The Scarecrow Snuff Out A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Halloween Novella

The Scarecrow Snuff Out A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Halloween Novella

It’s fall, y’all and it’s time for the annual It’s Fall Y’all Festival in Bramblett County Georgia!

And that’s a big deal!

The It’s Fall Y’all Festival is the biggest festival in the tri-county area, and everyone in Bramblett County is geared up for a great time!
Pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, a petting zoo, and of course, a good old-fashioned BBQ are just a few of the events scheduled at Abernathy Farm.
But the big event, the one Lily Sprayberry is most excited about, is the haunted corn maze.
When bad things happen to scarecrows scattered throughout the maze, county residents run screaming, threatening the success of the festival. Determined to figure out what’s going on, Lily decides to check it out for herself and fears the corn maze just might actually be haunted.

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Signed, Sealed and Dead A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

Signed, Sealed and Dead A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

Small town folk don’t always take care of their own.

As Bramblett County, Georgia realtor Lily Sprayberry preps for the annual community yard sale fundraiser, she discovers the body of the newly hired lacrosse coach lying in the high school gym.

At first, all signs point to natural causes, but when Lily finds an empty syringe lying under the bleachers, the coroner decides the coach was murdered.

Lily learns the coach wasn’t liked by the lacrosse parents, and when word got out about his murder, the state athletic association suspended the program entirely.

When a few of the lacrosse moms decide to take matters into their own hands, they threaten someone close to Lily—her county sheriff boyfriend and his reelection status–by bullying Lily herself.

And soon, Lily’s had enough. As she searches for answers, she’s dragged deeper into an angry mob of high school sports parents all seeking revenge and gunning for their kids to sign with the most elite schools offering the best scholarships.

And some of them are willing to do whatever it takes, including murder.

When the killer figures out Lily is close to cracking the case, things take a dangerous turn, and Lily’s life is on the line. Can she save herself, or will she be the next victim in Bramblett County?

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Lily Sprayberry Talks Decluttering for the Holidays!

Lily Sprayberry Talks Decluttering for the Holidays!

Three Things to Declutter for the Holidays

1. Decorations
Every year I buy new stuff after the holiday when it all goes on sale. And what do I do with it? Shove it in a box to deal with it the next year! Then, the upcoming holiday season comes around, and I have all this stuff to go through. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming.

So, the best thing to do is really a two-step process:
Declutter as you’re decorating for the season, and declutter as you’re putting away your holiday décor.

How do I handle it while I’m preparing for the holiday season? Here are my suggestions, based on what I do.

Toss out broken or worn decor and donate items you haven’t used in the last two holiday seasons.

If you have something of sentimental value but haven’t used in a while, pass it along to another family member. Traditions are an enjoyable part of the holidays, and décor helps to keep them unique.

2. Clothes
I’m not one to separate my clothing by seasons. Of course, I live in the South, and we don’t really have all that many seasons. Honestly, we have two–hot as blazes and not as hot as blazes. But there are a lot of people that still have the benefit of seasons, so, if you’re one of them, I have some ideas for you!

Winter is a great time to take stock of your clothing and do a quick run through of your wardrobe. It’s important to consider your staples—things you often wear for work, play, the gym, etc., that kind of thing. Are those items worn, too big, too small? Do they need to be replaced? If so, set those aside and take photos and repurchase them.

With all other items, I use the season rule, if I didn’t wear it that past season, (hot as blazes and not hot as blazes for me) then it goes to Goodwill.

3. Kitchen Items
Every holiday season Belle and I have a big client party at the office. Millie handles a lot of the cooking for it, but we do a good portion of it ourselves, too. Because of that, I spend a good portion of my time in my kitchen. I have a feeling Bo will be super excited this year. I’m a hot mess in the kitchen, that’s for sure, and he’s a big lug of a vacuum. The problem with that is, he’s a drooler, which can be a bit gross. Actually, it’s a lot of gross!

Every time we throw this big party, I clean out my kitchen. I have a little addiction with William & Sonoma, but only the store at the outlet mall nearby. Have you ever been to their outlet stores? It’s like heaven inside that place, and I’m not the most excellent cook alive, I just love all things kitchen. The dishes, the glasses, the pretty kitchen things. I think I’d get married just to register there. Did I really just say that? Shh. Don’t tell anyone. I am NOT ready to get married!

Anyway, the holiday season is the perfect time to go through the kitchen because practically everyone cooks more or bakes over the holidays, right?

I bought a juicer a few years ago. Used it once. Once. That thing is outta here!

Here’s what I do every holiday season as I prepare for the party.
I hit every cabinet. If something is chipped, it goes. If you’re a Type A person and have matching sets and only use those, and have things that aren’t part of a matching set, let them go. If you’ve got serving dishes, you haven’t used in the last two parties or big dinners, dump them. Someone will gladly take them off your hands. Goodwill, a thrift shop, a charity, they’ll be happy to take them. Still have your great grandmother’s serving dish with the yellow flowers and haven’t used it? Will she care? Does it hold sentimental value? If not, let it go.

The same holds true with any electric appliance like my juicer. If it isn’t something you’ve used, it’s unlikely you’ll have a recipe that calls for it because it’s just not the way you cook, but it might be the way someone else does. Donate it.

Also, clean out the Tupperware. You’ll never regret that.

Trust me, you’ll feel so much better starting the holidays off with a decluttered space!

Welcome to Bramblett County Georgia!

Welcome to Bramblett County Georgia!

Hey y’all! My name is Lily Sprayberry. Some of you might know me, and you might know me as Lilybit. I prefer Lily, but you can call me Lilybit if you want. Most everyone here in Bramblett County does.

I hear you’re interested in buying a house here in Bramblett County. Let me just say, you’ve come to the right place, and you’re going to love it here! The northern part of Georgia is just beautiful, especially in the fall. The changing colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains is pretty than a rainbow. Really, you have to see it to believe it.

We do get some snow, but mostly if we’re trapped inside, it’s because of ice, and when that happens, we just sit back and make French toast. I say that because the stores run out of milk, bread and eggs, and that’s the recipe for French toast, right? Of course, come the following fall and the hospitals are filled up with new mommas delivering babies, so French toast isn’t the only thing we’re making during the Bramblett County winters!

My momma would wash my mouth out with soap for saying that, but it’s true.

Photo credit: https://blueridgerealtyga.com/north-ga-mountain-realty/

I own the biggest real estate agency in the county along with my life-long friend, Belle Pyott. When I say biggest, I mean that in the loosest sense of the word because there really aren’t any other real estate agencies in town. Okay, there’s one or two, but they don’t really do much business, so we’re the biggest by default. Having grown up in the county makes it easy for us to get business from the locals, but we work hard to market our agency to the growing number of people coming from the Atlanta area, even though our residents aren’t thrilled about what they like to call the invasion of the city people.

Sometimes, I can’t help but agree with them.

Photo credit: https://www.mountainoasiscabinrentals.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=114131

Bramblett County is a special place, and when people come here, they don’t want to leave. We celebrate the holidays like we invented them, with Santa living right here in town, and have the greatest fall festival ever, and if you think your momma makes the best apple pie ever, well you just haven’t tried Millie’s pie yet, and honestly, you’re missing out.

So, why don’t you tell me a little about yourself? It’ll help me choose a few of the available properties to show you. We’ve got some great new builders in town, from townhomes to condos to some fancy new lofts—though, between us, the townspeople aren’t too thrilled with those. Either way, many of the older homes are on the market, also. People aren’t moving away from town, they’re building new homes on their land.

While you’re telling me about yourself, I’ll go ahead and order you a sweet tea and a raspberry scone from Millie. Trust me, you’re going to love them. Her secret recipe is to die for.

Oh, I better not say that. Unfortunately, I’ve had a few too many deaths linked to my real estate business lately.

But don’t you worry about that. I’m sure it’s not a thing or anything.

I hope.

A Unique Collective of Female Sleuth Authors and the Readers Who Read Them

A Unique Collective of Female Sleuth Authors and the Readers Who Read Them

Are you looking for a place to connect with an exclusive group of women authors who write mysteries featuring female sleuths? Then check out the Sleuthing Women author/reader collective on Facebook.

With thirty-three authors sharing the stage, you’ll never want for something interesting. Each week a different author takes over the group, shares her life, her books and gets to know you. You’ll learn about new releases, freebies, events and special things you won’t find anywhere else.

Stop by and say hello. You’ll meet several USA Today bestselling authors and most likely meet a few with books you’ll want to read!

Our exclusive authors in the group are:

Abby L. Vandiver, Anne R. Tan, Ava Mallory, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Carolyn L. Dean, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, CeeCee James, Gina M. LaManna, Jenna St. James K.E. O’Connor. Kathryn Dionne, Laina Turner, Larissa Reinhart, Loraine Hudson, Lynn Cahoon, Nancy J. Coco Nichole Christoff, Pamela Kelley, Patti Larsen, ReGina Welling, Ritter Ames, S.E. Babin, Stephanie D’Amore, Tara Ellis, Tonya Kappes, Tricia L. Sanders, Wendy Meadows, Sam Cheever, Morgana Best, Mona Marple, Julie Moffett, Clare Kauter

Uncharted Territory An Angela Panther Mystery

“Be ready to laugh your butt off! This story has one of the best BFF relationships one will ever read, especially if one likes snarky, fast-witted characters. The dialogue between Angela and Mel will have tears streaming down one’s face, not to mention Frans attempt at gang slang. This book is the third in the series but stands really well on its own. The only question the reader might have is how Angela came to be so gifted. Not only does the humor shine through, but the love that is felt between the characters does as well. Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is now a go-to author, and the wait for book 4 will be oh so very hard! Write fast, Ms. Aspenson!” Lynne Bryant of InD’tale Magazine

Unbreakable Bonds An Angela Panther Mystery

“This read keeps you going. The pace and the myriad subplots are fun, engaging and interesting. So much so that EiR reader’s eyes burned a bit from staring at the screen for hours, hoping to read what happened next. This book is paranormal, but not in a cliche way; it’s a ghost book that is not, thank goodness, about scaring people. Instead, it touches upon lost connections, human interactions, mourning, and relationships. The protagonist, Angela, can hear ghosts, sure, but, ultimately, she is a normal middle-aged woman dealing with snarky teens, best friend woes, hot flashes and a mother who just won’t keep her opinion to herself. Okay, so the mother is a ghost, but it’s easy to forget that, since she is so very solid, real, in writing terms, that is. Ridder creates characters who are realistic, flawed, endearing and funny. Truly, this book is hilarious at times and very touching at others.
Usually, secondary characters are not easy to remember or connect with, but Ridder spends a lot of time fleshing out all of her characters and the result is wonderful. Ridder is not just a writer, she is an author. It takes something special to know how to craft a story, a plot, characters and mesh them together to create a really entertaining read. Ridder knows how to spin a yarn, make important connections and top them off with humor. Angela Lansbury (for the quirky mystery and impeccable detecting skills of the protag) meets Bridget Jones (for the hilarious, self-aware aspect of the protag). A very fun book and a definite Elite Indie Read.”—Elite Indie Reads via Amazon

Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Mystery

“I read Unfinished Business over the weekend, my first dip into Aspenson’s writing, after asking a group for recommendations for fun and easy to read books to keep me entertained after surgery.

Unfinished Business read quickly, with a few storylines carried through the book. Each storyline is given just the right amount of attention, and characters are well introduced and developed as the plots play out. As the chapters unfolded it was easy for me to become invested in the characters, and I not only finished the book quickly but didn’t hesitate to purchase the second (and then third!) book in the series.

This is a fun, yet thought-provoking story, that moves at a good pace. I would not hesitate to recommend it to any mystery/paranormal enthusiast friend.”—Midwest Mom via Amazon

Deal Gone Dead A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

“I adored the sweet southern charm in this new cozy mystery from Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. With the author’s eye for details, I was easily transported to Bramblett County. From page one I was hooked by the shocking murder of Myrtle Mae Redbeckere. My “who done it” list was surprisingly long for such a small, close-knit community. Aspenson weaved quite the web and left me changing my suspect list several times.

This a perfect weekend read that flowed nicely with an intriguing storyline and complex characters. I look forward to reading other books in the series.” —Lynn Shaw, 2 Girls & A Book