Hello Readers!


The Red Mountain Branch of the Mesa Public Library is once again hosting their CozyCon featuring local Arizona mystery writers. They will have their amazing books available for sale. In addition, four amazing panels will be held. The topics are:  CONTEMPORARY COZY, SOWEST KILLER NIGHTS ANTHOLOGY, FANTASTICAL COZY MYSTERIES and NOT SO COZY CRIME. Whatever your taste in mysteries, cozies, horror, suspense, you will find it here. Join us at 735 N. Power Road, Mesa AZ 85205 between 1 and 4:30 p.m.!

Mesa Public Library Local Author Book Fair

Mesa Public Library Local Author Book Fair

The Red Mountain Branch of the Mesa Public Library is hosting its Annual Local Author Book Fair this Saturday, February 23rd from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be many amazing writers featuring their books. And of course, I’ll be in attendance with my Kendra Morgan YA mystery series. The event is free and there is lots of parking. I’m sure you’ll find a book that you can’t live without and it will be even more special because it will be signed by the author! The address is 635 N. Power Road, Mesa AZ. See you there!



Scottsdale Public Library Local Author Book Sale

Scottsdale Public Library Local Author Book Sale

Hey readers, the perfect opportunity for you to pick up a book you love is happening at the Scottsdale Public Library Local Author Book Sale. Visit the library this Saturday, February 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free, including parking. The address is 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. You will be amazed at the major writing talent our area boasts. For a list of participating authors and other information about the day, go to:

Can’t wait to see you there!

My Cat, Cajun, And The Cone Of Shame

My Cat, Cajun, And The Cone Of Shame

Anyone who knows me or follows my blog posts knows I am a cat lover so when my fourteen-year-old kitty, fell ill last week I was devastated. He had stopping eating and drinking. I was prepared to hear he had a terminal illness since he’s a senior citizen. I was extremely relieved to learn it was a very treatable condition. However, a surgical procedure was required, complete with antibiotic, pain killer and an IV for dehydration.

And worst of all for Cajun, the “cone of shame” was fastened about his little neck. Once home, even though he was sedated, when I released him from his carrier, he totally freaked out. He raced wildly around the house trying to rid himself of this strange thing blocking his peripheral view. He even tried to back out of it. I felt so terrible for him. Fortunately, by the following morning, he’d adjusted to it.

Also, the veterinarian had instructed me to swap out his litter box for one with shredded paper or recycled paper pellets. This was to insure no litter made its way into the wound. Another huge change for my boy.

Fortunately, my daughter is a vet tech and I texted her with a myriad of questions, some probably pretty silly. Like, can I clip the long tab off the collar, or is there a purpose for it? The answer was yes. You can see it in the photo if you take a close look. Also, she told me to be sure his food and water dishes were smaller than the diameter of the collar.

I asked about if cats usually preferred shredded paper or the pellets. She replied there was no way to predict that, or if they will use either one. I cringed at that answer.

Fortunately, the following day, Cajun ate and drank a little bit. He also used the recycled paper pellets. I felt like a proud mom.

And our return to the vet for his recheck, he was freed of the collar that had rendered him a crazy man. Yeah!



Who Would Believe Fuzzy’s Is The Name Of A Mexican Restaurant?

Who would believe Fuzzy’s is the name of a Mexican restaurant? I certainly didn’t until I began researching my next book in the Kendra Morgan mystery series.

In this third book, entitled Crushed!, Kendra flies from Nebraska to Arizona to intern with her Aunt Lena, a Phoenix police detective. Lena has a condo in Tempe so some of the story is set there. In checking out places I felt Kendra would frequent, I stumbled on the perfect spot…Fuzzy’s.

Those of you familiar with Tempe know that it’s home to Arizona State University. Consequently, many of the businesses are geared toward college students. Fuzzy’s fits the bill beautifully. Its wild colors, serve yourself system and reasonable prices combine to draw in the younger crowd. It was the perfect setting for Kendra to meet with a new love interest.

Of course, I had to sample their wares. Not bad, not bad at all.

Mesa Library Local Author of the Month

The Mesa Library is hosting me as the Local Author of the Month for November, 2018. I’ll be at the Main Branch Saturday, November 10th from 2 to 4 p.m. The address is 64 East 1st Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. I’ll be signing copies of my Kendra Morgan mystery series, Clipped! and Cornered!. Come on out and see what the library has to offer!

I’ll also be at the Dobson Branch the following Saturday, November 17th and the Red Mountain Branch on the last Saturday, November 24th. My time slot for these branches is 1 to 3 p.m. The Dobson branch address is: 2425 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, 85202 and the Red Mountain branch is located at: 635 N Power Rd, Mesa, 85205.

The library has so many programs and events. Check out their website at


A Wonderful Day at Tempe Book Festival

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, or the company more exceptional at the Tempe Book Festival yesterday. There were many talented book sellers there as well as hundreds of library patrons. I hope this annual event will continue for many years to come!

I spent my time between at the Sisters in Crime booth (above) and the Southwestern Authors booth.

Pictured from left to right, are Maegan Beaumont, Toni Niesen and Suzanne Flaig, all writers extraordinaire!

Tempe Book Festival



Hi Readers,

I’m sorry to have been away so long! I recently moved, and I think most or all of you know what that’s like. At any rate, I wanted to tell you that the Tempe library is hosting their fantastic Book Festival this Saturday, November 3rd. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will host many, many talented Arizona authors! I hope to see you there. The address is: 3500 So. Rural Road (southwest corner of Rural and Southern).

Be sure to check out the Sisters in Crime Booth if you are a mystery lover!

The Lucky Winner Who Will Appear As A Character In My Next Mystery, Crushed!

Front Cover of Clipped

Thank you to the brave souls who entered the drawing to have their name used as a character in the next book of my Kendra Morgan mystery series, CRUSHED!. I say brave because you had no idea if you would appear as a murderer or a victim. Not to mention if you would be fat, skinny, old, young, rich, poor, kind, mean-spirited, beautiful, ugly–I could go on and on, but you get the picture. And yet, you signed up!

I’m pleased to announce that the winner is:  Dorrine Zelmer. Congratulations, Dorrine!