Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 18, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Spooky Sweet

On the eighteenth night of Halloween…

Spooky Sweet by Connie Shelton

Now that Samantha Sweet has a contract to provide her special handmade chocolates for the wealthy jet-set clients of Book It Travel, Sweet’s Sweets bakery is taking on a whole new dimension. Only problem, Sam isn’t ready. It’s almost Halloween, her pastry shop is bursting at the seams and she needs extra employees but there is no place to put them.

Right before the witching day, she comes upon a large Victorian house she can adapt for the business, and it seems her problem is solved. But is it? The mysterious, spooky noises at night are way more than the normal creaks and groans of an old building. Something else is going on and Sam suspects it may be related to her husband’s newest case, investigating where an abandoned duffle bag crammed full of cash came from. Beau is dealing with a greedy reward-seeker, a robbery with no leads, and a waif who appears and vanishes. Sam’s mystery has her watching for ghosts and working almost around the clock. Is she relying on magic?—well, occasionally.

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Meet the Author…

Connie Shelton is the author of the USA Today bestselling Charlie Parker and Samantha Sweet mysteries. She’s known for a light touch when it comes to sex and violence in her stories, but is much more lavish with food and chocolate. She and her husband and two dogs live in northern New Mexico. Visit her website and sign up for her newsletter at and get her free mystery newsletter.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 17, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Trick or Murder?

On the seventeenth night of Halloween…

Trick or Murder? by Debbie Young

As Halloween approaches in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow, Sophie Sayers, new to the village, is suspicious of the fierce new vicar and his ban on the villagers’ seasonal celebrations.

Especially when he plans to replace them with a traditional Guy Fawkes’ Night party, and invites everyone to bring a guy (scarecrow) to burn on his giant bonfire.

Sophie thinks the vicar’s not the only one with dark secrets to hide. What about her boss, the beguiling bookseller, Hector Munro? Whose body will be found outside his village bookshop? Not to mention the one secretly buried beneath the vicar’s bonfire…

Just as Sophie had been starting to feel at home in Wendlebury, she must call on all her inner resources and trust her instincts to save the day before anyone else can come to harm – and to get Hector back on her side.

For fans of cozy mysteries everywhere, Sophie’s second adventure will have you laughing out loud as you try to solve the mystery before she does, in the company of engaging new characters, as well as familiar favorites from “Best Murder in Show”.

“Trick or Murder?” may be read as a standalone novel, but part of a planned series of seven books, which when complete (four books published so far) will run the course of the village year from one summer to the next, telling the long-term story of how Sophie settles into the village and finds new friends and builds a long-term romantic relationship with local bookseller Hector Munro.

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Meet the Author…

Debbie Young writes warm, witty, feel-good contemporary fiction inspired by life in the English village where she has lived in a Victorian cottage for nearly thirty years, in the beautiful Cotswolds district.

She plays an active part in the busy social life of this community, having served on many committees for many years, including those of the village show, the youth club, the PTA, and the village fun run. She is also founder and director of the village’s own annual literature festival.

Her Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series begins with “Best Murder in Show” and, when complete, will run the course of a calendar year in the life of a classic English Cotswold village. The fifth in the series, “Springtime for Murder”, will launch this fall.

She’s also writing a new romantic comedy mystery series, “Staffroom at St Clare’s”, set in the staffroom of an English girls’ boarding school. Will there be any dead bodies lurking in the dorms? You’ll have to wait to find out!

Her back catalog includes three collections of seasonal short stories, including a lighthearted celebration of Christmas in “Stocking Fillers”, a wry look at dating, love and marriage in “Marry in Haste”, and a set of very short flash fiction stories, “Quick Change”. A short seasonal read for December, “Lighting Up Time”, is available as a free short story download.

She is a frequent speaker at literature festivals throughout her native UK – next stop is Inverness in the far north of Scotland for the Ness Book Fest, a stone’s throw from Loch Ness – a trip she’ll combine with research for the eighth book in her Sophie Sayers series, which will be set in the Scottish Highlands, home to Sophie’s parents.

Readers who opt to join her free Readers’ Club will receive a link to a free download of her short story, “The Alchemy of Chocolate”, which she recently performed at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 16, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Dark, Witch & Creamy

On the sixteenth night of Halloween…

Dark, Witch & Creamy by H. Y. Hanna

Caitlyn’s world changes when she learns that she was found as an abandoned baby and adopted by her American family. Now, her search for answers takes her to a tiny English village where a man has been murdered – and where a mysterious shop selling enchanted chocolates is home to the “local witch”…

Soon Caitlyn finds herself fending off a toothless old vampire, rescuing an adorable kitten and meeting handsome aristocrat Lord James Fitzroy… not to mention discovering that she herself might have magical blood in her veins!

When she’s dragged into the murder investigation and realizes that dark magic is involved, Caitlyn is forced to choose. Can she embrace her witchy powers in time to solve the mystery and save those she loves?

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Meet the Author…

H.Y. (“Hsin-Yi”) Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense writer and the author of the bestselling Oxford Tearoom Mysteries and the BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries. She has also written romantic suspense and sweet romance, as well as a children’s middle-grade mystery series.

Hsin-Yi graduated from Oxford University with a BA and MA in Biological Sciences and a Master of Studies in Social Anthropology. She tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist for several years, with articles and short stories published in the UK, Australia and NZ, and has won awards for her novels, poetry, short stories and journalism.

A globe-trotter all her life, Hsin-Yi grew up in many different countries and has lived in a variety of cultures, from Dubai to Sydney, London to New Jersey, but is now happily settled in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and a rescue kitty named Muesli – who stars in her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series.

You can learn more about her and her books (and the real-life Honey and Muesli who inspired the characters in the stories) at:

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 15, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Samhain Secrets

On the fifteenth night of Halloween…

Samhain Secrets by Jennifer David Hesse

It’s that haunted time of year, when skeletons come out to play. But Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni discovers it isn’t just restless spirits who walk the night . . .

After her recent promotion to junior partner, Keli is putting in overtime to juggle her professional career and private Wiccan spiritual practice. With Halloween fast approaching, her duties include appearing as a witch at a “haunted” barn and hand-holding a client who’s convinced her new house is really haunted. But it’s the disappearance of Josephine O’Malley that has Keli spooked.

The missing person is Keli’s aunt, an environmental activist and free spirit who always seemed to embody peace, love, and independence. When Josephine is found dead in the woods, Keli wonders if her aunt’s activities were as friendly as they seemed. As Keli comes to terms with her loss—while adjusting to having a live-in boyfriend and new demands at work—she must wield her one-of-a-kind magic to banish negative energy if she’s going to catch a killer this Samhain season. Because Keli isn’t ready to give up the ghost . . .

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Meet the Author…

Jennifer David Hesse is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries, a cozy mystery series published by Kensington Books. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree as an English major from Eastern Illinois University and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After an eight-year stint in New York, she now makes her home in Chicago with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys yoga, hiking, and movie night with her family.

Jennifer can be found online at:

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 14, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Haunted Hayride with Murder

On the fourteenth night of Halloween…

Haunted Hayride with Murder by Auralee Wallace

Trick-or-treating just got a whole lot deadlier…

Erica Bloom is loving everything about autumn this year in Otter Lake, New Hampshire: changing leaves, apple cider, cozy sweaters… and the warm and fuzzy relationship that’s heating up between her and Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when some local teens out to find some Halloween thrills come across a boot with a dead man’s foot bones still inside it, a chilling new reality comes into play. Everyone in Otter Lake knows about the age-old witch who haunts the apple orchard bordering the White Mountains. So when the bones turn out to belong to a long-gone local with a scandalous connection to the orchard, stories of the spooky figure roaming the forests at night once again rise up from the past. Now it’s up to Erica and the rest of the Otter Lake Security team to expose the identity of the killer. Will they be able to lay this ghost to rest…or will this witch hunt be their last?


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Meet the Author…

Auralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blond mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to one rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 13, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Witch Inheritance

On the thirteenth night of Halloween…

Witch Inheritance by Sonia Parin

The Coven has caught up with Lexie. There’s no walking away from it now…

Alexandra Elizabeth Mackenzie. Stop ignoring us. Speak the words. Make this right so we can be… Bright.

Lexie’s birthday has caught up with her, as have her cousins, Mirabelle Louisa Mackenzie – High Chair of the British Isles and all Circumferential Domains Pertaining to the Mackenzie Coven – and Catherine Marianna Mackenzie, her down under cousin (If she has a title, she’s not telling her). They’ve been sent to remind Lexie of her family obligations and also to give her a birthday gift. The type she can’t return, refuse or exchange. It’s her heritage and it comes with a job she didn’t even apply for. It’s actually more a way of life than a career and it comes with a snazzy new outfit only her cousins can see. Thank goodness for that…

Not surprisingly, Mirabelle and Catherine Mackenzie are short on details and time to explain. In fact, Lexie has less than two days to brush up on her skills and fly to England… at the blink of an eye. The Mackenzie Coven has been enlisted to assist with a rising concern at House St James. It comes in the shape of an inky black fog Lexie calls the menace. It might not be in corporeal form, but it’s somehow managed to murder one St James family member. Now it’s Lexie’s job to make sure it doesn’t strike again, but she’s fallen under a spell. Suddenly she’s tearing off her beloved denim jeans and Rock Hard t-shirt and donning bespoke designer dresses and sipping ‘delish’ champagne. Even her accent has changed and her cousins can’t do anything about it because a covenant prohibits all three Mackenzie Coven witches from gathering in the house together. They must somehow circumvent the seal and guide Lexie through her first official task as a Mackenzie Coven witch and find the murderer before all the heirs meet their end…

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

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Meet the Author…

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sonia Parin writes humorous cozy mysteries with quirky characters and entertaining dialogue. Her characters are described as realistic with a sense of fun, which is great because her aim is to provide lighthearted entertainment and pure escapism.


** A little bit about the Mackenzie Coven Mystery series:

My witch in training, Lexie, had a ten year sabbatical from her coven duties and has now been thrust right into the thick of it by her two cousins who organize her into solving supernatural mysteries. Lexie has a chatty feline companion named Luna who appears at the end of book one and makes her real debut in book 2. In my latest Mackenzie book, Witch in Exile, Lexie was ‘gifted’ a blueberry munching fairy. In hindsight, I think I introduced this new character because Luna needed someone to keep her in line. The stories are lighthearted and aimed at providing pure escapism.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 12, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt

On the twelfth night of Halloween…

Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt by Rachael Stapleton

Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt is the second book in the Bohemian Lake Series, and it’s the first of the series dedicated to Juniper, Jack & their ghostly guests.

House flippers Jack & Juniper agree to lend and help prep their latest purchase—The Doctors House—an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for the town’s Halloween bash, they’re expecting to find missing floor boards, and pesky bats, not the ghostly specter of the murdered Doctors Wife.

But when the head of the council is found stuffed in a trunk in the attic, it appears history is repeating.

As June and the team, carry on with party preparations, they unravel a century of family secrets, whispers of lunacy—and the number one suspect goes on the run. But the victim’s family insists that the ball must go on, even with a killer on the loose. With Halloween fast approaching, June sees the woman in white and wonders if keeping the killer out was ever really a possibility. Now she’s desperate to unmask the killer before the Annual Halloween Bash turns into even more of a deadly haunt…

*For those of you who are new to my books, the Bohemian Lake series is a world comprised of three sets. Each set focuses on a different Bohemian resident(s), although all of the books intersect. *You will note characters cross books all the time. *

Reading Order:
Penning Trouble: Murder, She Floats,
Haunted House Flippers: Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt
Penning Trouble: Murder, She Slopes,
Haunted House Flippers: Candy Canes, Corpses and the Gothic Haunt
Bohemian Murder Manor: Gypsies, Traps & Missing Thieves
Bohemian Murder Manor: Make-Believes & Lost Memories
Haunted House Flippers: Crumb Cake, Corpses and the Run-of-the-Mill
Penning Trouble: Murder, Ye Bones

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Meet the Author…

Rachael Stapleton is a paranormal cozy mystery novelist who writes about spooky and unusual homes in a small town community—she also happens to live in one. And while her own Gothic Victorian home inspires the haunting behavior, she’s happy to say she’s actually ghost-free.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 11, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – His Halloween Promise

On the eleventh night of Halloween…

His Halloween Promise by Cheryl Barton

Dylan Kennedy and Savannah Eaton-Kennedy may be divorced, but that doesn’t stop them from indulging in some pretty hot and sexy encounters.

With a look here, a glance there and desire everywhere, a divorce decree may mean that their life together is over for now, but Dylan made a promise to his son and sought his help in a plan to make their family whole again.

Savannah tried to move on, but the love she still held began winning out over the reasons of why she divorced Dylan in the first place. She has no idea that he’s on a mission with a promise to keep that could bring her back where she belongs – into his life permanently on Halloween, a night filled with more sweetness than candy.


Meet the Author…

Cheryl Barton lives in Maryland and in her spare time, she loves to read espionage, crime and romance novels, cook, watch Sci-fi movies, spend time with family and friends and enjoy Maryland steamed crabs. Cheryl is celebrating 30 years as a government employee and loves writing romance novels when she’s not working. Cheryl is the author of 31 romance novels, 3 inspirational novels and is proud of 4 book compilation projects with several other incredible women called, One Sister Away: Encouraging Words from One Sister to Another – a series of books meant to encourage, empower and inspire other women. People often ask Cheryl which book is her favorite of all of those she’s written and while she finds it hard to select one favorite, she still looks to her first novel, Bachelor Not for Sale, because it was her first novel and the one that inspired her to continue writing.

Cheryl is a member of the Romance Writers of America – National Chapter and the Maryland Romance Writers, the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland and the International Women Writers Guild.

Cheryl owns an independent book publishing company, Cheryl Barton Publishing, LLC, where she assists other writers with their dreams of getting their writings in the hands of readers. You can read more about her book publishing company at

Indulge in romance and inspirational novels by visiting her website at and connect with Cheryl on social media at:




Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 10, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Hazelnuts and Halloween

On the tenth night of Halloween…

Hazelnuts and Halloween by Leena Clover

Halloween Celebrations End With a Washed Up Corpse…

Pelican Cove is celebrating Halloween in style. The annual Halloween party at the Boardwalk Cafe brings out the witches and superheroes in full strength. Old timers share Pelican Cove’s legends of haunted houses and ghost ships. The unidentified body washed up on the beach, however, dampens the mood the very next morning.

The town hires Jenny to solve the murder. With a town full of people dressed in costumes, Jenny finds it hard to narrow down a suspect.

If you like clean cozy mysteries and books in the Pelican Cove Cozy Mystery Series, you will love this cozy short story that celebrates the spirit of Halloween.

This story is set between Book 6 and Book 7 of the series.

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Meet the Author…

Leena Clover is the best selling author of the popular Pelican Cove cozy mystery series.

An avid reader herself, Leena grew up reading mystery books. Some of her favorite authors are Agatha Christie, M C Beaton and Donna Andrews. Now she is trying her hand at writing whodunnits, making them as nail biting as possible while keeping them cozy.

Her love for food is evident in all her books. Readers can find yummy treats in the pages of her books, along with friends that last a lifetime.

Connect with Leena at her website or write to her. She looks forward to hearing from you.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 9, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Sacrificial Lambs and Others

On the ninth night of Halloween…

Sacrificial Lambs and Others by Sheri White

Sacrificial Lambs and Others is Sheri White’s first collection. From quiet horror to bloody violence, these flash fiction pieces and short stories are chilling and emotionally visceral. You will find people teetering on the brink of sanity, dark farms, creepy carnivals, weird kids, and Armageddon. These stories will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.
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Meet the Author…

Sheri White has lived in Maryland all her life and has the crab-picking skills and the big can of Old Bay in her pantry to show for it.

Her stories have been published in many anthologies, including Be Very Afraid (edited by Edo Van Belkom), Decadence 2 (edited by Monica J. O’Rourke), Once Upon an Apocalypse (edited by Scott Goudsward and Rachel Kenley), and Fresh Blood, Old Bones (edited by Kasey Lansdale). Magazine appearances include Lamplight, The Sirens Call, Devolution Z, and Beware the Dark.

She is also the editor of the UK magazine Morpheus Tales.

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