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A Dog Named Sam

Oh, I know everyone had a special dog, but in Sam's case, he was just that. He loved to play in the leaves in the fall, roll around, bury his nose, and usually come up snorting and sneezing. The picture above testifies to that. Leaves in his mouth, dust in his nose, his sneezes were …

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Gnome Alone by Kirsten Weiss

BLURB: Christmas is coming... and so is murder... It’s holiday season in small-town Doyle, and the town is pivoting from UFO tourism to Bigfoot Days. For Susan Witsend, the owner of a UFO-themed B&B, this presents a conundrum. But when Bigfoot is blamed for a mass garden gnome theft, control-freak Susan is drafted to track …

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Author Spotlight – Lucy Burdette/Roberta Isleib

National bestselling author Lucy Burdette's tenth Key West Food Critic mystery is piping hot with pie-enthusiasts and murder suspects. The Key Lime Crime: A Key West Food Critic Mystery Blurb: When a fierce rivalry between key lime pie bakers leads to a pastry chef's murder, food critic Hayley Snow is fit to be pied. During …

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Meet Ruby Jones (if you dare)

Ruby is the bane of Andi Anna's existence. If not for a well-intentioned, yet inadvisable promise to her dad to take care of his wife, should he pass unexpectedly, Andi could easily dismiss the frantic, middle-of-the-night phone call from her (ex) stepmother. Too late. She answered and couldn't ignore the hysterical voice on the other …

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The Year of COVID

I vividly remember this time last year. Morning Latte Fear, confusion, questions, and, yes, relief. You see, I'm an introvert and empath. The thought of social gatherings almost make me sick. What should I wear? Who's going to be there? Will my hair look okay? How many people will notice the (mumble, mumble, mumble) pounds …

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Carolyn Haines: Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries

I became aware of Carolyn Haines through the Trouble Cat Mystery Series. Carolyn, along with authors,  Susan Y. Tanner  (Author, Editor), Miranda James (Author), Joanne Pence  (Author), Caroline Fardig  (Author), Connie Shelton  (Author), Ritter Ames  (Author), Larissa Reinhart  (Author), Pamela Sue DuMond (Author), Jaden Terrell  (Author), Susan Boles  (Author), Ava Mallory  (Author), Claire Matturro (Author), Rebecca Barrett  (Author)  have conspired to write these delightful books about Trouble, the sophisticated black cat detective with a British flair. He relates, particularly, to …

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I Remember: My First Booksigning!

My first booksigning, in 2006, was a momentous event. I didn't sleep for days worrying about 1. finding the bookstore in North Fort Myers. 2. Collecting all the gear I needed such as, business cards, promo poster, book marks, and, oh yes, BOOKS! You can't imagine how worried I was that I'd arrive with no …

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Coming Soon from Wild Rose Press!

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will include the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby might be the main suspect. Flirting with more than danger …

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Dear Reader…

Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder - Coming Soon! Do you ever wish you could take a horrifying job experience and turn it into something positive? My latest fictional character, Andi Anna Jones, is my way of coming to terms with a short-lived career as a travel agent. Oh, yes, I was truly awful, and often wished …

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Don’t Stop Writing!

...or dancing! Every teacher, from third grade on said, "Mary, whatever you do, don't stop writing."  Those words came back to me when I signed my first publishing contract with Echelon Press. "Why," I ask myself, "did it only take 40+ years to appreciate the fact that, maybe, just maybe, I did have a knack …

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The Sinister Superyacht – Ana T. Drew

After reading all about the wonderful new mystery, The Sinister Superyacht, you'll find a link for a fantastic giveaway! Ana T. Drew will award a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a lucky randomly drawn winner! Synopsis: French tycoon Jean-Louis Ponsard is having a bad year. Unwise investments, canceled orders, deals falling through… In the thick of …

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Jean Rabe – The Dead of Jerusalem Ridge Blog Tour!

About the book: Sheriff Piper Blackwell’s three-day vacation with old Army buddies ends in tragedy. At the same time, a vile hate crime along a county road enrages her department. Their forces divided, Piper and her deputies must solve both cases before tensions boil and threaten the rural fabric of Spencer County, Indiana. Only eight …

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You’re Just Too Sensitive!

empath (plural empaths) One who has the ability to sense emotions; someone who That's what...That's what...is empathic or practices empathy. A definite over-simplification. Until a few years ago, I thought I was just weird, out-of-step, too sensitive, even a little crazy. I wondered why seeing a dog run over, or a starving, homeless cat, meowing …

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Retribution: The Riveting Sequel to Redemption

Almost six long years have passed since Carmela Santiago witnessed the hitman she loved assassinate her father. Now she is ready to exact her plan of revenge against him and the people he loves. Carmela will stop at nothing to tear his family apart. Running her father’s drug smuggling empire, she will use every resource …

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Dog Town by Debbie L. Richardson

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debbie L. Richardson will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Blurb: Harry loves to race around …

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Jaden Terrell – Filled With Magic & Starlight

CASTLES, CUDGELS—AND MURDER! After the worst breakup in human history, Robbi Bryan needs a carefree summer and a place to fly her falcon. To give her wounded heart time to recover, she joins the Sherwood Renaissance Faire. But the faire holds much more than jugglers, archers, and a chance to reenact the days of yore. …

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Trust Me: Hank Phillippi Ryan

I grew up in hilly Southern Indiana, just north of the Kentucky border. Before Interstate 64 connected our little community, Corydon, with the big city of Louisville, the only way to travel was by way of a very hilly, winding two-lane stretch of road through “The Knobs”. Imagine several miles of Lombard Street in San …

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Jean Rabe – Dead of Summer Blog Tour

Excerpt: Dead of Summer Zeke pulled into the back of the strip mall lot, nosing his 1974 Chevy Nova under a light at an end cap space. Less risk of scratches away from the bevy of cars parked closer to the store. He’d purchased the vintage auto a few weeks ago from a retired chiropractor …

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Andi Anna Jones Mystery # 2!

Andi Anna Jones, reluctant travel agent/amateur sleuth, friends, and pesky relatives are on the way back! Here's an excerpt to wet your whistle! Somewhere in the bayou Luther woke up raring to go, for a change. Wasn’t sure why ‘cause he hated…hated the job! It was nasty. He stunk to high heaven by mid-morning. Hells …

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In Search Of Augustus Bulleit, Boilliat, Beoyoolat…

My family has been on a search for the ancestors of my g.g.grandfather, Augustus, for almost fifty years. My cousin, Betty, began the search in his suspected place of birth, Luxembourg, Belgium, in the early 1970s. Although, some accounts say he was born in Paris, France. Her digging in both countries led only to a …

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Ups & Downs Of Hoosier Fans

I grew up in basketball country. Let me rephrase that. I grew up in Indiana Hoosier country. I was probably about six-years-old when I first remember my dad listening, intently, to the radio during IU basketball games. He’d moan and groan or cheer along with the commentator describing the action on the court. I even …

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I Have Famous Ancestors! …or not

Like many of you out there, I decided to have my DNA tested. I used Ancestry, but there are many others out there. I had hoped for some surprises like...I'm 9% Native American, or 11% West African. Alas, I'm 46% England, Wales, Northwest European and 41% Germanic Europe. There were a couple of mild surprises, …

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Miserable Boss Inspires Great Writing!

My worst job was as a travel agent in Miami, FL. I was so bad, I’d hide behind my computer screen to keep from waiting on customers. Reflecting on my latest mystery, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder and main character, Andi Anna Jones as my alter ego and equally pathetic travel agent, I asked some of …

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