Crazy Cozy Blogfest

on June 5, 2012 in Misc

It’s June 5th and that means it’s time to celebrate Hart’s release of her very first novel…


(Pause for cheers and applause.)

And of course I’m also giving a shout-out to Elizabeth Spann Craig because she’s releasing a whole new cozy series today with her novel….


(Again cheers and applause)

Of course all of us are now going to rush out and buy these two books, are we not?  Or if not rush out at least plant our behinds before our computer and download it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.  Meanwhile, in their honor and in the name of this blogfest, here’s my humble entry in the zany cozy mystery pitch.

Cecily Sysiphus has a strange phobia: she can’t stand to talk on the phone. Put a cell in her hand, and she’ll stutter, she’ll mumble, she’ll drip cold beads of sweat and end the conversation before you can say Sorry, Wrong Number, like in the movie with Barbara Stanwyck. If she’s forced to answer a ringing phone, she’ll have a panic attack first. It all started when she saw, at a tender, impressionable age, Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder. Watching the remake years later with Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t help, especially with its bloody kitchen scene.

Still, Cecily is now determined to battle her phobia and take control of her life, and to this end she bravely accepts a job as a night manager at a call center. This means working alongside the impossibly handsome and rugged CEO Kirk Cussler, which delights Cecily no end because he’s just the man she’s been waiting for all her life. Yet what neither of them suspect is that someone else in the call center (maybe it’s a him, maybe it’s a her) has also seen those movies, and he (or she), for reasons unknown and that I’m not going to tell you because that would be a spoiler, is starting to murder his (or her) fellow call center employees. Will the murderer attack Cecily before she can solve the untimely deaths of her underlings? Will he (or she) attack Kirk before he has a chance to express his undying love for Cecily? Will Cecily be able to answer that ringing phone before it’s too late?

So there it is:  my cozy mystery pitch.  Needless to say, Hart’s and Elizabeth’s books are much better than this.  You’ll love ’em.  Here are the links to their bloggie sites:


38 Responses to “Crazy Cozy Blogfest”

  1. I *loved* that “Sorry, Wrong Number” movie! Scared me, too. :) *And* “Dial M for Murder.” I love your homage to these old movies! And..a night manager at a call center? Way to put in the internal conflict!! And I love the noir feel to it…great job, Helena! Thanks so much for participating in our blogfest today.

  2. Hope she hasn’t seen When a Stranger Calls or she’ll really come unglued!

  3. I think I have that phobia. This is a great pitch. Love it.


  4. Jan Morrison says:

    this is too funny! I love it – think you could do a series on people overcoming weird phobias!

  5. Ciara Knight says:

    These both look like great reads. I download on Fridays, so I put these on my list. :)

  6. Hart Johnson says:

    HA! Excellent! A ‘closed room’ murder, so to speak! I want to do one of these at one point… I love the phone phobia working in a call center set-up too! This is a great entry! And thank you SO MUCH for helping us promote!

  7. Helena says:

    Hart – You were the inspiration when you wrote that you don’t like to talk on the phone, so THANKS for making me laugh. And a whopping congratulations!

  8. Helena says:

    Ciara – And on my download list too.

  9. Helena says:

    Jan – I have a few of my own phobias (or just weird traits) I can add to the list.

  10. Helena says:

    Teresa – If only writing a real pitch were so easy!

  11. Helena says:

    Alex – I haven’t seen that one, but now I plan to.

  12. Helena says:

    Elizabeth – Congratulations on your newest book, you hotshot writer you! Quilt or Innocence is on my to-read list.

  13. Siv Maria says:

    Yep, I recognize that phobia! Fun entry!

  14. Love her phobia and the way she tackles it :) I can see funny scenes her first days at work ;)

  15. Helena says:

    Maryellen – I’d like to write her first days as funny and disastrous.

  16. Helena says:

    Siv – We aim to have fun.

  17. Ohhhhhh I love this. After the last line I expected one of those ominous music pieces from silent movies :D

    Have a wonderful day,
    Sylvia @ Playful Creative

  18. I’m going to buy Hart’s novel, but I’m working on trimming the TBR pile down which INCLUDES your book the Compass Master. I plan on starting it after I finish Nightfire and polish off House on the Corner. So many authors…so many books! But I shall get through them :)

  19. Helena says:

    Sylvia – I love the ominous music in those old movies. Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Helena says:

    Michael — I myself am starting to despair about my own TBR pile. So many good books that of course include yours (SLIPSTREAM, y’all — really exciting sci fi) and Hart’s and Elizabeth’s. Although I did help to proofread Hart’s Azalea Assault, I’d like to read it now at a leisurely pace. And thanks so much, Michael, for putting my book on your list. I really do appreciate it.

  21. Carrie-Anne says:

    I have phone anxiety myself, so I can relate to Cecily. This sounds like it could be a really creepy mystery.

  22. tara tyler says:

    does kirk have a handlebar mustache he likes to twirl? if he does, i pick him! nice setup!

  23. Helena says:

    Tara – If I add shifty eyes, he could be the bad guy. That’d be a nice twist.

  24. Helena says:

    Carrie-Anne – It’s kinda surprising how many people have told me they have phone anxieties too. So you’re not alone!

  25. Awesome idea! I love her phobia and what she tries to do to overcome it. Nice twist.

  26. Helena says:

    Clarissa – Twisted is what I do best.

  27. Amy Saunders says:

    Haha! I loved the old school murder mystery feel. It reminds me of scenes from the Nick & Nora movies when they have newspaper headline montages! Good job!

  28. Gwen Gardner says:

    OMG, now I’m afraid to answer the phone! Well done – loved the Alfred Hitchcock feel:)

  29. Helena says:

    Gwen – Hitchcock can always do it for me.

  30. Helena says:

    Amy – I LOVE the Nick and Nora Thin Man movies. Such class!

  31. Mason Canyon says:

    Oh, I like the theme and the setting. That was a scary movie so I can understand where Cecily is going from.

    Thoughts in Progress

  32. Oh, yes! This sounds deliciously wonderful … and funny too. Thanks so much for your visit yesterday,

    Kathy M.

  33. Helena says:

    Kathy – I loved visiting the different blogs yesterday, and I thought yours was very sweet. And I’ll be stopping back to read up on the stories and articles you publish on your oregongifts.

  34. Helena says:

    Mason – Isn’t it funny how certain movies can really creep us out?

  35. Old Kitty says:

    Cecily is my doppleganger!! Up to the point of wanting to work in a call centre (no offence meant to call centre people – but I couldn’t do it – I have very thin skin and cry easily!)!!! Helena – methinks you have the makings of a crazy cozy mystery writer!! Oh yes!!!

    Big naked yay to naked Tart and Elizabeth!! So excited for them!! Take care

  36. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – I have a thin skin too! A call center would terrify me.

  37. What a great pitch. Cecily is brave to accept that job with her phobia, and I like the romantic element.

  38. Helena says:

    Medeia — She has more guts than I would have. Thanks for stopping by!