Recipes in Cozies by Karen Shughart

Cozy sleuths (and sometimes their friends and family members) like to cook. Cozies are, well, cozy, and what’s cozier than the smell of freshly baked bread, cookies redolent with cinnamon and cloves, or a hearty stew, infused with bay leaves, simmering on the stove....

The Importance of Setting

As I write this, it’s raining. Heavily and steadily. And there’s a bit of a chill in the air. After all, it’s fall, a transition month of warm days, cool nights, brilliant sunshine and cloudless skies; apples, pumpkins, red orange, rust and yellow leaves and a...

The Road to Writing is Paved with Good Intentions

My book, Murder in the Museum, was published in the spring by Cozy Cat Press. I resolved to spend at least twice a week promoting it and several more hours writing the second book in the series, Murder in the Cemetery.  I was feeling positive about my progress. The...

The First Sentence

I’ve spent my professional career writing, sometimes as a newspaper columnist and feature writer; other times where I contributed to or edited professional journals, brochures, quality of life books and newsletters. I also wrote two books of non-fiction. I knew that...

Promoting a Book

Promoting books today is very different than it was twenty years ago, when my first book, a bed and breakfast guide, and cookbook, was published. It was available in paperback. Period.  There were no eBooks; audiobooks were available, but only as tapes or CDs. We used...

Working with Law Enforcement Agencies

In our area of upstate New York, county sheriffs’ offices, local police departments, and our state police work tirelessly to protect our citizens. They also do a whole lot more. Last fall, our sheriff’s department opened to the public, for the first time, a...