Guest Post & Giveaway with Terri Armstrong

Cozies or all Others?

Everything is a matter of taste, not only for a reader, but for the writer especially. If an author is not enjoying what they’re writing, the avid read will know it immediately.

I have written in many different genres. I started with poetry, went to two self-help books and then to a thriller trilogy which was a lot of fun and a very growing experience for me as an author. I learned a lot writing that trilogy. Now, I know I’ve found my niche. I have a quirky sense of humor and like to use it in my writing, cozies are the perfect venue.

Sometimes you have to try things that aren’t comfortable or maybe don’t fit quite right. That’s all part of the growing process. But then you have the pitfalls of writing in too many genres at once. Many authors have more than one book in the works, however, when you’re splitting genres between those open books, things can get tricky and even mixed up. Keeping yourself keenly aware of what you’re doing can only help, but the better idea, in my opinion, would be to not cross genres when writing more than one book at a time. Why create an atmosphere for failure if you can avoid it?

When it comes to reading across genres, that’s a whole different story. Just keep in mind that every genre is vastly different from the next. If you go to read a police procedural off just having read a detective novel with a P.I. and all that it entails, don’t expect the same flow or feeling when reading the procedural. The style has it’s own feel and voice just like characters do.

By all means, try your hand at something new, something you always wanted to dabble in, but were fearful. You can always put it aside, or if you really want to, toss it out. There are no rules with what you keep or throw away or even what you write. Granted, fans might not be pleased, but if you find something that feels better to you, something that you are absolutely meant to write, then do it. Of course, if you’re looking to expand your fan base, there’s always a nome de plume, but that’s another discussion.

About the author ~ 

            Terri Ann was born and raised and live in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; a city of approximately 36,000 people.  A 1982 graduate of Pittsfield High School, with some college through the University of Phoenix on-line courses of study, she was going for a BA in Human Services to become a licensed social worker. However, after loosing her job of seventeen years, Terri Ann had to quit college due to the high cost.
             Ashley, her daughter and Tyler her grandson are Terri Ann’s pride and joy. She also has a brother and a sister, both whom have been part of her writing in one way or another.
             Two years ago, she signed with Suspense Publishing and finished her Menacing Trilogy. The first book, “Morning Menace” was published in e-book format in June 2010. The second book “Medieval Menace” was published, also in e-book format in February 2011. The third “Maternal Menace”—for which she has received rave advanced reviews—was released, November 15, 2011.
             Terri Ann is also an Executive Editor for Suspense Magazine.
             Her latest endeavor is her How To cozy series featuring Lily Aster and Detective Anthony Falcetti beginning with “How to Plant a Body” (April 17, 2012). Terri Ann plans on it being at least a four-book series. The second book is already under way (“How to Bury a Body”) as well as the plots planned for books three and four.
             There’s another cozy series in the works to come after the How To series called the Who’s Who series.

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Sarcastic by nature, Lily Aster’s morning just went from bad to worse. A dead body has been discovered—by employee, Joey Emerson—in her family’s flower shop’s greenhouse. Greeting Lily as she tries to get inside, is Detective Anthony Falcetti, the guy in charge . . . now. Lily instantly falls into extreme dislike for the man and the feelings are quite mutual. Her sister Angelica simply wants to get inside, clean up the place and get on with their work day. Not today!

Owen and Iris Aster own Aster’s Offerings and have spent more than thirty-five years building it up to the tremendous success it is. Problem? Dead bodies tend to bring business to a screeching halt. Add to that a daughter who is hell-bent on finding out who is responsible while trying to outdo and out-sleuth a seasoned detective, and finding herself oddly attracted to him. Something she is not very proud of. Lily finds herself knee-deep in an investigation Detective Falcetti is trying his best to keep her as far away from as is humanly possible.

Personalities clash, clues are uncovered, feelings are hurt, emotions are set on high and lust is in the air. With a quick wit and sharpened tongue, Lily Aster brings readers into her world and gives them something to laugh at while enjoying a great, old-fashioned who-dun-it!

Thanks to the author I have one copy of How To Plant  A Body to give away (in either digital or paperback)

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends May 2nd


Winner will have 48 hrs, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.
Book will be sent directly from the author/publisher.

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  1. Great post Terri. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways. Looking forward for more prizes for the next post.
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  2. I agree with you; there is nothing more exciting than to try out something new. It is also good for brain, which suffers from being stagnant or just doing routine things.
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  3. Hi Terri,
    You have a lovely post, thanks for sharing with us this give away… Hope you can share some more with us…
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  4. Love it. The giveaways sounds good. Hope to have one of ’em. Thanks that you’ve shared.
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  5. Terri,

    Great post. Thank you for sharing this with your readers. I look forward to reading all of your work.

  6. Great post Terri. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways. Looking forward to more giveaways
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  7. Beautiful giveaways. Looking forward for more great giveaways. Thanks for posting.
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  8. Florence18Moore says:

    These was a great post. Hope to see more giveaways.
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  9. Gloria Walshver says:

    Love your giveaways

  10. misskallie2000 says:

    Enjoyed your post. I love Cozy Mysteries and looking forward to reading this series. I have not read any of Terri’s books but now have this one on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

  11. Robert Weaver says:

    Thanks for the fun sweepstakes.

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  13. I enjoyed your post very much Terri Ann! So glad you became a writer! Can’t wait to win this book! Thank You Lori!

  14. Roxann Clark says:

    Great review, thanks for the giveaway

  15. Sandra92 says:

    Thanks for sharing with us this lovely cool give away… Very interesting…
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