Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Gone With The Wool by Betty Hechtman


Meet Casey Feldstein                                                                                                           

I thought it might be fun to interview Casey Feldstein, the amateur Sleuth in the Yarn Retreat series.  It’s a little bit like being two people, though, since I get to ask the questions and then answer them.

Me: You probably get asked this all the time, but what is a Yarn Retreat?

Casey: You’re right.  I do get that a lot. Yarn – well, that refers to the yarn craft activities we have.  In my latest adventure GONE WITH THE WOOL, the group learns how to knit with a loom and crochet a Monarch butterfly.   And retreat – it means to get away from it all. Vista Del Mar, the hotel and conference center where I put on the retreats is a perfect place for that.  It’s located on the tip of the Monterey peninsula and the weather is moody with lots of fog.  The place has gone totally unplugged, so there is no cell phone reception, no Wifi, or even television to bring in all the troubles of the outside world.  There is a message board and some old fashioned phone booths with landlines so we’re not totally cut off.

Me: Speaking of troubles – there seem to be a lot of murders in Cadbury by the Sea since you moved there.

Casey: Oh, you noticed.  My ex boss Frank – he runs a P.I. agency in Chicago where I used to live – says the same thing all the time.  Working for him was my favorite job.  I was either an assistant detective or a detective’s assistant, depending on who you talk to.  We’re still in touch, though.  He is my go to for advice since I seem to get involved with investigating all those murders you mentioned.  He complains about it, but I know he likes helping.

Me: So what about your latest investigation.

Casey:   Go figure.  The whole town was wrapped up in the return of the Monacrch Butterflies – In case you don’t know, every October thousands of Monarchs come to Cadbury to overwinter. They have a sanctuary in a stand of trees.  The whole town goes crazy with a week long festival to welcome them back.  There’s a Butterfly Ball, a street fair, a parade and even a Butterfly Queen.  And in the midst of it this woman with a lot of enemies turns up dead.  I had to get involved because of who the main suspect was. 

Me: I understand a lot of you amateur sleuths have a ghost.  You know, something hanging over your head that worries you.  What’s yours.

Casey: You had to bring that up.  Okay, I’m in my mid thirties and so far have a history of not sticking with things.  I’m hoping that maybe I’ve changed.  But who knows….

Me: Do you want to talk about the two men in your life?”

Casey: They’re not exactly in my life.  Dr. Sammy Glickner is my ex and insists that he’s staying in Cadbury because he can pursue his magic career while still working as a urologist.  Of course, our paths keep crossing and I do have a soft spot for him, but its just friendship.  Really.  And Dane Mangano is the cop who lives down the street.  There might be some chemistry between us, but I’m fighting getting involved. 

Me: What would you like readers to know about you?

Casey: You didn’t mention my other job.  I think it’s important that it be known that I am a dessert chef and muffin baker. I make the desserts for the Blue Door restaurant and bake muffins for all the coffee spots in town.  Everything I make sells out.   It could be  why the people of Cadbury look the other way about the dead bodies that keep showing up.  They like my baking too much.  By the way, I share recipes and patterns.  I hope that’s all, because I got a group of retreaters waiting for me.  Bye.

Guest post provided by the publisher.

post-divider rightwoolSeries: A Yarn Retreat Mystery (Book 4)
Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425282678
ISBN-13: 978-0425282670
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The national bestselling author of Wound Up in Murder spins a deadly yarn of knitting bees, butterflies, and beauty queens.

Every October, thousands of monarch butterflies flock to California’s Monterey Peninsula to spend the winter there. To welcome their colorful guests, Cadbury by the Sea holds a weeklong festival complete with a butterfly queen and her court.
Eager to show some town spirit, Casey Feldstein finds herself fluttering back and forth between setting up a yarn retreat, baking and helping out at the festival. But when a former butterfly queen is found dead with a knife in her back after a Bless the Butterflies service, Casey must set her loom aside to hook a killer with a score to settle.

Includes knitting patterns and a recipe!

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Gone with the Wool to give away.

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Giveawy ends on July 31st


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bettyI grew up on the south side of Chicago and in a very busy weekend, got married, graduated college and moved to Los Angeles.

Although my degree is in Fine Arts, all I ever wanted to be was a writer and I've been doing it in one form or another for as long as I can remember. My shining moments in elementary and high school always involved stories or poetry I'd written. I wrote news stories and a weekly column in my college newspaper. My first job out of college was working on the newsletter of a finance company. I worked for a public relations firm and wrote press releases and biographies. Later I wrote proposals for video projects and television shows that went through various stages of development.

I tried writing screenplays and wrote three. I sold one and another was a winner in a Writers' Digest contest.

I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom and did all kinds of volunteering at my son's schools including editing and writing several newsletters.

I wrote essays and small pieces that ran in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and Woman's Day among others. My short romantic and mystery fiction appeared in Woman's World, and Futures magazine.

From time I was a thirteen-year-old babysitter cooking for the kids I babysat, I dreamed of writing a book about babysitting. It took a little longer than I'd expected, but BLUE SCHWARTZ AND NEFERTITI'S NECKLACE was published in 2006.

My affair with crochet began in Las Vegas. I had always had a fascination with crochet, particularly granny squares, but thought there was some magic involved with making them that was beyond me. And then everything changed that day in Vegas when I saw the kids' kit in FAO Schwartz. If the instructions were easy enough for kids, I thought they might work for me.

My first granny square was missing a corner, but when I tried again, all four corners were there. I was in awe of my own accomplishment. I had found the magic. I went granny square crazy until pretty soon I didn't need directions anymore. Then I learned there were more squares than just basic grannies and I made squares with sunflowers in the middle and other patterns. I moved beyond squares and made flowers, hearts, bookmarks and more.

I was in love with crochet and began to make scarves, purses, afghans, and shawls. I started carrying my hooks everywhere. A plane trip became a pile of granny square wash cloths, or part of a shawl. A vacation in Hawaii turned into a tote bag.

And now I get to write about it…

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  1. Sharon Braswell says:

    You can write and crochet Granny Squares, awesome!!

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