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August 08, 2016


I'm going to take the opportunity to mention that I've been waiting for quite awhile for another Victoria Square book....hope you won't mind since it isn't the topic of this entry. I loved them and wondered why another one wasn't coming along.I found my way here by way of Susan Branch's blog. I had replied to your comment there and then realized why your name seemed so familiar. I'm happy to see another book in the series. Laurie Cass's books are favorites also.

Hi, Susan. Thanks for commenting. The publisher and I had a little problem with the contract. Once it was ironed out, things went back into the pipeline. With the changes Berkely/Penguin has had (slashing their cozy list) the series may be canceled--but that won't be the end of it. If it is canceled, I still self-publish the next story. I won't find out until early next year, but I keep my readers appraised via my newsletter. If you haven't already signed up, I hope you will. The signup is on the right column. Thanks again for commenting!

I certainly don't like the sound of "slashing their cozy list"! That makes me wonder if other series I enjoy might disappear. Is there a site I can visit to find out? I'm glad you will self-publish, if need be, but I hope it's not necessary.

There's a group on Facebook called SAVE OUR COZIES.


They put together a list last month of the series that have been canceled.

Penguin Random House
Avery Aames - Cheese Shop mysteries
Beverly Allen - Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (not renewed) Now writing Vintage Toyshop Mysteries for Crooked Lane as Barbara Early.
Janet Bolin - Threadville Mysteries
Melissa Bourbon -Magical Dressmaking. Is thinking of self publishing but not anytime soon. Source: Author's FB page.
Jacklyn Brady - Piece of Cake mysteries
Lucy Burdette - Key West Food Critic series
Amanda Carmack - Kate Haywood Elizabethan mysteries
Maia Chance - Fairy Tale Fatal
Erika Chase - Ashton Corners
Peg Cochran - Gourmet DeLite
Laura DiSilverio - Mall Cop
Monica Ferris - Betsy Devonshire Needlework series. Is shopping for new publisher and has plans for future books.
Christy Fifield - Haunted Souvenir. Owns rights, plans to self-publish.
Shelley Freydont - Celebration Bay
Eva Gates - Lighthouse Library (not renewed, possibly still hope). Is writing the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium series for Crooked Lane under the name Vicki Delany. The year-Round-Christmas series by Vicki Delany is still continuing with Berkley.
Rosie Genova - Italian Kitchen mysteries
Victoria Hamilton - Vintage Kitchen mysteries (she is continuing the series with another publisher, ebook only.)
Mary Ellen Hughes - Pickled and Preserved mysteries.
Sue Ann Jaffarian - Ghost of Granny Apples. (plans to write more and self pub.)
Annie Knox - Pet Boutique
Elizabeth Lee (Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli) Nut Shop Series
Meg London - Sweet Nothings Lingerie
Molly MacRae -- Haunted Yarn Shop (plans to continue the series)
Leigh Perry - Family Skeleton. Shopping for a new publisher.
Cate Price - Deadly Notions
Paige Shelton - Farmer's Market and Country Cooking School
Christine Wenger - Comfort Foods Mysteries (NAL, which was merged into Berkley); is considering self-publishing.

FIVE STAR (Gale Cengage)
Five Star has dropped their entire mystery lineup.
Nancy Cohen - Bad Hair Day
Maggie Toussaint - Dreamwalker Mysteries
Susan Van Kirk- Endurance Mysteries
Limitless Publishing
A E H Veenman - Marjorie Gardens Mysteries (Limitless Publishing)

Anna Loan-Wilsey - Hattie Davish
Macmillan / St. Martin's Press
D.E. Ireland - Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins (switching publishers)

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