Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway~ The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors by Julie Seedorf


I am so happy to be here today, thank you Lori for having me.

Every week when I write my column for area newspapers I ask myself what I can say that I haven’t said before. My column has been in existence since 2005. My columns are published every week.  Since the name of my column is called Something About Nothing. I can write about anything I choose. The premise behind the name is when we have conversations with strangers and friends we talk about the nothings in life and things that need to be said are buried underneath our fear and our feelings.

I also write a blog. Again I ask myself what I can say that I haven’t said before. There are days I feel as if everything I write about is a repeat or a rewind only whirled about in different words and sentences.

The same can be said when I am invited to offer a guest post on someone else’s blog especially when I am asked to write about my writing. What can I say so I don’t repeat myself and duplicate what I say on every blog? I still haven’t quite figured out the answer. I feel with writers there is always a niggle of doubt inside of us that feeds our fears we will become boring.

The one place I don’t ask myself the question; what can I say that I haven’t said before is when I am in the fantasy zone writing my books. Each book is different, each plot weaves a different story and each character has different qualities and quirks. In fact it would be hard for me to answer my question because when I am weaving a cozy mystery or another one of my books I never know where the first sentence is going to take me or where the story might end.

At first when I was offered a contract for my first book in the Fuchsia Minnesota Series, Granny Hooks A Crook, I read other Cozy Mysteries and knew mine was a little different. Being new to the author world I listened as other authors outlined their books and suggested the best writing environment and mapping ideas for them. I got scared and I tried what I envisioned to be the correct way and found I could not write the way the other authors did. They were organized and I am a throw –the-confetti in the air and see what happens type person.

I finally accepted the idea I had to use my own style and my Fuchsia Minnesota Series was born. By the time I got to the fourth book I was in love with my characters ; I knew who they were and what lived in their souls and then—and then—I decided to begin another series, the Brilliant Minnesota Series.

I didn’t know a new series was going to be so hard to write. The first two chapters were in my computer from years before I took the leap and had the courage to contact a publishing company. They wallowed on the back burner and I decided to bring the chapters out to see what I could do with them. They seemed to fit perfectly with my other series. God’s timing, perhaps. My career seems to  have happened that way.

It should be easy because the first few chapters were done. But I struggled with the new series and the first book in spite of the first chapters being finished. I would be writing away and Jezabelle all of sudden had Granny’s characteristics from my first book. That couldn’t happen. I also wanted Brilliant to be different than Fuchsia and I would forget and breathe life into a fictional business that didn’t belong in Brilliant. I struggled. It wasn’t until I was in the middle of my book I fell in love with my characters and the new community. After that the words flowed. The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors and Jezabelle Jingle and her crew became a reality. 

That’s all I’m going to say about my latest book. Pick it up and join the puzzle protectors. They have puzzling personalities too. I hope you love them as much as I do. 

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puzzlePublisher: Cozy Cat Press (January 20, 2016)
Series: A Brillian Minnesota Mystery, Book 1  
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 1939816807
ISBN-13: 978-1939816801
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Jezabelle Jingle and her neighbors in the Penderghast section of Brilliant, Minnesota, have a mystery on their hands. Someone is stealing sections of hardwood floors in their homes and the thefts may be connected to a long-hidden treasure left by the founders of Brilliant. Not only that, there's a dead body in a basement to add to the mix. Can Jezzie and her quirky friends figure out the puzzle and find the treasure before some other, unknown person–maybe the murderer–beats them to the punch? Or will the town's Chief of Police, Hank Hardy, prevent the group from their sleuthing? Anything can happen in the strange little town of Brilliant, Minnesota. After all, brilliant minds create brilliant finds!

post-divider rightjulieSJulie Seedorf is a Minnesotan. She calls dinner, supper, and lunch, dinner. She has had many careers over her lifetime but her favorite career was that as mother to her children. In later life she became a computer technician, opening her own business. In 2012 Julie signed a contract with Cozy Cat Press for her Fuchsia, Minnesota Series. Books included in that series are Granny Hooks a Crook, Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, Granny Snows A Sneak and Granny Forks A Fugitive.

Closing her computer business in January 2014 Julie has transitioned to becoming a full time writer adding free-lance work for various newspapers, along with continuing her column Something About Nothing, which is now in book form in a book of the same name released in early 2015. Her children’s series, Granny’s In Trouble gives her grandkids a hint of the young Grandma underneath the wrinkles.

Her books are light and fluffy and highlight the fact that in the midst of life we have to find the humor in bad situations to keep us going. “We all take ourselves too seriously and we need to have a little fun.” Julie secretly yearns to be like the Granny characters in her books.

In February 2016 the first book in the Brilliant Minnesota Series was released titled the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors. She also is part of a group mystery by Cozy Cat Press Authors titled “Chasing the Codex.” Julie’s serious side is revealed in a story included in the Anthology, We Go On – Anthology for Veterans where the proceeds will go to Veteran’s Charities.

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  1. Thank you so much for having me.

  2. Karen Hansen says:

    I really want to read this. It looks and sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Karen B says:

    Yay – a new (to me) MN author!  Your book sounds terrific!

  4. This sounds like a really fun read. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. 

  5. Nancy Luebke says:

    Looks like an interesting read. Thanks for this opportunity.

  6. Sandy Todd says:

    Congratulations Julie on the new series!  It sounds to me that you have a winner in this one!  Thank you both for a chance at winning.

  7. Della Williamson says:

    Really enjoyed this post.  Would love to read the books mentioned by this new author (to me)  The Pendergast and Granny books.  They all sound like really fun reads  I am hoping this will be a start.

    I tried to go to the blog to sgn up and I kept ending up at rafflecopter or someplace else.  No idea what happened

  8. Jill Broussard says:

    This looks like a book that I would really enjoy reading! Thankyou for the opportunity! 

  9. Lily Kwan says:

    This book looks very interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway!


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