Kym: “Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with Charli Rae
Warren in her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas for an interview. Charli is a
kindergarten teacher who came back to Hazel Rock after a twelve-year absence!
She’s also an imaginary friend of mine who lurks in my brain and messes with my
Charli: “I beg to differ, you’re the one who’s constantly
messing up my hair.”
Kym: “That’s because it’s so beautiful; I’m a little jealous.”
Kym: I roll my eyes. “No, I just like messing with you.”
Charli: “That’s not very nice.” Kindergarten teacher
Kym: Laughing. “That’s not going to work on me Charli,
I’ve seen a lot meaner faces in my day than yours.”
Charli: “So, get to the point. Why did you bring me to The Cozy
Corner—other than to mess with me?”
Kym: “I thought readers would like to hear a little bit about
you, after all, your story releases December 6th.”
Charli: “Already? Wow, it seems like it was just yesterday that
you were slapping me on a piece of paper, then scratching me out, and then
building me up—only to tear me back down again.”
Kym: “It was kinda fun, wasn’t it?”
Charli: “You’re a masochist.”
Kym: “What does that make you, if you’re sitting here talking
Charli: “Okay, okay. You got me there.” She leans in with a
devilish smile on her face. “So, who do you want to talk about?”
She doesn’t fall for my innocent suggestion. She shrugs.
Charli: “He’s my ex-high school sweet heart. The town mayor,
who happens to be up for re-election.”
Kym: Holding my up hands in surrender. “Stop. You got
me. As hot as Cade is, the last thing I want to talk about is politics.”
Charli: Smiling like she won.
Kym: “What about Mateo?”
Charli: Choking on some imaginary object. “Mateo?”
Kym: “You know, the sheriff?”
Charli: “I think, I remember the man who put me in handcuffs.”
She shivers and rubs the back of her head.
Kym: “Please. Don’t act like it was the first time you wore
Charli: Crossing her arms over her chest. “Seriously?
You’re going to go there? I was a teenager.”
Kym: “I never wore that style jewelry when I was a kid.”
Charli: “Oh, you just wear them now…for fun?” She waggles
Kym: “You’re crossing the line, Charli.”
Charli: “What line?” Looking down at the concrete floor of
her family store, The Book Barn Princess. “I don’t see a line.”
Kym: Plugging my nose. “What is that smell?”
Charli: She smiles again, like payback is in order.
“Don’t you recognize Princess’s perfume?”
She’s getting a little too much pleasure out of my discomfort, so I decide
to even the score and have Princess rub her armadillo odor all over Charli’s
Charli: “Fuzz buckets! That’s not fair, you know I’ve come to
love the stinky little girl!”
Kym: “Maybe you should have given her a bath before I arrived.”
Charli: She reaches down and scratches the little
creature’s ears. “It’s been a long day. Dad and Scarlet and I have been
working on a special piece of book art.”
Kym: “Really? Are you making something for me?”
Charli: She smiles again, and when Charli smiles everyone
notices. “You’ll have to be nicer to me in the next book.”
Kym: I decide it’s time to strike a deal, I want that book
art. “How about I give you some Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream?”
Charli: “Do I get to—”
Kym: “Don’t give away the secrets Charli, our readers haven’t
even had a chance to read your debut novel, Fatal
Fiction yet and A Reference to Murder
doesn’t come out until May of 2017.”
Charli: “Fine, but I get to do it, right?”
Kym: “The bowl is waiting for you.”
Charli: That devilish look returns to her eyes. “And my—”
Kym: “Ah, ah, ah…” Wagging my finger back and forth.
“Don’t say another word about the ice cream. But I will tell you, that
you’ll enjoy it…immensely.”
Scarlet walks in looking like a voluptuous red-headed Grace Kelly.
Scarlet: “O.M.W. I should have known she’d make you late!”
Kym: “Hi, Scarlet. What’s Charli late for?”
Charli: “Don’t tell—”
Scarlet: “Her hair appointment.”
Scarlet has a way of blurting things out. She’s brilliant, but her mouth
gets her and everyone else in trouble. And I can’t help it. I love messing with
A bat flew down from the barn loft and somehow tangled itself up in Charli’s
I grin. Charli tries to be brave, but she screeches. Princess jumps straight
up in the air before scurrying off and Scarlet freezes in disbelief, before her
hands attach to her hips and she demands I intervene.
Scarlet: “Kym Roberts, that’s not very nice.”
Kym: “You’re right.” The bat disappears and Charli stands
there breathing heavy. Her eyes roll upward like she can possibly get a glimpse
of the mess I’ve created.
Charli: “Thanks a lot. It was a blast sitting down and spending
time with you—”
Before she gets too riled up, I decide to send another wrench her way. The
front door to The Barn swishes open and the little bell dings, signaling the
arrival of a customer.
Cade: “Princess? Mateo and I were looking for your dad—”
Scarlet grabs Charli’s arm and shoves her out the side door before the two
hunky men I love, can see her. Drat the woman.
Scarlet: “He’s upstairs in the loft, Cade! Charli isn’t here.
I’ll see you later!”
And the two women disappear out the side door of The Barn; Scarlet to the
rescue once more.
Scarlet constantly makes me happy for creating such a loveable character in
the series. I mean, it’s good to have a best friend in your corner, right? It
makes life pretty darn cozy.
When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock,
Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later,
she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but
this time, she’s saddled with murder!
Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle
her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties
with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor
dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously
MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .
Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who
tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting
what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to
destroy her future . . .
Mystery Cozy [Lyrical
Press, On Sale: December 6, 2016, e-Book, ISBN:
9781601837318 / eISBN: 9781601837318]
Be sure to pick up a copy of Fatal Fiction, A Book
Barn Mystery today! Happy Holidays!
Look for my Holiday Giveaway on Fresh Fiction and enter
for your chance to win a Princess pin—because that’s the only way you’ll want to
cuddle up with an armadillo;)
Until Next time, get cozy and read on!
Kym Roberts is a retired detective sergeant
who looks for passion, mystery and suspense in every book she reads and writes.
She can be found on the web kymroberts.com, on Facebook at Kym Roberts (author) and on Twitter @kymroberts911.
Look for her new romantic suspense release, Red Lace, A
Hard Men of the Rockies Mystery available now and her romance release
Mistletoe and Lace, The Hard Men of the Rockies
Anthology from the authors of ChickSwagger.com!
4 comments posted.
LOL! I'm not sure who is the most entertaining..you or Charli! Love the new book!
(Jerrie Alexander 3:04pm December 6, 2016)