Just Sitting Around, Chatting with Lisa :-)

Hi there, guys and dolls!  Recently Andrea and Heather, the two behind my pen name, had the pleasure of speaking with reviewer and blogger extraordinaire, Lisa A. Kelly.  She’s such a treat.  We wanted to share our little chat with her here today and as the song goes, ‘to know her is to love her,’ and we’ll add that it’s because she’s just that much fun.  Check Embedded image permalinkout her blog — Lisa K’s Book Reviews, as well as Twitter  A swinging time is had by all.

Lisa: Hello ladies. It’s great to have you here!

Andrea:  Hi Lisa!
Heather:  It’s so nice to be here :-)

Lisa:  Why did you choose the 50’s for your novels?

Andrea:  We chose the 50’s for our series because it was an interesting time of great confidence with the post-war suburban boom.  There was a sense of idealism combined with underlying tension-filled dark shadows.  Of course, the fabulous, feminine fashions complete the picture
Heather:  Being that Poppy Cove is a dress shop/design atelier, we wanted to set it in a time when those skills were valued, yet common place in the average town or neighborhood.  It was also a very social time, when manners and mores were so very important and although there were wild times, they were full of allusion and innuendo, fun for thought and misunderstandings of suggestive behavior, rather than blatant language or actions.

Cover Hi ResLisa:  What sort of research did you do for your setting, the era and the fashions?

Andrea:  Our research sources were varied. Old movies, advertising journals, magazines, websites about manners, etiquette and lifestyles in relationship to men, women, marriage, domestic issues.  We also have spoken with historians of the Santa Barbara region who provided us with photos, maps, stories and articles about our chosen time period to help shape the descriptions of our world.
Heather:  There was so much influence from consumerism — it’s hard to tell which was the bigger directive — the consumer upon advertising or advertising shaping the public.  Personal history also helped us.  We talked with family and friends, looking back at old photos and asking questions about their experiences and impressions of the time as well.

Lisa:  Is there any part of either of you in Daphne or Margot?

Andrea:  I think that there is a part of each of us in Margot and Daphne.  I also feel the girls help us bring out things in ourselves.
Heather:  We do learn a great deal about ourselves through those two!  I would say that Andrea is more like Daphne, sporty, impulsive and spontaneous, while I am more like Margot, a bit contemplative and introverted, more interested in what happens behind the scenes rather than being in the spotlight.

Lisa:  Who of the two of you is a bigger fashionista?

Andrea:  We are both fashionistas in our own ways.  Heather has an eye for style, design, color and technical aspects.  She was actually a professional designer and dressmaker.  I have also had a keen interest in fashion which included writing a column for a newspaper in the past.  I love accessories, especially handbags and hats.  We share a passion for the styles of the 50’s that were gorgeous, flirty and fun.

Lisa:  Please share a little about your new Poppy Cove mystery.Death_of_a_Beauty_Queen_1600x2400_(Ebook)

Andrea:  We’re happy to announce our second book in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series, DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN, published by Cozy Cat Press, is now available on Amazon and Kindle.
Heather:  It starts with the Fall Fashion Show and poor Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank, meets an early demise soon after.  Mix in glamorous beauty, royalty, jewels and cat fights, plus romance and you’ve got DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN!

Lisa:  Are there any plans for a new series or stand alone book?

Andrea:  Heather and I have a few ideas about a couple of other series premises that we are just tossing around at the moment that we feel would be fun to write together.  We also want to build and maintain a website for Poppy Cove.                                                            Heather:  I’d also like to play with making some of the designs come to life as real garments.  The challenge right now?  Finding the time to make that happen!

Lisa:  Please tell us something about yourselves you would like the readers to know.

Andrea:  There is nothing like writing a good story and sharing it with readers.  Research is fascinating and there’s always plenty of chatter, laughing and plain old fun when we write our stories.
Heather:  We really do have a great time plotting and planning out our stories.  Our hope is that others enjoy reading them as much as we do writing them.  Also, we have some great plans for our girls.  Stick with us to learn how Santa Lucia’s social set grows and changes.  We have plans to unearth past histories of some characters and evolve others in future novels.  It’s gonna be a fun (and a titch murderous!) ride.

Lisa: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

Andrea:  We’d also like to mention that we are so grateful for all the support that Barbara Jean has received.  What fun it is to have her in our lives.

And there you have it, folks.  Do check out Lisa’s blog and read about all the other wonderful people she shares with us all.  Thanks again for dropping by.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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Summertime, and the Reading is Easy…

Hi there, guys and dolls!  Happy mid-summer.  Hope you are all enjoying your crazy, hazy days.  I’ve got another crop of books from Cozy Cat Press that I’m happy to recommend to you to while away the hammock days.

Now here’s my scoop!  I was privy to an advance of my dear friend Leslie Matthews Stansfield’s second novel, so you’re seeing the review here first, folks!  The second in her Madeline’s Teahouse Mystery Series has literally just come out this week.  I love being in the ‘in’ crowd ;-).

81xMBPmnZKL._SL1500_MR TEA & THE BOBBIN’ BODY — Good news!  The Sutter Sisters or the Margarita Sisters as I like to call them are back with that chatty and suave parrot of theirs Mr. Tea in the second novel of the Madeline’s Teahouse Mystery series by Leslie Mathews Stansfield.  Readers will find plenty of skeletons in the closet after a former classmate of Karen’s is found bobbing in the pool at their high school reunion. The author dishes up plenty of danger and gossip as what was hidden in shadows of the past comes to light after many years. Yours truly was on the edge of her seat more than once with fear and a number of times with laughter too! Mr. Tea who, as many of you will remember from Mr. Tea and the Travelling Teacup has a reputation for having a big mouth and once again spouting his charming wisdom and some funny little catch phrases that may prove rather embarrassing to “Hottie” detective Greg Mullins who is also Terry’s boyfriend.  With the Sutter sisters organizing the reunion with their friend Shannon Dindle and Mr. Tea along for the ride there is certain to be murder, mayhem and of course plenty of margaritas in the mix. Of course a delightful cast of characters that include the Sutter sister’s Aunt Rose and Uncle Henry, along with Dottie Dindle are back. So take my advice and make yours a double, but don’t keep the pitcher all to yourself!  Cheers to Ms. Stansfield for another fun and suspenseful read.

9110R-8HvlL._SL1500_DEADLY AUDIT — Welcome to Columbus, Ohio!  Home of the Buckeyes and our main character Winston Barchrist III a big teddy bear of a man. Winston who is a lawyer has returned to his hometown after what he refers to as his “Great Catastrophe” in Chicago. He has reinvented himself and his career which means an office located above a Dairy Mart and cases for small-time clients.  In Deadly Audit he is hired to look into both legal and financial matters by a wealthy female client who then disappears. Yours Truly never knew that accounting could be so exciting and dangerous. Winston finds himself in a heap of trouble as he tries to get to the bottom of a number of clues and gets tangled up in more than one investigation,with the police not far behind.  David M.Selcer introduces readers to a canvas of memorable characters. Tramp-Stamp Trudy (as I like to call her) the computer hacker with a heart of gold whose day starts at four in the afternoon. Rabbi Billy Goldman, Winston’s rabbi even though he isn’t Jewish. Rosanne Harmon, a friend and confidant who he is beginning to feel more than a friendship for and her eleven year-old daughter Gayna who affectionately refers to Winston as “Pizza Man”. There is also Miranda a very attractive office cleaner turned assistant and Ron Hermius client,friend and sometimes body guard. There are many more colorful people to discover in Winston’s world.  I love all the the quirky and suspenseful,twists and turns that make this a mystery worth getting to the bottom of!

71skGsJ2lYLDEAD BUT STILL TICKING — What fun we have boys and girls when we take another trip to Columbus, Ohio home of the Buckeyes and my favorite teddy bear of a lawyer Winston Barchrist III!  In Dead But Still Ticking dirty little secrets are turning up everywhere Winston is digging. It all starts when his assistant the lovely Miranda opens the morning post to find a money order for five million dollars(I know what I would do!)from fellow lawyer Robert Steinglass who wants to meet with Winston. Robert fails to show up at the appointed time, it turns out he’s dead. Winston’s investigative skills take over to find out who killed Robert and what the motive is behind the money order.  The suspects in this case are a colorful and crazy bunch that include a Ukrainian widow, Middle Eastern terrorists and a marijuana farmer who insists that Winnie (as he calls him) represents him in both his real estate and business interests.  As our lawyer turned super sleuth follows the trail of baffling clues from one part of Ohio to another he falls victim to chemical poisoning. His extra padding may save his life! Rosanne Harmon who is growing closer to Winston finds herself part of the thickening plot’s twists and turns. All of my favorites are back including Tramp Stamp Trudy (who has a real soft spot for Winston), Rabbi Billy Goldman, and Ron Hermius who is required to be on his guard.  As the clock is ticking on this mystery how many people will fall victim before Winston gets to the bottom of it all? My advice; pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage (make mine a martini!), put up your feet and be ready for a cozy that is both entertaining and intriguing. Go Buckeyes, Go! ;-)

coverMUSCLES, MUSIC AND MURDERLet me tell you Guys and Gals, both the title and the cover of this mystery caught the roving eye of Yours Truly;-)! Muscles Music and Murder the third installment of David M. Selcer’s Buckeye Barrister Mysteries is filled with culture, charisma, and more than one rivalry.  Winston Barchrist III lawyer, who recently became a super sleuth is at the first concert of the Columbus Ohio Symphony Orchestra season with his girl Rosanne Harmon when the conductor is shot and crashes to the floor. Then we travel back in time with the main cast of characters to travel the road that lead to this fateful night at the Ohio Theater home of the orchestra.  A number of mysteries are in need of being solved and it all goes back to a point when Ron Hermius is charged with the murder of a bronzed, Belgian bodybuilder. Then there is the disappearance of the newly appointed conductor of the Symphony Orchestra which means a trip to Chicago, a city Winston would rather not return to any time soon. Not long after sorting that mess out Winston is on his way to Brussels with Rosanne to see if they can find evidence that will prove Ron’s innocence and find a killer who may strike again.  There is plenty at stake for everyone involved and the usual cast of characters are back and helping our super sleuth to get to the bottom of it all. After all who is Winston without his back-up? So be sure to check out Muscles Music and Murder to enjoy all the mayhem! Here’s a funny that had Barbara Jean laughing: there’s a car service that is run by Picup Andropov. Now, if you are a Car Talk listener you will surely get the name. Bravo to David Selcer, you have put Columbus, Ohio on the map! 51tMkojuOtL

GUMSHOE GRANNY INVESTIGATES — Let me introduce you to a delightful and insightful gal who is solving the little mysteries of life at the Honey Hills Retirement Center. Bess Bullock eighty years young can’t stop her investigative instincts from kicking-in.Just when she thinks of relaxing and enjoying the simple activities offered to the residents her curiosity gets the upper hand and she’s hot on the trail! Each of the vignettes in Allen B. Boyer’s Gumshoe Granny Investigates are filled with warmth, humor, and adventure. Kicking up your heals at any age is something Yours Truly gives the full seal of approval to and plans on doing in the years to come!Bess Bullock could teach us all a thing or two about life, love(why yes there is a dash of romance blooming here)and what it really means to grow older. Aging doesn’t seem so bad after all. Bravo to the author for writing a light cozy that is appropriate for all ages. These stories are sure to make you smile.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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Santa Lucia “in” Crowd, Continued

Death_of_a_Beauty_Queen_1600x2400_(Ebook)Hi there, guys and dolls!  Here’s a few more of the new Santa Lucia social set, just waiting to get to know you a little better from DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN.

Efrem and Rebecca Goldberg — She’s a high school chum of Poppy Cove shop girl, Betty Young.  As a newly wed wife of Efrem, she has recently moved back to Santa Lucia, where her husband is apprenticing  to take over her father Isaac’s jewelry business.  Efrem is a handsome young man with a bit to prove to his new boss and father-in-law.  He has plenty of new found ways to challenge the old traditions.

Isaac Mendelson — The proprietor of Mendelson’s Quality Jewelers, the well established fine gem business in Santa Lucia.  He’s a recent widower and feeling a little life weary,  anxious to hand over his business to his young turk, but wants it in his way, on his terms.

Mary Ann Rutherford — Miss Santa Lucia Princess Runner-Up.  A wickedly pretty girl with a mile long jealous streak.  She was after Nora’s title and boyfriend, possibly her new gems, too.  How low would she go?

Dirk Roberts — Local radio emcee and gad about town.  Recently divorced from a past reigning beauty queen who’s winged it off to Bel Air with a new plaything, he’s contemplating winning her back, but how?

There you have it, friends.  Santa Lucia’s all abuzz with gossip, murder and mayhem.  Come see how it all plays out in DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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Allen Takes 5 With Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls!  Well, another month is coming to a close, if you can believe it.  Even though the summer’s flying by faster than mosquitoes and mojitos, I’ve found the time to Take 5 with another of my Cozy Cat Press pals, Al Boyer.  I suggest you find a few minutes and get to know my fellow writer and friend while swatting and sipping away the above mentioned m-words, respectively.  His latest book in the Bess Bullock Series, WHISPERS IN WINTER, is ideal to ward off the heat!

Whispers in winter1. So tell me a little about your series and main characters. 

The idea for the Bess Bullock Series was born from my visits to a retirement home not far from where I live.  A dear aunt was in the facility and during my visits I couldn’t help but notice the silence, the idle time and the question of what would happen if I took a character with a heightened
sense for observing people and put her in that setting.  The answer, for me, was that she would begin to see little mysteries and feel the urge to investigate them.  What I like about the series is how Bess has grown as a person in each book in terms of adjusting to retirement, falling in love in her golden years, coming to grips with her faith, and finding purpose in her life, Bess has learned a lot about herself in this series.

2. What is your writing process like?  Do you thrive on routine or work spontaneously as the whim takes you?

Starting a novel is very challenging for me.  I can only liken it to looking for the ramp to get on a highway.  The beginnings of a novel, for me, involves writing random scenes when the creative spirits strike.  Once I get a handle on the story, then the writing becomes more regular and those random scenes fall into place.  Once I know where the story is going, it becomes easier to write every day.

3. What exciting moment or moments that made you realize that you were really an “author?”

My first year in college I took a writing course.  At the end of the course the professor took me aside and spoke to me about a class he was assembling for writers he felt had natural ability.  There were only five of us in that class.  I had a feeling he saw something in my writing.  The following year I had the good fortune of having two short stories published by two national periodicals.  My professor was thrilled and that’s when I had a notion that I might have a future as a writer.  A few years later, when my first book was published by a national publisher, I could barely breathe when I received the news.

4. What do you do to spark up your creativity when you feel the well of inspiration is running dry?

When I find my productivity on a manuscript is slowing up, music is a great motivator.  Classical music is typically playing when I’m working.  If there’s a specific mood or feeling I’m trying to convey with my writing, I’ll actually resort to instrumental music from soundtracks to help me.  I find it really lends to the process.  If it’s a scene or a sequence that I work on for a few days, playing the same piece of music really helps me get back into the zone before writing some more.

5.  Who are some of your favorite authors and how do you feel they have influenced your desire to write?

James Joyce has been the most influential writer for me.  The way Joyce uses language is still so fresh and original.  In my opinion, no one does description better than Joyce.  There is such value put into every word selection.  I keep a copy of Joyce’s THE DUBLINERS in my nightstand.  Whenever I read it, the stories really get my creative juices flowing.  Valuing words is what Joyce did best.  Perhaps that’s why THE DUBLINERS is celebrating one hundred years of its publication.  There’s a lesson for all writers to choose each word carefully when we write.

That’s a great message to leave our chat on, Al.  Friends, be sure to check out the Bess Bullock Series and learn more about Al and his writing at http://allenboyer.weebly.com/.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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The Fine People of Santa Lucia

Hi there, guys and dolls!  This week’s blog is about some of the more prominent people in Santa Lucia’s latest tale of murder and mayhem, DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN.  A couple of them had a brief mention in STRANGLED BY SILK, but there are some new faces as well.  Here’s a chance to get to know them a bit better.Death_of_a_Beauty_Queen_1600x2400_(Ebook)

Mr. Anthony and Todd — the proprietor of Mr. Anthony’s, a rather tony (pardon the pun) salon just around the corner from Poppy Cove.  The diminutive blonde Mr. is a sculptor of the most delightful bouffants and pageboys, albeit a little finicky and fussy.  He’s very involved with the grooming and deportment of the Miss Santa Lucia contestants, and has a habit of flouncing and flailing, with his sole mission in live to make the town lovelier, one woman at a time.  Todd, his lanky young assistant whose main purpose is to keep him in line while also being a fabulous make-up artist, is quite often seen trailing behind, smoothing down ruffled feathers.

Baroness Eva von Eissen — a new resident of Santa Lucia.  She is of vague European descent, with a strong aura of mystery surrounding her (as well as mothballs, to be honest).  She arrives heavily clad in dark, heavily corseted and Victorian garb, apparel and jewels handed down through her family relations, very out of date and inappropriate for our carefree California Coast life.  Her visits to Poppy Cove made life interesting for the girls.

Eddie — a new date for Irene and town weasel/thug.   A short, runty fellow with greaser hair and attire who provides Poppy Cove’s Manager some colorful nighttime entertainment.  He does, however, choose to rub everyone the wrong way, including Irene and gets a little too interested in Nora Burbank’s new necklace.

Nora Burbank — Miss Santa Lucia herself.  Sigh, such a lovely girl, doesn’t know what hits her.  A young wholesome lady with a few secrets of her own, our poor cover girl gets bumped off before we all barely knew her.  What can I say?  It’s a cozy mystery — someone had to get wronged…;-)!

Well there you have it, friends and readers.  Just a little smattering of the people you will get to know when you read DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN.  They’re waiting for you anytime, just click on the links to spend a little time with them in Santa Lucia.  You’re always welcome.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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Barbara Jean’s Dating Tips for 50’s Glamour Girls

Hi there, guys and dolls!  Today I’m going to share with you some tidbits of wisdom to help you navigate the waters out there.  The following tips are from our latest Poppy Cove Mystery — DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN.  Hope they help, or at least entertain yDeath_of_a_Beauty_Queen_1600x2400_(Ebook)ou!

· Out on a first date? Order the most expensive item on the menu, whether you like it or not. Watch his reaction – if he smiles, frowns or flinches, that’ll tell you if want to encourage further affections from said man.

· It’s okay to be a girl who kisses, but just don’t be one who tells. Even the best of the girls did and still do; they just knew how to keep their lips sealed. A grown woman should be allowed to get to know a man who she feels is worthy of her time.

· Know your fragrances and the purpose of wearing them. Youth Dew and Chanel No. 5 are appropriate for the initial How do you do? phase. Save Emeraude and Tabu for the intimate How did you do that? phase.

· Be a good sport. Surprise dating events add spice to a stale relationship. Fix a fancy meal on a Wednesday, go bowling in a ball gown or pick up the check. He’ll be flattered!

· Speaking of flattering, he doesn’t always have to be right, but every now and then, let him think he is. Be confident in your own mind that you know the truth of your own brilliance!

· Ready to move on to greener pastures? Take him to a swell party with plenty of people. Get him a drink, get him lost in a crowd, preferably of well girdled and well coiffed women and get into your own swing of things.

· Beware of falsies, fake eyelashes and other accoutrements, especially early on in the relationships. Test drive the padding, glues and heel heights around home and a trusty friend or two. Better for mishaps to happen in the privacy of your own home instead of out in public – a flying bust enhancer or spider-like eyelash trail down your cheek could scare away a potential keeper.

· A little harmless flirting never hurt anyone. Give yourself a sway in your step by winking at a construction worker today. Who knows, it may inspire him to get the building done on time and under budget!

· Always have him be the first to call back after the date. If he takes too long, call him ‘by accident’ (oops, wrong number, giggle and hang up). This action does not count, as it was in error. If by the third time he does not respond, take another dip into the gene pool.

· Still not sure what you want in a man? Play the field! Try dating men with different interests and backgrounds. Doctors, teachers, artists, musicians, accountants – have a little fun with them all. Remember, you can’t change them no matter how hard you try, but you can have a ball attempting it all the same.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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Tah-Dah!

Hi there, guys and dolls!  For those of you who keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter, you know it’s been a very exciting time!  DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN, the follow-up to STRANGLED BY SILK in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series published by Cozy Cat Press, is now out on Kindle and trade from Amazon!  Barnes & Noble, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Indiebound and the rest of the usual suspects will follow shortly over the next few months.  Thank you to those wonderful supporters and friends who have been so devoted.  Cheers and kisses to you all!

Here’s our lovely cover featuring Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank before she doesn’t know what hits her.  Poor thing, sigh…

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Here’s the blurb:

“It’s the 1950’s in Santa Lucia, California, and the height of the social season. Time for the new Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank, to display her loveliness at a high society fashion show produced by the city’s own fashionistas–Margot and Daphne, owners of Poppy Cove, the most elegant and “in” little dress shop in the county.

Nora steals the show in her designer gown and custom-made necklace created by local jeweler Isaac Mendelson, and used on the sly by his apprentice son-in-law, Efrem Goldberg. At the conclusion of the show, the young queen is allowed to keep her dress and a replica of the necklace for her own. But Monday morning, Efrem arrives in a panic at Poppy Cove to beg Margot and Daphne’s assistance in tracking down the real necklace, which he believes was inadvertently switched for the replica backstage. The girls get involved in Efrem’s dilemma and try to help him before Isaac’s any the wiser. But before that can happen, Miss Santa Lucia is found dead in her bed and the necklace is missing.

Who killed Nora Burbank? Is it someone jealous of her new royal position and all of its perks? Or did she just happen to be in the way when a thief attempted to steal her diamond-studded necklace? Did Nora have the real or the fake necklace, and how much did the thief and murderer know about it? But, of course, before the girls can find the killer, they’ll have to create several beautiful ensembles, calm numerous irate clients, and flirt with their ever-so-attentive boyfriends, before solving this mystery. “

Well, it’s time for me to sign off.  Why don’t you take a little time this summer and come visit my friends in Santa Lucia?  They would love your company.  All you have to do is click on the titles or cover image and you can be transported back in time, thanks to Amazon and Kindle.  Enjoy:-).

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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