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Month: November 2016 (Page 2 of 2)

#25KillerCozies Interview with Ava Mallory, one of the Authors featured in 25 Killer Cozies

Today, we get to meet author Ava Mallory. Her novel, Mercy and Mayhem, A Mercy Mares cozy mystery, is just one of the fabulous 25 novels featured in this great bargain box set.

It’s available for pre-order now, but just on Nook, iBooks and Kobo. It will be available on Amazon on the publishing date, 27 December 2016.


Available for pre-order NOW.


Ava Mallory is the amazing woman who organised all the authors who feature in this book. Organising authors – not a job for faint hearts. I think she’s really Wonder Woman!

She’s also a woman of mystery, hence her author pic!


Anyway, here’s Ava’s interview. Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have another featured author rounded up!


 SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Ava Mallory. I like to call myself a genre hoarder. Primarily, I write cozy mysteries, but because you can never have too many mysteries in life, I also write psychological thrillers and romantic thrillers.

Prior to writing full-time, I’ve worn many hats. I was a hospice nurse for twenty years while also raising children, chauffeuring children to activities, volunteering as a child advocate, and sub-contracting as a copywriter for a small publishing house.

Since I became a full-time writer, my life hasn’t changed much. I basically still do all of the above, but this go around, I do it in my pajamas. (Don’t tell my children that! J)

SC: Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

When I was 4 years old, my mother took my younger brother and I to a Storytime activity at our neighborhood library. I don’t know if that was the first time we’d gone or just the most memorable time. When the librarian walked in the room with a book in hand (a Dick and Jane book, if I recall correctly), I knew right then and there that I would grow up to be a writer.

As is often the case, life had other plans for me. I veered this way and that and found a long-time career as a hospice nurse, but I never once lost sight of my goal to become a full-time writer.

SC: What are you currently working on?

I always have several projects going at once. I’m editing the next book in one of cozy mystery series now. I plan on publishing it in January. I’m also outlining a new novel for my thriller series and developing a new cozy mystery series to be released next fall.

SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

I absolutely adore my Mercy & Mayhem novel. It’s the first in my A Mercy Mares cozy mystery series. It’s the most personal of my novels. Each character is loosely based on people I’ve met and/or worked with in my life.

SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?

I’m an eclectic reader. The books that have influenced me most are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, most of Agatha Christie’s works, and most recently, books by Emma Donoghue.

SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

The most challenging part of writing for me is conquering my own fear. I think we all deal with fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of being exposed. The most rewarding is finishing any project. Typing The End still makes me giddy every single time.

SC: What book is on your nightstand?

(1.) The Silent Witness by Brittainy C. Cherry (2.) Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

I plan on releasing three new cozy novels in the coming year. One will be the second book in my paranormal cozy mystery series and the other two will be new novels in my A Mercy Mares series.

I also write psychological thrillers under a pseudonym. I’ll have three releases for that pen name next year as well.

SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

I’m thankful for each and every reader. Knowing that someone has read my work means the world to me. I love interacting with them and receiving feedback from them. I cannot wait to share new works with them and some fun perks for newsletter subscribers.


I have three titles in the box set. One is a short prequel to my A Mercy Mares series. The next is the first novel in that series and the other is the first in my paranormal cozy mystery series. I’ve attached cover images for each.


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In Ava Mallory’s world, chocolate is a vegetable and life is a great, big adventure!

When not writing mysteries, Ava can be found surfing the internet, binge-watching her favorite shows and movies, or corralling her children.

There! Having read what Ava plans to achieve next year, you have to agree with me that she’s secretly Wonder Woman!

To pre-order this fab collection, click the retailer’s link.

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#25KillerCozies Interview with Alannah Foley one of the Killer Cozy authors

Interviews with all the Cozy Mystery authors featured in the box set, 25 Mysteries to Die For, which is available to pre-order for just ¢99c or 99p. From Sherri Bryan’s BLOG:


teaser-general-social-media-size-with-box-set-image-available-soon-redYou may already know some of the authors, but others, you may not, and this box set is a great way to discover new authors, and their work, and hopefully find new favourites to add to your list. It’s only available at iBooks, Nook and Kobo for pre-order. It will be available on Amazon on the publication date, 27 December 2016.

Check back often – there’ll be more coming soon!

In today’s interview, I welcome Alannah Foley whose Cozy Mystery,  Deathbed of Roses, is featured in the above mentioned box set.


Alannah, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

AF: I was raised in the UK but in my twenties, I lived in my Australian birthplace for five years. I’m currently settled in Cornwall (south of England), where I’ve based some of my works of fiction.

I’m quite an eclectic writer with two fiction series so far – the Campervan Bushman Mysteries and the shorter Tales from Corny Cove.  Both are light-hearted, easy reads, with a feel-good ending.  My nonfiction books include Campervan Capers, Cycling Widows (satire about living with an obsessive cyclist) and The Jacaranda Trail (where I discovered long-long family, etc Down Under).

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

AF: My mum says I was always writing down something, although I’m not one of the many authors who ‘always knew’ they wanted to be a writer. Over the years, I’ve scribbled down all sorts of ideas, written songs, poetry and short stories, written and illustrated newsletters, etc.  A sort of diverse creator, I suppose.  But when I was younger, I actually wanted to be a French teacher and absolutely lovedlanguages. Even made up a few!

What are you currently working on?

AF: I’ve not long released the 3rd book in the Campervan Bushman Mystery Series and am working on a follow-up story which I plan to release exclusively to those in my Readers Group. After that, I plan to continue with book 4, although I have a few other projects I’m looking at working on which are ‘black ops’ right now.

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

AF: Although I love playing with the characters in my Campervan Bushman Mystery Series, I also enjoy writing short stories and other stuff which don’t require so much planning in terms of tying up clues & red herrings. I’ve actually had a good chuckle writing the books in my satirical Cycling Widows series – all that appeals to my impish (read: ‘childish’) sense of humour and it’s less structured. But, at the end of the day, it really is hard to choose which thing you love the best – each book projects gives you something new to explore!

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

Now, that’s another hard one to answer.  As I see it, so many things in life are interwoven that you can’t always pinpoint what helps with what.  Books I read twenty or so years ago, such as Robert Fritz’s The Path of Least Resistance, for example, changed the way I thought about creating what I wanted in life.

When it comes to writing fiction, I think I’ve probably learnt as much from reading it as I have done from reading nonfiction books about writing it.  Reading Scott Mariani’s Ben Hope thrillers, for instance, helped me get clearer on transitioning from one chapter to the next with my action/adventure-style novel, Cyclopathic Tendencies.

In terms of my writing style, I don’t have any hankering to emulate any particular author.  I learn from others, but I think it’s important to find your own voice, because that’s what your readers connect with.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

I don’t consider myself to be a fast writer, so I find it challenging to have so many ideas but so little time. When I’ve written the cosy mysteries in the Campervan Bushman series, I’ve had a few challenges with tying up clues/evidence (I’m sure it comes with the territory!), but what’s kept me going is the fact that I get time to have fun with the characters and dream up unusual things for Scott to do – he’s my main character and is part campervan-surfer, part Crocodile Dundee, you might say. In each book, he and his crew are filming another episode of an outdoorsy TV show, so I get to explore and add stuff like bushcraft, food foraging, and so on into the mix.

 What book is on your nightstand?

I’m gradually working my way through Pipe Dreams by Kelly Slater (a champion surfer, like my main character, Scott). On my TBR pile are some nice big hardbacks about Aborigines and old adventurers in Australia, plus some Bill Bryson travel books and historical fiction paperbacks by EV Thompson.  On my Android, there’s a mishmash of fiction, books on writing and some other nonfiction.  I also like action/adventure/thriller novels by the likes of Scott Mariani, Mario Reading, Michael Cordy, and James Rollins. As you can see, my tastes are quite eclectic.

Will I ever get to read all those books?  Err…  We live in hope!

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

Now that book 3 in the Campervan Bushman Mystery Series is out, I’ll eventually look to publish a set of paperbacks.  I have outlines for future books in the series, plus ideas for free extras for my Readers Group, including a few more free short stories.

I also have a few other ideas in the pipe which I’m researching, so if they get off the ground, I’ll be announcing those at a later date.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

Basically, a big thank you to my readers who have taken the time to leave reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads.  If you’re a reader and think your reviews don’t matter – think again!  It really is appreciated by an author and helps readers to decide on their next book.

Killer Climate – book 1 in the Campervan Bushman Mystery Series – is currently available free at most outlets – find more info & pick up the links on my website.


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Alannah Foley – aka ‘The Pyjama Writer’ – is the author of light cosy mysteries, short fiction, and bunch of other maverick titles that won’t fall in line.

She was raised in the UK and did a five-year stint in her Aussie birthplace in her twenties, where mozzies regularly used her for target practice. She managed to return to Old Blighty devoid of shark or snake bite, however, and currently lives in picturesque Cornwall with her cycling-obsessed partner.

To date, she has two fiction series – the Campervan Bushman Mysteries and Tales from Corny Cove – both of which are light, easy reads with a few twists, turns and tickles along the way. Her nonfiction titles span topics as diverse as capers in a campervan, the vagaries of living with an obsessive cyclist and her adventures Down Under.

To get sneak peeks at upcoming books, hear about early discounts on new releases, and any cool offers she might be running, why not join her Readers Group? You can currently get a free download when you sign up at

interviews with all the Cozy Mystery authors featured in the box set, 25 Mysteries to Die For, which is available to pre-order for just ¢99c or 99p.



Getting closer to release date! Excited?I’ll say. I don’t know what to do with myself!


If you haven’t read my previous post. This is 20+ authors attempt to crack the USA Today Best seller charts. I know. Scary, right?

Authors who have been in this game for a while, are only too used to failure and rejection, so this ambitious attempt is a shot in the arm!

Our leader and inspiration for this enterprise, is our lovely fellow author, called Ava Mallory. All I can say is Go, Ava, Go!

It went on pre-order on 8 November, and will be published on 27 December 2016.

Here are the links to pre-order:


KOBO SALES LINK:…/25-mysteries-to-die-for-a-25-…

Still awaiting iBooks Link.

We’re not doing a pre-order at Amazon. You’ll be able to get it there on the day it’s released – 27 December 2016.

Wish us luck!


Working Like a Loon

Why? I’m currently getting ready to market a big, BIG, bundle of mystery novels. All the preparation for this if we’re to get anywhere worth getting is mind-boggling.

I’m square-eyed, frazzled and about to go doolally. I’m back to working seven-day weeks as we get ready for this. I’d eased up a bit during the last few weeks, only six-day weeks.square-eyed-frazzled-womandownload


But now it’s full on!

99c / 99p: 4 Rafferty and Llewellyn Novels – Books 5 – 8. Final Day!

LAST DAY! Final chance to grab a 4-novel mystery bargain. If you like a little laughter and mayhem in your murder mysteries, why not try Rafferty & Llewellyn? A steal at 99c / 99p.

Ends 4 November 2016.

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As always, they feature my DI Joe Rafferty, who battles crime – and his selectively law-abiding family – with wit, vigour, and sometimes sheer desperation. He is ably assisted by Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, whose moral certainties give Rafferty palpitations.













B & N

And as if that’s not enough, the follow on book #9 Blood on the Bones, is also 99c / 99p!


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