Another book?

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Well, my dear readers, we now have most of a cover quilt completed.

We have a title: Beneath Missouri Stars

We have a country music singer named Austin Bailey (Sophie’s heartthrob)

And we have a song that ‘he’ wrote while strumming his guitar in the pasture behind his grandmother’s farmhouse

Do you suppose Book #11 is moving right along?

 

In the meantime, if you haven’t read the quilting cozy series, it’s time to get started so you’ll be ready when #11 comes out.

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Begin with Tie Died: a quilting cozy available at C&T Publishing

And follow with Running Stitches, Book #2 in a quilting cozy series, also available from C&T Publishing

Both are available in print and ebook formats. Both can also be found on Amazon.

A Quilting Cozy mystery series (2nd Edition)

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In September, C&T Publishing released the first two books of my ten-book Quilting Cozy series: Tie Died and Running Stitches (2nd editions).  The remaining eight books will be released within the next few months.

For my new followers, I’d like to give you some background about how this series was developed.

I’m a retired geriatric social worker, and during my thirty years of working with men and women facing the issues of aging, I learned a great deal about growing old. Sarah Miller was born out of my desire to share what I have learned. Sarah is the main character in the series and a woman of a certain age who has faced the loss of her husband, her young grandson, her job, and the home where she raised her family. Yet, Sarah is a survivor.

The story begins in Cunningham Village, a retirement community in the mid-west, and follows Sarah as she finds ways to make a successful adjustment to this new way of life. From taking classes at the community center, making lasting friendships, and even exploring the possibility of a romantic connection, Sarah remains steadfastly determined to continue to be a vital, active woman engaged in life. Although she never expected to become involved in crime solving, she willingly took on that new role as well.

Being an avid quilter myself, I also wanted to integrate that particular creative expression into the story and Sarah, always willing to go along with my wishes, took up quilting. She, in fact, makes the quilts (with my help, of course) for each of the book covers, as you will see as you read each book. (You will be able to make the quilts as well since the instructions are now included.)

Because I wanted to write about quilting and about relationships, I chose the cozy mystery format. A cozy is a light mystery without explicit sex, violence, or profanity. If the crime is murder, it tends to occur out of the view of the reader. Cozies are usually organized around a hobby and a group of friends in a small community who work to solve the mystery. In this series, the hobby is quilting, and the community is the retirement village featuring Sarah, her feisty friend Sophie, and their cohorts.

I wrote my first book at the age of seventy-five and often question why I waited so long. I love writing and especially love my characters who have become a part of my life. I actually miss them when I’m not creating their experiences. I suspect there’s a Book #11 in our future. I can feel it niggling around up there.

My first two books are currently available at C&T Publishing (Tie Died and Running Stitches). The other eight will be released over the next few months. 

I love hearing from my readers, potential readers, and everyone else so please feel free to drop me a line: QuiltingCozy@gmail.com (or leave a comment below). Also please sign up to follow this website and blog so we can stay in touch.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my books. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Cozy up with Sarah and her friends for murder, quilting, and community

#1When sixty-eight year old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home for fort-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, a possible love interest, and of course, crimes to solve and murders to track down.

Follow your favorite characters from story to story

Aging with grace and spunk! Sarah Miller takes on everything from quilting and friendship to murders and the demands of the twenty-first century with aplomb.

Includes complete instructions for the cover quilt featured in each story

To order:  C&T Publishing

#11 is in the works…

During the spring, it became clear that Sarah and Sophie were both talking to me at once! They were demanding that they not be stuck away in the file cabinet nor allowed to collect dust on the bookshelf.  They still had crimes to solve and quilts to make.

So I started writing and now have 40,000 words towards Book #11 temporarily entitled “Untitled.”  A country singer (and local heartthrob) named Austin Bailey has appeared on the scene and, as usual, our leading ladies are in over their heads attempting to solve a crime.

I won’t say more because I don’t want to give anything away. (That’s not the real reason I won’t say more. As many of you know, I’m as surprised as everyone else when I get to the end of a book. I never know where it’s going or who did it until the words flow onto the page.)

Oh, and there will be lots of quilting.

What have you been working on?

 

 

 

Summer Quilting

It’s been over a month since I stopped in to say hello. I hope you’re having a great summer.

It’s been a lazy summer with very little writing and just a smattering of quilting. My primary accomplishment this summer has been to reach the ripe old age of eighty. I celebrated with family from Virginia,  Maryland, California, and New York which made it well worth hitting this new decade.

I thought I’d share with you the project I’ve been working on. I’ve misplaced the name of the block, but I got it from a Missouri Star tutorial. I needed a blue throw for my living room, so I purchased two layer cake packets from http://www.missouriquiltco.com: Yuki by Debbie Maddy for Moda.

I then chose two contrasting 10″ squares and cut a 2.5″ strip from the top, bottom and sides of each. I then switched the centers to form two blocks which I stitched and trimmed to 8.5″.  I  repeated this process using most of the 10″ blocks until I had enough to make a throw.

I haven’t sewn them together yet, but you get the idea:

Earlier this year I used this pattern to make a somewhat scrappy quilt in blues and yellows as a gift for a friend in Italy. This is a great pattern when you need a quilt in a hurry. IMG_3280

So that’s been my summer so far. Family visiting, a bit of quilting, and eagerly awaiting C&T Publishing’s release of the second edition of my quilting cozy series. The first book, Tie Died, will be available on September 4th and the others will follow at the rate of two per month until all ten have been released. The new edition will include the pattern for the cover quilt which is also created by the characters as part of the storyline.

Meanwhile, Book #11, most likely entitled Beneath Missouri Skies, is awaiting its final chapter and lots of editing.

Thanks for following my blog and for your patience during this quiet period. Don’t forget I love hearing from you. Please comment below or drop me a line at quiltingcozy@gmail.com. How are you spending your summer?

My very best wishes.

C&T Publishing blogs about Sarah

In C&T Publishing’s blog of June 14th, Sarah and her cohorts from my Quilting Cozy Series were introduced, along with the new covers which will appear on the second edition of the series. Books 1-10 will be released beginning on September 4th, 2018, and will continue with two books being released per month through January 2019.

An exciting addition will be instructions for making the quilt featured in the story and on the cover of each book. The new covers are excellent, adding consistency to the series.

Many of you have already read this series, and I hope you’ll share the C&T blog with your friends and with other quilters who may not have discovered them.

Hope you have a fantastic summer.

To see the new covers, please click here:   Aging with Grace and Spunk

 

Missouri Stars

Sarah and Sophie (the main characters in my Quilting Cozy series) have totally ignored my reluctance to write another book in the series. They continued to niggle at me about allowing them to participate in a new story:  a country singer, a murder, a nursing home in turmoil, a night sky filled with glittering stars, and all their friends.

I stopped fighting it, and now Book #11 is in the works!  It will be many months before it hits the shelves and the e-readers, so this is just an early notice to my faithful readers. It will probably be entitled Missouri Stars, and that will be the quilt block featured in the quilt on the cover.

“It looks like we could touch the stars from here, but some seem so far away they couldn’t be reached for eternities.”… Sophie moved toward the bench without taking her eyes off the sky…“I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a magnificent night sky,” she muttered…”It’s magical. Do you think the night skies in Missouri are always this spectacular?

Their overnight trip to Missouri left Sarah determined to design a quilt featuring the Missouri Star block.  As always, the characters in the book will be creating the quilt which is featured on the cover. And the directions for the quilt will be included at the end of the story!

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Thank you, my dear readers, for all your encouragement. As you know, the entire series (Books 1-10) is being published by C&T Publishing and will be re-issued beginning in September (two per month), and each will include the directions for the cover quilt. This will be an exciting year!

My very best wishes to all.