Another Way to Help Teachers

We know teachers are the lifeblood of our education system. However, each year they must spend more out of their own pockets for classroom supplies they cannot get from schools’ depleting budgets. In the past, I’ve given teachers gift cards to office supply stores to help, but last week I found another way I’d never thought of before. Our small town has a wonderful and thoughtful used bookstore. I turned in a bunch of books and received an $80 credit for my efforts–but I’m not going to buy any books. Instead, I’ve turned over my credit to any of the county’s teachers who’ve signed up to receive children’s fiction books for their classrooms. So, rather than refilling my bookshelves, my credit will help fill classroom libraries for students instead. I can’t think of a better way to promote reading for young people. Yes, I could have bought books and donated Read more…

Evolution of a book cover

A few weeks ago, I offered a sneak peek here on the blog of a new Halloween Organized Mystery I’d written for an upcoming fall anthology that will be released the middle of next month. We authors have moved past the writing and editing stages now and onto the graphic portion of our program, so I thought I’d offer a little behind the scenes cover action. Sound interesting? There is nothing more fun than working with terrific author friends on an exciting project we’re doing for our fans, and this anthology has been a blast. All of the stories are brand new, all are 40 pages or more long–two are twice that length–and most of them tie to favorite mystery series we already love to write and our fans have told us they love to read. We wanted our book cover to not only translate that series fun into the Read more…

This Is Freakin’ Genius!!!!

How many times have you really wanted a perfect shot of a perfect setting–but people kept standing and walking into the frame. You finally give up, take the best couple of shots you can get and call it a day. Right? Well, no more. Check out this fabulous travel hack that tells you step-by-step how to get PhotoShop to shoo all those pesky tourists out of your perfect photo! (Hint it could also work to get rid of that goofy cousin who tries to photo bomb every family reunion shot too. At least, get rid of him in the photo.)

Terrific New Women Sleuths Giveaway!

I’m involved this week in a new giveaway with a couple of dozen other mystery authors, so wanted to give everyone the heads up. Go to http://www.authorsxp.com/giveaway and enter to win. There will be a couple of grand prize winners who’ll receive all 24 books in the giveaway, and another 19 entrants will receive random books from the giveaway group. Enter now–contest ends Sunday, August 14th. My prize is copies of Marked Masters.