Author Archives: Barbara Jean Coast

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.

Blog Break

Hi there, guys and dolls! Yours truly is taking a week off to rest, rejuvenate and frolic (yes, I know that it doesn’t start with an ‘r’, but I still like to do it anyway, so there…). Later, gators! Thanks … Continue reading

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It may be Frivolous, but it’s Free

Hi there, guys and dolls! Well, look at you – you made it through another week. I’ll drink to that (frankly, I’ll drink to anything, but that’s just me…)! Let’s see how yours truly can help another couple of hapless … Continue reading

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We Could All Benefit from a Little More Mma Ramotswe Today

Hi there, guys and dolls! Doesn’t it just feel like we could all use a big hug from a warm and sunny person from a warm and sunny place? That’s what I thought too, so today’s Raves n Faves is … Continue reading

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The Gloves are Off

Hi there, guys and dolls! Well, it may be workday Wednesday, but I’ll be the first to admit that there was not a dull moment at the office today (I know, I didn’t understand what to make of it myself…). … Continue reading

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Randall is Out of This World

Hi there, guys and dolls! I’ve come to believe there’s one in every neighborhood. They walk around all furtive and shifty eyed, mumbling to themselves, ready to engage you in conversation if for good golly’s sake you actually forget and … Continue reading

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May Day Help is on the Way

Hi there, guys and dolls! How’s your Friday going? Are you able to negotiate your way into the weekend without yours truly’s completely useless advice? Well, good for you. Let’s see how I can (mis)guide two souls today. Dear Barbara … Continue reading

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Break Out the Popcorn

Hi there, guys and dolls! Are you still taking up real estate on your couch? Well, for this week’s Raves n Faves I have some fantabulous films for you, by the clever and controversial director, Otto Preminger. They’ve got power, … Continue reading

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The Polly Pot Luck

Hi there, guys and dolls! Here’s food for thought – it’s Workday Wednesday. And do I have a story for you to try to digest. May it go down better than mine did…. So what do your work cohorts do … Continue reading

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Adventures in Beauty with Blanche

Hi there, guys and dolls! So what kind of weekend did you have? Oh well, never mind. I’m sure there will be livelier ones. Take mine, for instance. Or rather, Blanche’s. She’s the one who started the whole danged thing. … Continue reading

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My Amazing Miasma of Muddled Methodology of Modern Life

Hi there, guys and dolls! Whiz, bang, Friday… or, in your modern times, just another Blursday! Hang in there kittens, one day you’ll be let out of your pens again. But for now, don’t forget, I’m always here for you … Continue reading

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