Time for the Holiday Giveaway Train Again–YAY!

Remember the fun giveaway time we all had this time last year when Henery Press put on the Christmas Giveaway Train? Where a bunch of us authors and book bloggers posted prizes on our FaceBook Author pages and readers could hop from FB page to FB page to try to win the prizes given by each author or blogger? Well, we’re all at it again.  Yes, I’ll be giving away prizes at  My Facebook Author Page.  Read the instructions, sign up to enter the contest (very easy, I promise), then click the link given to go to the next author on the giveaway journey. And do the same for each succeeding stop along the way. So be sure and follow the links and loop around to all your favorite authors and their giveaways. And I promise, it’s easy to enter. Wishing y’all luck for this very special Holiday giveaway. Lots of Read more…

Armchair Traveling on a Chilly November Afternoon

Had the need today to page through some pictures that tie back with books in my Bodies of Art series, and thought I’d share them with anyone needing a little Armchair Traveling for the day. I’ve thrown in pictures I used for all four books written–but only 3 are available for sale right now. The fourth, Fatal Forgeries, will be released in 2017. Sit back. Enjoy. For a bit of a picture legend to these shots– The first two pictures are London, where all the Bodies of Art Books are at some point each time. Third is the hilly street of Le-Puy-en-Velay from Counterfeit Conspiracies, fourth-through sixth is Florence for Marked Masters, seventh is a picture of Cassie’s flat entrance mentioned in book #1 & visited by Laurel & Jack in book #4, with the eighth the artists restoration pit where Cassie worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum that Laurel used to get Read more…

What’s New and Free Wednesday–Holiday Edition

Yes, here in the States we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving and a lot of turkey and pie. But I wanted to take a quick minute first and post some bargains and freebie books available right now in case you still need to load your ereaders for holiday reading. I’ll start with the bargains then move on to the freebies I’ve learned about. Be sure and click the links to get to the Amazon buy page–the book cover pics are just to make the page look pretty 🙂 One warning: these books were all free or specially priced at the time of this posting, but please double check the price before downloading as I don’t know how long the bargains will last or how soon you’ll be reading this post. Christmas comes early and Christmas Crazy, book #3 in the Zoe Donovan series by Kathi Daley, is on sale at 99¢.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GKPXU3S  Read more…

Probably Woefully Tardy Excerpt from Abstract Aliases

I had two people ask me the very same thing yesterday. The encounters were in two very different places–one person was an author and the other a confirmed mystery reader. Talk shifted to excerpts of books on blog posts, and when asked each time I said I have a page where readers can shoot out and read the first couple of chapters of each of my books on Amazon–Click Here. I title the page Chapter One Excepts but that’s really a misnomer since most go well past the first chapter. The length of the excerpt on Amazon depends on the percentage of the except compared to the whole book, so since I often write long chapters the excerpt ends sometime in Chapter Two. However, both people in my discussion said I needed to make it easier to read an excerpt and simply post the first chapter like other authors do. Given that Read more…

Before Fall Colors Disappear

Friday afternoon I took time off to go an walk around our city’s lake. Though the winds roared the day before, by Friday they’d calmed enough that the mid-60s temps didn’t require a jacket, but there were still lots of waves running the water to the shore. A perfect day for relaxing, communing with nature (especially the ducks), and simply letting all the beautiful blue shades and autumn hues touch my soul. Now with the cold snap that came Saturday, I figure the leaves will all be brown and most of the tree limbs bare, but I have evidence of my magical afternoon to look back on when I want a little calm and beauty in my life. I’m sharing six of the shots below. Enjoy!3

You Can Read Me Here, Or Hear Me There…

We used to have a neighbor my mother called “the gadabout” because the neighbor’s car zipped in and out of her driveway All Day Long. Seriously. Well, this week I’ve been doing a little internet gadabouting myself. Not anywhere to the level of our old neighbor, but pretty impressive for an author like me who tends to stay at her desk as much as possible. First, I made an appearance on Chris Syme’s Smarty Pants Podcast, talking about the many ways I work to market my books (hint, I spend about as much time marketing each day as I do writing). If you’d like to give a little listen into that world Click Here  https://cksyme.com/episode24/to get to the episode page (then just click the orangy-gold arrow to start the podcast). This interview was recorded during my release week for Abstract Aliases, so beyond being in the middle of that marketing circus, Read more…

Just Gonna Say It One More Time

I won’t ever try to tell anyone how to vote, but I will always challenge you to vote. It is your right and your responsibility. And I’d like to add for all future contenders out there For Any Elected Office, it is your responsibility to do your part to ensure the kind of circus this election season has been should never EVER happen again.   Thank you!