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DYING FOR A TITLE

I love making up book titles. Don’t you? But I have a feeling most authors don’t come up with a title first and then devise the plot! DYING FOR A DATE was an easy choice for the first book in my Laurel McKay Mystery series. My single soccer mom was struggling to juggle her kids,…

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HOW TO KEEP THE SIZZLE IN A RELATIONSHIP!

Have you ever wondered how some couples maintain marital bliss for decades? What special secrets do they possess to keep their passion alive year after year? You probably think I’m going to share those secrets with you. Nope. I’m hoping you’ll do it for me. I’m in the middle of writing Dying for a Dude,…

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THE CHRISTMAS TREE – FRIEND OR FOE?

Holidays are made of memories – some good. Some challenging!   When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to travel “over the hills and through the woods” to my Grandmother’s house.  Unfortunately, our journey was over slushy freeways in wind chills below zero, to Grandma’s brick bungalow in Chicago.  I’d enter her house hoping for…

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Killer Cocktail Contest

I love holidays – the bigger the spectacle the better. With Sacramento temps hovering at 110 degrees or more this summer, there’s nothing like a cool, refreshing libation to kickstart the party spirit. Speaking of cool cocktails and hot celebrations, did you know that July 19th is National Daiquiri Day? I discovered this amazing tidbit…

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Dying for a Daiquiri – Uncovered

Congratulations to contest winner Jaci Muzamel. Who knew choosing the cover for a book titled Dying for a Daiquiri would be more controversial than the debate over the location of the Kings’ basketball team? After reading the blog and Facebook comments regarding my four diverse cover selections, I have far more sympathy for Congress. And…

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The Deadly Daiquiri Cover Up

Congratulations to contest winner       Priscilla Caporaletti-Bean. How many of you have taken a Hawaiian vacation, only to discover paradise can be perilous? Sure, those beautiful islands offer balmy breezes, turquoise water, waving palm fronds, and sandy beaches. But what about deadly sharks? Poisonous sea urchins? And the most lethal of them all? Those fruity drinks…

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My Dream Date – Fiction vs. Reality

Every year as Valentine’s Day approaches, my thoughts turn to romance. Well, to be honest, they turn to chocolate then to romance. As a single woman, and card-carrying member of the AARP, what are my expectations for the love interest in my life? I used to go for the tall, dark, silent type but lately…

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The Popsicle Syndrome

Written by Guest Blogger Terry Ambrose Today I welcome Terry Ambrose, author of two very funny mystery series. Terry and his protagonists seem to have something in common. Find out if you do as well. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• It’s not easy being a smart ass. There are days when it’s as simple as falling off a paddleboard.…

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You Don’t Know Jersey

Written by Guest Blogger Lois Winston It’s my pleasure to introduce my Guest blogger today, award-winning romance and mystery author, Lois Winston. If you’ve watched Jersey Shore or read about New Jersey in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you may think you know all about it. But according to Lois: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••   I live in…

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Death By Spanx

Congratulations to contest winner Karen Lange. For those readers who consumed the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, please note this blog post is not about a physical relationship which incorporates any form of bondage or discipline. Or is it? I recently had an encounter that left me tormented and imprisoned. I’ve never felt such anguish…

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