Daily Dish

Musings, ramblings, and miscellaneous writer neuroses of RITA award-winning comedy and New York Times bestselling author Alesia Holliday.

Sunday, February 26


I finally finished the book that nearly killed me on Friday and shipped it off to my long-suffering editor. I am totally exhausted (rewrote the ending for the third time in a nearly 96-hour marathon of only 3-hour catnaps in between 18-hour work periods. This, in case you're wondering, is IN-FREAKING-SANE.

Also, very tiring. The endless pots of coffee made my stomach rebel, and I should buy stock in Tylenol. My neck and shoulders feel like they've been run over by a truck and my wrists are aching. But the book is done and I'm happy with it, which is the most important thing.

Whew. Pause for moment of happiness.

Anyway, I have tons of new reviews for BLONDES, and they're all fabulous, so I'll be back later with news. Plus I'm updating my website this week. Also, it's the final days to enter my contest to win a signed copy, so be sure to go to my website and sign up!
Happy almost-March!

Monday, February 20


This just in - another AMAZING review of BLONDES HAVE MORE FELONS!! I'm so excited!! (Go here for the full review.)

***** This terrific mystery series simply overflows with the most zany characters that readers cannot help but fall in love with! Yet the mystery plot is extremely serious. As the reader, I certainly learned a bit about civil and criminal law. Funny thing is that the author did it in such a humorous way that I did not even realize that I was absorbing the lessons. Downright outstanding and highly recommended! *****

- HUNTRESS REVIEWS (Reviewed by Detra Fitch)

Sunday, February 19

Because you want to chase a two year old when you're 64

This story just makes me tired. I mean, really? Potty training and social security checks at the same time? WHY?

Thursday, February 16

Annoying song lyrics

I'm at LC today talking about the most annoying song lyrics of all time. Come over and post yours for a chance to win a free copy of BLONDES HAVE MORE FELONS!

Tuesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!!

What a super day it is turning out to be!! A reader sent me her wonderful review of NICE GIRLS FINISH FIRST, my first mystery review called BLONDES HAVE MORE FELONS a great beach read:
>>Blondes Have More Felons should appeal to a fairly wide audience. Berkley Prime Crime is releasing this book in early March, just in time for spring break. If you're heading for a sunny locale, Alesia Holliday's first mystery featuring December Vaughn would make a fine reading companion for the beach. - Mysterious Reviews, Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

and I surprised the kidlets with stuffed bears and candy and mushy cards. Today, I'm over at Romancing the Blog with a post about V. Day traditions - please pop over and share yours.

Wednesday, February 8

I got my book!!!!

A special sneak peek - two hot-off-the-presses copies of my very first mystery and it's GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE IT!!! Can't wait till March 7th!!!

Monday, February 6

The sleepover birthday party and temporary deafness

I'm still recovering . . . for all the gory details, go here.

Thursday, February 2


The lovely and talented Connie (no, I've never met her, but she is CLEARLY lovely and talented; just look at what she said about BLONDES HAVE MORE FELONS!!!) reviewed my book for Once Upon a Romance and was kind enough to forward me the review - she gave it 5 out of 5 stars!!!! And it is a spotlighted review at the site!! I LOVE this kind of review - especially when release date - March 7!! - is coming up so fast!

The review:

I’m sure when December Vaughn decided to start a new life and make a clean break from her comfortable-always-there ex-husband and her position as a corporate attorney to open her own practice hundreds of miles away in sunny Florida, she never expected conspiracy, sabotage, murder, attacks on her person and her car! And all for a class action suit.

Things don’t add up for December. Gorgeous Jake Brody, P.I., comes along and helps/bails her out, always when trouble’s found her. Mighty convenient she thinks. Is he the cause? A mysterious threatening phone caller (LOL) tells her to mind her own business. Mind her own business? What business isn’t she supposed to mind she wonders? He’s not very clear about that.

Is the caller behind everything, or is there someone orchestrating and delegating all the dangerous events? Or is it someone else altogether? Or maybe it’s an unhappy person from her pro bono cases?

We, the reader, start to figure things out much sooner (not every detail, there’s lots of questions still needing answered) than December does, but then we’re the observer and she’s busy watching out for killers and attackers and going through ninety-something boxes of discovery papers. Good thing she has such good help in figuring things out with her best friend/office manager, Max(ine), new hire, Mr. Ellison (he’s a HOOT!), and Jake. Not to mention assorted other colorful characters.

I won't even get into the other aspects of her life. I've spilled enough details already! You'll have to discover those yourself.

Alesia Holliday’s writing is a wonderful breath of fresh air. She has a way of transporting the reader to December’s side and takes them on the ride of December’s lifetime (to date). She takes all the potentially serious and physically hurtful situations and infuses them with a bit (a bit?? hmm, well...sometimes more than that) of lightheartedness. She gives us a wild, yet caring bunch of characters to laugh with and root for; the aforementioned Jake, Max, and Mr. Ellison. Then there's Aunt Celia and Uncle Nathan, Bear, her neighbors Emily and Rick, Daisy, and oh, I certainly wouldn’t want to forget the casserole brigade. (PLEASE, bring them all back in the next adventure!!)

Blondes Have More Felons is saucy and clever. Every word was a delight to read. Every scene vividly painted. A terrific blending of mystery and humor.

I have a feeling Alesia isn’t going to write the December Vaughn mysteries fast enough for me or for many of you who will quickly become fans of this series. I suppose I should comfort myself in the saying that reminds us that quality is better than quantity. But can’t we have both???

- Connie, Onceuponaromance.net