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News & Chit Chat

Live Cozy Chat!

Add some cozy to your December, I’m doing a live chat with Binge Books alongside my cozy mystery author buddy Sara Rosett. We’ll be chatting about how we weave humor, familiar characters and charming locations into our whodunnits.

We’ll be focussing our chat on two of their most Christmassy titles: Murder on a Midnight Clear by Sara and Eggnog, Extortion and Evergreens by me.

Discuss our cozy mysteries in Binge Books online book group. Then bring your questions to the LIVE chat with us on Tuesday, December 14 at 3 pm Eastern.
Here is the link to join today so you will get notified about the event!



Hey!! Tomorrow is December 1st!! Are y’all ready for Christmas? Do I have a early present for you!

First off, isn’t that cover adorable? Yes! It. Is! A few years ago Crooked Lane Publisher had asked my agent if I would consider writing a cozy baking series for them. It was what you’d call a author for hire. That means they sent me the entire plot (around 24 pages) and I would take their murder plot, along with the names of the characters, but put the Tonya Kappes spin on it. They own the series, names etc, but I’ll continue to receive royalties on it.

As with most publishers, they wanted me to take a pen name that I could choose, with one caveat. The last name had to be at the beginning of the alphabet because that’s how books are shelved in bookstore. I decided to pick Maymee in honor of my granny’s name- Mamie. I used the new version on how to spell it and used Bell as the last name because it’s a very southern last name.

I wrote two books for them and no more after that because the books didn’t sell well. Here is why…they priced them at $26 and under a name no one knows. I tried to tell them to set the ebook price lower and use Tonya Kappes but they didn’t.

Here’s the good news! This week Cake and Punishment is on sale for .99!!!!

This will NEVER happen again! So I’m telling y’all to get it. It’s so much fun!!!!

Here is the process of the cover. They actually hire someone to hand draw the covers with some inspiration input from me. That was a lot of fun!!!

I’m excited for y’all to get this book and just enjoy the delish recipes I came up with too.

And did you know that I actually took a baking and cake decorating class just for this series???

Grab it now while it’s only .99!!!

It’s that time of the year! Grab your FREE advent calendar today!

Hey Readers! It’s that time of the year for our annual advent calendar fun! I’m especially excited to see all of your colored and finished   products on our Facebook page! Don’t worry, if you’re not on Facebook, please email me a copy at

I’d love to see how you fill out the advent calendar! Download your advent calendar today!

Click on the tree and download your fun!

Merry Christmas and please share it with me

• Share your advent tree to our Cozy Krew Facebook page

• Pin your project to our Advent calendar board
• Tag me on Twitter
• Tag me on Instagram
• Or you can just shoot me an email


Reader of the Week

Bev Nickel Root

“I love all of Tonya Kappes’s series. Her characters become like friends that I can escape into their worlds. They are always fun and keep me coming back to see what the next adventure will take us! Her books are some of my favorites! Keep them coming!”