Book 2 of the Tourist Trap series is on sale and on BookBub today.

Mission To Murder (eBook)

In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions—until it becomes deadly. . .

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she’ll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation. . .

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” –Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

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My word count is done for the week, so I can come out and play for a bit before I dive into the laundry that needs to be done before tomorrow.

But I realized I never mentioned my big news.

I released a Kindle exclusive novella on April 29th.

Playing Doctor is a refresh of a sweet novella previously published as Temporary Roommates. (Don’t look up the title as it’s now attached to an erotic, not written by me. Or do, if you’re interested, I won’t tell.) This is the old cover.

Lynn Cahoon, St Louis setting,

Temporary Roommates

I wrote Playing Doctor after my cancer treatments at a local St. Louis hospital. I kept wondering where all these people who worked at the hospital lived, and what if… Which always brings me my best stories. I have more in store for Annie and Troy but I’m busy writing the new mystery series which I hope you all love. (New Cover.)LynnCahoon_PlayingDoctor_800px

So check out Playing Doctor and remember, Dressed to Kill is releasing in a little over a month. (Squee!)

Here’s a blurb and a link if you’re interested.

When a determined nurse and a hot intern find the perfect apartment, the same perfect apartment, they must find a way to share it for ninety days, without killing each other.

Annie Baxter has her dream job. Now, all she needs is a cheap apartment close to the hospital. Troy Saunders knows his life as an intern is all about the long hours. He doesn’t have time to play doctor to some Nurse Barbie. So when his sister finds a great apartment walking distance to work and next to the best running paths in the city, he’s sold. Two leasing agents, two prospective renters, one apartment. Can they co-exist without fireworks?

Mother’s Day

This was my first Mother’s Day without my mom which made it bitter sweet. My son called early in the day to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. (I never feel short, except when the boy is hugging me.) We sent flowers to Jim’s mom and I listened in as he called to wish her a happy day. But it just felt like I was missing doing something.

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Calling my own mom. (That’s her with my big sister.)

Mom and Jeani

So I took care of myself yesterday. I watched too much television (OMG, the season finale of Scorpions was intense.) I bought comfort food at the grocery store and had a surf and turf dinner. (Yum.) And I remembered all the happy times I’d shared with my mom.

What did you do to celebrate the day or take care of yourself?

Mothers Day

Okay, so duh.

I was at the Barbara Vey Luncheon this weekend. As a reader. Or maybe as a writer disguised as a reader. Because my author brain kept popping through. Like when my table author gave us a coffee cup in our Southern Belle Starter Kit (thanks Kimberly Lang!). I listened to her talk about how nerdy it was for her to get so excited about her fictional coffee shop having it’s own logo.

All I could think about is why Coffee, Books, and More (Jill’s bookstore in the Tourist Trap mysteries) didn’t have real coffee cups. So now, I’ve got another item on my to do list. :)

And when I listened to authors listing off the multiple genres they had written in during the Q and A session, I got lost. This is one of my sins, lack of branding. So I watched the authors who did it well -Heather Graham had a real Mardi Gras face mask creator at her table. Angie Fox’s table gave readers a taste of her new southern ghost cozy mystery series. One message, one story.

As someone who writes cowboys (The Bull Rider series), cozy mysteries (The Tourist Trap series) and paranormal (The Council series), I realized my voice might be getting lost in the clan.

So I brought home a lot of ideas and thoughts and, of course, books.

Have you attended a reader’s event? I loved it. (And not just because I won Heather Graham’s generous door prize.)


Oh, public service announcement… Public Service Announcement – The Bull Rider’s Keeper (little brother all grown up) is up for a RONE award and voting is this week. If you feel so inclined, I’d love your vote Check out Contemporary Romance: Cops, Jocks and Cowboy. Click here to vote. The Bull Riders Keeper

IMG_20140419_124345_239Or something like that. It’s been a crazy month at Casa Cahoon. We’ve gone through a few personal roadblocks this year. But it’s also been a year of amazing highs, maybe it’s to even things out?

I read a blog today -10 Habits to Change Your Life. And then a different one, same title. As you would expect, they didn’t match. So maybe there isn’t a list to check off on living your life, but some of these resonated with me.

Like the first habit- Keep Things Tidy.

I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted looking for something that I was sure I’d put ‘right there.’ Or in that pile. So today, as part of my Sunday chores, I spent some time cleaning my desk.  I have a pile of things to take to the office tomorrow. I threw out old coupons I thought I’d use, and put time sensitive things like my letter for Jury Duty next month in my full size desk calendar.

I’m planning on tightening up my work desk tomorrow when I get into the day job as well. Folders for the different stages the paperwork is in, only one pile out on my desk at a time, and a commitment to plan my day with a to do list before I start and one at the end of the day.

Hopefully it will stay looking like this.


What about you? Are you a tidy worker? Or do you enjoy creating in the chaos?

Thanks readers!

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GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER Book 1 of the Tourist Trap Mystery series has been #1 in the Kindle cozy top 100 list since late Monday night.  The #99cent sale is over, but until the end of March, it’s available for less than a cup of coffee – $1.99.

Check out what’s drawing readers to the scenic central California coastal town of South Cove and get ready for Jill’s next adventures coming this summer. DRESSED TO KILL releases June 23rd and KILLER RUN, August 18th.

It’s going to be a killer of a summer in South Cove.

Dressed to Kill

Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…

Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.

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Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable…

The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever!

Only 03/09/15 – so hurry over if you haven’t picked up a copy of my gateway cozy. :)


Guidebook to Murder2 (eBook)


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