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Pre-Order Ghost Shadow

clock_front_15The pre-orders are up at most venues. Here are the links:

Pre-order at Amazon

Preorder at Kobobooks

Blog Store: Immediate release! If you purchase at the blog store, it’s immediate delivery (not a pre-order)! You get both the .mobi and the epub version of Ghost Shadow for use on all your devices.

Pre-order at Smashwords — Use coupon: FD46W You must enter the coupon at checkout to get the discount!

Why are pre-orders important?
Pre-orders all land on the day the book is released, in this case Jan 27th. That helps author rankings and gives the book some visibility. Of course, it takes quite a few pre-orders and order to make a difference and I’m pretty small potatoes! If you have questions or problems ordering, just ask and I’ll see what I can do!

Please add Ghost Shadow to your Goodreads (or other social media) shelves! There is a fun trivia question about Ghost Shadow at Goodreads too. If you need a hint: The answer is one of the free stories found in the blog store!

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Posted: January 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: Ghost Shadow

Okay, the votes are in, the changes are made and we are ready! Ghost Shadow Cover:


January 27th. Be there!!! The initial price will be a sale price. Ghost Shadow will be $2.99 on some outlets for one week. It will then change to $4.99. I have not purchased any ads for this book due to a dearth of availability. This means I need your help to get the word out: Blog it, share on Facebook, comment on your favorite blogs that this book is coming out!!!

Buying it as a pre-order or on the release date helps rankings quite a bit, but of course, buying ANY time is a good thing!!! Thanks for your patience while I reworked this book and thanks for all the things you do to support me!!!

Pre-order at Amazon

Preorder at Kobobooks

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Posted: January 21, 2015

Human Tiller

Yes, it’s been beautiful out so I’ve been out tilling the garden, throwing seeds with abandon and haunting the gardening section of all stores in the hopes of finding…spring in a pot! It’s early for most things, but I look anyway. And you’ll notice that homeless plants often find their way into my cart even if I don’t need them.

Lowes was getting rid of these PERFECTLY GOOD PANSIES for 3 dollars because a new truckload was coming in!


Meanwhile, there was just a thump on the roof. I must go rescue Leo from there. Yes, I know it is him. He has a bad habit of jumping from a branch only to discover that jumping back is not so easy. That Convict.

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Posted: January 20, 2015

Short Term Bargain No Game for a Dame

No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Book 1) is on sale for 99 cents TODAY only. It’s a countdown deal so will soon revert to $3.99. The author is M. Ruth Myers.

A .38, a nip of gin and sensational legs get Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan out of most scrapes – until a stranger threatens to bust her nose, she’s hauled in on suspicion of his murder and she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a crime boss with connections at City Hall.

Moving through streets where people line up at soup kitchens, Maggie draws information from sources others overlook: The waitress at the dime store lunch counter where she has breakfast; a ragged newsboy; the other career girls at her rooming house.

Her digging gets her chloroformed and left in a ditch behind the wheel of her DeSoto. She makes her way to an upscale bordello and gets tea – and information – from the madam herself.

A gunman puts a bullet through Maggie’s hat. Her shutterbug pal on the evening paper warns her off. A new cop whose presence unsettles her thinks she’s crooked. Before she finds all the answers she needs, she faces a half-crazed man with a gun, and a far more lethal point-blank killer.

If you like Robert B. Parker’s hard boiled Spencer series and strong women sleuths, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind Ohio detective from a time in United States history when dames wore hats — but seldom a Smith & Wesson.

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Posted: January 18, 2015

Gardening 2015

I have been waiting for ANY sign of spring. Anything! Sunshine? Warm weather? A bird in the trees??? Finally we had an almost warm day yesterday. It was warm enough for me to go purchase onion starts. I have seeds. Boy, do I have plenty of seeds!

Today was above 60. Not very FAR above 60, granted, but warm enough. I threw some snap peas in the ground. It’s hopeless, I know. I get about two batches and then they are done for in the heat. Or spider mites get them. Or powdery mildew. But I do love the things so I planted them anyway. Leo helped me garden. He dug up an row of onions, he dug a completely unnecessary hole, and he lay down across another row of onions. He also showed up under a bush and reached out to grab my hand. Then he wondered why he was picked up and deposited elsewhere. Well, it is his first planting season.

Junior slept through it all, declaring it not warm enough to garden. He’s probably the wise one, but I didn’t listen.

My lilies are finally up. The Freesia are not up at all. I hope I didn’t get bum bulbs. I need some good flowers this spring.

And I hope it stays warm enough for the seeds to germinate!

What are y’all up to?

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Posted: January 17, 2015

Kobo Sale: 30 percent off

treasure_box_ereaderEvery month Kobo selects a treasure trove of books and offers a 30 percent off coupon. The coupon only works on the “treasures” for that month.

Kobo Treasure Trove for January Weekend
Use code: NEWYEAR30 at checkout.

Here’s my pick for this bunch:

savingOne Chef at Kobo

One Chef by M.L. Buchman (At Amazon)

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Posted: January 16, 2015

Some Deals and Stage Craft

Depositphotos has a 20 percent coupon going on: CS2948188 Use to get 20 percent off artwork.

savingToo Many Cooks Spoil the Broth (An Amish Mystery) Free today (I haven’t read it, but it sounds good).

savingMost of the reading I do these days is for my editing work. Those writers keep me pretty busy–swamped, in fact! :) Today we have a treat from Michelle Scott–her latest “Bit Part” book is available for pre-order. I did storyline edit for Stagecraft, and I think it’s her best yet. It has cozy characters you can appreciate, but, as with most of Michelle’s writing, there’s an edge to the criminal minds. There are vampires in this one (as in the first, Stage Fright) and she doesn’t write pansy, sparkling vamps even when they are the relatively “good” guys. I think the mystery in this one will keep you guessing. The pre-order price is a sale–when it goes live, it will be a higher price (but I forgot to ask her what that price will be…)

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Posted: January 15, 2015

The Cat Whisperer

leo_workRecently my nephew and his wife visited us for some football watching and a whirlwind tour of Austin. They are still young enough to believe in late nights and rushing to and fro. Toby, the nephew in question, also insists that he is a Cat Whisperer. This is a good thing because we have the feral cat Scamper, the nearly feral cat Junior and Little Leo, the Convict. I wasn’t worried about Leo. He’s a bit wary, but friendly with strangers. Junior was in his hiding spot in the bedroom when they arrived so we left him to his safety. Scamper, as usual, was nowhere to be found. She has a sixth, seventh and eighth sense and she uses them all.

Leo was inside and not too certain about the two boisterous arrivals. He rushed back and forth, inspecting the new people from behind chairs and cabinets. I assured him that he was safe. I distinctly heard Junior from the bedroom give a feral cat mewl that roughly translated to, “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.”

“No worries,” Toby said. “I am The Cat Whisperer.” He began making chattering noises at Leo. Now, I’m no expert, but the noise sounded a lot like that clicking chatter cats make when they see a bird outside the window. The one that, roughly translated probably means, “Come closer feathered one. You are my dinner.”

Not being a Cat Whisperer, I just decided to watch and learn. Leo did perk up his ears and stare right at Toby. He did not venture closer. Nor did he share any of his normal friendly noises. He didn’t even tilt his head.

We continued to sit and visit. Toby made occasional threatening chatter noises at Leo. During one quiet lull, Leo crouched down and stretched closer to Toby’s fingers. With great caution, he finally edged close enough to sniff out this Cat Whisper fellow. He then leaped away, scooting behind the chairs and running down the hall. Toby declared they were nearly bosom buddies. I thought perhaps Toby had confused Leo with Scamper because had Scamper actually sniffed his fingers, it would have been quite the victory, indeed.

The day continued with Leo sneaking about and occasionally trying to sniff from a distance. At one point, he was near Toby in the kitchen and Toby leaned over and picked Leo up! Leo didn’t squawk or fight. Well, not until he turned his head and realized it was Toby who had nabbed him. Well, THAT was a different story. There was a wild moment of the cat “swimming” frantically in a dead panic for freedom and then…Leo spent the rest of the time outside, checking periodically by peeking through the cat door to find out whether or not Toby was still inside.

After an hour or so, I talked to Leo through the cat door. He wouldn’t even let ME pet him, and we had to put his food bowl outside. Junior stayed in the bedroom, refusing to come out. When I checked on him, he was mostly invisible. The few times I caught sight of him, it was his tail disappearing under the bed.

My cats are not what you’d call outgoing. I had hoped that Leo would teach the other two. But now that a Cat Whisperer has tried his magic and failed, well, obviously there is no hope of having friendly, well-adjusted cats. I blame Junior. I’m pretty sure he whispered dire warnings before company ever arrived and apparently his whisper was more believable than that of Toby The Cat Whisperer.

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Posted: January 14, 2015
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Bah. We have had days and days of clouds. Winter is usually one of my favorite times of year here in Texas because I can garden like mad. Not this year. It’s been dreary and gloomy and just plain cold. We haven’t had a lot of freezes, but we have managed to escape any warmth. I planted lilies and they are sprouting–but they are red because there’s not enough sunlight to turn the leaves green. My mom said, “Well, red is a nice color.” Yes, I suppose it is, but I’d still like some sunshine. It is time for Spring to arrive and sing!

In other news, the first copy edit for Ghost Shadow has been completed. There is one more pass to go and some filing of government paperwork (copyright). Then there are uploads and the like, but it’s moving right along in the proper direction. Thank you to everyone who voted for the cover or had suggestions about placement/colors. It’s great to have fans who care enough to help! I love every one of you!

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Posted: January 13, 2015

Sedona Short Story – Executive Gardening

executive_gardening In case you missed it over on Dru’s Book Musings, I wrote another free Sedona Short Mystery! I’m making it available here as a “Send to Kindle.” If you have an epub reader, simply download Executive Affairs from Kobobooks or Smashwords–the new short story, Executive Gardening, has been added to the end of Executive Affairs.

Remember to vote in the cover poll below as long as you’re here. Also, you have a few more days to enter to win the free subscription to SCRIBD! Sign up for a free trial for THREE free months and in the giveaway below, you could win 3 more months!!!

Here’s how to sign up for 3 free month trial: Click here and enter SCRIBDLovesHarlequin as the code.

You can’t get the harlequin 3 month trial if you are already signed up, but if you are new member, go for it. EVERYONE can enter the giveaway a few posts down to win the 3 month gift certificate. You can add it to your free trial or existing membership. Unlimited reading on your tablet or mobile device for at least 3 months!

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Posted: January 9, 2015
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