Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Take it Slow with a Slow Hobby from a Cozy Mystery


The Chicks are thrilled to welcome Chrystle Fiedler and her wonderful new series!
With my new book Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery on sale and the PR and marketing and blogging and tweeting that I need to do daily and a re-write for book number 2 in the series Scent to Kill looming, and well, life, I’m feeling a little stressed (good stress  - I’m very grateful for all these wonderful opportunities but still…) However, I know what the answer is: slow down.
Alternative medicine provides some of the best ways to do this. Even just taking a deep breath and saying, “I am breathing in. I know that I am breathing in” and exhaling, “I am breathing out. I know that I am breathing out,” as Thich Nhat Hanh author of You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment says, can improve one’s outlook by releasing stress. 
But did you know that hobbies like knitting, painting, sculpting, crocheting or quilting can also help you slow down? That’s because slow hobbies help you cultivate the lost art of focus, concentration and being in the moment. “Slow hobbies have a meditative quality to them and a calming effect that goes beyond the act itself,” says Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness.
In fact, according to the Craft Yarn Council of America research 64% of knitters and crocheters use these crafts to help them reduce stress and relax. Studies show that the rhythmic, repetitive dance of the needles can lower heart rate and blood pressure, lulling the knitter into a peaceful state.  
I’ve noticed that just “reading” about hobbies is relaxing. For example, I feel more peaceful when I’m reading Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries, Anne Canadeo’s Black Sheep Knitters series and Betty Hechtman’s crocheting mysteries. I can’t wait to dive into all the books of my fellow Killer Hobbies blogging sisters and mellow out.
You may even find your new hobby in a cozy mystery. Hobbies in cozies range from scrapbooking to quilting, from knitting and embroidery to cooking. You’ll find many of these cozies right here! Choose a hobby that you are really interested in, that you enjoy and that you can build a relationship with over time. You’ll be less stressed and happier and you’ll also enjoy your cozy mysteries even more!  

About Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery:

Dr. Willow McQuade, N.D., a twenty-eight-year-old naturopathic doctor specializing in natural remedies, has decided to take sabbatical and visit her Aunt Claire, the owner of Nature’s Way Market and Cafe in idyllic Greenport, Long Island. But the idea of rest and relaxation is quickly forgotten when Willow arrives from a morning meditative walk to discover her Aunt Claire dead in the store, a strange almond-like smell emanating from her mouth and a bottle of flower essences by her side.

Despite her Zen nature and penchant for yoga, Aunt Claire had a knack for getting into confrontations with folks. An activist, she held weekly meetings for different causes every week in the store. The police want to believe the death is accidental—but Willow thinks she may have been poisoned.
Things get worse when Aunt Claire’s valuable recipe for a new natural age-defying formula, Fresh Face, is stolen during a store break-in, and an attempt is made on Willow’s life. Desperate for a way out of the mess, she turns to a handsome young cop Jackson Spade. Together the two set about solving the case the natural way—through a combination of hard work, common sense, and a dose of luck.
Praise for Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery
“With a terrific premise and an interesting topic, Fiedler’s debut shows promise.”  - Library Journal
Death Drops is a gem! Entertaining, informative, and with a mystery that had me completely baffled! – Gayle Trent, author of Killer Sweet Tooth
"Fiedler's absorbing mystery is an entertaining debut, featuring a likeable menagerie of characters, filled with natural remedies, with all of it unfolding on Long Island's idyllic East End."  Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, author of the national bestseller Liberating Paris.
“An engaging investigative thriller…an enjoyable whodunit.” The Mystery Gazette
For a chance to win a copy of Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery just leave an answer to this question: What’s your favorite natural remedy? For more information please visit www.chrystlefiedler.com. Thank you! 


Chrystle Fiedler is the author of Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery
(Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster), the non-fiction title The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies(Alpha, 2009), co-author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now!(Fairwinds Press, 2010), currently in its fourth printing, and The Country Almanac of Home Remedies (Fairwinds, 2011). Chrystle’s magazine articles featuring natural remedies have appeared in many national publications including  Better Homes and Gardens, Natural Health, Vegetarian Times and Remedy. Visit her at www.chrystlefiedler.com 

25 comments:

Liz said...

What’s your favorite natural remedy? Herbal teas.

Lor Cimino said...

I work at a medical clinic and one of our Physician Assistants, Amanda, is very into alternative natural remedies. She mixes oils in a spray atomizer with names like tranquility. She made me one, I am not quite sure what all is in it (i know eucalyptus) and I use it whenever I feel a stress headache coming on.

Lori Cimino said...

PS) I am going to tell her about your series. She just asked me to recommend something for her vacation.

sosarahsew said...

I know that I need to be drinking more water. I find that if I add lemon or even vanilla to my glass, I am more likely to want to drink it. A little thing but it helps me.

Coppertop45 said...

Devils Claw works great for back pain.

Booklady said...

I have suffered from migraines since I was a teen. Over the years I've managed to reduce them with diet changes, increasing my water and exercise. But, I do still get the occasional one. I find that lavendar is helpful in reducing the stress and the pain of a migraine. I keep lavendar candles and I use a lavendar body splash.

I'm looking forward to reading your series so I can add to my list of home remedies. What a great idea for a series.

Beverly aka Booklady

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks everyone! I'm so glad you stopped by!

I appreciate your recommendation Lori! A spray with the name tranquility has got to be good!

Taking sips of cold water will keep you alert I've found.

It's amazing what you can find in your kitchen, bathroom, garden and health food store to make you feel better!

Bev said...

I love omega 3 for my arthritis inflammation and Rescue Remedy is great for stressful situations.

wfnren said...

When I was little I loved the sugar water for hiccups, lol, now I use warm salt water for sore throats.

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Kristin A. said...

Your series sounds like a lot of fun. I am looking forward to checking it out.

One of my favorite natural remedies is peppermint for an upset stomach.

Karen B said...

At age 70 a nap will usually take care of any problem.... :)

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Yes - naps are great! They are good for your heart too! I hope everyone enjoys the book. Thanks for stopping by today!

Chrystle Fiedler said...

I'm a huge fan of lavender. I even use a cleaner and a dishwashing liquid with this scent. I also have lavender plants in my garden. Smells so good and is great for stress and many other uses.

Erin said...

I am thinking teas also. Can't wait for the new series.

Erin

Heather said...

I love using peppermint for everything. Ok maybe I just like mint. :) If I am stressed out and think I can't sleep well I always have chamomile tea. It really does make you sleepy.

NoraA said...

Over the years I've used many different herbals. Dong Quai, Echinacea, Ginger, and of course green teas.

I think a cozy series based on homeopathic remedies will be extremely interesting.

Kath said...

Thieves oil in many different forms is my favorite antiseptic and antibiotic cream for iritated skin, among about 100 other uses! :)

BW said...

Hot tea.

lmyost@roadrunner.com

MD said...

Peppermint oil for sinus relief.

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! Isn't it amazing what natural remedies can do? I'll announce the winner tomorrow. Thanks! Chrystle

Maureen Hayes said...

This may not make it in time for the contest, but i hope it will. . . I use honey and cinnamon as my favorite natural remedies. Cinnamon helps to maintain your loos sugar level naturally and honey has antibiotic properties and does wonders for sore throat and coughs. Plus, they both taste good!

I am SO excited about your book, as a Long Islander, it is always fun to have a book set in a place you know so well. Good luck with everything you have going on. If I don't win a copy, I will get my hands on one somehow.

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Nora is the winner of a free copy of Death Drops! Nora please send your address to me at chrystle@chrystlefiedler.com. Be well everyone!

Aurian said...

Great blog post, I knew there was a second good reason for reading cozy mysteries! I love putting relaxing and good smelling bath oils in my water and relax in it. My favourite is lavender though, use it in lots of products.

Stephanie said...

Chamomile tea.

Skk25@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My Mom was Scottish so we had many home remedies that worked for us. The one I always use is Peppermint tea for a upset stomach or when I am stressed. It calms the stomach from cramping and gives you a feeling of calm. We also use Lavender Essentail oils for calming purposes.
Thanks for the opportunity to win your fabulous book!