Come Find Me on Pinterest!

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Did you know I’m on Pinterest? I’ve have had the Happy Hinter Board up for awhile and enjoy finding helpful hints like my main character Betsy Livingston, helpful hints columnist at the Pecan Bayou Gazette. I created that board for research, personal use, and for my readers.  Click on the board below to catch up on all the great ideas out there to make life easier!

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I have also created a Pecan Bayou Cozy Mystery Series Board complete with information on all of the books, reviews and guest posts I’ve written around the web.  I’ve sprinkled a few helpful hints in on this board as well. Click on the board to check it out or follow.

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Finally, I was thrilled when the writers of the Happy Homicides Anthology Series put together a board of their own and asked me to be a part of it. Find out about upcoming installments in the Happy Homicides and all of the terrific cozy mystery authors involved in this project. Click on the board to check it out or follow.

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I will be creating a new board for The Henry Park Series. Just a reminder, COLOR ME DEAD will be free on Amazon January 23-27. There’s a money-saving tip for ya!

Color Me Dead is Now Available on Amazon

colormedeadcoverJanuary is a big month for me! My new Henry Park series starts today with psychic artist Gabby Wolfe in her first mystery solving adventure COLOR ME DEAD. I’ve moved from the warm comforts of Texas to the spectacular Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Artist Gabby Wolfe has the ability to see not only the beauty of the living but the despair of the dead. When she returns to her childhood home in Henry Park Colorado, she is forced to bring along her younger brother Mitch. He is on a “break” from college where he was majoring in wine, women. and song. If that isn’t enough they also have Mitch’s rambunctious beagle Luigi along who prefers to spend his days wallowing in junk food. When Gabby draws the death of a young woman before it happens, she knows she must tell someone and risk a new job and her professional credibility. Will she reveal her secret in time to save the woman in the water or will it be too late?

I moved from Colorado years ago, but a part of my heart has always stayed there. Living in Texas with my family, it’s not always easy to travel with my son, so in a way, I get to go back and visit every day I work on the series.  The character of Gigi, who has cerebral palsy was a challenge to write because she is “on the case” with Gabby and can only communicate through a Tobii, an augmented communication device. Just because Gigi is in a wheelchair doesn’t mean she isn’t going to let you know how she feels! Her character was inspired by people I’ve known while being a part of the disability community with my son, and Gigi will be a recurring character.

Now here’s a little secret. Color Me Dead is only available on Amazon at this time and will be on a blog tour January 23 through 27. I am so excited that Escape With Dollycas Tours has booked me on three and even four blogs a day during that time! Not only can you follow me on the tour for interviews and reviews but you can pick up a copy of the book for FREE during those days. That’s January 23-27 so mark it on your calendar right now!

New Release: Color Me Dead is Now On Pre-order!

colormedeadcoverI am happy to announce I have a new book coming out in January 2017!  I am introducing the Henry Park Series with my new book, Color Me Dead. Right now, it is still on preorder at Amazon and I plan to coordinate my blog tour with the days the book will be free on Kindle, so I’ll keep you posted. If you can wait, you can get it free in January, if you can’t wait and want to preorder- I like the way you think!

My family moved to Colorado when I was a preteen, and it was where I called home for many years.   As much as I love Texas, there will always be a little of that mountain girl  in me. The town of Henry Park is a mixture of several communities along the front range and I loved creating it, along with a whole new set of characters and a loveable beagle named Luigi.

My main character, Gabby, is a talented illustrator who is also psychic. She moves back to her childhood home of Henry Park to work on a book and begins having visions that end up on her sketchpad. She is accompanied by her little brother, Mitch, who has just finished six years of college with no degree, unless you count beer pong as a major.

Now, if you are still hoping for the next Pecan Bayou book, don’t worry. That’s in the works also and will be out in 2017.  More surprises to come…

 

Book Review- A Whole Latte Murder

a-whole-latte-murderI like coffee.  I like tea. I like the Java Jive, and it likes me.

Ah yes, let’s head to the coffee shop for a cup of joe and a slice of murder! This cozy mystery takes place in Nashville and so, of course, the amateur sleuth is an aspiring singer with a grande dose of stage fright. A Whole Latte of Murder is the third book in Caroline Fardig’s Java Jive series published by Alibi, and after reading this one, I’m going to need to go back and read the other two.  There is some mild language in this one, but you will find the pacing of the story is excellent.

 

Meet the Author:

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Caroline Fardig is the author of Death Before Decaf and the Lizzie Hart series. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

My Review

5 Stars

Juliet Langley, a coffee shop manager in Nashville tries to return a scarf and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Even though she’s dating cop, Ryder Hamilton, she sets on her road to discovery along with old love and best friend Pete Bennet.  Readers are never sure just which guy Juliet really cares for in the story and that adds to the suspense. Juliet is all over the place solving the crime, and there was a pretty funny scene where she was signing up to be an escort in the name of investigation. The characters, the pacing and the crime are set up well.  The cover for this cozy mystery drew me in and the writing kept me there. Now I need to go back and read books 1 and 2 of the Java Jive Series.

 

Book Review: Doggone It by Maggie Touissant

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Can you see the ghost dog? What a cutie!

I was excited to get to review Maggie Toussaint’s latest dreamwalker book because I too love to write about the world of psychics. Baxley Powell, landscaper by day, psychic by night (and any other time they need her) is a different psychic than say the Long Island Medium. She dreamwalks and when she does it’s a mighty scary. There aren’t just people floating around in white nightgowns but scary folks who pick on humans and put burning tattoos in people.

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Here is Maggie’s Synopsis of Doggone It:

Dreamwalker Baxley Powell can’t remember the last time she had such a crappy weekend. A twilight encounter with a ghost dog left her numb and disoriented, her dreamwalker abilities are wiped out, and the sheriff just summoned her to a double homicide.

With no access to the spirit world, Baxley bluffs her way through the crime scene where a movie star’s assistant and a charter boat captain were strung up and bled dry. In a haunted house, no less. Figuring out who killed these people will be a real challenge without her ability to speak to the dead.

Just when Baxley thinks her powers are returning, her dreamwalks malfunction. With the sheriff pushing her to solve the case quickly, Baxley teams up with a dognapping medium to boost her powers.

Suspects include the captain’s good-for-nothing brother, the assistant’s replacement, and, of course, his stalker. All of Sinclair County is on edge, and the media circus isn’t helping. At stake are the movie’s funding, the sheriff’s job, and Baxley’s senses.

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Can Baxley safeguard her abilities and solve the case before the killer strikes again?

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Haunted houses, lost pirate treasure, conniving in-laws, supernatural baddies, and a determined ghost dog test amateur sleuth Baxley Powell’s mettle in Book Three of Toussaint’s Dreamwalker Series.

My Review: 5 Stars

What happens when a California film crew mixes with locals in a small town famous for pirate lore?  Actors make their livings fooling people so when a double murder occurs Baxley Powell is called on to dreamwalk into the spirit world and find the truth. The only problem is Baxley is tapped right now from previous dreamwalking encounters and is struggling to do her job.  Maggie Toussaint does a beautiful job taking us on a walk in a place of nightmares. You can’t always trust the occupants in this world so you’d better put some crystals in your pocket and whistle for your trusty ghost dog. I loved the paranormal side of this cozy mystery which made it a little different and exciting to read. I also love the character of  Baxley who is struggling with parenting issues and yet hanging out with the police to help solve a grisly double murder.  Great story!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

Book Review: The Book Club Murders

book-club-murdersYou know, I’ve visited a few book clubs over the years. They seemed like such nice people. After reading The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel, I’m, shall we say, re-evaluating my initial impressions. The Agathas are a group of well-to-do ladies who love a good murder yarn. Leslie Nagel puts their reading list in the beginning, and I like what they are reading. Still, though, when a group is interested in murder mysteries, half the legwork to commit murder has been highly researched by a well-read murderer.  Charley Carpenter, the owner of a vintage fashion store, is trying to figure out who the murderer is along with her love Marc Trenault and her best friend, Frankie Bright.   There is a high body count in this one, so get your bookmarks ready because here’s my review.

4 Stars

Charley Carpenter, the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, attends a snooty book club that calls itself, The Agathas. I loved the idea of a mystery book club naming itself after Agatha Christie, and like any good Agatha novel, this group of ladies is full of twists and turns. These are the ladies who lunch. Rich, spoiled women who spend their time shopping, dealing with their husbands and criticizing others. When club members start dropping dead Charley must find the killer. The Book Club Murders is funny, suspenseful and a great whodunnit!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Cat, The Collector and The Killer

True confession. I’m not much of a cat person. I think they’re beautiful, but they make me sneeze and then wheeze.  I have always been a dog lover starting with my rascally beagle, Goliath, who I used to take with me on my paper route. How Norman Rockwell can I get here?

When the opportunity came up to review LeAnn Sweeney’s latest book in her Cats in Trouble Series I had to grab it, even if I did have to take a Claritan. Many years ago when I was deciding if I wanted to try this writing thing for real, Leann came to my local library for a book talk. She was the first cozy mystery writer I had ever met, and I found her charming. She answered all my questions and even recommended a book on police procedure. After meeting her, I realized I could write a book. I needed to learn some things, and still do, but I felt ready to finally finish my first novel, A Dash of Murder.

So, thanks Leann for planting a seed and growing a writer. You have been an inspiration to me.

Here is my review of The Cat, The Collectorcatcollectorcover and The Killer:

5 Stars

I really enjoyed this mystery with its many twists and turns. The is a lot happening and plenty of characters to line up as suspects. I especially enjoyed how Leann slowly unraveled the mystery as with each chapter the characters revealed a little bit more. The small town of Mercy, South Carolina must be crawling with cats and unsolved murders! Great series.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.