Book Stores Unite

This article from the Arizona Republic last Sunday is a prime example of how we as a people can work together to overcome the atmosphere of hate and intolerance rampant in our nation now. I believe there are many more good, loving, tolerant people in the U.S. than the opposite. Unfortunately, I think the bad apples are the ones with more time on their hands to put forth their prejudicial statements. So, I was so happy to read about these two book stores thousands of miles apart in two different countries seeking to unify us!

Curves Open House Book Signing

The Curves 25th Birthday Celebration was a real blast! Great workouts, delectable food, cool door prizes, and awesome company. Many members received signed copies of my new book in the Kendra Morgan mystery series, Cornered! and it was a pleasure, as always, to talk with them. I wish this fitness franchise another successful 25 years; they do so much to advance women’s fitness in a fun and effective way. The photo features, Lila, one of the faithful members. She stays healthy by working out there at least 3 – 4 times a week.

Contest Winners

I’m pleased to announce the two winners of a signed copy of Clipped! They are Mary and Paul…first names only to protect their privacy. Thanks to all who entered the drawing, and good luck next time!

Enter to Win a Free Copy of Clipped!

In anticipation of the arrival of my new book in the Kendra Morgan mystery series, entitled, Cornered!, I’m inviting readers to enter to win a free copy of the first book in the series, Clipped! Simply fill out the Comment form below. The deadline for the drawing is Friday, September 8th. Good luck!

Life Is What Happens To You When You’re Making Other Plans

This saying, “Life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans,” is a quote from Betty Talmadge. She was born in 1924, so I guess even in her time, people had trouble getting things accomplished. I’ve been remiss in posting here for the very same reason. Life just keeps happening to me, too. At least one of those things is that I’ve been working on the final edits to my second murder mystery, Cornered!, which should be available in print by this summer. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. In the meantime, I’d love to hear about any comments or questions you have about writing.

Interview with David Binder


Hey Readers,

This photo was taken at a marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I was cheering on a team running to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. But I think the image is fitting because I like to cheer people on who are interested in the writing life! If you want to know more about what I believe about the craft of writing, check out David Binder’s website at

Actually, I have many more ideas about writing in addition to this interview, some of which I’ve already shared on this site. Time doesn’t allow me to list more right now, but I look forward to doing that in the future. I hope you’ll continue to read posts on this blog. And I love seeing your comments!


Unbridled Love

Here’s a last post from my kitty calendar, featuring a photo of Bud. I’m fortunate to watch after him when his parents are away. bud-the-bengal-003



I knead your chest with my sharp claws

To show you my affection

I bite your arm and don’t let go

To show you adoration

I walk across your throat at night

Because I want to say, “Hello!”

I leap from high upon your crotch

Because I miss you so

I trip you when you walk down the stairs

So you know I’m always near

I sit on your face and block all your air

So my absence you need not fear

I show my love in so many ways

My devotion runneth over

So I don’t know why when I approach

You duck and run for cover

The Girl On The Train

Check out this spellbinding mystery by Brit author, Paula Hawkins. You’ll love how she’s crafted the characters and keeps us guessing to the end about the killer’s identify. The movie comes out in October and I can’t wait! the-girl-on-the-train


Alex Kava has written an intriguing mystery, Hotwire, a Maggie O’Dell novel. Much of the book is set in Nebraska where I spent my formative years so that made it personally fun to read. The remainder of the book is set elsewhere in the U.S. and as the book begins, it appears there are two mysteries, but it turns out the two cases are intertwined. Ms. Kava pays careful attention to location and plot detail, and pulls the reader into the story from the first page. She has many other books available and I can’t wait to read them! Check out her website at


Wrap Up Excerpt From Clipped!

Clipped! Book CoverThis is a scene from Clipped! featuring Kendra’s heartthrob, Johnny, and her little sister, Toni. It takes place in a hospital room after Kendra has narrowly escaped becoming another of the serial killer’s victims. The sequel will feature more of Kendra and Johnny’s budding romance and the trouble her sleuthing activities bring to their relationship.

Johnny chose that moment to thrust the rose at her. “Uh, here —this is for you,” he mumbled. In an instant, his face was as crimson as Kendra’s.

“Well, well, look at you two,” Audrey said. “Do you want me to leave?” She laughed.

Kendra and Johnny shook their heads vehemently and cried, “No!”

At that moment, Kendra heard hurried footsteps in the hall, and an excited voice called out, “Ken’ra, we got you a sammich!” Toni burst through the door with her mother close behind. The little girl clambered onto the bed and threw her arms around her sister’s neck. “Did you see what I did?” She pointed at the artwork adorning Kendra’s cast.

“Yeah, very cool,” Kendra said as she returned Toni’s hug.

“We got the bad man, didn’t we?” Toni smiled a smug little grin.

“Sure did,” Kendra replied.

Toni opened her mouth to say something else, but stopped when she saw Johnny. She slid off the bed and stood as close to him as she could. “I know who you are.”

Johnny looked startled. “Yeah?”

“You were there when we was waiting for Ken’ra.” She puffed her little chest out. “Are you Ken’ra’s boyfrien’?”

Johnny was speechless. He stared at his feet.

“Don’t have any little sisters or brothers, do you?” Kendra teased.

He shook his head.

“No need to freak,” she said. “They’re just like us, only with over-size head and short necks.” That brought a smile to his face, but she could see he still felt awkward.

“Come on, Toni. Quit bothering him. Help me with Kendra’s lunch,” Teresa interjected.

Toni grabbed the lunch sack and jumped back on the bed.

Johnny saw his chance for a getaway. “Well, gotta get going.”

“Me, too,” Audrey chimed in. “Call me when you get home tonight.”

“Okay,” Kendra said. She took a huge bite of sandwich and handed the other half to Toni. As she watched her friends leave, she was overwhelmed with a sense of thankfulness for them, and her family, and the fact that she was truly safe.