Last Day of Color Me Dead Will Be Free on Kindle


Goliath, the wonder beagle. Still, miss you!

Wow! What a week. This has been a fantastic tour, and I can’t believe we’re on the last day already. Thank you to my tour hosts on Thursday and all of the kind people who visited and downloaded the book. I’ve appreciated your comments and support this week. This is the last day Color Me Dead will be free on Kindle. If you’ve already downloaded it, I’d love it if you would share this information with someone else.  So, here are my last three stops.  All aboard! Stop by and comment so I know you were there.

January 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

January 27 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 27 – Turning the Pages – REVIEW


For my last beagle picture this week, I am posting the only picture I can find of my own beagle, Goliath.  This photo was taken in Colorado back when I was a teenager. I had to wake him up to take the picture. If I remember right, this was actually a polaroid that was scanned. (That sure dates it!)

Color Me Dead Blog Tour Day Four-2 Days Left as Free Download


Let’s Go! Vroom…Vroom…Of course I’ll be riding in the cab, not the back 🙂

The blog tour continues! Today I’m visiting four blogs and am enjoying visiting with everyone this week. The download numbers have been great, and I appreciate all of the reviews the book is getting. When I’m not on tour, I love to have other cozy mysteries visit me when they are on tour. I can tell you, some months when I get busy writing, it’s hard to find time to read and review a book, so I really appreciate their efforts. Here are my stops for today! Come and join me and be sure to leave a comment, so I know you stopped by.

January 26 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

January 26 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

January 26 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW

January 26 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT


This beagle’s name is Gumbo and he’s up for adoption in Houston, TX. 



Color Me Dead Still Free! Blog Tour Day Two


Where to next? Will there be Cheetos dropped?

What a great Monday! Thank you to all of the sites who hosted Color Me Dead yesterday. The book is still FREE on Kindle today, so make sure you pick up a copy.  Here’s where I’ll be today.

January 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

January 24 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

January 24 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

January 24 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT





This beagle’s real name is Baxter and is available for adoption in Tampa, Florida.

Color Me Dead is Free on Kindle This Week

Luigi says "Tour Time! Maybe there'll be snacks later!!"

Luigi says “Tour Time! Maybe there’ll be snacks later!!”

What a crazy week! Not only is Color Me Dead free on Kindle but I am on a whirlwind blog tour promoting my book!  I am on four different blogs today so click on the links below and come by and say “Hi” in comments.

January 23 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

January 23 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

January 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

January 23 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW




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:

Caroline Fardig Author

Caroline Fardig

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


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.

Maggie Toussaint

Maggie Toussaint

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

Guest Post: Joanna Campbell Slan “Proud to Be a Trashy Girl”

mermaid finished

Proud to be a Trashy Girl

By Joanna Campbell Slan

For decades now, I’ve suffered in isolation. My crime? (Or perhaps my addiction?) Is a love of trash. I hate seeing stuff thrown away. Especially GOOD stuff, usable items that still have a lot of life in them.

My husband despairs of my habits. Once, as I struggled to pull a big piece of wood out of a Dumpster, he pretended not to know me. “La-la-la,” he sang loudly while walking in the opposite direction.

“Help.” I grunted with the effort of my task. His lack of interest only spurred me on. It took some doing, but finally I wrangled the wood out from under other trash. “See?” I balanced it on top of my head. “It’ll be perfect as the platform for a dollhouse.”

But rather than hold the door to the apartment building open for me, he yelled, “Got to go! See ya!”

Fortunately another neighbor took pity and helped me haul the wood up the stairs and into our apartment.

Happily, I’ve since met a kindred spirit named Carol. She’s a girly-girl, but like me, she’s never one to turn up her nose at other people’s cast offs. We’ve bonded over glue guns, E-6000, and Elmer’s. In fact, when she bought a perfectly plain plywood cut-out of a mermaid, the two of us plotted to gussy up the sea creature. Carol had seen a similar project selling for $500, where the tail was made of squashed plastic bottles. That seemed too clunky for me. As we stood there in Carol’s garage, I had a brainstorm. Grabbing a pair of kitchen scissors, I cut empty aluminum pop cans into scales like fish have. Then we savaged an old silver plastic tray that was in the recycling bin. It became the fins on the tail. Next, we glued on nubby yarn Carol had snapped up at a thrift shop for a buck. Bit by bit, we filled in the blank form. I painted her face and shaped a broken glass candle holder into a bra. Carol added gems in her hair and “jewelry.” After spray-painting seashells a vivid purple, we glued them on, too.

I think our finished project is divine. In fact, in the next Cara Mia Delgatto mystery, I plan to have Cara sell mermaids just like this in her store. In between solving crimes, she and her crew will dress up plywood mermaids. Maybe even expanding the idea to seahorses…crabs…boats…fish…the sky’s the limit!

all-washed-up smallIn the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series, Cara and her crew transform trash into treasure as a way of stocking her store, The Treasure Chest. In Book #3, All Washed Up, Cara comes face to face with the idea of treating humans as “trash,” when they are tossed overboard by smugglers. I wrote the book after a shipwreck spilled illegal aliens on the sands of the small island where I live. For a limited time, it’s only $.99 so grab your copy today. Click here —

About the author: National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan has penned 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction, including a dozen featuring Kiki Lowenstein. RT Reviews has called Joanna “one of mystery’s rising stars.” Her newest mystery series introduces Cara Mia Delgatto, a spunky entrepreneur dedicated to turning “trash into treasure.” IndieReader Reviews has called it “incredibly charming.” Joanna’s historical mystery series featuring Charlotte Brontë’s classic heroine Jane Eyre won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence. You can read two of Joanna’s books absolutely free by going to and Visit Joanna at