Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Audio #giveaway this week!



My second Vintage Sweets mystery, DEADLY SWEET TOOTH, is now out as an audio book! (Also paperback and e-book, of course.) It sounds great, if I do say so myself.


I know a lot of people listen to audio books around the house, as well as when we used to go on the road. Remember those days? I always took a few in the car for road trips.


My publisher is letting me give some away, and I’d LOVE to give one away here. I’ll leave this open until  the end of week, then pick a winner from the comment section.


Let me know if you’d like to be entered!


PS If you’re a member of the online audio deal where you get free audio books, here’s a link to pick this one up: https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Sweet-Tooth-Vintage-Mystery/dp/B08FCXGV7B/


PPS Here’s a sample!

http://tinyurl.com/y3mhojl6

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Stuff to Get You Through

My last post here, at the end of August, was about coping with these times. Writers cope, of course, by writing. And we hope that everyone else copes by reading what we write.


How was that as an introduction to telling you what I have for you to read?

 

Three new things!

 

First, the third book in my Vintage Sweets cozy mystery series doesn’t come out until March 9th, 2021, and doesn’t even have a cover. BUT, you can pre-order it! How’s that for getting there early?


 

 

It’s available only as an e-book for this. There are ordering links on

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Hereafter-Vintage-Sweets-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B08B475PJV/

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/into-the-sweet-hereafter

B&N Nook

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-sweet-hereafter-kaye-george/1137171727?

And Google Play, of all places

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kaye_George_Into_the_Sweet_Hereafter?id=NVLrDwAAQBAJ

I admit, I’m not quite sure what Google Play is, but I think I pay for it.

 

 

Next, I need to tell you that I sold a short story to Living Springs Publishers, which puts out an annual anthology.

https://livingspringspublishers.com/index.php/stories-through-the-ages-baby-boomers-plus-2020/

 


 

I love the editorial description of my story so much!

 

Fins Fatal Flop: Kaye George’s characters are so well crafted you can feel the tension in crisis and share the emotion in tragedy. This story takes place in a strip-tease bar but there is nothing shabby about the people who care for each other and do whatever it takes to protect themselves from the bad guys. Great entertainment, good reading.

 

 

This is my third story with these characters. I hope to gather all three together in a volume in the future. Meanwhile, I can’t wait for my copy to get here so I can read all of these stories!

 

 

 

Lastly, there is a new audio book of the second in my series, DEADLY SWEET TOOTH, from Lyrical Press. Don’t you love the cover?

https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Sweet-Tooth-Vintage-Mystery/dp/B08FCXGV7B/

 


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

My Mantras


A few years ago, when the phrase “YOU CAN DO IT” was used by Nike and repeated by lots of others, I decided to adopt it for my own. I know, a mantra is supposed to be “OHM” and to be chanted in the Lotus position. I cannot achieve that asana, haven’t been able to since my knee surgery several years ago. I still do it, but a modified version. However, my own personal Yoga session just involves deep breathing and an attempt at mind-clearing, no mantra.

A jade Buddha my husband brought home from Korea


So where did I use YOU CAN DO IT? At the end of each journal entry. I call them my Daily Pages, which I got from…somewhere. I do them M-F so I don’t feel like I have to write them every day. It’s my log book, part diary, part what I’ve accomplished in the last day (or weekend), and what I hope to get done that day. It’s the first thing I do in my work day, so the exhortation at the end of my writing serves to propel me into and through the day.

Laughing Buddha also from Korea (he squeaks when you push his belly)


This mantra served me well when I went through a period where I thought I might not be able to do it. During my husband’s decline and after his death, it helped to tell myself that every day.

Prayer stick my son and daughter-in-law left for my husband in Thailand










The temple in Thailand


Before that, I used things like PERSIST and ONWARD. I started YCDI in 2010, actually, and kept it for a long time. Intermittently I used DON’T QUIT NOW, YOU'RE ON THE WAY, GOING GOOD, LET'S GO! In 2014, I used OFF TO THE RACES, since that was the Year of the Horse. I used some others for the Chinese years, coming back to YCDI.

In 2019 I used these two:
KEEP GOING. DO NOT STOP. DO NOT HURRY.
BREATHE. REST, RECOVER, REFLECT

Full moon in May


This year I’m using:
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

And this one from, which my friend Daryl Wood Gerber tells me a lot:
BREATHE

My tea in a cup from a trip to see my cousin in Seattle


I know, that’s not really what a mantra is, but it’s mine and I call it that.

What do you do to encourage yourself? To get you through the day?

All photos are mine.






Monday, August 3, 2020

What Woman Doesn’t Like Jewelry or a #giveaway

INTRO and ANNOUNCEMENT: I've blogged happily on the Killer Characters site since 2015, right after my first Fat Cat books came out, written by me as Janet Cantrell. I switched to promoting the Vintage Sweets series when that one started recently. This week, the decision was made to disband the Killer Character group as a dot com blog, sadly. We're all so sorry to see it go! I had prepared this giveaway to post there on my regular day, the 4th of the month. Instead, please see the message there today. https://www.killercharacters.com/

And read on for my farewell Killer Character post:

by Dorella Diggs 

from INTO THE SWEET HEREAFTER, #3 in the ##VintageSweetsMysteries by Kaye George

 

I’m not sure what’s going on around here. Fredericksburg has always been such a friendly, peaceful town. Tally, my boss at Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets, has been talking about a string of break-ins and thefts. Into houses, no less. The local crime watch group, Crime Fritzers, has something to do, at last. My new boyfriend, Ira Mann, is helping with the watch group. I’m so proud of him. I’m also a little star struck, since he is the mayor’s son.

He really treats me well, too. A few days ago he gave me this gorgeous pink sapphire ring. Okay, it’s just a pinky ring, so it can’t be an engagement ring. Or even a promise ring. It’s nice to date someone with money to spare, though, I can tell you. And now he gave me this string of pearls. Not what I would choose, but they had to cost a bundle.

 

Wait, why is everyone getting so excited? I just came into the shop to show them my new necklace. Surely they don’t believe that nasty customer? The woman who said my sapphire ring was hers? Ira bought these for me. I know he did.  

 

My author wants you to know that INTO THE SWEET HEREAFTER is available for pre-order right now! E-book now, paperback later (coming March 9th). Links to preorder: https://kayegeorge.wixsite.com/kaye-george/buy-links-for-vintage-sweets

 

Author here: Leave a comment with your email (disguised as MyEmail at server dot com if you wish) and I’ll pick a winner on August 6th, Monday night, to receive a paperback of the #2 in this series, DEADLY SWEET TOOTH!

 

You can always follow me here, at my personal blog: http://travelswithkaye.blogspot.com/

and on the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/killercharacters/

I’d also love it if you’d sign up for my newsletter at my webpage: http://kayegeorge.com/

 

pearl photo from https://morguefile.com/photos/morguefile/2/pearl%20necklace/pop by EmmiP

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

I love this publisher!

How great is this? A spotlight in Woman’s World!




Lyrical Press has done so much good publicity for my Vintage Sweets series. Lots of giveaways. (HINT: I still have some e-book giveaways for DEADLY SWEET TOOTH. I’d love to give them to readers who will consider giving the book a review on Amazon or Goodreads or both.)

Please email me at kayegeorge at gmail dot com and I’ll hand them out to the first comers. I’m not only grateful for this publisher, but also my wonderful fans and readers!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Here's How It Works for Me


Falling and Getting Up


I’ve had a few life-altering experiences, as I’m sure most of us have. The most devastating ones have made me feel like the floor has been yanked out from under me. There was no stable place to walk. The earth beneath my feet had opened up and shown me a deep, dark abyss. Nothing was familiar.







That’s what it feels like when I go into depression. When I come out, I realize that there are still colors, and sounds—like birdsong and tree frogs, and bright things—like fireflies, stars, even a moon.










What has often gotten me through depression is the lists I’ve made, at the advice of my therapists. They are lists of what is good in my life.



Okay, so this plague has robbed us, stolen our lives. We are now living in a different historical era than we were a few short months ago. We’re in an unimaginable place. Unfamiliar. Hostile even. For me, I can clearly see that this intruder is out to kill me. I’m in the high-risk age group, and the bad-lung group, plus some mitochondrial stuff that doesn’t help. So I’m on the defensive. Many people don’t have to be so careful, or they think they don’t have to. Some healthy, young people have been fatally stricken, to everyone’s surprise.



Meanwhile, we’re learning to live in this alien landscape. We avoid crowds, or even, my case, most people. We pay attention and make sure everything is clean. We buy or make masks to protect each other (if we’re good people).




And that list? It’s still there. I still have many of the good things I’ve always had.

I have these.

-The love of my family, scattered across the country and even across the globe, into Europe.
-Many phone calls and other communication.
-The warm camaraderie of my writing colleagues online.
-An occupation I love, goals that keep me occupied, even when I can’t do everything I want to.
-Shelter, food, clothing, heat and AC, trash pickup.-Doctors at my beck and call by phone or video, or even face to face if I need to do that.
-The daily newspaper. (I know, that seems trivial, but I love the comics and puzzles.)
-So many books I haven’t yet read.-
-New books coming out all the time.
-My music, which I’ve neglected lately and am going back to in a small way.
-A spectacular yard, with roses and irises now, after a progression for the last couple of months, although those plants are really kicking up my allergies.
-Good neighbors who all keep track of each other.
---NEW: Social distancing walks with my local family, me on one side of the street, them on the other.

I don’t have these any longer:

-New episodes of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!
-The news, which I used to watch, but no longer can.
-Dinner out with my kids and grandkids, and eating together at our houses.
-The joy of driving my grandkids to lessons and classes.
-Their hugs.

BUT, most of the items in the second list will come back in due time. And that first list is a lot longer.

What do you miss? What do you take joy in now? What are you looking forward to getting back…some day?



Images from Pixabay.com, Morguefile.com; roses are mine—aren’t they gorgeous?


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

ARE YOU LISTENING?


How are you coping through our disaster? Are you bingeing TV shows? Movies? Reading lots of books? Are you listening to audio books?



If you’re doing audio books, I have an offer for you!

The publisher of my new Vintage Sweets cozy mystery series has given me a bunch of audio books (6) to give away, lucky you! The book is REVENGE IS SWEET. Here’s a little bit about it.
*****
In the picturesque tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Tally Holt has opened a new candy store with a vintage twist . . .but there’s no sugar-coating a nasty case of murder . . .

Tally Holt has poured her heart, soul, and bank account into Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets, specializing in her grandmother’s delicious recipes. Tally’s homemade Mallomars, Twinkies, fudges, and taffy are a hit with visiting tourists—and with Yolanda Bella, the flamboyant owner of Bella’s Baskets next door. But both shops encounter a sour surprise when local handyman Gene Faust is found dead in Tally’s kitchen, stabbed with Yolanda’s scissors.

The mayor’s adopted son, Gene was a handsome Casanova with a bad habit of borrowing money from the women he wooed. It’s a sticky situation for Yolanda, who was one of his marks. There are plenty of other likely culprits among Fredericksburg’s female population, and even among Gene’s family. But unless Tally can figure out who finally had their fill of Gene’s sweet-talking ways, Yolanda—and both their fledgling businesses—may be destined for a bitter end . . .
*****

Interested? Here’s how to enter—it’s easy. Just post a comment here, including your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Non-Amazon Online Bookstores



I posted this on another blog a few days ago, but I think it’s worth repeating here. From my Writers Who Kill post on 3/19, I’ve added a few that were in the comments there.




As Amazon announces their priorities during the COVID-19 crisis, maybe we should take a little pressure off them. They may have trouble shipping books now or in the near future, temporarily.

With the help of a bunch of people on Facebook, I’ve collected some online paperback book sources for you to consider. You NEED to buy some books when you’re shut in, right? Many of these also sell e-books, too. Though I don’t think Amazon/Kindle is interrupted, a lot of people have other kinds of e-readers, including me.

I’m giving preference to my own publishers’ sites—can’t blame me for that, right? I haven’t tried all of these, but they’ve all been recommended. Some of them offer curbside pickup. Some are beloved local bookstores and some of those have had to close the physical building to customers.

Feel free to add your favorites in the comments. Let’s keep reading!

Untreed Reads

Wildside Press

Black Cat Mystery and Science Fiction

Darkhouse Books

Barnes &Noble

Books-A-Million

Mystery Loves Company

Powell’s Books

Indie Bound

Bookshop

Print

Book Depository

Walmart

AbeBooks

Mystery Lovers Bookshop

Mysterious Galaxy

Books Inc.

Better World Books

Third Place Books

eBay books

Copperfish Books

Once Upon a Crime

Kepler’s Books

Book People

Half-Price Books

Village Books

Beaverdale Books

Malaprop’s Books and Café

Thrift Books

The Book Rack

Belle Books, from Jackie on WWK

Books2Read, from Elle Andrews Patt on WWK

Book Shop, from Gary Phillips on WWK
(connects with indie bookstores to fulfill online sales)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Short Story First Lines


I admit I have an ulterior motive for posting about short stories. This is partially a repeat of the Writers Who Kill post from 2/2/2020 (love that date!), but with an important addition.

A NEW ANTHOLOGY IS OUT! It contains my 1950s short story "Life and Death on the Road" inspired by my little brother running away to join a carnival when we were kids. From Darkhouse Books, available in paperback and e-book. First line of this story: Davy lay awake, rigid, unable to relax.




(Oh, and did I mention that I have a short story up for an Agatha Award this year? Yeah, I thought so. It's the one from A MURDER OF CROWS.)

And here is the original post:

As writers, and as readers, we know how important beginnings are. The first line, the first paragraph, the first page—that’s what determines whether or not the reader decides to invest more precious time in your story or not. I’m going to deal with short stories today.

I have some first lines I’m proud of. And some that work okay. I’ll put some of mine out there. Feel free to rip me up—I mean rip my WORK up, not me. (Although it does feel that way, right, writers?) Also feel free to tell me some of yours that work, or some famous ones you love.

“Grist for the Mill” (have to say this, my Agatha nominated story) in A MURDER OF CROWS:
Kevin Grady couldn’t wait to get outside.
***I hope I’ve made the reader wonder why he wants to go outside and can’t wait.
You know, I like the first line of the second paragraph better:
When he choked on it, he stopped and looked around, spitting out the foul taste he had inhaled.
***Now you have to wonder what he’s choking on. Much more important.


“The Darkest Hour” in DAY OF THE DARK, 2017
I think it was on a Saturday afternoon when Tom got the bright idea to rent out our spare room for the eclipse. I wish I’d just killed him then.
***Two sentences, but I have to use both of them to entice you into the story. 


“Dream Girl” in BOULD Anthology, 2019
She stretched with delight. What a great dream that had been!
***Of course, here, I want you to wonder what the dream was. That’s revealed over the course of the story, which I hope confuses the heck out of the reader.

“The Bible Belt Buckle Killer” in Suspense Magazine, Fall of 2018:
Isabel Musik dropped her Bloody Mary when she heard the scream.
***This is my second Isabel Musik story. She’s a “reformed” vampire, so it’s fitting she’s drinking a Bloody Mary.

I’ll put a few more of mine out here, then step aside and let you post yours.

“The Truck Contest, Fish Tales” (the first Guppy anthology):
The first time I saw it I assumed it was an accident.

“Levittown Louie,” Mysterical-E, Spring 2007
First off, Kimber's entrance to the Ground Hog Day Ball was disastrous.


“Handbaskets, Drawers, and a Killer Cold,” Crooked, January 2009:
“If your brother screws up once more…” Cal Arnold’s tirade skittered to a stop at the expression on his wife’s face.

“Snatched Potatoes,” Kings River Life, June 2014, also in Black Cat Thrillogy #11 from Wildside:
“Be sure you gouge out the eyes, Imogene.”

A SHOUTOUT TO MY FELLOW SHORT STORY AGATHA NOMINEES:
Barb Goffman, Cynthia Kuhn, Shawn Reilly Simmons, and Art Taylor

Your turn!

You can find links to these on my short story page, some for purchase, some to read: