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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kelly's Koffee Shop by Diane Harman Virtual Book Tour

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Kelly’s Koffee Shop
by Dianne Harman

This would be a good beach read.
~Mysteries Etc.
The mystery aspect was strong and I did not guess the killer prior to the main character discovering the killer.
~Brooke Blogs
This is a great book for cozy lovers who will fall in love with the town of Cedar Bay and will find themselves eager to see what comes next with this group of characters.
~Community Bookstop
It had a great plot and the conclusion came together very well. This book kept me guessing and I had no idea how it would end and was totally surprised.
~Melina’s Book Blog
KKSfrontKelly’s Koffee Shop (A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery) (Volume 1)
  • Series: A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503015630
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Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought. The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. The townspeople can’t believe what has happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. She identifies five prime suspects, but which one did it? Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try to determine who the killer is in a murder that’s shocked the town.
Kelly’s Coffee Shop is a mouth-watering cozy mystery with recipes
About This Author
Dianne lives in Huntington Beach, California with her husband Tom, a former California State Senator, and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Her other books are available below:

Amazon: Blue Coyote Motel http://amzn.toSO8uIj
Amazon: Tea Party Teddy http://ow.ly/rcHs2 
Amazon: Coyote in Provence http://amzn.to/lhqeySj
Amazon: Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy http://ow.ly/vOQ4q
Amazon: Cornered Coyote http://smarturl.it/CorCoy
Amazon: Coyote Series http://ow.ly/Bp6Ev

Author Links
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110409099727295696245/posts
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorDianneHarman
Contributor: Huffington Post
Amazon: http://ow.ly/s6pN5 
Smashwords: http://ow.ly/u4Fb2
 Web Site http://www.DianneHarman.com
Blog: http://dianneharman.com/blog/
Twitter: @DianneDHarman
Purchase Link
Tour Participants
January 15 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
January 16 – MysteriesEtcReview, Giveaway
January 17 – deal sharing aunt – Interview, Giveaway
January 18 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog
January 19 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Guest Post, Giveaway
January 20 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
January 21 – A Blue Million Books – Interview, Giveaway
January 22 – Omnimystery News – Interview
January 23 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway
January 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post,
January 25 – off
January 26 – Latte’ Da! – Guest Post
January 27 – Melina’s Book Blog - Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
January 28 – off 
January 29 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review, Interview, Giveaway
January 30 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway

Author Guest Post

I’m often asked how I come up with settings and the characters in my cozy mysteries. I think one of the most fun things about writing cozy mysteries, as opposed to some other genres, is that you not only get to create characters, which you can do in any novel, but you get to create settings that probably only existed in your mind.

The author can create these setting any way he or she wants - although I have found that my characters definitely talk to me the whole time I’m writing and often the novel goes in a completely different direction than I had intended when I began.

Kelly’s Koffee Shop is set in the small town of Cedar Bay, Oregon. I remember years ago when my family and I were on a motorhome trip along the western coast of the United States, we had a memorable meal at a small little restaurant that was located on a dock. I’ve never forgotten it and that was probably the genesis for Cedar Bay.

As for the characters – I love to cook and I love dogs, so creating a story where those were at the forefront was pretty easy to do. Kelly is not based on me, but I did make her a little older than a lot of the cozy mystery protagonists I’ve run across. I believe there’s a huge group of women, in particular, who can’t really relate to what is happening in a twenty something’s life, but they can certainly understand what happens when a husband dies of cancer, there are problems with children, or life doesn’t go exactly where you think it’s going to. This book is about some of the problems that teens encounter and some of the problems that those who would fit in the “boomer” range or a little under, encounter.

There is also a theme of being given a second chance at love – all the sweeter when it’s unexpected. I’ve received quite a bit of feedback that people are glad there are books out there in this genre that really speak to what’s happening in their lives. I hope that I’ve provided that.

Food and dogs. Food is an integral part of the book because a lot of the action in the book revolves around Kelly’s Koffee Shop, a small town coffee shop where everyone gathers to glean information on what’s happening, whether it’s real or rumor. People often feel a need to come together and share the aftermath of events. With food being such a necessary ingredient in the book, I would have been remiss if I didn’t include some of the recipes for the mouth-watering dishes prepared and talked about in the book, and yes, I’ve cooked them all and they are family recipes.

Rebel, Kelly’s drug-sniffing four legged friend, is based on a dog that my husband and I had for many years. He really was our protector. Nothing was ever going to happen to us on his watch and it didn’t. Unfortunately the time to say goodbye came and only recently did we feel we were ready for another dog. So, on Valentine’s Day (how appropriate!), we’re bringing home this little female fawn toward the back with white around her neck and her tongue hanging out and guess what we’ve named her? Kelly. Fitting, we thought!

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