Collecting can be murder–Connie Archer–#bookgiveaway


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.

CONNIE ARCHER, author of Ladle to the Grave, 4th in the Soup Lovers’ Mysteries, shares two collections.

Of her dice, she says simply “Dice remind me that it’s important to take chances in life.”

My invitation prompted her to look around and notice a collection for the first time.

MaskVenetian.1“I never realized we actually had a collection of masks and faces. It’s accumulated over the years, they’re strange, but I love them. Maybe it has something to do with loving mysteries, i.e., wondering what’s behind the mask.”


ElephantFeather mask






Cyclops“We’ve picked them up over the years in strange places. The Cyclops comes from an island off Sicily where Homer first wrote about them; the elephant mask we found in a junk shop in Venice, California.”

Find out more about Connie and her delicious books at her website, and join her on Facebook, or Twitter, SnowflakeVT.

Leave a comment on my Facebook page or blog for a chance to win a SIGNED COPY of LADLE TO THE GRAVE. Ruff the Cat will choose a winner at random—check back in the morning to find out!

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Butter Off Dead (final)


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Collecting can be murder — two weeks of fun — #bookgiveaway

IMGP2894Collections. We’ve all got ’em, whether we realize it or not. When I was writing the third Food Lovers’ Village Mystery, BUTTER OFF DEAD (July 7, 2015, available for pre-order now), I realized that one of the book’s themes is collections—and what happens when one becomes an obsession. Collecting can be murder.

So I thought it would be fun to ask other writers to share pictures of their collections and tell you how they came about. Starting soon, for the next couple of weeks, I’ll post a new collection and the cover of the author’s latest book on my blog,; the posts will also appear on FB. Leave a comment on the blog or on FB—tell me about your collections, if you’d like—for a chance to win a copy of the featured author’s latest book, many of them signed. Ruff the Cat will pick a winner the next morning, so check back to claim your prize!

As the shelf shows, you’ll have a chance to win books by Catriona McPherson, Cathy Ace, Connie Archer, Kate Carlisle, Sheila Connolly, Kathy Aarons, Vicki Thompson, Susanna Hardy, Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames, Roberta Islieb, and me—and maybe a few more.

We’ll wrap up with a few pictures of my collections and some special Food Lovers’ Village giveaways.

(Hint: if you subscribe to the blog, you’ll receive the posts by email and you won’t have to hunt for them on FB.)

(This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.)