Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Bag Full of Romance and Suspense

When I think of purses, I always think of my mother. She was constantly shopping for purses of all shapes and sizes, and I think she passed her habit on to me. Today's guest in My Writing Corner, Wendy Kendall, caught my attention when I learned about her own love of handbags. Her passion for purses, mystery and writing come together in the intriguing Purse Suit Mysteries.

Her book, Kat Out of the Bag, introduced Katherine Watson purse designer/sleuth.  As Kat moves from designer bags to body bags, she's uncovering clues to a murder. The prequel, Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash delves into a chilling cold case. The romantic suspense, Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For created a tangle of mystery and love and raises suspicions about Desiree's romantic new sweetheart, Leo. 

Now Wendy has a new summer read that will keep you on the edge of your beach towel, Cherry Shakes In The Park. It blends danger, divas, and frothy delights. Wendy says she enjoys investigating the Pacific Northwest life, and she leaves a trail of her own clues as a blogger, YouTube podcaster, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Just wait until you see what Katherine Watson and her friends in Bayside face in their next adventure.

Let's get a blurb:

Selling ice cream on a bike cart, Bryson Tanner pedals his way into a double mystery.

Bryson is training for Olympic trials in track and field, when his coach's brother disappears. The police find no cause for opening a case, but Bryson and Coach disagree. What they uncover leaves Bryson cornered, his life at risk. 

Bryson is also plagued by mysteries of the heart. His ex, Marta is back and stars in the acting troupe's weekend show in the park. She'd stomped on his heart once. Could he trust her with it again? Marta's co-star, Senona charms Bryson over cherry shakes in the park. He's torn between rekindling his past, or starting a new flame. He joins Senona on the actors' mystery hunt, where the winner receives a career-boosting prize. 

Who knew the actors' clue hunt would merge with the kidnapping? Danger escalates during a midsummer night's dalliance at desolate Loon point.

Want to know more about this book?  How about an excerpt:

        “Bryson, Vince might have been kidnapped.” Coach’s voice tremored.

“What? That’s crazy.” 

Coach leaned against his car. Bryson faced him. “The cops will find him. They’re on the case now.” 

Coach put his hand up to his forehead. “What is this about? There’s been no ransom call. They think they found blood. What did Vince get himself into?” 

    They stood speechless, as the cops worked. Jason and Hobbs left the scene, and the dog jumped back into the car. Jason came over. “They’re done with me for now. It’s going to be a long night, and there’s nothing either of you can do at this point. They’ll call you as soon as they know more. I suggest you wait at home.” 

Coach slowly shook his head. “No, I’ll wait here.” 

Jason looked at Bryson, then back at Coach. “Okay. Stay back here while they’re collecting evidence. Good night.” 

As they watched his patrol car leave, Bryson got an idea. “Coach, he’s right, there’s nothing you can do for Vince here—” 

“I’m not leaving. You go ahead.” 

“Listen, you wanted to check out Vince’s laptop. This would be a good time to go to his house. By morning the cops will think of searching there, and they’ll probably put crime scene tape up and not let you in. We can go now.” 

Coach slowly straightened up as Bryson’s words sank in. “Good idea.”


Bryson got in his jeep. “I’ll follow you.” 


This story sounds intriguing, but if you want to read on, you'll have to buy the book. Here are the buy links as well as the information on how to get in touch with Wendy.

Buy Links:

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Kendall/e/B085FWG8Q3?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1657503282&sr=8-1 

Barnes and Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cherry-shakes-in-the-park-wendy-kendall/1141622049?ean=2940186707899 

KOBO - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kat-out-of-the-bag 

Social Contacts

Website – WendyWritesBooks.com

Facebook – WendyKendallMysteries

Twitter - @wendywrites1

Instagram - wendyekendall

Thank you, Wendy, for being my guest today. Any comments or questions for Wendy?

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

A Sweet Summer Treat

Don't we all have those favorite authors we keep going back to whenever they have a new book coming out? I know I do. Some authors I enjoy so much I find myself re-reading their books from time to time. Joining us once again is today's guest in My Writing Corner, Virginia Barlow. She has just had her second book in the One Scoop or Two series published by The Wild Rose Press called Key Lime Coconut Curse.

Virginia appeared in My Writing Corner a few weeks ago, where we featured her first book in TWRP's One Scoop or Two Series called S’mores Siren Song. As she told us, she has been married to her best friend for 39 years. When she isn't writing, she says she loves to knit, crochet and quilt.

Virginia's latest book, Key Lime Coconut Curse, sounds like a winner!

Let's get a blurb:

Tilly O’ Brian returns to Key West, Florida following a brutal divorce and her ex wants revenge. When Cole Turner follows her home, she isn’t sure if he’s her ex’s newest spy or the dark warlock coming to steal the family talisman. But the powerful chemistry between them won’t be denied.

Cole Turner has been hired to get information on Tilly. With one look, he realizes she’s innocent and a witch. Powerful warlocks and demons converge on Key West and Tilly’s life is in danger. They must focus their power to survive.
Then there’s the matter of the curse….

Doesn't that peak your interest as a fun summer read? Want to learn more, let's get an excerpt:

She set the spoon down and stared at the dish. If it wasn’t the ice cream, it must be the customer. Aunt Mable was wrong. Her customer/stalker had to be the dark warlock.

Tilly stood and hurried to the front. “I’m going down to the beach for a few minutes. I’ll be right back. If anything happens, you can text or call.” She smiled at Kamie as she closed the shop door behind her.

Once she reached the beach, Tilly dialed Aunt Mable and filled her in on the events in the store and her suspicions. She walked the beach and kept her distance from other people so she wasn’t overheard. The conversation was private and for Aunt Mable’s ears only.

Silence filled the other end of the line. “You think the stranger is here for the talisman?”

“Yes.” Tilly glanced around and quickened her step. A couple of joggers ran up behind her. She turned around and slowed her pace so they could pass. “What other explanation is there?”

“Your stalker is not the black warlock. In my vision, he’s shorter, and his hair is darker.”

She clasped the phone to her ear. “How can you be sure? You haven’t seen the man who’s been following me?”

Aunt Mable chuckled. “I did see him. I asked the stones to reveal him to me this morning, and they did. I must admit, he’s one fine-looking man. If I were younger, I’d go after him. He’s got quite a nice package.”

Tilly froze. “The stones showed you his ‘package’?” Her voice rose an octave.

“He was in the shower when I asked the stones about him.” Her aunt’s voice was matter of fact, as if spying on naked men were a regular thing. “I didn’t know he got up at six a.m. to shower. Nor did I anticipate he would turn to rinse the lather off his back while I watched.”

Tilly choked. “Jeez, Auntie, did you see anything else?”

Aunt Mable chuckled. “Asking for a friend?

Tilly rolled her eyes. She realized how it sounded as soon as the words burst from her mouth. “No. Did you see anything else, as in, something magical like a talisman, grimoire, or mystical object? Something revealing he’s a warlock?”

Her aunt sighed. “No, just his beautiful, muscular body.”

Tilly closed her eyes. Sometimes her imagination worked too well. “So, do you think the ice cream is cursed and caused the situation earlier, or another witch is in town and causing mischief?”

“I don’t know.” Aunt Mable’s voice faded off as if she were a million memories away.


Thank you Virginia, for being my guest today on My Writing Corner.  To learn more about Virgina and her books, here are her buy links and social contact information.

Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Key-Lime-Coconut-Curse-Scoop-ebook/dp/B09Z9YRMMK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ZLGOLRB2P0HZ&keywords=Key+Lime+Coconut+Curse&qid=1654392050&sprefix=key+lime+coconut+curse%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/key-lime-coconut-curse-virginia-barlow/1141502646?ean=2940185729601

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61220683-key-lime-coconut-curse

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/key-lime-coconut-curse-by-virginia-barlow

Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.virginia-barlow.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Virgini35142126

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/virginiasromancenook/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3046288755596817

Are there any comments or questions for Virginia?

A Bag Full of Romance and Suspense

When I think of purses, I always think of my mother. She was constantly shopping for purses of all shapes and sizes, and I think she passed ...