Friday, August 14, 2015

Nancy Haddock is a Basket Case- lol - her new silver six #crafting #mystery

Getting to know...
Nancy Haddock!
is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery romance who now writes cozy mystery. Basket Case, the first book in the Silver Six Crafting mysteries, will be released in Sept. 2015 with Berkley Prime Crime. Her earlier books, also with Berkley, are La Vida Vampire, Last Vampire Standing, and Always The Vampire, feature Cesca, aka Gidget with fangs, and are set in Haddock’s current hometown, St. Augustine, FL. Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places for her books. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron.

Leslee Stanton, “Nixy” Nix, expects trouble when she’s summoned to check on her basket-weaving Aunt Sherry Mae’s welfare, but finds trouble with a twist. Sherry and her five housemates are not the least bit ill or forgetful, much less senile enough to be causing explosions and fires in the rambling old farmhouse. Instead, they are battling a nasty-tempered real estate developer, a woman who wants Sherry Mae’s ancestral home and land at any cost.
Nixy plans to derail the developer, then return to her life and her art-gallery job in Houston—until the woman is found dead in the family cemetery. Now Sherry Mae is a suspect, and Nixy must stay in Lilyvale to prove her aunt’s innocence. Nixy rallies the seniors to help investigate—a move that defies handsome police detective Eric Shoar, and puts Nixy and the Six in the killer’s sights.

As I climbed the front stairs, I spotted my five-foot-nothing Aunt Sherry standing behind two folding tables that blocked the front door. A coatrack held small baskets of woven hemp and willow, and larger baskets made of those and other materials were scattered on the porch floor. A long swath of blue gingham fabric lay in and around the fallen baskets, the edges fluttering as if agitated by the swirling emotions instead of the mild breeze . . .

Opposite my aunt stood the snarling star of the showdown in progress. She leaned over the folding table, her blood red
fingernails scary long and lethal-looking as she pointed at Sherry.

“You’ll come to an agreement with me, Mrs. Cutler, and you’ll do it soon or you’ll be very sorry.”

“But, Ms. Elsman,” my aunt began.

“No buts,” the Elsman woman interrupted. “I want that option on your land, and I will by God have it.”

She tucked her asymmetrically cut black hair behind an ear, lifted a stiletto-shod foot, and deliberately speared one
of the medium-sized hemp baskets lying on the porch.

Blame it on being tired and stressed, but the woman stomped on my last nerve, and my temper flared in a sonic boom of fury. “Back up and back off, lady,” I snarled.

The woman casually turned and arched a brow. “My name is Elsman. Ms. Jill Elsman, and I suggest you stay out of this.
It does not concern you.”

“Actually, it does.” The black-haired, black-eyed demon woman towered over me, but I stood straight and let her have
it. “It so happens that Mrs. Cutler, the woman you just threatened, is my dearest aunt.”

FIND BASKET CASE AT: Barnes and Noble   Amazon

Vicki:  I’m a huge handbag girl. What is your favorite accessory? Nancy: If you know me, you know I’m nowhere near being a fashionista, but I have a thing for sunglasses and sea glass jewelry.   

Vicki: What’s your favorite movie of all time? Nancy: I have several favs. Two are What’s Up, Doc? and Father Goose. I will always adore Cary Grant! Vicki: Me, too! And What's Up Doc? is very funny.

Vicki: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)? Nancy: There were several. One was the number of baskets bought at the end of the book. Hopefully we did catch all the goofs!

Vicki: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book? Nancy: Leap from my chair and happy dance!

Vicki: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why? Nancy: I’d travel to the Regency period in England, see experience Regency London (as a peer, of course! J), and experience other cities and towns, i.e., Bath and rural villages. I have a real thing for that time in history.

Vicki: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day? Nancy: Hearing/ seeing a child laugh. The sound is delightfully infectious!

Vicki: What has been your most rewarding publishing moment? Nancy: The first time I received a fan letter from a woman who shared that my book helped her forget her pain, I cried. That moment meant the world because so many books have helped me get through bad times. Vicki: I know what you mean. Being lost in a book is so wonderful.  

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Previous GLIAS interviews: Interview

UP NEXT: Goodbye, Gourdgeous, 2nd book in the Silver Six Crafting Mysteries, Sept. 2016 The title will likely change, but the fun continues!

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GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS? Do you have a favorite character of all time – book, TV, or movie character? Who is it, and why is this a favorite?


  1. Good morning, Nancy, and so glad you are at GLIAS today. Many hugs.

  2. Good morning, Vicki, and thank you for being a brilliant hostess!! I'm tickled to be with GLIAS!

    Helping youngest son temporarily store stuff in my house, so I'll pop in and out.


  3. No, I don't

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. Oh boy a fav character... that is a hard one... I have enjoyed so many characters over the years from so many books... but I guess one among my favs would be JD Robb's Eve Dallas... such an amazing character... she comes to life within her series. greenshamrock at cox dot net

    1. Eve is a marvelous character, isn't she? Thanks for mentioning her, Colleen! Happy TGIF!

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    1. Hi, Angi, and thanks so much! Hope all is well with you!

  6. Nancy, simply can't wait for this book! A favorite character...I used to write what is now fan fiction over Illya Kuryakin of Man From UNCLE. Maybe those were my first romance stories!

    1. Illya Kuryakin! Loved that character, and love David McCallum as Ducky, too. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting, Leslie Ann! BTW, does anyone think the new Man from U.N.C.L.E. will measure up to the old one?

    2. Hi, Nancy! I saw the movie last night and about the only thing I can remember from the series (pretty young then) is the clothes, fast talking, and cars. I loved the movie although the critics didn't. The theater was packed. It was silly, great dialogue, great costuming, and fun!

    3. Vicki, thanks for giving us your take on the movie! I do love great dialogue, and it sounds like you had a fun evening!

  7. Thanks again to those who stopped by, and to those who commented. I'll check in again tomorrow! Happy Weekend!

  8. Henry Cavill is eye candy compared to the old Man from U.N.C.L.E. I did love that show.

    1. Grins, Ana! Yeah, Cavill is hot, and what I saw in the trailers looked like fun.One of the lines I liked is something like, "For being a special agent, you're not having a very special day."

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  9. And the winners are...
    Leslie Ann who receives the gift card.
    And Colleen who receives the ARC.

    Thank you, ladies, for being with Nancy and me. Hugs!

  10. Thank you for the ARC win! :) Congrats also to Leslie Ann!