Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Yews With Caution by Kate Collins


            To celebrate the release of YEWS WITH CAUTION, my 19th mystery adventure starring my intrepid sleuth Abby Knight and her hunky hero Marco Salvare, Abby has a special treat for you.

With June upon us and Father’s Day to celebrate, Abby has a delightful arrangement you can make yourself or have your local florist do. After consulting her friend, real life florist Pam Kutchey at Kutchey’s Flower Shop in Key West, Florida (you’ll remember Key West is where Abby and Marco honeymooned) here are the ingredients for this beautiful bouquet.

Remember, you can also use silk flowers if you want it to be permanent. Personally, I love the smell of real flowers. Just get a sharp knife to cut the ends of the flowers on the diagonal, fill your vase with water, and let yourself have fun with it.

For a typical 10 inch vase:

4 pink peonies
5 purple coneflowers
5 violet Japanese water irises
6 purple veronicas
4 white oak leaf hydrangeas
6 sprigs of dusty millers

Start with the largest flowers first, spreading them around the vase so they’re visible from all angles. Next, arrange the oak leaf hydrangeas the same way. Insert the Japanese water irises toward the center, and let the tall purple coneflowers be a dramatic touch all around. Finish by insert the dusty miller around the base so that it drapes over the sides. Check your arrangement from all angles and rearrange as needed.

I’d love to see your arrangements. You can post photos to my Facebook page listed below. Have a wonderful June and please enjoy YEWS WITH CAUTION.


Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: Flower Shop Mystery (Book 19)
Publisher: Berkley (May 30, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0451473450
ISBN-13: 978-0451473455
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Flower shop owner Abby Knight is out to help a friend in need but soon finds herself in the weeds…

The Spring of Abby’s Discontent

It’s April in New Chapel, and Abby and her husband, Marco, are off to buy shrubs for their new house. But the owner of the local landscaping company is nowhere to be found. Abby’s best friend, Nikki, meanwhile, believes she unwittingly helped a group of her hospital coworkers conspire to kill the man.

After the police get involved, Nikki becomes a suspect. Abby digs deeper for clues to save her friend only to discover bushels of folks bearing a deep-rooted hatred for the two-faced business owner. Marco attempts to help Abby with the case but soon falls critically ill. Now Abby must find the real culprit on her own before everything goes to pot…

Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Yews with Caution to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on June 20th

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

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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