You Asked For The Recipes!



Once again, I have to give kudos to my website manager and go-to person for all things book related.

So many people have written me asking if I could put the recipes from the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series in one easy to get to place. You asked for it and he delivered. Here’s the link:  

As always, I love to hear from you and we do our best to accommodate your requests. Enjoy!


What A Week! Time For A Giveaway!

Giveaway celebration! Wow! I’m having a week. Murder in the Pearl District has been out for four days and is already a Hot New Release for cozy mystery culinary and animal! Plus it’s in the top ten for those two categories. I’m giving away four copies of the ebook.

Please go to
to enter. Contest ends Friday at midnight. Good luck!

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Woohoo! It’s here. Murder in the Pearl District is now live on Amazon. Here’s the link:

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This is the 5th book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series. What could go wrong when Kelly agrees to go to Portland to cook a dinner for a celebrity chef in anticipation of her new television show: Dining With Donatella? Well, for starters think celebrity chef murdered!

Join Kelly and her dog Rebel, as they search for the murderer with long-distance help from her husband, Sheriff Mike.

I really appreciate your past support. All of the previous books in the series have been named All-Star books from Amazon because of their sales, and I have been named one of Amazon’s most popular authors for the 4th month in a row. Woohoo! Enjoy!



Murder in the Pearl District Almost Here!

So excited. Just received the cover of my new book, the 5th in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series, Murder in the Pearl District. Here’s the cover and a little bit about it. Will be published within the week and I definitely will let you know!

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Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, has reluctantly agreed to cater a dinner party for her friend Sophie Marchant at her home located in Portland’s popular Pearl District. The guest of honor, Donatella DeLuca, is a famous chef and owner of the highly acclaimed restaurant, Mangia! Mangia!
The day after the dinner party Donatella is found murdered. Who did it? The arrogant newspaper food critic? The sous chef at Mangia! Mangia!? The beautiful ex-wife of the television station owner who was going to produce Donatella’s new TV show, Dining with Donatella? The French chef whose nationality is questionable? Or the deranged “hostess with the mostest?”
Join Kelly and her dog Rebel, along with reluctant advice from her husband, Sheriff Mike, as they try to discover who murdered Donatella and why.

The Back Story to Murder in Cottage #6

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I’m constantly asked how I come up with the ideas for my books. Murder in Cottage #6 came about because of an experience I had at a spa. My daughter-in-law and I were visiting a spa in Canada and it was fabulous! Right on the ocean with understated elegance. We had several treatments, one of which was a facial by the same facialist. My daughter-in-law’s skin glowed  afterwards. Mine not so much so. As a matter of fact when I got on the plane to come home the stewardess asked me what had happened to my face because if was swollen, slightly purple, and flaking. Obviously, wearing makeup was not an option.

I thought about it for a long time, playing all kinds of scenarios in my mind. Why would my daughter-in-law have no reaction, and I would have a horrible reaction. I even wrote two suspense books about it, but at the 11th hour didn’t publish either one. When I began writing cozy mysteries I thought I could incorporate that incident into one along with a murder and so Murder in Cottage #6 was born.

The good news is that I did heal from it, but since I’ve never been back to that spa, I have no idea why the difference in responses to the facial. That’s how stories come about. I overhear a chance comment, see something, have an experience, etc. and then the elaboration begins until it turns into a book!

Enjoy and here’s the link:

Spring Break Giveaway!

It’s Spring Break in my part of the country – time to do a giveaway – two autographed copies of Murder at Jade Cove and Blue Coyote Motel.


Please go to my face book pages to enter:  and  Contest ends Tuesday at midnight. Good luck and thanks for your support!