Showing posts with label #cozy mystery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #cozy mystery. Show all posts

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Blanche Day Manos, A Cozy Mystery and a Giveaway

I am honored to welcome one of my favorite cozy mystery writers Blanche Day Manos to Writing with God's Hope blog today. I love her Darcy and Flora tales, so I can't wait for this new one to release. Tell us about it, Blanche.

Summer storms can bring unwelcome surprises.

During the rainiest July on record for the people of Ventris County in Oklahoma, in the midst of a violent thunderstorm, a stranger is murdered. When a friend becomes the second person to die under suspicious circumstances, local sleuth Darcy Campbell is drawn into the investigation. Evidence points toward someone she cares about, but has loyalty blinded her to the truth?
Danger is closer to Darcy and her mother, Flora, than either of them suspect. And if the human threat is not enough, Lee Creek and the Ventris River flood, bringing Mother Nature into the fray. 

Has the whole world turned on Darcy and Flora?


     The above paragraph pretty much describes the newest cozy mystery by Blanche Day Manos, Grave Heritage.  Fans of Darcy Campbell and Flora Tucker will recognize this book as the fourth in a series, following The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, and Best Left Buried. It is available for pre-order now from the publisher, which will give you a chance to win a signed, free copy, or pre-order a Kindle book from Amazon: Darcy-Flora-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KPDTHX2.

Launch Date is September 19.

     Why, you might ask, would a mild-mannered retired teacher of young children want to write mysteries? Why not children’s stories, or inspirational pieces? Actually, Blanche has written these too, but mysteries is her favorite genre to read; therefore, it is her favorite genre to write.

     In the Darcy and Flora books, Darcy Campbell returns to her hometown of Levi, Oklahoma after the death of her husband Jake. Going to her childhood home to live with her mother Flora Tucker, Darcy expects peace and quiet and healing. Instead of a tranquil life, Darcy encounters greedy men, murderous secrets, and deadly danger. Mysteries swirl just beneath the surface of placid-looking Levi and some people want to keep them hidden. Darcy and Flora find themselves deeply embroiled in tracking down the bad guys.

     In addition to the four Darcy and Flora cozies, Blanche has written the first book of a new series, Moonlight Can Be Murder. The protagonist, Nettie McNeil, faces danger when a deranged killer tries to add her to the list of murder victims. The entire story takes place during the month of December, a snowy month filled with renewed acquaintances, reviving a long-ago murder, and a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a secret.

     You may read more about Blanche on her website:, or from these additional sites:

Check also for books 1, 2, and 3 of the series. I highly recommend them.

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Thank you, Blanche, for sharing with us about book 4. Time to get in my preorder for that one and recommend it to all my viewers. If you like Christian fiction and cozy mysteries, this one is a win-win.
Don't forget: If you preorder before Sept. 19, you enter the drawing to possibly win a free signed copy.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cover Reveal for Blanche Manos' New Cozy Mystery

Do you like cozy mysteries?

If so, I guarantee, you'll love Manos' Flora and Darcy books.

Author, Blanche Manos will soon release her fourth book in the series, and I can't wait. Since I'm a mother of three adult daughters, I love the use of this mother-daughter team with enough moxie and intelligence to solve murders, even when the evil threatens their own lives. Pen-L Publishing will release this new book, Grave Heritage, the middle of September, and it's up for preorder at their catalogue store NOW!

A killer is loose in Ventris County and is trying to make Darcy Campbell and her mother Flora Tucker victims three and four. In addition to that, Levi, Oklahoma is experiencing its rainiest July in history. Has even nature turned against Darcy and Flora?

Sounds fascinating as usual. The link for preorder is

And, now the moment you've been waiting for: the reveal of Manos' new cover.


Oh, Blanche and Pen-L Publishing, I think that's the prettiest cover yet. YEAH!

Check out the covers of Books 1, 2, and 3:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3

Which cover do you like the best?

They're all beautiful, but I vote for #4.

Which one do you prefer?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Blanche Day Manos and Her Fictional Friends

Today, my guest is fellow Pen-L author, Blanche Day Manos, and she has a new release to tell us about. I've read two of her other books. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find my review of her first cozy mystery, The Cemetery Club, and the third, Best Left Buried.

Are you ever so energetic and enthused that you feel as if you could “run through a troop and leap over a wall?” (Psalm 18:29)

I doubt that I could do those things but the protagonists in my cozy mysteries just might be able to manage them. Fictional people can do all sorts of things that their creators can’t but that’s the fun of writing!

The Psalmist exclaimed, “My tongue is the pen of a ready writer” (Psalm 45:1). And, so is mine. I love writing. My goal is to write stories that are intriguing page-turners, but are devoid of all profanity and lurid scenes. You see, I write Christian cozy mysteries.

God gives each person gifts and talents, and I believe He expects us to use them, not bury them under a bushel. Those talents, seems to me, should in some way help people and point them toward God, the Creator of us all.

Pen-L Publishing has published all four of my cozy mysteries, The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, Best Left Buried, and Moonlight Can Be Murder. In the first three, Darcy Campbell and her mother Flora Tucker take on the mysterious happenings in their hometown of Levi, Oklahoma. The fourth cozy is the first of a brand new series with a different protagonist, Ned McNeil.


A native Oklahoma, Blanche Day Manos has a deep familiarity with the Sooner state so it’s the logical setting for her books. Her Cherokee and small-town heritage are vividly woven into the background fabric of her books. These books are all available from Pen-L.Com and

You can find out more about Blanche at her website,  and also at these places:

All cozy mysteries by Blanche Day Manos are available from


My review of The Cemetery Club

Best cozy mystery I've read in a long time. This was my first time to read one of Manos' books, but I will definitely read more. I fell in love with Darcy & Flora. I love the idea of older ladies still having it on the ball. They're self-sufficient, intelligent, yet exhibit Christianity in action. Keep them coming

 My review of Best Left Buried 
Manos hits it again with this, the third in her Darcy & Flora cozy mysteries, but this time, I knew what to expect. I wasn't disappointed. These two older super-sleuths get into all kinds of trouble and uncover secrets hidden for years, some that affect their own lives. I love reading these. I know there will be just enough violence or suggestion of violence to be believable without being gory, and I know the hint of love in the making will excite my romantic sensibilities. I hate to say goodbye to two of my favorite characters

Thank you, Blanche for being my guest today. I'm excited to meet Ned in Moonlight Can be Murder.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

An Interview with Blanche Day Manos

Today I wish to welcome a new online friend, Blanche Day Manos to my Writing with God's Hope blog. She is also a Pen-L author with three books published by them. I have ordered her first cozy mystery book. With a title like The Cemetery Club, I'm definitely curious.
 So, here we go:

Is there a story behind getting three books out all in one year for your first effort?


Actually, this was not my first effort and that’s why they all came out at the same time. The Cemetery Club was first published a few years ago by a different publisher. Same is true of Grave Shift.

Best Left Buried had never been published. I probably went at this backward (I have a tendency to do that). I sent my third cozy mystery, Best Left Buried to Pen-L Publishing. My publisher and I talked about the fact that this was the third book in the series, so he took book one and book two so that there would be a consecutive order to the books.


Very interesting. How did you find your publisher?


I met Duke and Kimberly Pennell almost a year ago at the Northwest Arkansas Writers’ annual meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I introduced my books and myself at that time.


Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

I am currently working on a devotional book and am planning to put together two books of my mother’s life into one ebook. For many years I’ve worked on assignment for a Christian periodical based in Cleveland, Ohio.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

My favorite genre is cozy mystery. Since that is my favorite book to read, it is also the genre in which I choose to write. I love to have a comfortable case of the spooky shivers while sitting safely in my chair with a cup of coffee close at hand. I’ll have to confess, when I re-read my own cozies, I get a case of the shivers too. Fun!

What has your writing journey been like so far?

My writing journey has been long and enjoyable and I hope it continues for many years. I’ve written stories since I was a child. Many of my articles, poems, songs and short stories have been published by various periodicals through the years but The Cemetery Club was my first published book, followed by Grave Shift and Best left Buried.

Do you have another book due to come out?
I’m hoping! My publisher has a completed fourth cozy mystery which is under consideration.

Where is your favorite place to pray or reflect?

Hmm. I have reflecting spots all over the place. One favorite spot is my dining table which is over a hundred years old and belonged to my dad and mom before it came to me. Maybe it’s because of so many dear people who have sat around that table that I seem to get inspiration from sitting there with pen and paper at hand.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

A fun fact about myself, or maybe I should say a funny fact is that sometimes I react spontaneously and unexpectedly. For instance, if something strikes me as funny, I’m apt to laugh out loud even at inappropriate times, at things nobody else considers funny. Another funny thing is my favorite bird—an owl. Some of my friends think of me when they see owls. That’s pretty neat, and I’m flattered!
Where can viewers find you?

Facebook Page:

Twitter: Blanche Manos

Google +: Blanche Manos


Buy Blanche's books at:

Grave Shift

                Goshen Cemetery lay quiet and peaceful under a benevolent spring sky. Darcy Campbell and her mother, Flora Tucker, had no inkling that in a few moments, the scene would change and they would face a horror on the ground and a threat from above, beyond their imaginations.

     Becoming entangled in a centuries-old legend, being targeted by a group of ruthless men, and discovering a long-lost love were not in Darcy’s plans when she returned to her birth place, Levi, Oklahoma. She merely wanted to soak up the peace of her mother’s home and try to heal the wounds left from her husband’s death. Fate, however, had other plans for Darcy and Flora.

A rousing good tale with appealing characters, an intriguing puzzle, and unexpected twists. Sure to charm."  Carolyn Hart, award-winning author of Ghost at Work, Merry Ghost, Ghost Wanted, Death on Demand series

Having a good time despite my age.

Investigate my cozy mysteries

I love that line. Having a good time despite my age.

Thank you, Blanche, for visiting the Writing with God's Hope  blog today. Anyone have questions or comments for this writer or for me, click on post a comment below.