Those Furry Side-Kicks #3


Free prequel to the series at:

Sally Bayless is an author of cozy mysteries and clean romance. She writes the Dogwood Springs Cozy Mystery series and The Abundance Series.

She lives in the Missouri Ozarks, and when not working on her next book, she enjoys shopping for cute shoes, swimming, watching BBC television with her husband, and—of course—reading! She has two grown children.

If you like a mystery with a pet who will win your heart, friends who feel like family, and a sweet small town, you’ll love the Dogwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series! These are clean books with a hint of romance.

Who is your protagonist’s sidekick?
Libby Ballard’s furry sidekick is Bella, a lovable and very intelligent golden retriever. Libby adopts Bella in the first novel of the series.

What role does the animal play in the story?
Bella always manages to help Libby solve crimes. Because Bella is so friendly and has lived in Dogwood Springs longer than Libby, she sometimes “introduces” Libby to people who can provide clues. She puts potential suspects at ease when Libby talks with them. And—as Libby investigates more mysteries—she begins to suspect that Bella may be nudging her toward clues!

Does your animal help or hinder your sleuth?
Bella definitely helps!

Give us 1 example of the interaction between your main character and the Fury Sidekick.
When Libby moves to town, she rents an apartment that belonged to an older man who passed away. Bella had been his dog and is supposed to be living with his daughter, Melinda, a nurse. But Bella keeps turning up at Libby’s apartment.

From Chapter One of “Antiques, Artifacts, and Alibis”:
“I’m sorry,” Melinda said when I called. “This time, Bella found a way out under the fence. I don’t know what I’m going to do. She’s terribly lonely at my house, but I’m working a lot of double shifts. What with that and the time I spend commuting and the way Bella misses Dad, I don’t know if she’s ever going to like living with me.” She let out an audible sigh. “I have to admit, I promised Dad I’d make sure Bella had a good home, but I never really wanted a dog.”

“That is difficult.” I pictured Bella, all alone for those long days. She clearly loved people, and she was such a nice dog. She’d even seemed appreciative when I wiped the mud off her paws with some of my new paper towels.

“There’s a woman at the hospital who says she’ll take her, but”—Melinda hesitated—“between you and me, I’ve met her kids, and I’m not sure they’d be nice to Bella.”

I sank onto the couch.

Bella trotted over, tags jingling, and laid her head on my knee. She looked up, a plea filling her soft brown eyes.

My heart twisted. “Um, can I call you back in a few minutes?” The words slipped out before I’d thought them through.

“Oh…” Melinda sounded confused. “Sure.”

I hung up and ran a hand down Bella’s back. I was bound to be busy starting a new job. But I had been hoping to adopt a pet, and I knew how to care for one, since we’d had dogs, cats, and even a hamster when I was growing up. 18 Antiques, Artifacts & Alibis Plus, I only lived a few blocks away from my job. I could pop home every day at lunch and let Bella out. And if I had extra work, I could bring it home in the evenings. It wasn’t like an extra shift at a hospital an hour out of town. By five-thirty every day, I’d be home, free to take Bella for a walk and spend time with her.

I made a quick call to my landlord and called Melinda back. “Would you be willing to let Bella stay with me for a week, on a trial basis, to see if we get along?”

She eagerly agreed and said she’d be right over with Bella’s bed, her brush, a giant bag of dog food, and a few toys.

I hung up, looked down at Bella, and drew in a deep breath. “Okay, girl, let’s give this a try.”

She gave me a happy doggie smile and wagged her tail.

A tingle of hope welled up inside me. Maybe, just maybe, this move might not be a mistake.

Maybe it was the fresh start I needed.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
If you like a mystery with a pet who will win your heart, friends who feel like family, and a sweet small town, you’ll love the Dogwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series! These are clean books with a hint of romance.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
Libby, Bella, and their friends continue to investigate murders in the little town of Dogwood Springs, Missouri. Throughout the series, Libby’s romance deepens with Sam Collins and she learns more about how smart Bella is.

Book Three is on preorder!

Victoria LK Williams


Those Furry Side-kicks #2


Bonnie’s books are sure to include a good mystery, element of the paranormal and many even have cats. She also writes fantasy, urban fantasy and some science fiction. Her series include The Familiar Cafe, The Haunted Hotel series, Holiday Hijinks, Frost Witch Saga, Whisper series and many short stories.

“Unfamiliar Magic” follows Jade and Mason as they use their magical skills to solve a murder mystery and save her best friend from being falsely accused. With a cozy café filled with adorable feline familiars and a thrilling plot filled with twists and turns, this is a must-read for fans of the genre.

Who is your protagonist’s sidekick?
Mason is my protagonist’s “sidekick” though Mason wouldn’t agree that he’s only a side kick. He’d say he is the brains behind the team. He’s a large ginger bi-color neutered male feline and he’s all attitude.

What role does the animal play in the story?
My main character, Jade, is a witch who runs a café for feline familiars looking for new homes. Mason keeps the cats in line and lives upstairs with Jade. He has his own magic and has even saved Jade’s life at least once.

Does your animal help or hinder your sleuth?
Even Jade has to admit Mason helps, although she wouldn’t say he’s as helpful as he thinks he is.

Give us 1 example of the interaction between your main character and the Fury Sidekick.
“I turned back to Mason to make sure he was comfortable. He was already getting out of the box. I put my hand on his back, intending to tell him to settle down.

Get me out of this stupid cast. My leg is fine. Dr. Gray knows it.

“What do you mean?” I demanded.

You’ve been moping around about Tyson for weeks, ever since you didn’t have a clue how to talk to him at dinner. I wanted to give you another chance. Clear the air. Mason flipped his tail at me so hard I heard the thump when it hit the floor.

“You jumped in front of a car on purpose?” I practically screamed. I hoped I didn’t scare the familiars downstairs. “You could have been killed.”

If you hadn’t been so upset and so preoccupied with trying to talk to Tyson, you’d have felt the spell I did to be sure I was fine.

I remembered the slight tingle on my arms just before I’d heard the squeal of brakes. I glared.

Mason gave me a long hard stare. Thankfully, it appears my plan worked and you two are back to acting normally with each other again.

“I don’t care how much I mope,” I said. “Don’t you ever do that to me again!” Suddenly, I was angry with him, thinking about how terrified I’d been of losing him. “

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
Jade lives in South Central Kentucky in a small town that is home to many witches and is considered the place to go if one has questions about a familiar. They have a university there with information. Jade runs a café for humans but she also has feline familiars who are looking for homes, all adults. She runs into mysteries and has to solve them. She’s getting quite a reputation in her town for knowing how to solve mysteries.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
I expect that Mason will have to use more of his magic and teach Jade more about what he can do. Jade’s relationship with her love interest will grow into something more. I have a feeling there are other mysteries that will crop up requiring Jade’s unique ability to sleuth out answers with Mason’s help.

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Victoria LK Williams

Those Furry Sidekicks #1

Tammy L Grace

Tammy, a USA Today bestselling author, loves to be with her husband and grown son, and has a spoiled golden retriever. She also sports an addiction to books and chocolate.Tammy writes the Hometown Harbor Series, Glass Beach Cottage Series and the Cooper Harrington Detective Series. Being a dog fan, you’ll find plenty of furry companions in her books.

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You can also follow Tammy on Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads, and Facebook.

Readers love the award-winning Cooper Harrington Detective Novels, featuring Coop, a Nashville lawyer turned private detective known for his love of coffee, snarky t-shirts, and talent for solving cases. He, along with his faithful dog, Gus, and his right-hand assistant, Annabelle, work together to solve murder cases full of twists and turns. You’ll find a bit of humor, a dash of southern charm, a dog who is more like a furry best friend, plenty of comfort food, and murder, of course. If you enjoy complex characters with a few quirks and plots that keep you guessing until the end, you’ll love Tammy L. Grace’s mystery series.

Who is your protagonist’s sidekick?  
Gus, a beautiful golden retriever, is the one and only furry sidekick in my Cooper Harrington Detective Series. He’s the loyal friend to my main character, Coop. Coop is a 40-something bachelor, who is a lawyer turned private detective. Gus has his own leather chair in Coop’s office where he spends his days with Coop and loves to ride in Coop’s vintage Jeep when their cases require travel around the Nashville area.  

What role does the animal play in the story?
Gus is an excellent listener and is privy to all the evidence and clues Coop collects. When Coop is up at all hours, thinking and trying to put the pieces together, Gus is there helping and supporting him. With a nudge and pleading look, he guides Coop and makes sure he gets in some exercise and playtime at their favorite park. He knows things often click into place when Coop gets away from the office and lets his mind relax.

Gus also greets new clients and offers a bit of comfort to those who need it. He’s especially fond of Annabelle, one of Coop’s best friends and righthand at the agency. Gus loves Fridays since that’s when Coop goes to breakfast and always brings Annabelle takeout and she makes sure Gus gets a few nibbles.

Does your animal help or hinder your sleuth?
Gus is a help to Coop. He doesn’t speak, but his expressive eyes and gentle nudges move Coop in the right direction. He’s also a faithful friend, who is usually by Coop’s side and provides tons of emotional support and comfort to the private detective, who is a bit of a workaholic. He’s always up for fun and games and gives Coop a reason to set aside his work and enjoy life.

Give us 1 example of the interaction between your main character and the Fury Sidekick.
Gus does most of his communicating through his eyes, sighs, and tail wags. I remember one scene where Coop has to make a phone call he’s been avoiding and Gus gives him a look. Coop often thinks Gus is judging him or prodding him into action and this was one of those times. He’s also very protective of Coop and Annabelle and has alerted Coop to danger more than once.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
This series consists of four books with plans to continue for years. Each book is a stand-alone murder mystery, but I always recommend reading them in order, since you’ll learn more about Coop and his backstory in subsequent books. The books take place in the Nashville, Tennessee area, where Coop lives with his wealthy aunt on her estate. Coop’s uncle, who was a police detective, retired, and opened a private detective agency, where Coop worked while he was in college. When his uncle passes away, Coop takes over the agency. Coop has two best friends, one is his sidekick, Annabelle, who manages his office and also helps on cases and the other is Ben, who is the Chief of Detectives in Nashville.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.

Gus will continue in his role as Coop’s sidekick in future books. He huge part of Coop’s life and family and is beloved by Aunt Camille, who often watches over him if Coop has to go out of town. Gus will be more involved in some undercover operations in future books, since he’s a natural.

Victoria LK Williams

New Beginnings #8


Katherine Brown is a Texas girl, a weaver of words, and lover of books. Katherine has an amazing husband and stepdaughter, loves to read all things magical or historical fiction, and enjoys passing on that love of books to children.



Steampunk mystery with Mary Poppins vibes in the most delightful way. This series will have you putting the kettle on and settling in for adventure and intrigue.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite –is an exclusive free bonus prequel going back to the beginnings of Anna-Marie’s new life. The first book in the series, A Spoonful of Gunpowder, takes place five years later and is a steampunk mystery with Mary Poppins vibes.

A Spoonful of Gunpowder (book 1) Just a spoonful of gunpowder makes the buildings go down…
A reimagining of Mary Poppins meets steampunk Victorian London…in a most delightful way!

A Spoonful of Madness (book 2) What do you do when you steal a book from the queen and have it stolen from you? Grovel. At least, that is Ambrose’s solution.

Who is your protagonist?
Anna-Marie Pauper, orphan, tinkerer, and Mary-Poppins inspired no-nonsense woman of determination and heart.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
This particular steampunk cozy mystery series takes place in Victorian London (steampunk simply meaning fictional / advanced technologies and inventions are included and fashion is a bit more risqué)

Is your book part of a series? If so, tell us about the series.
I loved the idea of Mary Poppins mixed with steampunk, so I took that idea and ran with it to inspire my characters. While the series isn’t a storyline retelling, more a complete reimagining, you will find playful nods to Mary Poppins throughout that I thoroughly enjoyed writing.
Anna-Marie found herself out of a home and out of options when she was kicked out of the orphan house at the age of 17 (too old to be adopted and a burden on the owner). This bonus prequel tells us how she adapts and about a few characters she meets. The actual first book in the series, A Spoonful of Gunpowder, takes place five years later after she is established and desires to find out why so many orphans are missing off of the streets of London, as well as help the other orphan girls she left behind to make their way in the world.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Being removed from the shelter of the orphan house was the first major shift as you see in the prequel.
For A Spoonful of Gunpowder, Anna-Marie is fed up with existing at the beck and call of others and sets out to take charge of her future.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
Eager! There are bumps and snags, and possibly explosions, along the path but she is more than ready to face them head on.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
Betrayal. Love. Housekeeping. You know – the usual suspects 😉

Honestly, I had no intention of writing a book 3 but readers seem to want more so I’m pondering a future secret society and to continue the story of how Anna-Marie helps and equips several of the orphan girls she rescued, bringing them into her new family.

I have to admit, I love the idea of a “steampunk Mary Poppins”! I have already downloaded the free bonus prequel.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our guest authors and their books with new beginnings. Have you found a new series to explore?

My next blog series is one I’ve been just dying to do-it’s all about those furry sidekicks you find in books. And there is a great line up coming your way!

Victoria LK Williams

New Beginnings #6




Emily Selby loves to read, and can’t decide who her favorite mystery character is; Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot! She also likes knitting and crocheting. She LOVES paper crafts (can you tell from her series title?).

She writes the Paper Crafts Club Mystery series, Seaside Bookshop Mystery series and the Career Crisis Cafe Mystery series.

Book 1 in the Career Crisis Cafe Mystery series

Heather Hampton, a burnt-out journalist from New York, moves to a small town in New Zealand to start a new life as a café owner, not to find her chef poisoned and herself–accused of murder. With the help of a semi-retired police officer and a rescue kitten, Heather must discover what really happened before it’s too late.

Who is your protagonist?
Heather Hampton, a 40-something, freshly divorced, burnt-out fashion journalist from Long Island, New York, but with New Zealand roots,

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
These stories take place sometime in 2018-2019, in a (fictitious) small town Dolphin Cove, in Northland – a region in the north of North Island, New Zealand. Dolphin Cove is a costal/beach town, with plenty of local charm, and quite popular with tourists.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
Yes, the book is 1st in the series: Career Crisis Café.
Career Crisis Café is a series featuring Heather – a former fashion journalist from Long Island, New York, starting her life afresh in Dolphin Cove, a small town in the north of New Zealand as an owner of a beach café and a mixologist. Heather is supported by Josephine, a chef-cum-baker and one of the original owners of the café. The two women clash a lot initially, but their friendship develops and goes from strength to strength as they tackle the challenges of getting their café back on its feet again, and solve various crimes at the same time.
Of course, their successes would have never been so effective and swift without James, a semi-retired police officer, and a group of local friends, including a rescue kitten–Kea.
The series is a perfect read for those who love a good mystery, set in a small town, full of quirky characters and a bit of exotic, local flavour. It is a clean, cozy read without foul language, gore or violence on the page, but with a sprinkling of sweet romance, and a recipe in every book.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
A combination of factors, so typical of so-called middle-life crisis: stagnating career, burn-out, divorce and a burning need to change her life around.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
Heather is initially very happy and excited about her new beginning, but the reality quickly catches up with her. The café she bought turns out to be in a bad financial condition, her chef-cum-baker seems to be difficult to like, the local town is full of quirky characters, and she keeps being distracted by finding dead bodies and skeletons in cupboards. but with the help of her sunny personality and ever-expanding group of friends, everything is possible.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
In the newest book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web Pumpkin Cake, heather discovers that there is much more to her family history that she knew. She will set out to explore her own heritage and family history more. Heather and Josephine will continue working together and developing their business–the café. And Heather’s relationship with James, the semi-retired police officer, will also develop.

I just know you are going to enjoy Emily’s books!

Victoria LK Williams

New Beginnings #5


Pamela Workman is a USA Today Bestselling author, winner of several awards and has over 80 mystery/suspense/thriller and young adult books, including stand alones and these series: Auntie Clem’s Bakery cozy mysteries, Reg Rawlins Psychic Investigator paranormal mysteries, Zachary Goldman Mysteries (PI), Kenzie Kirsch Medical Thrillers, Parks Pat Mysteries (police procedural), and YA series: Tamara’s Teardrops, Between the Cracks, and Breaking the Pattern. This author loves to read, teach, art and cooking. She was born and raised in Alberta Canada.

The Series: Armed with gluten-free cupcakes and her thirst for justice, Erin and her new sidekick Vic strive to sift through the clues and separate the buckwheat from the chaff. Can she smoke out the culprit before her timer runs out?

It all starts with a body.

Erin thought she’d seen and heard it all. In Bald Eagle Falls, everyone seemed not only to know everyone else’s business, but to discuss it at length. Yet she had always assumed that her neighbor Mrs. Peach, who had no man in her life, was widowed.

Mr. Peach’s unexpected reappearance, a prison break, and a body in the woods combine to form the toughest case yet for the gluten-free baker to solve!

Who is your protagonist?
Erin Price has inherited a shop from her Aunt Clementine and decides to fulfil her dream of opening a gluten-free bakery.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
Contemporary small-town Tennessee

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
Auntie Clem’s Bakery is a Culinary and Pet Cozy Mystery Series
Erin Price is a baker, not a sleuth. It’s really not her fault that mysteries keep landing in her lap while she’s trying to run Auntie Clem’s Bakery and make a living from baking gluten-free and specialty goods.
Sink your teeth into these sweet mysteries!

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Erin’s Aunt Clementine dies, leaving her a home and a shop in Bald Eagle Falls, Tennessee, giving her the opportunity to pursue her dream of opening a gluten-free bakery.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
Happy and nervous

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
With 18 books and 2 short stories already dished out, and 3 more books simmering for 2023 release, you can look forward to a lot more delicious adventures with Erin and Vic. They will be served up a heaping helping of family secrets, cold cases, the criminal underworld, a cruise gone awry, and sinister villains. These savory stories will provide you with many hours of scrumptious entertainment.

With so many books to select, 21 just in this series, P.D. Workman will keep you reading for a long time! And what an enjoyable way to spend your time!

Victoria LK Williams

New Beginings #4


Cecilia Peartree lives in Edinburgh with a background in computer programming and database management. She writes, surrounded by cats, the Pitkirttly Mystery series, Max Falconer Mystery series, Misplaced Heiresses series, Adventurous Quest series, Brighton Heirs series, Scottish Futures series and short stories. Will Pamela Prendergast be her newest series?

After moving to Cramond, the historic village on the coast of the Firth of Forth, Pamela gradually uncovers the truth about her husband’s secret life and his unexpected death. But the closer she comes to the truth, the more dangerous it is for her.

Who is your protagonist?
Pamela Prendergast is a woman in her mid to late 40s, a trained artist who works in children’s book illustration and occasionally paints murals for nurseries, libraries etc. At the start of this book she has recently been widowed.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
The story is set in the present day in one of the historic former villages that have been absorbed into Edinburgh, on the coast of the Firth of Forth (the estuary of the river) in Scotland.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
This book is not yet part of a series.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Pamela and her husband had been about to move house to a different area of town when her husband met with a fatal accident. Pamela has to go ahead with the move for legal reasons but is uncertain about it. On moving day a stranger arrives and presents her with a mysterious box, and the contents add a different element to her new life and ultimately lead her into mystery and danger.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
She isn’t sure about it, although in some ways she feels she should leave the past behind.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
It’s possible this will be the first of a series in which Pamela and her friends investigate suspicious deaths. I’ve already written a short story for her, along these lines.

New Year, New Beginning #3


Verena spends her time homeschooling her artistic daughter, walking the nature trails around her Texas home. She is the owner, with her partner, of the Aconite Cafe, a publishing company. A true coffee lover, Verena is the author of A Fresh Brew: A Dragon Cozy Mystery. She also wires the Hill Country Mysterys, Dusty Paws Mysteries and is part of the Cozy Mystery Tribe Anthology books.

Forty, foxy, and fond of forensics.
Moving back to my old stopping grounds came with more trouble than I bargained for. I left my investigation agency back in Fort Worth to start over free from stress.

This is the first book in a series. The third book is planned to be released in February 2023 with another 2—3 books to release during 2023.

Who is your protagonist?
Blair Warren is a 43-year-old go-getter—or she used to be. Once upon a time, she had a dream to bring every cheater to justice. To give every woman the confidence they needed to leave relationships that were harboring their dreams. But that was before a heavy hitter in Dallas ran a slander campaign against her agency. Now she is living a small-town life she never wanted and trying to put back the broken pieces of her own confidence.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
Blair’s story takes place in modern day Kingsland, Texas. While the events, places and people of Blair’s story are fiction, the town is a very real tourist trap that fans of the series can visit for themselves. Like with all of Verena’s books, Blair lives in the same universe as the Hill Country Mystery series, even making pop in over appearances there.

Is your book part of a series? If so, tell us about the series.
Murder in LBJ Cove is a part of the Firedrake Investigation series. Throughout these books, we will follow Blair as she solves murders with her friends in Kingsland, Texas.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
In a prequal story, Cheated into Retirement, Blair is forced to leave a life she built from scratch.
For as long as she could remember, all she ever wanted was a successful P.I. business deep in the bustle of city life. She had it all, living the dream she worked hard to make a reality, but one case, one lie, one scorned spouse blew it all up.
Within less than a year, she found herself back home, living in the small town she ran from trying to find a new balance in a life she never asked for.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
For the first time in her life, Blair is lost without a passion to drive her forward. When she lived in Dallas, a stable relationship, or a group of friends were not things she desired. At first, all she wants is to wake up from the nightmare and have everything back to the way it was.
She finds herself working in a job that is the furthest away from investigation she can be—a bakery—trying her best to hide from the realities of her new life. But a passion is a passion, and throughout Murder in LBJ Cove she discovers there’s more to investigating than just cheaters.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
When we meet up with Blair in Murder in LBJ Cove, she is broken and humbled by her experiences in Dallas. The smear campaign against her hit her harder than she ever thought it would and she can’t imagine ever going back to investigation again.
But over the first few books, we’ll watch as each case gives her a little bit of her confidence back. She’ll discover how much of a blessing that tragedy was and find out what she really wants for her life. From friendship to romance, Blair is going to do a 180 on her life goals and discover that there is happiness on the other side.

Victoria LK Williams

New Year, New Beginnings #2


Ann Sutton is a die-hard fan of Agatha Christie, and it only seems right that her mysteries are set in the golden age of Christie’s mysteries. Ann was born and raised in England, but lives with her family in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Anne is also the author of the Dodo Dorchester Mystery series.

Book one in a her new cozy mystery series, Percy Pontefract Mysteries.

A merry Christmas party with old friends. A dead body in the kitchen. A reluctant heroine. Sounds like a recipe for a jolly festive murder mystery!

Who is your protagonist?
Persephone Pontefract (Percy) is married to Piers, a civil servant, and is mother to two boys, ages 11 and 8. They live in a rambling farmhouse with their cook who has become a more of a friend to Percy than a servant since her mother is an overly critical woman who is embarrassed by her daughter’s height and lack of poise.

Bored now that her children are in school, Percy is looking for a meaningful hobby and literally falls into sleuthing at an overnight Christmas party.

Unlike the protagonist in my other series, Percy is almost 6 feet tall with very large feet and a burgeoning waistline. Rather plain, with a tendency to speak before thinking, you can’t help but fall in love with her. As one of my readers said, Percy is so relatable.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
Percy’s stories take place in 1928 in England.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
This is book 1 in the series that will follow Percy as she stumbles into murders while her husband is ‘away’ on business.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Both her children are now in boarding school (a tradition she finds barbaric) and she finds herself at a loose end.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
When she bumbles into her first murder she is terrified and when her cook suggests she look into the case she is resistant.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
A total novice when the series begins, Percy will grow into her new role as the series develops and perhaps learn what her husband is doing on all those trips for work.

I’m looking forward to seeing what new beginnings Percy contintues to explore!
Victoria LK Williams

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New Year, New Beginnings…

At the beginning of January, usually on the 1st, everyone thinks about what they want to do differently from the year before. Maybe it’s to take better care of your health, start a new hobby, finish a project that’s been on hold for a long time, or start something completely new.

In this next series of author interviews, that is just what the creators have done to their characters; set them on a new beginning or adventure. If we’re lucky, this will be a series and we can watch the characters and story progress through multiple books.

So as you begin your new year, give yourself some reading time and watch what these have authors plan for us….


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Babs to her friends, this writer is from Nova Scotia, where she lives with her husband and rescued cat and dog. She has worked in journalism, public relations and radio. Her passions, other than fiction writing, include sewing (she gives lessons too!) and writing about sewing.

Babs’ new book is up for preorder and is the start of a new series! I can’t wait to read Crafting for Murder, where she combines her love of sewing, dogs and mystery into this fun new series..

Seamstress, crafter, and empty-nester Valerie Rankin has plans to open a crafter’s co-op that will put Gasper’s Cove, Nova Scotia on the map. One month before opening day, she still has to pin down a venue, patch up the family business, iron out corruption in the town council, and unravel why anyone who tries to help her ends up dead. With the help of her Golden Retriever, an ex-con who loves cats, and a community of first, second, and third cousins, she just might pull it off.

Who is your protagonist?
The central character in my Gasper’s Cove Mysteries series is Valerie Rankin. She grew up on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and is part of the same family that has operated Rankin’s General store for over a hundred years. Like many of her generation, Valerie left the community to go live in Halifax when she married. There, after unexpectedly becoming a single mother of three, she worked a series of jobs to support her family. The one she enjoyed most was as a sewing instructor. After her children had grown and flown, she returns to Gasper’s Cove to run a small sewing school in the family store. She also hopes to one day establish a co-op for the local crafters to sell what they make.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
The stories are set in the present and in Gasper’s Cove, a small fishing community on Gasper’s Island, connected to the mainland and the larger community of Drummond by a causeway. Here is a picture of the actual location, not far from where I live, on which Gasper’s Cove is based. This place, one where my family has connections, has a dreamy quality that makes me think it probably does contain Gasper’s Cove.

Is your book part of a series? If so, tell us about the series.
Valerie does, of course, establish her Crafter’s Co-op. The series is about how she and one small, almost forgotten community reinvent themselves. The challenges presented in each book call on the characters to rely on their own ingenuity and resourcefulness to move forward.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Valerie really has run out of other options. Her grown children have left Halifax and gone on to their own lives. She is faced with a choice. Does she stay where she is, surrounded by the empty spaces they have left behind, or does she go back to the place where she was once truly happy– the small coastal town she grew up in? She’s trying to reconnect with who she once was.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 

This is the dilemma. Essentially, Valerie isn’t really trying to have a new beginning but to rewind life to the way it was, with the security she felt in a small, closed community. In fact, she even goes home to live in her aunt’s house, complete with its mid-century modern contents, taking residence in the past. However, the people she left behind have changed and grown. There is a place for her in Gasper’s Cove now, but it has to be a new place. She fights this reality and continues to try to look backwards for as long as she can. Valerie is slow to understand that her own nature and abilities will pull her forward if she likes it or not. Valerie wanted a quiet life. Instead, she is on her way to an interesting life.

Give the readers a hint of what’s coming for your character in future books.
This series has given me as an author, the opportunity to share the quirky history and culture of Nova Scotia. I have experienced much of what is in these books, and I know these characters well. As the series develops, I hope readers will enjoy sharing the ways in which ordinary people, like Valerie Rankin, in this odd corner of the world handle unpredictable events. Humor, community, and the ability to think outside the box, in an environment that doesn’t understand the concept of boxes, are key to how Valerie’s life develops, and I think hold the various mysteries together.

And by the way, I am really proud of Valerie. She underestimates herself but I never do.