Sunday, June 18, 2017

ROCCO’s guest blogger: author Nancy Haddock!





Nancy Haddock is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery-romance and cozy mysteries. Basket Case and Paint the Town Dead are her current books in the Silver Six Crafting Mystery series with Berkley Prime Crime. The third book in the series, A Crime of Poison, will be released in December, 2017.
Nancy’s earlier books, also with Berkley, are La Vida Vampire, Last Vampire Standing, and Always The Vampire. These paranormal mystery-romances feature Cesca, aka Gidget with fangs, and are set in Haddock’s current hometown, St. Augustine, FL
Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places and people for her books. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron.

Best Friends and New Friends
By T.C. (with Nancy Haddock because she takes dictation)

Meow, y’all! Greetings to ROCCO, his human, Toni, and all ROCCO’s Readers!

I’m known as T.C., and I’m a feline of the South—now of southwest Arkansas, to be precise. While I’m quite a lovely orange and brown tiger stripe with green eyes, I’m more a steel magnolia than a southern belle.

My BFF is black and tan German pinscher with some hound dog on the side. Yes, a canine is my best friend, and she’s named Amber for her amber eyes. We were the runts of our respective litters, born under neighboring houses in a place called north Louisiana. We found each other as youngsters, bonded, and took off to have adventures together.

After leaving home, we first found Doris Roche, an elderly lady who was ill and infirm. We sensed she needed us, so Amber and I helped and comforted her in her last months of life. We met Doris’s neighbor, Ruth, and sometimes romped with the young human men who helped around Doris’s property. Just to burn off some kitten and puppy energy, you understand. When Doris passed on peacefully, I stood guard while Amber ran to get Ruth. Within hours, we knew it was time for us to move along.

Running through piney woods, answering only to ourselves, was great for a few weeks. We foraged in small towns, occasionally accepting food from people who smelled kind and harmless when we sniffed them. We avoided being caught as strays, but never found a place we wanted to settle until we scampered into Lillyvale and scented our new human, Nixy.

Nixy’s man friend, Eric Shoar, was the first to spot us in an alley. We charmed him right away, but Nixy was a tougher sell. She’d never had pets, and was wary of adopting us, so we stayed on our best behavior to break her in slowly. Now we live with her above a store that smells of wood, plants, metal, and oil. Oh, and food! The food comes from Nixy’s family—the Silver Six—who work at the store, and live in a farmhouse with lots of room for us to run and play when we visit. We go to the park, too—technically a dog park, but Eric arranged for me to play there with Amber.

Amber and I hope to live with Nixy—and perhaps Eric, too—for a very long time. That is, if Nixy can stop finding bodies. We don’t care for the empty scent of death.

On a happier note, being a well-mannered southern lady, I’ve brought a gift for my host and hostess to giveaway! Read on for more information. Meantime, y’all come visit me, Amber, Nixy, and the Silver Six any time!



Nancy will give away a signed copy of Paint the Town Dead to two lucky readers. Please leave a comment or question for T.C., for Amber, or for Nancy, and please be sure to leave an e-mail address so we can notify you!


31 comments:

  1. A big Sunshine State hello to Toni, Rocco, and Readers everywhere! My thanks to Rocco and Toni for hosting T.C. (and me!) Nixy and Amber are standing by, too, so ask questions if you like, or leave a comment. If you want in on the giveaway, be sure to include the best email addy to reach you if you win! Happy Father's Day!

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  2. Any possibility that Cesca may show up in this new series? Perhaps Nixy may take a vacation to Florida? debbiewynn@att.net

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    1. Hey, Debbie, I did respond to you comment, but forgot to do so on "Reply." Sorry! :)

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  3. Hi, Debbie! Grins and thanks for asking such a fun question! Nixy won't be in Florida any time soon, but I have fingers crossed I'll be writing a few more Cesca books in the future.

    Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the drawing!

    Light,
    Nancy

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  4. Love hearing from the furries! I adore this series so much and cannot wait for the next one to be released. Of course it is already pre-ordered. No need to enter me in the contest though. I hope you all have a great day. Betty Tyler on fb

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    1. Hi, Kay/ Betty! You are always so kind to stop by blogs and I hope you'll take a look at Toni's books while you're hear. They are great! You'll love this cool cat - and the heroine, too! Hope you've had an awesome day!

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      Nancy

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  5. What a fun post thank you and loving the titles.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi, Mary! Thanks so much for coming by, and for your compliments! Best in the drawing, and have a wonderful week!

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      Nancy

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  6. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, good luck, and have a lovely week!

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      Nancy

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  7. Thank you for the introduction to Nancy Haddock and her books. Having not read any of her books, it is great to gain information on your blog. It's also nice to be able to enter your giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Robin! Thank you for coming by, and good luck in the drawings! If you try my books, I hope you'll enjoy them! Happy week!

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      Nancy

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  8. Since yesterday was Father's Day, and if Toni is good with this, I'll leave the comment/ giveaway opportunity open until Tuesday. Thanks, and have a great day!

    Light,
    Nancy

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  9. I am new to this series, but I am very interested in the themed cozies. I love the insights on the books and the perspective with the furries.
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Kathleen! I love themed cozies, too ... although I'll read almost anything! :) If you try the series, I hope you'll enjoy it!

      Thanks for popping in, and good luck in the drawings!

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      Nancy

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  10. Nothing wrong with having a canine best friend, T.C., no matter what ROCCO might tell you. Thanks for the chance to win what looks to be a fun book! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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    1. Marla, hi! Amber is a cool canine best friend. She even fetches my harness and leash when she fetches hers. Of course, I could do it, but Amber has a bigger mouth. [Kitty happy face]

      Thank you for visiting and best of luck in Nancy's drawing!

      Meow for now,
      T.C.

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    2. Come on now, T.C., we all know the reason you don't fetch your own harness is because you don't like to wear one! (That's my cat Molly's take on the situation anyway.)

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  11. Great interview, Rocco, Amber and TC. This is a new author and series to me. Really enjoyed your post and I would like to read more about you and your adventures.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Dianne, and thanks for cruising by. Amber and T.C. are having their dinners at the moment, but I know they'd send their best.

      Good luck in the drawings, and I hope you'll enjoy my books if you give them a try!

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      Nancy

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  12. Great interview, Rocco, Amber and TC. This is a new author and series to me. Really enjoyed your post and I would like to read more about you and your adventures.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. It's great that T.C. & Amber get along so well & can have so many adventures together. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Jana, and I agree! BFFs come in all varieties, and all are treasures!

      Good luck, and happy week!

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      Nancy

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  14. T.C. sounds like a cat I'd like to meet. And I'm sure if she vouchers for Amber, Amber must be OK, too.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Hmmm, I think my first reply was eaten!

      Hi, Libby, and thank you for coming by! T.C. and Amber are great fun to write ... and I have fun imagining them living with me, too!

      Have a super week, and good luck in the drawing!

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  15. Hey Nancy -- loved the furry interview! And, everyone, this is a fab series. Even if you don't win, you MUST pick up a copy!

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    1. Diane! Hi! Thanks for all the compliments, and congratulations on YOUR fabulous news! Y'all pop over to www.dianestuckart.com and check out all of Diane's books! A new series is coming soon, and I'm pumped about it!

      Have a delightful week, Diane!

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      Nancy

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  16. I'm looking for some new series to follow. Caught up on my regulars and these have PETS!!!!!!! Adding to my new series list!!!! Thank you!!! !!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi, oneponychick, and thank for stopping by! I'm tickled to be added to your list of series. Just a note, though, that T.C. and Amber appear in the second book rather than the first. I didn't want you to feel mislead! :)

      I meant to close the "contest" yesterday, but I'll include you in the drawing. Good luck and happy reading!

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  17. And the drawing winners are... Kathleen Costa and Mary Preston! Congratulations, ladies, and thanks again to all of you for stopping by!

    Kathleen and Mary, I've contacted you privately from my NancyHaddockBooks gmail address. Please check your spam folder for the note if you don't see it in your inbox soon!

    Hope you all had a happy Longest Day of the Year, and here's to a safe, healthy, and FUN rest of the summer!

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    Nancy

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  18. ROCCO and Toni, thank you again for hosting T.C. (and her attendants like me. :)) I look forward to all your next books, and hope you have an amazing summer!

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    Nancy

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