Meet Gayle Leeson

Gayle Leeson and friend

Award winning Gayle Leeson and her family live in Southwest Virginia where she writes her cozy mystery series Down South Cafe, Ghostly Fashionista. She has also co-authored with best selling author Lorraine Bartlett. Gayle is currently writing a new chick-lit women’s fiction series call Kinsey Falls. You may also know her work as Amanda Lee or Gayle Trent. Be sure to stop by her website to find out about all her fantastic books. And don’t forget to visit her facebook page and follow along!

Gayle’s book in the Cozy Mystery Anthology is Pickled to Death

In an exhibit hall full of witnesses, no one sees anything except the streaker who provides a convenient distraction from a murder. Now Down South Café owner Amy Flowers is in a pickle because her eccentric Aunt Bess is accused of killing a rival at the county fair. Now Amy must prove her great-aunt’s innocence the only way she can—by finding the real killer. No big dill…unless the killer gets to Aunt Bess before Amy can clear her name!

Let’s ask Gayle a few questions…

Everyone takes a tote bag with them when they head out for a day at the beach, what is in yours?
Sunscreen, a book, my phone, a towel, wipes, and change for ice cream!

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
Aunt Bess is thoroughly disgusted by the streaker. She complains that people you’d actually want to see naked are never the ones exposing themselves.

Can you give us some insight into what makes your main character tick?
Amy is all about family. And she sees her community as extended family, especially the regulars who come into the Down South Café. She opened the café so the people in her tiny rural town would have a place to get good food and warm Southern hospitality.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
I love Aunt Bess. She’s fearless, unfiltered, and interested in everything—especially crime! She has also embraced the internet and has Pinterest boards that include People I’ve Outlived and Lord, Have Mercy

Don’t forget to pre order at the lowest price ever!

Before the release, you are going to want to pre order your copy! Not only will you get it at the lowest price of 99 cents, but you will also get a fun addition that the authors put together for our readers; a recipe book of great summer salads.

Included with the preorder of the anthology!

We are also doing something extra special for our potential readers; we’ve put together an exciting package with over 30 prizes to win. Ereaders, gift cards, signed copies of books, ebooks, audio books, the list goes on. And you can check out the list AND sign up to win the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun & Murder anthology prize pack by clicking on the box below.

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Meet Erin Scoggins

I’m thrilled to start the interviews for the twenty-one authors involved with the Midsummer Cozy Mystery Anthology, Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders, with Erin Scoggins. Erin writes the laugh-out-loud series The Wedding Crashers Mysteries. A southerner herself, you can easily get a feel for the small-town-south; including the food, families and killer plots. Be sure to follow Erin on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

‘Til Death Do Us Part, by Erin Scoggins

It’s a beach party twenty years in the making. But when a kidnapper delivers a ransom note instead of a love letter on the morning of their anniversary, can this overworked attorney find her missing husband before the tide goes out the life she had planned?

Now let’s find out a bit about Erin…

Can you give us some insight into what makes your main character tick?
Scoots Gillespie is an attorney who has spent the last few decades climbing the ladder at her North Carolina law firm, and that has often meant putting her job above her husband. When he is kidnapped on the morning of their twentieth anniversary, and she must choose between finding her husband and going after a once-in-a-lifetime promotion, she is forced to clarify what really matters to her. But a lifetime of secrets makes that decision harder than she ever imagined.

What comes first, the plot or characters?
My characters are Southern smart alecks who always like to have a say in their own stories, so they come first. You never want to discount the opinion of a woman who knows a thousand different ways to hide your body.

Everyone takes a tote bag with them when they head out for a day at the beach. What’s in yours?
I used to envision the perfect beach day as only needing chilled mimosas and a good book or two. Then I had kids. So now I pack the entire car with everything one of them might need, whether that’s a basket of curated snacks or a full first aid kit, because I will have a headache and one of my darling littles will undoubtedly need stitches or a visit to the ER by the time the day is over.

If it was just me, though? Earplugs, sweet potato chips, and the highest SPF sunscreen they make, because I get freckles by just walking to the mailbox.Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Oh, yes. I adore Beverlee Wells-Bartholomew, because she is the vibrant, colorful friend we all need. Whether it’s showing up with tacos when you’re having a bad night or pushing you to get out of your comfort zone by buying you chain-mail lingerie, Beverlee is the one you want by your side throughout life’s ups and downs. She has a lot of sass, questionable morals, and knows more than one way to revenge-poison an ex. That kind of loyalty is hard to find.


Before the release, you are going to want to pre order your copy! Not only will you get it at the lowest price of 99 cents, but you will also get a fun addition that the authors put together for our readers; a recipe book of great summer salads.

Included with the preorder of the anthology!

We are also doing something extra special for our potential readers; we’ve put together an exciting package with over 30 prizes to win. Ereaders, gift cards, signed copies of books, ebooks, audio books, the list goes on. And you can check out the list AND sign up to win the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun & Murder anthology prize pack by clicking on the box below.

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Summer is just around the corner, and I’ve got just the book for you!

As spring warms into summer, it’s time to relax and spend time outside, around the pool or beach or on your family vacation. And that means for us readers, it’s time to stock up on books! Well, I’ve got one that is just perfect; it’s full of mysteries by twenty-one fantastic authors. Some you meet as we worked together for our Christmas anthology, but now we’re planning our Mid-Summer Anthology and it’s the perfect time for you to hear once again from the authors and pre-order your book.

I’m thrilled to join with the following authors to bring you our newest anthology Mysteries, Midsummer Fun and Murders.

R.B. Marshall, Carly Winter, Cate Lawley, Paula Darnell, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Ellen Jacobson, Wendy Meadows, Patti Larsen, Erin Scoggins, Hillary Avis, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, Cathy Tully, Joann Keder, Benedict Brown, Michele Pariza Wacek, Gayle Leeson, Connie B. Dowell, Megan Mayfair, Catherine Coles and me.

From now until our release on June 21, 2022, I will be interviewing the authors, giving you sneak peeks about their mysteries in the anthology and plenty of other fun opportunities we have planned for the release.

But before the release, you are going to want to pre order your copy! Not only will you get it at the lowest price of 99 cents, but you will also get a fun addition that the authors put together for our readers; a recipe book of great summer salads.

Included with the preorder of the anthology!

We are also doing something extra special for our potential readers; we’ve put together an exciting package with over 30 prizes to win. Ereaders, gift cards, signed copies of books, ebooks, audio books, the list goes on. And you can check out the list AND sign up to win the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun & Murder anthology prize pack by clicking on the box below.

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So there it is; pre order your book and join our fantastic giveaway. And then watch for the upcoming post to meet our authors.

Victoria LK Williams

(Oh this is sooo exciting!)