Posted in books, Cozy Cat Press

Interview with the Author: Everybody Wants to be a Cat

So it’s not an interview today, but a whole slew of authors to get to know.  My new friend and fellow author under the Cozy Cat Press umbrella, Blanche Day Manos, did all us kittens a solid by putting together a listing of our blogs and book links on her own truly delightful blog.  Since she did all the heavy lifting, I am simply stealing her work and pasting it below for you.   Check out these cats.  Cats are cool.

First, there is the editor and publisher of Cozy Cat Press, Patricia Rockwell. Patricia authors the Essie Cobb senior sleuth series and Pamela Barnes acoustic mysteries. Her website

If you go to Lee Stansfield’s Facebook page, you will be met with a dazzling array of teacups, illustrating her Mr. T and The Traveling Teacup books. Her Facebook handle is Leslie Matthews Stansfield.

Writer Dreama Reed has a brand new website called Check this out and meet Dreama.

And then there are the Poppy Cove mysteries of Barbara Jean Coast. This is actually a writing duo of two friends, Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. Their book is Strangled By SilkBarbara Jean also interviewed me a while back and was this writer thrilled!! Their blog site is:

Julie Seedorf  has a beautiful website and blog and is author of Granny Hooks a Crook and Whachamacallit ThingamajigGo to and you’ll see what I mean.

Nanci Rathbun’s latest book is Truth Kills.  This talented writer’s interesting website is: The eye-catching backdrop is a cityscape.

It would be hard to beat B. J. Gilbertson’s title or picture for his book, Deathbed and Breakfast.  His website has atmosphere and to spare.

Another fellow Cozy Catter is Joyce Oroz. I have been privileged to be included in one of her interviews. Her website lists her latest book, Cuckoo Clock Caper.

Steve Kaminski writes the Dabbling Detective series, It Takes Two to Strangle and Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk. Visit his website at

Amy Beth Arkawy is radio host, author, and creativity coach. Imagine my excitement when she interviewed me on live radio! What a thrill. Amy authors the Eliza Gordon books, Dead Silent and Killing TimeYou will find more fascinating facts on her website.

Lane Stone brings us mysteries set in the beautiful state of Georgia. Two of her books are Domestic Affairs and Current Affairs.  For more about this talented author, go to herwebsite.

Timya Owen’s author page is on Facebook: Timya Owen. She is writing the Fernbridge Mysteries.

Marlo Hollinger has an eye-catching blog. Really neat and entertaining thoughts.

And then, of course, there’s the Darcy Campbell/Flora Tucker mother/daughter sleuth series written by co-authors Barbara Burgess and Blanche Day Manos (that would be me). Our latest is Grave Shift. My website and daily blog can be found at  (Oh! You’re on it!) The latch string is always out and I invite you to come back and visit tomorrow and the next day and the next… In fact, all of us Cozy Catters invite you to visit and look up our books. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Posted in Cozy Cat Press, Destinee Faith Miller Mystery, Tiara Trouble

Come Cozy Up With Me

I’ve had a lovely whirlwind of activity in the past few days, starting with an offer for TIARA TROUBLE from Cozy Cat Press on Thursday, and winding up with that completed contract in my hot, little hands this morning.  Destinee Faith Miller and her mayhaps/mysteries have found a home, and I couldn’t be happier.  I’ll keep you all posted as things develop, but for now I am just thrilled.  So thrilled, I can barely feel my toe throbbing–I broke it on the coffee table on my way to open email this morning, and promptly forgot about it when I found my completed contract waiting.

Here’s the funny story about how Cozy Cat came to read my submission because you know if it happened to me, it did not happen without some hijinks.

A few days ago, B and I were talking about me publishing under my name.  We were laughing that I wasn’t exactly Jane Smith, having unusual first and last names.  Somewhere else entirely, managing editor, Patricia Rockwell, was opening an email from me.  She was a little confused because her author Lane Stone, writes a series also involving tiaras (the subject line of my query was TIARA TROUBLE, with my name), and because she knew and had worked with someone who shared my last name.  Thankfully, she liked that colleague well enough not to be put off immediately 😉  And, she sent me an offer full of encouraging words about Destinee’s future.

When I wrote back, I asked if her former colleague was called Bob.  Because Bob is my husband’s uncle, who worked in the same field as Patricia.  Not only was it Uncle Bob, but he was remembered quite fondly.  B checked in with Uncle Bob, who had the same impressions of Patricia, and…well, that was that.

I am a Cozy Cat author.

How crazy is that?  Out of all the world (and out of all the publishing companies and agencies I researched,*) from Texas I query a press in Illinois, with a managing editor who has ties to my Uncle-in-Law in Louisiana–unbeknownst to all of us.  That is something that would only happen to me.  I love it!


*While I queried about 20 agents, I only contacted four publishing houses from probably about 200 agents/presses that I researched.