Murder on the East Coast

My latest cozy mystery, Murder on the East Coast, will be published short. Just wanted to share the cover and a little bit about it. As soon as it’s available, I’ll let you know!

Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and her husband, Sheriff Mike, fly to Virginia to see a friend, Stephanie, graduate and receive her doctorate degree. What Kelly didn’t plan on was becoming involved in trying to solve the murder of Stephanie’s friend, Julie. The mystery of who murdered Julie leads Kelly to Boston, Massachusetts, York, Maine, and Portland, Oregon, as she tries to track down and identify the killer.

Was the ten million dollars Julie’s mother gave her as a graduation present the reason she was murdered? And just who would profit from her murder? The quirky cast of suspects includes Julie’s soon-to-be ex-husband, her worthless brother, a jealous co-worker, and the daughter she’d given up for adoption just after she graduated from high school, but with whom she’d recently been reunited.

Julie’s mother is the multimillionaire owner of a huge insurance company and convinces Kelly to try and help find her daughter’s killer. She has stage four pancreatic cancer, and the doctors don’t give her much time to live. Can Kelly find the killer before Julie’s mother loses her battle with cancer, or for that matter, before Kelly herself  becomes the killer’s next victim?

As always, this page-turner has plenty of food, dogs, and recipes. Enjoy!

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More Free Books!

I was thrilled when Kindle contacted me and asked if they could promote my book, Murder and Brandy Boy, today as a Kindle Deal of the Month. Of course!!! It’s reduced to $.99 for today. Here’s the link: getBook.at/BrandyBoy  

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I‘ve teamed up with three other cozy mystery authors to do a Giveaway. We’re all giving away three autographed books, so you definitely want to get in on this! You’ll also get some free e-books just by signing up. 

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Once you get to the contest page, you will be asked to sign in using Facebook or your email address. This is how we know how many entries you have and how to get in touch with you if you win. Entering is really simple. All you have to do is select one of the entry options, click the box saying you would like to subscribe to one of our newsletters, then click the enter box. I highly recommend you sign up for everyone’s newsletter so you can get more entries and learn about great cozy mystery books.
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Finally, today’s the last day to get my newest book, Murdered in Argentina, for just $.99, so hurry! Don’t want you to pay more than you have to! It already has the gold “bestseller” flag in three categories! That means it’s #1 in those categories. Woo Hoo! Just go to getBook.at/MIA for your copy. Have a great week!

Free For The Weekend!

The weekend is almost here, and you can start it off by getting book #1 in the High Desert Cozy Mystery Series for FREE! That’s right. Today through Monday, August 1st, Murder & The Monkey Band, can be downloaded for free. Here’s the link: getBook.at/MonkeyBand Enjoy!

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I’m taking part in a giveaway that I don’t want you to miss. Here’s the information. It ends soon so click on it to be entered. Good luck! 

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Thanks to all of you who have purchased or borrowed my newest book, Murdered in Argentina. It’s still available for $.99 for a few more days, and then it will go up to $2.99. I’m all for saving money and I’m sure you are too! 

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Have a wonderful weekend!

You Can’t Go Wrong!

WooHoo! It’s here! My latest book, Murdered in Argentina, was just published. I recently took a trip to Argentina, and I knew I had to create a book about it. Antique fishing gear, Cayo the cat (so many of you loved him in Murdered in Cuba, he had to come back), the charming town of San Martin de Los Andes, and murder. It’s at an intro price of $.99 for several days. Here’s the link: getBook.at/MIA Enjoy!

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Today, I also have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you. To celebrate the summer, I’ve teamed up with more than 40 fantastic cozy mystery authors to give away a huge collection of cozies, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

You can win my novel, Murder at The Big T Lodge, plus books from many bestselling authors. Good luck, and enjoy!

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Free Book For You!

I so appreciate your support and I definitely don’t want you to miss out on this FREE book through 7/18!
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What could go wrong at a posh spa? Murder & a bad facial? Don’t miss this cozy best seller, first in the  popular Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series! getBook.at/Cottage Enjoy!

Bargains!

Today Kelly’s Koffee Shop, the first book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series, is FREE. Here’s the link: getBook.at/Kellys

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Tomorrow the price goes up on my latest book, Murder at The Big T Lodge, but you can get it today for $.99. This is part of the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. Here’s that Link: getBook.at/Lodge

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So many people have asked me to start publishing boxed sets that I wanted to let you know the first three books in the popular Liz Lucas are now available as Liz Lucas Cozy Mysteries #1. You can save 57% by buying the set, rather than the individual books. And who doesn’t love a bargain? Here’s that link: getBook.at/LLS1

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Below are a couple of giveaways sites as well as a fun experience. Enjoy and have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

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Free Books For You!

Don’t want you to miss out on these free books. My friend, David VanBergen, is offering two free books on his website. They’re both cozy mysteries and here’s the link:  http://www.fairfieldpublishing.com/cozy-mystery-giveaway/
 
Please mark your calendar for Friday, June, 25th. That’s when Murdered by Words will be free! getBook.at/Murdered Enjoy!
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So many readers have asked me to do my books in boxed sets, that I’ve started doing just that. You can save 53% when you purchase Cedar Bay Cozy Mysteries #1 for just $2.99. The three books in this set are Kelly’s Koffee Shop, Murder at Jade Cove, and White Cloud Retreat. getBook.at/CB1  Enjoy!
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Woo Hoo!

A huge thanks to all of you for buying or borrowing Murder at The Big T Lodge and for making it a hot new release in 7 Amazon categories & No 1 in 5 categories! getBook.at/Lodge Woohoo! It’s only been out 5 days!

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Don’t want you to miss out on this! July 4th Cozy Mystery Giveaway Event! Here’s a chance to win books for reading on the beach! Authors you probably know plus some new ones. Enjoy! 

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Only A Few Hours Left!

Happy Weekend!

Just wanted to let you know that today’s the last day you can buy Murdered by Country Music for just $.99 Don’t want you to pay more than you have to. What do mollies, romance, & food trucks have in common? Murder for one!getBook.at/CM Enjoy!

And to all of you who have already purchased it or are reading it on Kindle Unlimited, thank you for making it a bestseller. I really appreciate it!

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Simply Wonderful!

I rarely if ever post reviews or fan mail. Maybe I’m modest, but I doubt people want to hear how much others like my books. All that said, I do have to share an email I received last night because it’s such a wonderful testimonial to we’re never too old! I believe it, because I’m 72 and every time I publish a new book within days it will be in the top 400 Kindle sold books or even lower! Here’s the email I received. Remember, if the two of can do it at our ages, so can you!!!

“I am an almost 77-year-old forensic psychologist who is still working. I live on 60 acres in the country alone with 7 cats (the last 4 are strays; I am a soft touch). My late husband was also a forensic psychologist and we were skeptics in the days of the crazy ritual abuse and recovered memory hysteria. When I retire I want to write my memoirs of these cases.
I don’t watch television and unwind and relax by reading my kindle.
I am writing to tell you how much I enjoy your books. The characters are interesting, the mysteries well done, and you have romance without the long and graphic sex scenes I often find. I am no prude–my specialty is sexual abuse allegations. But I find the detailed sex scenes boring.
Congratulations on finding such a fun and worthwhile outlet for your considerable talent.”
Hollida Wakefield

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Hot Off the Press!

Excited to let you know that Murdered by Country Music has just been published! This third book in the very popular High Desert Cozy Mystery Series will be available for two weeks at the sale price of 99c. If you’ve ever been interested in what goes on at music festivals, might want to read this one. The only thing mollies, Fireball whiskey, music, food trucks, second chances, and quirky characters share is murder! So whodunnit? Here’s the link: getBook.at/CM Enjoy!

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Also want to let you know that today, May 20th, I’m having a one day sale for the cozy best seller, Murdered by Words. This is the first book in a new series, the Midwest Cozy Mystery Series. Sexy Cissy is outed and her editor murdered! As of a few minutes ago, it was still #1 on all of the cozy category Hot New Releases. Might want to find out why people like this book so much. Here’s the link: getBook.at/Murdered Enjoy!

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Happy Weekend!

Last Day at $.99!

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Just wanted to remind you that today is the last day to buy Murdered by Words for $.99. People love this new Midwest Series. It was published just two weeks ago and for the last 10 days it’s been ranked between 198-240 in Paid Kindle which is pretty much nosebleed territory. Obviously I’m thrilled! Guess people want to find out why Sexy Cissy was outed and why her editor was murdered. And did I mention there are dogs, food, and recipes? And if you’re a baby boomer or know one, there’s hope here for romantic second chances. Here’s the link: getBook.at/Murdered  Enjoy!
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In about two weeks I’ll be releasing Murdered by Country Music. This is in the High Desert Series. The story came about when I was at a physical therapist’s office, and the people around me started talking about an upcoming music festival they were going to in a couple of months. Mollies? Fireball whiskey? Who knew? Not me. Naturally I was fascinated, and a book was birthed! Wanted to share the cover because, quite simply, I love it!
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Free and New!

Just in time for the weekend! Murdered by Words is now available. This is the first book in the Midwest Cozy Mystery Series. Naturally, there are dogs, food, and recipes, plus some romance! Here’s the cover and a bit about the book. Hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write. Here’s the link for the e-book: amzn.to/1Soh5wk  It will be available for two weeks at $.99, so if you plan on getting it, you can save some money buying it now.
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Kat Denham is a widow living in the small Midwest university town of Lindsay, Kansas. She’s an author and writes what some would call “steamy” novels in the Lusty Women series under the pen name of Sexy Cissy. Knowing how conservative the townspeople are, she’s kept her true identify as the author of these books a secret.
It all unravels when Kat’s editor, Nancy Jennings, is having lunch at the local country club, and Kat’s latest manuscript slips out of her tote bag and is left under the table. The manuscript gets into the wrong hands, and Kat’s occupation becomes known to a number of the local residents. It doesn’t get any better when Kat discovers Nancy has been murdered. Because her identity as the author of the books has been disclosed, Kat worries she might be the killer’s next victim. In order to save her reputation and her life, she has to find out who murdered Nancy.
Which of the suspects is responsible for killing her editor? Nancy’s husband, who had threatened his wife if she didn’t stop editing Kat’s books because of their filthy content? The woman who had become obsessed with any book she considered to be morally objectionable? Or the “trophy wife” wife of the local banker who had been a pole dancer and was certain she was one of the characters described in the book?
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Join Kat, her West Highland Terrier, Jazz, and her new protector, Rudy, a huge Rottweiler guard dog, as they search for the killer.
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FREE on Saturday, April 23rd, just for the one day! This best seller is a murder mystery with a cast of quirky characters you don’t want to miss. And just what part does the lovable lazy St. Bernard play? Prevent a murder? Enjoy! Here’s the link for the e-book: getBook.at/BrandyBoy
Lastly, the book that’s captured the top spot on a number of Amazon best seller lists, Trouble at the Kennel, will be available for two more days at $.99, then the price will go up to $2.99. Didn’t want you to have to spend unnecessary money for it! What’s not to like about kennels and dogs?
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A Disney Backstory!

I promised you I would highlight authors whose books I feel are well worth the read, and books by Anna Celeste Burke are well worth the read. I recently read her latest book, Murder at Catmmando Mountain, and knew I had to bring it to your attention. It’s wonderful on a number of different levels: characters you want more of, crisp dialogue, a believable plot, and most of all, at least for me, the charm of a theme park. At least, the kid in me sure loved it! I asked the author if she would write the backstory on it  and here it is. Don’t miss the part about her being a chef at a theme park. The lady knows whereof she speaks!

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When you wish upon a star

In Murder at Catmmando Mountain, Georgie Shaw works for the “Cat” at the “Cat Factory.”  A famous cartoon cat, Catmmando Tom, to be more precise. Years ago I used to work for the “Mouse” at the “Mouse Factory,” our affectionate insider terms for roles at Walt Disney Company. Coincidence? No, completely contrived.

Drawing on Mark Twain’s insistence that writers should “write what you know,” those early experiences at the company that Mickey Mouse built, left a lasting impression. Only eighteen-years-old, my position as a Culinary Assistant at Walt Disney World was my first real job. Growing up in a large family I had already done a lot of odd jobs by then: babysitting, cleaning houses, tutoring, selling Avon, breeding fruit flies in a genetics lab used in experiments to extract DNA. I did say “odd” jobs.

Working in a theme park has its unusual moments too! “Too much pixie dust,” was a phrase we used for coworkers who got a little too much into the roles they played. That didn’t just happen to individuals charged with bringing Disney’s beloved cartoon characters to life either. Daily exposure to all the unbridled Disneyesque happiness, especially in the theme park, could push just about anyone to the brink of “pixelation.”

I didn’t work at Disney long—five years before returning to college and moving on to life as a professor. Warned that I might regret the decision to leave the “Disney Family,” I left on good terms with “readoption papers” on file. What a unique introduction to the world of work for a young woman.

Perhaps made more poignant by that fact that I grew up under the spell of Disney memes and myths. In Southern California in the fifties and sixties, Disney’s influence was everywhere. Not just on Sunday night television in Technicolor, but in Anaheim, not far from where I lived in San Diego. The “Disneyfication” of childhood awaited, brought to life in the Magic Kingdom. Princes and princesses, fairy godmothers, fairies, adventurers—some drawn from real life and others fantastical creations were everywhere. The list of animated yarns spun by Disney goes on and on: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Pinocchio and Peter Pan.

I wanted to believe a boy could fly. When I ran off at 17 with my prince charming, a high school dropout, and rock musician, there was an element of Wendy and Peter Pan to it. Made more believable by the fact that our destination was Hawaii, a place that bore more than a passing resemblance to Never-Neverland in my mind. When the rock band broke up, we found refuge in the happiest place on earth. As Culinary Assistants, we didn’t make much money, but we did eat!

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I didn’t know it until much later, “Uncle Walt,” as we were asked to call him, had his problems. The entire Uncle Walt thing wreaks of paternalism, doesn’t it? Financial problems, bankruptcy, mental health issues, hypersensitivity to perceived slights, problems with labor relations, and a man who embroiled himself in McCarthy-era witch hunts against colleagues in the motion pictures industry. For a man who promoted a view of the world as a happy, magical place, he also experienced some incredibly bad luck at times. Like buying a brand new home for his parents that turned out to have a carbon monoxide leak, killing his beloved mother and putting his father in the hospital.

He dreamed big and made dreaming big seem possible for us all.

“When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you.”

 Music to my ears. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker! You never know where life is going to take you, though, do you? Maybe Walt Disney and his fascination with science and technology showcased on TV and in “Tomorrow Land” influenced my decision to leave Disney and become a behavioral scientist at a university.

Retired now, I have often wondered what my life might have been like if I’d stayed at Disney. Hired with basic training from a short stint in cooking courses, Walt Disney World University trained me in their cooking school. I was one of the first women put into a leadership role in a Disney hotel kitchen. Like my character, Georgie Shaw, who joins Marvelous Marley World straight out of cooking school, in the 70s professional kitchens were male domains.

In Murder at Catmmando Mountain, Georgie tells a story about a red-faced chef waving a French knife and hollering “You do that like a housewife!” That line is taken straight from my real life. That angry European chef was yelling at a man in the kitchen, not me, so he intended it as a huge insult. Georgie Shaw, like me, starts out in the kitchen, working for the Cat at Marvelous Marley World. Only she sticks it out, moves out of the kitchen, but makes a career for herself at Marvelous Marley World in Food and Beverage Management. In fact, when I returned to college my original intent was to do the same. Move out of the kitchen and into management.

Inspired by my stint at Walt Disney World, how much of the story in Murder at Catmmando Mountain is true? Arcadia Park, the setting for murder and mystery, is imaginary meant as an homage to the Disney theme parks.  Arcadia Park picks up on the nature theme showcased on Sunday night on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, reimagined in an idyllic artificial and fanciful way. Some elements of my imaginary theme park come from my memories of the real thing.

Yes, at Disney World as in Arcadia Park, tunnels run beneath the surface of the park and efforts are made to camouflage exits that lead “backstage” to the underground city. Disney’s beloved characters and other cast members come and go through those hidden doors. Deliveries are brought into restaurants and shops that way, too. A system whisks away garbage taking it underground, only one cutting edge technology Disney introduced to run the Magic Kingdoms efficiently. Because of the underground conduits, no garbage or delivery trucks rumble through the park above ground to spoil the illusions created to entertain guests.

Future stories in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series will conger up new visions of life at Marvelous Marley World inspired by the genius of Walt Disney and his more business-minded brother, Roy. Walt Disney had passed on by the time I worked for the mouse, but efforts were made to hang on to the spirit of “imagineering” he set loose upon baby boomers everywhere. Was he megalomaniacal like “Mad” Max Marley in my Georgie Shaw series? It depends on who you talk to about Uncle Walt.

Was there ever a murder in the Disney theme park? No, not while I worked at the park and resorts.  Even in the happiest place on earth, however, bad things happen, and death comes calling. In book 1, Georgie, who has abandoned her first love—food—to work in PR, talks about the many things that can and do go wrong even in magical places like Max Marley’s Arcadia Park.  Many items on her list are incidents that occur in parks and resorts everywhere.

In Murder at Catmmando Mountain, Georgie Shaw faces about the worst thing imaginable in a theme park: Murder on Valentine’s Day! A PR nightmare, for sure. To make matters worse, someone implicates her in the crime. Another tenet of the “Disney Way,” however, is that some good may come from even the most challenging situations. For Georgie Shaw, good arrives in the form of the handsome, 50-something Detective Jack Wheeler. Leading the murder investigation, he sweeps into Georgie’s life, stirring up old issues and bringing new possibilities. Can Georgie free herself from her past?

Book 2 in the Georgie Shaw series, Love Notes in the Key of Sea takes Georgie and Jack to Corsario Cove on California’s Central Coast. More than memories haunt Georgie when she returns to the place where she grew up, and the love of her life disappeared. What happened to Danny Farrell? Could he still be alive after so many years? A new mystery brought Georgie and Jack together, will that old one drive them apart? Love Notes in the Key of Sea will be available for preorder in May, as part of a collection of summer beach reads. Set for release June 28th.

Book 3, All Hallow’s Eve in Arcadia Park, will be out fall, 2016. Georgie will have some big news, and there will also be more murder and mayhem at Marvelous Marley World. Can you imagine what kind of mischief might unfold on All Hallow’s Eve if the guests are in costume as well as the park staff and Marvelous Marley World characters?

I suppose a bit of pixie dust remains from my experience in the Mouse Factory. So, now I’m a mystery fiction writer—still dreaming big and wishing upon a star. I hope you’ll join me in my new adventure!  You can find Murder at Catmmando Mountain on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback format at http://smarturl.it/georgie1

When you have a chance, I’d like to introduce you to Jessica Huntington. Her mystery stories are set in the beautiful Coachella Valley near Palm Springs. Jessica is a rich, 30-something, angst-ridden amateur sleuth who finds her privileged life turned upside down by a ruthlessly unfaithful husband. An unconventional sleuth with a fairy godmother complex, she learns the hard way that money can’t buy happiness or save your neck!

Books in The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series:

A Dead Husband http://smarturl.it/deadhus

A Dead Sister http://smarturl.it/deadsis

A Dead Daughter http://smarturl.it/deadsis

A Dead Mother out later this year

And the prequel to the series:

Love a Foot Above the Ground http://smarturl.it/loveabove

I’d also like to invite you to read Cowabunga Christmas! http://smarturl.it/cove1. The first book in the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series features 20-something sleuths, Brien and Kim. Two characters who meet in the Jessica Huntington series, they’re young, in love, on their honeymoon, and a bit impulsive. The setting in Corsario Cove is perfect, except for the dead Santa in the swimming pool at the exclusive Sanctuary Resort & Spa!

Kim and Brien’s excellent honeymoon adventure continues inBook 2, Gnarly New Year, available for preorder in May, for release in June.

Again, I hope all of you enjoy her works as much as I do. Believe, it’s time well spent!

Award Winning Author in the Mystery & Suspense genre