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I love reading your books and learning about coffee at the same time! I'd love to have a Village Blend in my neighborhood (sans the murders, of course!)
Cleo's reply: LOL! Love the "sans the murders" part! Thanks for dropping in and making me smile today. Check out my Java Emoticon...
FYI - The history of emoticons is fascinating. Believe it or don't, the first documented use of smiling and frowning emoticons was at my old alma mater (CMU)...more absolutely useless trivia to toss into your brainpan.
Artemis Cafe - Portland, Oregon
Re-posted from Cleo's e-mail box at VillageBlend@aol.com...
The Coffeehouse Mysteries are my favorite mystery series because they make my mouth water so much. Every time I read one, I am inspired to try new coffees and find new favorite coffee spots.
My current favorite is the Artemis Cafe. (I live in Portland, Oregon.) They brew single-varietal Stumptown Coffee, and while their espresso is tasty, I can't rave enough about their drip coffee. It is fantastic, and I feel like I've traveled the world through their coffee cups.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that the place makes an amazing double-chocolate chip cookie that is like tender, intense chocolate meringue and truly remarkable pies. The Shaker Lemon is outstanding.
Hi, Wendy. First of all I'm thrilled that you're enjoying my Coffeehouse Mysteries—especially gratified because you are such a lover of the bean. Also happy to hear a good personal review of Stumptown. They are legend in Oregon, of course, and now they're coming to New York City so we're about to experience them on this coast, too.
I clicked over to your blog and read your recent post about writing as a drug. I couldn't agree more. I'm so happy when I'm writing, too. I go into the legendary "bliss" state.
As Joseph Campbell described it: When you are doing something that you enjoy so much you lose track of time (almost entering a trance state), that's pretty much the definition of being involved in a "blissful" activity. (And yeah, it's also the def. of being happily medicated, too -- lol!)
No kidding though...I'm convinced that hard alcohol and most antidepressants would be thrown into the bin if people paid more attention to what endeavor put them in their own bliss state—be it writing, quilting, cooking, ping pong, or rebuilding a car engine—and made time to enjoy it regularly.
That's my take on it, but I'm simply agreeing with you in other words...
In thanks for giving me *virtual* food for thought, I'm serving you a *virtual* big chocolate chip cookie - also in tribute to your favorite cafe's great CC cookie! Eat with joy, Wendy, and keep in touch!
Bill Moyers: "Not in a long time."
Joseph Campbell: "Remember the last line? 'I have never done the thing that I wanted to do in all my life.' That is a man who never followed his bliss."
Love Jack and Penelope
Really, really enjoy your Haunted Bookshop series. Would like to date Jack, if there were two of them.
Looking forward to #6
Cleo's reply: Thank you, that's very nice...hold on a second. What? Jack's in my ear. What's that Jack? He says I should type the following...
What do you mean two of me? I'm right here, doll. In spirit. Give me the address of your crib, and I'm there.
- Jack Shepard, PI
Sorry about that. He gets fresh sometimes. If you feel an unnatural chill, don't panic. It's probably just Jack dropping in, uninvited.
Thanks for stopping by my *virtual* crib--and thanks especially for reading my books.
"Spirited" good wishes,
aka Alice Kimbery
aka Jack's typist.
What a great post, Cleo!
I've always loved the idea of quilting and the pictures of the quilts were amazing. Thanks for sharing this.
Cleo's reply: Thank you, Elizabeth. Joanna is such an inspiration - a breast cancer survivor with a true love of life and enough energy to light up New York City. She and "Madame" (one of the characters in my CM series) would get along just fine.
HOLIDAY GRIND!!!!!!! HOLIDAY GRIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just wanted to know when we would get an excerpt of Holiday Grind posted on your website. I thought I read that an excerpt would be available for viewing somewhere on this site sometime in July. Am I wrong?
Cleo's reply: Hi Andrea - thanks for asking! The new release time for the exclusive excerpt is Labor Day weekend. If you are a subscriber to my e-newsletter (which I suspect you are), then look for the exclusive excerpt from Holiday Grind in my "Labor Day Extra" e-newsletter!
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Java cheers to you Andrea! Thank you being such an enthusiastic reader. I'm so happy that you're looking forward to Holiday Grind. I had the greatest time writing it. I hope you have as much fun reading it!
Early holiday greetings,
NOTE TO CLEO
I love the Haunted Bookshop series. Can you tell me when I can expect the next book?
Look for the new book in the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries (also known as "The Ghost" Mysteries) next year - 2010. Here is the series title list in case you missed any of them...
Book 1 - The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
Book 2 - The Ghost and the Dead Deb
Book 3 - The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library
Book 4 - The Ghost and the Femme Fatale
Book 5 - The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion
Book 6 - Coming next year...
Thank you for stopping by the site (mysterious anonymous reader person) and thanks especially for reading my books...
aka Jack Shepard's typist...
(Jack's the ghost. An explanation for anyone
who has not yet read this series! LOL!)
Coffee and Books - I have left the Planet
I volunteer at a large library in Charleston on top of a full time job with the Federal Government. I love working there because I have found so many books by old and new authors and finally found you!!! What a blessing and am I'm having the time of my life.
Coffee and Books, oh! my! oh! my!. I can't stop.
I read the first, The Ghost and Ms. McClure and went back to the library and got the other four. Can't wait, Can't wait.
You are a great writer and the books was funny, enjoyable and I love Pen and Jack. I want to build and buy a bookstore one day. I hope I get a "ghost." Thank You, Thank You A Million Times.
Will be right there for the newest one.
Do not be alarmed. I shout-out things like that so folks who scroll down the page can find other readers from their towns, states, and (in some cases) countries...
Your post is wonderful and how I adore Charleston - the food, the history, the painted ladies, the ghost stories! I had some fun cooking lessons there (from a graduate of Johnson & Wales) and took an amazing Gullah tour, where I met Alphonso Brown who introduced me to the renowned African-American blacksmith Philip Simmons! (A remarkable artisan and American treasure who passed away just this past June.)
Photo of Mr. Philip Simmons by Alice Alfonsi,
who writes as Cleo Coyle, taken with his
permission while Alice was visiting
with him in Charleston, SC.
Mr. Simmons's modest Charleston, SC, home is where he created the amazing wrought iron work that earned him the highest honor that can be bestowed on a traditional artist in the United States: an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. To the left is my own picture of Mr. Simmons, which I took when I met him at his home on Mr. Brown's excellent Gullah Tour. Below (also my photo) is an example of Mr. Simmons's wrought iron work, held up against the background of his Charleston home. (BTW One way that you can tell if wrought iron has been worked by hand is by the extreme curls in the work. Mass produced iron cannot give you this kind of detail.)
"My instrument is an anvil," Mr. Simmons once said.
Back to you "Charleston Reader"...I'll call you that because you did not sign a name...
How wonderful that you are volunteering at a library on top of a full-time job. Sure, you like reading, and that's great, but it's still time out of your day and week and any volunteerism in this country must be applauded. Three java cheers for you and thank you also for saying you will "be right there" when the new book comes out. (I hope that means you will buy it. LOL!) I love libraries and librarians, but we writers do need to sell books to keep writing.
Making a living in the arts is a struggle (we do it for love not money but the bills do come in), and I'm so appreciative when fans say they want to buy and make "keepers" of my books to read again and again. It's more than a compliment to my ego: it's an active financial "vote" with their hard earned money, to keep me in the office, writing more entries in a series they (hopefully) enjoy. And speaking of writing...I'm off to do more of it.
Have a great day and thank you sincerely for taking the time and trouble to drop by and write me that wonderful note.
"Spirited" good wishes from Jack and Pen and...
"My instrument is an anvil. I guess some of you have heard me play a tune on the anvil, the old blacksmith tune…That anvil fed me when I was hungry and that anvil clothed me when I was naked. That anvil put shoes on my feet."
of Charleston, SC
Recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States can bestow upon a traditional artist.
Photo of Mr. Philip Simmons by Alice Alfonsi,
who writes as Cleo Coyle, taken with his
permission while Alice was visiting
with him in Charleston, SC.
I love your Haunted Bookshop series!! So much that I don't blame Penelope for falling for a ghost! Sometimes when my friends and I talk, I find myself thinking of how Jack would respond!
I truly enjoy reading your series. You have inspired me to write again! I used to write a few years ago--my own poetry and short stories but I stopped due to a lack of time and inspiration but I think you have brought that back for me. Can't wait for the next book! Keep up the good work! ;)
PS: I might have the chance to take a detective fiction class sometime soon! If I do, I'll let you know!
Hello Holly. Thank you so much for your amazing note. It literally made me tear up. If any of my books have inspired you to put pen to paper again, I'm thrilled. I owe my own debt to so many writers who have inspired me—your note make me feel that I'm beginning (even in the smallest way) to pay them back.
The detective fiction class sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you do take it and report back. I'm sure Jack will have a thing or two to say, as well. If you feel a chill, it's probably just him auditing. No doubt he'll have a few choice things to whisper in your ear about your teacher's opinons on portraying private eyes in fiction.
Thanks again for stopping by, Holly! Keep in touch,
Hi Cleo, Are there any pictures of you on the web site? I noticed that there are not author pictures in your books...Your readers would love to see pictures! I love, love, love your books and am anxiously awaiting the lastest one in November! I am thrilled to find this web site!
Hi Diane. Thank you for stopping by...
I think a writer's words are more important than what she looks like and I want my words to be more important than my image, you know? That's why I'm a writer. But if you'd like to see my picture, then click over to the blog where I post recipes and tips every Friday. Scroll down to my latest post and there I am...
I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying my mysteries - I'm honestly inspired every single time a reader tells me that. No kidding: It means the world to me.
Wishing you java joy,
P.S. Below is a link that you'll also find on this Web site. It's an interview that I did over a year ago. (You'll notice I talk about Espresso Shot as an upcoming hardcover. By now, of course, it's already been out almost a year and Berkley Prime Crime is going to be releasing it in paperback this October). You'll also see in this interview that I talk about my collaboration with my husband and lots of other things. Cheers and thanks again for stopping by...
A SPOOKY CONVERSATION!
Amanda Killgore, reviewer for Huntress and Eternal Night, interviewed Cleo/Alice about her Ghostly series. Cleo/Alice discusses inspirations for her Haunted Bookshop novels, including her love of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and (don't get spooked now) cemeteries.
Click here to read the interview
Coffee is the lifeblood of nurses...
Reposted from Cleo's e-mail box...
I just had to let you know that I have just recently discovered your wonderful books and have been thoroughly enjoying them! You are seriously into your coffee! I LOVE that!
I am an RN. Because of my "legal addiction" (as Clare would say) I became a part time barista for the love of the bean. Unfortunately the need to earn more money in today's economy forced me to work more at my profession rather than my other passion so I had to hang up my apron.
Reading your books has been so much fun from someone who really enjoyed the work. Thanks so much! And please keep them coming!!!
(Yes, coffee is the lifeblood of nurses--believe it! I am an ICU nurse too and we certainly need it for our intensity!)
Your sister in coffee
~Annette, Chicago area
Hi, "Sister" Annette, LOL! I am grinning. Clearly, RN's and coffee DO go together! I have at least three nurses now who have posted on my Message Board. Watch for posts from "Nurse Judy," who, like you (and Clare and I) has a "legal addiction" to coffee. She even posted about her foodie tour of New Orleans about a month ago, which I made a Home Page feature.
I'm so happy that you found my books--and me. You're doing the work of angels. May Heaven help you daily because of it. Come on back and post again!
Warmest java wishes,
I'm addicted to Coffee House Mysteries
Just wanted to thank you for opening up a whole new genre of reading for me. I always loved Murder She Wrote but never read a mystery until I decided to take a chance at the Library when I saw your book Espresso Shot (my favorite type of coffee totally addicted). I read it in one evening and logged onto your site the next day. I enrolled in your coffee sweepstakes and unbelievable won!
The next Saturday I stopped at Barnes and Noble and bought every book in the series, which I enjoyed reading along with the cofee you sent me. I can't wait for Holiday Grind.
My cat, who is pure white, is totally addicted to coffee (wish I had named her Java). Last night I came downstairs to find suspicious brown spots on her face. She got into the coffee grinds in the garbage. I have to unplug the coffee pot because she learned to turn it on. Well, I got long winded just to say your series is a wonderful escape from everyday!
Hi Jeanne! Thank you so much for posting about your experience with the wonderful world of coffee!!! Love the kitty story and you'll be especially pleased to know that a little white kitten has a very important role in my next CM Holiday Grind. I hope you enjoy that one, too!
Warmest java (& feline loving) wishes,
Hai's YouTube Coffee Pick
I know that you've been telling your fans to tell you when they come across something on Youtube that is coffee related. Or that's just me paraphrasing. But somehow I really like this video, even though it's not music, it is very inspirational somehow to me. Hope you like this as well as I do. Oh, look at my signature! I am truly a fan of yours and coffee's.
Hai's pick for a
YouTube "Coffee Video"
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE...
PS. My regular drink @ Starbucks is a 6- to 8-shot black Americano :). My rationale? Well I like strong coffee but just espresso is too expensive and not much to drink over a period of time.
"I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee."
"Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation."
~Some random person
Thanks, Hai. I'm so happy that you're one of my readers! Love your YouTube Coffee Pick, too.
Espresso wishes and latte joy,
P.S. Wow. You aren't kidding about loving coffee. Your choice of drink is serious!
Suggestion for finding your own
I've noticed that many readers are looking for great coffeehouses near them. One idea is to log onto the coffeegeek site. Then go into the forums until you find the regional ones. They've given me several ideas-I can't wait to check out Comet Coffee in Ann Arbor, Mich, for example!
Hi, Debra! I activated all of your links.
www.CoffeeGeek.com is a wonderful site for people interested in taking their coffee experience to the next level. (Warning: it's pretty wonky when it comes to coffee making--meaning if you aren't really making your own coffee yet, you might be a little put off by all the technical discussions.) But Debra's right: This is a great place to find a new, local coffeehouse in your area. Or ask the folks on the forum pages where to find one.
To get to the forums (aka online discussions), just use the link above in Debra's note that says forums. Now scroll down the page until you get to the very last foum topic titled "World and Regional" --now click on your region and you're ready to search or start a topic and ask about finding a good coffeehouse in your area.
Thanks again, Debra.
It's official...Chelle's making pizza
I now wear an apron for a living. I make pizzas to be exact, but after a few months of pizza and mostly learning how to work the till, I'm hoping that those skills will transfer and I can work at a coffee shop or bakery, it's a little more sophisticated :-) though my fellow staff members and management at this place are awesome.
It's really funny though, I'm only 4 foot 10 so I can't reach alot of stuff, for instance I have to jump to hang my apron back up and wrap the strings around me three times, I have to stand on a milk crate to use the machine that flattens the dough for pizza crust and bread sticks, and someone has to pull the pizzas and breadsticks out of the oven for me because the oven exit is level with my bangs and I'm scared I'll burn my arms if I try reaching up there. Now I know a bit of how the little people must feel....
on the coffee coast of Canada
Cleo's reply: LOL, Chelle! Good luck with the new job! To answer the question you had for me: Real life experience is very helpful. As a writer, I draw from my own experiences all the time (even if those experiences were years ago). Keep a journal of your triumphs and failures in your new job. Write down your feelings when dealing with co-workers, customers, your own challenges and successes—and especially the funny stuff that happens on the job, too. As a writer yourself, you'll realize (possibly even years from now) how valuable those experiences are...
Not knowing Chicago, you suggested I try Intelligentsia to simulate the Village Blend experience. Well, yesterday I stopped by 3123 Broadway and had a good experience. Though baristas don't wear nametags, I met Kyle Glanville, last year's winner of the U.S. Barista Championship and also an employee of Intelligentsia.
I've been having a problem with a leaking Toddy and have learned to use a basket filter. Bought some beans to try at home. Loved my iced latte. I'll return with some of the Cuppa Joe Mocha Drops I made sans coconut or nuts....
I'm almost finished with The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion, my first Haunted Bookshop Mystery. I'll read the rest while I wait for Holiday Grind... This is fun!!
Cleo's reply: Hi there. Thank you so much for trekking over to Intelligentsia and reporting back. I'm so impressed (I made you my site feature today - Aug. 13). I'm absolutely thrilled that you met barista champ Kyle Glanville.
If you post again, one small thing, would you mind signing with some sort of signature?
You can sign "Chicago reader" or with your initials. I just need a sig for you on the board. I assume you are a woman, but if you are a man, let me know so I can say "he" or "she" whenever I refer to you (as in the main page feature today - Thurs. 8/13 if you are reading this on another day). Thanks again!
Warmest java wishes,
I stayed up until 1 this morning finishing this book. Wow, what an attention grabber. I thought I knew who had done it, so did Clare but we were all surprised.
Your books are also good for the coffee industry. I had to go out and buy a coffee before I could finish it. Being that it is August, I had to get a cold coffee or Frappucino as they call the cold ones here.
Oh, I am a librarian and I both buy your books for our library and I also of course recommend them to our readers.
Keep up the good work. Your books are very interesting and teach me so much that I didn't know and for the longest time, didn't care about. Wish we could have coffee in our libraries to go with your books.
Will you be coming to Georgia any time?
I'm so happy that you posted...(me grinning). I'm always absolutely thrilled to hear from librarians—the hippest people on the planet, as far as I'm concerned, because you are the keepers of the literary flame.
Georgia is the home of "DragonCon," one of the most impressive sci-fi/fantasy conventions in the country and I had the greatest time the year I attended in Atlanta. All I wanted to do was stay in Georgia and tour around you amazing state--and keep sampling your delicious cuisine. ( I could eat my way through every Georgia town, I think! )
My writing sked these days is pretty killer, but I'm hoping it will let up soon. And if I'm ever able to go back to Georgia, you can be sure I'll post it on the site, mention in my newsletter, and look you up, too!
I sincerely appreciate your taking the time out of your day to stop by my *virtual* coffeehouse home. Thank you for the lovely words about Espresso Shot. I'm so happy you enjoyed it, and I hope you'll keep in touch!
Warmest java wishes,
Pam from Birmingham - Coffee Drawing Winner
Pam was last week's winner of Cleo's free coffee drawing. The following is Pam's reply to Cleo's notifying e-mail...
Thank you! I am so excited to win this coffee. It is one of my favorite—I visited Germany last November and brought back several bags as gifts for family and friends. It was recommended by a new friend from Germany.
I am really enjoying both of your mystery series. I started with the coffee theme and then when I ran out, I picked up the Haunted Bookstore series. Both are wonderful and I am looking forward to the next ones!
I love reading your newsletter, too!
Oh, by the way—I found your Coffeehouse Mysteries one day when I went to my local bookstore for coffee and a relaxing place to read. It's a winning combination! Thank you again,
Cleo's reply: I'm so happy you're pleased with the Coffee Pick prize. Thanks for letting me know and thanks also for reading my books!
Warmest java wishes,
Love, Love, Love the Books
I stopped by the library hoping to find something good to read but was not too optimistic I would find anything. I accidentally came across your book entitled Espresso Shot. I was hooked from page one and have since also read, Murder Most Frothy, Through the Grinder, Latte Trouble and Decaffinated Corpse. And all these I have read in the span of two weeks!!
I look forward to my days off when I can just snuggle up on the couch with one of your books or when I can enjoy the weather outside by cozying up in my favorite patio chair!!
I have never truthfully read many mystery books but your books are such a delight to read. By the way, I myself am also a huge coffee lover. I look forward to reading more of your books and am pleased to see that you also have the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series.
Greetings to you, Melissa, and thanks for dropping by my little *virtual* coffeehouse. I loved your "happy accident" story in finding my books, and I'm so happy you are connecting with them.
As I often say here, my books aren't for everyone. My two series are very different. Plenty of readers are enjoying their trips to my "Village Blend" in Greenwich Village as much as their visits with "Buy the Book" in Rhode Island. But I do hear from some readers that they prefer one series over another. (So no worries if Haunted Bookshop isn't up your alley.) I'm just so happy that at least one of my series brought you here today.
Welcome! Come on back anytime to post or download recipes or just see what your fellow readers are saying on the board. And in thanks for dropping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, I'm serving you up a *virtual* slice of authentic New York cheesecake to enjoy with your next cuppa joe. Click on the pick to learn more about my very favorite New York cheesecake baker: Junior's. (They have an online store, too).
Warmest java wishes,
Double My Addiction
Without a doubt, reading is one of my addictions. Coffee being the other. I was completely unaware that my two favorite obsessions were combined into one, just waiting for me to find it.
Recently, I have either finished or caught up on all my book series—leaving me without a truly incredible read. Because of this, I joined a book recommendation website and was pleased to have been recommended "On What Grounds" by Cleo Coyle.
I was ecstatic to find this series as well as the series written under the pen name Alice Kimberly! The books are extremely well written and captured my attention form page one!
I am so pleased to add these new books to my library! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us reading and coffee addicts! I am so looking forward to continuing to read my way through both series of books!
Hi Ashley! Thank you for the kind words. And I have to send a shout-out of thanks to that website, too—the one that recommended my books to you! Why? Because I really did mean what I wrote on the Acknowledgments page of Espresso Shot --
I absolutely owe a debt of gratitude to the online network of enthusiastic readers and dedicated mystery reviewers. They were the ones who discovered my books and blogged and buzzed and reviewed them over the years.
People are always surprised when I reveal this fact: No major print review publication reviewed any of my mysteries, not one, until my seventh Coffeehouse Mystery was published in hardcover last fall. Upon hitting print, Espresso Shot (CM #7) received a wonderful review from Kirkus and a starred review from Library Journal—you can read an excerpt of the LJ review on my "About the Coffeehouse Mystery" page.
So what's my point? Simply this: Newbie writers should take heart. NOT getting any major, traditional print review coverage is not the end of the world. National bestsellers can emege without coverage from the traditional review establishment, and a growing number of hardcover success stories can be traced to "original paperback" roots.
Okay, sure, without a traditional print review, a writer will have to work a lot harder for a much longer period of time to get noticed, but it sure does feel great when it happens because a rise on the sly means only one thing: The books really are entertaining people enough that they want to recommend them. That in itself is a true validation.
That's what your post does for me today, Ashely, it lets me know that I'm on the right track.
Cheers, A, I hope you'll
come back soon to visit again.
Falling in Love with Reading Again!
I was scanning the library for something to read because the book I wanted wasn't in. I stumbled across your books! I checked out everyone that was there so I didn't miss out! :)
Plus I adore coffee!! I fell in love with it. I can't get enough of them. It is a change in pace in what I have been reading and I have shared with everyone that I come across.
I love to share all the tips you give in your books about coffee. Thank you for such a great collection!! My children have started reading more because they have seen me reading constantly!
Cleo's reply: Very happy you posted. Your last sentence literally choked me up. Having been a public school kid with working class parents, I know firsthand how important reading is for children and how many doors it can open. Kids who read do so much better in school. Writing and communicating is often naturally improved after routine exposure to language on a page, examples of English usage, expaned vocabulary, etc. There are so many more opportunities open to kids when that happens.
I'm so gratified to hear that my mysteries may have helped your kids along those lines (as you mentioned, by example of your reading). Of course, there are a lot of books in the literary sea and not every one of them is going to connect with every reader. I know my books aren't for everyone, but I sure am glad they worked for you! Thank you again for posting such a beautiful note. I hope you'll come back and post again.
In the meantime, I send my warmest wishes to you and your kids.
In thanks for stopping by my little *virtual* coffeehouse, enjoy this *virtual* little box of home baked biscotti and...
Eat with joy!
Super Summertime Surprise!
Because I teach school during the year, I don't get a chance to read as much as I would like. I try to make up for that during the summer vacation.
This summer, I found Espresso Shot at the library in large print. After checking it out, I read it non-stop! I enjoyed it thoroughly! What a fun book. I like to read the large print because I'm XXXX years old and can see it SO much easier.
Are your first books in large print? Our library is small and does not have the first ones in its collection. I would like to read every book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Your book was just what I needed this summer. And now it's off to school I go!
Cleo's reply: Wow, Sandy, you and I are the same age (lol). I am, as always, absolutely thrilled to hear from teachers. You are my heroes and always have been...
Large print editions do indeed exist for all of my titles (both Coffeehouse Mystery and Haunted Bookshop series). These large print editions are printed in limited numbers. They come out a few months after the original printing and are mostly purchased by libraries.
They can also be found for sale online. Barnes and Noble.com has some but not all. Click here to go to the B&N.com web site and PAGE THROUGH the Coffeehouse Mystery titles. You'll see the large print books mixed in with the other editions and e-books.
B&N has more Large Print editions on sale but Amazon.com has Espresso Shot still available...
Sandy, you should mention to your library that you'd like them to purchase the large prints of future Coffeehouse Mystery titles and they'll be able to order them as they come along. (You'll notice that on Barnes and Noble the price of a Murder Most Frothy large print edition is now astronomical--because no one can find any on the market.)
The next book in my series, by the way, is titled Holiday Grind (by Cleo Coyle) and it will be published November 3, 2009.
I hope that helps you, Sandy, and I wish you and your students the very best....
And because so many teachers wake up with a few cups o' joe, here's one on the *virtual* house!
Hey what about Mike!
Hey just wanted to know when we could see a Mike Quinn avatar. I can picture what he looks like based on your description, but to see his handsome form in living color would be a great gift to an emerging fan like me. Just wondering.
Shout-out to "Emerging Fan" AM.
I'm grinning at your post because NYPD Detective Mike Quinn (Clare's boyfriends) is next up on my avatar-creation list.
I love creating these avatars and writing their biographies, too. If anyone reading this doesn't know what I'm talking about, then just click here and scroll all the way down (past the recipes). You'll see that this site has a "Staff" page that spotlights the main characters in my Coffeehouse Mystery books.
Watch for Mike to appear on this page sometime this fall...
Thanks for dropping by AM! Here's a big *virtual* cookie to enjoy it with your next real cuppa joe. Come on back now, y'hear?!
Coffee and Reading.......two of my favorite past times combined
I was looking for something new to read for the summer after some heavy duty reads over the winter and spring. I happened to just browse the racks at our library and noticed "PrimeCrime Mysteries"
I saw the various themes and passed them all over until I saw the Coffehouse series. I picked up the first two books and read them in 2 days. I'm officially hooked. As the only one in my family designated as a coffee affecianado I appreciated the integration with my beloved cup of Java with a great mystery story.
My kitties...Cappa and Chino certainly love hearing about an equally pampered Java as well :)
Keep up the great writing and know that the series will now be added into my permanent libary as read-overs.
I just read your post out loud to my husband. Your words are so incredibly gratifying. Thank you.
Also...LOVE the names of your kitties. Clearly you weren't kidding about loving java (the coffee - not Clare's cat. lol.)
Come on back anytime to visit my *virtual* coffeehouse, Rachel. And I sincerely hope you'll keep reading my books for years to come...
Warmest java wishes,
note to Cleo
How can I get that Village Blend Coffee House flavor out of my regular coffee machine? I live far away from any coffee shops, but I absolutely love the books and the recipes. Any hints?
Hi Chris! Thanks for stopping by my little virtual coffeehouse. My next book HOLIDAY GRIND will have plenty of info that will help answer that question!
As a gift to my readers, I put together the largest Recipes and Tips section that I've ever added to one of my Coffeehouse Mysteries (about 80 pages). One reader already told me she pre-ordered several copies to give as gifts (thanks M)!!
The back section of Holiday Grind will include instructions on making espressos and lattes at home without an expensive machine. I also include many coffeehouse syrup recipes (caramel, chocolate - dark and milk - as well as fun holiday flavors like gingersnap syrup, apple-cider syrup, and many others). So be sure to pre-order the book or pick it up from your favorite bookseller. I think it will have what you are looking for...
In the meantime, here are some
basic takeaway tips for today:
* Once coffee beans are ground, their flavor deteriorates at a rapid rate. So, after you open a vacuum bag (or God forbid tin) of coffee, you need to use it fast, within the week. Oxygen, heat and humidity speed the process of deterioration so store your coffee in an airtight container. Keep it away from direct sunlight and keep it cool!
* Use good filtered water. Why? Coffee is 99 per cent water!
* Invest in a coffee grinder and buy whole beans. These are probably the most important things you can do at home to make your coffee drinking experience a thousand times better. What grinder? How do I grind them? Google these questions and you'll find a lot of good information. It would take too long to explain here...
* After you get your grinder, look for WHOLE BEAN coffee at your grocery (Peet’s Coffee is a great brand and it's in a lot of grocery stores now). If you can't find a good whole bean coffee at your store, then you can order it online to be delivered to you at home.
I recommend many online coffee vendors on this site (scroll down the right column). I’ve tried and enjoyed the Coffee Pick’s in my list and I’ve had good experiences with the online sales and delivery. These folks deliver quality beans at a reasonable price. Order several pounds at one time and they will all be shipped in one package so you’re shipping costs will be more reasonable.
Does all that seem like a lot of trouble?
Maybe. But as I wrote in ON WHAT GROUNDS...
“Perhaps T.S. Eliot was right: Some of us do measure out our lives in coffee spoons. All the more reason to pay attention to the quality of the bean.”
On What Grounds
Cheers to you, Chris. Thanks again for stopping by and thanks especially for reading my books.
A cat named Boo...
Re-posted from Cleo's e-mail (VillageBlend@aol.com) with permission...
Thanks for the newsletter. I do so love to go to your web site and check out all the info. I can't get over how much you know about coffee!! I am learning new things and love to share them with my husband.
I have pre-ordered your new book from Amazon [Holiday Grind] and I thank you so much for writing. Life can be so heavy and just plain hard at times. I hold the pleasure of reading my mysteries at night when everyone is asleep. It is my time and I look forward to it all day. Thank you soooo much!!
Could I send you a picture of my cat? Her name is Boo. She was in my husband's car engine when we found her crying! We can not figure out how she got up in there, but I believe with all my heart God sent her to us.
Thank you again
for your books!
Cleo's reply: Thank you, Adelia, not only for making me smile with your wondeful note but for introducing me to Boo! She is adorable and you are an angel for taking her in and making a home for her.
Hugs to a fellow stray cat owner.
Java joy to you always and I hope you'll remain a "customer" of my little coffeehouse series for years to come...