Finally, I get to slide my #travel mojo in gear—we’re planning a few trips in the coming months and I can’t wait to hit the road again. We’re holding out ’til after the 4th of July (the day of my Double Trouble book launch–see more below↓↓). First up is a combined birthday/Father’s Day celebration with our family up in Monterey, in northern California, and return trip down the PCH through Big Sur. I’m thrilled to finally be able to travel again (assuming the COVID virus doesn’t re-launch…). We’re checking out hotels, gasoline stations, rest stops and restaurants for the itinerary to see what’s open and what new rules might be in place. A new start, much welcomed, I’m beginning to question if I know how to drive anymore, LOL. In the meantime, enjoy a few pics from this beautiful part of the state:
This week I’m also super excited to start work on my next project, an anthology with writer, creative, Bibiana Krall that will debut just in time for those Halloween decorations (that will probably be cluttering store aisles next month, LOL). It’s going to be all things mysterious and macabre and I can’t wait. It’s always fun escaping from my cozy mystery comfort zone every now and then and I’m always up for decorating for a new holiday to get in the zone. Stay tuned for scary tale time…Hearth Fires coming soon! It’s Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:
Double Trouble, Showtime at Castlewood Manor is Available for Pre-order!
Here ye, here ye–we’ve given birth to a new book in My American Almost-Royal Cousin Series (in a pandemic no less!). I’m so delighted to announce that book 5, Double Trouble: Showtime for Castlewood Manor, is available for pre-order. It will launch on #July4th and I can’t wait! I want to give a special shout to the beta readers who have taken their precious reading time and given excellent feedback, Theresa Snyder editing, Mark Schultz word refining proofing, Danielle Gregorio for the awesome book cover design (this one is my fav I think), and Ellie Douglas, Morgan Wright and Aimee Bejarano for the fabulous promo graphics to kick things off!
And of course I cannot forget to thank our new, almost-royal canine of the manor, Teddy⇑ 🙂
This go round, I am working with the multi-talented Bibiana Krall who is providing her book launch services for this project. She’s been a delight to work with (and very patient 🙂 ). I felt her services would be a better fit for me going forward, under my new Boots & Crowns Publishing LLC! I highly recommend her if you’re thinking of publishing directly with KDP or the platforms on Draft2Digital. You can contact her to discuss your project here:
If you’re up for a fun cozy, you can pre-order a little Double Trouble here⇓
Life and laughs from the magic #wardrobe this week from the writers of Twitter…
Author Sheila Patel, The Magic Vodka Wardrobe, Book 5, 5 STARS
Our favorite ladies and barkeep are back and this time it’s all about the UK elections, #MEGXIT, and oh, that little virus that shut the world down! Get the inside views and giggles as Aunt Sheila, Mrs. Singh, Shaz, Trace and Bachittar give you a peek into their zany world this reader has come to love.
The cocktails are flowing, the humans keep muddling through (at least at the time of this review, LOL), and most importantly, the dance floor is rockin’ and sanitized! There’s never a dull moment in this neighborhood filled with lively characters, a wedding horse, and even a cute little goat that will steal your heart. The wit and sometimes wisdom keeps flowing as the months roll by, you won’t look at the news in the same way again!
Author Patel never fails to entertain with her humorous take on what’s going on in these somewhat crazy times. I love visiting the #wardrobe–this is a fun-filled series, perfect for an evening or weekend read, or just when you need a laugh. Highly entertaining and a highly recommended read!
Next up in the #reading queue:
Stop on by our #BOOKEM channel later today and meet Author Amy Reade!
I’m looking forward to watching Amy’s discussion today on our #BOOKEM channel. This project has been so much fun getting to catch up with new and old friends! If you haven’t had a chance to tune in–Bibiana Krall and my videos are still up for viewing. Amy’s debut will be at 1:45 pm (EDT). Stay tuned for more fun and great reads!
A dinner date in a real sit down restaurant!
I just had to talk about our first real dinner date since #quarantine! Yes, the tables were spaced out and the servers were attired with masks and gloves, but what a joy! I don’t know what I enjoyed more–the food, outside gardens, cocktails (ok, these I did enjoy, #JustSayin), or the sound of lovely, loud conversation all around….it’s the little things that make life so good! 🙂
Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your #week and #weekend friends!
Crowns and Kisses,
P.S. Stay tuned next week for my interview with Film Creator, Becky Guido on her Primrose Film period drama project. We’ll be discussing the creative stages you need to achieve to get this type effort rolling–lots of great info and insights #WriterCommunity (I know a few of you would like to see your books hit the big (or small) screen), and Becky is a delight! Gemma and Rikkhe approve 🙂