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Read and Review (R&R) – “Punning with Scissors”

I was lucky and won a copy of “Punning with Scissors.” Becky Clark’s second book in her Crossword Puzzle Mystery series. I call this book an “I can’t wait to see what happens next, whodunit!” A great read filled with puns and humor. It is an entertaining, page-turning cozy mystery with loads of suspects and […]

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Read and Review (R&R)

I was super excited when I was lucky and received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Annette Dashofy‘s new stand-alone book “Death By Equine,” coming out on May 11. If you haven’t read this author, I highly recommend her books! She has ten Zoe Chamber’s Mysteries and once you’ve read one, you will be hooked […]

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Bedtime Stories

I am reading a story I wrote as part of the Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime booth for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Click on the Program Guide for more info on Sisters in Crime. The festival runs from March 1 through March 13 and has a ton of great programming. Here is a […]

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Are your characters what they eat?

When you create a character for your story, how much time do spend on your character sheets figuring out what your character’s favorite food is? Would they douse their eggs in ketchup or not eat eggs at all? Do they drink only expresso or are they fueled on energy drinks? Are they the type to […]

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Snow Showers in May and Mother’s Day

In Northwestern, PA, we had snow flurries today.  We had a trace amount in 2017, but the last recorded accumulating snowfall in my city occurred in May of 1925 and in 1966, we had 3.1 inches. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sunny, warm weather. What can we do indoors on […]

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Coming to Print

2019 was a busy year!  I am excited to announce that a collection of my short cozy mysteries will be coming out in the Fall of 2020 published by Flying Ketchup Press. As we progress toward publication, I will post editing updates, sneak peeks and announcements regarding where and when my book will be available. […]

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Cozy Book Review

For a second time, I was lucky to win a free book from katiescottagebooks.com A huge “Thank you” goes out for this giveaway.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, click on the link above. This is my first read of this author and also my first Amish mystery.  The book centers around a small […]

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A New Year-A New Beginning

In 2019 – May all your stories even if they start bad, end good.

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Rhythm and Rhyme

I have been absent from blogging for several months as I have been working on my latest story written in verse. Today however I came across sad news that one of the true geniuses of meter and rhyme has passed away. Jean Marzollo,  Author of more than 150 books.  Among these books a series which […]

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The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words).  You must use the words candy corn, monster and shadow.  Here is my entry below: The Candy Corn Monster […]

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