Would you just look at this little Beefeater? My friend Gwen sent him to me. She said, "I stumbled across something that made me laugh myself silly, and I couldn't think of who else might think it was funny but you, so I wrapped it up and sent it to you."
A Beefeater French knitter?
Well, I think he's absolutely adorable. I'm going to hang him on my Christmas tree. And then he can come and live in my office so I can admire him every day.
Have you ever played with a French knitter? (I think I did when I was a kid, but I can't be sure.)
I'm tickled pink that the next Booktown Mystery, A FATAL CHAPTER, is now available for pre-order.
How about this cover? Don't you love it? I think it's the prettiest so far. I love Miss Marple in the picnic basket (although, to tell you the truth, Tricia left her at home).
Here's the official back cover copy.
While out walking Sarge, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.
Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…
It's good, but misses my favorite part of the plot. So here's a short version that I wrote.
The Stoneham Historical Society plans to give nighttime tours--ghost walks--of the Stoneham Rural Cemetery, but someone wants to prevent that--taking extreme measures. Can Tricia figure out who is behind the attacks before someone else becomes the cemetery's newest resident?
A Fatal Chapter will be released on June 2nd. It is now ready for preorder from the following places:
At the recent Novelists Inc. writers conference, a number of authors said many of their readers download their books from iBooks for their iPads and iPhones. I'm curious to know how many of MY readers do the same.
I'll give away one of my titles from iBooks and randomly choose from someone who leaves a comment. Thanks!
I'm so happy to announce tht my first Lotus Bay Mystery, WITH BAITED BREATH, is now available for pre-order for ebooks. (The Trade Paperback will be avaiable ... as soon as I figure out how to get it out there for preorder ,.. if it's possible. Keep in touch!)
Here's a brief description:
Tori Cannon and her grandfather, Herb, return from her grandmother’s funeral, and it’s with sadness that she learns the bait shop and small motel they ran has fallen on hard times. Jammed into one of the motel’s units is the body of one of Herb’s customers, his mouth filled with spikes. The victim had no enemies, except for the rich woman who wanted to level his eyesore of a home. But he’s also got a daughter who’s resentful her father wasn’t a major force in her life, and friends who were anything but.
Tori’s friend, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the property, and the two of them find themselves mixed up in the petty jealousies and deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the bait shop and find a murderer before they, too, sleep with the fishes?
If you haven't read the prequel, it's avaiable now.
Tori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl’s weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there’s also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid! This mini mystery introduces the two main characters of the upcoming Lotus Bay Mysteries.
The yard sales are few and far between at this time of year, but Saturday there were three we found. At one of them was a display of teapots--all pretty cheap. I bought one. But ... is it a teapot or is it a chocolate pot?
For cheese lovers, like my character Angelica Miles, the happy day has finally arrived! National Moldy Cheese Day! (She can hardly curb her excitement!)
And to celebrate, here's a recipe for blue cheese dressing.
¾ cup sour cream 1/3 cups mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce. Season with the mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir in the blue cheese. Cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
Today is National Taco Day ... and my character Angelica Miles of the Booktown Mysteries is celebrating with her own recipe. It's from the fourth book in the series, Chapter & Hearse.
Here's the recipe.
Ingredients 3 cups coarsely chopped or shredded (pulled) simmered chicken 1 onion, chopped ½ green pepper, chopped 1 ½ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 ½ to 2 teaspoon chili powder (according to taste) 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce 8 oz. water 12 corn (or flour) 8 or 9 inch tortillas (or taco shells) 1 cup lettuce cut into strips 1 tomato, chopped ¾ cup grated or shredded Cheddar cheese Your favorite bottled salsa
In a large skillet, mix together the chicken, onion, green pepper, salt, pepper, chili powder, tomato sauce and water. Cook covered over low heat for about 15 minutes. Cook, uncovered for five to ten minutes, until excess liquid is gone. Oven heat the tortillas and fill the lower 3/4 with chicken mixture and the remainder with the tomatoes, cheese and lettuce. Top as needed with a spoonful of the salsa.
Here's the cover for the first Lotus Bay Mystery, WITH BAITED BREATH I hope to have it available for pre-order sometime in October. Cross your fingers.
Meanwhile, Here's a brief description of the story.
Tori Cannon and her grandfather, Herb, return from her grandmother’s funeral, and it’s with sadness that she learns the bait shop and small motel they ran has fallen on hard times. Jammed into one of the motel’s units is the body of one of Herb’s customers, his mouth filled with spikes. The victim had no enemies, except for the rich woman who wanted to buy his eyesore of a home. But he’s also got a daughter who’s resentful her father wasn’t a major force in her life, and friends who were anything but.
Tori’s BFF, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the property, and the two of them find themselves mixed up in the petty jealousies and deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the bait shop and find a murderer before they, too, sleep with the fishes?
With all that's going on in the world today, I sometimes wonder where we would be if Mark Chapman hadn't killed John Lennon. I like to think that the world would be a much better place where we didn't have to worry about radicals intent on destroying and where Gene Roddenberry's vision of a world at #peace reaching out a hand of friendship to the those who live upon other worlds would come to pass. We can't go forth in space in peace until we find it here. We're a long way from that, I'm afraid.
Today is International Peace Day. Let's give it a chance.
We're working on the cover for the first Lotus Bay Mystery. This is the "finalized" version of the logo for the series. Of course, depending on what the cover designer wants, we can change the background color to match whatever she does. I hope to reveal the cover by early next week (if not sooner).