It’s Fri-YAY!

It’s Fri-YAY! YAY! And Fresh Fiction is spotlighting Lissa & Honey in one of their October contests this month. You can win a huge canvas totebag (19″x15″x6″) and an Amazon gift card–U.S. entries only (sorry!). Click this link to enter– https://gleam.io/Q6epM/ritter-ames-october

Good Luck! I’d love for the winner to be someone I already know 🙂

Big Cozy Celebration for Agatha Christie’s Birthday Weekend!

Tomorrow is the Agatha Christie’s birthday. Longtime fan–bet you are too, right?

I recently watched the movie Agatha starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave. I never saw the film when it came out in 1979, but BritBox had it on the schedule and I settled in one Sunday afternoon, ready to be transported to the fictionalized 11 days in 1926 when Agatha Christie disappeared–and what could have happened. I was entranced! The movie made me love Dustin Hoffman even more than I already did, increased my dislike of Timothy Dalton (though I do credit that he’s excellent at playing jerks in his roles, and excelled in this one; just like he played the perfect villain in The Rocketeer). Also, since I’d watched the newest season of Grantchester, where Jemma Redgrave plays the mother of the new vicar, I was amazed at how much Vanessa–at about the same age as Jemma is now–and her daughter looked alike and had the same expressions and acting mannerisms. Just one of those serendipitous bonus things that comes from indulging in old movies at exactly the right time. Read more…

It’s Simplify Your Life Week

The first week in August begins SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WEEK.

No, I’m not advocating “If it doesn’t give you joy, you must throw it away.” But we should spend time thinking about what makes our life a little less stressful, and we can applaud that and cheer about items playing a role. We’ve all heard the “less is more” slogan, and yes, it is easier to find things when it’s not part of a crowd. But just “throwing away” is wasteful, and without being present in the moment as we acquire things–instead just grabbing up what does the trick when we’re in a panic over something–we’re destined to repeat our mistakes again and again. Read more…

Winner of the Weekend Love Your Dog Magnet Giveaway

Happy Monday, all! I love starting a new week announcing prize winners!

So much fun seeing all the entries over the weekend for the magnet giveaway, and I loved seeing what everyone wrote about the dogs in their lives. My neighbor’s granddaughter came over yesterday evening and drew the winning names. Congratulations Lisa Hudson and Susie Johnson! Y’all are the winners of the magnets! You can send me a message from the Contact page here on this website, or message me on Facebook with your snail mail address, and I’ll get your magnets in the mail.

Thanks, everyone, for coming by and entering. We’ll have more giveaways coming soon!

Do You Love a Dog?

Anyone who follows me on Facebook, this blog, or even my new Frugal Lissa cozy series knows I love my dog, Honey. Recently, I was shopping for my loveable Lab and found these fun and “oh, so accurate” magnetic paw prints that tell the world how so many of us feel about our fabulous pups. They’re about 5 inches high (and wide) and the magnets work for your refrigerator, your car, or any place you’d like to tell the world about the pet you love. Read more…

Sunday Fun-Day

When Honey and I went to the bank recently, the teller asked if I had a new book coming out. I said, “Actually, Honey and I both have a new release.” I explained our favorite Labrador was a character in Frugal Lissa Finds a Bodyhow it was a cozy mystery about a money-saving blogging mom of two, and that Honey was the canine creative advisor for the book. Our teller was so excited for Honey that she gave her a pair of Pennywise sunglasses to wear. What do you think? Is hot pink her color? Have a happy Sunday, everyone! Honey is 🙂

Honey glamming it as a creative consultant

What’s New & a Bargain Wednesday

Is everyone ready for a firecracker weekend? Yes, a Fourth of July weekend is ahead for all of us in the U.S., I hope everyone worldwide has an equally exciting weekend. And in somewhat-related news, I’m celebrating the New Release of Frugal Lissa Finds a Body by extending the $1.99 Sale Price through July 4th too. So, please grab a bargain if you’re interested in reading this title, because the book will go to $3.99 starting Friday. Click here to get to the Frugal Lissa page, and find all the bookseller links at the bottom for easy clicking. This page also includes the book description and early reviews (under Praise) to see what others are saying about the book. Don’t want to sound pushy–just want my readers to get 50% off while it’s available. Have a wonderful weekend!

What’s New, Free, and a Bargain Wednesday!

Hey, gang, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I know. I’ve been revising the 2nd book in the Frugal Lissa Mysteries series and will put it up for preorder soon–my designer is working on the book cover, so there will be a reveal on that in the coming weeks too.

My dog Honey has been excited by this series, too, since she’s my canine co-author and the model for the blonde Labrador retriever in the mysteries. And boy, does that dog have a nose for finding murders! You can spot her busy tail in the lower right corner of the cover. Read more…