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Okay so think about it avid coffee readers if Clare meets Mike's kids (Viviana) it will be awesome. Kudos, I didn't even think about that. Their relationship will be brought to a better level. His ex-wife is such a butthead. Matteo is on the rebound and is getting married because of it. They do have pills for that. Does Breanne die? Does Madame go back to McTavish? Do Clare and Mike get married instead? Does Joy get help? Because she needs it
Cleo's reply: Continued amusement. Per "his ex-wife is such a butthead." LOL. And, yes, you will meet Mike's ex and his kids in future books for sure. In the meantime, enjoy a big muffin! A virtual one that is - in thanks for posting in my virtual coffeehouse!
Clare is a wonder woman
I think great people have great balance, and with an overly snooping ex mother in law, managing a business, a daughter with hmm *cough* hmm issues, an overly fornicating ex hubby and her new and improved love life, she has a full plate with steaming side dishes of murder and remembering to feed her cat on time. You go coffee girl!!!
Cleo's reply: Great post. Yes! Clare is a wonder woman, all right. But then, from what I've seen, so many women out there are, too - juggling motherhood, jobs/careers, anxieties about their kids' and grandkids' futures, obligations to their spouses and their own parents. No woman can be perfect trying to deal with all that - and neither is Clare Cosi. But there sure is a lot to admire in the trying...
Thanks again for the post! Here's a "virtual" big cookie just for you to virutally munch on with a nice, warm cup o' Breakfast Blend - in thanks for dropping by my "virtual" Village Blend coffeehouse!
A Book Signing Tour?
Denver is a great city for books and coffee - is there any chance you will be doing a signing tour for Espresso Shot? I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries not only for the coffee tips but they are also very good mysteries! The Haunted Bookshop novels with their great characters are wonderful as well. Thanks for many long nights of reading.
—Donna from Denver
Cleo's reply: Hi Donna from Denver! Thank you so much for posting. I most definitely will include Denver on any author-signing tour/trip. I even have some family there - so a signing in CO would be a real treat! Stay tuned - I'm going to try to plan something in 2009 - best possible event would a coffee-tasting, mystery talk, and book signing so it will be a chance to really spend some time with people who have been reading and enjoying the series. And, again, Denver will be a stop for sure.
Java joy to you, Donna - (Here's a virtual latte art pour in thanks for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse!)
Happy Thanksgiving Cleo
Here in Canada it's Thanksgiving weekend, mmmm I can just taste the Turkey dinner I'll be eating on Monday already. I got all better but guess what? I'm sick AGAIN!!! arrrrrgh why me? lol all those posts are making me want to read your new book...lol.
—Chelle from Canada's Coffee Coast *Cough Cough*
Cleo's reply: Hi again, Chelle from Canada! Apologies for taking a little while to answer. I certainly hope you're feeling better (* Gesundheit - Gesundheit *)!
(a little late!)
so when will the next one arrive?
Cleo's reply: Well...Espresso Shot is available now. That's the latest Coffeehouse Mystery. The next book to release will be a new mystery in the series I write under my other pen name Alice Kimberly....
The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (by Alice Kimberly - Book #5 in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series) will be coming out January 2009. (Click on the dancing ghost in the left column to learn more about this series and this book...)
Later in 2009, look for a brand NEW Coffeehouse Mystery (#8 in the series). I'm working on the book now and having a great time writing it! I'll tell you more on this site and in a future newsletter. Stay tuned!
New Book Arrives!
I just received my copy of Espresso Shot and can't wait to read this one. A beautiful cover design to it also. I loved French Pressed so much. I have pre-ordered the next Haunted Bookshop Mystery: The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion, those books are so impressive as well. Love your books, Cleo, and I was thrilled to have been a winner of Joe's Vienna Roast Coffee this month! Thanks so much.
—Lorraine from Allentown, PA
Cleo's reply: Congratulations again, Lorraine! I hope you enjoy the book AND the Joe's Vienne Roast coffee, too!!
LOVING THE WARM ENDING
You are my favorite mystery author EVER!!! This was perfect with a plate of PB and Nutella sandwich with milk! I'm so glad Matteo finds his one true love and most of all Clare has the duplex all to herself (oo lala!) Will Clare get to meet Mike's kids? I think it would be interesting.
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You made my day, Viviana!
* Hugs to you *
I really like your idea on Mike's kids...hmmmm....since I'm working on Coffeehouse Mystery #8 right now - title to come soon - that gives me some interesting food for thought...(I'll let you know more as the new Coffeehouse tale progresses!)
In the meantime, here is a cuppa "virtual" Latte Art (with Heart) in thanks for your very kind words. Again, thanks for lifting me up today. It's readers like you who make me want to keep writing.
Java joy to you always,
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I purchased Espresso Shot...
—Mary T Appleton WI am loving the book..btw !!!waiting for Mike to appear !!
Cleo's reply via e-mail to you Mary T.!
Your new book!
Just picked up your new book and can't wait to start it. I've read all your other ones and loved them. Also got one of the Haunted Bookshop ones for the first time. Your books are fun!
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Jean! I hope you enjoy Espresso Shot - in the next month or so I'll be posting more about the recipes in this one (showing photos for the Italian wedding cookies and other recipes). In the meantime, have a virtual cappuccino and biscotti in thanks for stopping by my "virtual" Village Blend!
It's a WINNER!!
I made me a cup of Kona (I was out of IRW and my new order hadn't arrived), disconnected phone, kids, pets, etc., and opened my book. I nearly got a cramp laughing at your Bourdain/Zimmer amalgam! You got the attitude dead on. I couldn't wait until the wedding scene and I must give you a salute. You managed to create such a clear picture of the scene, I could see and smell the action. I do believe my all-time favorite master wordsmith, JRR Tolkien, would be proud. You did a very, very good job with your latest book, Cleo. My hearfelt congratulations
Cleo's reply: Wow. Thank you, Nurse Judy!!!
Listen, Tolkien is truly amazing and that's very, very flattering - AND...it's funny you should mention him because I was thinking of Breanne and her waif thin, fairly-like fashionista magazine staff as an almost Tolkien-esque construct - Galadriel, lady of the forest - either that or the Wicked Witch of the West from the land of Oz! LOL!
Is Breanne more like...
Galadriel or The Wicked Witch
of the West???
MOSTLY I'm thrilled that you found Espresso Shot anywhere near as enjoyable as the IRW coffee from Ethiopia - a true work of art from the artisan farmers of Yirgacheffe. Like thier beans, my books are (hopefully) a little, warm cup to brighten peoples' days.
Java joy to you for lifting me up today.
May someone do that for you, too...
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed "Espresso Shot". It was such an enjoyable escape from the daily mess of life and horrible goings on in the world.
The "Fish Squad" were hilarious--I hope you include them in future stories. I also liked the way certain characters realized and seemed to embrace their changing relationships (I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who has not read the book yet, but I hope you understand what I mean)--although I must admit a couple of times you had me worried!
What can I say about Mike Quinn? It's too bad (but not at all surprising) that such a great guy is fiction! And of course, I love all of the coffee tips and recipes. I do have a question: Will Clare ever meet Mike's kids? And what about his soon-to-be ex-wife? (I know, that's two questions!). But the ex-wife, that would be interesting!
Thanks again for such a great story. When you do your book tour I hope you make a stop in Michigan.
(If you think I've "spoiled" anything, please feel free to edit my post).
Hi Nicole! What a great post! Thank you! First of all, you haven't spoiled a thing. (The spoilers that concern me have to do with giving away pieces of the mystery puzzle). Second of all, I really like your "Mike's ex-wife and kids" idea and YES in the coming books, we will definitely be meeting Mike's ex-wife as well as his kids and certain members of his big, colorful Irish family. I'm so happy you enjoyed "The Fish Squad" - the former head of New York's Sixth Precinct (which patrols the West Village of NYC) was a woman - and that is RARE in the NYPD. The Fish Squad is my little tribute to her - and all the great women cops out there. SAAAALUTE!
Michigan is such a great state! I would love to visit your stomping ground on a book tour - keeping fingers crossed that readers keep buying and reading and enjoying the Coffeehouse Mysteries...In the meantime, I want to thank you sincerely for reading my books and for posting about what you liked. It's a great help to me to know what readers think - and you have some great thoughts and ideas!
Java joy to you, Nicole -
I hope you'll come back to my virtual Village Blend again! (Enjoy this virtual box o' biscotti! Wish I could offer you the real thing but this is a virtual coffeehouse! LOL!)
My first cannoli
I just realized that I forgot to sign my posting for "Taking the girls to the library". Thank you for the cannoli, Cleo. It made me laugh to remember my first cannoli at the age of 21. I had gone to Boston with 2 friends in 1976 and were walking the Freedom Trail. We stopped at an Italian pastry shop and I decided on this scrumptious rolled pastry. I asked what it was and the lady (giving me a very strange look) said "It's a cannoli!" I replied that I had never had one before. She said "Where do you live that you've never had a cannoli before?!" I had to admit I actually blushed when I replied "Indiana". Now I can say that I've had cannoli in Italy, but my true love is tiramisu.(Can you believe that my spell-check doesn't recognize the words cannoli or tiramisu? I had to add them to the "dictionary".) I have received "Espresso Shot" and can make myself a fresh cup of coffee, disconnect the phone, children, etc. and read my book! LMK when you start your cross country signings, Cleo. I'll turn up if you make it to Indiana (Illinois, Ohio, or anywhere within a tank of gas).
~~Judy Mac aka Meemaw
Cleo's reply: HILARIOUS story, Nurse Judy!! LOL! You made my night! AND...your post inspired my husband to stop by our neighborhood Italian bakery (bread to die for) and buy me two delicious, sweet, freshly-filled cannoli - YUM - I made mine last for 2 days, which was easy because a typical New York Italian cannoli is so big and so rich, that half of one with a cuppa java can easily fill you up!
I received "Espresso Shot" yesterday and read it cover to cover. Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! Oh, dear, what to do until January. . . Thanks for another great read!
Cleo's reply: AWESOME!! Nice to hear from you again, "geekette"! Love your posts. Per January—I'm now reviewing the page proofs for my next book (written under my second pen name, Alice Kimberly)—and if you don't laugh out loud at least once on this one, I'll eat my fedora!
—GeekGirl2, Cleo Coyle
The Ghost and the
by Alice Kimberly
Pub: January 09
Book #5 in
FYI for those of you unfamiliar with my Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, (aka my "ghost" series) here are the titles in order:
1 The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
2 The Ghost and the Dead Deb
3 The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library
4 The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (just released in May)
5 The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (to come this January 09)
(You can learn more about this series by clicking on the dancing ghost in the left column of this Web site! Cheers!)
I love your Village Blend mysteries. How do I get them autographed? Looking forward to Espresso Shot.
Cleo's reply: Hi Kris - thank you for reading! I'm glad you live in CT - it's close enough to NYC that you might be able to attend a "Coffee with Cleo" event I'm planning with Joe, the Art of Coffee - the Greenwich Village coffeehouse that inspired my own fictional Village Blend. (There are 3 Joe shops in NYC - the Waverly Street Joe's is pictured right. Food and Wine magazine just named it one of the top coffee bars in the country.)
The evening will (hopefully) be a combination of a coffee tasting or espresso-making lesson on their pro machine combined with a book signing and talk about writing culinary mysteries. This evening will take place sometime in 2009. I'll be sure to give you plenty of notice in my newsletter and on this Web site about when and where and how to sign up for the limited seating.
If the "Coffee with Cleo" event goes well the first time, I hope to do more of them in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) And if they go well locally, I really hope to take the coffee on the road around the country.
So stay tuned, Kris (and everyone who would like Espresso Shot signed) - Cleo is hoping to come to a city near you in the next year or two.
In the meantime,
if you keep reading,
I'll keep writing!
Wishing you Java Joy,
Another one brought to the light!
The other night, I treated one of my fellow nurses to a cup of IRW and her first words were "OH, MY GOD! This tastes like coffee smells! This is the best coffee I've ever had!" I gave her the web address of Counter Culture coffee and allowed her another (small) cup. I guarantee she will be online, buying coffee ASAP. BTW, I am waiting for my book VERY patiently!!!!! Amazon said it was shipped!!!! I really need a shot of espresso!!! I think I'll go sit on my mailbox like Snoopy, looming like a vulture, waiting for the unsuspecting mailman to drive up and....GIVE ME MY BOOK!!!!
Cleo's reply: Ha-ha-haaaaa! Love it! Hi again, Nurse Judy! I hope you enjoy Espresso Shot, too (the book not the drink! LOL!) Lemme know what you think of the saga of Matt's wedding...
My book was delivered today...
and I just finished it! So good! Very impressed. I guess I can't go into detail yet.
Cleo's reply: Hi Jazdia!! So happy to hear you enjoyed Espresso Shot! You can write more if you like or ask me questions (just don't reveal any spoilers!).
Java joy to you for reading--and for posting, too!
Espresso...and baseball !
I will be at B and N tomorrow..to get my copy of Espresso Shot. Eager to read it. Well....the Brewers are in..at least for a while..and sigh...the Mets are out. What a day in baseball on Sunday..wow. Made for some very tense moments for sure. When I hear anyone say...what's brewin'.. I will think of coffee and the Crew !
Cleo's reply: Hi Mary T.! Always great to hear from you. (I'm trying to proof the site more closely since I know your watcheful eyes are out there!)
Go Brewers! (That's for you and all of Wisconsin.)
I know how you feel. I will always (heart) my Mets - no matter what! When you read Espresso Shot, I'm sure you'll notice 'he reference to Mets' stadium. Funny story...
While writing the book, I wanted to refer to the beloved old "Shea Stadium" (which is located in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens) - but I knew that by the time the book would be published, there would be no more Shea! So I had to refer to the stadium as the Mets' stadium. Just an example of the sort of strange problems that can crop up while one is trying to write a contemporary novel! Cheers and let me know what you think...
Ready for Espresso !
I will be going to B and N Tuesday to get my copy of Espresso Shot...looking forward to reading it !
Cleo's reply: Excellent! Come on back and let me know what you think.
Got it Friday, read it and LOVED IT!!
—Barbara Belfair, WA
Cleo's reply: Hiya, Barbara! So great to hear from you again - and I'm really glad you enjoyed the book!!! Thanks for reading - and especially for dropping by again to post. Come on back now, y'hear?!
Java joy to you,
Well, not only am I hooked on your wonderful mysteries, but I have started to grind my own beans and bought a French press. I follow all your directions and I am now able to get a much better cup of coffee. Sometimes it doesn't turn out just right, but I keep trying. I think it is a fine art!
Cleo's reply: Hi Ellen! You made my day! It's great to hear you love the mysteries and extremely gratifying to hear that the books enriched your culinary joy - even if only a little bit.
I subscribe to the "island" theory of living. Every day can be trying - but if we have little islands of joy in the midst of the storms, it can really get us through. Enjoying a delicious piece of pie or a fresh cuppa joe can be that little island. We deserve it. Warmest wishes and...
Java joy to you,
Another great review!
The 9/1 issue of Library Journal has a STARRED REVIEW of "Espresso Shot"!
Check out libraryjournal.com. Librarians use Library Journal to select titles for their collections as well as to recommend books to customers. I presented the coffee house series at a "Coffee, Books and Conversation" discussion. Two participants came back to say they had started to read the series and loved it!
Click here to go LibraryJournal.com
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Cleo's reply: AWESOME!! Thank you SO much for telling me, Marlene! I've put this on the front page of my Web site. This is the best news in the world! In my "book" (LOL), librarians are the keepers of the literary culture. So this pretty much puts me in Hog Heaven!
Great to hear from you again, too. Come on back now, y'hear?!
Cheers and Java joy to you,
Oh, what a difference a new batch makes!
I just opened my other bag of Purple Princess and was very pleasantly surprised by the increased aroma of the beans over the first bag. I closed my eyes and inhaled. I could smell the flowers, yes, the lavender, and thought I could smell a faint herbal scent almost like fresh hay. I couldn't wait to see how it would brew up and it was a winner! I don't think I'll take this bag to work to share. BTW, I am OUTRAGED!!! I had stored a partial bag of IRW beans at work (I had the bag wrapped in a Walmart bag and stowed in the bottom of the employee refrigerator) and someone stole them!!! AARRRGGHHH!! I was reduced to drinking percolated Starbucks! It almost wasn't worth it!
Cleo's reply: Great update on the saga of the Purple Princess and the IRW (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe - Cleo's January Coffee Pick). It is good to find a coffee one can love! (Especially when you're an overworked nurse working on a masters degree in your spare time - LOL! Thanks for posting again Nurse Judy. Come on back now, y'hear?!)
Dilbert Coffee Quote
Was at the bookstore today and saw a dilbert cartoon where someone was being interviewed for a job and was asked what his goal was is response? "My goal is to replace my soul with coffee and become immortal"
—Chelle in Canada
Cleo's reply: LOL!! Hi Chelle!! Here's another funny Dilbert cartoon. Oh, so appropriate for the financial meltdown of the US market. (My philosophy - drink more coffee and start all over again. The boulder will continually roll down the hill and we will have to continually push it up again. This is nothing new. Life is work. But if we're wise, we're singing while we push - and we're all pushing together.)
who is STILL hanging in there, even though her first hardcover is being released the same week as the biggest stock market crash since the Great Depression. Sigh.
Thank you for the tea...
Cleo's reply: You are very welcome, obscure one.