Saturday, June 8, 2013

Interview & Giveaway with Kate Carlisle, author of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY

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Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell.
 
When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant’s gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter.
 
Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn’t kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.


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Today, Kate Carlisle drops by for a quick Q&A.  Stick around, because there is also a ONE DAY ONLY giveaway!!


 
Hi Kate.  Thank you for joining me today.  I know you’re busy, so I have a couple of quick questions and then I will let you get back to your writing.
 
Hi Kim.  Thank you for having me.
 
A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY is your 7th Bibliophile Mystery.  Are any of your characters inspired by family or friends?
 
Only very loosely. If I’m doing my job as a writer, then the characters take on a life of their own. It’s sort of like when you have two friends who remind you of each other – even if they’ve never met. My characters may share specific traits with people I know, but they are their own people, with a complex history that has made them who they are today.
 
I’m always amazed that even though authors seem to be writing and releasing books all the time, they still manage to find time to read.  What are you currently reading?
 
I’m reading TOPPED CHEF by Lucy Burdette. It came out in May, and it is so entertaining! Of course, I knew it would be. The Key West Food Critic series has become one of my favorites. First, I love books that involve food. They make me hungry –not even murder is enough to dampen my appetite! – but I love them. The heroine, Hayley Snow, is really spunky. I’d like to hang out with her, which is a quality I look for in the heroes and heroines of mystery series.
 
Okay, my questions are over.  You can go back to reading TOPPED CHEF now!
 
Thank you Kim.
 
Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.
 
A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.
 
Despite the appearance of overnight success, Kate’s dream of publication took many, many years to fulfill.


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53 comments:

  1. I love cozy mysteries. Some of my favorite cozy authors are Kate Carlise, Erika Chase, Ellery Adams, Ellen Byerrum, Maggie Sefton, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, Avery Aames, Heather Blake, Victoria Hamilton, Bailey Cates and Joanna Campbell Slan - to name just a few.

    Beverly aka Booklady

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Beverly. I'm just getting into cozy mysteries. I've heard of some of the authors you've mentioned. I'm going to have to check them out.

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    2. Beverly, Thank you so much! I'm honored to be on your list of favorite cozy authors, and you've named some of my other favorites, as well.

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  2. This is a great series, I love it. This is a great interview.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Nancy.... I'm going to have check out this series. It sounds REALLY good.

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    2. Thank you, Nancy! I'm so glad you've been enjoying the Bibliophile Mysteries! It's wonderful to hear from readers who love Brooklyn Wainwright as much as I do.

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  3. i'm still considered new to the Cozy Mystery world, so i really haven't read many of them, but the ones i have read, i LOVE!!!!

    congrats & good luck to Kate on A Cookbook Conspiracy!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!

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    1. I'm with you on being new to cozies.

      One of the things I LOVE most are the covers.

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    2. AH! Another cozy mystery convert! Glad to have you on the not-so-dark side, Cyn. :)

      Kim, cozy covers are fab, aren't they? And the titles! Love them, love them. My personal tagline is "Smart. Funny. Murder." I wanted to highlight the fact that while they are mystery novels, they're not gory. These are charming whodunits.

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    3. Oh my GOSH... Thanks for stopping by Kate!!!!

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  4. I've always wondered too, about authors having time to read! :) I just love a good cozy!

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    1. It's it CRAZY? I'm still trying to figure out how author manage to find the time to do it all.

      Thanks for stopping by Nancy.

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    2. Time is sometimes in short supply, Marsha, but that's true for every career field, not just authors. Reading is still my preferred method of destressing. :)

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  5. I love cozy mysteries. I love Domestic Diva series , A cheese shop mysteries series and many more

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    1. Hi Kiki.

      I'm going to have to check out these series. Thank you!

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    2. You've named two of my favorite series. Avery Aames (aka Daryl Wood Gerber) is a good friend of mine, so we often do signings together. She brings the cheese, I bring the wine!

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  6. Overnight success seems to me to be an oxymoron - but it does eventually come to the deserving!

    Keep those cozies coming!

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    1. I completely agree. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. LOL, Cheli! I certainly don't consider myself an overnight success, but success is even more welcome when it takes a while to arrive. Thank you for your sweet words and for stopping by!

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  7. G.M. Malliet & Marian Babson write good British cozies, & I also like Krista Davis. I'm about to start Topped Chef myself, so Kate's in good company. LOL

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    1. Love Krista! And oh yes, British cozies are delightful. Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck in the giveaway of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY!

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  8. I love cozies! I really like the ones with cooking and book themes (I'm a librarian and a chef). I also like Donna Andrews, the bird ones, and ones set in Regency England. Some of my favorite authors are Julie Hyzy, Ellery Adams, Lucy Arlington, E.J. Copperman, Joanne Fluke, JoAnna Carl, and so many others.

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    1. Cozy Mystery + Cooking Theme + Book Theme = A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY

      It's a match made in heaven!!! :)

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    2. I love that you get to read a mystery and get recipes at the same time. Now if I can only cook the dishes and have them turn out right.....

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    3. I just assumed that all the cozy authors with recipes in their books were awesome cooks!

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  9. Bibliophile Mysteries is one of my favorite cozy series, so I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! That is SO good to hear!

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  10. I love cozies. The ones bu Julie Hyzy, Ellery Adams, E.J. Copperman, and so many others are all captivating and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. They are! I hope you'll give my books a try. You'll find free excerpts at www.katecarlisle.com!

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  11. I enjoy cozy mysteries. Cooking themes are a favorite and the author whose books I enjoy are Donna Andrews, Ellery Adams and congratulations Kate.

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    1. Okay... I don't feel so bad now. I thought I was one of the only people who liked seeing recipes in cozy mysteries.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. I really love cozies, sometime I read one to celebrate getting a long book read!
    Here are some of my favorites:

    Murder at the PTA by Beth Kennedy
    Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell
    Finger Lickin' Dead by Riley Adams
    A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris (actually anything by Monica Ferris!)

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com
    The Gingerbread Bump off by Livia J. Washburn
    Jingle Bell Bark by Lauren Berneson (she wrote a lot of dog cozies and stopped)

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    1. LOL! Love that, Carol. A cozy to cleanse the reading palate.

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    2. Oh my gosh... Thanks for all the books and authors!

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  13. I love cozy mysteries and this series in one of my favorites. LynDee Walker and Larissa Reinhart are 2 new names that are fabulous. Also Ann Charles has 2 wonderful series.

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    1. Thank you so much, Judith! I'm so glad you're enjoying the Bibliophile Mystery series. And thanks for your recommendations!

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  14. Honestly I never read mysteries. But this caught my attention!

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    1. Denise, If you normally read romance, then I think you might enjoy cozy mysteries, too. A lot of series - including my Bibliophile Mystery series - have an ongoing romance in addition to the mystery in each book. I hope you'll give them a try!

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  15. Kim, thank you so much for hosting me here today. I appreciate your hospitality and your help in getting out the word about A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY! Plus, responding to all these wonderful readers is taking my mind off those first-week nerves. :)

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  16. So glad I "met" you today, Kate, as I've been wondering if I'm missing something by not having read from an author who writes bibliophile mysteries. But I'm intrigued by this interview and some reviews of your books...so I wanna get on the bandwagon...starting with this contest...and then a visit to Amazon. :-) jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. I'm glad, too, Janice! Thank you so much, and I hope you'll love the Bibliophile Mysteries.

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  17. I love cozies. Congrats and good luck on your new hardcopy A CookBook Conspiracy, Kate!
    winnie968 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Besides the authors already mentioned, I enjoy books by Rhys Bowen, Dorothy St. James, Carola Dunn.

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    2. Thank you, Winnie, and good luck to YOU in the giveaway! :)

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  18. I havent read this series yet..but it really sounds interesting! =)
    Its definitly on my "to be read" list.

    I love cozy mysteries, some of my favorite authors include Joanna Carl, Miranda Bliss, Jenn McKinlay, Elizabeth Lynn Casey and Elizabeth Craig to name a few.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thanks Melissa.

      I'm going to have to make a list of everyone you guys are telling me about.

      Good Luck.

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    2. Some great authors! I love Jenn's cupcake mysteries. Hope you'll enjoy A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, Melissa!

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  19. Whiskey Beach Nora Roberts was really good. Love reading a good mysteries.. Thanks for this great giveaway!!

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    1. Hey Ms. Tina!

      I like cozy mysteries, because they aren't as graphic and other mysteries or romantic suspense. You'll just read something about someone being stabbed, but there aren't gory details. I haven't read any of Nora's mysteries. Just her cont. romances.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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    2. Nora writes amazing romantic suspense, doesn't she? The woman knows how to keep the tension high.

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  20. Thank you again, Kim! I had a great time!!!

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