Saturday, April 7, 2012

LET'S GET COZY: THE CAT, THE WIFE, AND THE WEAPON - A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE CAT, THE WIFE, AND
THE WEAPON 
A Cats In Trouble Mystery
BY LEANN SWEENEY

ABOUT THE BOOK: 
When quilter Jillian Hart returns to her lake house in Mercy, South Carolina, she discovered her friend, Tom, is missing-and his estranged half-brother has moved into Tom's house. Jillian doesn't trust the guy, especially since he allowed Tom's diabetic cat to escape. When police officers find Tom's wrecked car with a dead stranger inside, Jillian is determined to find out what happened to Tom-before someone else turns up dead.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OTHER BOOKS BY LEANN SWEENEY?
            

            

           
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph's Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse; she has retired to write full-time.

She began writing in 1980, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her writing skills with classes and a small fortune in writing books, she joined MWA and Sisters in Crime. Now she's in love with both her NAL/Obsidian mystery series: The Yellow Rose Mysteries and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries, and it shows--
The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse was the #1 bestseller on the Independent Mystery Bookseller's List when it debuted and made several top twenty lists for 2009 at bookstores across the country.


Leann is married with two fabulous grown children, a wonderful son-in-law and a beautiful daughter-in-law--not to mention grandaughter Maddison Grace (Maddie). She has lived in Texas since 1974 and resides in Friendswood, Texas with husband Mike, her three cats, and Rosie--the smart, retrieving, golf-ball chasing, busy-busy-busy mini-labradoodle.

A LETTER FROM LEANN SWEENEY!


(THANKS TO THE OBSIDIAN NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL FOR THIS REPRINT BY LEANN SWEENEY)
Dear Reader, 

When I began writing the Cats in Trouble Mysteries in 2009, I knew my inspiration would be my lifelong love affair with cats. Ever since I was a child and chased my grandparents black cat through their house from the minute I arrived until my parents dragged me to the car to go home, I have adored cats. But my parents were “dog people.” Don’t get me wrong. I love dogs, have always owned one and right now have a wonderful, crazy little sweetheart named Rosie.
Cats, however, are extra-special to me. 

The trio of felines in my books do not talk, and yet, with their cat skills alone, they are able to help solve the mysteries quilter Jillian Hart finds herself involved in. My own cats have helped solve a mystery or two themselves. Like the time the hamster escaped and was hiding inside the cold air return vent. There was a cat just waiting patiently for that hamster to emerge. Okay, maybe the intent wasn’t quite to “rescue” said hamster. But I sure knew where our little rodent was hiding!

You may be wondering why, when I live in Texas, I set a series in a fictional town in South Carolina. A few years ago, my husband and I bought property in South Carolina on a lake very similar to the lake Jillian lives on. Her hometown will soon be my hometown—except we will be living in Greenwood, not Mercy, South Carolina.

When I started this mystery, the idea was to write about a woman who knits and loves cats and just happens to solve mysteries, but since I am a longtime quilter myself, I suggested to my editor that a quilter would be a better choice for a heroine. I know a tiny bit about knitting, though not enough to ever make readers believe I know how to make anything but a scarf. Added to that, quilting is like puzzle-making. Mysteries are puzzle-solving. To me, the two seemed a natural fit.

My heroine, Jillian, makes quilts for cats—because any cat lover knows how much their fur-friends adore fabric. And because this idea came from my imagination, I had to make sure I knew about these little quilts, so I made a few. Yes, my own cats love them. No surprise.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this little bit of inside information about the Cats in Trouble Mysteries and the fourth installment, THE CAT, THE WIFE AND THE WEAPON will help you escape with Jillian and her three best friends—Syrah, Merlot and Chablis. (My fictional cats, not the wine!)

Happy Reading!
Leann Sweeney
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www.cozychicksblog.com
        
GIVEAWAY 
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT OBSIDIAN AND PENGUIN BOOKS
I HAVE ONE COPY OF THIS  MYSTERY,
THE CAT, THE WIFE AND THE WEAPON, 
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY WINNER!
 
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6 PM, EST, APRIL 20
 GOOD LUCK!





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