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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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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27th ANNUAL FLATHEAD RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE IS SEPT 23-24, 2017

Do you love to write? Need some inspiration? How about up-to-date information on publishing and marketing? If so, join me at the Flathead River Writers Conference on September 23-24, 2017 in Kalispell, Montana. Two days of fun, education, camaraderie, and energy with bestselling authors, literary agents, and writers helping writers. The price is a bargain $160 for both days, including lunch, or $90 single day attendance. For complete details and to register online, visit: Authors of the Flathead. Or just…

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INSTRUMENT OF THE DEVIL – LIVE ON AMAZON

  Instrument of the Devil is available for pre-order at Amazon and will be released October 10, 2017. Here’s the link. If you’re one of the wonderful folks who nominated it in the Kindle Scout contest, you should receive an email from Amazon for your free book. I hope you have as much fun reading Instrument of the Devil as I did writing it.

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Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

 Similes, Metaphors, and Food A few days ago, after a brief but welcome rain shower washed the choking wildfire smoke from the Big Skies of Montana, I visited a friend’s cherry orchard on Flathead Lake. Because a glut on the market resulted in low prices, tons of fat glossy sweet cherries remained unharvested on the trees. As I walked among the heavily laden branches bowing to the ground, a cliché popped into my head:  low-hanging fruit. According to John Bagnell, “Low…

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