Murder in the Pearl District Almost Here!

So excited. Just received the cover of my new book, the 5th in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series, Murder in the Pearl District. Here’s the cover and a little bit about it. Will be published within the week and I definitely will let you know!

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Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, has reluctantly agreed to cater a dinner party for her friend Sophie Marchant at her home located in Portland’s popular Pearl District. The guest of honor, Donatella DeLuca, is a famous chef and owner of the highly acclaimed restaurant, Mangia! Mangia!
The day after the dinner party Donatella is found murdered. Who did it? The arrogant newspaper food critic? The sous chef at Mangia! Mangia!? The beautiful ex-wife of the television station owner who was going to produce Donatella’s new TV show, Dining with Donatella? The French chef whose nationality is questionable? Or the deranged “hostess with the mostest?”
Join Kelly and her dog Rebel, along with reluctant advice from her husband, Sheriff Mike, as they try to discover who murdered Donatella and why.

The Back Story to Murder in Cottage #6

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I’m constantly asked how I come up with the ideas for my books. Murder in Cottage #6 came about because of an experience I had at a spa. My daughter-in-law and I were visiting a spa in Canada and it was fabulous! Right on the ocean with understated elegance. We had several treatments, one of which was a facial by the same facialist. My daughter-in-law’s skin glowed  afterwards. Mine not so much so. As a matter of fact when I got on the plane to come home the stewardess asked me what had happened to my face because if was swollen, slightly purple, and flaking. Obviously, wearing makeup was not an option.

I thought about it for a long time, playing all kinds of scenarios in my mind. Why would my daughter-in-law have no reaction, and I would have a horrible reaction. I even wrote two suspense books about it, but at the 11th hour didn’t publish either one. When I began writing cozy mysteries I thought I could incorporate that incident into one along with a murder and so Murder in Cottage #6 was born.

The good news is that I did heal from it, but since I’ve never been back to that spa, I have no idea why the difference in responses to the facial. That’s how stories come about. I overhear a chance comment, see something, have an experience, etc. and then the elaboration begins until it turns into a book!

Enjoy and here’s the link: http://ow.ly/LtUuS

Spring Break Giveaway!

It’s Spring Break in my part of the country – time to do a giveaway – two autographed copies of Murder at Jade Cove and Blue Coyote Motel.

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Please go to my face book pages to enter: http://ow.ly/LfDAL  and http://ow.ly/LfDQN  Contest ends Tuesday at midnight. Good luck and thanks for your support!

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Doing the Happy Dance!

Absolutely thrilled with these unsolicited reviews on blogs re: my newest book, the first in the Liz Lucas series: Murder in Cottage #6!

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Book Review-Murder in Cottage #6 (Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series #1-Dianne Harman | Miki’s Hope

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… have to read it for yourself!! About the Book: (from Amazon) A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery from Amazon All Star Author – Dianne Harman. Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to…

 

Murder in Cottage #6 (Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Dianne Harmon – Injoy’s Blogs + Book Reviews

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I received a free kindle copy of Murder in Cottage #6 (Liz Luca Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Dianne Harman in an Amazon promotion.   I gave this fast reading cozy mystery fi

 
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Weekend Giveaway!

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I can’t thank you enough for your support and making my books so popular. I’m thrilled with how well they’re all doing. While I can’t thank each one of you individually, I can do some giveaways. So here goes. I’ll be giving away two autographed copies of Cornered Coyote. To enter go to my facebook page at http://ow.ly/KTsQ2.

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I’m also giving away three autographed copies of White Cloud Retreat. To enter this giveaway go to my facebook page at  http://ow.ly/KTtd4

I wish you all the best of luck. Contest ends Sunday at midnight. Good luck and enjoy the books!

 

Whoopppeeee!

Loved to see this in my email this morning! I invite you to check it out.

The showcase post of your book: Murder in Cottage #6
is now live on the HBS Author’s Spotlight blog: http://bit.ly/1ENdjYe

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Whooopppeee! Murder in Cottage #6 is Live!

After yesterday’s post, a number of people wrote to me and asked me to let them know as soon as Murder in Cottage #6 was published. It went up a few hours ago. Here’s the link: http://ow.ly/KyES2

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Here’s a bit about it and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a new boxer dog, Winston, plays a large part in it, plus there’s plenty of food and recipes. Enjoy!

Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she’s been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco.What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, discovering that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered.In order to save the spa’s reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer. The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie’s Diner, the dead woman’s husband (the mayor), his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it’s up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.

Gotta Love The Hope Diamond

I recently was given a preview copy of a book that was published two days ago – The Hope Diamond by Julie Sarff. Believe me when I say it was one of the most charming books I have read in a long time. What’s not to like about a cozy mystery set in Italy with lots of animals and good food- nothing! Plus it has wonderful recipes. I was so taken by the book I asked the author to do a guest post for me. Run, don’t walk, and get this book. You won’t be sorry. Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Hope-Diamond-Julie-Sarff-ebook/dp/B00UVWPOLC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1426779678&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hope+diamond

The Hope Diamond

Writing the Sweet Delicious Madness mystery series all started after reading a book about the lost and stolen treasures of the antiquity world. These true stories seemed more fabulous than anything a fiction writer could invent. Fights over antiquities between upstanding museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the government of Turkey put a spotlight on the murky underworld of smuggled artifacts and the desire by some in the antiquities world to obtain the treasures at any cost.

As a reader, I have always preferred the stories of the hapless heroine that works her ways into our hearts by being the everyday sort. This kind of heroine isn’t pulled together or polished, but rather struggles to pay her bills, take her kids to school on time. This kind of heroine never has a good hair day. Enter Lily Bilbury, one extraordinary mess who takes a job as a maid in a villa on the romantic shores of Lago Maggiore. It is here that she enters into the world of dusting around Imperial Faberge Eggs while being unable to make her rent payment at home. When a fellow maid, Francesca, claims to be a psychic channeling Carlo Buschi, former owner of the villa, Lily doesn’t pay much attention — after all she has a lot on her mind. She’s trying to obtain a divorce from a cheating husband, she has children to look after and she is several thousand miles for her closest relatives.

The stakes soon rise for Lily when her big-hearted girlfriend also falls on hard times. After learning that Carlo Buschi was an avid collector of smuggled antiquities, Lily teams up with Francesca to search for the remnants of the French Blue, the diamond that was last seen intact before the French Revolution. The same diamond that was later cut into the Hope.

The search for the diamonds that were cut away from the Hope is the first in a series of mysteries based on stolen and lost antiquities that will lead a very unlikely heroine into the dark world of antique smuggling. Along the way she will fall hard for the new owner of the villa, Hollywood heartthrob Brandon Logan. One part romantic comedy, one part cozy mystery the first book in the Sweet Delicious Madness Series was just released!

This ‘N That

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Wanted to share some exciting things with you. First of all, I have been named by Amazon as one of their most popular authors for the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series – I’m an All-Star and so are two books in the series, Kelly’s Koffee Shop & White Cloud Retreat.

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Next, I woke up this morning to a wonderful review on Blue Coyote Motel. You can read it here: http://www.mikishope.com/2015/03/book-review-blue-coyote-motel-coyote.html
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And if that wasn’t enough, I just received the cover for my first book in a new series, Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. It’s entitled Murder in Cottage #6. A guest is murdered at the Red Cedar Spa and Liz has to find out who did it because the bumbling sheriff certainly isn’t capable of catching the killer and she has to save the spa’s reputation. As usual, plenty of food and dogs. Should be out in a couple of days and I’ll definitely let you when it’s published. And as always, thanks for making all these things happen. I really appreciate your support!
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