Book Reviews for Sliced Vegetarian

Do you know the feeling when someone says something nice about you? When that kind and generous comment gets back to you?  Don’t you get excited and look in the mirror with your chin up? Imagine if those compliments meant money.  In the publishing world, they do.

Sliced Vegetarian Front Cover

Thank you, Sandra Dallas!

Authors live (and sometimes die) by the reputations they build (author platform) and the reviews they get for their books.  That’s part of why we go to book conferences and conventions, we give talks to any group interested, and we “shamelessly self-promote” wherever we can. We also try to make friends with authors a little farther along in their careers, because, a) it’s fun to have a friend who shares your interest and does it so well, and b) sometimes you can ask that friend for a review/blurb for your book. It’s all important, and all marketing.

So you can imagine how thrilled I am this week.  I have reviews to share with you on Sliced Vegetarian!  My publisher and I sent Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) to review publications and famous people to see what they think of the book.  Here are some results:


Do you know Sandra Dallas?  She is a New York Times best-selling author and book reviewer for the Denver Post.  Ms. Dallas started her career as the first woman bureau chief for Business Week, still a thought leader in business under the Bloomberg Press Conglomerate.  In other words, this author is a big deal, a really big deal.

I contacted her about a year ago to do a blog post for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.  We spent a pleasant 30 or 40 minutes together at the end of which she was kind enough to ask about my writing.  When I told her about Daisy Arthur she encouraged me to contact her when my ARCs came out.  Shamelessly, I did.  I didn’t really expect her to remember me or her offer, yet she accepted my ARC and wrote a very nice blurb:

“Sliced Vegetarian is one meaty little mystery. Readers will adore Daisy Arthur and her cast of dogs and detectives as she fights for justice for her special needs friends. There’s both charm and suspense in this satisfying cozy.”

My publisher jumped all over this and you can see the result.  A portion of this quote is on the cover of Sliced Veggie.  How cool is that?  An almost total stranger helping a little person in publishing out.

If you like reading good books, please visit Sandra’s website.  She has thirteen novels set in the West, award-winning non-fiction, and even two children’s books.


Have you read the Birdwatcher’s Series of mystery?  If not, you’re in for a treat.  Chris is a rising star in the publishing industry, and it’s my true honor to call her my friend.  We collaborate on projects for our local chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and I always enjoy our time together–including going to her birthday party this past week–at a HORSE RACETRACK! Fantastic.

Anyway, one of the things I admire about Chris is that she truly reads the books she reviews.  Even though she was swamped with edit deadlines on one of her novels, she took the time to read my book.  Here’s how her review starts:

“Cozy mystery readers will love Daisy Arthur, a heroine with heart and spunk.”

Chris and I, along with two other writing friends are going to have a book “baby shower” at the end of August. I’ll try to remember to write a post about a party where the hosts act like mothers-to-be of our new babies:

  • Stone Cold Case by Catherine Dilts
  • Tea and Treachery by Patricia Coleman
  • Dark Waters by Christine Goff
  • Sliced Vegetarian by yours truly

I think it will be a party to DIE for–heh, heh, heh.


Ellen is the president of our chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and a super cool leader, friend, and most importantly, mystery writer.  You can imagine how grateful I was to receive this comment from her:

“No matter how you slice it or dice it, Sliced Vegetarian is a tasty treat for cozy mystery readers.”


While its thrilling to get “big press,” I believe the home-town paper has even bigger clout.  When “local author does good” kind of stories appear, people in the area are bound to look out for a read where they have a real interest in the setting as well as the story.

I’ve never met Ms. Ellingboe, but I can tell from the several column inches she generously gave to my review that she truly read the book, and wrote the review in such a way that my good guy even said it made him want to read the story (he is NOT a cozy mystery fan).  Thank you, thank you, Ms. Ellingboe!


While I didn’t get a review in this on-line publication, I have been added to their author list. This is hugely important because Stan and Lucinda have a fantastic following of readers, with a twice-monthly newsletter on new mystery books, book give-aways, and everything mystery.  If you like to read mysteries, this is the place for you.


Yippee! Yahoo!  To get a mention in the big guy’s reviews is a terrific feather in any author’s cap.  For Sliced Vegetarian, I received mentions in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist Review. My publisher was able to pull positive quotes from each and I am dancing on Cloud Nine.


My publisher let me know that Thorndyke Press, a sister company of Five Star Publishing, is acquiring rights to publish Sliced Veggie in large print.

Do you know anywhere else I should send an ARC?  I always appreciate making a new connection in the mystery writing world.

Have a great and creative week.  I’ll be on vacation next week but will return on July 8, with more writing experiences.


Daisy Update–A New Review

Are you like me?  Are you excited and proud to share good news about yourself, i.e. want to brag when something good happens?  And then, right behind that whoop of excitement you feel a bit embarrassed?

Brag! Tooting Your Own Horn

Great book.

Perhaps we all have had a dad like Peggy Klaus, author of Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It.  Ms. Klaus wrote about when she was small, she won a tennis match and was celebrating and telling everyone about her success.  Then her dad took her aside and said, “Peggy, don’t toot your own horn; if you do a good job people will notice you.” She learned to become more and more self-deprecating until this “aw shucks” attitude drove her away from success in Hollywood.

Then Ms, Klaus discovered the art of storytelling.  That’s right.  She learned to talk about herself by literally writing true stories about her life and her accomplishments.  Success started tumbling in.  Great book.  You may want to check it out.  I’ve given copies to several friends, and keep referring back to it.

What has this to do with a Daisy Arthur update?  I want to brag today.  I’ve received some kind and generous feedback about Faith on the Rocks recently, and I’d like to share it with you.

The Professional Review

Yesterday amongst my usual litany of emails to get me to buy something, be a part of something and general “you’re on my mailing list” stuff, came an email from my publisher.  I  have to say, I jump all over these emails.  Anyway, Tiffany forwarded a review for me from Linda Morelli, an award-winning romance writer of three published novels.  Ms. Morelli also  writes reviews for the website,, and somehow she selected my book for a review (I suspect my publisher’s hand in here–Thanks, Tiffany).   The review was so cool and kind it made my day.  My favorite line was “While the murder plot is well-developed, it’s the characters that make this novel an enjoyable cozy mystery and thoroughly entertaining read. Faith on the Rocks truly rocks!”

A Second Read

I’m also thrilled to tell you about a note from my brother-in-law.  Randy is someone I’ve always looked up to.  I met him when I was still a little girl and he was one of those grown-up college guys.  A whiz at math, and a great ping-pong player (who my own dad loved to play against), Randy, like all my “big brothers” was always a bit out of my league–someone to star-gaze at.

Then this summer he actually bought one of my books.  It wasn’t my sister (though I suspected he bought the book for her), but this professional who has a mind that’s very deep.  He couldn’t possibly want to read a cheesy little murder mystery, right?

Randy read the book within a day or two of buying it, asked me probing questions, and was generally kind in his feedback.  I floated on cloud 9 for a few days after.

Then, last week, I received this message: “Picked up a lot more little things in the story the second time. . . Keep writing.” Wow!  Thank you Randy!  I can’t imagine people reading my book a second time. How cool is that?

Seeing Beyond The Words

Some of my feedback comes directly from friends.  Kaye stopped to chat with me at ballroom dance a few days back.  She was in the midst of reading Faith, told me she was pretty far along in the book and still didn’t know who did it, but she suspected it wasn’t anyone in the writing group because of the book’s title.

I explained that the title came from the occupation of the victim and the manner in which he died.  “Oh darn,” said Kaye. “I thought I’d figured it out.”  She also talked about some of the layering of themes I’d put in the book, but didn’t think people would see.  You could say this review left me feeling like dancing–even if dancing meant doing steps in exercise fashion, over and over again.  Thank you, Kaye!

Other Daisy Progress

I’m excited to let you know that my second novel, Sliced Vegetarian, is with beta readers right now, and I’m starting to get a little feedback here too.  I chose my beta readers with care, and I’m sure these friends will give me some good things to chew over before going into final edits and submission.

Melissa already let me know that I need to push up a little more humor in chapter one.  Will try, my friend, and thanks for your thoughts.

Also, a few weeks ago I mentioned I was going to be at Three Chimneys–Natural Surroundings for a book signing in Littleton.  That signing went well, with over 10 books sold!  Whoo Hoo!  It was super to meet more people from the area and talk mystery with these terrific readers.  Also, Terri and her team were terrific hosts and left me feeling both welcome and appreciated.  I’ll be returning to Three Chimneys in November.  If you can make it, I’d love to see you there.

Last update

I’ve settled on a new idea for the third Daisy novel.  Can’t tell you much about it, as I’ve only had ideas start to gel, but I think the title will be, Pot Shots.  I’ll keep you posted.

Wishing you a great day, and may all your mysteries find satisfying resolutions.