It All Starts With Reading

When I was a kid, I had to cross a busy downtown street to walk the two blocks to the public library. Mom would take me across that first street then let me walk the rest of the way to my favorite spot on earth; well, except for the high school gym on Friday night …

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The Big Chili – An Undercover Dish Mystery

The title caught my attention right away. The writing and characters kept my attention. Lilah works part time in her mother and dad's real estate business, but her heart is in the kitchen, surrounded by her bake ware, casserole dishes, crock pots, and creative recipes. Little did she know, one of those dishes would we …

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Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder Release Date Announced!

“WOW. Snappy dialog, quirky characters, opens with a curious bang and yanked me through the pages.” —Jean Rabe, USA Today bestselling author Whoo-Hoo! The release date for the 1st Andi Anna Jones Mystery, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder will be... November 30th! Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer? Andi …

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The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies For Sensitive People – Judith Orloff

Wish I’d had access to Empath’s Survival Guide years ago! Reading it would’ve saved me a lot of unhappiness, anxiety, and frustration. I had no clue why I was “so overly sensitive” as people would tell me. I couldn’t understand my fears about driving, walking through bright, cluttered retail stores, or my need to be …

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The Dead Of Night: A Piper Blackwell Mystery by Jean Rabe!

The Dead of Night was my first introduction to Piper Blackwell's world, and based on this one, I'm looking forward to seeing more. The story of two different crimes, set many years apart--one against the very young and one the very old--pulled me in until I had to finish the last section in one sitting …

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Hair Brained: A Bad Hair Day Mystery Release!

Story Blurb When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But …

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Blame it on the bet: Blog Tour!

BLURB: Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie pan. When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of …

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It Could Always Be Worse

Seeing the horrific pictures of the aftermath, and continuing destruction of Harvey, brought back stressful memories of our time in Fort Myers, Florida. 2004, especially. That was the year we were preparing for a hurricane every other week starting in early August. Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne. Ken had just had surgery on August 6th and …

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“Don’t Stop Writing!”

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 had a knack for writing. Better …

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Persistence

Sitting on my deck this morning, I couldn't help but admire the persistence of one certain spider. He's been hanging around most of the summer. I know that because I've run into his (her) webs more than once. We've done out best to leave the webs alone because they're all part of the natural scheme …

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