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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Handbag and Book welcomes author Sue Pepper - Is your bag fancy? Is it in style? And her newest mystery

About the Handbag:

My handbag isn’t fancy. It’s worn and frayed, and I’m not sure it’s in style anymore. I found it at Target when my oldest son was a baby, and I’ve used it off and on ever since. Recently, I dug it out of the box it had lived in since our last move, because despite its wear and age, it had one undeniable quality I needed:

It’s huge. Big enough to contain the multitudes that are me right now.

It holds my laptop, my pens, my earbuds, my ready-to-be-proofed manuscript, my moleskin notebooks scribbled with plot ideas and reminders on what to check during edits.

It holds a diaper changing kit for my potty training toddler. It holds snacks and fidget toys and iPad chargers and even more snacks. It holds multiple sets of clothes because potty training toddler. It carried soccer cleats during soccer season, and toted our Elf on the Shelf, Snowflake, in secret over Christmas.

It holds a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, and tea cup in an effort to keep myself hydrated. A granola bar and a tube of lip balm. Occasionally I throw my makeup bag in, for the rare occasion I’m doing more than shuttling kids from stop to stop all day.

My handbag may not be fancy, but it fits my life as a stay at home mom and author of not so cozy mysteries for millennials, and for that, I love it.

About the Book:

Things are heating up…

Sadie Moose is enjoying a romantic evening in a snowy moonlit hot spring with her new boyfriend when a dead body floating in the pool interrupts their steamy interlude.

Yes. Another dead body. But she is absolutely not getting involved this time. She has enough to do with a business expansion underway, her new renters, and her new relationship.

Except the chief suspect is the troubled grandson of one of the regulars at her bakery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She promises she’ll ask some questions to keep him out of jail. And then her new barista is a neighbor of the deceased, and she’s having a hard time sleeping thinking someone in her tight-knit neighborhood is a murderer. So Sadie asks a few more questions.

Soon, she’s embroiled in the investigation, with danger lurking around every snowy corner. With help from her sexy boyfriend, rowdy bakery crew, a maybe-mob-princess, and her trusty canine companion, Tyrone, Sadie must clear the mist surrounding this mystery, before the killer boils her, too.

About Author Sue Pepper:

Sue Pepper writes cozy mysteries in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her two kids, fuzzy yellow dog, and real life action hero husband. A former resident of Jackson Hole, WY pushed out by the billionaire-caused housing crisis, she enjoys writing revenge and redemption for the fictional residents of her Jackson Hole Moose's Bakery Not So Cozy Mystery series.

Answer these questions:

Red, White or Blue? Blue! My favorite color.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? I live for fall. My first book, Mountain Town Murder, is a fall book!

Cake or Pie? Always pie, preferably my mother-in-law’s fresh huckleberry, yum.

Coffee, Tea, or Champagne? Coffee in the morning, tea at night, champagne on my birthday!

Country music or Michael Buble? I’d choose silence instead, haha! My fave is Brandi Carlile!

Pencil or Pen? Pen, Pilot G2 0.38 for life!


Find Hot Springs Murder at: Amazon

Find Sue Pepper at: Website

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Handbag and Book welcomes author Ellie Gray: Her favorite 'everyday' bag and her book, Love on the Nile

About the Bag:

This is my ‘everyday’ handbag, and I love it! It’s very much my kind of style – black, relatively smart but still casual. I bought it when I was with my daughter, who is very much a handbag kind of person, and she loved it too. It is from River Island and is a suede effect material. 

I love it because it’s that in between size – just big enough to carry everything I need and still have space for any small bits and bobs I might purchase when I’m out and about. It has a really handy long zip pocket at the front – perfect for my keys and face mask (unfortunately now an essential piece of kit) which gives me easy access without having to rummage inside the bag itself. Inside, there is a small inside zipped pocket which I use for lip balm, tablets, etc., and then two open pockets just for bits and bobs – nail file, tweezers, etc. That leaves plenty of room inside for my purse, phone, notebook, hairbrush, perfume, re-usable/foldable shopping bag etc. 

I’m not a big ‘handbag person’ myself, so when I buy a bag, I need to really love it, and with this one, I do!

About the Book:

Enjoy an exotic trip down the Nile River, the holiday of a lifetime, and a man who believes he is cursed!

Natasha embarks upon the holiday of a lifetime with her brother, looking forward to exploring the ancient sites Egypt has to offer. What she hasn’t bargained for is spending her holiday cruising along the Nile with Kyle Richardson, a handsome but moody archaeologist. Despite taking an instant dislike to Kyle, Natasha finds herself increasingly drawn to the man, particularly as his interactions with her brother reveal a gentler, more caring side to his character.

Having lost everyone he has ever loved, Kyle is a loner, believing himself to be cursed. He now spends his life moving around Egypt, ensuring he never lingers anywhere long enough to form meaningful attachments. Despite his better judgement, he finds himself drawn to this feisty young woman, but is afraid of the deeper feelings she stirs in him.

Can his feelings for Natasha convince him that it’s worth taking a risk on love?

About Ellie Gray, Author:

I love to write heartwarming, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense novels, with characters I really want my readers to engage with. I live in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire in the UK and, although I work full-time in the public sector, my favourite pastime, when not writing, is wandering around old stately homes and castles, or sitting at a pavement cafĂ© in the sun and watching the world go by – always on the lookout for something that might spark the idea for my next novel. I enjoy engaging with both readers and other authors and am a proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association. Feel free to contact me and chat about all things romance through my social media pages, which you can find on my website.

Answer these questions:

Red, White or Blue?   Blue

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?   Winter

Cake or Pie?   Cake

Coffee, Tea, or Champagne?   Coffee

Country music or Michael Buble?   Both!

Pencil or Pen?   Pen

Find Love on the Nile: Amazon

Your Ellie Gray Author at:  – Ellie Gray Author Website

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Handbag and Book welcomes author Alana Lorens and her book - A Rose by any Other Name

About the Handbag:

Author Alana Lorens doesn’t care that much about handbags, just using what’s utilitarian. But the heroine of A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME, Marisol Herrera Slade, has this bag that she just loves. It’s purple, of course, which is one great thing about it. It has a few small pockets inside for her peach-colored lipstick. But the sequins!

She’s never used it out in public, just because she doesn’t live that life. But her blog avatar, Jerrika Jones? Now she’s got attitude, and she’d flash this bag around like a queen.

Marisol bought the purse at a secondhand store and has it hanging on the back of her closet door, right where she can see it while she’s creating her weekly columns at Mothering Without a Man. It’s such an inspiration! She hopes one day to be successful enough with her writing that she will always be invited to parties and events where she can take this glorious bag.