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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Author Guest Post - Cleo Coyle

Please welcome the bestselling writing duo known as CLEO COYLE, which is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print.  Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York City, and has written popular fiction, young adult and children’s books. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. 

Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM.  They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the national bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

On the Run in Washington 

What would you do if a handsome federal agent burst into your shop, offered you his hand, and told you:  “Your life is in danger, and you must come away with me now, no questions asked.”

If you’re coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, and the agent is decorated Detective Mike Quinn, on special assignment with the US Justice Department, you would take his hand and go.

A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare Cosi is a coffeehouse manager by day, a relentless snoop by night.  In Dead to the Last Drop, now available in its new paperback edition, Clare sets out to caffeinate our nation’s capital and becomes embroiled in a capital crime—one that involves the disappearance of the President’s college-age daughter.

Is this troubled young woman a runaway bride? Or is she in grave danger?

To answer that question, Clare takes readers on a suspense-filled ride through Washington, DC; and 
although this murder mystery has plenty of thrills and page-turning twists, it’s also laced with humor, heart, and hearty good food. Because you can’t save the world on an empty stomach—at least Clare and Detective Quinn can’t. 

And as food lovers ourselves, neither can my husband and I!

If you are new to our Coffeehouse Mystery series, don’t let that discourage you from picking up Dead to the Last Drop.   You can certainly read it as a stand-alone story, and if you like the ride, you have fourteen more books to enjoy.

But don’t miss this Washington entry. It’s embedded with hidden secrets about our nation’s capital that were inspired by my own experiences while living, studying, and working in DC.

And as you enjoy the book, be sure to drop by our new Jazz Space,, a virtual extension of the relaxed jazz supper club featured in Dead to the Last Drop. Listen to some of the music mentioned in the book, visit the locations, sample some recipes, and even listen to free live jazz, any night of the week.

Dead to the Last Drop is also a culinary mystery, with an appendix of more than 25 delicious recipes, including Double-Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes, Easy “Cake Pan” Cheesecake, the best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe you may ever bake, and a fantastic version of Black Magic Cake with a “secret ingredient” chocolate frosting.  Get your recipe guide, click here.  

Read the prologue and first chapter (click here.)

CLEO’S NEWSLETTER: Contests, recipes, news, fun facts, and videos. To sign up, simply write an e-mail that says “sign me up” and send it to CoffeehouseMystery@gmail(dot)com. You will receive a reply with links to past newsletters that include free recipes.

TITLE CHECKLIST: Get a free title checklist with mini summaries of all 15 Coffeehouse Mysteries. To download the list as a PDF document, click here.

THANK You Alice and Marc for this delightful post.  I am looking forward to that recipe guide!  You are very generous. 

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ceblain said...

I have been a big Coffeehouse Mystery fan since book 1 and have promoted this series to every friend I have online at one time or another. I also have my daughter reading this series now that she is a stay at home Mom for a bit longer than expected, and she is telling her friends about them. I definitely believe in the power of women chatting and I find that when people are most interested, is at a doctor's office. I think that many people want to be distracted, and the fact that I will talk to everyone, and tell them probably more than they want to know about an author and the books, but it happens every time I am in a waiting room. Maybe this is because I have either a book and also a tote from authors as a conversation starter. I now print out a picture of the book that I am bringing with me which also has the author's name on it and when my conversation begins with these strangers, I say, oh, in case I am called into the doctor's office, here is a picture of the book cover and the author's name. How about that for networking?? I even had a stranger ask me to take a picture of my book cover and text it to her phone. This is why real hardcovers and paperbacks work so well for me anyway, to promote an author, and I hope that anything that I do or have done has helped you Cleo and Marc. I truly love this series, and I am sure that you know that already.
Congratulations on the paperback coming out. So happy for you. AND what a beautiful photo of you Cleo/Alice.

I won't ramble on, because I must have someone that I need to tell about the paperback being released this week. Must be one that I didn't tell. :)

Cynthia B

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