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.

Just Stay Home and Join Them

Hi there, guys and dolls! There’s nothing like getting your chores around the house done, is there? Everything smells fresh, a place for everything, everything in its place, that kind of stuff. There’s also nothing like a little adventure to … Continue reading

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Turns Out it is Not All About Eve

Hi there, guys and dolls! I trust you had a great weekend. Yours truly certainly did. Let me tell you all about it… It all started Saturday morning when I was just about to go out the door to run … Continue reading

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Helping to Get Rid of the Little Lows of Life

Hi there, guys and dolls! Ever find that you’re in a dilemma that you just don’t know how to get out of? Never fear, I’m here to offer some smart (okay, actually not that smart, more smartass if you want … Continue reading

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Oh the Romance, Oh the Suspense

Hi there, guys and dolls! One of my favorite days is here. Why, that would be Raves n Faves Thursday, of course. This week I’ve got some great reads by one of the best 20th century authors, Mary Stewart. Now … Continue reading

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Best Workday Wednesday Ever

Hi there, guys and dolls! Did you miss me? Gee, thanks. I missed you, too. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about (that is, the ones that follow my daily diary), I was AWOL for … Continue reading

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Well, Somebody is Asking for It

Hi there, guys and dolls! We made it to Friday. Aren’t you proud of yourself? And some other folks we should all be proud of are these two fine folks, knowing that they need help and asking for it. And … Continue reading

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Rock Hudson, Doris Day Will Chase the Winter Blues Away

Hi there, guys and dolls! Almost everyone everywhere is telling yours truly how the winter blahs are getting them down. Well, never fear, raves n faves Thursday is here! I’ve got a fantastic triple bill suggestion for you to hunker … Continue reading

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Getting you Through your Dream Job Interview, Circa 1950

Hi there, guys and dolls! Well, if it isn’t workday Wednesday already. We’ve got another vacancy in my day job (let’s face it, there’s pretty much always an empty spot as someone always does something stupid and gets themselves fired, … Continue reading

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Bridge Night Buffet from the Fridge of Madge

Hi there, guys and dolls! You know, I usually love Monday Night Bridge. I look forward to it all week. Not for the game of course, but to catch up on who did what to whom, who didn’t do what … Continue reading

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I Have Discovered the Joy of Skiing

Hi there, guys and dolls! Winter blues already got you down? Not me, no siree. See, I don’t think it’s ever too early for the first getaway of the year. Pour yourself a hot toddy and read along. It all … Continue reading

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