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Excitement and Fun

I’ve been diligently writing this year and I have a lot to show for it. The prequel to my River City Mysteries, Your Jig is Up came out just this week. Here’s the cover.

The story is a stand alone mystery, but it also explains how Becca, the main character in my series, ends up living with her Granddad and his cranky tuxedo cat Higgins. And how she ends up working for the psychiatric group of Daley & Palmer here in Richmond, VA. But she also gets involved with a murder. Here’s a little blurb about the story.

Join Becca Reynolds in Your Jig is Up as she starts her life over after a nasty divorce and inadvertently launches her career as an amateur detective in this prequel to the River City Mystery series. 

A new life.  A first job.  And an unexpected death at that job.  Is it an accident or is it murder?  When things don’t add up and a seemingly innocent person is charged with the death, Becca appoints herself the unofficial investigator.  Can she unmask a killer before he or she strikes again?

Find out in the novella that started the series. Join Becca, Granddad and Higgins in a new humorous cozy mystery.

After writing the book, I decided to give it away to newsletter subscribers as my way to say thank you for supporting my writing endeavors. If you’d like your FREE copy, simply sign up for the newsletter here at I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

This week I will be releasing the third book in the series, Your Lights are Out. Just waiting for official approval from the retailers. Here’s the cover for that book.

And a little about what the book is about.

Hohoho!  It’s Becca Reynolds’ first Christmas at the psychiatric firm of Daley & Palmer.  To cheer up the clients, as well as herself, she has decorated the office for the season complete with a fully festive tree.

But when she discovers one of the doctors dead under the tree with a string of holiday mini-lights tightly encircling the unlucky therapist’s neck and the other end peacefully resting between her Granddad’s cranky cat’s paws, she knows it’s up to her to investigate yet another murder tied to the hapless firm.

Surely Higgins isn’t responsible for the death?  But who is?

Can Becca solve the case and bring the killer to justice?

Or will it be a blue, blue Christmas in River City?

I have to say that I am making very good use of my pandemic days. I am so very thankful that I was able to return to my writing before all of this started. My days are busier than ever. And I’m happy with my writing.

Hope you are finding ways to express yourself creatively and that you are growing and learning during these very challenging times. Let me know what you are doing. Add a comment. I always enjoy hearing from you.



Perfect Pets and Shaggy Sleuths

On July 16th, I’m participating in a multi-author promotion on Perfect Pets and Shaggy Sleuths. These cozy mysteries all feature pets as an integral part of the stories.

My first book Your Eight O’clock is Dead is one of the featured books. If you’d like to check out my book and the works of the other authors, please check them out here:

And here’s a brief blurb on my mystery.

Thanks for checking out the books. It’s much appreciated.



Guest Blogging

Please join me Friday, July 10th, as the main character in my River City Mystery series guest blogs on the Anastasia Pollock blog. Becca dishes and reveals a few interesting things. I never know what she’s going to say. We might need to talk after this interview.

Visit us here:


How to Stay Positive in Tough Times

I’ve been getting a lot done during the pandemic. I think people are falling into two camps – those who can get a lot done and those who aren’t able to be so productive. Both are very valid responses to the unusual times we are living through.

Staying positive is key. I firmly believe that. We have to take care of ourselves, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Nothing lasts forever. There is a finite end to everything, even our lives. The pandemic will end at some point. Life as we know it may be altered somewhat, but we will get back to living our lives and being careful as we go forward.

So keep looking to the future. Plan for it. Do things to keep yourself mentally sharp whether it’s working puzzles or doing brain games. Reading is wonderful for keeping a sharp mind. And for relaxation and enjoyment.

Visit with friends. If you can’t do it safely and responsibly in person, then have a FaceTime meeting or a zoom meeting. I’ve done both and they are great. Not as perfect as being in the same place at the same time, but the next best thing. Maintaining relationships is key to our well-being. Humans do not function well without social contact. Find ways to make it happen. Emails and texts are also great ways to stay in touch with friends and family.

Make sure you have a hobby that you enjoy. Something to occupy your spare time instead of spending it worrying about things. Paint, plant a garden, write a book, play an instrument. Take up photography. Whatever will nurture your soul, fulfill you and enrich your life.

For the physical component, make sure you are exercising. Walking, biking, dancing, doing stretches or strength training. Any movement is good to keep the body in good working order.

Also, make sure you are getting good nutrition and staying hydrated, especially during the hot summer months. Proper hydration will help keep your mind clear and focused as well.

Sleep is crucial. Good sleep. So many people are currently wrestling with getting a good night’s sleep due to the unsettling situations in our lives. Try to meditate before bedtime or put on relaxing music. Set a timer so the music will shut off automatically. Journal at bedtime about the things that are bothering you. Once you commit your thoughts to paper, let them go. If you have to, you can pick them back up in the morning. But let them go at night. Read a good book. I always read at night to get my mind to unwind.

For the spiritual, I’ll leave that up to you. We all have our specific belief systems. Prayer is helpful in general and even more important in trying times. Be in frequent communication with your higher power. There is much in life we cannot control. Turning out problems over to a higher power is very freeing.

I wish you peace, happiness and safety.


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