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Meet Polly Holmes

Australian author, Polly Holmes writes paranormal and culinary cozy mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense. Her books are rich in storyline with action-packed scenes, a touch of comedy and fun-loving characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page.

According to Polly, the best part about writing cozies is researching. Finding the best way to hook the reader, a unique way to murder someone, a plethora of suspects and of course, a touch of magic with a dose of sweetness thrown in for good measure. All of Polly Holmes' books can be found in Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Polly is an award-winning author, and her book awards tally so far is two firsts and eight finalist places from all around the world. 

When the mystery calls for a different kind of action, she writes contemporary romance under the name P.L. Harris where the suspense is nail biting, and the romance is hot and steamy.

Cupcakes and Corpses was a finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s 2019 IDA International Digital Awards, short suspense category. Cupcakes and Curses claimed second place and Cupcakes and Cyanide gained third place making it a clean sweep in the category.

She won silver in the 2020 ROAR! National Business Awards in the Writer/Blogger/Author category and for the second year in a row, she was a finalist in the 2021 ROAR! National Business Awards winning bronze in the Writer/Blogger/Author category with Gumnut Press taking out the gold in the Hustle and Heart category.

2022 saw Polly Holmes’ books Muffins & Magic and Mistletoe, Murder & Mayhem long-listed in the Davitt Awards, a prestigious award run by the Sisters of Crime, Australia. Muffins & Magic also placed in the finals of the cozy mystery category in the Nashville Silver Falchion Awards.

The Secret Legacy received third place in the 2023 National Excellence in Story Telling Contest (NEST). A Deadly Disappearance Down Under was a top ten finalist in the 2022 Indie Cozy Mystery Book of the Year.

In 2023, for her contribution to writing and publishing, Polly’s alter ego Peta Flanigan won the silver award in the Women in Literature category of the International Women Changing the World Award presented by Dr. Terarai Trent. She has been nominated for the 2023 ALABI awards with the Australian Ladies in Business Initiative.

When she’s not writing you can find her sipping coffee in her favourite cafe, watching reruns of Murder, She Wrote or Psych, or taking long walks along the beach soaking up the fresh salty air.

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