Switching Gears

Until recently, I’d forgotten how difficult it is to start writing a new book, let alone a new series. At the beginning, I must create all new characters, locations, back stories, and plots. Because I write mysteries, I will spend hours putting together the...

Research on Las Vegas Legends

Welcome Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger, husband and wife writing team. Janet and Will have been writing Skylar Drake murder mysteries for the past three years, beginning with Slivers of Glass and Strange Markings. Now they have a third book in their series, Desert Ice,...

A Way to Say Thank You

I’m starting the new year out right by sending out a special invitation for people to download for free my ebook novella about TJ Sweeney, the town of Endurance’s top police detective. For three days, Jan 13-15, you can download TJ’s story FREE on...

Book Reviews Revisited

[I published a post on this topic once before, but I decided it would be a good subject to revisit now that my second Endurance mystery, Marry in Haste, has just been launched.]  A common plea I’ve seen recently on websites and Facebook reader/writer sites involve...

Now Let’s See … How Did that First Book End?

As of November 16, Marry in Haste has been shipped from the publisher and is now winding its way across the country to warehouses where it will be inventoried and then shipped off once again to places like Amazon.com, Target.com, and BarnesandNoble.com. It will also...

The Strange World of Research

“Fact and Fiction: The House at 402” is the title of a two-part article I wrote for the local newspaper about a huge Victorian house we lived in when we first moved to the small town of Monmouth, Illinois. I recently spent two weeks researching who built the house in...

So….What Shall I Do until My Book Comes Out?

The second full-length novel in my Endurance series, Marry in Haste, is coming from Five Star Publishing/Cengage on November 16. Am I excited? You better believe it! So what does that date mean? I can look forward to a three-week wait until I have boxes of books...

The Home Stretch: Proofreading Shortcuts

I am generally professional about keeping up with blog posts. However, this summer I missed July since I had a mishap that resulted in a broken vertebrae. No blog posts showed up on their own. No writing was done by my computer. That month was just a blur. August has...

Interview with Judy Penz Sheluk, Mystery Writer

I first became aware of Judy Penz Sheluk, mystery writer, because we shared an editor for our first mysteries. While I haven’t met her in person, I think next year I might have that opportunity at a book coference since we both have books coming out. Judy hails...

If You Can’t Tell a Book by Its Cover …

… you have a real problem. This week I received the cover for my second full-length Endurance mystery, Marry in Haste. It was designed by Deirdre Wait, a cover artist for Five Star/Cengage publishing. She also designed the cover for my first mystery, Three May...

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