The Countdown has begun!

hourglassAfter October 6th, I will no longer be a Parish Secretary.  It was a wonderful, spiritually fulfilling job but not one that leaves me much time (as is obvious since my last post was in 2014.)

I will be a full time author!  And I’ll start off with a bang!

October 8th, I’ll be in Taneytown, MD, presenting at the library with fellow SinC Chesapeake Chapter members Carla Coupe, Teresa Quill, KM Rockwood, and Shawn Reilly Simmons.

Then my husband and I will start the drive up to Toronto (assuming my passport has come by then) for Bouchercon.  I’ll start by attending the SinC Into Great Writing workshop and “Learn How to Give Your Novels Structure.”

After enjoying many other panels from so many talented writers (I’m biased since many are friends), I’ll moderate a panel on Sunday morning at 9:30am. “The Bookshelf Did It” will include Victoria Abbott, Kate Carlisle, Vicki Delany,  Con Lehane, and hopefully Terrie Farley Moran.

I can’t wait!


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Back in the saddle

For those who are wondering, I have been struggling with the third book. I did write it… and hated it. I gave it to Terry (my editor who can often do amazing things with my book) and she didn’t like it either.

So I let it rest for a while. And recently I found some of the things I hated, and have been writing for the past three weeks fairly regularly.

I hope to get the book finished and to Terry in the near future. Won’t give any dates, since it seems to curse me.

I did have a short story (in the Cassie Ellis universe) published in an anthology called Homicidal Holidays. My story, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” features Detective Whittaker, and takes place on Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Hopefully, that’ll give you a little bit of Cassie and Whittaker until we can get Book 3 done.

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Let’s take it from the beginning.

Well, mostly the beginning.  I’ve written two chapters of “Write of Passage” so far.

Now I need to go back and fix a number of issues that my critique group has already noted.  Then I’ll forge onward.

I’ll keep everyone posted as I go through the inspiration to publication. I really do think that this book is going to be my best yet. 🙂


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It’s here, it’s here!

The trade paperback version of Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Write is finally available at B&N. and Amazon.

I have fifty copies shipping to me right this second. (Well, perhaps the UPS man is taking a break right now.)

It’s been a long process, due to life upheaval on both my part and my editor/cover designer/business partner (yes, it’s all the same person).

Hopefully, Write of Passage will be smoother sailing (although, well, they are on a cruise ship, not a sail boat). 🙂

I’ve written three chapters so far. I’ll be trying to keep everyone posted as I write and edit the novel.


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This either means : finally, I am posting on this blog again, or finally, book 2, “Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Write” is available.

Or… both.

I do apologize that it took so long (and those waiting for a print version have a couple more weeks to wait). I hate when Real Life gets in the way of good fiction. 🙂

Hopefully, Book 3 “Write of Passage” won’t take as long to come out.

For those looking for the books:



Link to Nook Version

As soon as the print is available, I’ll post that as well.


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Small Town, USA – Population Decreasing Rapidly

Don’t worry, this isn’t a political blog about how small towns are disappearing because of the evils of the big city or the suburbs.

Instead, it’s about why I chose to set the Cassandra Ellis mystery series in Baltimore, MD.

I think it makes more sense to set it in a larger city rather than the small towns seen in many cozy mysteries. Think Cabot Cove and Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. With all those victims dying and their murderers going to  jail, you’d think that the population of that town has to be approaching zero. Soon it will only be Jessica Fletcher and the Sheriff left in the town. I know I wouldn’t move to Cabot Cove.

Besides, since Baltimore has the fifth highest murder rate per capita, this means that Cassie has plenty of murders from which to choose.





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Happy Belated Birthday to “Dead to Writes”

I’m always late with birthday wishes to my friends, so unsurprisingly, I’m late wishing Dead to Writes a happy one-year birthday!  I can’t believe the time has passed so quickly.

 The book was first published in Kindle format on Friday, August 13, 2011.  We deliberately choose Friday the 13th, deciding that a day traditionally connected with bad luck would bring good luck to a murder mystery book.

 And it has brought plenty of good luck.  Since that date, Dead to Writes has sold over 30,000 copies in one year, which isn’t shabby at all for an independent press published book. A vast majority of these sales were e-books, especially since Dead to Writes ebooks were discounted to 99 cents from March until last week.

 The best day for Dead to Writes was undoubtedly June 25, 2011.  On that date, for reasons unknown, the book rating dropped down to #35 in Paid Kindle (remember, lower is better.  Out of over 945,000 books on Kindle, Dead to Writes was number 34 in sales.)  On that day alone, we sold 1,000 copies.  It was a good day. J

 The book then spent about ten days in the Top Paid 100. It’s still doing fairly well, ranked around 4000 or so.

 I’ve been fortunate enough to receive dozens of positive emails from fans and over 35 reviews at Amazon (with a 4.3 rating at last check).  I don’t think any author has the words to describe how wonderful these lovely messages make one feel.  After all, each book  is a culmination of months or years of work. It’s my baby.

 And talking about babies, I truly do hope to get Dead to Writes a new sibling when Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Write is released.  Hopefully, that blessed event will happen before October.


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