I’ve been busy at work finalizing Death at a Dinner Party. I cannot wait to share Jennifer’s next case with you. Many of you joined me because you downloaded Body in the Begonias. I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line to let me know what you thought of it.
Also, I’m in the process of outlining book 4, (title not yet released) I need help naming a very important witness in the story. She’s a wealthy socialite living in an elite beach town… Send me your suggestions!
In other news, I’m excited to announce that I’ve been featured in the August Cozy Crate box. What is Cozy Crate box? It’s a monthly subscription box filled with cute little treasures and BOOKS! If you’re interested in finding out more, click on the link below.
I’m excited to share that I am a part of this awesome promotion going on right now. Click on the link below, and you’ll have access to 12 FREE books! Claim one or claim them all. I’ve already loaded up my e-reader!
It’s been a while. The end of the school year is no joke when you’re a mom of two school-aged children. I was lost in a sea of little league playoffs, moving up ceremonies, and end of year celebrations. My oldest has now only been out of school a week, and that week was a complete blur.
We had a lovely 4th of July celebration at my house on Thursday. Our whole neighborhood came out to celebrate, and we ended the evening with a fantastic fireworks display at our local ballfield. I will say it’s only the beginning of July, and I’ve had my fill of hamburgers, hotdogs, and macaroni salad!
I’ve picked up three books by Mary Kay Andrews and I’m sneaking in reading time when I can. Her books make for some wonderful summer reading!!!
Other than that, I’ve been slowly plugging away at my own books. Going forward, I’m not going to be giving out any timelines until I’m absolutely sure that I have a solid date. Life and the creative process are often times unpredictable. Rest assured though, I’m writing and progress is being made.
What recently ignited the fire for some very productive writing sessions was my cover designer sent me the proof for book two! I’m in love! Please let me know what you think!
The weather here is FINALLY feeling a bit more like spring. Walking through the stores now, it’s all stuffed with summer fun, (oh hey Target). You can’t escape it. So, I’m packing my books up and heading for a girls weekend near the beach tonight. I’m so very excited. I LOVE being near the water, and I desperately need this time to recharge.
Have you ever felt depleted? Lost? Completely empty? That’s been me over the last few weeks. I’m hoping this trip will be just the thing I need to get my writing career and my overall health back in check!
I’m sitting here at a book store, sipping on coffee, and typing away. I’m basically living the dream right now. Getting up and out of the house, this morning was extremely helpful. The simple act of sitting among people, and not even interacting with them is giving me what I need to get through to the next chapter.
Getting through to the next chapter is exactly what I need right now in order to get my FREE Book, Body in the Begonias out soon. Book Two: Death at a Dinner Party, and Book Three: Body on Rugosa Bay. Book three needs to be out before the end of summer, so wish me luck!!!
As always though, I’ll happily keep you supplied with endless reads from my fellow Indie Authors to tide you over! Have a great weekend, and be on the lookout for beach pictures on my Instagram!
Murder & Mistletoe (A Franny Calico Mystery) Kindle Edition
When American seamstress Franny Calico wakes to find her friend has gone missing from a speeding train, she knows that something strange is afoot. Aided by the handsome conductor, Warburton Smith, and her friend Inspector Gustalt, Franny will tear all of France apart to find Millie Valentine, even if it means putting her own life at risk.
Lentil Death Do Us Part: A Death du Jour Mystery #4 Kindle Edition
Lentil Death Do Us Part is the fourth book in the suspenseful Death du Jour series, where the special of the day is always murder…
Chef Bethany Bradstreet has finally opened the Railway Café, the restaurant of her dreams in Newbridge’s quaint historic train station. She gets to do what she loves every day—cook amazing food with her best friend.
Bethany’s smooth sailing hits a snag when bad weather threatens to sink her friend’s wedding. The venue is flooded, and the ceremony is only two weeks away! To bail out the beleaguered bride, Bethany rushes to find a uniquely beautiful spot for her friend to tie the knot.
But all bets are off when Bethany finds mummified remains at the new wedding locale. Crime scene tape definitely won’t fit in with the planned décor.
To cook up a solution—to the wedding woes and the murder—Bethany must rely on the two men vying for her heart. Can anyone say awkward?
And she’ll have to work fast…before death parts them all.
I just wanted to wish everyone a happy mother’s day. I hope you are all getting the love you deserve today. I realize this day might be difficult for some. Whether you’ve lost your mom, you’ve lost a child, or you want a child desperately and don’t have one. I just want you to know, that I see you and I’m sending you a virtual hug. Do something nice for yourself today. You deserve it too.
I don’t take for granted how blessed I am. I have two amazing little ones and I’m grateful that I was chosen to be their mommy every day. That’s not saying that every day is sunshine and rainbows, we’ve had our share of tantrums and tears. I
just make it a point each day to take a breath in and remember how lucky I am. One of my biggest pet peeves is fingerprints on the windows. I can’t stand them so I’m washing a few of the kid’s favorite windows almost daily. It’s during that time that I take a moment to look at their little fingerprints and remember that one day my windows will be clean, and this moment in time will be over. I wipe them away knowing that for now, they’ll be back tomorrow.
In honor of ALL the women and mother’s in our lives, I’ve collaborated with some very talented Cozy Authors to bring to you a mother’s day Cozy collection!
Pour your self a cup of coffee, sit back and relax today. The windows can wait until tomorrow.
Jennifer Temple, a stay-at-home mom, investigates a mysterious house fire that results in the deaths of two of her neighbors.
The truth is hidden…
Will she find it before bathtime?
In honor of Mother’s Day, meet Marsha, Sunny Truly’s mom. Marsha doesn’t like her daughter’s new job as a rookie private eye. She was so proud of Sunny being a history teacher but then that awful You Tube “incident” got Sunny fired.
Now, Marsha has a lot more to worry about — like her daughter’s penchant for solving mysteries and encountering creepy killers.
Professor Molly is battling morning sickness,
a meddling mom,
and the unwanted “help” of the Student Retention Office.
The last thing she needs on her to-do list is a murder.
Katie, a single mum to a 10-year old Julia, has her hands full with a part-time police clerk job, a few cleaning gigs and paper crafting with her daughter when life throws her yet another curveball. She finds the body of a cleaning client stabbed with a crafting tool, and becomes one of the suspects.
Katie has her own ideas about who the real murderer is, but the lead inspector won’t listen.
Can she dig up the evidence before another victim drops dead? Or will she take the fall for a crime she didn’t commit?
Click to find out what Katie will do.
Megan Cassidy has raised her only daughter with the help of her cousin and best friend after her husband’s sudden death years ago, and the two have always been close. But now Emma is ready to head off to college, leaving Megan with a big house all to her self. But Emma has a solution, and before she leaves, the young woman brings home a new addition named Barney. Barney is not merely a new pet, but he is trouble! And soon the beagle is sniffing out mysteries, helping Megan find the clues and answers. It all started so innocently…
When Nelson Dingler is found dangling from a chandelier—feet-side up—Grams Dingler determines to find her son’s killer. Can Olive help her best friend save her feisty grandmother from suffering the same fate? And can the Cold Cream Shop survive while Olive psyches out the killer?
Contains a recipe for heavenly lavender lemon honey soap.
I’m constantly astounded by the generosity and the general comradeship of the writing community. Need Advice? Ask away. Need your book shared on social media? Not a problem. Set up a newsletter swap when you only have 80 subscribers and they have 7000? Absolutely.
These acts of kindness are only the tip of the iceberg. We cheer each other on, lift each other up and commiserate when things don’t go exactly to plan. I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful community.
When I was presented with the opportunity to meet with an aspiring author this week to help her out, I didn’t hesitate. This week is extremely busy for me personally, and I’ve neglected my writing in a big way. However, I didn’t pass up the chance to help a fellow writer and meet last night to discuss her journey. This has been done for me countless times in the past, and it was time for me to pay it forward. It was really a lovely meeting, and I think that I even made a new friend. Honestly, just talking about publishing, and what I was working on re-lit the fire within me. I’d say the meeting was mutually beneficial!
Things in my household are going to ramp up for one last end of school year push, and them hopefully slow down a bit so I can get back at it!
In the meantime, please check out my recommendations for the week!
Divorced, and with kids out on their own, she uses a recent inheritance to make big changes to her life. She quits her job and, on a whim, buys a hobby farm in rural Virginia, a hundred miles from her long-time home near Washington, DC. Despite the fact that she has no idea what she’s doing, she’s buoyed by the prospect of living in a small town and adjusting to country life.
Until she finds a body in her bungalow.
A handsome neighbor, a charming pastor, a grumpy bartender, and a bumbling sheriff all manage to complicate the situation, especially when Rainy herself becomes a suspect in the crime.
When things take a turn for the worse, Rainy has to wonder – did she make a mistake buying the farm?
Daisy Savage finally has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming old house.
What she doesn’t want is a dead body.
When a frozen pipe in the basement of her century-old home leads her and her husband downstairs into a newly discovered crawl space, they find a coal chute they didn’t know they had. And a corpse inside of it.
Things become complicated when Daisy realizes she knew the victim. And things get even worse when it becomes increasingly clear that the body was placed there to make Daisy look like the killer.
Against her husband’s advice and her own common sense, Daisy makes it her mission to prove to the denizens of Moose River that she is innocent. But doing so may be more dangerous than she planned.
Glad One: Crazy is a Relative Term (A Val Fremden Humorous Mystery Book 1)
Being broke, jobless and divorced at age forty-five is bad enough. But when Val Fremden’s only friend ends up dead, it’s hard not to think the world’s out to get her.
Maybe it is….
The sugar-white sands of St. Pete Beach attract weirdos like mosquitoes to a bug zapper. So when the heir to Val’s friend’s estate can’t be found, the local loonies quickly swarm in, buzzing around for a piece of the leftover pie.
Determined to find her friend’s true heir, Val reluctantly turns to three crackpots for help – a drunk, a redneck, and a snarky beach bum. Working at odds with each other, their bumbling investigation attracts the attention of a hot cop. He quickly gets into the fray and under Val’s skin. Whether it’s in a good way or bad only time will tell.
Love your mysteries with a side of snide? Get set for a heaping helping of Southern-fried screwball action in this hilarious accidental thriller! Grab your copy now!
What would you like readers to know about you? I am a busy mom of two little boys. In many ways, I’m very much like Jennifer Temple, the MC in Red Picket Fences. We’re both out of shape moms who love true crime, as well as keeping chickens. However, unlike Jennifer, I love to cook, […]