Thursday, February 20, 2014

Slowing down to hurry up...

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.

Slowing down to hurry up.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's February... finally!!!

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!

Happy 2014!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Two blog day!!

Hey, all...

I'm in two places at once today...

This, of course, is my regular day at Killer Characters, but I have a wonderful secret to share about... well, check it out...

Killer Characters - Season Readings

And I'm at Dru's wonderful blog with A Day in the Life of Jaymie Leighton, and she is hosting a giveaway!

Day in the Life of... Jaymie Leighton

So come on over and check it out!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Freezer I'll Shoot Blog Tour

Hello, everyone! Fall has fallen, the Canadian turkeys have all been gobble, gobble, gobbled down, and I am looking forward to the release of Book 3 of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, Freezer I'll Shoot.

So I will be on blog tour from November 2nd, until... well, mid to later in November. There will be chances to win a prize package from Lori, at Great Escapes Blog Tours.

Here is the blog tour calendar so far!

The blog tour page is here:

November 2 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Interview, Giveaway
November 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview, Giveaway
November 4 – My Recent Favorite Books – Review, Giveaway
November 6 - Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Guest blog and Review
November 7 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Interview, Giveaway
November 8 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Giveaway
November 9 – A Chick Who Reads – Review, Interview
Great Escapes Blog Tour Prize Package
November 10 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review, Giveaway
November 10 - Mystery Lovers Kitchen - NOT an official stop on the Great Escape Tour - EXTRA giveaway!!!
November 12 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review, Giveaway
November 13 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway
November 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review, Giveaway
November 15 – Mochas, Mysteries and More – Review, Giveaway

November 21 - A Day in the Life of Jaymie Leighton - Dru's Book Musings - Giveaway! (separate from the Blog tour giveaway!)

 So... I hope you'll join me, and I will update here when I have more information!Until then... have a fun fall!All the best,Victoria Hamilton

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fresh Fiction Today... check it out!

Hello, everyone!

It's almost autumn. Nights are getting noticeably chillier and the days are shorter. Canadians are already looking forward to Thanksgiving, which is the second Monday of October.

I am - with regret - winding down my blogging and promotion of Bran New Death. Why am I a little sad? This series is special to me because it is written in first person, like most of my favorite series to read. It was a dream of mine to write a mystery in first person, and with the character of Merry Wynter I have been able to do just that.

I have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback, and can officially say that Bran New Death is a national bestseller. It made it to #3 on the Barnes & Noble mystery list, #35 among paperbacks overall.

So today is one of my very last blog stops for Bran New Death. I am at Fresh Fiction, writing about... how I juggle writing three series!

Funny story about this: on September 4th I got an automated email saying I needed to send in my Fresh Fiction guest blog entry for... wait for it... September 4th! I had messed up, I thought, a hideous idea to me because I am reasonably well organized and had them down for September 19th. I just hate making that kind of mistake because it means I let someone down.

I had a VERY busy day that day - company coming from out of town and cooking and cleaning still to do - but I sat down and dashed off a quick blog, and sent it to them with a million effusive apologies, hoping they'd still be able to do it. I checked back often over the day, thinking I had blown it big time.

The next morning I got a lovely email telling me I was right about my day being September 19th, and that it was just a little mix-up.

BIG sigh of relief.

I had a chance for a redo... I could rewrite my hastily written blog if I wanted. But when I reread the blog, I thought... I'm just going to let it stand. It expresses completely how fortunate I feel having three mystery series!

So here is the link, and I would love it if you would drop in an read about how I juggle three mystery series. BTW, it doesn't say much about HOW I do it, I realize, but I hope you enjoy it anyway!

Fresh Fiction - Bran New Death

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Where in the World is Autumn Vale?

There are good points and bad points about creating a fictional universe, and one of the bad points is, no one is quite sure where the heck this fictional universe is, in the real world.

Well, here you go. Autumn Vale, New York, scene of much of Bran New Death, is a tiny, quirky little town about forty to forty-five minutes south of Batavia, New York. And if you're wondering where Batavia, New York, is, then I have spotted it on a map!

Hope this helps!!

Happy release day to myself and many of my Killer Character sisters!

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Bran New Death Tour Begins!

Bran New Death

I am so excited... I feel like I've been waiting for forever for this book to come out, and now it's finally here. To celebrate, Lori at Great Escapes has helped me put together a blog tour, 14 dates as well as a few more of my own doing. And it starts today!!!

But the great news for you all is the chance to win! Over all, I am giving away two prize packages consisting of a signed copy of Bran New Death (or another of my books, if you already have it!) plus a cute book tote that has the right message - Cozy up to a good mystery! - on it, and a pen with the same message!

Show your cozy pride with a pretty tote and pen! Here is the tour link:

So, here are the dates: please note that I am updating every day so these links will take you to my exact guest blog or review as it is posted!

August 30 - ChloeGets A Clue – A really fun interview!
August 31 - Brooke Blogs – Review & Guest Post
September 1 - Michelle'sRomantic Tangle – Review
September 2 - Cozy Up WithKathy – Review & Interview 
September 3 - StoreyBookReviews – Review
September 4 - Books-n-Kisses  - Review & Guest Post 
September 4 - Cozy Wednesday at Escape with Dollycas!
September 5 - Booklady'sBooknotes Review & Interview
September 6 - Melina's BookBlog  - Review & Guest Post
September 7 - Musings andRamblings – Interview
September 8 - A Chick WhoReads – Review
September 9 - readalot – Review
September 10 - Girl lost in abook - Review

And: Dru's Book Musings:
September 11 - Mochas,Mysteries and More  - Review & Guest Post
September 12 - My RecentFavorite books – Review
September 13 - Socrates' BookReview Blog – Review
And a couple of my own dates (not part of the giveaway tour)...
September 19th – Fresh Fiction AND Writerspace

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bran New Death Blog tour coming!!

I have been soooo super busy writing, but I do hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. I've been enjoying the garden, and the roses are lovely this year!! Last year was a bad year for roses, but this summer is making up for it.

Anyway, I've been finishing up the writing of Book 2 of my Merry Muffin Mystery series, Muffin But Murder, just in time to do the blog tour for the release of Book 1 - Bran New Death.

I'm so excited! It starts August 30th, and I can't wait - I'll post all the dates and places as I get closer - and I also have one early stop at the wonderful Mystery Lover's Kitchen. I'll be posting my mom's recipe for Fresh Bran Muffin a Day!

I am so super excited and I hope hope hope Bran New Death does well.

Oh, BTW, my website has been updated with all the pre-order links for the book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

And then just two months later, November 5th, comes the third book of the Vintage Kitchen  Mysteries, Freezer I'll Shoot. I'll be doing a full book tour for that, too! I'm going to enjoy this autumn.

See you soon!

Friday, June 21, 2013

I'm a Fresh Pick!!!

Hey, today I am Fresh Fiction's 'Fresh Pick' - or at least Bowled Over is - and I'm so flattered!

 And in other news... here is the cover for Freezer I'll Shoot... visit Killer Characters today and comment for a chance to win books 1 and 2, and a tote and pen!!