The Cozy Spot
You wouldn’t be reading this blog post if you didn’t enjoy a good book. I love one, too. I don’t spend much time watching television—my TV is in the basement in a chilly room tellingly named the TV Grotto—so reading is at the top of my list of ways to relax.
My question for you is, where do you like to read?
My choice of reading is reflected in my favorite reading spots. If you read Blown Away, you won’t be surprised that I adore light mysteries with quirky characters. I want to be soothed and transported by what I read to a smart, sometimes funny, world where I wouldn’t mind sitting down for coffee with the story’s heroine. Cozy mysteries are perfect for this.
Likewise, I love a cozy spot to read. My reading marathons can absorb an entire afternoon, so I need a reading spot with an option to stretch out my legs. For the last few years, I did most of my reading in a heinous 1980s blue leather chair with an ottoman. The chair dominated my living room like a blue yacht moored to the fireplace. But that chair was ridiculously comfortable. (Plus, you couldn’t see how ugly it was when you were sitting in it.)
A month ago, I rearranged my furniture and brought in a new reading spot: a Chinese wedding bed. The big blue chair got pushed into a corner, where it doesn’t hog as much space, and the Chinese wedding bed takes pride of place in front of the living room window. I fitted a thick foam pad in it and strew it with pillows. It’s the ultimate girl fort, and my dream reading—and writing—space. Right now it holds four mystery novels, a 1930s charm school manual, reading glasses, a coffee cup, and a tabby cat.
If you have the chance to pick up a copy of Blown Away, I hope you’ll bring it to your favorite place to read and let it draw you into the Oregon coastal town of Rock Point, where Emmy Adler has just achieved her dream of opening Strings Attached, her kite shop. Pull a quilt over your legs, make a cup of hot chocolate, and turn the page to find out what happens when Emmy finds a body washed up in the surf, and her dream comes to a screeching halt.
Where do you like to read?
Guest post provided by the publisher.
Series: Kite Shop Mystery, A (Book 1)
Publisher: Berkley (February 7, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository
In the all-new Kite Shop Mystery series set in the beachside community of Rock Point, Oregon, kite shop owner Emmy Adler gets swept up in a murder investigation.
Emmy is finally living her dream. She’s moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse’s colorful cutouts. Her spirits are soaring sky-high the morning of the grand opening—until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach.
The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he’s been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy’s best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn’t have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery’s freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight.
Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Blown Away to give away.
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Angela has a secret identity: Clover Tate, writer of cozy mysteries featuring Emmy Adler, a kite shop owner in the fictional beach town of Rock Point, Oregon
Storytelling is a way to appreciate life.
I’m privileged to have interviewed scores of fascinating people, from a shrimp fisherman pioneering sustainable fishing to tribal officials struggling for federal recognition, and from an entrepreneur selling mass tarot card readings on the internet to a forty-foot tall talking statue of Paul Bunyan. Along the way I learned that everyone has a story if you’re willing to listen.
I give the best part of my day—that calm few hours early in the morning when the birds are waking up and my subconscious is fresh from a night with the Sandman—to writing fiction. Specifically, I write crime fiction geared to women who like down-to-earth glamour shaken with intelligence, wit, and not a lot of gore.