on our own day, but you have to check it out and comment EVERY day to be eligible for that day's contest!
ANOTHER UPDATE May 29th: Thank you to everyone who contacted me about ARCs. I really appreciate the enthusiasm from readers, and will probably do this kind of thing again if I have ARCs and/or extra books. Stay tuned and watch this space
I have, at this point, contacted everyone to whom I can send books. If you haven't received an email, I wasn't able to send you a book. However... I will be participating in a few giveaways, and will keep you all updated where I'll be. I have a couple coming up on release day at Fresh Fiction and Mystery Lover's Kitchen, BOTH with giveaways, as well as other places, so enter and keep your fingers crossed!
UPDATE: I expected I'd get lots of requests, but I have been swamped by lovely readers wanting to review Tempest in a Teapot and Muffin But Murder. I have a limited number, and have begun mailing them out, but have not contacted everyone to whom I am sending a book yet. I have so many wonderful requests that I am going to reserve a couple of copies and from those to whom I can't send out a book, I'll do a random draw or two. Or three.
So please be patient with me, as I sort out all the requests over the next week.
From time to time authors are sent gifties from their editor... boxes of delights that we are free to do with whatsoever we will. Last week I received a heavyish box from the UPS gal. It held some large print copies of my Vintage Kitchen Mystery books, but mostly, it held Advanced Review Copies (aka ARCs) of Tempest in a Teapot (June 3rd, 2014) and Muffin But Murder (July 1st, 2014)!
There are a LOT of copies.
So... I am looking for readers who also review, or readers who would like to review... or, well, readers. I'll be frank; I'm looking to publicize my books. If you like the novels, I'd love you to review it/them, share your review, and/or talk about it on social media.
Here's what I'm doing.
If you would like a copy of one or both, I'd love to hear from you. From past experience I know I will receive a fair amount of letters requesting a copy, and I'll have to narrow it down somehow, so it would interest me to know what copy you want, and why you want it. OR if you're a reviewer, you can tell me who you review for and send me a link to a review you're proud of. I'm always interested in reading reviews of mystery novels, doesn't have to be cozy!! I'll be choosing a few folks from every category.
Just for the fun of it, I took pics of the ARCs, some with my cat, Poodle, who seems bored by the whole affair, though he was purring non-stop.
So, email me at: victoria (at) victoriahamiltonmysteries (dot) com and let me know if you'd like one or both, and why. Do you just love cozy mysteries? Do you read and then pass on all of your books? Do you review for a blog, or on Amazon? If so, send me a link; I do love reading reviews!! I won't be able to send books to everyone, but I look forward to sending some out, maybe to you! I'll let you know if I'm sending one and ask for your snail mail address then.
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Finally, after a long deadly winter spring has sprung, the sun is shining and baby birds are fledged. We actually had a robin's nest over the porch light this year, and the babies have already flown the roost, but not before one had a close call in my cat's mouth! Luckily, I saved its life, locked the cat up, and Robin Mama and Papa taught their little baby to fly.
And speaking of new beginnings and fresh life, I have a new mystery series beginning too! Introducing... the Teapot Collector Mysteries that I am writing as Amanda Cooper! For some reason tea and mystery seem to go together. There is nothing better, to me, than to curl up with a wonderful mystery and a cup of tea. And if you have tea, you MUST have a teapot!
Tempest in a Teapot:
Taylor, failed restaurateur, chef and teapot collector, is at loose ends in
Manhattan until she decides on the spur of the moment to return ‘home’ to
Gracious Grove, a town in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Though not her real home town, it is where she finds
respite at her grandmother’s establishment, the same place where Sophie fell in
love with teapots, Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. Her grandmother, Rose
Freemont, aka ‘Nana’, welcomes her with open arms and twenty nine year old Sophie
settles in to find her groove cooking again, even if it is ‘only’ tearoom fare.
At the same time she reestablishes friendships with her childhood buddies Dana
and Cissy, and her first love, Jason Murphy.
Life in Gracious
Grove is never boring, but is not usually as spirited as it becomes when there
is a murder at the tearoom next door, the establishment of cranky octogenarian Thelma
Mae Earnshaw. Thelma has nursed a six decade long grudge against Nana, who she
claims stole her beau, Harold Freemont, also known as Sophie’s grandfather and
Nana’s late husband. But despite Thelma’s irascibility, Sophie feels compelled
to help figure out who killed a local socialite with a baked goody at Thelma’s
tearoom, Belle Époque. It’s unnerving that it occurred so close that Sophie heard
the hubbub surrounding the murder by poison! Too soon the danger strikes close
to home with an attack on her Nana, and Sophie races the clock to figure out
what is going wrong in the pretty little town of Gracious Grove.
I will be doing lots of promotional visits online as Tempest in a Teapot comes out June 3rd. So far, here is my schedule:
Fiction - What’s New Tuesday - Giveaway! Link to come, so check back on the 3rd!
Lover’s Kitchen - about the new book and a giveaway too! Link to come!
Musings - A Day in the Life of Sophie Taylor - Giveaway!! Link to come.
I've been extremely busy lately. On my plate right now are: Book deadline, April 1st; typeset edit, due February 24th; copyedit, due February 24th, Regency manuscript to clean up, due... sigh... whenever I can get it done; promotion, all the time.
I'm not complaining. I LOVE what I do and I'm so lucky I get to do it for a living. So VERY lucky. And even more that readers seem to like what I write. I never dreamed this all was possible.
But the schedule is tight, super tight.
I noticed a pattern, though, that I had to stop. Ever heard the phrase 'the hurrieder I go the behinder I get'? It's a quote from something, isn't it? Maybe someone will know.
Anyway, that was me. I noticed this the dozenth time I sat down at my desk, tasted my coffee and realized I hadn't put any sweetener in it, which necessitated a trip back to the kitchen for the sweetener. I was making two trips instead of one almost every time because I was preoccupied with the work and forgot what I was doing.
So now... I am slowing down and focusing on each step of what I am doing. I do the Keurig thing, put in sweetener, and milk, stir and ahhh... coffee is right, and I don't have to make a second trip every time.
How has your year been so far? I'm happy to report so far I've been healthy and busy with writing, editing etcetera!
It's going to go on as it has started too... it's going to be a busy year for me, and I love it!
I have three books coming out this hear.
Tempest in a Teapot
I'm so looking forward to book 1 of the Teapot Collector Mystery series, Tempest in a Teapot. I am writing as Amanda Cooper, but it's still li'l ole me! I had a lot of fun writing Tempest, and I'm looking forward to reader reaction to Sophie, Rose, Pearl, the Birman cat and Auntie Rose's Victoria Tea House in Gracious Grove, a town set near Lake Seneca in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York!
Coming June 3rd, 2014
Muffin But Murder
Then there is Book 2 of the Merry Muffin Mystery series, Muffin But Murder... I love writing these books so much, and I do hope you all look forward to traveling back the the quirky town of Autumn Vale, New York, and Merry Wynter's castle! It's autumn in Autumn Vale, and Merry will have some more yummy recipes for muffins and other good foods!
Coming July 8th, 2014
And last but not least, I am excited about Book 4 of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, No Mallets Intended. I've written trilogies before,but I've never had a series extended, so this is extremely rewarding! Come venture back to Queensville, Michigan and visit with Jaymie, Valetta and all the rest of the Queensvillians!
November 4th, 2014
See you all soon, as I gear up for a 2014 book promotion onslaught!
Bloggers... let me know if you'd like me to guest blog. I'll also be doing some giveaways over the year, so check me out on occasion!