Let’s End July with an Organized Halloween Sneak Peek

Yes, believe it or not, July 2016 has less than half-a-day left. Where has so much of the year gone? While I don’t normally like to hurry time–as I seem to be crunched by it most days–I am looking forward to the cool temps of fall. To that end, I’m currently editing/proofing stories for a Halloween anthology to be released a few weeks before the trick or treat holiday. More on that in the coming weeks. And I’m handing out treats today in the form of a sneak peek of my story included in the anthology “Organized for Trick or Trap.” Hope everyone likes it ūüôā Organized for Trick or Trap Excerpt Kate McKenzie looked out the windows of her cheery cherry-patterned kitchen curtains and watched lace-like snowflakes drift down lazily on the other side of the pane. Definitely going to be a white Halloween, she thought. Something she was Read more…

Zen and the Colored Pencil–Free Adult Coloring Pages

Does everyone have a relaxing weekend planned? I’ve spent most of the afternoon doing marketing work for the release of¬†Abstract Aliases,¬†but I spent the morning running errands–and running into friends I hadn’t seen in awhile (because Life is so busy–right?). One in particular told me she’s learned to really calm herself down by scheduling time each evening to color and “simply Zen out.” (her words ūüôā ) Between my¬†Abstract Aliases¬†work, and her comment about relaxing with colored pencils, I thought I’d post some free adult coloring pages that are a little abstract-at-heart. Download, color, repeat–and enjoy! Each clickable link below is a different free design. Kind of modified starburst abstract design Kaleidoscope-like abstract design Tighter-drawn abstract design Makes me think of the Spyrograph designs I made as a kid Abstract Flowers¬†¬† Zentangle drops Zentangle Flowers Circles within circles Ovals connected to ovals More Ovals connected to ovals Tricky oval bridge Read more…

Could It Really Be a Year Already?

Yes, it is a fabulous anniversary, my friends. One year ago I signed my contract with Henery Press to publish my Bodies of Art Mysteries series. So with two books released and another available in preorder, how am I celebrating? By working all day on lovely book #4, of course–but that’s not all. In a surprising coincidence, I have a blog post today over on Club Hen House telling behind the scenes stories about writing book #3, Abstract Aliases,¬†and there’s even a giveaway to one lucky commenter for a copy of¬†Marked Masters. ¬†The post isn’t long, but it was fun to write, and I hope that makes it fun to read too. If you like “story behind the story” reads, grab a cup of tea or coffee and take a break over at¬†Club Hen House. And be sure to leave a comment on the Club Hen House blog so your Read more…

It’s Elementary

This week I have a half-dozen writing projects at all different phases of completion. So what will I spend my evenings doing? Well, it’s elementary…since PBS is rebroadcasting the Sherlock series this week¬†on one of their digital channels–and I get to feast on double servings of the fabulous episodes the next few nights.¬† Yes, I know there’s some kind of party going on in Cleveland, with the planners there ready to offer me a front row seat to the festivities while the event plays out in prime time on the main PBS station. But really, I just prefer switching to digital channel two and follow along behind Benedict Cumberbatch as he so beautifully resolves crimes that he’s already shared the answers to before. I don’t watch a lot of television series reruns but Sherlock is one I cannot resist. And I hear there’s another big party coming to Philly soon Read more…

Check Out the First Review and Cover Reveal for Abstract Aliases

The newest title in the Bodies of Art Mysteries–Abstract Aliases–has a review and cover reveal today on the¬†Girl with Book Lungs¬†site. This book is the sequel to Marked Masters.¬†Check out the blog for a first peek. The title is available for preorder now, and will be released by Henery Press on October 11th–but that’s not all! After you read the review and check out the fantastic cover, head to my¬†Preorder for Even More¬†page and see all the great bonuses coming to fans who purchase ahead of the official release date. And I’d like to thank Jenna for the fabulous review–Laurel & Jack are pleased too ūüôā

Friday Peek Behind the Scenes

I turned in a blog post recently on what I do with stories and scenes that don’t necessarily make it into whatever book I’m currently working on. That got me thinking about ways books and stories have changed. In particular, I thought about the original opener for¬†Counterfeit Conspiracies. While most of the original opener still makes up over half of the first chapter,¬†the whole “reclamation” scene that starts the book now wasn’t even an idea for a long time. The book originally started with this: This line is still in the first chapter, but the book was originally written to start with this line when she was in the¬†castillo¬†and trying to work through the party to find the contact who was supposed to give her the snuffbox. She was feeling ill at ease about the way things were going, and wishing she had some backup. But even after adding the Read more…

Flash Contest Today Only!

This contest is Over–thanks to everyone who stopped by and entered! Fun fast contest over on my Facebook Author Page. All you have to do is Like (or have already Liked) my FB page and comment on your favorite summertime snack to enter. Just go to my My FB Author Page¬†and look for the pinned post at the top.¬†Drawing will be this evening. Here’s a clue about the prize ūüôā