We’re celebrating the upcoming release of my third Food Lovers’ Village mystery, BUTTER OFF DEAD (July 7—save the suspense and pre-order it now!) with a glimpse of some of your favorite authors’ prized collections.
Today, a peek behind the scenes with Kathy Aarons, author of the Chocolate Covered Mysteries, which debuted with DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES and continues with TRUFFLED TO DEATH, out June 2 (and available for pre-order now!).
One reader commented last week that “our collections define us.” Turns out, they also influence our characters—and our stories.
“When Leslie asked about any collections I have, my first thought was that I didn’t really collect anything. But then I realized that my husband and I have a nice assortment of pottery, thanks to my generous in-laws who live in North Carolina. Many of the local potters are famous for their artistry, and we’re lucky enough to have several pieces.
In TRUFFLED TO DEATH, second in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series, chocolatier Michelle Serrano falls in love with a centuries-old clay bowl that held chocolate long ago. The bowl is being displayed at Chocolates and Chapters for a reception celebrating the donation of Maya art to the local museum.
Then the bowl and other artifacts are stolen, and Michelle’s business partner, Erica Russell, is accused of the theft. When someone winds up dead, they are drawn into the investigation that includes international art trafficking, family secrets, and betrayal.
You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter or at www.KathyAarons.com”
To win a copy of signed copy of DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES, leave a comment on my Facebook Author page or blog. Ruff the Cat will choose a winner at random—check back in the morning to find out!
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Love seeing the collections & would love to win a copy of your upcoming book.
Glad you’re enjoying the collections series — the variety is so much fun!
I love vintage sweaters and collect them particularly the 1950’s….thanks for the giveaway…
Marilyn, that’s unique! Do you wear them, or just enjoy displaying — and petting — them?
Ruff, please consider choosing my comment. Kathy, I would enjoy reading this one. The cover is delightful.
I love her covers, too!
I love the covers too — especially this one with the Maya theme. 🙂
I would love to win a copy, thanks for sharing your pictures of Ruff, having a black cat myself, I have an affinity for all black kitties 🙂
Thanks, Amy! Ruff is actually a sable Burmese—chocolate brown with black pointing. He gets darker in the winter; this time of year, the sunshine brings out the brown. He keeps me in line!
I think eating chocolates would be appropriate when reading that book—-yum! Thanks for the contest.
I’ve been told that reading these books makes you crave chocolates!
It ought to come with a sampler box, don’t you think?
I collect teddy bears. My favorite has a ceramic necklace that says tied to my heart by adoption and love! Appreciate the drawing. email@example.com
Good luck! My sister used to collect teddy bears. It made getting her presents easy!
I am enjoying seeing the different collections. Interesting that sometimes we don’t realize we are collectors until we say oh yes, I do have several of those. (and nice to learn about more books for my TBR list)
I am enjoying seeing all of the various collections – such fun! And, I would love to read the first book in this series (I have a review copy of Truffled). Thanks so much for the giveaway!
It’s fascinating…the objects on which people spend glorious moments collecting and often worshiping. Me? It’s been trolls, spoons, foreign coins, seashells, Christmas ornaments, Apple d’art, and anything Paris! Now? Cozy books.
Sounds like a good idea! Good luck!
Collections are so much fun, giving us something to focus on to bring a little relaxation. Some of my Garfield’s might be considered vintage now; when living in the Midwest I used to collect a certain type of vase from the 40’s…all of which are packed away now that I have non-discerning cats. 🙂 Would love to win and read about … chocolate!
Ah, yes, the non-discerning cats. Probably the reason glass-front cabinets were created!
I am loving learning about all the collections! Love the cover! Thanks for the chance!
Thanks and good luck!
I love chocolates and would enjoy reading this book! Thank you for the giveaway!
Love the pottery pieces! Chocolate covered mysteries sounds right up my alley!
The cover artist did an amazing job with the Maya theme! Good luck!
Love this pottery. Do they ever hold chocolate?
The cover artist did a great job! In the first scene, Michelle is lusting after a centuries old bowl that held chocolate. 🙂 Good luck!
I love chocolate! Sounds like a good series.
So do I! Good luck!
Thanks for the chance! I love the cover! I collect old cookie cutters!