Monday, November 2, 2015


November, all month: Join a Choosy Bookworm Rafflecopter for free ebooks, sale ebooks, and some great prizes.

Tyrant Trouble is free and will be featured on November 22, 23, 24.

 Choosy Bookworm:
Two (2) Winners, each will receive $250 Paypal cash or gift cards
Choosy Bookworm Landing Page:

The 30 authors included are part of the prize-giving, some adding additional gifts of books and gift cards.
AUTHORS and November dates they will be featured, are
Lorena Angell, Mimi Barbour, Rosie Dean
 Anne Kennison, Piper Templeton, PC Zick

 Traci Hall, Amy Vansant, TJ Shortt

 Jackie Weger, Nick Tory, Pete Barber

 Stacy Juba, Mary Smith, Dianne Greenlay

 Aurora Springer, Jinx Schwartz, Dale Furse

 AJ Lape, Julie Frayn, Effrosyni Moschoudi

 E.M. Kaplan, Roberta Kagan, Phoebe Matthews

Laurie Boris, RP Dahlke, Bronwyn Elsmore

Ellie Campbell, Donna Fasano, Melinda Curtis

Links are to pages featuring the authors on their three featured days.

Great bloggers adding information to this event  are listed in the sidebar.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Newsletter

Busy year, what with my attention divided between writing books and watching the Seahawks. Oh right, the TV does have an off button on the modem and I need to use it more often, although maybe not during Seahawks games. I mean, baseball is practically daily, and therefore a huge time suck, but football is only once a week, right? We all deserve a few bad habits.

This month’s short story is back in Mudflat, titled The Mage and the Museum, with the neighbors in an uproar and as usual, Claire is caught in the middle. Actually, there are two stories in the book, and the second one is Socially Awkward Dog.

Also, this month the Tippy Tree picture books will return to Amazon in a 2 book edition for the LostLoves Book Club. It looks super and I am very excited about it.

Turning Vampire 1,2 is now on Amazon’s KU program and can be borrowed by members.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mail blues

So I finally connected with JPeterman and ordered a shirt that is way more beautiful than the ad - well, the ad is beautiful but it doesn't show the careful seams, the quality fabric, etc. My only problem was the envelope in which it came. Somewhere along the shipping line, something mysterious happened. So my friend Rosemary suggested I take a photo of the envelope and send it to the seller and to top that off, she wrote a letter for me to send with it. Here it is, for fellow lovers of the catalog:

"Peterman," I shouted over the roar of the engine, "I think we lost a couple of packages on the last turn."
With a squeal of brakes and grinding of gears, Peterman reversed back up the Casbah's alley. I leaned over the side and pulled the envelope out of the dust just as the jeep lurched forward. The package spun out of my hands and under the rear wheels.
"Sorry," muttered Peterman as he carefully pulled forward a foot so I could retrieve my order. "I was distracted by the blonde in the red silk veil."

Ah, that explained how the tire marks were on both sides of the envelope.
Fortunately, the shirt inside the package was the expected perfection.

Friday, December 12, 2014

How could I not know? Why did no one tell me? Today on another blog someone talked about amazingly fun ads with long, poetic, exciting descriptions, such as appeared in magazines back in the 1920s and 30s. And someone commented that this also occurred in J. Peterman, sob, it's gone, we all thought. And another commenter said, "Not so! They are back." I went on-line and sure enough, Peterman does do an online catalog and also an honest to gosh paper one. Took me a minute to find where to sign up and another horrified minute to realize I was actually ordering another catalog to be stuffed into my overcrowded mailbox. But hey, Peterman isn't a catalog, it is art and literature. And the items in the online are truly Peterman. The other great heartbreak of my life was the loss of Banana Republic. Well, yes, I know they still exist but under different ownership and all they have in common with the original is the name. So thank God I have found Peterman and the merchandise is recognizable as Peterman. I wait breathlessly to see if the catalog prose is as exciting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Squirreling away books for winter -


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hello? Anybody here?

The real mystery in this mystery book store is .....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Looking for vampires off season...

We took a quick trip to vampire country, the inspiration for the Turning Vampire series, ahead of vacation traffic. Didn't see any vampires but did have lunch at a favorite restaurant and  came home with an armload of treasures from one of our favorite antiquarian bookstores.

Now it is back to work on book 7 of the Mudflat Magic series. This is scheduled for an autumn release date. 

In the meantime, Good Dog?,  another three story collection featuring another of Rock's dogs and other Mudflat problems, is scheduled for midsummer. The first two short story collections in the dog series were Guard Dog? and Watch Dog?  Okay, this did not start out as a planned series. It just happened. Like everything else in Rock's life.