Halloween Spooktacular



The third annual Kathi Daley Books Halloween Spooktacular begins on October 23 and runs through Halloween. I’m super excited about the lineup this year. I think we are going to have a Spooktacular good time. For any of you who may have missed it here is the lineup. I will post specific times on the event page for each date.

October 23 – Kathi Daley Intro to Murder Mystery Dinner Party
followed by Brooke Blogs from 1 – 4 EST.
October 24 – MJB Reviewers
Susan O’Brien
Meg Muldoon
Jenny Kales
Maria Schneider
Tracy Weber
Julie Moffett
Diane Vallere
J R Pearson
Catherine Bruns
Annette Dashoffy
Susan Bernhardt
October 25 – Girl With Book Lungs
Jenna – to kick things off!
Chrystle Fiedler
Kate Dyer-Seeley
Barb Schlichting
Annette Dashofy.
Ritter Ames
Ellie Alexander
LynDee Walker
Cindy Brown
Julie Mulhern
Wendy Tyson
Christina Freeburn
Colleen Oakes
October 26 – A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery
Karen: Intro
Marni Graff-
Jenny Kales-
Diane Rapp-
Celeste Burke-
Judy Volhart-
Nicole Jessica L-
Hunter Murphy, –
October 27 – Lisa Ks Book Review
Lisa – Start of party
Tonya Kappes
Connie Archer
Vicki Vass
Julie Seedorf
Linda Reilly
Diane Harman
Janice Peacock
Vicki Delany –
Jane Firebaugh –
Party Wrap up –
October 28 – Kathi Daley and Melanie Jackson.
October 29 – Cozy Up With Kathy
Krista Davis:
Cynthia Lott:
Barbara Early:
Terrie Moran:
Alice Loweecey:
Tracy Weber:
Gigi Pandian:
October 30 – A Touch of Romance
Lori Ryan –
Rachelle Ayala-
Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson, Sharla Lovelace
Jill Sanders –
SherrieLea Morgan-
Lexi Post-
Nicole Garcia –
Linda Joyce-
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom-
Kris Lynn-
October 31 – The grand prize winner from the murder mystery will be announced and everyone is encouraged to pop in and wish all the readers who attended a Happy Halloween.
In other Halloween News, Pumpkins in Paradise is on sale for $.99 starting today. Henery Press doesn’t do sales as often as I do so if you want a new and improved copy of the book now would be a good time to grab it. It is available for Kindle, Nook, ibooks, and Kobo. Here is the Kindle link: http://amzn.to/2eeUrwM

To be entered to win a $15 Amazon gift card comment below and let me know if you plan to attend the Spooktacular and who you are most excited to meet and chat with.


The Magic of Autumn



Autumn, or as many of us refer to it Fall, is my favorite time of year. The long hot days of summer give way to crisp cool days featuring colorful trees, bulky sweaters, wood fires, and pumpkin everything. I have a lot of fond memories of these magical days as a kid growing up. One of the benefits of living in Lake Tahoe is that the four seasons are predominant and distinct. As a child my parents made certain that we had traditions associated with each of the seasons.

326 One of the things we used to do each year is to take a picnic to a campground on the river known as Snowshoe Springs. The water is usually low enough at this time of the year that those who are sure of foot can hop from one rock to another allowing you to make your way up the river. The campground closes after Labor Day which was perfect since there were very few people who bothered to park on the road and walk into the picnic area. My parents used to bring us to this magical location every October, rain or shine, and believe me there were a few years when rain was the order of the day.


Another thing we used to do every year is go down the mountain about 60 miles to a place known as Apple Hill. Apple Hill is an area in the foothills where you can buy apples and other fruit fresh off the tree or vine. They also hold a huge craft fair, and a favorite of my children and grandchildren, is the apple train that takes a loop around a man made pond filled with ducks.

1889 Another thing we do most every fall is visit the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center. The creek that runs through the property is used by native salmon who come home to spawn each fall. It’s hard to tell from this photo but some years there are so many fish in the water that it almost looks like you can walk across them. And of course the bears come to eat so there are frequent bear sighting during the salmon run.


And of course no autumn would be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out those very special pumpkins for Halloween night.

Comment below and tell me if you have or have had in the past any fall traditions. What are your favorites? I will randomly choose one comment to receive a $15 Amazon gift card. I will announce the winner on my Facebook page on 10/15.


Trains, Planes, and Automobiles



Last weekend was a seriously fun but seriously long weekend filled with planes, trains, and automobiles. In this blog I will share my adventure.


Planes: We began our adventure by arriving at the airport in Reno Nevada ninety minutes ahead of boarding as a good passenger should, only to find that our flight had been delayed by two hours. Two hours! I suppose that in the grand scheme of things two hours is not all that much. We were scheduled to arrive in Saint Louis at around six p.m. We planned to rent a car and drive down to Jackson, hopefully arriving in time for a late dinner. Of course when your plane takes off two hours late it arrives two hours late, which meant we missed our connection. This resulted in our needing to be rebooked, so instead of a short layover in Salt Lake, we ended up hanging out in the Salt Lake airport for over five hours.

Oh and here is another fun fact. When we landed in Salt Lake the wheels touched down for just a second and then the plane accelerated and went back up into the air. On no this could not be good. Not good at all. I was seriously envisioning damaged landing gear and emergency landings when the pilot finally came on and made some sort of statement about being assigned a different runway and we’d need to circle for a bit. Not fun!

After we were safely on the ground I decided that I can be adaptable in spite of the fact that we’d missed our connection. My husband called ahead to the hotel and let them know that we were going to be late but still planned to show so please don’t give our room away, and then we decided to tour the airport before having a ridiculously expensive hamburger for dinner. We waited around some more, went for another walk, and finally around 8:30 we were booked on a connecting flight. We landed at around 12:30 a.m. and called ahead to the hotel to reassure them that we still planned to arrive that night and please don’t give away our room. Which brings us around to automobiles.

Automobiles: By the time we reached Saint Louis and got our luggage it was after one o’clock in the morning. As we climbed onto the shuttle to the rental car place I stupidly said in a glass half full moment of insanity that at least there wouldn’t be a line at the rental car place since it was literally the middle of the night. I was wrong. And we are not talking a short line – there must have been 30 people in line with one clerk. Long story short we were at Avis for almost an hour and a half. By this time it is three o’clock in the morning. We decided we were too tired to make the two hour drive to Jackson so we called the hotel to inform a very sleepy clerk that, in spite of our previous assurances, we were not going to make it that night, but we would, we promised be there the following day. We got a room at a motel next to the rental car place and slept for a few hours before continuing on to Jackson.

Trains: Although the flight to Jackson was grueling it was totally worth it. The train was awesome and it was so fun to meet so many of you all in person. I had such a good time and am super excited to be part of next years train as well.

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Which brings us back to Planes. On the way home, after several days of fun, fun, fun, we arrived at the airport where our plane was on time and we did not have to wait. Shortly after boarding the pilot comes on and makes an announcement. He starts off with “I have good news and I have bad news.” Trust me this is not something you want to have your pilot say minutes before taking off. The good news was that the plane was expected to arrive ten minutes ahead of schedule, so yay. The bad news was there were storms across the nation so we could expect a bumpy ride for pretty much the entire 3 hours. Oh joy. So I settle in with a glass of wine and hoped for the best. It was bumpy but not as bad as the pilot made it sound.

We arrived on time and made our connection for the second hopefully less bumpy leg of our flight. We boarded early and settled into our seats which were in row 1. We could see and hear everything going on in the front and noticed that the flight attendants were discussing the fact that there were all these parts left on the counter in the galley. Parts? They took turns trying to get through to maintenance while the others continued to get everyone settled. Every now and then they’d meet up to discuss the situation and I could tell that they weren’t getting through to whomever they needed to get through to.

Finally a guy came on board who had an official looking vest. I began to relax. When asked about the parts that were just laying there, he answered that he had no idea what these extra parts were for and left. I watched in horror as they closed the door and the crew prepared for take off. Are you kidding me? We are on a plane which plans to cruise at 30,000 feet and there are spare parts on the counter and so far not a single person seemed to know what they went to or why they were there! I wanted to point out that waiting a few more minutes for maintenance wouldn’t be the worst idea but the flight attendants didn’t seem overly concerned so maybe spare parts are a regular thing? I’m sure a plane has a lot of parts and everyone knows that when you take something apart it is hard to remember where everything went. Right?

Anyway, we made it home without incident and I am gearing up for next years train. I hope you can join me. Here is a link to check it out. http://twodamesandatrain.blogspot.com/

Comment below and let me know if you’ve had any fun travel adventures. I will pick one comment to receive a $15 Amazon gift card.




What’s New and Upcoming at Kathi Daley Books?


Happy Friday everyone. I am in Missouri for the Tonya Kappes Mystery Train this weekend. I know a lot of you plan to attend as well and I am superexcited to meet everyone. Even if you aren’t planning to attend the train event we will be doing a book signing at the Cape Girardeau Barnes and Noble on Sunday at noon so please do stop by if you are in the area.


In other news, the Whodunit Group that I was previously involved with has disbanded. Six of us from the group joined together and created Cozy Characters, a new Facebook group where Tonya, Julie, Laura, Tracy, Lynn, and I can share our books and our lives with the readers we love. Here is the link to join if you haven’t already done so https://www.facebook.com/groups/1781437155457873/


The Pumpkins in Paradise Book Club is complete and I think everyone really had a lot of fun so I asked Jayme to do another book club in October. We decided to do a Zoe, Costume Catastrophe, which will run from October 17 – 20. Be sure to hop on over and join if  you haven’t already. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/events/681756311980858/  ccbc

And of course it wouldn’t be October without the Kathi Daley Books Halloween Spooktacular. This year the event runs from October 23 – 31 and I have invited seven Cozy Mystery Bloggers to each host a date. Each blogger has invited an all star cast of your favorite mystery authors who plan to entertain you with games, chats, giveaways, and so much more.  Here is the link to join https://www.facebook.com/events/1807306899516140/  halloween-spooktacular

I will also be visiting Author Catherine Bruns release party for Burned to a Crisp on October 11. I will be doing my takeover from 4:00 – 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time so please plan to stop and say hi. I’m sure I’ll be giving stuff away. I always do. https://www.facebook.com/events/112914672498681/  14212687_552709571600041_1470967597924120824_n

And now for the commercial announcement. Kathi Daley books now has 10 Halloween Books. Five are new this October. For links to all my Halloween Books hop on over to my Halloween Page. http://www.kathidaley.com/halloween-page Halloween Ad

Costume Catastrophe is on sale for $.99 beginning today. http://amzn.to/2d7mRKx Costume Catastrophe Facebook

Count Catula is now available in both Kindle and Paperback. See why the reviewers are raving about this new Whales and Tails Mystery.


“The mystery is well plotted and the author did an excellent job describing the characters and their backgrounds. Multiple murders, tons of suspects, lots of hints and clues, and I surprised by the final reveal.”

“Kathi Daley has penned another well-written, fast paced, classic cozy mystery, with a tightly woven plot with a host of twists and turns that is perfect for Halloween.”

“I could feel the fall air and see the decorations in town. I love the authors descriptive style of writing. This is action packed, full of suspects and well crafted.”



And now for the Giveaway. Comment below for a chance to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card. I will choose one winner on Saturday 10/1.



Connecting with Readers


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I will be in New Orleans attending Bouchercon when this blog posts. I’m excited to be participating on a panel this year and am super excited to meet both the authors and readers who I have gotten to know through Facebook and other social media. If you are in the area please do stop by. I would love to meet you in person. If you can’t make it to this event here is a list of other places I will be popping up in the following months.

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Bouchercon – New Orleans – September 15 – 18
Mystery Train – Jackson MO. – Sept 30 – Oct 1
Book Signing Barnes and Noble – Cape Girardeau MO. Oct 2
Kathi Daley Halloween Party (Facebook) – October 23 – 31
Left Coast Crime – Honolulu Hi – March 16 – 19
Malice – Bethesda MD. – April 27 – 30


To be entered to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card comment below and let me know where you would like to see me make an appearance.


On the Horizon



Now that all the hoopla of the Countdown to Paradise Launch is behind me, what is coming down the pike?


First of all we are still mailing out books and prizes. We gave away most of the books pictured above and it takes a while to address and post all those envelopes so please be patient. We should have them all in the mail by Monday or Tuesday of next week.


We still have the Pumpkins in Paradise Book Club on the horizon hosted by the amazing Jayme Maness so be sure to sign up. https://www.facebook.com/events/1408072279209347/




Up next from Kathi Daley Books is Count Catula. Due to time constraints I won’t be doing a presale for this book but it will still publish in September as promised. I’m thinking around the 25th give or take.



After that is Candy Cane Caper – A Zoe – which will go on presale in a day or two. It will publish in October. There is a LOT going on in this book. Not only is the mystery sort of complex but there are all sorts of things going on in the lives of Zak, Zoe, Levi, and Ellie. You definitely won’t want to miss it.


After Candy Cane Caper comes The Cat Of Christmas Present in November. Like The Cat of Christmas Past it will involve a Christmas Mystery that is not a murder. Next Christmas I plan to do The Cat of Christmas Future to round out the set.


I am also planning to launch the new Rescue Alaska Series in December. I don’t have a cover to share yet but Jessica is working on it.

So now you are all caught up. Comment below and let me know what you would like to see from Kathi Daley Books in 2017 and be entered to win a $15 Amazon gift card.



A New Era

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On Tuesday September 6, 2016 I will launch my first traditionally published series with the reissue of the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries books 1 – 6. I think it is fitting that I will enter this new era in my career during the month of September, as September marks the anniversary of my career as an author. On September 15, 2013, I published Halloween Hijinks on somewhat of a whim, and as they say, the rest is history.

halloweenHijinksebook A year later, in September of 2014, I produced an anniversary edition of the book which is the Halloween Hijinks which is currently on sale today.

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I have an awesome launch party going on over at https://www.facebook.com/events/848072505336998/ Please do join us for games, challenges, and giveaways from now thru September 6.

We will also be doing a book club for Pumpkins in Paradise from September 19 – 22. Please join us for discussion, games, and prizes. https://www.facebook.com/events/1408072279209347/


To be entered to win your choice of the new Tj Jensen books, comment below. Winner will receive a paperback or Kindle copy – NON US Kindle only.