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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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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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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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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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Killer Recipes Even a Klutz Can Cook!

Congratulations to contest winner Linda Lovely. There’s a nasty rumor going around that I can’t cook.  I’m not sure where this rumor started, but I’m guessing it began somewhere in my kitchen. Maybe near that burner that ignited the last time I tried to sear a salmon. Possibly it originated in the microwave. Have you…

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Behind the Scenes at Left Coast Crime

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a mystery convention? Shaking your head no? That was my initial response in March, 2009, when Robin Burcell asked me to co-chair LCC 2012 in Sacramento. I don’t know whether it was a lack of caffeine or too many piña coladas but I said yes,…

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Some Women Cook Turkeys; Other Women Date Them

Congratulations to contest winner Alyx Morgan. I used to say my epitaph would read “she never cooked a turkey although she dated a few.” The turkeys I wrestled with were never frozen, although they were definitely fresh.   Despite the fact that I was a mature woman in her mid-fifties, I was still a turkey…

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