First Impressions are Important

When browsing the shelves in a library or bookstore, often only the spine of a book is immediately visible, so the title and name of the author make the first impression. However, with online shopping, the cover is the first … Continued

Pets in the Parsonages

Pets play a big role in many cozy novels and, while my stories are “not quite cozy,” the occasional pet does make an appearance. These aren’t magical, talking critters with extraordinary abilities, but their people love them, anyway. The first … Continued

Busy, busy, busy

Well, this has been a full week! I’m in the midst of launch preparations for next month’s release of A Corpse in the Chapel, but I’ve managed to do some necessary housekeeping on my other books, too.  I’m happy to be able … Continued

Happy Day

We are officially in launch mode! Third book in The First Ladies Series now in PRE-ORDER There’s still plenty of work to be done before launch day, but the light is at the end of the tunnel … and it’s not … Continued

Beta Readers Needed for Work in Progress

I finished the penultimate proof copy of the manuscript of “A Corpse in the Chapel” this week and I’m ready for some creative input from you, my discerning reader. Are you willing to read this unpolished draft and provide constructive … Continued

Where do authors find their inspiration?

Most writers will tell you any intense or traumatic incident or significant life event will eventually find its way onto the written page. Whether writing semi-autobiographical fiction or the wildest fantasy,  our words and ideas spring from our own experiences. … Continued

Creativity has many faces

Judy Falls, the lead character in my current work-in-progress, A Corpse in the Chapel, is a world class recycler and re-purposer. She loves to take other people’s discards and turn them into the sort of weathered treasures we see in … Continued

Progress Report on A Corpse in the Chapel

Hello Happy Readers, Today’s blog is a quick update on my current work in progress.  I’ve reached the 40,000 word mark in the manuscript (aiming for 50,000), the first third has been through a couple of edits and I’m working … Continued

Reader Survey Results

I recently sent a Reader Survey to all the wonderful folks who have signed up for my periodic newsletter.  I wanted to see if the Ideal Reader I’ve been writing for reflects my actual fans. I was gratified with the results and I … Continued

Character Sketch: Judy Falls

It is time to get better acquainted with Judy Falls, the main character in A Corpse in the Chapel, coming out this summer. We first met Judy in book one of The First Ladies Club series. Birth Name: Judith Anne Cushings. Married to … Continued

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