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...

Has Common Sense Fled?

In my father’s later years, he often shook his head and complained about the insanity of the world in which he lived. I remember putting it down to the fact that he was in his eighties. But now that I find myself a senior citizen, I’m beginning to understand his...

The Long and Charitable Road to Endurance

The Endurance mystery series has had a long and winding road that still seems to be fraught with obstacles. Despite the difficulties, largely caused by the changing nature of publishing, the Endurance series is still winding its way through the hazards of the...

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