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Hello, reader friends! Today’s featured author is sharing some of her favorites plus her latest bookish news and a giveaway of her co-authored zany cozy mystery, just for y’all!
About the Author
Kelly Klepfer had ambitions to graduate from the school of life quite a while ago, but alas . . . she still attends and is tested regularly. Her co-authored cozy/quirky mystery, Out of the Frying Pan, is the culmination of several of the failed/passed tests.
Kelly, though she lives with her husband, two Beagles and two hedgehogs in Iowa, can be found at Novel Rocket, Novel Reviews, Scrambled Dregs, Modern Day Mishaps, and on social media with flashes of brilliance (usually quotes), randomocities, and learned life lessons.
Zula and Fern Hopkins and their shenanigans can be found at Zu-fer where you always get more than you bargained for.
Favorite character type
Kelly: I love resilient broken characters who struggle with being too sarcastic and introverted but are forced by their inner strength to work through circumstances to become a better, less broken version of themselves. I didn’t realize that until I just typed it. This is probably why I love the books I do, see the favorite books answer.
I adore Beth Moran’s books because her female characters fit this type of character profile. Making Marion, I Hope You Dance, The Name I Call Myself. I just looked at them on Amazon and am shocked at how few reviews they have. I loved these books! I may be unique in my tastes! But by now you might not be surprised by that comment!
Beth: I completely relate to those introverted characters! I’ll have to check those books out!
Favorite childhood books or authors
Kelly: I love kid literature. My aunts were just a decade older than me and they used to buy us an award-winning book every year for Christmas. My favorites are Miss Jaster’s Garden which is probably why my husband was able to convince me we needed hedgehogs and The Bull Beneath the Walnut Tree which is sadly out of print.
As an adult, I fell in love with Old Black Fly at a conference for those in Early Childhood. The author was a speaker and I remember that he talked about the importance of cadence and read his book out loud to us. I have actually shared his book with several age groups because it’s so simple and just bounces off the tongue. The illustrations are fabulous and it’s a clever alphabet book with fun vocabulary stretches for littler kids and a fabulous ending and a bit of grossness that grabs the upper elementary age.
Beth: Sounds like you have some very cool aunts ????
Kelly: I love all the classic mysteries. The Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christies. I ate those up as a young teenager. And I veer towards books that make me laugh or books that rip my heart out and stomp on it. Deep, heavy or crazy whimsical laugh out loud. If someone can put those two extremes together I’m a sucker.
Tim Downs wrote The Bug Man books. I LOVE Nick Polchak. He’s a forensic entomologist so there are murder scenes and dead bodies and grossness. But this character is the best of the best. Sarcastic, hilarious and cluelessly brilliant. Love these books!
One of the most heart-wrenchingly stick-with-me-forever books is by Charles Martin’s Water from My Heart. So deep, so powerful, so rich, such a melancholic hopeful read.
Beth: I enjoy an occasional mystery (throw in some romance and I’m all in!)
Kelly: This is fun. I love to make up words smashing two or three together and I love words that sound made up. Some of my favorite real words are discombobulated and serendipity. I love the feel of them coming off my tongue and they are bouncy words that feel light and whimsical.
Apparently, I’m kind of a weirdo. Ha Ha. I also have discovered words that I can hardly pronounce that mean emotions the English language doesn’t have words for. So cool. Here are a couple examples of what I mean. FYI it’s possible there is an unclean word or two etc as these are not Christian sites.
Beth: Made up words are fun, some of my favorites are fantabulous and beautimous! These articles are great!
Kelly: I am a sucker for chocolate. Chocolate and peanut butter, even better. I have so many recipes. So many.
How about homemade magic shell? 1 cup of chocolate chips to 1-2 TBSP of peanut butter. Melt and stir. Drizzle over ice cream. Bam! (You can also use jam or coconut oil in place of the peanut butter) Pour the leftovers in a small glass jar and microwave for future use.
Or grab spoonfuls every time you open the fridge until it’s gone. Yeah. That works, too.
Beth: Oh, we can definitely be friends! Books, word fun, chocolate AND peanut butter?! Kindred spirits for sure!
When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal’s?
But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts–especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.
Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.
Beth: I am looking forward to reading this book! Doesn’t this look like the cutest little cover (well, besides the part about murder) 😉
What are you working on now?
Kelly: Michelle and I are knee deep in plotting/writing Into the Fire (working title). There will be a wedding, an inferno and our right-in-the-thick-of-it sisters-in-law’s. Zula also may have met her greatest adversary. She may lose far more than the battle of aesthetics if she can’t convince the authorities that she doesn’t play with matches.
Beth: Yay! Happy writing to you and Michelle!!! She’s one of my favorites! Thank you so much for sharing your favorites and bookish news with us, Kelly!
Kelly Klepfer and Michelle Griep have generously offered to send a paperback copy of Out of the Frying Pan to one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!
Say hi to Kelly and share one of your favorite made-up words
OR an emotion not found in the English language!