FREE today! Murder at Calico Gold plenty of dogs & food getBook.at/Calico This is #6 in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series. Enjoy! Didn’t want you to miss it!
Plus – here’s a sneak peek at my latest book which should be out in about two weeks, Murder at the Secret Cave.
Here’s a synopsis:
Who killed Randy Jones?
Was it Dr. Rosenbaum, who would do anything to get the Native American artifacts he desperately needed to add to his collection? Was it Richard Sagebrush, a Native American whose one goal in life was to return stolen artifacts to their rightful tribes? Was it Randy’s son, Luke Peterson, who was still angry his father had abandoned him forty years ago? Was it Colin Sanders, who dealt in black market Native American artifacts? Or even Mary BirdSong, the woman who had lived for ten years with Randy in his rundown desert shack until one day, without any explanation, he kicked her out?
Randy Jones was an old desert rat with a secret collection of Native American artifacts that was worth millions, but can you put a price on an illegal collection? That’s the dilemma Marty Morgan finds herself in when Randy asks her to appraise his collection, but the meeting leads to more than an appraisal – it becomes a meeting that ends in murder – Randy’s.
Join Marty, her boyfriend Detective Jeff Combs, her psychic sister, Laura, and her black Labrador, Duke, who refuses to set foot on desert sand without his pink booties, as they search for the killer before he murders Marty. Another dilemma Marty faces is deciding whether she wants her relationship with Jeff to go to the next level.
Murder and the Secret Cave is another mouth-watering High Desert Cozy Mystery with recipes included.
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
Harman & Burke Holiday Giveaway!
WELCOME! It’s the holiday season so why not celebrate with a giveaway?
WHEN? NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 1, 2015
WHAT’S THE PRIZE?
WIN a $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD PLUS SIGNED, PAPERBACK EDITIONS OF OUR NEW COZY MYSTERY RELEASES:
MURDER AT THE BED & BREAKFAST: A LIZ LUCAS LUCAS COZY MYSTERY http://getbook.at/B
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HOW DO YOU ENTER?
GO TO RAFFLECOPTER USING THE RAFFLECOPTER LINK BELOW…You will need to enter your email address and two special words, one found on each of our blogs!
How do you find the special words?
You’re already on my blog and: My favorite thing about the holidays is family.
Go to VISITING ANNA CELESTE BURKE’S BLOG @ http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com/#!blog/c1dh1 All I want for the holidays is (her special word)
Then click on the Rafflecopter link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cb93d3c23/? Follow the instructions and enter the two words you have found
Why choose “family” as my special word? I suppose family isn’t a particularly different wish. I’m sure many of you have a number of wishes for family visits, health, happiness, and I want all of those things for my family, and so it’s at the top of my list. Funny, as I’ve gotten older, the list doesn’t even include the material things. Don’t we wish we all would have learned that lesson when we were younger!
What do you want for the holidays?
Whatever it is, I hope you get it and that your New Year is the best ever! THANKS for stopping by and for entering the holiday giveaway. Hope you’ll keep an eye out for future giveaways and for new releases from me and other cozy mystery authors to be featured on my blog in the new year. Happy Holidays!
I am so thrilled that in just ten short days you have made my latest book, Murder at the Bed & Breakfast #194 on Amazon’s paid Kindle list. Woohoo! I thank each and every one of you. What I’d like to do is giveaway an ebook of your choice, so if there’s a book of mine that interests you, please put it down in comments and a winner will be chosen Monday morning. Again, thanks!!!
As many of you know, my husband was a California Senator for many years. As you also may know, politics can be ugly and it was! Our house was broken into. Family heirlooms were stolen and we also received death threats. Fun stuff – not!
My husband and his advisers became very concerned for my safety as I often stayed here at our home in Huntington Beach while he was up doing the people’s work in Sacramento. They insisted I get a gun or a dog. Afraid I’d shoot the wrong person if I ever had to use the thing, I opted for a dog. They suggested I get a guard dog. and so I did – a huge brindle boxer I named Rebel. Yes, you’ve read about Rebel in a number of my books. Only difference was that Rebel was a brindle boxer and the Rebel in my books is a fawn.
He and I traveled back and forth to Sacramento. As a matter of fact, he was pretty much with me wherever I went unless my husband was with me. He was a true guard dog. His rear was always pointed at me so he could survey the landscape. When he came in the house he checked every room to make sure it was safe. He never rested until he could fine me and make sure I was safe. Fabulous dog and I loved him dearly!
Unfortunately the time we get to spend with our furry friends is often far too short and so it was with Rebel. After finishing off the grandchildren’s ice cream bowls one night, he suffered a massive heart attack and died in our arms. Have tears just writing about it!
Fast forward a year later. Time for a new pet. I knew I could never replace Rebel, so I opted for a female fawn boxer, rather than a male brindle boxer. What to name her? I did a post on Facebook and asked if anyone had a suggestion. I received a lot of them, but the one that stuck was Joe’s. He said “It’s a no brainer. Kelly’s Koffee Shop is such a best seller, you should name her Kelly.” And so I did.
We chose her from a breeder’s litter. She was the pick of the litter. We saw the mom and the dad, both beautiful big boxers. Somehow Kelly missed the part about growing up to be the size of her parents. She’s about half their size and almost a year old. Don’t think she’s going to have a growth spurt at this time.
And a guard dog she is not. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and anything that makes a noise is a reason to run in the house! Good thing the political days are over, and my husband’s home all the time! Her saving grace is her sweetness and she definitely qualifies for cute points!
If there’s a lesson to be learned I suppose it’s to love whatever and whoever you have for the time you have them, and then share that love with someone or something else. So, I would have to say that Dianne is grateful for Kelly!
Amazon just delivered some Murder at the Cooking School books to me, and I decided that a couple should definitely be in the hands of readers. I’ll be giving away two of them. As always, please leave a comment and two winners will be chosen from those people. Good luck and thanks for entering! If you haven’t already done so, would appreciate it if you would sign up for my newsletter. Thanks!
I was just notified that the audiobook for Kelly’s Koffee Shop is now available for purchase on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. This is the first book in the award-winning Cedar Boy Cozy Mystery Series and has 492 reviews. Recipes, food and a wonderful boxer dog! Here’s the link: http://ow.ly/TlMuJ I interviewed a number of narrators and think this one really captures the essence of the characters.
In celebration, I’m be giving away two copies of it, so please leave a comment and I hope you win! Contest ends Sunday night. Good luck!
Out of the box. What a tired, trite phrase! And yet, like so many expressions, there’s gold in it! This one comes from a famous puzzle, where in order to solve it one had to extend the lines beyond the artificial boundary created by the puzzle. The boundaries are psychological. Wow! That’s food for thought!
How many boundaries in our lives are psychological? How many boundaries are artificial? I would guess most of them. There’s another expression that’s the antithesis of “out of the box,” the “comfort zone.” I’ve been thinking how these expressions often dictate what we do in our lives, in other words, we become so content in our “comfort zone” that we rarely “think out of the box.” And what are we missing? A whole lot of life!
I picked my granddaughter up from kindergarten the other day afternoon and she told me on the way home that her father had made her breakfast for dinner the night before – eggs, bacon and pancakes. She was thrilled because it was NOT dinner. I told her I prefer dinner for breakfast, leftovers from the night before. You could almost see the wheels turning in her little head. “Dinner for breakfast.” How out of the box is that! When she told me that was silly, I told her there was no difference between breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. She thought about it during the drive home and then told me what she’d really like to have is macaroni and cheese for breakfast. Why not? Not sure her parents are going to be all that thrilled with our conversation, but it was out of the box.
Several years ago a friend and I traveled to Bali. Her son had surfed at Uluwatu and told his mother that it was considered to be one of the best places to surf in the world, certainly in Bali. When we arrived in Bali, the first thing we did was go to a local restaurant. My friend looked out the window at all of the motorbikes lined up outside and said, “Let’s hire a couple of them to take us to Uluwatu.” That was wayyy out of my comfort zone, but I’ve adopted the attitude of “If I don’t do it now, when am I going to do it?” So we asked the restaurant owner if we could store our luggage there, hired a couple of young men to take us to Uluwatu. and off we went on the back of their motorbikes. Regret it? Absolutely not! It was one of the best experiences of my life.
I love crossword puzzles. One of the main reasons I enjoy them so much is that some answers force me to think differently. Last Sunday, I was doing one and could not come up with a three letter word for “before VW.” I would bet that most of you would think as I did, what type of van, etc., was before the Volkswagen? I handed my husband the puzzle and asked him if he could fill in some of the blanks that I’d been unable to. A little while later he told me he couldn’t think of what would be before VW. It came to me in a flash – STU – the letters of the alphabet that are before VW. Now that is definitely thinking out of the box! And it was the correct answer.
Old thinking which helps us stay in our comfort zone is probably causing us to miss a lot of wonderful experiences. When my husband was very active in politics, we entertained a lot. I remember a reception we had at our home. One of the things I’d made was chocolate brownies with scattered bacon bits on top of the frosting. A woman came up to me and asked me what the things on the top of the brownies were. I told her they were bacon bits. She was silent for a moment and then she said, “I’ve never seen that done. Where did you get the recipe?” I told her I didn’t have a recipe, it was just something I’d thought of on my own. She told me that she could only follow recipes and declined to try one of the brownies because it hadn’t been made from a recipe. I felt sorry for her, thinking of all she must be missing out on in life. And for the record, the brownies were good!!!
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