A Happy Valentines and Notes from Kathi



The answer to last weeks mini mystery concerning who took Lola Rivera’s ring is the cleaning lady. She made two mistakes during her interview. First of all she said that the ring could turn up anywhere but Detective Oswald didn’t specify that it was the ring that was missing. He only indicated that a piece of jewelry was missing and Lola has a lot of jewelry. Also the cleaning lady left just as the plumber was arriving. She indicated he was upstairs alone for several hours but since she left as he arrived there was no way she could know how long he was there.


Now for current news:

I’ve decided to make a few changes to my blog which directly relate to the time crunch I’ve been dealing with lately. I think I am going to post a blog on the first and third Friday of the month rather than every week. I also post to the Whodunit Blog on the first and third Friday, and most weeks it will be a reprint of the same blog for both sites. If in the future my schedule lightens up a bit I may return to every week.

As an author it can be tricky to stay in touch with my fans who I love so, so, much, and still have time to publish novels. Between blogs, guest posts, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, I almost feel like I no longer have time to write. I really hate to cut back my publication schedule too much so I’m proposing a few changes that I feel will help me get back on track. I have a few other tweaks I’m considering but I’m still noodling on things so I’ll let you know what I decide when I actually decide.

Hugs to you all, and thank you so much for your continued support.


Below is the blog which can also be found on the Whodunit page.

February 14 has been set aside to celebrate love so I’d like to start off by wishing each and every one of you a Happy Valentines Day. I hope you all know how much I value you all and enjoy getting to know you and be a part of your life. I know I post my links all over the place (I know oh so boring) but just in case there is someone out there who isn’t “all in” here are my links again.

Stay up to date with her newsletter, The Daley Weekly. http://eepurl.com/NRPDf

Kathi Daley Blog: http://kathidaleyblog.com

Webpage www.kathidaley.com

Facebook at Kathi Daley Books – www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks

Kathi Daley Teen – www.facebook.com/kathidaleyteen

Kathi Daley Books Group Page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/569578823146850/

E-mail – kathidaley@kathidaley.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278377.Kathi_Daley

Twitter at Kathi Daley@kathidaley – https://twitter.com/kathidaley

Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/author/kathidaley

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kathi-daley

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/kathidaley/

And now for the commercial announcement. I have a bunch of Valentine theme stuff on special this month. Even if you aren’t interested continue on to the end as there is a fun giveaway.

Cupids Curse – Zoe Donovan #4 – will be FREE February 12 – 14. If you have not as of yet read this book it is a good one – it’s not only funny but it explains the background between Zoe’s mom and dad.

cupids curse HB

Much Ado About Felines – Whales and Tails #4 – will be $.99 February 5 – 11 – the side story in this book is a sweet story that demonstrates a love between a man and a woman that runs so deep it extends beyond the grave.


The New Normal – Zimmerman Academy #1 and Shamrock Shenanigans – Zoe Donovan #19 – take place over the same 4 day period over Valentines weekend. The New Normal is told from Ellie’s perspective and Shamrock Shenanigans from Zoe’s. Both are filled with surprises.

The New Normal Facebook Shamrock Facebook

A Tale of Two Tabbies publishes on February 29, leap day, and although it isn’t a Valentines story it does deal with love. Here is the opening quote:

Love in its purest form is selfless and eternal. It endures all things and exists independently of the opinion of others. Love that is born in the soul and lives in the heart, will thrive and prosper in spite of the challenges it must face and the hardships it must endure.

ToTT Facebook

And finally, The New Normal is part of a Valentine themed anthology which is detailed below.


Happy Homicides 2 is the second book in the Happy Homicides collection. This book features crimes of the heart from thirteen cozy mystery writers. My story – The New Normal – is the first in my new series of Zimmerman Academy novellas. Zimmerman Academy is a spinoff of my popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. The novellas are told from the perspective of the minor characters. The New Normal features Zoe’s best friend Ellie as she tries to help best friend and ex-boyfriend Levi solve a murder while dealing with her own heartbreak.

All the short stories in the collection are wonderful tales of love and murder that you won’t want to miss.

The stories in the anthology:

Stupid Cupid: A Cara Mia Delgatto Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan—Cara Mia’s search for love gets her involved in a star-crossed, homicidal romance.

A Heart for Murder by Teresa TrentAn expensive family heirloom is stolen from a local jewelry store, and Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick would love to figure out who’s responsible.

For the Love of Dog by Neil Plakcy—A young woman’s death causes a man to consider the many aspects of love. Is it ever a justification for murder?

Wedding Knife by Elaine VietsA groom learns to take his vow–Till death do we part—very, very seriously.

Death and a Dozen Roses by Annie Adams—Plucky florist Rosie McKay is reunited with an old love, thanks to complications that happen when she tries to deliver a dozen roses.

The Sodium Arrow by Camille Minichino—The love of a student for a favorite teacher drives a freelance embalmer to seek out justice.

Sweets, Treats, and Murder by Nancy Jill Thames—Jillian Bradley is a widow with no children, but she still has a keen sense of family. Her love of a good mystery sets her and her canine companion, Teddy, on a quest for justice.

Dying for Valentine’s Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer—The three Powell sisters want their friend Thelma to find true love, but they’re having trouble believing her fiancé has her best interests at heart.

The New Normal by Kathi Daley—Although her own dreams have been shattered, Ellie Davis finds it impossible to quit loving an old friend, even after he’s accused of murder.

Bones and Arrows by Carolyn Haines—Intrepid Sarah Booth Delaney would rather face a gun than a party on Valentine’s Day. Not surprisingly, she’s decided that Cupid is a big phony. But is he a jewel thief, too?

Murder at Catmmando Mountain: Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery 1 by Anna Celeste Burke—Georgina Shaw loves her cat, chocolate, and cooking. When she’s framed for a crime, she’s forced to reconsider her priorities.

The Missing Jacket by Randy Rawls—A golfing buddy offers Jonathan Boykin big money to retrieve a stolen jacket, but Jonathan suspects something else is going on. Jonathan is smart enough to discern the difference between love and lust. But can he also figure out the scam?

Really, Truly Dead by Maggie Toussaint—Lindsey McKay has no desire to return to small town life. But her love for her father brings her back home when he’s accused of murder.

Bonus story:

Impediments: A Kiki Lowenstein Short Story by Joanna Campbell Slan—Family problems and priestly politics threaten to derail a love match, until Kiki Lowenstein suggests a surprising solution.


And now for the giveaway. Comment below to be entered to win a Coffee Cat Books mug (US only). Non US will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card in place of the mug.





71 thoughts on “A Happy Valentines and Notes from Kathi

  1. Janel F says:

    Oh the posting on blogs on the 1st N 3rd Fridays works for me. 🙂 Very cute mugs too. Two my fave things pink and kitties. 🙂

  2. Donna Clancy says:

    You definitely have a lot on your plate and I think going to two blogs a month is a smart move! I love the mugs! Thanks for the chance to win one. They are soooooo pink!

  3. Time is a precious commodity. You already do so much for us as your readers that only have a blog post a couple of times a month is no problem. Thanks for the giveaway I love the mug.

  4. Debra Woloson says:

    I don’t know how you do all that you do and still breath much less have any kind of life. I love the mug, it is really cute. As for cutting back on the blog, I say go for it. We know how to reach you other ways, and you keep us updated. Thank you for the giveaway, and for sharing your life with us.

  5. Peggy Hyndman says:

    I’ve often marveled at everything you do. Cutting back on the blog seems like the smart thing to do … certainly much better than you being in a time crunch and feeling so stressed. Thank you for everything you do for us, Kathi, and especially for the awesome books you write.

    I would love to have one of these adorable mugs! Thank you for the chance!

  6. JoAn V. says:

    The new newsletter schedule is good for me since it will give you more time. In long run that benefits us your readers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Ruth Nixon says:

    I’m so glad you decided to not post every week as I was worried that you were not taking care of Kathi and you do much for all of us. We love you and we know you have to have writing time or we won’t have the books we all look forward too. Two times a month is fine . Hugs

  8. Taryn Lee says:

    I can’t wait for A Tale of Two Tabbies, although I truly enjoy all your work its my favorite series. I look forward to each and every new book!!!

  9. Debbie S says:

    I always wondered how you survived doing all the things you do, something had to give. Twice a month sounds great. The mugs are adorable, I love mugs (my kitchen cabinet shows how much, LOL).

  10. Doward Wilson says:

    Another interesting post. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. It will be nice to see your blog reach out to more readers but we will miss the weekly schedule but with more time to write books that is also okay. I am looking forward to your new series. Thanks for the chance to win and all that you do for your fans.

  11. MaryAnn Forbes says:

    I enjoy your Friday musings however certainly appreciate your busy life. Twice a month is great– happy that you will have more time for writing.📖☕️📚

  12. Brenda Matish says:

    You need to take care of yourself first, and cutting back on the blog is a good first move. Don’t over extend!! Love the mug…but then I’m a coffee mug fanatic!! Would love to add one to my collection.

  13. sallycootie says:

    Good idea to adjust your schedule so that it is best for you. We can always find you! I would certainly prefer to see you lighten up the social media and keep writing. Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks for another terrific giveaway.

  14. Just commenting not entering..Hope you decide what will work best for you and go with it. You have to take care of yourself first, to be at your best for everything in your life! I’m sure I feel the same as most of your fans who wish you all the best, and want to continue reading your wonderful books!!

  15. Elizabeth Dent says:

    Am ok with you posting 2 times . You need to take care of your self . Seems like you have to much on your plate . I love your book and love to read them . I love the beautiful mug . Thank you .

  16. Vivian Shane says:

    You know we fans love you, but you do need to take some time for yourself, whether to write or just vacation! By the way, bought the new anthology just because it had your book in it! Looking forward to reading it!

  17. Sonya Steele says:

    Thank you for sharing your plans with us. There are so many ways now to connect writers and readers. You have it right. The writing has to come first. Ultimately that is the greatest connection of all and what leads readers to want to know more about the writers whose words move them. Looking forward to each book and all the other endeavors you take on! Thank you, Kathi!

  18. Jeanie Dannheim says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Kathi! Thank you for all you do for us, and for sharing your most recent vacation pics with us! I love the Whales and Tails series best, also these gorgeous new mugs!

  19. Marsha Cole says:

    I love the mug. I love black cats. My first cat was a black stray that adopted us. Thanks for the chance and all you do for your readers.

  20. smm3toledo says:

    I can’t figure out how you do all you do, I am in awe. Thanks for keeping us (your readers) up to date. And be sure to thank your awesome husband for us. If he didn’t do what does then you could’t do what you do. Is that proper English? Thanks again.

  21. Jill Broussard says:

    Sometimes you need to slow down a bit. You’ve got to put some me time in your schedule. Happy Valentines Day and thankyou for all that you do!

  22. Kim Templeton says:

    I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day. I don’t know how you have time to do all you do for your fans. We all understand the need to cut back and will look forward to what you do have time to write and in this case blog. I love the mugs, they are so cute, maybe I’ll win one. Thanks for the chance to win and all you do.

  23. Brandy Barber says:

    Thank you for the updates. Happy Valentine’s day to you and yours! It is hard to keep up with things in this fast pace world. I Appreciate the newletter and blog updates bc I miss so much on facebook. I thank you for all that you do. Thanks also for letting us go on all your adventures. Love the pictures and stories. Looking forward to all the new stuff.

  24. peggy clayton says:

    Happy Valentines Day to you also. I totally understand how you have to cut back on something as there is no time to write or even to take some family time. I think that you have done a lot to get a lot of readers to buy your books and now before you lose it yourself cutting back is understandable. I know a lot of time went into writing those stories for us to figure out who did it but those short ones made you really thing and pick up clues and that was really nice of you to do.

  25. Ruth Giesen says:

    Love your blogs but I would rather you spend your time writing books. I know it is selfish of me but this is the way I feel. I don’t know how you find the time to do all the blogs, write and have a life.

  26. Darlene Peterson says:

    Happy Valentines Day! Love the mug! Love your books. And especially love your mini mysteries. Read your blogs and am totally ok with 2 postings.

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