Mar 232016
 

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They’ve chosen to use Sparkle Abbey as their pen name on this series because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). The authors co-write the bestselling Pampered Pets Mystery Series which focuses on the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pooches, and secrets in posh Laguna Beach, California.

I’m pleased to introduce Sparkle Abbey!

Tell us about your current release/next WIP?

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Our newest release, Raiders of the Lost Bark, is the 8th book in our Pampered Pets mystery Series. It features amateur sleuth and Bow Wow Boutique owner, Mel Langston.

In Raiders of the Lost Bark Mel finds herself “Glamping Under the Stars” with a blackmailer, Orange County’s hottest new gourmet pet chef, Addison Rae. But before Mel can put an end to Addison’s strong-arming, the chef is found dead. Mel is just one of many suspects who had motive to snuff out the demanding chef.  Was it Redmond, the angry sous chef who detested working for Addison? What about rival chef, Pepper Maddox? The glamping chef gig was hers until Addison blackmailed her way into the job. And then there’s Asher, a charming fellow camper whose past relationship with Addison isn’t the only secret he’s guarding. Mel’s not one to tuck tail and run, even when it looks like she may be the next victim.

Raiders of the Lost Bark comes out March 25th.

Your titles are original and funny, and really capture the stories and characters. What was the inspiration for your latest/current release?

The setting was inspired by an Orange County camping trip that Anita and her family took a number of years ago at the desolate Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park campground. It was mid-August, and at the beginning of the five year drought for California. When she came back from their vacation, Anita knew some day the sandstone canyons, parched wilderness, and mountain lions would be a great contrast for our over the top, pampered characters.

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What do you love most about the cozy genre?

The wonderful thing about the cozy genre is that it’s an escape. We are both fans of classic Hollywood movies such as To Catch a Thief, His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, and It Happened One Night. They entertain with a level of sophistication. They make you think and try to figure things out, but they’re not dark and depressing.  Cozies are like that, no on-the-page graphic violence, not heavy and dark but by no means simple. The perfect escape after a stressful day!

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How do you find balance?

We’re still learning. Balance is sometimes difficult when you work full time and write full time as we do. :-/  We’re incredibly lucky we both have wonderful families and beautiful, brilliant grandchildren who keep us grounded. To keep things balanced, sometimes you have to take a deep breath and remind yourself of what’s really important.

Okay, for something fun and different, if you were ordering your last meal, what would it be and why? 

That’s so hard, we like all types of food, Italian, Mediterranean inspired. We do better with the drink. For us that would be a margarita! Thank you, Lora Lee for inviting us to visit with your readers. We hope ya’ll enjoy our latest Pampered Pets Mystery adventure, Raiders of the Lost Bark, out March 25th!

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Sparkle Abbey reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and, depending on the time of day, with either an iced tea or a margarita. If you’re missing any of their  backlist this is a great time to grab them. Details here. And if you want to make sure you’re up on all the Sparkle Abbey news, stop by their website and sign up for updates at sparkleabbey.com.

Jan 042016
 

Bringing in the ThievesBringing In The Thieves by Lora Lee

Book 1 of The Joyful Noise Mysteries
Just $1.99 until January 15, 2016

Frankie Lou’s back and Poppy’s madder than a wet hen.
Create a church choir filled with teenage misfits?
Over Poppy’s dead body.

Minister’s daughter Frankie Lou McMasters has come back to Ruby Springs, Texas with her daughter, Betsy, eleven years after running off to marry the town bad boy. Her mild notoriety as a bad girl is prime gossip for her childhood enemy, Poppy Fremont, now choir director of Faith Community Church – where Frankie Lou’s daddy, now retired to Florida, was the preacher.

When Frankie Lou comes to the deacons with a request to add a youth choir of at-risk teens she’s been coaching, Poppy throws a fit. A few hours later, Frankie Lou finds her dead in the baptistery pool. And Poppy’s not playing possum.

Frankie Lou sets out to clear her name as the main suspect, and tries to locate the real killer. Could he be sexy Joe Camps, the father of one of her teen singers? In the meantime, her momma shows up from Florida to take charge of Frankie Lou’s life. Bless her heart.

    

Oct 072015
 

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The Great Lakes Book Bash is an event designed around the one thing we all love: books! Meet your favorite authors at an enormous book signing! Meet models, designers, bloggers and connect with readers! Did I mention the “Readers Are Our Rock Stars” after-party?

The 1st Annual Great Lakes Book Bash!

A book conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Registration will open at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2015. Opening ceremonies will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 10, 2015. The keynote speaker is NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author, Emily Snow! Following the ceremonies will be a book signing and conference lasting from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Saturday night there will be a “Readers are our Rock Stars” party. Closing ceremonies for the conference will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 9:00 am. Continue reading »

Feb 132015
 

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The truth is I never intended to write a cozy mystery. Honest! I had three contemporary romances published and figured I would stick with that genre. I loved writing romances. Loved reading them, too. But one day in a flurry of free-writing, trying to fill my creativity well when I’d hit a brick wall with a current romance project, a character developed along with a story that wasn’t a romance.  Where in the world did that come from? And what should I do with it? The story flowed easily from my imagination as I played with it. No pressure, no deadline – just writing for fun. I had no plans for the project because it didn’t fit the market I was targeting. But the characters stuck in my mind, so one day I showed it to my critique group. They agreed it wasn’t a romance but told me it sounded like a fit for the cozy mystery genre. That’s all it took to jump start the Joyful Noise Mysteries. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
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Because the road to . . . 

Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’ top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them. The only way to recover his past, and his rightful place in the arms of the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who could use him as a weapon against all he’d loved.

Happily-Ever-After . . . 

After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the North, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes . . . and in his bed. The key to his memories is locked in a tortuous past. To reclaim the strength of their passionate bond, Max must learn to trust her enough to face that darkness at her side before the threat it hides exposes the secret Cee Cee carries.

Is never smooth. 

When an investigation into grisly deaths in an underground Shifter fight club points to more than just dangerous clan rivalries, Cee Cee enlists Max’s help to find a traitor in their midst while there’s still time to turn a deadly invading tide. But the cost of saving their treasured future may mean sacrificing his past. Especially when the enemy they pursue . . . might be Max, himself. Continue reading »

Nov 052014
 

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Did y’all get an extra hour of sleep when we turned our clocks back Saturday night? Really? I guess my body didn’t get the memo, ‘cause I woke up same as always, only it was an hour earlier. Go figure. I tried staying in bed with my eyes shut, hoping I could sleep that extra hour, but no luck. I’m pretty sure I wrote an entire novel in my mind while I lay there. Couldn’t remember a word of it when I finally rolled out of bed, though. Gone. Pffft! What was probably my only chance for a NYT best-seller disappeared faster than dandelion fluff in a windstorm. Yep. Gone with the wind.

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Oct 012014
 

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Being a Gemini Can Be Double Trouble

geminiSince this is the first post on my Joyful Noise blog page and also the first one as Lora Lee on the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop, I guess introductions are in order. I’m thrilled to be here today and look forward to seeing you here again.

As Lora Lee, I write a fun, warm cozy mystery series, Joyful Noise, for Bell Bridge Books. The first book, Bringing in the Thieves, is set in the world of choirs, glee clubs and the gentle shenanigans of a close-knit church community and is a mid-November release. Cover reveal coming soon.

As Loralee Lillibridge, my other, more romantic persona, I write contemporary romances set in the Texas Hill Country. My first one was Accidental Hero, a Special Edition for Harlequin, followed by All That Matters and Hill Country Man for Tell-Tale Publishers.

So how do I deal with two sides to my Gemini writing personality? Not easily, I assure you. There are days when I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” The fact that I’m in my “Golden Years” adds yet another side to my identity as a writer – my writing speed is much slower than it used to be. My brain functions a little slower too. Jumping from writing romantic, deeply passionate love scenes to solving a whodunit filled with quirky characters requires a huge leap of faith and a giant stretch of imagination. Talk about a work-out! Continue reading »

Sep 262014
 

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Today I’ve been tagged by multi-published mystery writer Maris Soule, to participate in the September Sisters in Crime SinC-Up for bloggers (#SinCBlogHop). Sisters in Crime is an organization for writers of mystery, suspense, police procedurals, thrillers and all other types of whodunits. Interested in writing mysteries? Check out Sisters in Crime to find out more information on joining this worthwhile organization. Continue reading »

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