Let’s hear from Benedict Brown

Benedict lives in Spain with his family, but is a native of South London. This author has always loved writing, it was his favorite subject in primary school! Benedict writes the Izzy Palmer Mysteries and the Lord Edgington Investigates series. You can find out much more from his Website and purchase all his books there. And don’t forget to follow him on Facebook!

A Corpse Beside the Seaside can be found in the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murder anthology.

Private detective Izzy Palmer is going for a weekend away at the British seaside. She plans to walk on the beach, eat very melty ice creams, paddle in the sea and investigate a nice sunny murder.

Let’s hear Benedict’s answers to our questions…

When writing a series, how do you keep things fresh for both your readers and you?

I have two mystery series, my “Izzy Palmer Mysteries” which are set today and “Lord Edgington Investigates…” which is set in the 1920s. By alternating back and forth between the two timelines, I think it helps me to have fresh ideas and hopefully people appreciate the contrast between the modern, zany series and the very traditional one.

Can you give us some insight into what makes you main character tick?
Izzy became a detective because she loves reading murder mysteries (and especially Agatha Christie novels) so much. She’s obsessed with them, and her knowledge of the books often helps her solve her own cases. She’s also a bit of an introvert (unlike me!) and so she’s not always great at talking to people, which I think in some ways helps her to get the cases solved quicker, so that she can get back to reading her books!

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Yes, definitely. Izzy’s best friend Ramesh is completely bizarre and over the top and I love coming up with funny new ways to involve him in the story. He’s a massive drama queen, has a number of unusual obsessions, but sometime manages to come up with helpful suggestions or at least talks enough nonsense for Izzy to switch off from reality and focus on the investigation.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
As I write in my office overlooking the fields, birds of prey like red kites, Egyptian Vultures and Golden Eagles perform air shows outside my window just for me. So, If I could have an animal sitting on my shoulder giving me advice on plot and punctuation, it would have to be an owl, as they are surely the wisest of all creatures… according to Winne the Pooh at least.  


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.

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.

Meet Megan Mayfair

Megan lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three young children, and works in public relations. When not writing fiction or press releases, she enjoys spending time with her family, drinking coffee, playing guitar, doing yoga, and searching for the perfect shade of red lipstick. Megan writing includes mystery, romance and humor. She writes the Cafe Chronicles, Lana Honeywell Mysteries, The Tangled Vines Saga, and the Lemon Tree Bay Mysteries. You can find her books on her Website, or on Amazon. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Goodreads and Bookbub.

Megan’s book in the anthology of Mystery, Midsummer Sun and Murders;

Sunshine and Suspicion 
All Lana wanted was a year off to find herself – but it turns out that relaxation is going to be murder.

Lana is a celebrity publicist nursing a broken heart after her soap opera actor fiancé ran off with his bombshell co-star. Escaping the drama and speculation and a rather messy meltdown at a star-studded movie premiere, she relocates to an adorable tiny house in the high country town of Cherry Grove.
Her plan is simple: a year of zen, and no men. Lana quickly learns the rugged beauty of the landscape is home to scandals and secrets juicier than the plots of the television series and movies her clients star in. And that’s before she meets a gorgeous park ranger called Wyatt…
 Finding herself. Solving murders. Falling in love. This year is about to get far more interesting than Lana could have predicted.

Let’s find out more about Megan…

Everyone takes a tote back with them when they head out for a day at the beach, what is in yours?
Plenty of sunscreen, water bottle, towel, sunglasses, large hat, Kindle, phone and snacks.

When writing a series, how do you keep things fresh for both your readers and also yourself?
New twists that make the character have to do something outside what we have seen them do – a new job, a move– is always interesting. It shakes up the character but also gives the audience a fresh insight into someone they know so well. How have they handled a sudden shift in their lives? What repercussions does it have on their relationships, work, community?

I also love giving new plotlines for supporting characters – it’s fun to explore their worlds a little and allow them to take centre stage.

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination?
My background is in public relations – nothing quite as glam as what Lana Honeywell does with movies and television, but there may be a few bits and pieces of professional experience that make their way into the book.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
The bee – a good luck totem for being productive in my work and finding work that is fulfilling.


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.

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.

Let’s see what Joann Keder is up to!

Award-winning author, Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master’s degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on. Joann writes the Piney Falls Mysteries, Emory Bing Mysteries and the Charming Mysteries. You can find all her books on her Website and be sure to follow her on Facebook.

For the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology, Joann has included her book

DASTARDLY DEEDS AT DOOMSDAY BEACH.
A relaxing vacation turns deadly when Gemini discovers a body on the beach.

Now for a few questions and answers…

Can you give us some insight into what makes you main character tick?
Gemini has always given more than she’s received. In her many years working at the hardware store, she spent long days working with her husband and long nights giving Sophia all of her remaining energy. When she went to work at the law firm, her talents were undervalued and she was sidelined because of her age. Now, she’s trying to enjoy her golden years and is pleased to be valued for what she can offer to any investigation.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I taught piano lessons for sixteen years. I experienced terrible performance anxiety, in part due to horrible childhood experiences. For that reason, I offered to sit beside my students on the stage during recitals to alleviate their anxiety.

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination?
I’ve known many Sophias in my life: entitled and never satisfied. It’s not necessarily all bad. Sometimes they are loving people who just need to feel heard.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It all depends on what I’m writing. For “Welcome to Piney Falls,” I spent several months learning about the canning industry in Astoria, Oregon. Many times, I take advantage of the encyclopedic knowledge of those around me. Everyone has a lifetime of learning about at least one topic. A phone call or email is usually enough to ascertain what I need to learn from them. Sometimes I’m doing a “fly by the seat of my pants” story, which involves learning as I go.


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.

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.

It’s Time to Chat with CARLY WINTER

Carly Winter writes the Sedona Spirit Cozy Mystery series, the Heywood Herbalist Cozy Mysteries, the Tri-Town Murders series and has new new series out caller Killer Skies Mysteries. She is also a romance author under another pen name. She loves dogs, wine and chocolate and lives in Arizona. You can follow Carly on Amazon and find out more about her and her books from her Website.

Carly is adding her book, Dandelions and Deception to the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology…
She knows who killed her husband… she doesn’t know how to prove it.
As Los Angeles experiences one of its worst summer heatwaves, soap opera star Samantha Rathbone’s life goes up in flames.
When she finds her husband dead, she realizes the killer is one of Hollywood’s most powerful men. It comes down to his word against hers, and the police side with him.
While her life crumbles around her, she discovers the reason behind her husband’s murder and is quickly shunned by Hollywood. But will she be able to find the evidence to nail the killer, or will he go free?

Let’s here how Carley answers our questions…

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Beach, Resort or Poolside?
Since I don’t live anywhere near the ocean, I love our annual vacation to a beach resort in Cancun. The ocean renews me inside and out.

Everyone takes a tote back with them when they head out for a day at the beach, what is in yours?Sunscreen, towel, a book, and water.

Can you give us some insight into what makes you main character tick?
In this novella, my main character quickly becomes blacklisted by Hollywood over her husband’s actions. She has her life burned to the ground, both literally and figuratively, and hopes to regain her place in the community once the killer is caught.

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination?
Well, I’ve never been a soap opera star and my husband is still alive and kicking. I have been ostracized before though, so I’m experienced in the hurt and humiliation that brings.


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.

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.

Meet Michele Pariza Wacek

Michele Pariza Wacek is an award winning author of Suspense Mysteries (Secrets of Redemption), Cozy Mysteries (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries) and Psychological Thrillers (The Riverview Mysteries). Michele has done what few authors do, and connected all of her series together. Michele loves to read, watch football and participate in dog sports with her dog Cassie. She and her husband live in the mountains of Prescott, AZ. You can find out more from her Website (and download a free book!), and follow her on Facebook and Amazon.

Michele’s book in the anthology is called Loch Ness Murder. Her funny, twisty cozy mystery series, The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, is set in the 1990s and is a spin off from her Secrets of Redemption series.

Loch Ness Murder
It wouldn’t be Redemption without something weird going on in one of the lakes.

Let’s have a chat with Michelle…

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Beach, Resort or Poolside?
Can I have all three? My favorite vacation spot is in at a resort in Cabo, which definitely has all three and then some.

Everyone takes a tote back with them when they head out for a day at the beach, what is in yours?Years ago, I would probably have at least two books, if not more. (After all, I might finish the book I’m reading and maybe I won’t like the second book I brought. What would I do? I might be bookless!) Now, with my Kindle, life is MUCH easier as I don’t need to take a second suitcase just filled with books on vacation. (Although I always double check I brought my charger with me.)

Okay, now that we have the books taken care of, my tote also has sunscreen, couple of bottles of water, a hat and enough money to buy a snack. (Hey, I’m on vacation, I get to go buy whatever junk food I’m in the mood to eat as calories don’t count on vacation.)

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?Redemption, Wisconsin, is a haunted town with a dark past that has a light side and a dark side. It’s not paranormal as everything is rooted in things that could happen in real life, but there are certainly a lot of unexplained happenings in Redemption. If you prefer to keep your mysteries light, then the Charlie Kingsley Mysteries are perfect for you. If you don’t mind a little darkness or edge, check out the psychological suspense books. (Remember, all the Redemption books are clean, no sex, swearing, gore and very little violence.)

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Charlie Kingsley. When she first came into being, she didn’t even have a name. She was the dead aunt who willed her house to Becca in Book 1 of the Secrets of Redemption series. Then, I gave her the wrong name (Lottie) which she wasn’t happy about. Finally, we got that straightened out, and in Book 3 of that series, it became clear that Charlie had quite the backstory on how she ended up in Redemption, Wisconsin, so her story because Books 4 and 5. I thought I was moving on from Charlie at that point, but she had other plans and the next thing I know, I’m writing a twisty, cozy mystery series starring her. I have no idea what the future holds with Charlie, the only thing I’m sure about at this point is I’m not the one in charge.


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.

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.

A Chat with Ellen Jacobson

Ellen is a girl after my own heart; she loves cats and chocolate! Her works include both Cozy Mysteries (Molly McGhie) and Romantic Comedies (Smitten with Travel). Her books will have you glutching your gut while laughing-out-loud. You can find out more about her books from her Website. And don’t forget to follow her on Facebook. In the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology she is introducing us to a whole new set of characters. Set in the fictional town of Why, North Dakota we are sure to be in for cozy adventures.

Ellen’s new series starts out with the book she is including in the anthology;
Planning for Murder (North Dakota Library Mysteries).
When Thea Olson moved back to her hometown in North Dakota, the last thing she expected was to add “investigate a murder” to her To Do list. But when her cousin is falsely accused of killing her business partner, Thea is drawn into solving the case. Can she clear her cousin’s name or will Thea be the murderer’s next victim?

Let’s get to know Ellen more through her answers to a few questions…

Is anything in your book based on your real-life experiences or purely all imagination?
My husband is a proud born and bred North Dakotan and is the inspiration behind setting this series in a small fictional town in North Dakota and the main character’s Norwegian-American background.

I’ve always loved To Do lists and have recently gotten into bullet journaling and creative planners. For me, that means taking my lists of things to do, sticking them in a pretty journal and using decorative elements to jazz things up. You’d be amazing how much more enjoyable it is to check “clean the bathroom” off your list if you have a cute sticker next to it. LOL!

I thought it would be fun to incorporate my new hobby into this story. The murder victim runs a business which sells planner supplies—stickers, pens, journals, craft paper, note pads etc.—hence the title of my novella, “Planning for Murder.”

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
Something you might not know about me is that I used to live on a sailboat. My husband and I bought our first sailboat when we lived in New Zealand, and then when we came back to the States, we bought another one in Florida. My adventures learning to sail, my experiences living aboard a boat, and our time cruising in New Zealand and the Bahamas are the inspiration behind my Mollie McGhie cozy sailing mystery series. Mollie and I have a lot in common. Thankfully, I don’t stumble across dead bodies like she does, though.

Can you give us some insight into what makes you main character tick?
My main character, Thea Olson, is an organizational development consultant. In her professional life, she’s used to analyzing people’s personality types in order to help them be more effective in their careers. When it comes to solving murder cases, she applies this skill to understand suspects’ motives and try to figure out what would drive them to kill.


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.

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.

Let’s Meet Paula Darnell

Author Paula Darnell

Paula is a teacher at heart, having taught at five colleges in a range of subjects including English composition, fashion design, sewing and jewelry making. With a talent for sewing and crafts, she is busy creating not only with words but with textiles, wedding gowns for her daughters and leather jewelry. Paula writes Cosy Mysteries that reflect her interest; A Fine Art Mystery series and A DIY Diva Mystery series. You can follow her on Amazon, Facebook and be sure to check out her Website.

Paula’s book in the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology is Killer Art in the Park.
A sunny day in the park. What could be more delightful? Or more deadly?

Now let’s ask Paula a few questions…

Everyone takes a tote back with them when they head out for a day at the beach, what is in yours?

The tote itself is probably more interesting than what’s in it! I’ve had several canvas totes printed with images of my textile artworks. It’s great fun to have a unique bag, and these are just the right size to take to the beach with enough room for towels, sunscreen, a cozy mystery to read, and sundry other items.

Can you give us some insight into what makes your main character tick?

My main character in “Killer Art in the Park” and all the books in my Fine Art Mystery series is Amanda Trent, an artist specializing in expressionistic abstract landscapes painted in oil. Her desire to make a living as a professional artist is sparked when her husband unexpectedly announces that he is divorcing her to marry a younger woman. As Amanda starts life anew in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far from her former home in Kansas City, she struggles to kick her new career into high gear so that she can support herself.   Of course, along the way, she solves some mysteries, too!

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination?

Although the plots and characters are completely imaginary, some of the details of the setting are based on real-life experiences; for example, exhibiting at an art show, which I’ve done. Also, the way the cooperative art gallery works in “Killer Art in the Park” is based on my own experience of membership in art co-ops. Most readers have attended an arts-and-crafts show or browsed in an art gallery, so this world will seem familiar to them.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

The characters come before the plot, but what came first in both my cozy mystery series—DIY Diva Mysteries and Fine Art Mysteries—is the setting, which really sets the stage for the characters, and then the plot follows. The DIY Diva Mystery series is set in a guard-gated community governed by an aggressive homeowners’ association. With all the picky rules and regulations the HOA decrees, there’s bound to be some controversy. The Fine Art Mystery series is set in an art town in Arizona and centers around a cooperative art gallery. Since I’ve been a member of a couple of cooperative art galleries, it was easy to imagine how the gallery worked and how the member artists interacted with each other.


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.

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.

Time to check in with PATTI LARSEN

Patti Larsen

You might remember that beautiful smile from past interviews, but there is always something new to learn about the authors who are part of the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology. Patti writes in many genres and some of her Cozy Mystery series include; Fleming Investigations, Masquerade Inc., Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries, Canary Key, Finder’s Keepers are just a few. Patti lives on the Prince Edward Island in Canada with her assortment of animals. Be sure to follow Patti on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, ITunes, Smashwords, Google Play, and Facebook. And be sure to check out all her books on her Website.

The High Tide Deception by Patti Larsen
When Petal Morgan is hired to infiltrate and report on possible cheating at a sand sculpture competition, it’s not just the prize money that’s at stake. Stumbling over a body buried under one of the works of art wasn’t how she planned to spend her time at the beach. But with local law enforcement stumped and her well-honed detective skills (and nosiness) keeping her digging, Petal quickly uncovers a dark and deadly truth about the victim that puts her at risk of her own sandy grave.

Let’s ask Patti a few questions about her contribution to the anthology…

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I love to travel, so this is actually a tough question! But right now, my ideal is Isla Mujeres off the coast of the Yucatan, across the water from Cancun, Mexico. Super safe, small enough not to be overwhelming, no need of resort all-inclusive living—hotels are inexpensive and street food is delicious! I live on guacamole and chicken enchiladas when I’m there. Oh, and tequila, because Mexico. White sand beaches, hot weather tempered by ocean breezes, tons of expats to meet, friendly locals and a vibrant nightlife make Isla Mujeres one of my favorite places on the planet (so far!).

When writing a series, how do you keep things fresh for both your readers and also yourself?
It’s funny, because I’m one of those writers who doesn’t get a say in the books I write. The bossy voices in my head dictate the show from start to finish and usually keep me guessing. That’s as fresh as it is frightening sometimes! But they never fail to come through with great stories and fun mysteries I fall in love with as much as my readers do. That means I’ve built up trust over my 150+ (and counting) titles, so when the character says jump, I’m already in the air. The saddest part is when they are ready to be done and I have to say goodbye. But at least that means I get to wrap things up (to their liking, that is!).

Can you give us some insight into what makes you main character tick?
Petal Morgan spent the first thirty years of her life trying to figure out what she was supposed to be doing in a world that told her she should strive to fit in. Only to end up in her parent’s garage apartment with a ton of debt and no idea what she was doing with the rest of her existence. When she fell headlong into her career as a deception expert, she realized all the things she’d learned along the way, all the jobs she’d tried, education she thought she wasted, were exactly what she needed to do the one thing she really loves—pretending she’s someone she’s not and catching bad guys in the process.

What comes first, the plot or characters?
For me, it’s always the characters. Their voices are so loud sometimes (most times!) I can’t sleep and I’m up at 2:30AM writing down what they want me to know. So, when I need the next book or a novella idea or a short, even, I simply ask for it. That means having a conversation (I kid you not) with the character in question about what I need, and they immediately start to tell me all about this time when… it’s amazing and fun and I love the connection I have to the voices so much. I honestly have the best job 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.

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.

Let’s Ask CATE LAWLEY a few questions…

Cate Lawley and friend!

Cate Lawley writes Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, and Urban Fantasy. Her Cozy Mystery series includes: Death Retired Mysteries, Cursed Candy Mysteries, Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries, Furry Fairy Hijinks, Night Shift Witch Mysteries, Ruff Justice Mysteries and Vegan Vamp Mysteries. You can check out all her books on her Website. Cate is a Texan who loves British Mysteries. She has worked as an attorney and a dog trainer, just to name a few. Follow Cate on Facebook, Bookbub, Amazon and Goodreads.

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Cate’s book in the anthology is titled The Sleuthing Granny Gang and the Summer Scandal
Death visits the unlikeliest of locales: White Sage’s lavender festival. When the jam contest favorite ends up dead, the Sleuthing Granny Gang ladies are on the case. Former cadaver dog Fairmont helps them sniff out clues, while the group’s leader Zella does her best to keep her silver-sleuth friends from taking dangerous risks. This year’s jam contest has a hefty prize, a contract with an Austin-based jam company. But did the killer murder to level the contest playing field? Or are there other motives at work? Fairmont and the Sleuthing Granny Gang won’t give up until they’ve solved this latest deadly puzzle.

Can you give us some insight into what makes you main character tick?
Zella’s story is all about starting over, finding a new path for herself independent of her ex-husband and their two grown children. As a part of that journey, she adopted her first dog: Fairmont! While she’d likely have some exposure to a high body count in a small Texas town even without Fairmont (cozy mysteries!), with Fairmont’s help, she embraces murder investigations and other various new experiences with more confidence.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Fairmont, the canine hero of my Fairmont Finds series. I wrote the first Fairmont story just a few months after my beloved German shorthaired pointer Vegas passed away. He was special to so many people, not just me. He had his very own fan club. Fairmont is based primarily on Vegas with a few characteristics taken from my current canine love, Memphis.

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination? Mild spoiler: Fairmont is a former search dog. His experience and training is primarily in human remains detection. I was a search and rescue canine handler for three years, and much of Fairmont’s (and Zella, his owner’s) experiences are based on my own experiences training and handling search dogs.

What comes first, the plot or characters?
Characters. When I started writing the first Fairmont story, I needed a way to keep Vegas alive a little longer. Fairmont let me do that. I was also considering a big change in my personal life (a cross country move, starting over in a new place), and so I knew that I wanted Zella to experience a similar change. From there, I threw in a murder, some secondary characters, a love interest, and the story was off and running. But I do truly feel like most of the stories I write, in the Fairmont series and otherwise, are about love, friendship, and family, in all of their different incarnations.



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.

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.

Let’s check in on Wendy Meadows…

Author Wendy Meadows

Wendy is a writer of cozy mysteries; Sweetfern Harbor Series Maple Hill Series and Alaska Cozy Series are just a few. But she as other talents as well. In another life she worked as a graphic designer and puts that expertise to work by designing her own book covers. Wendy also has a hobby farm where she has two mini pigs!

A bit about the book Wendy is including in Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murder

Farmer, Flip-Flops and Felony

She had a perfect life… until murder came knocking.
Unable to rely on the police and with every clue only getting weirder, Vera will need a little more than luck if she wants to bring peace to her town and put a killer behind bars. But small towns hold lots of secrets, and the killer might just be the person you least expect…

Wendy has some great answers to my questions…
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Secluded cabin on a pond or lake.

Everyone takes a tote back with them when they head out for a day at the beach, what is in yours?
Sunscreen, foldable chair, towels and extra sandals.
If the tote is large enough to fit my mother, she would go with me as well. 😉

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

It is Sherman the mini pig. I own two mini pigs and he is based on my first one, which we almost named Sherman.

What comes first, the plot or characters?
I always picture characters first, then work on the plot based on how I feel their personality/experiences would fit in.

Want to find out more about author Wendy Meadows? Check out her pages on Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub, and Audible. And be sure to go to her Website and sign up for her newsletter. Take a peek at her fab covers while you’re there!


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.

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.