Archive for August, 2013


A Final Summer Hurrah

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This morning, DD #2 and I are heading off on a little before-school-starts getaway to Hershey. Originally, the trip was planned as somewhat of a carrot…you know, a get-through-A-by-keeping-your-sights-set-on-B kind of thing. Then, it turned into an all out gotta-go-now getaway that we’re both looking forward to even more than before.

So I guess I’m off line for the rest of the week. I’ll be back to posting on a regular basis on Monday.

Enjoy your last week of summer, everyone!



A Great Read

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On account of my rather busy summer, my reading time was rather hit or miss. So it took me even longer to finish Linda Castillo’s latest book–HER LAST BREATH–than I’d hoped. 

Then, last week, while on my self-made writing retreat, I found a free hour or so to finish it off and, wow, it was fantastic! The climax scene (or, rather, scenes) was truly edge-of-your-seat reading with a whole lot of emotional stuff mixed in to the tension. It was really, really good.

Now, I have to wait until next summer for the 6th in the series to come out…


So what’s a series you follow that has you watching the calendar year after year for the next release date?




Picking Up The Pieces

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It’s been a little quiet around here lately and I apologize for that. Last week turned out to be a little nutty from a to-do standpoint, and rather emotional from a mom standpoint as Dear Daughter #1 went off to college for the very first time.

There were tears (sometimes lots) all around but we made it to (and through) the big day. At this point, the adjustment seems to be going okay on the college-end, while I’m doing my best to keep a  stiff upper lip here on the home front.

To ease myself back into normalcy here on the blog, I figure I should  catch you up on some things that came in last week while I was wiping either my eyes or hers… 

1) ASSAULTED PRETZEL, the 2nd book in my Amish Mysteries (written as Laura Bradford), received a “Top Pick” review from Night Owl Reviews. This 5-star review is really quite awesome and you can read it HERE if you’d like.

2) REMNANTS OF MURDER, the 8th book in my Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries, just received a fabulous nod over at Dru’s Book Musings. Knowing I kept Dru (an avid, avid cozy reader) in suspense is a heckuva pat on the back for the book!  You can read her review at:

3) SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS, the next book in my Amish Mysteries, is popping up for pre-order on all the usual book vendor sites so that’s exciting!! With the pre-order page comes a peek at the cover (although they’re sporting a slightly earlier version, rather than the final which includes a different quote on front). Once the final cover is released, I’ll post that for all to see.

That’s it for now, I guess. Have a great rest of your day!



The Truth is in the Cookie

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I have a wee confession to make. I love fortune cookies.

I’m not sure when the interest began, but I know that for the longest time I didn’t even eat the cookie–I just went straight to the fortune.

These days, I eat the cookie. Some are better than others, but why not, you know? The prize, though, is the fortune. I read my numbers, I read the Chinese translation for whatever word is listed, and then I turn it over and read my fortune.  Some have been really awesome and have found a place in my purse or drawer for years. Others, bring on a laugh–like the one DD # 1 got that said something about coming back later because the cookie was sleeping.

Sadly, there are a few lame ones out there, too. Ones that spout a reminder about manners that anyone with a decent upbringing already knows. When I get ones like that, I’m always a little disappointed. I mean, c’mon, I want something deep, you know?

Last night I stopped at a small Chinese restaurant around the corner from where I’m writing. I enjoyed my dinner very much, but my real interest was in the cookie I knew would show up with the bill. Paid the bill, unwrapped my cookie, and pulled out my fortune.


But I shall not give up. Besides, Chinese food can be eaten two nights in a row, right? 🙂

In the meantime, what’s your feeling on fortune cookies?



The Latest

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I’m in what I hope is the final few chapters of a novella I’ve been working on for longer than I wanted to this summer. With traveling and kids and unexpected hiccups, much of the time I’d hoped to devote to a brand new project never really panned out.

So here I am, a mere week or so away from the date I need to start writing my next contracted book and I’m still itching to work on the project-I-wasn’t-able-to-get-to. That’s why I’m taking a few days to concentrate solely on my writing. If all goes well, the novella will be done by Friday morning and I can spend a few days fleshing out the dream project. I figure if I get a good handle on it, I can set aside one day each week during the Fall specifically for that story.

We’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know about a guest blog I’m doing for Dollycas today. I’m talking about the whole dual name thing (pros and cons). If you stop by, you’ll also find a great review of REMNANTS OF MURDER (and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries as a collective group) and have a chance to win a book. To see me there, click the link:




Dixie Speaks

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Dixie Dunn, the former librarian of the Sweet Briar Public Library, is blogging today on Dru Ann Love’s site. Dixie, of course, is being her usual cantankerous self, but that’s okay…we love her, anyway, right?

So click HERE and see what she’s up to. And if you leave a comment there, you’re entered in a drawing for a chance to win a copy of REMNANTS OF MURDER (in which Dixie is kind of the star). 🙂




Design Your Day

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Here’s the set up:

You get to freeze your work commitments and every day responsibilities for 24 hours, leaving you with a whole day to do exactly what you want with no guilt/no have-to-do’s.

Walk us through your day from start to finish…



A Single Bit

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Today’s Bits & Pieces is more of a “bit.” As in singular.

1) Where do you do your best thinking?



Edible Animals

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On a totally unrelated-to-books-or-writing note, check out these cupcakes my youngest made yesterday afternoon. She came up with the design for the elephant, the bear, the pig, and the penguin on her own.

And, just because she was extra proud of the penguin, here it is up close…

Adorable, aren’t they?

I’m looking forward to sampling each and every animal in the days ahead! 🙂




Sealed With A Kiss…And A Push

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Well, launch day #17 has officially come and gone and I have to say, it was a mighty special one.

I woke to a letter from my youngest with the titles of all my books on one side, and a very special note on the back. I’ve read it a half dozen times already and am now debating whether to attach it to the bulletin board in my office or tuck it safely inside my hope chest.

On the heels of dinner, my daughters surprised me with a peanut butter and chocolate cake from Friendly’s…which they decorated to acknowledge the milestone.

Then, after all of that, my husband and I headed to the bookstore to see REMNANTS OF MURDER on the shelf. I signed a few copies while I was there and even watched one of my books (Let It Sew, to be exact) go home with a customer.

On the way home from the bookstore, we stopped at a park for a little quiet time. My favorite part? Having my husband tell me to hop onto one of the swings so he could push me for a while. 🙂