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Category Archives: Mystery

A story about a crime (usually murder). May or may not have romantic elements as a subplot.

Is It True: Body Conscious by Ana Diamond @AuthorDiamond #RLFblog #CozyMysteryLily Reynolds finds herself the target of a murder case in Ana Diamond’s new cozy mystery, Body Conscious. Can she solve the case or will her attraction for Detective James Rivers get in the way of proving her innocence?

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Ana Diamond. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Body Conscious by Ana Diamond

Genre Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

Mortician Lily Reynolds is used to seeing bodies, but not the type murdered in her own funeral home. As Detective James Rivers zeroes in on her as the town’s number one suspect she must rise above the accusations and rumors to solve the case herself while keeping her attraction to the troubled detective at bay.

James has a past. The last time he let someone into his life she wound up dead. Vowing never to let that happen again he has sworn off dating for good. Until he meets Lily. In his gut he knows she’s not the murderer but pressure to solve the case puts him on the wrong trail while he struggles to keep Lily off the case.

Can she solve the case on her own or will their scandalous romance get in the way of proving her innocence?

Is it true:

this is your first book?

True.

this book is part of a series?

Potentially. I have started a sequel but we’ll see how it goes.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Not while writing it but definitely while editing it.

you did research for this book?

True. I have no experience in the business of funeral homes or in mortuary science.

some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)

Nope. All human.

this book has more than one genre?

True. It’s a cozy because I have an amateur sleuth but there’s a clear romance going on between the two main characters.

you speak more than one language?

Fluently, no.

you grew up where you live now?

True! But that’s only because I moved back to where I grew up recently.

you love to read?

True! It’s a true passion but it’s hard to find the time to lose myself in a book these days.

you are never late?

True! Being late makes me anxious.

you love pizza?

False. With young children in the house it’s always a staple and I’m kind of over it.

you love sushi?

True.

you have a pet?

True. I have 2 cats who are sisters, a calico and a torti. Their names are Aurora and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty—one of my favorite classic Disney movies.

and most browsers will follow not long after.

Where to buy Body Conscious

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

Universal link https://books2read.com/anadiamondauthor

Ana Diamond Social Media

When Ana Diamond isn’t writing about tough gals finding love in unexpected places, she’s at work by day in the medical field. She writes romantic cozy mystery novels with feisty strong women and alluring men who can’t resist them. Her books are fast paced, entertaining and heartfelt all at once.
Ana is a 2020 Tara Contest Finalist for Body Conscious and 2015 Melody of Love contest finalist. She lives in New York with her husband, two children and two needy but wildly entertaining kitty cats.
Website https://anadiamondauthor.com/
Blog https://anadiamondauthor.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AuthorDiamond
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Bridal Shop Chaos (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery #7) by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #NewRelease #ContemporaryRomance #Cozy

Shopping for a bridal gown turns into a murder mystery in Karen Cino's new contemporary cozy mystery. Will the wedding take place without a hitch?

Karen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I'm Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here!

Please tell us about Bridal Shop Chaos (Book 7 in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series.

Bridal Club Chaos by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary romance cozy mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17

A routine trip to a local bridal shop is disrupted when the bridal shop owner gets murdered while Connie and Sara are in the dressing room. As the investigation unwinds, secrets out the owner are discovered, as the list of suspects continue to grow.

Sara Mazza and her boyfriend continue to have problems in their relationship, stemming back to the cruise they had taken the month before.

As Connie's wedding day approaches, will they solve the case and not get themselves in harms way again?

Why did you write this book?

Writing is my passion. Since I moved from Staten Island, New York to the New Jersey Shore. I love the beach, so having my series take place at the Jersey Shore was a blast.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I am a big reader. I love reading Women's Fiction and Cozy Mysteries, but give me a good Stephen King novel and I'm in heaven.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I love Stephanie Plum. She's a multi dimensional character, with a definite laugh out loud read.

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm working on a Women's Fiction romance and a new contemporary cozy mystery.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Moving forward I will be releasing Down at the Shore, book 1 in the Five Beach Road Series.

Where to buy Bridal Shop Chaos

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097YYVBGR

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin's Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann's, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and took place in various locations in Staten Island. Her Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series takes place at the New Jersey Shore.
Karen is a member of Women's Fiction Writers Association and Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano, singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2015 Karen moved to the Jersey Shore.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
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Discover fast fun facts about Stephanie LaVigne, author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies @stephunderwater #RLFblog #cozymystery #sweetromanceStephanie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies.

Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies by Stephanie LaVigne

Genre Cozy Mystery / Sweet Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

If you like quirky amateur sleuth heroines, intriguing puzzles, and slow-burn romance, then you’ll love Headlines, Deadlines & Lies! A story about friendship, family, and finding your passion, Stephanie Lavigne’s newest book is a genealogical mystery set in a charming beach town along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Piper Harrington’s life is a blur. Between raising two kids alone and scrambling to keep up at work, she craves a chance to prove her own dreams are valid. When she’s given her lucky break to vie for a feature column at the local paper, she jumps at it…even though it requires telling one teensy, tiny lie.

Scrambling for a topic to keep readers hooked, Piper dives into the world of genealogy…something she knows absolutely nothing about. When her investigation turns up more questions than answers, her findings threaten to open up a Pandora’s box that can’t be closed.

The cut-off is fast approaching, but between a Type-A boss, a distractingly magnetic new crime reporter, and racing between school drop-offs, she discovers that some secrets want to stay buried.

Can Piper uncover the truth and deliver a show-stopping story by the deadline?

Or will her career ambitions end up relegated to the obituaries?

QUICK

Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?

I do! I write in both mystery and romance. Then, within each of those genres, I’ve written in sub-genres. For example, in Romance, I’ve written in Sweet, Small Town, Regency, Contemporary Western, and others. I’m really excited to start writing more within the sub-niches of Mystery now as well. My current books are lighthearted stories that are considered Cozy Mystery and Amateur Sleuth. I’m currently working on a quirky Police Procedural which is a ton of fun, too.

How do you come up with ideas?

A combination of ways. For my romance books, I generally choose a location first, then a place or person within that location that would be interesting to write about. Then I start filling the story about from there.

For my mysteries, I keep an ongoing list of news headlines and plot ideas that I come up with. I usually start with a character who is in a situation, then I have to figure out what got them into that situation and how they are going to get out of it.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?

Enjoying it, I think is first and foremost. If I hated writing or found it painful, I don’t think it would be the right profession for me. I feel like I’m doing work that I was meant to do. Luckily, that means it doesn’t feel too much like work, even though I work very hard and a lot goes into writing and publishing books.

Second to that rather selfish reason, the most important part of writing for me is knowing that people enjoyed it. At the end of the day, I want to do my part to contribute, and the way I know how to do that is to write something that makes someone else feel good, and maybe provide a few laughs along the way.

When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first full novel length book in college, which thankfully has never left its three-ring binder. I wrote another first book many years later when I decided to leave my career in the film industry. It is also housed in a three-ring binder. I wrote my “real” first novel after I decided to leave my career in photography and do the thing I had been putting off for all those years. I got paid for that book and it never had its own binder. ?

Easy

Coffee or tea? Coffee! (Though I own enough tea that my husband would probably question my answer.)

Sit down dinner or drive through? Sit down dinner. I am the slowest eater on the planet.

Fold laundry immediately or let it sit? Ugh, I wish I could say fold it immediately, but alas, laundry is a herculean effort to stay on top of in my house. Piles of it are folded and sitting as I type this, and will sadly be there still waiting tomorrow.

Unload dishwasher right away or use dishes from it? Dishes are even harder than laundry to stay on top of! But I unload them right away. I read this great book called How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind and I try to run the dishwasher every night to save my sanity.

Driving for pleasure or avoid driving anywhere? Totally for pleasure! I love driving. I once drove five hours to Key West while I was thinking through something, got out of my car, watched the sunset, then turned around and drove home. (I obviously did not have kids yet, haha.)

Talk or text? Talk. Though I completely abuse the auto-dictate feature on my texts, so both forms of communication have blurred together a bit these days.

Emoji or smilie? (I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be similie or smile, haha, so I’m going to do my best here.) I am very expressive in real life, which causes me to find emojis useful because I don’t think people will understand how emphatic I am in a text. Apparently, my life is me constantly shrugging, smacking my hand against my face, and laughing with one tear.

Where to buy Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Headlines-Deadlines-Lies-Sunshine-State-ebook/dp/B08ZXZDZYY

Stephanie LaVigne’s Social Media

Stephanie LaVigne is a bestselling author of mystery and romance novels. From sailing across the Atlantic to mushing a Canadian dogsled and more, she’s been lucky enough to have all kinds of adventures alongside real-life characters. Her whirlwind of a life keeps her imagination active and her stories flowing. Her books are quirky, relatable, adventurous, and witty. She lives in South Florida surrounded by palm trees, peacocks, a few wild kids, and one wild husband.

Website https://stephanielavigne.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thestephanielavigne

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thestephanielavigne

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14291865.Stephanie_LaVigne

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Twitter https://twitter.com/stephunderwater

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-LaVigne/e/B014DUTKOY

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Read the #Cozy #Mystery Temporarily Employed, a new romantic comedy by Vicki Batman @VickiBatman #SmallTownRomance #Mystery #RLFblogWhen your dream job disappears, your new SUV gets wiped out, and you're desperate for cash, what do you do? Hattie Cook becomes temporarily employed...

Temporarily Employed: A Humorous Romantic Mystery

Hattie Cooks Mystery Book 1

Genre Cozy mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy-Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee—the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.

Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. He evolved from a pocket protector-wearing geek to a handsome police detective. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.

Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?

Where to buy Temporarily Out of Luck

Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N4J5FDQ

Vicki Batman Social Media

Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"

Website http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/ 

Blog http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/ 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/ 

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/ 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/ 

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman/ 

Newsletter http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html/ 

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Do It Write: Where Karen Cino writes @karencino #RLFblog #CozyMystery #RomanceA long-awaited vacation turns into an unsolved murder in Karen Cino’s new Cozy Mystery Romance, Cruise Ship Chaos. Getting close to the killer puts their own lives in danger. Will they be able to solve the case before they become the next victims?

Karen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

Cruise Ship Chaos by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 17

Connie and Sara go on a cruise with their detective boyfriends. This is the first time Connie is on a cruise. Even though she was reluctant at first, she quickly settles into their suite. This trip was about relaxing and not worrying about solving murders. However, as Connie and Brett are making their way to their room, the elevator door open to a staged dead body. Once again, the women are on the case. Will they be able to solve the case before they become the next victims?

Where to buy Cruise Ship Chaos

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHLC78H

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and took place in various locations in Staten Island. Her Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series takes place at the New Jersey Shore.
Karen is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano, singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2015 Karen moved to the Jersey Shore.
Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

Do It Write: Where Karen Cino writes @karencino #RLFblog #CozyMystery #RomanceA long-awaited vacation turns into an unsolved murder in Karen Cino’s new Cozy Mystery Romance, Cruise Ship Chaos. Getting close to the killer puts their own lives in danger. Will they be able to solve the case before they become the next victims?

Karen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

Cruise Ship Chaos by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 17

Connie and Sara go on a cruise with their detective boyfriends. This is the first time Connie is on a cruise. Even though she was reluctant at first, she quickly settles into their suite. This trip was about relaxing and not worrying about solving murders. However, as Connie and Brett are making their way to their room, the elevator door open to a staged dead body. Once again, the women are on the case. Will they be able to solve the case before they become the next victims?

How long have you been writing?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I can remember writing my first poem in high school and writing for the school newspaper. My life has always been about writing.

What was your first published book?

My first book published was Roses. Roses is a contemporary romance. It’s about a woman who goes to Mexico to work through the death of her husband.

Tell us about your writing space or home office.Do It Write: Where Karen Cino writes @karencino #RLFblog #CozyMystery #Romance

My writing place has changed four times during the course of six years. I am now in forever home. I’m going to rework my office sometime in the future.

Anything special about your space?

I love that from my desk I can see the woods and the creek running along the back of the house.

What do you love most about that area?

I’m in a spot in my house where I can be excluded from the rest of the house and have my own place.

What would like to change about your home office?

I want to put French doors so I can really be closed in.

If money was no object, what would your home office look like?

I’d have floor to ceiling bookcases.

What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?

My printer. I always print out what I write so I can read though it before I go to sleep.

What do you think is a must have for an efficient office?

It’s essential that the office is organized in order not to waste time straightening up and looking for your research.

Are you a writing mom/dad?

I used to be a writing mom. Now that my kids are engaged, I amliving on my own. I sure miss the disruptions.

What’s the last book about writing that you read?

It’s been quite some time, but I do keep going back to Save the Cat.

What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?

I would recommend Save the Cat, Stephen King on writing and most importantly The Elements of Style.

What do you like to read for relaxation?

I read a lot of Women’s Fiction and Cozy Mysteries.

Where to buy Cruise Ship Chaos

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHLC78H

Do It Write: Where Karen Cino writes @karencino #RLFblog #CozyMystery #Romance

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and took place in various locations in Staten Island. Her Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series takes place at the New Jersey Shore.
Karen is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano, singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2015 Karen moved to the Jersey Shore.
Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
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