Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Florist Grump by Kate Collins



Confession time: I’m horrible at remembering names. If we were introduced, there’s a ninety percent chance I’d forget your name thirty seconds after I heard it, and it has nothing to do with you not being memorable. Actually, I’m not sure how it happens. My theory is that I concentrate on what the person is saying to me instead of playing the name game. “This is Jane. Jane is plain. Plain Jane will now remain in my brain.”  Or something along that vein.

Okay, now I’m stuck on rhymes. Excuse me while I clear my head.

Anyway, at the elementary school where I taught many years ago, we had different classes for homeroom, reading and math, which meant I had to memorize up to ninety names each year. And I did it with no problem. In fact, by day four, I could take attendance and know exactly who was who.

Obviously, as with muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it. This was brought home to me during a radio interview when I was asked a question about a character in one of my Flower Shop Mysteries. And I couldn’t for the life of me remember who that character was. How embarrassing.

But when you have a lot of books, and each is as populated as mine are, with a new victim and at least four suspects, plus the cast of regulars and secondaries, the names tend to get blurred. And the sad fact is that I spend hours choosing those names. I have two books of baby names and one book entitled NAMES THROUGH THE AGES, with chapters devoted to different time periods as well as different countries. 

That’s because names are vitally important when I’m working with new characters. If I pick the “wrong” name, I can’t get a visual image of that character. Once I was a hundred into the story but wasn’t feeling the love for one of my suspects. Then I changed her name and VOILA. I was off and running. Or rather, my suspect was, as she turned out to be the murderer.

In my new book, FLORIST GRUMP, my sleuth Abby Knight is about to become an aunt. Her cousin Jillian is giving birth, and if you know Jillian from past books, you understand the importance of this baby’s name. So I had a contest to choose a name and that name appears in the book, along with the winner who shows up as a minor character.

So next time you pick up a novel, notice the characters’ names. I’ll bet there was a lot of thinking behind them.  And watch for the HALO effect in FLORIST GRUMP. It’s a winner.

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floristSeries: Flower Shop Mystery (Book 17)
Publisher: NAL (October 27, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0451473434
ISBN-13: 978-0451473431
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


From the New York Times bestselling author of A Root Awakening, feisty florist Abby Knight is back with another knotty murder to solve in the next Flower Shop Mystery…

Life in Bloom

Stopping to smell the roses should be a must for flower shop owner Abby Knight, but stress has turned her into a major grump. While their house is under construction, Abby and her new husband, Marco, are living with her parents, who are driving her nuts. Not to mention that everyone has babies on the brain, with her cousin Jillian’s bundle of joy popping up in every conversation, and Marco’s mother dropping hints that she expects a new sprout from Abby and her son—as soon as possible!

But things get even thornier after a flashy former banker pushes up daisies. With a beloved window washer the prime suspect in the murder, other New Chapel shop owners rally around Abby and Marco to prove his innocence. With Abby’s energy wilting, she has to be on high alert—or she and Marco may not live to see their new home…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Florist Grump to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on November 19th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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Indiana native and former teacher Kate Collins is the author of the national best-selling Flower Shop Mysteries, featuring feisty florist Abby Knight and the zany crew at Bloomers. Her books have made the New York Times Best-seller's list, Barnes & Noble mass bestsellers lists, the Independent Booksellers lists, and are available in large print editions in the U.S. and the UK. 


Kate graduated from Purdue University with a master's degree in education, taught elementary school for six years, but after the birth of her first child, gave up teaching to pursue a long-time dream of putting children’s stories to paper. After writing short humorous stories for children’s magazines and working part-time as a legal secretary, she sold her first historical romance novel in 1995, publishing seven historical romantic suspenses under the pen name Linda O’Brien before turning to her true love, mysteries.

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  1. Mari Krampach says:

    I have trouble with names, however I never forget a voice. All I have to do is hear a person and I'll remember.

  2. Sandy Todd says:

    Hi Kate!  Due to all of my frequently called phone numbers being stored in both my cell phone and my landline phone, I cannot remember a telephone number to save my sole!

    Thanks to both of you for a chance at this give-a-way!

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