Weekend Giveaway!


I can’t thank you enough for your support and making my books so popular. I’m thrilled with how well they’re all doing. While I can’t thank each one of you individually, I can do some giveaways. So here goes. I’ll be giving away two autographed copies of Cornered Coyote. To enter go to my facebook page at http://ow.ly/KTsQ2.

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I’m also giving away three autographed copies of White Cloud Retreat. To enter this giveaway go to my facebook page at  http://ow.ly/KTtd4

I wish you all the best of luck. Contest ends Sunday at midnight. Good luck and enjoy the books!



Loved to see this in my email this morning! I invite you to check it out.

The showcase post of your book: Murder in Cottage #6
is now live on the HBS Author’s Spotlight blog: http://bit.ly/1ENdjYe

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Whooopppeee! Murder in Cottage #6 is Live!

After yesterday’s post, a number of people wrote to me and asked me to let them know as soon as Murder in Cottage #6 was published. It went up a few hours ago. Here’s the link: http://ow.ly/KyES2

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Here’s a bit about it and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a new boxer dog, Winston, plays a large part in it, plus there’s plenty of food and recipes. Enjoy!

Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she’s been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco.What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, discovering that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered.In order to save the spa’s reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer. The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie’s Diner, the dead woman’s husband (the mayor), his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it’s up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.

Gotta Love The Hope Diamond

I recently was given a preview copy of a book that was published two days ago – The Hope Diamond by Julie Sarff. Believe me when I say it was one of the most charming books I have read in a long time. What’s not to like about a cozy mystery set in Italy with lots of animals and good food- nothing! Plus it has wonderful recipes. I was so taken by the book I asked the author to do a guest post for me. Run, don’t walk, and get this book. You won’t be sorry. Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Hope-Diamond-Julie-Sarff-ebook/dp/B00UVWPOLC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1426779678&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hope+diamond

The Hope Diamond

Writing the Sweet Delicious Madness mystery series all started after reading a book about the lost and stolen treasures of the antiquity world. These true stories seemed more fabulous than anything a fiction writer could invent. Fights over antiquities between upstanding museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the government of Turkey put a spotlight on the murky underworld of smuggled artifacts and the desire by some in the antiquities world to obtain the treasures at any cost.

As a reader, I have always preferred the stories of the hapless heroine that works her ways into our hearts by being the everyday sort. This kind of heroine isn’t pulled together or polished, but rather struggles to pay her bills, take her kids to school on time. This kind of heroine never has a good hair day. Enter Lily Bilbury, one extraordinary mess who takes a job as a maid in a villa on the romantic shores of Lago Maggiore. It is here that she enters into the world of dusting around Imperial Faberge Eggs while being unable to make her rent payment at home. When a fellow maid, Francesca, claims to be a psychic channeling Carlo Buschi, former owner of the villa, Lily doesn’t pay much attention — after all she has a lot on her mind. She’s trying to obtain a divorce from a cheating husband, she has children to look after and she is several thousand miles for her closest relatives.

The stakes soon rise for Lily when her big-hearted girlfriend also falls on hard times. After learning that Carlo Buschi was an avid collector of smuggled antiquities, Lily teams up with Francesca to search for the remnants of the French Blue, the diamond that was last seen intact before the French Revolution. The same diamond that was later cut into the Hope.

The search for the diamonds that were cut away from the Hope is the first in a series of mysteries based on stolen and lost antiquities that will lead a very unlikely heroine into the dark world of antique smuggling. Along the way she will fall hard for the new owner of the villa, Hollywood heartthrob Brandon Logan. One part romantic comedy, one part cozy mystery the first book in the Sweet Delicious Madness Series was just released!

This ‘N That


Wanted to share some exciting things with you. First of all, I have been named by Amazon as one of their most popular authors for the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series – I’m an All-Star and so are two books in the series, Kelly’s Koffee Shop & White Cloud Retreat.

Next, I woke up this morning to a wonderful review on Blue Coyote Motel. You can read it here: http://www.mikishope.com/2015/03/book-review-blue-coyote-motel-coyote.html
And if that wasn’t enough, I just received the cover for my first book in a new series, Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. It’s entitled Murder in Cottage #6. A guest is murdered at the Red Cedar Spa and Liz has to find out who did it because the bumbling sheriff certainly isn’t capable of catching the killer and she has to save the spa’s reputation. As usual, plenty of food and dogs. Should be out in a couple of days and I’ll definitely let you when it’s published. And as always, thanks for making all these things happen. I really appreciate your support!

Happy St. Pat’s Day Giveaway!

Happy St. Pat’s Day Giveaway! Today and tomorrow I invite you to sign up for an autographed copy of Blue Coyote Motel, the first in the Coyote Series. Here’s the link: http://ow.ly/KrOx9
I’m also giving away an autographed copy of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, the first in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series. Here’s the link: http://ow.ly/KrPab

Good luck!

The Muse and Me!

I’ve written a number of books and I’m definitely seeing a pattern. When I begin to write a book, and no, I’m not one who makes copious outlines – I just read it as I’m writing it. Half the time the Muse is working through me. Anyway, I think about the setting, the plot, the characters, how I can bring in food and dogs, etc. All of that’s pretty easy. Where it gets dicey is when I’m about 1/3 of the way into it, and I start thinking about developing the characters.

How do I make them believable? Since I primarily am writing cozy mysteries these days, that involves a murder. Usually I know who’s going to be murdered before I start writing the book. What I don’t know is the who did it, what led up to it, the how, and the why.

That’s where my friend the Muse comes in. From about 1/3 to 2/3 of the book she, and I’m sure it’s a she, starts waking me up in the middle of the night and telling me how this problem or that problem can be solved. I appreciate her interest, and I know she’s directly responsible for a lot of the popularity of the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series, but I do wish she’d space out the timing a bit. Maybe give me a couple of nights of sleep in between visiting meFBCover (1). Coupled with getting up once or twice a night with the new puppy, sleep has become a luxury I’m not getting enough of!

I don’t where she comes from, where she is when she isn’t with me, but I sure appreciate her ability take care of problems that would also probably cause me little sleep. Guess that’s what being an author is all about – let the Muse speak and so she does!

Thanks to You!



Can you believe it? Thanks to you, Murder and Marriage has only been published for ten days and it’s the No. 1 cozy mystery as well as No. 1 in both animal and culinary categories on Amazon! As a thank you, I’m giving away 2 ebooks. The contest ends Thursday at midnight. Please go to my facebook page:  http://ow.ly/JPFCs for details. Good luck and enjoy!

Fur & Cuteness!

Think I mentioned a few weeks ago that as of Valentine’s Day, the Harmans would be the owners of a boxer puppy. And so we are!

A few pounds of utter adorability that loves to wake me up at 3:00 a.m. to go outside, love my shoes, and scarves  – particularly if they dangle from the rack where I store them! Don’t forget flowers, leaves, and anything that moves or catches her attention.

The main question I have is what do you people in cold country do with a puppy when it’s cold, snowy and icy? I can’t imagine trying to train a puppy under those circumstances. I’m challenged to take her outside a couple of times a night and living in Southern California near the ocean, we’re in a very temperate zone.

We named her Kelly, after the success of the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the main character, Kelly. My grandson says I should be thinking about a series called “The Kelly Chronicles.” We’ll see. Right now he’s intent on teaching Kelly how to shake. I don’t have the heart to tell him that all boxers raise their paws, like a “boxer.” It’s one of the hallmarks of the breed. so with no further ado, I introduce you to Kelly:

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