From tiny acorns, grow mighty oaks…

Time to catch up, chickens! First, if you haven’t dropped by the Contest page on the site lately, DO. Every month we’re giving away entire book club sets of signed paperbacks. (And you can find the reading guides for each book on the book’s page here on the site.) Prizes change on the first of each month, so be sure to check back.

Also, for a chance to win some SUPERB prizes, check out the Writerspace Beach Party on August 28 starting at 8pm eastern. I’ll be dropping by to give away a signed trade paperback of A CURIOUS BEGINNING, but there are LOADS of great things to win and you can chat with some of your favorite authors.

For the rest of August, I will be posting about some books I love–specifically series you might have missed. Today’s shout-out goes to the Agatha Raisin books by M.C. Beaton. (You might also know her as Regency novelist Marion Chesney.) Beaton has two ongoing contemporary British cozy series, the Agatha books, following a pugnacious retired PR executive as she sleuths through the Cotswolds, and the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in the Scottish Highlands. The Agatha series is my favorite–quick, funny reads with an outrageous and frequently unlikable main character. (You might not like Agatha, but you will always root for her.)

The Agatha Raisin TV series debuted in the UK this summer and is now available for streaming in the US on Acorn TV. (I’m particularly excited because the producer responsible for the Agatha series is currently developing the Lady Julia books for TV.) The Agatha series has gotten a fabulous response in the UK and I can’t wait to check it out! If you’re looking to start reading, the first book is AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH.