I am happy to announce MURDER OF A GOOD MAN with Camel Press will be coming out January 15, 2018. This will be my second series that takes place in Texas and the story centers around a historic hotel in an oil-bust town.
When Nora Alexander drives into Piney Woods, Texas, to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish, she has no idea what awaits her. First, she is run off the road, then the sealed letter she delivers turns out to be a scathing rebuke to the town’s most beloved citizen and favored candidate for Piney Woods Pioneer: Adam Brockwell. Next thing you know, Adam has been murdered in a nasty knife attack. Suspicion instantly falls on Nora, one of the last people to see him alive. After all, everyone in Piney Woods loved him. Or did they? Turns out Nora’s mother had a complicated past she never shared with her daughter.
Told not to leave town by Tuck the flirty sheriff, Nora finds a job with Tuck’s Aunt Marty trying to get the rundown Tunie Hotel back in the black. The old hotel was Piney Woods’ heart and soul in its heyday as an oil boomtown. Now the secrets it harbors may be the key to getting Nora off the hook. She’s going to need to solve the mystery quickly to avoid arrest, or worse: becoming the killer’s next victim.
Book 1 in the Piney Woods Mystery series.
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Congratulations to Deb, Ryan and Shirley, winners of the AXP Cozy Mystery Giveaway. Deb won a copy of Till Dirt Do Us Part, and Ryan and Shirley won all 32 books! That’s a lot of cozy.
If you are looking for a Fourth of July mystery, check out Doggone Dead! It’s full of fireworks…and exploding port-a-potties. Writing is so much fun!
Give me land lots of land….and a puppy on the loose. When Betsy Livingston’s puppy runs away, she has no idea it will lead her to a murder on a movie cowboy star’s estate. Not only has there been a murder, but the town reports sightings of the dead cowboy himself. He’s out to seek revenge on all who wronged his daughter who became the victim of her own money-loving butler. Enjoy a little time on the Fourth of July in the tiny town of Pecan Bayou Texas where old cowboys never die…
Hang in there kitty, we are on day 8 of the Happy Homicides 5: The Purr-fect Crime. Today Joanna Campbell Slan is making an author to author visit to Jacquie Biggar’s blog. Jacquie writes romantic suspense so check her books out too!
Here is a description of Joanna’s story for the anthology.
The Catnip Caper: A Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery
The Cara Mia Delgatto series is a spin-off from Joanna’s popular Kiki Lowenstein mysteries. Cara and her friends are all animal lovers, but sometimes love can go astray.
Today Joanna Campbell Slan is visiting Fabulous and Brunette. Joanna writes the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries and is one of the leaders of this motley group of cozy writers.
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My story Double Tap has Betsy and Aunt Maggie tap dancing with the Pecanettes. Have you ever been part of a local dance class or group?
Guess What? I’m on another big blog tour! Happy Homicides has come out with a Mother’s Day spectacular The Perr-fect Crime. Come along on the blog tour and enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Etsy. (I can go through something like that in a hurry). All of our incredible cozy authors are posting around the web.
Wendy Sand Eckels is at Readeropolis
Wendy is the Author of the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A cozy mystery series with to-die-for recipes and small-town charm.
Randy Rawls is at Rogues Angels
Randy writes about a Texas PI named ACE for Arthur Conan Edwards.
“Betsy, darlin’, I don’t know how you get yourself into these messes.” Aunt Maggie stood in the bright sunshine as a parade of ants made their way up the sidewalk. My yard held the charms of glorious red oak trees and a nice patch of grass. My family’s addition to the outdoor area included a yellow-and-blue swing set and a little red wagon with our sons’ bikes precariously leaned against it. From today on, we would look at this green space differently. Now my yard held a brand-new garden. I pulled my chestnut-brown hair back into a ponytail. I was overdue for a cut, but there just never seemed to be time to get down to the Best Little Hairhouse in Texas.
“I think it can be surmised in one word and one word only. Rocky.” Rocky Whitson was my boss and a major pain in the asparagus at the Pecan Bayou Gazette. Our little paper covered all the news in our tiny Texas town, and when there wasn’t any news, Rocky made an effort to create some. His latest idea was to have the “Best Garden in Pecan Bayou” contest. Of course, he decided that in my position as the Happy Hinter, the writer of the local helpful hints column, I too should participate and give him reports “in the field.” I just wished I didn’t have to be in an actual field. My job would be to turn in weekly reports highlighting the ups and downs of being an amateur gardener. Amateur being the operative word. Was I a gardener? Did I anxiously await the fresh crinkle of seed catalogs every January? Did I love the sound of bees buzzing in the morning?
I was notorious for killing plants. It was so bad that my children gave me fake flowers on Mother’s Day. Still, here I was in the backyard of my home with a brand-new set of planter boxes and the entire shelf of gardening books from the Pecan Bayou library, including the official Texas gardening manual.
I clumsily tried to turn the pages of the manual with my new green plastic-coated gardening gloves. I picked them because they had vegetables printed in the soft cotton material of the gloves. Maybe I could cause the brightly colored carrots and broccoli to somehow encourage the real plants I would try to grow. “According to the manual, we should put the tomatoes over there in the bright sun.”
Aunt Maggie held her hand up to her eyes as she surveyed the patch of the yard we were now calling the garden. “Well, your boxes look good. Leo and Judd did a great job putting them together. All you need now is plenty of sunshine, water, and maybe a little fertilizer now and again. You can’t have the beauty without a little poo-ty. It should be lovely, dear.”
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