Archive for July, 2012


New Look, New Form

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I’ve got some very exciting news to share with all of you! Back in 2005, I launched the first book in my Jenkins & Burns Mystery series. That book–an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel of 2005–was followed by two (one of which is my all-time favorite book) more. Recently, I was able to acquire the rights from the original publisher, opening up new possibilities for that original series…

Anyway, to make a long story short, I’m releasing all three books (with new titles/new covers) on ebook!! Aren’t the covers awesome???

 So, from now until September 7th, all three books are available exclusively on the Nook. That means, you can click HERE and buy them now!!

 If you own an alternate E-reader, the books will be available at Amazon, the iBookstore, Smashwords, Kobo, and All Romance Ebooks (as well as its continued availability on the Nook) starting September 7th!

 If you’ve read the books under their original titles (Jury of One, Forecast of Evil, and Marked by Fate), these are the same books. We just polished them up, gave them much better covers (love them), priced them much more affordably, and made them available in a new format. If you’ve not read them, I hope you give them a chance now.

 The first book in the series is DEADLY READINGS. The second book in the series is DEADLY GETAWAY (and is my all-time favorite). The third book in the series is DEADLY EXPRESSIONS.  And as for a fourth in the future…that’ll depend on how well they do. I know I’ve gotten many letters over the years from readers who desperately want to see the series continue.

 I hope you’ll give this backlist a chance!



Gotta Love These Bits

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I searched high and low for today’s Bits & Pieces, so have fun!! Can’t wait to read everyone’s answers…

1)  If you could pain a picture of any scenery you’ve ever seen, what would you paint?

2) If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

3) If you could choose anyone as a mentor (for a hobby, passion, or life in general), who would you pick?

4) If you could go back in time and witness a particular historical event, what would it be?

5) If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?



The Information Hunt

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It doesn’t matter what you do for a career or even a hobby, there comes a time when you need to do research.

Maybe it’s trying to duplicate the decorations you saw on a cake. Maybe it’s building a car from scratch. Maybe you’re wanting to make a flower girl dress for a wedding. Maybe you’re wanting to paint a particular setting or write about a certain group of people. But no matter what it is, there comes a time when you have to do a little research.

Some folks like to read up on a subject. Others, prefer to see it in person. Still others, opt for trial and error.

So tell me, what’s something you find yourself researching and what are your top two choices for finding the information you need?



A Soaking on the Horizon

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Meeting in the city went very well yesterday (yay!) and now it’s off to a water park for the day with Dear Daughter # 2. Can’t wait to get soaked! 🙂

Be back tomorrow.



Spreading the Flame (#3) On the Go

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Heading into the city today for a meeting and lunch with my editor.

As a result, I’m going to roll with my surroundings along the way to decide what my flame of kindness will be (reporting back later when I get home). I guess I figure I’ll come across a lot of people in a lot of different circumstances between the train, subway, and all the walking I’ll be doing.

In the meantime, any fun random acts of kindess from all of you this past week?



On Camera

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For those who may be interested in taking a look at my first-ever Cable news clip…

This is from Blue Ridge Cable 11 in Lancaster County, PA. They came out and talked to me when I was signing in Lititz on July 13th. It’s always fascinating to me to see all the questions they ask and then what they actually use/splice. 

To view the video click:  

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It’s been rather quiet around here lately and I’m beginning to wonder if it might be time to go to a once-a-week format. So, while I ponder that, here’s where I am today.

Have a great weekend!



On Your Nightstand

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What are you reading right now?

And once you’re done, what’s next on your TBR pile?



Spreading the Flame (#2)

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  If you’ll remember from last week, I’ve decided to spend a little time each week spreading the flame of kindness. Last  week’s watermelon cookies were a hit with the police officers. They appreciated the gesture (and the treat), and I felt like I had a chance to acknowledge a group of people who work to keep everyone safe.

This week’s flame is flowers. After I drop DD # 1 at work this morning, I’ll be stopping at A & P to pick up a pot of cheerful flowers which I will then take to a nearby nursing home. I’m going to walk in, stop at the front desk, and ask them to give the flowers to someone who could really use the pick-me-up today. More than likely, I won’t see who gets them, but I’ll know that someone will have a chance to feel special for a while (something we all need sometimes, right?).

So that’s the flame I’m proposing we spread today. If store-bought flowers aren’t an option, I’m quite sure flowers from your yard…or maybe a book…would accomplish the same goal.

C’mon. Pass the flame along with me.



A Wrap Up

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The end of last week was spent talking (in two different venues) about HEARSE & BUGGY, the first book in my new Amish Mysteries. The first event had me speaking to folks at Clymer Library in Pocono Pines, PA. The second event had me speaking at Aaron’s Bookstore in Lititz, PA.

Both events were lots of fun as they have me in direct contact with people who read. Some of the folks have read my work along the way. Others, haven’t, and so these events are ways for them to get to know about my books and me. It’s fun for them (I hope), and fun for me, as well.

Here’s a few pictures from the event in Lititz (which was standing room only)…


A cable news crew came to the event and interviewed me beforehand. It was my first official “on camera” interview and boy, was I nervous. 



Here on the right, is a picture of me and Aaron…of Aaron’s Books. Isn’t he adorable? He’s an avid reader which makes him super cool!  This shot was taken when I first got to the store, before the event officially started.

We sold out of every last copy of HEARSE & BUGGY that the owners had on hand!



Here’s me outside the store we my dear friend, Lynn D., who came out for the signing. Lynn and I met in St. Thomas a few years ago and I consider myself blessed to be able to call her my friend.




Here on the right is a picture of me during the talk. As I said before, it was standing room only (which was really, really cool).



And finally, a close-up . I had such an incredible time meeting so many nice folks…and talking about a series (and the research for that series) that I couldn’t be more excited about.