Valentine Treat with Zero Calories

  Looking for a Valentine’s Day treat with no sugar, fat, or harmful preservatives? And a bargain too? Amazon bestselling women’s adventure book Instrument of the Devil is on sale for only $0.99 from February 7 to 14, 2018. Download to your Kindle or other device or send it as a non-fattening gift to a reading friend. Here’s the link. Guaranteed to go down easier than M&Ms without adding pounds or inches.  

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You Never Forget Your First Time

  It was magical, exciting, more thrilling than I’d ever dreamed of…… No, not that! I’m talking about my first time as the featured author at a book club. Recently, I reconnected with a Zumba class I hadn’t seen for a year. In catch-up conversation, I mentioned my novel had been published. Joan kindly announced my news to the group who warmly congratulated me. Then she added, “I’m in a book club. Would you like to speak to us in…

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99 Cent Book Sale for January

With the country gripped by the Big Chill, now is the perfect time to curl up with a new book…and my thriller Instrument of the Devil   just happens to be on sale for only 99 cents during January. Here’s the link to Amazon along with a short video teaser.    

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Five New Year’s Tips to Overcome Butt-in-Chair Syndrome

The writer’s job is to plunk our butts in chairs and produce words day in, day out. As a result, posture suffers, eyes blur, brains fog, carpals cramp, and rear ends keep getting wider. In extreme cases, Butt-in-Chair Syndrome leads to the dreaded Dead Butt Syndrome (you can’t make this stuff up!).           Here’s a countdown of five easy tips to counteract the occupational hazards of professions requiring seat time: #5 – Breathe Sitting hunched over a…

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HOW DO YOU READ? PRINT BOOKS, EBOOKS, OR AUDIO BOOKS?

My husband is a “collector” and I’m a “tosser.” We share a running joke: I swear I’m going to die first because I don’t want to clean out the garage! But…we both love to read and are both guilty of filling any available empty space with books. His huge collection makes our bookshelves sag–World War II history, automobiles, firearms, electronics, etc. He can answer questions like: which battleships were moored adjacent to the USS Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor? What kind of carburetor came standard in…

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GIVING THANKS FOR DARK BLESSINGS

Without villains, there are no heroes. Without conflict, there is no story. Without lies, greed, theft, lust, jealousy, betrayal, rape, and murder, there is no crime fiction. Those of us who write mystery, suspense, and thrillers embrace evil as a dark blessing to our chosen profession. Sue Grafton famously admits the inspiration for her alphabet series sprang from an ugly divorce during which she fantasized about killing her ex. She grabbed adversity by the throat and transformed it into a…

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Instrument of the Devil on sale!

Instrument of the Devil is on sale for 99 cents from November 9-16, 2017. When technophobic widow Tawny Lindholm receives a baffling new smartphone as a gift, a dashing stranger helps her navigate its mysteries. But while romancing her, Kahlil Shahrivar is actually a terrorist who drags her into a plot to sabotage the power grid by cyber-attack on Montana’s Hungry Horse Dam. Soon the feds are chasing her and her family is in jeopardy. Tawny must find a way…

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3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF

Today is launch day for my novel, Instrument of the Devil. Ever wonder if your smartphone is possessed by a demonic force? If so, you might identify with Tawny Lindholm, a recent widow grappling with a new cell she believes was a gift. In fact, she’s targeted by a terrorist who’s using her phone to launch a cyberattack on the power grid. Charismatic and treacherous, he draws the her into romance while setting her up as a scapegoat. Soon her family is in…

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IT’S 10 P.M. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR VILLAIN IS?

For years, my mystery novels won contests and attention from agents and editors…and rave rejections. Despite study, hard work, and persistence, my books remained unpublished. A key element was missing. But what? Several years ago I started following The Kill Zone blog about the same time I began a new novel titled Instrument of the Devil. TKZ is a terrific clearinghouse of information focused on thrillers, suspense, and mysteries by a dozen bestselling authors. Through them, I experienced a slow but critical epiphany…

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