So Much Chocolate, So Little Time

I’m in the middle of writing and researching the next Bodies of Art novel, so my mind and clicking finger naturally gravitates toward anything relating to London. Recently, I read an article that has me wanting to grab my passport and book a flight. The Brits have a huge M&M store in London! Yes, four stories high, and looking like something between Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and my most heartfelt desire. Couldn’t resist grabbing a few of the shots and posting them here to share for now and enjoy later when I’m planning my next hop across the pond 🙂 So many choices. Wonder which ones I would pick– –This is the M&M take on the iconic Abbey Road pic. And I wonder if anyone tries to make the queen’s M&M guard laugh or smile at his posting. It really would be tempting– Imagine having your personal order completed while Read more…

Exciting Day Around Here! Book Cover Reveals!

I’m pretty good at keeping secrets when I have to–But I don’t really like to. Especially when it involves new book covers.  I’ve been really good at keeping  these covers secret–but now that my publisher, Henery Press, has made them public, I get to show them off as well! A couple of months ago, I signed a contract with Henery Press for my Bodies of Art series. They’re releasing the first two books in a few months, and they’ve contracted for three more books to come out in the next few years. The last Friday in July, my lovely editor, Erin, sent me a request from the art department, asking if I had anything in particular I’d like to see incorporated into the covers. Well, let me tell you–I may write art mysteries, but I know my creativity is firmly with words–not creating pictures. So I have no problem letting Read more…

Easy Ways to Help Others

I’m a big fan of recycling, not just to stay green but because practically everyone I know has a habit of buying things they don’t always use to the “worn out” point of the item(s). Whether we’re talking clothes or books or–well, anything really–there’s always some group or organization that can use your discarded items. The landfill should be the last step to get rid of things, instead of the first option used. I know different communities have different options, but there are national and worldwide organizations that can use your donations wherever you live. It may take a phone call or email, or maybe even a bit of postage, but your discarded items can truly help others, even if you don’t have ready cash to send to charity. For example, our library’s annual “huge book sale” is coming in just a few weeks. I don’t read as many physical Read more…

The Soundtrack of My Working Life

One thing that keeps me energized as an author is playing music as I write. My daughter used to always say she could tell which writing project I was currently working on based on what music came out of my home office. Her favorite was when I worked on a suspense/thriller with a particularly no-nonsense reporter as the protagonist, because I played Sheryl Crow all day. I’m not sure why, but the music perfectly fit that particular character. Right now, I’m on deadline for the next book in my Bodies of Art Mysteries series, and beyond watching YouTube videos of Barcelona and Switzerland (that’s all the clues I’m giving, no spoilers) I added new music to my “escape in Europe” repetoire. Have been writing to the soundtracks of the Oceans movies, thanks to a tip from terrific author Ellie Ashe. But a couple of weeks ago I saw the new The Man Read more…