Saturday, November 18, 2017

Happy Holidays & Season's Readings!

Season's Readings from Killer Characters!

As you know, every 21st of the month I blog at Killer Characters, a fine group of my cozy mystery pals. This year, Season's Readings, our month of giveaways, runs from November 20th to December 19th, a chance to win wonderful prizes every single day! All you need to do is comment on each day's blog to enter. Winners will be announced on the page.

But I also have a couple of other fun giveaways planned as a guest blogger.

November 26th: I'll be appearing at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen with a fun and fabulous recipe and giveaway.

December 4th is my day at Karen Owen's Beyond the Bookmarks Facebook page and I'll also be hosting a giveaway that day to celebrate the season!

And don't forget... November 21st is my day on Killer Characters for Season's Readings!

So... Happy Holidays, all! Have a merry and safe holiday season.
(PS... I'll be updating these links with my own on the actual day!!)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Muffin to Fear Release Day!!

Muffin to Fear is available!!

I just LOVE release day... it never fails to excite me, seeing how my latest 'baby' will be received by readers!

And speaking of readers... I've been saving this story to share with you all until now!

I love reader mail; it is always a pleasure to hear from readers, and makes the whole experience so much more special. One day a month or so ago I received this lovely letter from a reader who is also a member of one of the noblest professions... she's a teacher! I'd like to share the letter with you, as well as her photo!

This is Jennifer Wright Owen, and here is what she had to say:


Dear Victoria,

Your Merry Muffin Mysteries are such a delight. I love the characters, especially Merry. Like Merry, Shiloh would call me 'plush size'. I really have gotten more than wonderful reading out of your books. When you list a clothing brand that Merry dons, I immediately put my book down and Google the name. Thanks to you, I now own several items from Kiyonna, including a plum color maxi-dress I wore to officiate a wedding of two dear friends.

Thank you for your terrific characters and story lines. Thank you for feeding my mystery habit (started by my granddaughter when she bought me a Nancy Drew book, when I was eight years old).

Can't wait for the next Merry Muffin Mystery (aleady pre-ordered from Amazon).

Kind regards,
Jennifer Owen
(I've attached a picture of me in my Kiyonna dress)


No, thank YOU Jennifer, and all the readers who make what I do such an honor and privilege. And thank you to all of you readers who have reached out over the years to tell me what the books mean to you.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Muffin to Fear - #5 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries!

Hello, my friends. How is your summer so far?

With two books releasing - Leave It to Cleaver on June 23rd and Muffin to Fear on July 25th - I've been uber busy with promotions.

And now is the time to start talking about Muffin to Fear!

Don't miss my Killer Characters Giveaway! Fabulous package here: Killer Characters!

July 26th: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery - Review!
July 27th: A Day in the Life of Janice Grover at Dru Ann Love's blog! AND a giveaway there!

The rest of my blogging schedule for Muffin to Fear looks like this:
8/18 – Cozy up with Kathy - Review!
8/19 - Open Book Society - Review
8/22 - A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery - Review
8/23 - Gotta Write Network - Guest Post
8/27 - Lori's Reading Corner - Guest Post + Giveaway
8/28 - Fresh Fiction - Feature + Giveaway

I'll update with links when I have 'em!

About Muffin to Fear:
In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…

   While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry's home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it's a miracle they get a show produced at all.

   It all goes from bad to worse when the show's psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry's property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.


Check out my website for buy links!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Don't Miss this DEAL on Leave It to Cleaver!

Don't miss this deal... Canadian and International readers... on Amazon Canada, Kobo and some other international sites, Leave it to Cleaver (the ebook version only!!) is reduced to just 99 cents or $1.29!!!

Don't miss out!! It's #1 among Mysteries, Cozies and Culinary Mysteries right now, and #7 among ALL Mysteries and Thrillers!!

Amazon Canada

Apple iBooks



Get it quick!!

Number 1 among ALL Cozies today on Amazon Canada!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Leave It To Cleaver

SCROLL down for GIVEAWAY info!!

It's release day for Leave It to Cleaver, and...

... the most excellent news is, my Vintage Kitchen Mysteries has found a home at Beyond the Page Publishing. In this brave new world of publication, this means little to the reader, because my books will still be available in print and ebook. (We're working on audio) You will notice a difference in size; we will be releasing in trade paperback size because... well, I don't know why, I just know that's what is happening.

AND... I'm signing a contract to publish three more in the VKM series! No Grater Danger is the next title and will be available in early 2018.
So I am blogging in some places right now, and doing some giveaways!

Don't miss out!


Dru Ann Love's Day in the Life series! - June 21st.
GIVEAWAY! Join Becca, age 16, and check the life of a teenager in 1984! GIVEAWAY: Mug, pen, fridgie and bookmark!!

Killer Characters - June 21st: My usual day at Killer Characters, but... it's our cozy up to summer! GIVEAWAY!! A copy of Leave It to Cleaver is up for grabs!!

Cinnamon, Sugar & a Little Bit of Murder - June 23rd - Don't miss Kim Davis's WONDERFUL version of Queen Elizabeth Cake from the first Vintage Kitchen Mystery AND a giveaway of an Ebook copy of Leave It to Cleaver, plus swag!!

MORE to come!!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Inclusivity and the War on Christmas

When I was a kid, I went to school with a kid named George (not his real name) the son of our bus driver. Some days, George wouldn't come to school. Those days inevitably were the day of our Valentine's Day party, Hallowe'en party, and our Christmas Pageant.

George was Jehovah's Witness, whose faith members don't believe in celebrations like that.

Fast forward to today. The populations of the US and Canada are becoming more and more diverse, with Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, and representatives of many other cultures and faith groups. In the effort to follow two dictates, one of a separation of church and government, but also to foster inclusivity, schools no longer have Christmas Pageants, they have Winter Fests, or something like that. Stores urge their staff to wish everyone Happy Holidays, so as to include everyone, not just Christians.

And apparently, that is driving some people batty. Every year around this time people start griping about the War On Christmas. The memes start... you know the ones.

Like this:

Or this:

And there are the signs:

So, let's dissect what this is saying, shall we? To me, this is saying 'You MUST follow my dictates or you're not welcome in my home.'. Such a welcoming spirit.

I understand when adults lament that kids won't grow up with Christmas pageants and the like, but please realize... you're focusing on YOUR happy memories, not the memories they will make. In years to come they'll be every bit as fond of the memories of their Winter festival pageant.

And in the meantime? They won't be making a kid like George (and many others) feel unwelcome where they ought to feel welcome, in school, by focusing on one religion only, or any religion at all.

Tell me Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Peaceful Kwanzaa, and I will return whatever greeting you like. I'll NEVER tell you you can't say Merry Christmas if that's what you prefer. And in return when I say Happy Holidays, or Season's Greetings, I haven't joined some mythical War on Christmas, I'm just being me.

So... Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate. I've got up a Christmas tree and will send out Christmas cards that probably say Happy Holidays to cover the gamut. And as for George? I'd wish him a wonderful day.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gotta Love A Library Sale!

Hundreds of people, thousands of books, dozens of tables... it was a sea of books and readers. I was home!

On Friday I went to my city's library sale, an annual tradition that I don't always get to attend, but try to as often as possible. It takes place in a cavernous room most often used for agricultural displays, or home renovation displays. It echoes with voices and laughter and the line of people checking out with boxes and bags of books snakes back ten or twenty feet at its shortest. There are people  representing every age group, from a baby no more than a few days old carried by its mother in a snuggly front carrier, to an elderly woman shuffling along in a wheelchair.

There were moms with kids and thousands and thousands of children's and YA books - a sight I love to see. I was a huge reader as a child, and my advice always is, if you want to raise a writer, raise a reader. People eavesdropped on conversations and a stranger would shove a book across the table, with a surreptitious, 'I heard you were looking for this,' or 'how about this one?'

It was like coming home, finding my people. Hallelujah!

And I came away with gems. At a UBS or thrift shop the books would have cost me, conservatively, a hundred to two hundred bucks, but instead, it cost me twenty seven.

So... readers, never apologize for buying used books. Never be shy about it either. I got 3 Anne Perry books, a Diane Mott Davidson, and Ann Purser - whose books I have never read but look forward to trying - and more non-fiction historical books than I can hope to read! The picture doesn't even show the cookbooks I got.

It was a very good haul. The library cleared out their shelves and made some cash. A good day all around.