My pal and fellow Cozy Chick, Karen Rose Smith, is remarkably calm and composed for a lady who's written 103 books. Yes, 103!
The latest, Murder with Cherry Tarts, is a delightful release in the Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. What's it about? Here's a one sentence wrap up. Enough to whet your appetite but not give away the plot!
In Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson has a tea shop to run, a daughter to marry off—and a murder to solve . . .
If you've been following the series and Karen's posts, you'll know that she makes regular trips to the Amish country in Pennsylvania and her books have a wealth of authentic detail. She also gives book signings at a cozy tea shop and readers can catch up for a chat with her while enjoying a delightful tea including soup, finger sandwiches, quiche and scones. She goes to the TranquilaTEA Room in Waynesboro, PA for their Friday night Book Lovers Tea Party.
Karen moves from table to chat with the guests as they chat about her wonderful series and enjoy delicious tea time treats. Here is the mouth-watering menu. I want to go there right now! If anyone's up for a road trip to Waynesboro for her next appearance, count me in!
Karen collects teddy bears, and here's one that Mandy carries in the latest release. I always think of warmth and comfort for the soul when I see a teddy bear and Karen's books are full of heart. The bugle in the photo also features in the plot and a transaction for it could provide a clue to the killer.
Daisy buys this Victorian designed tea pot from Pirated Treasures in the book. (I want to go shopping with Daisy, don't you?)
And there is something else that endears Karen Rose to me. She not only loves cats, but she rescues them and cares for two ferals, Bonnie and Clyde, in addition to her own lovely cats. That makes her a hero in my book!
You can read more about Karen Rose Smith on her website. https://karenrosesmith.com. And of course, you can find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KarenRoseSmithBooks . You can enjoy her tweets on Twitter @karenrosesmith and she blogs every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks. www.cozychicksblog.com.
Release day for Murder with Cherry Tarts is Tuesday, November 26, and yes, Karen includes a recipe in the book for the fabulous cherry tart pictured above. Here's the amazon link for the book.
Enjoy! And I know you join me in celebrating Karen Rose's success!
By Mary Kennedy