April 15, 2024

Hello, Cozy Readers! Warmer weather means spring cleaning here, and as part of that, I’ve been going through all my fabrics and threads, trying to figure out when I’m actually going to get around to all the beautiful projects I’d envisioned when I bought the stuff….

If I had the time, I think I’d take up quilting. I love the way patterns and colors in the fabrics work together to tell a story, complementing and clashing and then making something beautifully complete. And also, there’s the coziness of curling up beneath something so carefully crafted.

In spite of coming from a talented family full of women who sew, paint, crochet, knit, garden, and craft realistic-looking flowers out of fondant and food coloring, I’ve decided to stick with writing as my art. I won’t post pictures, but I’m very good at crocheting trapezoids . . . that should have been squares! That said, I’m grateful to have grown up watching my grandmother, mother, and sisters engaging in these crafts, because seeing them work gave me more appreciation for the process. Which is, in my mind, quality time!

My second quarter feels like it’s going more slowly than the first, but I did finish a draft of a novelette this past weekend, and this week, I’m working on poems for my current manuscript. Happy National Poetry Month!

Do you sew? Bake? Paint? I’d love to hear about your crafts and artwork!

Sending you cozy wishes,
Tammy D. Walker

Here’s another cozy to discover:

Mocha & Melodies: A Red Line Coffee Mystery Companion Novella

by Donna B McNicol

imageA college campus, a musical competition, and a group of talented young adults. What could go possibly wrong?

Plenty…and it does, starting with a dead contestant.

Jodi Delgado, aka Gabby, decides to enter the eight-week combination music camp and competition sponsored by the Whisper Peak Institute of Music. She never expected to find a new best friend while there, and her new best friend never expected to be involved in the murder of her roommate.

April 1, 2024

imageHello, Cozy Readers! March was a busy one for me, as I wrapped up the draft of The Wing of a Bee and started an outline for a cozy series I’m tentatively calling the “Not the End of the World Mysteries.” That series is one I should have news about by the end of the year, so stay tuned!

Otherwise, we’re getting ready here for the eclipse on the 8th. Dallas is in the path of totality, and my family and I are so excited about seeing this amazing event. Are you planning to watch the eclipse too?

March has also meant flowers! Primroses, oxalis, and bluets in my yard as well as hen bit, corn flowers, and poppies we’ve seen out on our walks. Oh, and this gorgeous rose too. I hope April brings you lots of beauty in nature and a bounty of good books too!

Sending you cozy wishes for great reads,
Tammy D. Walker

Here are more cozy reads to discover:

Death By Tinsel by C Farren


From Hollywood to Yorkshire, from fame to murder…

Barbara Lucci has it all; a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, money, a loving husband, and a starring role in the long-running American soap opera Forever and a Day, a job she’s cherished for forty years.

Then everything changes. Barbara’s soap is canceled, and her husband runs off with her all money. With nowhere to turn to, Barbara returns to her native England and the sleepy Yorkshire seaside town of Whitborough to stay with her mother June, who runs a bed and breakfast.

When someone from another bed and breakfast is strangled to death with some tinsel, Barbara is intrigued. Not only is the sole witness to the crime the victim’s cute border collie, Gulliver, but the local policeman investigating is none other than the first boy she ever kissed, Brendan Fury. Barbara decides she has to investigate this murder, not only for something to do but to save the reputation of her mother’s beloved B & B.

This is a fun, quirky, and clean, cozy mystery set in a beautiful Yorkshire seaside town with a glamorous soap star, cute dogs, dashing police officers, and a puzzling Christmas murder mystery.

Murder at the Harvest Field by Dani Simms


When a body is discovered in the middle of a vineyard’s harvest festival, winemaker Avery Parker must put down her glass of vino to pick up the clues.

With a dangerous murderer potentially lurking around in her small town of Los Robles, California, the once-peaceful community is thrown into turmoil.

Can Avery channel her amateur sleuth skills to crack the case? Along with her detective boyfriend Charles and canine companion, Sprinkles, by her side, she starts examining the victim’s past and piecing together the final moments of his life.

The clock is ticking as the close-knit town hangs in the balance.

Grab a bottle of your favorite vintage and get ready for a killer read filled with secrets, twists, and red herrings galore in Murder at the Harvest Field.

The Love Letter Mystery by Lee Williamson


A Special Book. A Love Letter. A Mystery to be Solved.

Big changes are happening in Clara’s life, is now really the time to be helping her friend Sassy find the owner of a mysterious love letter?

Her boyfriend Tyrone wants her to concentrate on their future, but solving the mystery is just too intriguing to ignore.

Will Clara find the owner of the letter? And will she still have a boyfriend if she does?

March 15, 2024

Hello, Cozy Readers! Not much new since my last message, just more gardening, more work on Down to Earth, and more words on my draft of The Wing of a Bee, another cozy mystery.

When I went out this morning, I was surprised how much it feels like fall this morning, not spring. After the spell of dry, warmer weather we just had, the cool dampness seemed out of place with all the redbuds, grape hyacinths, and irises blooming in the neighborhood. But I’m also taking a moment to appreciate it–summer will be here before we know it!

What are you reading as we move into a new season? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Sending cozy wishes,
Tammy D. Walker

Here are a couple more titles to explore:

Read Between the Wines Cozy Mysteries Collection of Books 4-6

by Dani Simms

Amidst the heart-wrenching turmoil of her husband’s unexpected demise, Avery Parker has returned to her hometown.

This three-book collection unravels the dark secrets lurking as Avery works to bring justice to victims of the community’s heinous crimes.

Join Avery, her golden retriever, Sprinkles, and new friends as they uncork, sip, and solve small town murders in Los Robles!

With twists and turns at every corner, the Read Between the Wines Cozy Mysteries Collection of Books 4-6 is a thrilling series that will keep sleuthing readers on the edge of their seats.

Wine pairings and irresistible recipes included!


Death of a Hero: How it all began by B.M. Allsopp


Meet young Joe Horseman. How much will he risk to save his dead hero’s honour?

Prequel to the acclaimed Fiji Islands Mysteries series

Horseman idolises rugby captain Seru, who plucked him from the crowd of hopeful freshers to place him in his Fiji university’s top team. So when Horseman finds Seru’s corpse in the changing shed he vows to help investigate. But the police refuse to pass him the ball. Even his friends and Coach send him to the sidelines. Could his idol have feet of clay? To save Seru’s honour, Horseman defies the rules and charges ahead.

Death of a Hero is the novella prequel to the Fiji Islands Mysteries series. Set in 1990s Suva, the young Horseman’s first case is not only a twisty whodunit that will have you reaching for your thinking cap, but a sensitive coming-of-age story that will touch your heart. If you enjoy tropical islands and brain-bending mysteries, you will love B.M. Allsopp’s gripping tale.

February 1, 2024

Hello, Cozy Readers! It’s February, a time when thoughts turn to love . . . and decluttering the house. Or for me, they do. I’d planned on doing some clearing out in January, but our usual first-week-of-February deep freeze happened in January instead this year. While I’m glad to have that out of the way, I did get behind on my decluttering project for the year. After the usual ice-related shut downs and post-freeze catching up, though, I’m back on track. And the weather in Dallas has been warm and promises to stay that way for a bit. So it’s a good time to drop off donations!

I think my favorite tip for decluttering is to think about how you’ll use the space after it has been cleared of unused items. That has kept me motivated, and it’s made parting with things less emotional too. I do have big plans for using the space, which includes making more videos!

And I donated several boxes of books I’ve enjoyed but probably won’t reread. The book fair I donated them to benefits a group close to my heart, and I feel like I’ve given the novels and poetry collections the chance to be loved by new owners!

Do you have a favorite home organization tip? I’d love to hear about it!

Wishing you cozy reads (and an organized home, if you’re decluttering too!),
Tammy D. Walker


It’s February, so here are a few titles to explore, whether you’re feeling like a cozy or a romance!

The Happy Cat’s Detective

by Alex Mahon

Cristina Solans returns home to Spain after volunteering with a wildlife rescue in Canada. Her veterinary tech job awaits her but she already misses the almost boyfriend she left behind.Her mother has joined a group of friends in a new adventure: cat rescue. This brings about a host of opportunities for various escapades as they start a refuge out in the country.Who would have expected a stolen cat and a missing necklace would turn Cristina into a detective? She sure didn’t…


Hidden in the Writer’s Room

by Michelle L. E. Price


An accountant-turned-actress is keeping one too many secrets in this sweet, RomCom based in LA

Laughter leads to love in this funny modern romance between a hit TV show’s narrator and the writer who brings her to life

When an LA accountant is cast as the snarky narrator for a new TV comedy, it’s like a dream come true. One small hitch: Meghan has to keep her part hidden. Now, she’s juggling a secret identity, avoiding the press, and hiding a crush on the lead writer of “Truth in Advertising”. If things go public, can on screen laughter lead Meghan to real love?



Love At The Office… A Later-In-Life, Curvy Woman, Sweet Office Romance

by Kaytee Bradley

imageLOVE… At The Office

Can two introverts find the courage to overcome their past and finally find love?

When Andrea accepts a limited-time contract to help Paul set up a new department of his Marketing Agency, the last she expects is to find the man who makes her want to overcome her fear of commitment.

Can she convince Paul to give her a chance to heal his wounds?

Can Paul learn to trust again?

Love At The Office… is a later-in-life, short, and sweet romance novelette. Love at first sight, A bit of angst, Low heat. High emotions.

January 15, 2024

Hi, Cozy Readers! This morning, it’s 12 degrees (yes, Fahrenheit, ugh) in Dallas. We’re not used to this cold here!

I’m using my time at home inside for cozy purposes as much as I can. This week is Universal Letter Writing Week, and February is A Month of Letters, so I’m gathering stationery, stamps, and my favorite pens. I’m also spending time with my electric blanket and radio too! And an inspirational read: Writing Letters with Pen & Ink by Edward St. Paige.

Although I don’t write letters as often as I used to, I still enjoy sitting down to set my thoughts and well wishes on lovely paper. There’s something exciting about stamping and addressing an envelope, knowing that a letter will brighten the recipient’s day. And I love receiving replies, of course, too!

How about you? Do you write letters? If so, do you hand write them or type your letters out? And what do you prefer to write on and with? I’d love to hear from you!

Sending you cozy wishes (and warm ones too, if they’re welcome),
Tammy D. Walker

P.S.: If you ever want to drop me a line in the mail, my address is PO Box 515622, Dallas, TX 75251


Here are more reads to explore:

Destination Maui (Destination Murder Mysteries Book 1)  
by Ann Shepphird

imageThe last thing Samantha Powers expected to do on her first official trip as a travel writer was help solve a murder.

Samantha (“Sam”) Powers, a 34-year-old investigative reporter, has returned to her hometown of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, to take care of her ailing father, the town’s former police chief. At the urging of a family friend, she takes a job as the new travel columnist for Carmel Today, a local lifestyle magazine.

After a few months of writing about area hotels and restaurants and navigating the office dynamics at her new position, Sam sets out on her first big press trip to a luxury resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui. There she meets her fellow travel writers and the resort representatives hosting the trip, all of whom become suspects when one of the writers-someone almost everyone had a reason to want to kill-is found dead in his suite. Sam’s detective skills come in handy as she helps the handsome (and, yes, single) Maui detective solve the crime.

Shoot like a Girl
by Kari Bovee

imageShe would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father’s sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.

The Girl Once Known
by R.M. Demeester

imageMira Harris is caught in a personal tug-of-war. Her mother’s disdain, her estranged father’s unexpected return, and her compulsive need for order clash with one another. When she connects with Joseph Oliver, it seems she might have found an ally who understands her. However, Joseph carries his own baggage, making Mira question whether she can truly trust anyone, including herself.

After Mira becomes the victim of a hit-and-run—an incident seemingly linked to her troubled past—she is forced to confront every relationship, lie, and act of betrayal to determine who intended to harm her. Through this process, Mira realizes she’ll never see life the same way again.

January 1, 2024

Hi, Cozy Readers! Just a quick message to wish you a happy new year!

My celebration included going to bed at my usual time and waking early to work this morning, because I’m an exciting creature of habit, haha. (I did get over 1,500 words in this morning, because this early bird gets the worm. I mean words.) Whether you’re an early bird like me and stuck to your usual schedule, or you rang in the new year at midnight, I hope you had an amazing start to 2024!


What are your plans for the new year? Do you have goals for reading? I don’t have an exact count I’m aiming for this year, just for finding more books I love and can immerse myself in. Recommendations are always welcome!

I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to in 2024!

Sending you cozy wishes,
Tammy D. Walker

December 15, 2023

Hi, Cozy Readers. It’s raining today in Dallas, and as I’m sitting here at my desk this morning, listening to the drops against the window, I’m feeling grateful for friends, family, and you!

imageThank you for your company this year on my list. I hope 2023 wraps up beautifully for you all, and that you have a wonderful 2024.

This year, I couldn’t decide between the flowers in snow stamps or the animals in snow stamps, so I went with both! Now that I’m almost done with the cards I’ll send out, it’s time to get back to writing, and, of course, reading. What are your plans for the rest of the year? I’d love to hear from you!

Sending cozy wishes,
Tammy D. Walker

If you’re looking to add to your end-of-year to read list, here are a couple titles to discover:

Sauvignon Slaying
by Elizabeth Rain

A Grisly Murder, a Desperate Ghost, and a 100-year-old Secret?

imageBuying the rundown Vineyard on Spell’s Bay is Verity’s Do-Over. It just needs a little TLC. And maybe a bulldozer.

It’s here in the Magic-Filled town of Veil Falls that she will find out she’s something more than Over-the-Hill and Broke…

According to Honor, her handsome next-door neighbor and resident Vine Warlock, she has a certain gift.

Only a Wine Witch isn’t all she is. When the Naked Ghost on the Chair in her Bedroom starts asking questions, she’s certain she’s ready for the Not so Funny Farm…and determined to get rid of the Curse!

But after her first paying venue goes belly up….and Dead Hostess down, Verity, along with her newly adopted crime-sleuthing kitten Lois, will need to solve the murder quick if she want to get paid and keep the farm.

There’s a load of secrets in this seemingly cozy little town where nothing happens by chance…


The Case of the Missing Monkey and other short mystery stories
by Kris Bock

When a monkey goes missing, who’s to blame?

imageThis free collection starts with a ten-page mystery short story set in the world of “The Accidental Detective” series. This is followed by information about the series, plus the first chapter of book 1, Something Shady at Sunshine Haven.

After that are three fun, short stories originally written for children. The Accidental Detective series of humorous contemporary mysteries: War correspondent Kate Tessler has followed the most dangerous news stories around the world. But can she survive going home?

Join my mailing list (unsubscribe any time) and you’ll also get a sweet romance novella set in the world of my cat café series and “22 Recipes from the Cat Café,” if you like.

December 1, 2023

Hi, Cozy Readers! Hard to believe it’s already December, isn’t it? 2023 went by too fast (don’t they always?), but it’s been quite a year for me.

imageIn January, my debut cozy mystery, Venus Rising, was published by The Wild Rose Press. In October, I signed the contract for the follow-up, Down to Earth. I also started this mailing list in February, and I’ve been thankful to have you all on this journey with me, whether you’ve been here since the beginning or just signed up!

I’m also grateful for the seemingly small things, too. After a long, scorching summer, we decided to plant roses this fall. The in-ground space we’d picked out wouldn’t work, so we planted them in containers. After traveling for Thanksgiving, we came back to beautiful blooms! Here’s one, a white rose with an old-fashioned, single flower shape.

What surprised you most this year? I’d love to hear your news about 2023!

Sending you cozy wishes,
Tammy D. Walker

Here are more cozy mysteries and romances to discover:

AN ELF-ING MESS: Cozy Holiday Short Story” by Donna B McNicol


What is a girl who hates Christmas doing driving to the most holiday-themed town in the state?

Snowflake Falls was located in the coldest, most northern part of the state. Even in the middle of summer, it was rarely warmer than 70 degrees. But when her elderly aunt calls asking for help to run her shop Jolly Goods, Autumn Winter knew she needed to go.




Cold Cuts and Christmas Cocktails: A Rise and Shine Story” by G B Ralph

imageChristmas is here, and it’s time to meet the parents…

Will the welcome be as frosty as the weather, or will Gabriel’s new in-laws greet him with open arms? He’s barely had the chance to consider his odds as he’s too focused on braving his boyfriend’s driving.

Arthur’s behind the wheel, and he’s rather distracted. He can’t decide whether he’s more nervous about his boyfriend meeting his parents, or his parents meeting his boyfriend. With so much riding on this dinner, and so many ways it could end in disaster…

Will Arthur and Gabriel survive Christmas in suburbia?

This short story is the final instalment in the Rise and Shine series, set at Christmas after the events of Over and Out. Find out if the boys will have a wonderful evening surrounded by family, or a trying time behind enemy lines – it really could go either way.


Come for Coffee With Sally by Alexie Linn


Under the dingy, tattered overalls and threadbare red flannel shirt. Within the gray head that sports a wash-n-wear perky haircut. And inside the barn boots covering two pair of fluffy socks lives a little old lady who is a magnet of mysterious misadventures.

Her name is Sally Newton-Forester. She is better known as Sally the Loner.

These are her stories.




Snow on the Range
by Sofia Aves

imageEvery Christmas, Red Hart Ranch opens their doors, and Montana provides the perfect backdrop for good company and better food. But this year, the table won’t be as full.

Eve Beaumont is a twin heir to Red Hart Ranch. She loves the land, loves the people, and will do anything for them. Christmas sees most of the ranch hands return to their own homes to celebrate. Only a few long term cowboys remain with the family.

When Eve and her brother Trav go into town to collect supplies, they each bring home a drifter for Christmas. Rhys Archer and Simon Haldon are as different as two cowpokes can be. One rough edged who can work the land and animals with a firm hand; the other a smooth talker with a devilish charm. Eve finds both men attractive against her better judgement, but when tragedy hits the ranch, romance is the last thing on her mind.

Vandalisms happen around the ranch, and Eve isn’t sure who she can trust. She knows neither man is who he pretends to be — but when no one listens to her, she has to prove her suspicions on her own.

November 15, 2023

Hi, Cozy Readers! After a cold spell here in Dallas, we’re having more fall-like weather now. And the leaves are putting on a nice show now too. Whether it’s fall or spring where you are, I hope it’s just right for reading weather. Which, let’s be honest, is any weather, right?

Speaking of cozy reads, here’s a whole cornucopia of them here to explore:


Check out the books here. Titles include A Body in Redwork by Hillary Doan Sperry, Reunion, Runes & Revenge by Beverly Rearick, and Feeding Frenzy: Curse of the Necromancer by Maaja Wentz.

My short story, “The Gift,” is part of the promo too, and it’s available for free on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Books, and my website until 11/18. It’s $.99 on Amazon.

As always, I’d love to hear about what you’re reading and what’s making your world cozy these days! For me, it’s my trusty cup of tea and extra fuzzy gloves. How about you?

With warm (and toasty!) regards,

Tammy D. Walker


Want to explore a couple more titles? Here we go! (Please note: these titles are not part of the promo above, but they do offer up mystery!)

Mischief, Murder & Monkey Mayhem:

A Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery, Book 2 by Peyton Stone

imageA dead woman checked in at the bed and breakfast and it didn’t sit well with the other guests.

When the wealthy and notorious Lorraine Baker shows up for a room at Avery’s charming Mountain Acres Bed and Breakfast, it seems like an ordinary reservation. But by morning, Lorraine is dead, and though it appears she died in her sleep – the monkey thinks otherwise.

As the mystery piles up faster than the fluffy pancakes at breakfast, Avery, along with her sticky-fingered, kleptomaniac Capuchin monkey, Ali, digs into the details of Lorraine’s life.

Fake IDs, pending divorce papers, and a stockpile of pilfered pills led Avery to believe Lorraine wasn’t who she claimed to be.

With the unbeknownst help of her detective friend, Chris, Avery sets out to unravel the threads and reveal the true identity of the guest who checked in but never checked out.

Will she uncover the truth of her death before her own reservation at the B&B is permanently canceled?

A Grave Mistake: A Crystal Beach Paranormal Cozy Mystery

(Crystal Beach Magic Mystery Book 8) by Karen McSpade

Welcome to Crystal Beach, an enchanting town with a dangerous secret.
With another resident now six feet under and her dad’s neck on the line for murder, Sidney knows there’s been a grave mistake. Now, this witch must act quickly to clear his name and reveal the real danger lurking in this cozy beach town.

Guided by her grandmother’s wisdom, Sidney evokes the spirits to ask for guidance. But a surprise spectral figure joins the séance, and Sidney must convince this unlikely helper to aid them in solving the murder.

To complicate things, her father’s arrest strains her relationship with the chief of police, and navigating these murky waters won’t be easy. Though Sidney yearns to rekindle their romantic connection, family comes first, and Chief Reece isn’t going to budge for love.

Can this psychic witch find a way to peer into the past, revealing the clues she needs to locate the real killer? What secret does her magical feline unearth in the garden? And can they discover the evidence needed to free her father?

November 1, 2023

Hi, Cozy Readers! As the year winds down, I’m still busy in my garden. The pansies my kids and I just put in are thriving, and we’ve got new roses that we’ve decided to put in larger containers.

I’m also thinking gardening because I’m excited to announce that I’ve signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for my second mystery with them, a follow up to Venus Rising. Down to Earth takes us back to Amy Morrison’s hometown in Dawville, Texas, to her sister’s farm:

Stacey Hengesbach has enough to worry about with a pecan harvest, festival preparations, and a daughter who’s eager to leave their tiny hometown all needing her attention. So when a radio antenna tower falls, seriously injuring its owner, she’s willing to believe it’s an accident like everyone else in the county does, including the sheriff. But then another antenna tower falls, this time on her best friend’s cafe while they’re inside. With the help of her family, friends old and new, and the local ham radio club, Stacey races to solve the mystery of the falling antennas before another one comes crashing down.

I’ll keep you posted about covers, publication date, and availability.

I’d love to hear your good news, too! What do you have planned for November?

Sending cozy wishes,

Tammy D. Walker


Here are more cozy mysteries to discover:

The Temp Jobs Cozy Mysteries: Books 1-3 by K.B. Blake


Temp Jobs Can Be Murder!

Death Behind the Dumpster – Book One

Attacked in the Aisles – Book Two

Poisoned by the Pool – Book Three

Murder—unlike her job—isn’t temporary.



Sting of Lies by Carol Potenza

imageCan solving a mysterious poisoning save her career? Oh, and lead her to a long-lost buried treasure? Wait. AND thrust her into the arms of true love?

Ice Age paleontologist and poisons expert Myrna P. Lee isn’t a team player. Not because she doesn’t want to be. She’s just terrible at it. At least, that’s what every one in her lab says. Even her dog, the amazing William Tell, gives her attitude.

Maybe she has a hard time trusting because of past betrayals by people she’s loved the most.

If you like stubborn smart heroines afraid to love, rugged cowboys with slow and sexy smiles who get caught in their own web of seduction, and a small dog who surprises the heck out of people when he’s picked up, then you’ll love Sting of Lies.


The Seaside Murder Before Christmas by Shannon Symonds


This year, Christmas in Esther and Sophie’s beach town is anything but jolly.

Despite enjoying the Parade of Lights, cutting fresh Christmas trees, and eating delicious treats, murder has darkened the Christmas spirit in Necanicum.

With all the strange goings on, Sophie and Esther take seasonal jobs at the newest business in town: a books and bakery shop. But when someone starts killing the competition at another bookstore, the girls know they must find answers before Santa comes to town.

Was it the bad boy baker with the wrench in the library? Or was it the new school principal with the Christmas cookies by the fire?

Make room for some old-fashioned traditions and sleuthing as Sophie and Esther race to solve the mystery before this Christmas becomes someone’s last chapter.