Third Book in the Kendra Morgan Mystery Series

Third Book in the Kendra Morgan Mystery Series

I’m happy to announce my third book in the Kendra Morgan Mystery Series, Crushed! is now available on Amazon.

In this story Kendra travels to Arizona to spend the summer as a police cadet with her aunt, who is a detective in the Phoenix Police Department. She leaves behind her family and boyfriend in small-town Nebraska and is determined to learn how crimes are handled in the big city. With a history of bypassing the police to solve cases herself, she knows she must change her behavior or chance being sent home. It’s not long before two separate murders–one of a popular Phoenix councilwoman and another of a handsome, risk-taking playboy reignite her obsession for bringing killers to justice. Once again, Kendra finds herself immersed in her old vigilante ways.

WRITE NOW 2019 DESERT SLEUTHS CONFERENCE AND ANTHOLOGY

WRITE NOW 2019 DESERT SLEUTHS CONFERENCE

Anthology Unveiled

What a fantastic weekend at the Write Now 2019 Desert Sleuths Conference in Scottsdale and the unveiling of this year’s anthology.

We were treated to a marvelous slate of speakers and panel presenters and my head is still spinning with all the great information shared with us. As always, it was a treat to network with other talented writers as well. The live and silent auctions added even more fun to the day.

This year’s mystery anthology, SoWest: Lady Killers, was presented and was available for sale along with books written by speakers at the conference. I’m pleased to announce one of my short stories, Claire, appears in the anthology. The twenty-two tales of chaos and murder may prompt you to lock your doors and pull the shades. So, get your copy at Amazon now!

http://www.desertsleuths.com

http://www.sistersincrime.org

 

Desert Sleuths Write Now 2019 Conference

Desert Sleuths Write Now 2019 Conference/Sisters in Crime

I can’t wait to attend the Desert Sleuths Write Now 2019 Conference next week! Desert Sleuths is the local chapter of Sisters in Crime. http://www.sistersincrime.org

A fantastic slate of seminars, workshops and a panel will be offered. Speakers from around the country, including Catriona McPherson, Dennis Palumbo, Jessica Lourey, Terri Bischoff, and Abby Saul, will share their wit and wisdom on the craft of writing.

Also, the 2019 Desert Sleuths Anthology, entitled SoWest Lady Killers, will be unveiled. I’m happy to announce one of my short stories is included in the volume, along with contributions from nineteen other talented mystery/suspense/thriller writers.

There are still openings and the event is very reasonably priced. Check out the link for registration and details. https://desertsleuths.com/write-now/writenow-2019

MY FAVORITE CONFUCIUS SAYINGS

I recently had lunch at a marvelous Chinese buffet. It reminded me of some of my

favorite Confucius sayings.

CONFUCIUS SAYS

Man who run in front of car get tired.

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Man who run behind car get exhausted.

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Man who scratch a– should not bite fingernails.

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Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.

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War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left.

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Wife who put husband in doghouse soon find him in cathouse.

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It takes many nails to build a crib, but one screw to fill it.

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Man who drive like hell, bound to get there.

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Man who fart in church sit in own pew.

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Farewell To My Muse

Farewell to my muse and the best kitty ever! He quite unexpectedly crossed over the rainbow bridge yesterday and leaves me missing him so! Like all cats, he had his idiosyncrasies but was a gentleman until the last. Cajun, I pray you are rolling in fields of catnip and cavorting with your mom, Cassie. Or perhaps you will take another form here on earth and bring the same joy you brought to me to another lucky family.

Vacation to Sweden and Norway

Vacation to Sweden and Norway

I recently returned from a fabulous vacation in Sweden and Norway, home of my mother’s ancestors. Traveling with my two daughters made this the trip of a lifetime. My only regret is the absence of enough time to see and do everything we wanted.

I won’t list our entire itinerary but the highlights of the Stockholm trip were an authentic Swedish dinner in an old world square behind the Nobel Peace Prize Building, the stunning architecture throughout the city, and a tour of the Royal Palace. The ceiling art  shown is from the cathedral within the palace.

The seven hour train ride from Stockholm to Oslo was such an enjoyable way to travel, allowing a view of the countryside and a chance to talk with fellow Swede and Norwegian passengers. I even added some new words to my limited foreign language vocabulary.

In Oslo, it was thrilling to be admitted to the Gronland Church where my grandmother’s ancestors were married. The kindly caretaker lit the altar candles for our photos. She spoke only Norwegian but gestures of love are universal. I was deeply touched.  We then drove into the country and explored areas where my relatives lived and worked in the 1800’s. Another high point in Oslo was the Norwegian Cultural Museum where lefse was being baked in the traditional manner. It was delicious! And of course, the Edvard Munch Museum was unforgettable.

 

 

The Can-Do Karate Kid

The Can-Do Karate Kid

A new and talented writer and illustrator, Jenifer Tull-Gauger, has launched her children’s book, The Can-Do Karate Kid. Tull-Gauger not only knows writing and illustrating, but she also runs a karate studio in Mesa, Arizona, so martial arts are a part of her wheelhouse.

The book cleverly tells the story of a little boy, Makoto, who lets laziness and procrastination ruin his chance to perform a belt test at the dojo (dojo is Japanese for a training hall for a Japanese art like karate). At the studio, he is particularly upset when his friend, Michi, takes and passes her belt test.

When the karate instructor tells Makoto’s parents he arrived too late to test, they inform her Makoto also routinely balks at doing his homework and chores.

The instructor takes Makoto aside and explains that if Makoto will follow the Dojo Kun, the most important rules of traditional karate, he can defeat laziness and procrastination.

Thankfully, he does.

I’m looking forward to the next Dojo Kun Character Book in which both Michi and Makoto battle dishonesty.

KJZZ Arizona Story Fest

KJZZ and Arizona State University are hosting the annual KJZZ Arizona Story Fest on Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

This will be a fantastic event featuring talented Arizona writers. Many will take the Stage to tell you about their latest book. Come find a book you can’t live without and have it signed by the author. The event will be at the Mesa Convention Center, Building C, 201 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 on June 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a preview of some of the books available, and other fun things you’ll find there, go to http://www.storyfest.kjzz.org

LOCAL MESA ARTISTS

LOCAL MESA ARTISTS PRODUCING CHARCOAL, OIL, PASTELS, AND WATER COLOR PAINTINGS

Hi all,

I don’t normally post this type of thing, but I was so pleased with this oil painting a local artist created from an old black and white photo of my mother and me. I met him at the Red Mountain Multi-Generational Center in Mesa where they have a fantastic group of artists working from live models. They are at all skill levels and encourage one another in their efforts. I knew Mesa boasted many talented writers but had no idea there are also amazing painters in our midst! If you’d like to sit for them, they meet Friday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. They even pay the models a nominal fee.

 

Desert Sleuths CozyCon Event

I had a phenomenal time at the CozyCon Event at the Mesa Library!

Yesterday, the Red Mountain Library hosted our Desert Sleuths CozyCon featuring mysteries of all kinds: cozies, suspense, horror and true crime. There were stellar panels featuring all of these. In addition there was a panel about Desert Sleuth’s annual anthology of short stories. I felt privileged to be a part of all the fun. It’s always great to visit with library patrons and network with other writers. The photo is taken after the anthology panel.