Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teacup Tuesday: Positively Paisley

I am a sucker for chintz-patterned china. Today's pattern is Shelley's "Paisley Gilt Chintz." Wouldn't you just love to have a nice cuppa tea from this cup?

Shelley Paisley Gilt chintz Teacup Tuesday

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Teacup Tuesday. And today's cup is ...

In my newsletter last week, I asked readers to share their favorite teacup patterns. This one is "Dainty Blue" by Shelley, and is collected by Suzanne V. of Mission Viejo, CA. Isn't' it lovely?

Teacup Tuesday(1)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Victoria Square Returns!


Like the picture says, Victoria Square is moving from the back burner to the front.

The series has been languishing while I've turned my attention to other things ... like writing The Booktown Mysteries, the Jeff Resnick Mysteries, the Lotus Bay Mysteries, and the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy series ... but readers have been begging for more Victoria Square and I'm happy to finally be able to oblige.

Cozy mystery author Laurie Cass and I will be collaborating on the series.  The next book is already in the works, and should be finished by year-end. Now we're waiting to hear when the series will be put back on the publishing schedule.  We're anticipating 2017 -- but have no fear, we'll let you know if it will be any sooner.

Laurie and I have been friends for years and we're excited to begin this journey together. Check out Laurie's website and if you haven't already read her wonderful Bookmobile Cat Mysteries, I hope you'll give them a try.

Claw_foot_bathtub5BTW, this is my inspiration picture for the next book, which I've tentatively called Dead, Bath, and Beyond.  (But don't count on that being the actual title.)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Coming Soon: A New Jeff Resnick Mystery ...

Eyewitness cover-smIt’s been two years since the mugging that nearly killed him, and Jeff Resnick is finally putting his life back together. But his sense of peace is shattered when the detective investigating his wife’s murder calls to update him on the cold case. Jeff wonders if his sixth sense can help him find the man who killed Shelley Resnick--and what will he do if he does?

Pre-order from ...

Kindle  | Kindle Worldwide

Kobo  |  iBooks


Friday, May 1, 2015

Available in paperback on Tuesday!

Angelica wants to impress the new manager of NRA Realty --but does she HAVE to have her tea party at Tricia's store? (That would be a big YES!)

Join T n A for tea

COMING TO PAPERBACK ON TUESDAY MAY 5th! (And the ebook price drops that day, too!)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Once again ... Teacup Tuesday

Back by popular demand.  (Okay, a few people on Facebook requested it.)

I love this pattern. I first saw it at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-On-The-Lake (Ontario, Canada) where Mr. L and I have had afternoon tea many times.

Teacup Tuesday

Monday, April 27, 2015

Not entirely welcome ...

Mr. and Mrs. Duck came calling this afternoon. They aren't really welcome around our pool because ... let's just say they aren't very tidy.  This time we scared them away just by taking pictures.

Mr n Mrs duck

I grabbed one more shot as they flew away.

Fly away

Monday, April 13, 2015

Birthday Pie!

Today is Mr. L's birthday.  He's not into cake, so I baked him a lemon meringue pie.

This was the first time I got to use my new pie weights.  What fun!

Pie weights

I should take more pictures of the "work-in-progress."

Here's the final result.

Lemon meringue pie

Happy Birthday, Mr. L!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Cozies Just for You!

Don't you just love the first Tuesday of the month -- NEW BOOKS!!!  Hey, and I'm leading the pack with a new audiobook.

HotMurder-400ONE HOT MURDER:  Victoria Square Mystery #3

At the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smoke screen—for murder. A body is found among the charred wreckage, and the victim didn’t die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now—despite making Detective Ray Davenport hot under the collar—Katie Bonner is determined to smoke out a coldhearted killer…

AudibleAmazon  |  iTunes  |  Tantor Media (in CD)


And from my BFF and Cozy Chicks Blog sister Ellery Adams

Lemon pies-smLemon Pies and Little White Lies: Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4

Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact, the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won’t return her calls…

Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside—especially when she realizes that the mystical symbols left at each crime scene are dangerously personal. Now she will have to whip up all her supernatural skills to uncover a killer out to settle an ancient score—before the murderer devastates everything Ella Mae is determined to protect…

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble
Kindle US  | Kindle Worldwide  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  iBooks


And from another of my Cozy Chick Blog sisters, Duffy Brown

Demise In Denim-smDemise in Denim, Consignment Shop Mystery #5

When Reagan Summerside turned the first floor of her old Victorian home into a consignment shop, she never imagined she’d be harboring a fugitive in her attic. But after a dead man is found in a bathtub and local lawyer Walker Boone is accused of doing the dirty deed, she suddenly has a new houseguest.

Having the lawyer who took her to the cleaners in her divorce settlement—and who has been getting under her skin ever since—in close proximity is enough to drive Reagan to distraction. For the sake of her sanity—and Walker’s freedom—they need to put their heads together to find out who is trying to get the lawyer out of the picture . . .
Amazon Barnes & Noble
Kindle US  | Kindle Worldwide  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mmm...oatmeal cookies!

3-18 Natl Oatmeal cookie day

Tori and Kathy know what's important to celebrate -- and cookies top the list. Kathy shares some of her recipes in Panty Raid and With Baited Breath.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dark Waters await ...

Wow -- a lot has been going on behind the scenes of late. Not only are the Victoria Square books coming out in audio, they are now available in e format for the UK, AU, NL, and Ireland.
Also brand new is my latest audiobook from my Jeff Resnick Mystery series, DARK WATERS, which is narrated by Steven Barnett.

DARK_WATERS_audio-smFor Jeff Resnick, the trouble starts with a near-death experience.  Brenda's family comes to visit and one of them reminds Jeff of the thugs who mugged him. His brother has taken possession of an expensive boat.  The yacht holds a deadly secret, one destined to turn his world upside down. Will Jeff solve the puzzle before his vision of near death becomes a reality?

Feathered Quill Book Reviews said "Conflicts swirl like the dark waters of the Niagara."

Available from:

Audible US | Audible UK  | Amazon | iTunes

For information on all the Jeff Resnick audiobooks, check out my website.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Victoria Square Mysteries available in e-format for AU, IE, NL and UK

I'm ecstatic to announce that the Victoria Square Mysteries are now available in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.  And look at these beautiful covers!




For more information, you can check out my website.  Click here!

P.S.  Those really are my cats on the covers: Betsy (standing in for Della) and Bonnie (standing in for Mason).

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A purr-fectly lovely cover

As I think I mentioned last week ... the Victoria Square Mysteries are coming to audio.  It's been a long time coming, but a little judicious nagging certainly didn't hurt.

Yesterday, my editor sent me the cover for the first one, A Crafty Killing.  (It'll all be available on February 24th.) To be fair, it was gorgeous. There was just one honking big error. The cat.  It was a ginger cat.  A very handsome ginger cat, but it wasn't Mason, the cat in the story.  Mason is a tabby!

A Crafty Killing-sm1

Well, I let my editor know I was and wasn't happy. It's not his fault, after all, that Marketing ALWAYS gets it wrong!  The new art director was probably just taking a cue from the original cover. (Which wrongly has a ginger cat on it.)

When I didn't hear back from him during the next hour, I wondered if he might start to think I'm some kind of diva. And this audiobook is coming out from Tantor Media (a company that my publisher licensed the audio rights to).  I don't know how he did it, but my wonderful editor asked them to change the cover--and they did!!!!  Color me shocked, but extremely happy.

I think you have to agree, this cover is PURRfect.  I like the fact that Mason is glancing over his shoulder with a wary expression--looking for bad guys

A Crafty Killing-med

I'm liking Tantor Media!  Not only do they produce nice covers, but they actually offer the audiobooks as downloads AND on CD. I have not heard a sample of the book, but I have heard samples of the narrator reading other cozy mysteries, so I think she'll be a good fit.

You can order the audio edition of A Crafty Killing.  Just click here.  (It's also available from Amazon and will soon be available from iTunes and Audible.)

The book and ebook are still available, too, and there'll be more on the horizon, too.

I'll let you know when The Walled Flower and One Hot Murder are available during the next couple of months.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New month -- new stories to enjoy!

I love the first Tuesday of the month -- that means new releases from many of my friends and favorite authors.  Today is no different.  Of course, first up is ... me .. then two of my Cozy Chicks blog sisters, Kate Collins and Duffy Brown.

Crybaby-smCRYBABY featuring Jeff Resnick

Jeff Resnick—babysitter? It wasn’t a reference that had ever graced his personal résumé, but when he’s entrusted to care for his brother’s most prized possession—his infant daughter—Jeff is tested in ways he could never have anticipated. With his girlfriend Maggie unavailable, Jeff has only one person he can turn to for advice when his tiny niece falls ill on his watch.
Kindle US  | Kindle Worldwide
Kobo  |  Nook  |  iBooks  | Smashwords


A_Root_Awakening-smA Root Awakening ... a Flower Shop Mystery by Kate Collins

Now that they’ve tied the knot, flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, want to put down roots. When it comes to picking a house, Marco can’t wait to get his hands dirty, while Abby isn’t ready for a fixer-upper. But conflict really sprouts when they’re checking out a dilapidated Victorian and watch a construction worker take a life-threatening tumble. Since witnesses claim the man shouted for help, suggesting that the fall was no accident, the victim’s flamboyant wife hires Marco to find the person responsible. Meanwhile, Abby keeps secret from Marco her own investigation into the home’s inhabitants, a family whose off-kilter behavior has aroused her suspicions. If only Abby’s very pregnant cousin, Jillian, will stop distracting Abby with false labor pains, she can conclude her own inquiries before Marco finds out…and her case blossoms into a disaster.

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble
Kindle US  | Kindle Worldwide
Kobo  |  Nook  |  iBooks


Dead Man Walker-smDead Man Walker ... a Consignment Shop mystery
by Duffy Brown

As a mortician beautician and housekeeper, Mercedes is no stranger to corpses or messy bathrooms. But the last thing she expects to find in a client’s bathtub is a dead body! Now she’s a murder suspect and it seems like her life is going down the drain. She turns to local lawyer Walker Boone to get her out of hot water.  But Walker has his own surprising connections to the dead man in the tub, and now he needs Reagan’s help to clear his own name—and keep him alive…

Kindle US  | Kindle Worldwide
Kobo  |  Nook  |  iBooks 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Live and soon to be live ....

Ever since I returned from the Ninc conference in late October, I've been hustling my butt working on a number of projects, some of which are now live and some that are still in the works. (I'll talk about that more in a week or so.)

LIVE -- FROM NEW YORK (okay, Rochester NY) IT'S ....

Cheated_by_death-smCheated By Death in audio!
(Jeff Resnick Mystery #4)

I've got a fabulous new narrator, Steven Barnett, and I'm hoping that we can re-record the earlier books in the series so that Steven will be the voice of Jeff Resnick.

Audible US  |  Audible UK  | Amazon  |  iTunes

To read more about the book, click this link to my website.

As I mentioned last week, BOUND BY SUGGESTION (Jeff Resnick Mystery #5) is also now available in audio.  OMG -- I'm thrilled with Steven's performance. It sure had me on the edge of my seat, and I wrote it!

And out as paperbacks ...

Evolution-SMEvolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory
There's something about this book that haunts me. I think I've read it six times in the last month. I keep going back to it, and I don't usually go back and read my own stuff. (Although I do like to listen to it on audio in the car.) Maybe it's the whole "coming of age" aspect of the stories.

Not only is the book now available as a trade paperback, it'll soon be available in audio, too. (Again, performed by Steven Barnett.)  I'll let you know when that happens.  So far I've confined distribution to just Amazon because the paperbacks don't sell as well as the ebooks and there are costs associated with distribution (like being forced to not only give hefty discounts, but pay for returns--OUCH!).

To read more about the book, click this link to my website.

Trade Paperback
Kindle US  |  Kindle Worldwide  |  Kobo
Nook  | iBooks  |  Smashwords

I don't know why this book doesn't seem to resonate with readers. It sure resonates with me. Why?  I'm not sure. I just know it, and the second book in the series, JOURNEY, were a heck of a lot of fun to write. I really enjoyed the experience and I thought my readers might be willing to leave their comfort zones to give my character Amanda Shelton a try. But I live in hope.  The sales for Evolution have picked up since the paperback edition came out. I'm hoping Amanda will have the same kind of luck.

If the sales pick up, not only will I squeeze the next book into my writing schedule, but I'll release the series as audiobooks, too.

To read more about the book, click this link to my website.

Trade Paperback
Kindle US  |  Kindle Worldwide  |  Kobo
Nook  |  iBooks  |  Smashwords


SPOILER ALERT:  In the works? 

The audio edition of Jeff Resnick #6, Dark Waters.
The print edition of Tales of Telenia: JOURNEY
The audio editions of the first three Victoria Square Mysteries.
Booktown Mystery #10: (what I'm calling) A Not-So-Fond Farewell