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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Interview With Author Cynthia Hickey


I’ve known Cynthia Hickey for at least ten years. She’s a fellow cozy author, a member of this blog, conference speaker, and she owns Forget Me Not Romances, a small press that publishes clean and Christian fiction, including four of my books. (Check it out here: Forget Me Not Romances) Cynthia has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. That's a lot of books!

Cynthia’s no nonsense, get ‘er done attitude inspires me. And while she gets more done in a day than I think is humanly possible, she’s always there to patiently answer any of my questions. If you want a straight answer, you’ll get it from her. So, it’s my pleasure to introduce her to our readers who don’t know her, and perhaps give those who do know her some new, inside information.




Cynthia, can you give us a list of your cozies? 

Wow. I have several, starting with my first, the Summer Meadows Mysteries and my fifth series, Hollywood Murders. My sets include, The Summer Meadows Mysteries, The River Valley Mysteries, The Nosy Neighbor Series, The Shady Acres Mysteries, and now Hollywood Murders.

What is your favorite thing about cozy mysteries? 

It has to be the quirky characters and how the sleuth sometimes gets drawn into solving the mystery despite a reluctance to get involved.

You wear many hats. Author. Publisher. Cover designer. Wife. Mom. Daughter. Artist. How do you schedule your day and guard your time to make sure you get everything done, but give yourself a break at the same time? 

I’m queen of the list makers. When I get through that list, I oil paint 😊

Cynthia's First Painting
Tell us a little bit about your art. . .for instance, when/how you started? 

I really didn’t know I could paint. I went with my mother to her painting group and saw where one of the other ladies had painted the house she grew up in. I decided to go big and paint my grandmother’s house. Once I realized I could, I haven’t stopped.

What is your favorite Scripture verse and why? 

Philippians 3:14. Can any of us do anything without Jesus?

What is your favorite part of being an author? Your least favorite part? 

Writing! Least favorite…marketing. Bleh

What is the name of your latest book? I believe it’s a romantic suspense about a Hollywood photographer, and it’s book 2 in a series?

Killer Snapshot. Yes, it’s book two. Killer Pose is book one. This series revolves around a reluctant actress who actually wants to be a photo journalist. She films celebrity pets and paparazzi photos in between films. I’m having fun with it.

How can people contact you and sign up for your newsletter? 

Visit my website at www.cynthiahickey.com or go here

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

No Dream is too big. If you want something bad enough, you’ll work to obtain it.



Monday, September 11, 2017

And Now, for the Rest of the Story - Book 11 "Museums Can Be Murder"



My Visit to the MET
As we begin the fall season, giving us more indoor time for reading, it gives me great pleasure to launch the latest book in the Jillian Bradley Mystery Series. It was such fun to visit New York in preparation to write Museums Can Be Murder, especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My husband and I are both art lovers, and we loved visiting the MET so much we went back the next day to drink in more.

There is a romantic interest in this book that was especially fun to gather background for by my husband and I. At one point, Jillian stays at The Lucerne Hotel which has a cozy French restaurant called Nice Matin, located next door. The cafe has a private entrance leading from the hotel.

The Charming Lucerne Hotel


Enjoying the French Cuisine of Nice Matin





Nice Matin Before the Evening Rush













In addition to romantic meals at Nice Matin, Jillian enjoys the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, especially the Nativity Scene, and watching the ice skaters in Central Park, just a few sites she experiences in New York City.

 Nativity Scene from the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular

Ice Skaters in Central Park


Museums Can Be Murder

The Christmas holidays get a morbid start when Jillian Bradley's niece Kaitlin Romero discovers the body of her boss at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An envelope containing rare Charles Dickens illustrations is missing, and Detective Mickey Wells must reluctantly rely on Jillian's help to solve the crime.

The case goes international when the vendor of the illustrations is murdered and linked to possible fraud. As always, Jillian's Yorkie companion Teddy helps solve the case by discovering an important clue. Afternoon tea included!



Available on Smashwords and Amazon
Including The Jillian Bradley Short Story Collection, there is a total of 17 stories, all in sequence of events and mysteries in the life of Jillian Bradley. Her Little Yorkie companion Teddy appears in every story, helping to find important clues to solve the mystery.You'll want to read them all to learn about Jillian Bradley's life.


I hope you enjoy the book.

Cheers!
~Nancy Jill






Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A new book on the horizon: "Museums Can Be Murder" by Nancy Jill Thames


This summer, look for Book 11 to come out - "Museums Can Be Murder." Here's the synopsis:


The Christmas holidays get a morbid start when Jillian Bradley's niece Kaitlin Romero discovers the body of her boss at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An envelope containing rare Charles Dickens illustrations is missing, and Detective Mickey Wells must reluctantly rely on Jillian's help to solve the crime. 
The case goes international when the vendor of the illustrations is murdered and linked to possible fraud. As always, Jillian's Yorkie companion Teddy helps solve the case by discovering an important clue. Afternoon tea included!

It's true! The life of an author can be full of distractions, mine not withstanding. Thus the reason I'm not writing a new book every six months. But the distractions are the good kind - downsizing to a new cottage size home, doing more traveling to see the kids and grandkids, spending more time with my husband who simply golfs and does whatever he wants to do.

However, this leads to my wanting to relax and play, too. Sigh...I must roll up my sleeves, open my computer and start writing again. And I will, just as soon as I finish the laundry, putter in the garden a bit, and fix a snack to go with a cup of tea.
  
There comes a time when everything has to be just right before the creative juices can flow. I'm looking forward to that moment, just after my 6 month dental checkup, singing with our senior choir for the Thursday Club, shopping for new plants for the yard, and making an appointment with the piano tuner. 

And, oh, yes, I need to call the window cleaners, too.

Wishing you all a Happy Spring!

See you in my books,


~Nancy Jill



Nancy Jill Thames was born to write mysteries. From her early days as the neighborhood story-teller to the Amazon Author Watch Bestseller List, she has always had a vivid imagination and loves to solve problems – perfect for plotting whodunits. In 2010, Nancy Jill published her first mystery Murder in Half Moon Bay, introducing her well-loved protagonist Jillian Bradley and clue-sniffing Yorkie “Teddy.”

When she isn’t plotting Jillian’s next perilous adventure, Nancy Jill travels between Texas, California, and Georgia finding new ways to spoil her grandchildren, playing classical favorites on her baby grand, or having afternoon tea with friends.

She lives with her husband in Texas and is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) CenTex Chapter.

To learn more about Nancy Jill, visit these sites.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Recipe for a Cold Winter Day

If you love stuffed bell peppers but hate going through the trouble to make them then you'll love this recipe I found on Pinterest!

Here are the ingredients to shop for:


1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 t dried basil
1  14-1/2 oz can Gold diced tomatoes with roasted garlic and onions (or similar)
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 t dried oregano
3 cups beef broth (or 3 cups water + 3 beef bouillon cubes)
1  15 oz can Gold tomato sauce (or similar)
1 cup cooked rice
2 cups bite-sized green peppers and/or red peppers
  
I also added 1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper and 1/4 t Slap Yo Mama. Yum!!
To make this yummy soup please go to the link:
Recipesthatcrock.com

And don't forget to use all your spare time reading our Our Cozy Books!


Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosporous 2017!

~Nancy Jill



Nancy Jill Thames was born to write mysteries. From her early days as the neighborhood story-teller to the Amazon Author Watch Bestseller List, she has always had a vivid imagination and loves to solve problems – perfect for plotting whodunits. In 2010, Nancy Jill published her first mystery Murder in Half Moon Bay, introducing her well-loved protagonist Jillian Bradley and clue-sniffing Yorkie “Teddy.”

When she isn’t plotting Jillian’s next perilous adventure, Nancy Jill travels between Texas, California, and Georgia finding new ways to spoil her grandchildren, playing classical favorites on her baby grand, or having afternoon tea with friends.

She lives with her husband in Texas and is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) CenTex Chapter.

To learn more about Nancy Jill, visit these sites.











Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jesus is the Reason for the Season


 And what better way to get in the mood for the holidays and celebrate the birth of Christ than to sit back with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and read all three of "A Cup of Cozy" books in this special boxed set? For one low price you get over 350 pages of Christmas stories plus holiday menus and recipes that will inspire you! 
Don't wait. Order now!


We authors at Cozy Mystery Magazine wish you the 
Happiest Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas!

Cynthia Hickey
Traci Tyne Hilton
Linda Kozar
Deborah Malone
Candice Prentice
C.L. Ragsdale
Nancy Jill Thames
Janice Hanna Thompson


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine's 7 Thanksgiving Wishes for You

May your tablescape be lovely.

May your table be filled with good food.

May you give thanks to the true founder of the feast.

May you spend the day with loved ones.

May your attitude be thankful, grateful and blessed.

May you remember to be thankful always.
May you and your family always be blessed.