Tuesday, December 25, 2018

"Not a Whisper" ON SALE! 12/25-12/31/18

Take a sneak peak inside....

When a retreat becomes a nightmare...

When Cherie Marshall catches her fiancé and best friend in a compromising position, she cancels her upcoming wedding and jumps at the chance to escape to quiet Klondike, Pennsylvania to care for her elderly aunt. She thought her biggest issue would be adapting to life in the middle of a National Forest, so very different from her upbringing in the deserts of Arizona.

But that was before she met State Trooper Fire Marshall Jamison "Jazz" Maddox at the scene of a mysterious fire. As they both become acquainted with the close-knit Klondike residents, things get complicated as Cherie and Jazz find themselves in the middle of a local crime wave where arson, kidnapping, embezzlement and a decades-old murder are just the tip of the iceberg.



Sunday, December 23, 2018

LAST MINUTE GIFTS: Ebook series make great gifts!

Don't know what to get someone? Need a quick last minute gift? How about ebooks? Digital books from Amazon can be read on almost any type of media now, not just Kindle ebook readers. You can download FREE apps HERE for your smart phone, tablet, Mac or computer. Here are some fun book series I have read and enjoyed...I hope you will give them a try as well.

JB Lynn
Hitwoman Series [humor, mystery, adventure]
I started reading these after meeting the author at the 2014 Writer's Police Academy. Quirky characters is the key to these wonderful books. I have all of them and wait impatiently for each new one!

Maggie Lee is not your average hitwoman. For one thing, she's never killed anyone. For another, after hitting her head in the car accident that killed her sister, her new best friend is a talking lizard—a picky eater, obsessed with Wheel of Fortune, that only Maggie can hear.

Maggie, who can barely take care of herself, is desperate to help her injured and orphaned niece get the best medical care possible, so she reluctantly accepts a mobster's lucrative job offer: major cash to kill his monstrous son-in-law.

Paired with Patrick Mulligan, a charming murder mentor (who happens to moonlight as a police detective), Maggie stumbles down her new career path, contending with self-doubt, three meddling aunts, a semi-psychic friend predicting her doom, and a day job she hates. Oh, and let's not forget about Paul Kowalski, the sexy beat cop who could throw her ass in jail if he finds out what she's up to.

Training has never been so complicated! And, this time, Maggie has to get the job done. Because if she doesn't . . . she's the mob's next target.

Erin Johnson
Spells & Caramels Series [fantasy]

A magical French island. A dead contestant. An aspiring baker must clear her name before she gets burned.
Imogen Banks has dreamed her entire life of opening her own bakery in Seattle. But when she accidentally sets fire to her apartment and loses all her possessions, her dreams get toasted. Still coping with her loss, she receives a cryptic invitation she can't possibly refuse: entry into a mysterious baking competition on a beautiful French island.

When Imogen realizes the island village is magical and the bake-off’s participants are witches and wizards, she’s not sure her fledgling powers will be enough to win the coveted contest. In the midst of trying to cast her very first spell, a competitor drops dead and Imogen finds the psychic judges' mystical fingers all pointing at her. Can Imogen unlock her own magic and stop the killer from coming back for seconds or will she jump straight from the frying pan and into the fire?

Seashells, Spells & Caramels is the first book in a charming paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like funny heroines, mysterious magical communities, and quirky conspiracies, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s perfectly witchy recipe.

Julie Smith
The Talba Wallis PI Series  [humor, mystery, adventure]

WANTED: HOTSHOT P.I. WITH NEAR SUPER-HUMAN SKILLS.

Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad. Hotshot twenty-something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it.

And thus was born the dynamic duo of New Orleans private detectives, one cynical, sixty-five-year-old Luddite white dude with street smarts, and one young, bright-eyed, Twenty-First century African-American female poet, performance artist, mistress of disguise, and computer jock extraordinaire. Think Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.

In Louisiana Hotshot, their job is to hunt down a sociopath and pedophile who’s molested the fourteen-year-old daughter of their client, hangs out on the ragged edges of the rap and recording industries, and has more powerful allies than a Cabinet member. 

But both detectives have unfinished business from the past—in Eddie’s case, something he deeply regrets; in Talba’s, a personal mystery, one so frightening no one will help her investigate. But she knows she won’t sleep till she solves it—and the truth will change her forever.

Amy Vansant [humor, mystery, adventure]
Pineapple Port Mystery Series

It's bad enough finding a body in your back yard—especially when foul play is pretty much a certainty. But when you discover the bones are somebody's long-missing mom, it's tragic. And if that person is the hottest guy in town, you've just made the world's worst first impression! 

Charlotte Morgan's got every reason to take an intensely personal interest, even if solving a murder’s a bit of a stretch for a 26-year-old amateur sleuth raised in a 55-plus Florida community--golf-cart racing's usually about as exciting as it gets for her. But things are heating up in her world, and not just in the romance department. The hot guy's uncle is Charlotte's number one suspect. He's debonair, he's mysterious, he's just a little too slick—and he's dating a friend of Charlotte's. If she doesn't step up, who knows what could happen? 

Meghan Doidge
Dowser Series [urban fantasy]

If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

Jamie Lee Scott
Gotcha Detective Agency Series
I also had the pleasure of meeting this author at the 2014 Writer's Police Academy. Since then, I've enjoyed following her other passion, horses. The Gotcha Detective Agency Series GOT ME from the first book.

If you like your mysteries with a bit of humor and snark, this murder mystery series is perfect reading. Private detective Mimi Capurro takes on a bodyguard client only to end up investigating a murder.

When Mimi is hired to protect a New York Times bestselling author on her book tour, she never expects she’ll be embroiled in a murder investigation. But that’s exactly where she finds herself when the author’s assistant is murdered.

Making matters worse, Mimi comes face to face with an old college fling, who happens to be the homicide detective on the case.

Mimi, along with her snarky co-worker, Charles, worked to find the killer alongside the homicide detective, whether he likes it or not.

Follow the quirky and fun characters of Gotcha Detective Agency on this wild ride.




Tuesday, December 18, 2018

WINNER in the SPAM® Recipe Contest

SPAM® Recipe Contest - enter before 12/15/2018

I am still hard at work on Paradise Dream, book four in the C'Mon Inn Mystery Series, but we do have a winning SPAM® recipes submitted by Jeannie Daniel. Thank you Jeannie and I hope you will enjoy your prize.

Since there were so few entries, in the holiday spirit I am awarding the runner-up prize of a $5 Amazon gift card to everyone who entered a recipe. Thank you for joining in the fun - watch your incoming email!

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The recipe chosen will be featured in Paradise Dream, continuing the recipe tradition of the previous three books. In addition, the winner will receive their choice of one Copper Verdigris Ornament - Handcrafted in The Copper State (Arizona USA), offered by Dos Damas Designs. The runner-up will receive and Amazon gift card for $5.





Friday, December 7, 2018



Special Holiday Sale!
Three Days Only

Buy the C'mon Inn Mystery Trilogy ebook for only $5.99.

Makes a great gift, too. Be sure to tell your friends!


"I just finished reading the three stories in this one package and enjoyed the hell of it. Quirky characters, great plots and true-to-life dialogue. Highly recommended!" - DC


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

SPAM® Recipe Contest - Still Open!

SPAM® Recipe Contest - enter before 12/15/2018

While I am hard at work on Paradise Dream, book four in the C'Mon Inn Mystery Series, I thought it was time for a little giveaway. But I need something in return from you. Your SPAM® recipes, especially Hawaiian themed ones.

The recipe chosen will be featured in Paradise Dream, continuing the recipe tradition of the previous three books. In addition, the winner will receive their choice of one Copper Verdigris Ornament - Handcrafted in The Copper State (Arizona USA), offered by Dos Damas Designs. The runner-up will receive and Amazon gift card for $5.

This is a sample of their designs. You get to choose the one you want!
Rules:
  • Contest entries must be submitted by December 15, 2018.
  • Winners will be announced on December 20, 2018.
  • No limit to the number of recipes you can enter.
  • Ornament prize only available to residents in the USA. Winner in another country will receive an Amazon gift card for $15.95 (US).

 You can also share this link with your family and friends: 





Thursday, November 22, 2018

REFLECTIONS on Nov 2018 20 Day Wellness Challenge

20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge
It's time to look back and reflect upon the last twenty days.
Was it worth it? Do I feel any different? How did I do?

Well, it was a mixed bag. Unfortunately, I picked a bad month for this since I also decided on doing NaNoWriMo this month and we are prepping to leave TODAY for a two day drive to Maryland for a family wedding. When we get home, we have less than a week to prep for a two day drive to Florida for a Disney cruise with our youngest granddaughter. Eeek!

My results? Well, some days were easy, some were almost impossible, but most were doable. I enjoyed this and would definitely do it again. It did get me thinking outside my tiny world, and that is a good thing.

There are a variety of challenges out there, just do a search. Who knows what I might do next - or when?

How did you fare? Would you do this again?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

20 Day Wellness Challenge Result: Nov 20 2018


Did I make my goal for yesterday?

They call it practice because it's not a habit. In this case, it's a something I'd like to make a habit. So yes, I did work on this all day. I am an overthinker - always have been, always will be. Was I successful? Not completely, so I'm marking this as a partial but ongoing challenge. Are you an overthinker? Do you find yourself missing things, your mind in a whirl? How did you do yesterday?



20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

20 Day Wellness Challenge Result: Nov 19 2018


Did I make my goal for yesterday?

There is one thing I consistently put off - making phone calls. I only had one on my procrastination list and I made it. Phew!


20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

20 Day Wellness Challenge: Nov 20 2018


Here is my wellness challenge for today.
Are you participating?
See how I did in tomorrow's post.

20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

Monday, November 19, 2018

20 Day Wellness Challenge Result: Nov 18 2018


Did I make my goal for yesterday?

While this was a goal from the challenge, I have to say we eat wholesome meals 95% of the time. So I'm marking this DONE! How did you fare? Did you make time for a wholesome meal? Is that out of the ordinary for you?



20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

20 Day Wellness Challenge: Nov 19 2018


Here is my wellness challenge for today.
Are you participating?
See how I did in tomorrow's post.

20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

Sunday, November 18, 2018

20 Day Wellness Challenge Result: Nov 17 2018


Did I make my goal for yesterday?

Typically, I'm not a huge fan of flowers as gifts. They don't last long enough for me. But I sent a bouquet to someone who really could use a lift right now. Did you buy yourself flowers or send some?


20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

20 Day Wellness Challenge: Nov 18 2018


Here is my wellness challenge for today.
Are you participating?
See how I did in tomorrow's post.

20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

Saturday, November 17, 2018

20 Day Wellness Challenge Result: Nov 16 2018


Did I make my goal for yesterday?

This one gave me pause. What hubby calls complaining, I call making a statement about something. He also says I'm more of a pessimist while I say I'm a realist. But I did try to not make realistic statements too often yesterday. LOL! So I say I almost made it. What about you?


20 Day Mental Wellness Challenge