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Happy Nurses' Day to all of us nurses!
Here's to us, the masters of the code brown! Fueled by caffeine, we look at hunky guys and think "Wow, great veins!" and discuss body fluids and functions through any meal without a hitch. We will care for you through birth and death and everything in between, and if you bring us cookies, we will love you forever. We are cynical, sarcastic, with extremely warped senses of humor and we will laugh with you and cry with you and we will let you know that, no matter what, we are your advocate and will do whatever is necessary to provide you with the best care we can. We may be crazy but we wouldn't have it any other way!
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Happy Nurses' Day to the angels among us. :)
It's been awhile
I didn't want you to think that I had dropped off the face of the earth. I am running a new Cafe in Plainfield and that is keeping me busy, busy. Time sure flies unless you are waiting for your favorite author's new books to come out LOL. Any way just wanted to say hi and tell your hubby hi too...
Nice to hear from you, Rusty, and thank you for the very kind words. We have a new book coming this summer - Roast Mortem. Stay tuned for an excerpt to be posted soon.
In the meantime, I love hearing that you're running a new Cafe in Plainfield! Pour me a cuppa!! (If you want to post the name and address, or a Web site, I'd be happy to spread the good word. You can post here or send me a NOTE TO CLEO at VillageBlend@aol.com :)
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coffie is Great > i am @ school and it's boring<
Cleo's reply: Hang in there. Not every subject is for every student. Want a tip for keeping your adult life from being "boring" too? Find the one thing that makes TIME FLY BY for you and you will find your BLISS.
Once you do that, learn as much as you can about whatever it is; practice it as much as you can, and believe me one day someone will pay you to do it :-)
Enjoying a WONDERFUL iced mocha
Just wanted to let you know I received my coffee and picked it up from my friend Lois. I will share some of the regular with her...This morning I am happlily sitting here knitting and enjoying a most WONDERFUL iced mocha. Thanks so much.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Cleo's reply - Thank you, Nancy! You were very sweet to e-mail me this note and allow me to re-post it here.
Drink with joy,
(Nancy is one of my Free Coffee
what's for Pen and Jack
I would like to know if you have plans to write another book about the haunted book store. My favorite librarian got me started on your books and I enjoy both.
First of all - thank you for asking. More Jack and Pen adventures are indeed in the works. In fact, I'm writing the next Haunted Bookshop mystery right now with my husband (as most of my readers know, Marc is my partner in crime writing).
The new Haunted Bookshop mystery is titled The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller and below (for the first time ever), I can show you a picture of an early cover.
You may notice the publisher is playing up the name "Cleo Coyle" now. Although my husband and I began to write this series under "Alice Kimberly," the name Cleo Coyle has become more widely known and now the publisher is going to start releasing the new Alice Kimberly books under the Coyle name. I hope that's not too confusing for "Alice's" readers! :)
THE GHOST and the
Haunted Bookshop #6
When will this new book be released? I don't yet have an exact date. But if you subscribe to my free newsletter, then you will be sure to hear when the next book is available because I always announce this to my subscribers. Again, the newsletter is free. Just send a "Sign me up" e-mail to
Thanks again for stopping by and please do thank your favorite librarian for me. Librarians are the coolest people on the planet as far as I'm concerned -- the keepers of the literary flame. And I'm extremely flattered whenever those very kind individuals recommend my books. :-)
"Spirited' good wishes to you,
~Cleo (aka Alice Kimberly)
Pen and Jack!
Please come back.
It has been so long.
They hear you :-)
See my reply above this one for more info on their next book and thank you for your very kind enthusiasm!
Need More Books...PLEASE!!!
Okay, I've read all the Coffee House Mysteries and Haunted Bookshop, I had surgery today and I am desperate for a good read.....Help!!! Can either Penelope or Clare come over for coffee and keep me company (Ha Ha). Laid up for a while,
Terre Haute, IN
Cleo's reply: Rebekah! I am so sorry to hear that you are on the post-surgical mend (ouch!). I am sending good thoughts, prayers, and karma your way. I hope you feel better soon. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please read my reply (in the message above this one) to find out more about the next Jack and Pen adventure :-)
I baked you a big, warm plate of *virtual* chocolate brownies to enjoy with your next pot o' joe. (Because, well, chocolate makes all medicine go down easier.)
Feel better soon!
Really enjoying your books!! I, like several of your fans, found Holiday Grind first and am now making my way through your other books...wonderful way to wind down after a busy day. Keep them coming!!!
My New Coffeemaker!
I had to write with my thanks for your advice a few months ago on drip coffeemakers. I purchased one of the Cuisinarts, complete with a gold grounds basket and water filter. It makes great cup of coffee. It is always nice and hot and never gets that bitter, burned taste.
Our book club, "Thrills and Chills Mystery Readers" met this past Monday and we are anxious for the next books in both of your series!
Dear Pam: I am so happy that you stopped by again. And I'm very pleased to hear that my advice worked out for you. Also grinning over the name of your book club -- "Thrills and Chills" is perfect. :)
Please send my very best java wishes to eveyrone in your club!
Drink with joy,
* To see Pam's original question to Cleo about drip coffeemakers (and read Cleo's answer), scroll down this message board page to January 18, when Pam originally posted her question.
Can't read them fast enough!!
I have just finished my second Coffeehouse Mystery and I have to say, I love them almost as much as I love coffee!! :)
Thanks Cleo for writing about what so many of us love . . . Coffee! :)
I am hooked
I read Holiday Grind first, but then went to the first book and started. I really love your mystery series. I have a hard time putting them down.
I work for an assited living home and after I finish reading one of your books, I pass them along to the residents at the home who are interested in reading them too.
Needless to say, we have formed a Coffe House Mystery's fan club. Keep up the great work!!!!
Hugs from Minnesota
these wonderful books...
hi cleo, i first read holiday grind, as i seem to have a habit of starting a book series at the most recent, but i have gone back to the beginning and am reading them one by one... thank you for this wonderful series....
On What Ground,
Can hardly wait!
I have just reread the haunted bookstore series and I am on tenterhooks for the next book! I really love all of her books, but Jack and Pens stories are definitely my favorite! They make the year teaching in China pass my quickly...although the waiting makes it seem to go more slowly...LOVE THE BOOKS!
Just recently I got hold of a copy of your latest book, Holiday Grind. And let me just express how incredibly wonderful it was. I've read every single one of your books, each one being infused with surpassing skill, and I must say this one was my favorite. I am so grateful that you continue to write these books for your readers; I send you a warm thank you and a delicious cup of coffee :) I can't wait until Roast Mortem comes out!
Inspiration from Pen and Jack
I just wanted to let you know that because of the Haunted Bookshop mysteries I've taken up writing again. Maybe this will come to something, maybe not, but your stories are so rich in character that I couldn't help but be inspired.
Have em all!
Ok it's official, I now own all the cleo and Alice books that are out in paperback so far, soooo what's next? Haven't had much time for reading lately as the Olympics and Paralympics were in town and my bf and I were checking everything out, (there was a 5 hour line at the mint pavilion the other day) Can't wait to visit with Jack, Pen, Mike and Clare again, I've missed them all though I think Jack still sneaks a peak in my dreams the odd time lol
I just read your books in a matter of a week!!! From the time I picked up the first book, I could not put them down!!!
I have been recommending them to everybody that I talk to! I even ordered Holiday Grind from the internet hoping it would be here by the time I finished Espresso Shot! Unfortunately, it didn't, so I went to the bookstore and they were all sold out! I have even pre-ordered Roast Mortem! Thank you for these wonderful books!!!
That's a long countdown; I'm gonna wear out my pencil making those X-marks on the calendar. *Sigh* Still no Jack? His visit to Orlando was so brief. . . . You keep writing: I keep reading.
Loved, loved, loIved Holiday Grind
I've read a couple of your books and just finished Holiday Grind. I love the ones I read so far. Holiday Grind left me guessing right up until the ending. I thought I knew the killer and you suprised me. What a great story, you are a great author. I can't wait to read the rest of your Coffeehouse mystery collection because I can't get enough of Clare, Mike Quinn, and of course Matteo.
I just discovered your books!
I just recently found your books at my local Library and I am hooked!! So far I have only read Espresso Shot and On What Grounds.
I love the coffee tips in the book and the recipes--Oh they bring me back to my Italian Childhood, I copied your cheesecake recipe and plan on making it. Thank You for such wonderful books...
Keep the mysteries coming!! :)
I love your coffee books!
I love your coffee house books, I personally don't care for really strong coffee because when I make it, I use half as much coffee as I do water because otherwise, I think it taste to strong. However, I do like frappuccino's (iced coffee made with coffee flavoring, milk, vanilla ice cream and whatever else you want in it) and coffee flavored stuff, I deffinitely plan on trying to make your cappuccino muffins, I'll let you know how they turn out. However, I was just wondering how many calories they are per muffin because I'm trying to watch my weight.
Anyway, love your books.
Keep on writting.
Finally Got to Read Holiday Grind
The best thing about a horrific snow storm is being able to stay home with a good cup of coffee, my little white cat snuggled in the comforter and a great read!
I had purchased Holiday Grind when it first came out but was then diagnosed with breast cancer and, well, never got around to reading. However, I promised myself when I "graduated" from treatment, I would settle down with my favorite read.
So double treat snowday and Holiday Grind. Love little Frothy! too cute! Cannot wait for your next therapeutic coffee break!
Appreciate your great writing. Your Nonna's clam sauce is just like my Nonno's. Think I will make it tonight followed by espresso and grappa. Yum Yum.
Thanks Cleo. Keep up the great world of the Village Blend.
First of all, I am distressed to hear that you have been fighting cancer. Please know that you are in my good thoughts and prayers, and I hope everyone who reads this will send good karma your way, too.
Creating a world where a reader can "live" (and escape) for a little while is a challenge I take very seriously, and I am so happy to hear that Holiday Grind did that for you.
I know how important (and therapeutic) a story can be. Sometimes I think I could not have survived some of the terrible setbacks that I've gone through (personally and professionally) were it not for my favorite storytellers -- the ones I've turned to for strength, inspiration, laughter, and insight...
So thank you sincerely for letting me know that my work has served to lift you up, even a little bit. It means more than words can say.
My very best thoughts and wishes are heading your way. (So happy to hear you enjoyed Nonna's Clam Sauce recipe--yes, that dish is off the hook! Yum, indeed!)
Please keep in touch!
i am a thirteen year old girl from oregon and i was about to give up on mysteries until my aunt gave me latte trouble and i just couldn't put it down. thank you for writing, writers like you are what makes youth want to read.
Cleo's repy: Because I'm under a tight deadline for my next book, I have had to delay replying to many of the wonderful comments on my message board. But I had to stop writing to reply to you.
When I was your age, I began reading adult books, some of which greatly influenced me as a person and as a writer. The ones I loved the most were the ones that helped me enjoy reading.
To hear you say that I've done this for you is an amazingly generous and moving compliment. All I can say is thank you from the depths of my heart. Your post made my week, and...I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between us. :-)
Java joy to you (and to your aunt)!
I hope you'll keep in touch...
Note to Cleo
Just love your books. Can't get enough of them. They are as addicting as a good latte.
Kopi Luwak marketing as product development example
I am a great fan of both your coffeehouse mysteries & the haunted bookshop mysteries (being a chronically undercaffienated librarian). I came across this post in a career coaching blog, and was reminded of the 'cat poop coffee' sidebar that I had seen here last January. The relevant entry is Aug 31 and is titled "The Most Expensive Coffee and Product Development". I hope you and the other posters enjoy it.