DYING FOR A COVER

Nothing defines a book more than its cover. In fact, fifty percent of readers purchase books based on the cover art. As a humorous mystery author, I not only want to create an enticing cover, but I also need to find a way to combine humor with homicide. Now that can be a challenge! My…

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DYING FOR SOME TOILET PAPER

As the coronavirus has roared throughout the world, infecting more and more U.S. citizens, many of us, especially seniors, have had to contend with new restrictions regarding our daily movements. But there is one situation that has particularly impacted my daily movement more than any other. No toilet paper! I’m supposed to be sheltering in…

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HELP ME CHOOSE A CHASE SCENE

I’m sure everyone has a favorite movie or television chase scene permanently embedded in their memory. Right? My childhood was spent glued to the television, mesmerized by the chase scenes taking place on our tiny black and white screen. Back then the action consisted of heroic cowboys riding after villainous bandits or stone-cold killers. You…

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AN ODE TO READERS

There are many dangerous professions in the world. But did you know that one of the most perilous occupations is that of the author? Carpal tunnel, arthritis, bulging discs and my most recent injury––a torn meniscus from pulling a suitcase full of books out of my car. Not to mention the most dreaded medical condition…

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THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

Have you ever wondered how much research goes into writing a mystery? In this day and age, it’s easy enough to Google just about anything. So how important is it for an author to be on location in order to produce an accurate scene? One that will please the reader as well as a Jeopardy…

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DYING FOR A RECIPE

As autumn approaches, what do you most look forward to? The beauty of the fall colors? Cooler nights with a fire roaring in your fireplace, a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other? A mad scrimmage on the ten yard line? For our family, nothing says fall like a tangy…

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DYING FOR A DONUT

What makes you drool over a book? Is it the title?  If so, how could you resist a book called Dying for a Donut? A lip smacking mystery. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) Or is it the cover that first catches your eye? COVER 1 We’ve all heard that phrase, “a picture is worth a 1,000…

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TRAVELS WITH MOM

ROAD TRIP! Do those two words bring back visions of the crazy days of our youth? Mustang convertibles and VW bugs.  Beach Boys and the Beatles. Tossing beer cans out of windows and mooning travelers in passing cars. Some of you may remember those days. Others prefer to block those memories. But if I had…

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FIFTY SHADES OF ROMANCE

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I am once again pondering the subject of romance. I’m also pondering how much post Valentine’s clearance chocolate I can consume without breaking the zipper on my black jeans. Someone may be Dying for a Diet in the near future.   Everyone has a different definition of what constitutes romance. Romance readers,…

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CUT TO THE CHASE

Cindy describes her ongoing love affair with chase scenes, sharing some of the wacky antics occurring in her own series. http://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/cut-to-the-chase-and-a-giveaway/  

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