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I had the joy to visit New Orleans in May for the NTI nurses conference and, even greater joy, took my husband with me. Hey, when the hospital isn't paying and I am, I'll take who I want!
I enjoyed every minute at the conference (it's like a huge hit of triple espresso to my professional intellect) and enjoyed every minute away from the conference. Ate at Mother's, Landry's, Maspero's, Cafe du Monde, Jimmy Buffett's, and Johnny's Po-boy.
Took a jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi in absolutely evening weather. Oh, and fell off my new wedge sandals. I had walked a mile in them without problems and fell over at the entrance of the hotel. I guess there's a reason my mother didn't name me Grace.
Coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde
Nurse Judy let's the good java times roll in NOLA!
I am now able to drink regular leaded coffee and loved every cup full I had in NOLA. My husband, who doesn't like coffee,(darn good thing he's good looking) watched the waitress at the Cafe du Monde make my cafe au lait and stated that the coffee coming out of the urn wasn't coffee, it was syrup (uh huh, you betcha!).
And, our household is no longer cat-less. We have a (very energetic) Siamese kitten named Cleocatra (aka Schizo Cat) and a very laid back Mau named Bastet. Her best trick is disappearing into thin air when the grandkids come over. Now all I have to do is count the days until our Mediterranean cruise in October (3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days, but who's counting).
Cleo's reply: GREAT POST! Hi, Nurse Judy! Very glad to see that you're having a bit of fun after all your hard work...(shout-out to hubby and the two furry friends)!
Your post is amazing. It's basically a foodie's tour of New Orleans, which is why I've created links for some of the great places you mentioned. (I love NOLA, too. Not only for the food but for the people--and the ghost stories! LOL!)
Looking forward to reports from the Atlantic in the fall--including food on the cruise and special places visited (including, of course, restaurants)!
Eat with joy!
Warmest java wishes,
P.S. My new favorite show is HBO's Nurse Jackie--although I suspect real RNs, like yourself, may not think so! If you catch it, let me know what you think. Cheers!
I Won Coffee - Yah!
For me nothing beats a good cup of coffee and a good book, so I am excited to win a bag of Bishops Blend coffee.
Congrats, Vannie! Thanks for signing up for my newsletter and free coffee drawings. Your free coffee is on its way! I hope you enjoy the Bishop's Blend - I love it!
Drink with joy always,
Just opened small coffee espresso shop, Great Awakenings!!
Hey, to all you coffee lovers out there.
Stop by my little espresso trailer GREAT AWAKENINGS - off Highway 22 at the Sanntiam Golf Course. Great coffe/espresso from Caravan Coffee Roasters. Simply the Best in the area!!
Come on by....
Holiday Grind sounds wonderful!!!
I just read the description of "Holiday Grind" and I am really looking forward to November (living in Michigan that is saying something—anything that brings winter closer should be discouraged!) I don't know which is more exciting: the story, the recipes, or the coffee making tips. Thanks for the preview!
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Nicole! LOL on your Michigan winters!
Clare really goes through the grinder in this entry--it's a real roller coaster ride, and I hope you enjoy it! The recipe and coffee tips section is a true holiday gift to my readers--it's the biggest recipe section I've ever written and includes some really delcious coffee syrups: dark and milk chocolate, caramel, and holiday flavors like gingersnap.
Looking forward to posting an excerpt next month!
Warmest java wishes and thank you for stopping by and posting! Come on back now, y'hear?
HELP!! Need a decent coffee spot In Tampa, FL.I have been a fan of the series since the first book. I love learning new things about coffee and trying out the recipes. On to the question at hand. I have moved to Tampa and I have found one coffee place I enjoy, however it is about 20 miles away in Clearwater. I am looking for somewhere I can go by frequently to purchase drinks instead of Starbucks. As I am not happy with my current espresso home at machine. Also any suggests for a good machine to use at home that doesn't hundreds of dollars? If anyone knows a decent place for coffee here in Tampa, please let me know. Really love the books.
"God in a Cup"
I'm reading a fascinating book called "God in a Cup" by Michaele Weissman. The author is a journalist who travels with coffee people to Africa, Nicaragua and Panama. She relates in a very readable way the politics of the coffee business. She also does a beautiful job explaining cupping, grading and marketing of coffee. Several of the coffees you mention in the mysteries are touted. I'm dying to find someone who sells Esmerelda Special from Panama. The book is highly recommended for anyone who loves you books and coffee!
How about a virtual tour of the CoffeeHouse with people in it?
It would be neat to be able to see the Coffe House and the Baristas ,people from the novels etc populating the scene. With the Harry Potter films an extra was being able to navigate the various places, like the candy shop, from any angle. what do you think?
love the books!
new releasewhen is new release for the coffee house mystery coming out
Recipes from the books
I would like to add the recipes to my kitchen collection, but don't want to destroy the books. Is there a way to get them some where else?
First of all, let me say- thank you for reading my books! I certainly understand why you'd want the recipes separate from the novels - alas, at this time, there is nowhere else to find the recipes but in my published mystery novels. However, if you click over to my Home Page, you'll see that I have created bonus recipes in PDF format that you might like to have. (Like my "Cuppa Joe Mocha Drop" cookies pictured above.
Just scroll down the CENTER column of my Home Page and you'll see more recipes. You'll ALSO see recipes if you look down my RIGHT column.
Click on the link provided for each recipe and the recipe will appear in PDF (Adobe reader) format so you can print it out on your computer printer or save it in the digital PDF file.
Like you, I've had other readers ask me about the recipes and many have encouraged me to publish a cookbook. Maybe that will happen some day. Right now, however, the recipes that I publish in the back of my Coffeehouse Mysteries - along with writing the mysteries themselves - are keeping me busy enough! Thanks again for supporting my work and liking the recipes enough to ask for them in any form!
I hope you'll continue checking the Website. I like to post my new recipes (between books) here. But I don't keep them up forever. They post for a few months and then I take them down - get 'em while they're hot!
Java joy to you,
Please Write Faster!
I checked out "Espresso Shot" from the library not knowing anything about the series...I was hooked! I had to immediately buy the rest of the series at B & N. It was interesting... having started the series with "Espresso Shot," I obviously knew what happened with Matt and Bree...but I found myself getting so upset as I read the earlier books and their relationship became more involved. You can't help but love Matt despite his faults. I really hope Bree disappears in a book or two...It's going to be a painful wait until November for my next fix!
Love the books (But please write faster!).
Just reading my first Haunted Bookshop Mystery
Just reading my first Haunted Bookshop Mystery...
and I love it!! Now I need to find and read them all, as well as the Coffeehouse mysteries! How have I not stumbled on these sooner?! I know I'm in for so much fun!! I'm having to slow myself down with The Ghost and Mrs. McClure; I've nearly finished it in one afternoon!
Haunted Bookshop MysteriesI just started reading your Haunted Bookshop Mysteries and I love them. I purchased one and read it within 24 hours and am now on Book 4. I don't know how Book 5 is going to turn out so I may be jumping the gun, but how are Jack and Pen going to get together if he's dead. I love that they can be together in her dreams/his memories, but in many ways this series is sad because it seems like they don't have a future. Can Jack have a son he never knew about and be reincarnated into his grandson so he and Pen can date? Just a thought. I'm not trying to tell you how to do your job I just really want the characters to be happy. And you have (obviously) done a great job about making me care about the characters which is essential to me in just about any book I read. Just wanted to let you know how much I love the books, and was hoping I could get some feedback on the future of the series. Thanks for putting up with my kind of crazy.
hardbacksI LOVE your books and I was wondering since the last two coffeehouse mysteries are in hardback will the first books ever come out in hardback editions? I would love to have them all that way for my collection. Oh and I wanted to let you know that your books have gotten me to start working on being a coffee expert. I love coffee!!
Just a note!!
Wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed both series of your books. I pass them along to friends and so far we have not missed a one. I wanted to sign up for your newsletter, but was unable to due to some sort of computer glitch
Cleo's reply: Hi Grier! Thank you for your kind words about my little murder mysteries. I'm so happy that you are finding them entertaining; please send my best wishes to your friends, too.
You don't have to use the button on my site to sign up for my newsletter. Simply send an e-mail with the subject line SIGN ME UP to VillageBlend@aol.com and I'll add your e-mail address to my free newsletter list, which will also automatically enter you in my weekly Free Coffee Drawings.
In thanks for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, I whipped you up a *virtual* cappuccino and biscotti! LOL! Cheers and I hope you and your friends will remain "customers" of Clare Cosi's fictional Village Blend for years to come.
Huge Fan -
I am such a huge fan. I have read all seven of your books and I can't wait for the next one. I'm so glad that I found out about your books. Thanks so much for the fun and exciting read!
Praise For Cleo
Cleo- I love, love, love your books. They are so suspenseful. It's great!!! They really are an easy read. I have read almost all of them. Keep writing. You're amazing!!! Lexi, Ohio
Great Coffee Find
Hi Cleo -
I've been on the look out for a great coffee shop ever since I started reading your Coffeehouse Mysteries - and I finally found one... Only it's all the way in Boston! The Boston Common Coffee Co. Their Black and Tan house blend in particular. The funny thing is the first thing I thought was - Cleo needs to hear about this place. I was even asking if they roast their own beans - which they do - as if I was someone really in the coffee know. LOL! Which thanks to your books, I probably do know more about coffee than the average person. Anyway, you're always posting stories about coffeehouse finds and using them for your drawings. I thought I'd let you know about them. I told them about your mysteries, too. Hope they check them out.
Tara Garrison, NY
Happy to review!
Hi, just wanted to let you all know that I enjoy the Coffeehouse series and have even done a short review/reccomendation on my blog! I have a few followers who love books, so hopefully they will pick up the series too! I also added a link to this virtual world/website!
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Eileen! Way cool site, I can almost feel the SoCal ocean breeze wafting in off my screen from your Inland Empire bookshop!
Click here to visit the
"Beach Reading" review
of On What Grounds!
Beach Reading is a blog by Eileen Garza, the owner of Terrace Books. Sounds like a great place to check out. FYI, if you live in SoCal, the address is: TERRACE BOOKS, 22310 Barton Rd., Ste. D in Grand Terrace; at the corner of Barton Rd and Canal, CA 92313 (Inland Empire). Or click here to learn more. Cheers to you Eileen. Thanks for the review and keep in touch!
Java joy always,
I'm in love!I totally love the books.. I am very interested in reading all of them. I read 2 and now I'm on 6.. but I find they are easy to read and enjoy... without going in order! Keep up the great work Cleo! I'm a foodie and I love all the food and coffee references!! Right up my alley!! Take Care!!
I just recently discovered the Coffeehouse series and am enjoying it immensely. I'm reading my third book (although not in order). Sure hope you have more in store for us. The main characters are so likable as are many of the minor ones. Thanks!
Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all of us who have mothers, are mothers, or mother those around us! Here's a fresh cup of joe to us! The clouds have lifted, the semester is over, and I am drinking coffee again! I have reached the light at the end of the tunnel and life is good again. I'm heading to New Orleans next week and I'll stop in at Cafe du Monde for a cup of chicory coffee and a beignet (I'm not sure that's spelled right) and contemplate on your upcoming book, Cleo. BTW, I have decided that I have been catless long enough and am getting a new kitten when I get back from New Orleans. Her name is Cleo, of course.
~~Judy Mac RN
Just "The Blend"I have just started the first book and am already savoring it as much as a good cup of strong coffee-heavy on the cream! Can't wait to read them all!
Love the books! I saw on Amazon that book 8 (Holiday Grind) is coming out this fall!
Cleo's reply: YES. The cover for my new Coffeehouse Mystery HOLIDAY GRIND just posted on Amazon. This is an early version of the cover, not final, but since Amazon is posting, I guess I better, too! Stay tuned for the final cover soon...
Coffeehouse Mystery #8:
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JUST A NOTE
I would just like to say that I devour books especially mysteries. I have read countless mysteries by countless authors. CLEO COYLE/ ALICE KIMBERLY is/are the only author(s) that I can't figure out "who done it" before the end. The closest I have gotten was in LATTE TROUBLE. I figured out the who but not the why. These two series keep me thoroughly entertained.
I won last month's giveaway!
Thank you ever so much for your giveaway last month. I won a pound of La Minita Estate Costa Rican coffee from Rooster Brother in Maine. It was a delicious coffee, full bodied and happy. Great aroma. Thank you so much for sharing it! And Mike, from Rooster Brother...you are awesome! Keep up the good work. i hope to wander to your neck of the woods soon.