BOOK SIGNING PARTY

Chat with four Montana authors and stock up on your summer reading at a book signing party. Please join me, Karen Wills, Marie Martin, and Dr. Betty Kuffel for fun and refreshments at Bad Rock Books in Columbia Falls, Montana. The party starts at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I’ll be signing my award-winning thriller Instrument of the Devil. Plus you’ll get a sneak peek at my soon-to-be-published suspense novel Stalking Midas. Karen Wills will sign River…

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Book Clubs – The Human Touch in Marketing

Today, algorithms determine the most minute details of our buying habits, down to the finer points of the dental floss we prefer (waxed or unwaxed, plain or minty). Advertising is a constant blitzkrieg of spam, pop-ups, and phone alerts. Those ads are specific, focused, targeted…and totally impersonal. For all the information that Google, Facebook, and Amazon collect about us, Alexa’s robotic voice will never replace that of a trusted friend who enthusiastically says, “You’ve got to read this book I just finished!” In…

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Imagine Life Without Electricity

We flip a switch and take for granted the lights work. But what if you flipped the switch and nothing happened? Headlines in the New York Times , PBS, Reuters, and other media just announced Russian hackers penetrated computers that control the US power grid. We could be keystrokes away from total darkness. Truth and fiction merge in my thriller Instrument of the Devil when a terrorist infiltrates Montana’s Hungry Horse Dam in his quest to bring down the electrical…

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The Kill Zone Blog Wins Award

For fans and writers of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, The Kill Zone is a terrific online hangout. Eleven bestselling authors rotate daily posts. The archives add up to a master course in crime writing. You never know what surprises you’ll find at TKZ.  Sue Coletta described allowing herself to be sealed in a metal barrel to research how her fictional victim would feel; Joe Hartlaub recounted his meeting with the legendary Fats Domino; John Gilstrap gave me chills when he wrote about his visit at age 18…

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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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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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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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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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I Would Dye For You

What would you do for a friend? Would you dye for him/her? Yeah, I mean it the way I spelled it. Because that’s exactly what my dear friend, author Dr. Betty Kuffel, did for me. Tawny Lindholm, the hero of my suspense novel, Instrument of the Devil, has long auburn hair that she French-braids. For the cover design, I visualized a smartphone in a man’s hand, with a photo of Tawny filling the screen because she is being monitored constantly…

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