Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guest Note and Giveaway: Once Upon A Grind by: Cleo Coyle


For over a decade, our wonderful readers have been meeting us at the Village Blend, where coffee and crime are always brewing. This latest entry in our Coffeehouse series is more than a murder mystery. It’s also a novel about the magic and power of story. That’s why we chose the most basic and beloved stories of our culture—fairy tales—to serve as our motif.

Like any good fairy tale, Once Upon a Grind takes you through secret doors; plays with your sense of reality; introduces you to an array of colorful characters; and while the ending may be happy, not everyone survives.

Intertwined with the murder mystery is a very personal story for our amateur sleuth. Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi doesn’t want to admit it, but her life has become a grind. “If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” This is the epigraph that opens Once Upon a Grind, and it applies directly to Clare.

She wants to leave her story and start another, but she’s afraid of disappointing the people she loves. Is Clare able to change her story by the end of the book? No spoiler here. But if you’re a fan of our series, you won’t want to miss this entry. 

On the other hand, if you’ve never read our Coffeehouse Mysteries before, no worries. Once Upon a Grind can be read as a stand-alone novel. And if you enjoy it, you’ll have 13 more books you can read, as well.

To download a free checklist of all 14 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, click here.http://www.coffeehousemystery.com/userfiles/file/Coffeehouse-Mysteries-in-Order-Cleo-Coyle.pdf

To read the Prologue and First Chapter of ONCE UPON A GRIND, click here.

To sample some of the book’s wicked good recipes click here.

SECRET CODE: The 8th of the 9 words in Cleo’s Secret Code Contest is ELSE (Learn how to enter Cleo’s Secret Code giveaway here.)

Thank you to Community Bookstop for hosting us today. We have one last stop on our blog tour. Be sure to join us for a special treat, and…

May your holidays be bright!

~ Alice and Marc (Cleo Coyle)


Enter The Giveaway to win a copy of Once Upon A Grind.  This contest is open to USA residents.  Leave a comment below of your favorite character in the Coffeehouse mysteries.  Also include your email address and I will pick a winner at random.

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