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Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubois
Loooove meeting Madame. These are so cool to see the author's picture & the one in my mind match! Can barely wait to see Joy.
Also, forgot to let you know I think it would be great for your character of the 2 series to meet. You're welcome to use any ideas (adapted to your terrific skills) from me -- all I ask in return is total credit (not really, I just think it would be neat to see what you come up with).
Once again from
—Catherine in Texas
Cleo's reply: Hi again, C! Once again, a long overdue reply...
Yes, Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubois is finally added to my "Village Blend Staff" page - and Joy will be coming soon, along with Mike and the other characters who populate my Coffeehouse Mysteries. I'm so happy that you are enjoying these. It's great fun to create the Avatars, although time-consuming, which is why they are going up one at a time, over time. The writing has to come first...as you well know being a writer yourself!
The characters of my two series "meeting" idea has been brought up before to me by fans - and it's still a good idea! I will give you all the credit though!! LOL!
Your books keep getting better!
My family is eagerly waiting for the next book of both series. My husband & I live with our daughter and we have limited space because we run our businesses and live in the same building. We prefer paperbacks because of lack of space (our bookshelves include many favorite authors & amazingly we like the same ones). We also have research books for our writing. When we run out of room, we give away or sell some of our books. YOURS, however, have prominate places on our shelves & will remain so.
Also since the authors can't possibly write & publish as fast as we read, we re-read the series from the beginning whenever we get a new one. Not only does this method refresh our memories (& sometimes we notice things the next time around that we either missed or did not realize its importance), but it also makes it seem like the next book is closer to being released.
Of all the authors we read, there are some we would love to meet in person. You're at the top of that list! So if your ever in the Amarillo Area, we'd love to know.
—Catherine Lane of Amarillo, Texas
Cleo's reply: Hi again, Catherine! A long overdue reply...
I continue to be thrilled and flattered that you, your husband, and your daugther are ALL fans of my series. Amarillo is my new favorite city. If ever I'm really able to do that wished-for "Coffee with Cleo" tour, you can bet I'll want Amarillo to be on the stop!!
Until then, I hope you'll keep in touch via my "virtual" coffeehouse here or through e-mails. Always love hearing from you!
Warmest wishes and java joy always,
Hello from England
I've recently discovered your books & have purchased the full set from Amazon & am working my way through them. I love this style of mystery book, so long may the series continue!
A long overdue but heartfelt HELLO to you, Carolyn O'Connor! How wonderful to have a fan "across the pond"! God Save the Queen!
Really. You made my day! I hope you will return to my little virtual coffeehouse and post again.
Until then, I warmly wish you Java Joy!
In thanks for dropping by, I "virtually" baked you a plate of America's favorite treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies! Enjoy them with a smooth cuppa virtual U.S. Hawaiian Kona in my virtual coffeehouse!
Just a few more weeks
Already have Espresso Shot pre-ordered. Can't wait!!!!
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Barbara B.!
French Pressed is your best yet!
Just finished French Pressed and loved it! Sat on my swing and had my chocolate orange coffee by my side (home made). Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
I think I read this one in record time, too. That is the best way to read your novels, with a cup of coffee. I've read all your Coffee House Mysteries and each one is better than the last! Keep them coming! Can't wait to read Espresso Shot!
Also I have to keep my eyes open for french roast Kenya as I also love chocolate covered cherries.
your chocolate orange friend,
Cleo's reply: SANDY! I remember your chocolate-orange post! Welcome back to my "virtual" coffeehouse. THRILLED to hear you enjoyed French Pressed - I agree with you. It's the strongest book so far - but when you read Espresso Shot, I think you'll be even happier. As I've said before, Clare's adventures are non-stop in my first hardcover CM and it's also the longest one to day with the most story. I'm so psyched to hear from you again. Come on back now, y'hear?!
Chocolate-orange joy to you,
Love your books
I am on my third read through. I feel like they can't come fast enough to keep me reading.
Cleo's reply: Awesome! You made my night! Thanks for letting me know how much you are enjoying the books - it means the world to me.
I'm too selfish to share my IRW coffee!
I'm afraid that the incredible bouquet and flavor of the IRW coffe would be lost on my co-workers whose palates have been ruined by old, cold, stale and half-burned coffee. I have a french press here at work and make myself fresh coffee throughout the night and let them SMELL it, but no taste tests! Okay, Cleo, I have broken down and pre-ordered Espresso Shot in HARDBACK!!! I hate to buy a book in hardback because I can buy more paperbacks with the same amount of money. Yes, you're right, I am selfish AND cheap, and it IS all about me! What's your point? Also, I would like to volunteer my services as a proofreader for any and all of your upcoming and future books. I have excellent English and spelling skills, totally AROC about consistent timelines within stories and read very fast. This has nothing to do with me getting your stories first AND not have to spend money at the same time. Just a suggestion!
~~ Judy McIntosh
(known as "Judy Mac" to nurses and patients alike)
Cleo's reply: Hi again, Judy Mac!! (Great nickname.) LOL on everything - the french press on the nursing job, the breaking down to by my first hardback (God BLESS you!), and even the proofreading. However, "Mary T" from Wisconsin (who often posts here) has already gotten in line in front of you for the proofreading offer. LOL! (She e-mails me when she sees typos on this site, and I am always appreciative!) BUT if I start self-publishing or decide to launch an online publishing company myself (a fantasy of mine - who knows) I'll get back to ya!
Warmest wishes and thanks again for buying the hardcover
I know it's a very special buy and I appreciate it! But I think you'll be very happy to have it - It's non-stop adventure for Clare; it's the longest Coffeehouse Mystery tale to date (a lot of story!); and it's got some really delish recipes, too!
Cheers and good luck with the masters studies!
baseball..and candied apples !
What a great combo....baseball and a candied apple! thanks for the go Brewers.. they won today..and the pitcher should have had a no hitter ! will see what develops. Yes...the Mets are doing better than the Yankees. I don't care who wins.. as long as it is NOT the Yankees !!!!
—Mary T., Appleton, WI
Cleo's reply: LOL! Ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!!!!! Absolutely!
Espresso Shot Congrats!!
Congrats, Cleo, on the first hardcover printing of one of your wonderful books! Reading them has been a pleasure, and, I have learned so much about coffee that my drinking/brewing habits have changed dramatically. I purchased an authentic ibrik from Damascus online! I dubbed this summer "the summer of espresso" and have been diligently trying to achieve "crema" in my ibrik (with only modest success so far)... What a fun hobby, and I have you and Clare to thank!
Keep up the great work!
Cleo's reply: Hi, Lori! What a fun post! I'm psyched that you're really getting into the coffee thing - bought an ibrik and everything! Awesome!
For those of you wondering what we're talking about, here's a picture of an ibrik ⇒
Click here to read more about this handled pot that's used to make "Arabic - Turkish - Greek coffee" to quote this informative website of Sweet Marias - a great place to learn about coffee or even buy GREEN coffee beans to roast yourself at home. You can learn all about home roasting from this site, too.
Thanks for posting, Lori. Come on back anytime with coffee thoughts - or any thoughts. Love to hear from such enthusiastic readers. And as long as you keep reading, I'll keep writing...
Java joy to you,
I just wanna say keep up with the great books. Whenever I know a new one is coming I pre-order right away cause I look forward to what Clare and Joy and the ex are up to. I feel for Joy, how Clare butts in—when Joy is old enough to take care of herself—but Clare is there when Joy gets in trouble. I have to say, keep the books rolling our way. You have a fan here forever, and I know when I start one of your books I can't put it down. So I'm looking forward to your next one.
Haaaa! You made me laugh out loud tonight with your PERFECT description of the Joy-Clare relationship!
Thanks for being such a fantastically loyal fan. It means the world to me - and thanks also for taking the time to drop into my "virtual" coffeehouse and let me know personally how much you're enjoying your visits to my fictional Village Blend.
Here's a great big delish "virtual" chocolate chip cookie for you to enjoy with your next pot o' coffee.
Java joy to you,
your eager to read reply
Just read your reply to my Aug 19 post. Love those red candied apples....and will try the recipe. Have not had one for ages....used to get them at the state fair in Milwaukee.
Appleton is named after a man of the same name. Will send you more info in an email. and yes Harry Houdini did live here in Appleton at one time. Will send you more info in my email :)
The Brewers are hanging in there...but are still behind the Cubs...who keep finding ways to win. I am hoping the Brewers can get the wild card spot...if nothing else. So looking forward to the new books.
Have a great Labor Day weekend, all.
Go Milwaukee Brewers!
(That's for you, Mary T.)
And, of course, for me: Go Mets! (They're doing better than the Yankees this year. Yay.) Okay, after your mention of the state fair (I LOVE state fairs!!!), I am now obsessed with having a red candied apple. This is bad. I have no time to make them. Maybe next week!!
Cheers to you again,
Note to Cleo
Congratulations on a positive Kirkus review. As a librarian who has used their reviews for years I know they don't give praise lightly!
Cleo's reply: THANK YOU, Marlene! You made my week saying that! Or, as Matteo Allegro says to Detective Mike Quinn in Espresso Shot, "I could kiss you!"
(Yes, I know that sounds like it would NEVER happen, but it does make sense when you read the book! LOL!)
Here's a special cup o' "virtual" latte art in thanks to you for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse!
Java joy to you,
P.S. I (heart) librarians! They are the hippest kids on the block. Click the link below to go to an article I so enjoyed last year in the NY Sun: "Brooklyn, home of the hip librarian..." Click here to go to NY Sun article.
Idido Royal Washed is an AWESOME coffee!!
After reading through the monthly picks, I ordered the Purple Princess and the Idido Royal Washed beans from Counter Culture. I opened the IRW beans and couldn't believe how wonderful they smell!! And the brewed coffee tastes like the beans smell! I can't wait to open the Purple Princess beans. Still waiting (im)patiently for the next books.
Cleo's reply: Hi Judy!! I love your posts! I remember your telling me about you and your daughter both reading the Coffeehouse Mysteries. (That was incredibly gratifying to hear since there are so many mother-daughter issues in these books - not just Joy and Clare but Clare and her former mother-in-law, as well.)
I'm glad to hear you liked the Idido Royal Washed beans at Counter Culture Coffee! The region of Yirgacheffe Ethiopia is seminal when it comes to coffee - the motherland. (For anyone who wants to learn more about what "Yirg" coffee is...click here. It will take you to my article archives where I talk about Yirgacheffe coffees and explain how important they are to the trade.)
Judy: Come back when you can and tell me what you think of the famous "Purple Princess" coffee from Honduras ("purple princess" is the nickname. It's officially known as Finca El Puente - which translates to "the bridge farm" and it is also sold by Counter Culture Coffee under their coffees from the Americas page).
If anyone wants to learn more about the exotic, award-winning Purple Princess coffee, which (amazingly) has notes of lavender, plum, and grape, then just click here. The link will take you to the section in my archived articles where I wrote about Purple Princess for the Web and featured the Marysabel, the woman who owns the farm and grows the coffee with her husband. (This coffee played an important role in my novel FRENCH PRESSED.)
Java joy to you, Judy
(and your daughter, too!),
P.S. I answered your other post below!
Labour Day & Labour Day 2
We also have that holiday here in Canada, we just spell it with a U in there lol. I'll be starting school on Tuesday and will be having to get up at 5 am now, what a change that will be from 1 pm lol. I'll be taking an administration course. Can't wait.
Cleo's reply: 5 AM - Yikes! I like getting up early. But even that's a TAD too early for moi! Still, it certainly sounds worthwhile. It's always fun to take a new class, learn something new, meet new people. Good luck and have a great time of it! (Canada's Labour Day is May 1...it's funny, yours marks the beginning of summer and ours the end...maybe because you all are north of us - tee hee...)
Labour Day 2 - Chelle replies...
What? May 1st??? Where'd you get that crazy idea? lol our Labour day is this Monday, the day before school starts.
Cleo's reply: Oops! Sorry, Chelle!I stand corrected. May 1 is "Labour Day" for much of Europe as well as Mexico, Sweden, Iceland, Chile, Costa Rica, Korea, Syria, Turkey, Albania, Greece, India, Russian Federation, Malaysia, the Philipines, much of Africa, and a lot of the rest of the world! (Click here to read more.) I didn't realize Canada's is the same day as the USA! Apologies and...
Happy Labour Day, Canada!
Is it September 30 yet? I have drank regular coffee, coffee shop coffee, fixed my own brew and even resorted to my Moca Pot to get my Coffee House Mystery fix, but it AIN'T doin the job. I am almost ready to camp out on my book store front walk maybe they will feel sorry for me and provide free expresso's, doubtful. Any way there must be no substitute for an "Espresso Shot" than the book. So I wait shaking like a leaf like a good Coffee House fan. Actually I just wanted to say hi and that I am getting eager for the new book. i won't even mention the Haunted Bookshop new book that's just too long to think about.
Cleo's reply: Hi Rusty! GREAT to hear from you again! Here's a virtual shot of espresso (with a lovely head of crema) to keep you going until the book comes out.
Thanks sincerely for being such an enthusiastic fan of my series (both of them). Be sure to stop back and let me know how you like the new CM book. I always enjoy your posts!
Java joy to you,
How are you doing? just popping by to leave a note and say hi. I just up graded from dial up to cable internet. What a difference!!! BTW who knew that you can feel so much happier by breaking up with a guy and not talking to him anymore!! lol never thought it would be so easy to be single but for now I'm loving it (hmm maybe that's my prozac talking eh?) anyway keep pumping out the good books, I bought 5 new books the other day still waiting for them to get to the store. My next card will go toward getting the books I still don't have in the Coyle and Kimberly series. I get 50 dollar gift cards with my airmiles points every 3 months or so. Looking forward to the next pile.
—Chelle - your north american sister
on the canadian coffee coast.
Cleo's reply: Hi Chelle! (I updated my subscriber list with your new e-mail) REALLY happy to hear time is helping you. (or it could be the prozac - lol) Funny how you started the post - sometimes life can feel like it goes from dial-up to high speed. Wow, I can think of a dozen cheesy analogies to make about love and the Internet - could probably start an e-greeting card company on that concept alone! No kidding, though, it really cheered me to hear from you and know that things are looking up (airmiles and all)...We have a holiday here in the States this weekend (Labor Day on Monday). I hope you have a great weekend - I should finally be getting my newsletter out, too...
—Cleo, your all-american
bean-juice crazy girlfriend
double shot, extra hot
Your new book, The Ghost and the Femme Fatale was great. Loved the jump from present to past and back again. Jack is great. Looking forward to Jan 09 for the new one. Keep writing—you've got my husband and I hooked.
Cleo's reply: Hi, Wendy in NM! The ghost of Jack Shepard has really hit a chord with a lot of readers. For me, he provides a much needed counterpoint to the continuing parade of silliness in our modern world - I can just see Jack turning on the TV and cracking wise over everything from Pimp My Ride to feel-good car commmercials to public therapy on the Dr. Phil Show...in fact,, now that I think about it, these are things he probably WILL be cracking wise about when I sit down to write my next Haunted Bookshop novel!
In the meantime, thank you sincerely for taking the time and trouble to stop by my "virtual" coffeehouse and let me know you enjoyed the book! I'm also thrilled that your husband is liking Jack and Penelope, too.
Java joy to you and your husband too
—Cleo (aka Alice Kimberly)
eager to read.......
yournew books. Was wondering where you were :) Look forward to Sept 30...and Jan 09...two must reads.
Cleo's reply: Hi Mary T! Great to hear from you again! We're heading into appple picking season here in NY state. LOTS of bags of fresh apples always come available in our markets in Sept. and Oct. Looking foward to some apple dishes...(Click here or on the pic for a candy apple recipe I might try this year.)
Is Appleton surrounded by apple orchards? Or is the name of your fair city just a name (Houdini once lived there, right? I think I read that some time ago - because he's buried where I live in Queens!).
Baseball - I've been so busy I've totally lost track of my Mets. (I usually tune in late in the bball season. How's your team doing this year? I know you're a big fan...)
Thanks again for virtually dropping by my virtual coffeehouse!
Caffeinated Strangeness...What if?
Ok, so I'm hyper-caffeinated and waiting for "Espresso Shot" and "The Ghost & the Haunted Mansion", hence this brain child of an idea.
I was wondering if you ever thought of Pen and Clare meeting somehow? Maybe Pen & Clare knew each other when Pen was in NY and then asked Clare to come and help out with coffee for an Author Appearance (bonus- Madame)? I wonder if Mike and Jack would get along? Ever thought of something like that?
Caffeinated Strangeness Part Deux - I hit Save too quickly before I got a chance to mention that I am thoroughly addicted to both of your series. I weighed in on the Matt/Mike debate and I'm very happy with the outcome in the last book :) Now, is there anyway to make a ghost real? -CJ
Hi, CJ! Thanks for posting again and apologies for taking a little while to respond!
You know, I've thought of putting Clare and Pen together somehow myself - I'm really glad to hear you propose it, too. Now I know I'm not crazy! If my readers think this is a good idea, then I must not be too far off the mark! LOL! This may be a strange but interesting novel or collection of short stories in the future.
Part Deux: Thank you for weighing in on the Mike/Matt debate! And thank you for telling me that you're happy with how it's going! It's really great to hear that. As for making Jack real...well, he's as real as he's going to be (unless Hollywood decides to make him into a TV star...I'll keep you posted)!
Keep in touch, CJ, and post again! (In the meantime, here's a virtual latte art pour in thanks for visiting my virtual Village Blend coffeehouse!)
Java joy to you,
Cleo, can you write faster??
Now that I have inhaled all the Coffee House Mysteries AND the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries (and I wouldn't mind having Jack invade a few of my dreams), what am I going to do until your new books com out?? Okay, I know I don't have alot of free reading time, between working 60 hours a week as a CCU nurse and working on my master's, but when I get a break I read as many books that I've stored up as I can and nothing makes my insides jump for joy as reading books from my favorite authors. My next break will be mid-December, will the next one be out then? I'm getting ready to plunge back into teaching theories and advanced pharmacology but I'll be waiting for my next shot of Coffee House Mysteries.
Cleo's reply: Hi Judy - tres cool that you are CCU nurse AND working on your masters, YOU GO, GIRL! And God bless you for your nursing work!
Another nurse posts once in awhile on this board and says she brings my "coffee picks" to work so that the other nurses can try them. Nurses and cops are probably among the top 10 drinkers of coffee in the USA, don't you think? (Truck drivers, EMS workers, doc interns, and reporters are probably up there somewhere in the top 10, too - along with students, and you're a nurse and a masters student so I'm sure you drink more than your share, right?)
By now you probably have seen my updates on the web with my new Haunted Bookstore coming out in early January 09: The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion. (And Espresso Shot, my next Coffeehouse Mystery, coming in just a few weeks 9/30, which you can certainly buy and hold onto to read until your studies let up...but I warn you, Clare's adventures are non-stop in Espresso Shot. It's entirely possible that once you start, you may not want to put it down. (I can only hope!) LOL!
Thank you sincerely for remaining such a fan in the midst of your very busy life!
Cheers and keep in touch!
Just love the books
I am in love with the whole coffeehouse mystery series. I have done reviews of it on Good Reads, and am actually using the first book, On What Grounds to get my attendees at the workshop I am putting on in Oct as the book for them to read to learn how to write a good cozy. Thanks so much for these books~!!
—Kim Smith, author of...
Avenging Angel, a Shannon Wallace Mystery, coming soon....from Enspiren Press.
Cleo's reply: SALUTE to a fellow author! Hi, Kim! Thank you for posting and especially for reading AND reviewing my books. Awesome!
Avenging Angel is a GREAT title! Good luck with your new book!
Another good coffee
Hi Cleo, I was reading through your site and saw how you had bought a Starbucks kona blend. Thought I would tell you about another commerical blend from Caribou Coffee...it's called La Minita Peaberry, it's very pricey at $17. something a pound but I tell you what I'm addicted to it.They say they buy the entire year's harvest of this high-quality, hand-sorted bean from the growers at Hacienda La Minita in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. It's a very light roast and I just spent the bucks to and bought 2 lbs so i would have it for awhile.
Cleo's reply: Hi, Carol! I have been wanting to try Caribou Coffee for some time now. Your suggestion sounds delish - and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all peaberry coffees - such flavor!! Yes, it is pricey but I'll check it out in the near future. (Pretty label, too!) Thank you, Carol! Coffee suggestions are always welcome on this board.
CLICK HERE to check out Carol's suggestion. Link will take you to Caribou coffee's online shopping site where you can read about the coffee she recommends.
I just loved French Pressed
Hi Cleo, Joanna Harrison here I LOVED French Pressed and I've just pre-ordered Espresso Shot. I just cannot wait for it to come in September.. Keep up with the writing and I'll keep up the reading.. I just love your books..
Thanks for what you do..
Cleo's reply: Joanna, thank you sincerely for posting. Every single reader means the world to me and posts like yours keep me going. Java joy to you and yours for brightening my day.
I just wanted to say how happy I am that someone finally created a realistic character that is not blonde, not overly quarky or gossipy, no glamour job, not in her 20's or pretending to be and not drooling over everything with testosterone. This woman is a real lady.
I'm completly hooked.
Cleo's reply: Wow. This is a post that I want to blow up into a poster size. Then I want to frame it, gild it, and preserve it for all time.
(for getting it)
Green Coffee, who knew?
Thanks for telling me about Solar Roast Coffee. I'm going to try it. Coffee from the sun.
Ben, from Hamilton, OH
Cleo's reply: You're welcome, Ben! Enjoy!