Category Archives: De-stressing

Welcome, 2014!

Hi there, guys and dolls!  This week, Andrea and Heather are hijacking the site from Barbara Jean.  2013 has been a fantastic year for us — making so many new friends, seeing STRANGLED BY SILK come to life as well … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Funeral…

Hi there, guys and dolls!  There’s so many reasons to love a cozy.  Today, let’s interrupt our murderous program with an anecdotal interlude. Usually, cozies tell the story of a murder or two, deadly chases and a good deal of … Continue reading

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Excuse Me, Ma’am, is that Your Cart Before the Horse?

This week, we’ve decided to take over for Barbara Jean and talk about what we are hearing from a majority of our peers and considering our own thoughts on the writing, promoting, and busy lives subjects.  Life’s been really great … Continue reading

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Death, I Laugh in Your Face!

We cozy readers and writers are a curious and quirky bunch.  We love our bucolic little towns and affable gentlefolk, living their law abiding lives and then wham!  A dead body is found in the oddest of circumstances — a … Continue reading

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Santa Lucia’s Best

Hi there, guys and dolls!  Today I thought I’d share a fabulous post from Bella McGuire’s terrific blog, A Prairie Girl Reads.  She has this great feature called  “Top 5 Places to Visit in a Cozy Town” that I had … Continue reading

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Gone Fishin’

Life can be such a blurry whirlwind!  What with writing the follow-up novel to STRANGLED BY SILK and the schmoozing, socializing and cocktail swilling that can happily be called research, a girl can really be twirled off her kitten heels.  … Continue reading

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What Barbara Jean is Teaching Us

As some of you may know, Barbara Jean Coast is the pseudonym for us — Andrea Taylor & Heather Shkuratoff.  The concept of her started as a joint name to refer to the both of us, but when we came … Continue reading

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