Happy December

I love my website. Somehow, last year I figured out how to turn the snow on the site starting December 1st and now, it’s snowing.

Simple. But it makes me smile today when our real weather is freezing rain instead of fluffy pretty snow.

What’s happening in your world?

(I’m pretending I’ve got my recliner scooted up to this fire today..Although I don’t think my sweats and tee shirt will pass dress code.)


The main lobby in the Columbia Club – Indianapolis, IN

Welcome Kathleen to my blog and enjoy her trip…. unnamed

“Austin’s Classic Late-Night Eatery”

Welcome to day five of Kathleen Kaska’s blog tour “Travels to Austin: A Trip Back in Time.” She’s celebrating the upcoming release of her fourth Sydney Lockhart mystery, Murder at the Driskill (Austin, Texas) by writing about famous, infamous, and legendary locales in Texas’ state capital whose promo campaign is “Keep Austin Weird.” At the end of the tour, she’ll give away a signed copy of the book. To be eligible, leave a comment on each blog.

Today’s blog features Austin’s Night Hawk Restaurant.

Do you remember when a hamburger cost fifteen cents? Unless you were old enough to order your own meal during the 1930s, probably not. Entrepreneur Harry Akin opened the Night Hawk Restaurant in Austin, Texas in 1932—a gutsy move during the Depression. To maximize his earnings in those difficult times, he always kept the restaurant open late. The strategy worked and his business grew. After enlarging the establishment from its original two booths and eight-seat counter, the Night Hawk became a place for businessmen and politicians to meet and cut deals outside normal office hours. Akin soon opened several more restaurants throughout the city, and the Night Hawk Chain was formed.

The original restaurant closed in 1989, but the Frisco Shop Night Hawk Restaurant on South Congress is still in operation. The décor can best be described as “fancy diner.” Famous for its Frisco Burger, pies, friendly service (many employees have worked their for years), locales consider the eatery an Austin institution.

I gave the old place a mention in Murder at the Driskill. After an exhausting week and a close encounter with a bullet, Sydney and Dixon had planned to relax at her apartment and recount those harrowing events; instead, a romantic interlude ensued complete with watery martinis, hunger pangs, and the need for late night grub at the Night Hawk. Have a look.

            We were on our way to fully understanding the severity of our distractions. The ice in the martini pitcher had melted and Mealworm had deposited another rather large quantity of cat hair on Dixon’s jacket, when a low rumble traveled through the room, interrupting any further distractions.

            “Is that your dog snoring or your stomach growling?” Dixon asked.

            “It’s me. Most men take their dates out to dinner first,” I said.

            “I didn’t hear you complaining.” He smiled. “Let’s go. Steaks at the Night Hawk?”


Check out Night Hawk’s menu and learn more about the restaurant’s colorful history.


Visit the precious blog links:

11/24/ Condo Douglas kicked off my blog tour at: http://condascreativecenter.blogspot.com

11/25 Next you’ll find me at Lois Winston’s blog: http://anatasiapollack.blogspot.com/

11/26 Look for me at Cyndi Pauwel’s blog CP at Large: http://cpatlarge.blogspot.com

11/28 Visit me at Helena Fairfax’s blog at: http://helenafairfax.com

11/30 Tomorrow I’ll be at Sheila Webster Boneham’s place Sheila Writes: http://sheilaboneham.blogspot.com

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Now here’s a taste of Murder at the Driskill.

You’d think that newspaper reporter Sydney Lockhart, comfortable at home in Austin, Texas, could stay away from hotels and murders therein. But when she and her detective boyfriend, Ralph Dixon, hang out a shingle for their new detective agency, they immediately land a high-profile case, which sends them to the swanky Driskill Hotel. Businessman Stringer Maynard has invited them to a party to meet his partner/brother-in-law, Leland Tatum, who’s about to announce his candidacy for governor. Maynard needs their help because Tatum is hanging out with the wrong crowd and jeopardizing his chances for winning the election. Before Sydney can finish her first martini, a gunshot sounds and Leland Tatum is found murdered in a suite down the hall.


Kathleen Kaska writes the award-winning Sydney Lockhart mysteries. Her first two books Murder at the Arlington and Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queens Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Kaska also writes the Classic Triviography Mystery Series. Her Alfred Hitchcock and the Sherlock Holmes trivia books were finalists for the 2013 EPIC award in nonfiction. Her nonfiction book, The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (University Press of Florida) was published in 2012.

Ready to pick up Murder at the Driskall? http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Driskill-Sydney-Lockhart-Mystery/dp/0990565599/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416766887&sr=8-1&keywords=Murder+at+the+Driskill

Find out more about Kathleen here 

Let’s do lunch

Before I took off for medical leave, a group of team members and I went to a local chef school presentation room.


I’d been wanting to visit since I started working my current day job and mixed in with my birthday, this was the perfect time. lunchlunch3

The room was warm and welcoming.


Our table was beautiful.


And the company fun.


This was our amuse buche – Goat cheese rolled in chopped olives with a fried pita triangle and a dusting of greens over the top.  Yum.


Our lunches were amazing and I’ve got one more thing scratched off my bucket list.

What about you? What one thing do you want to have completed by the end of the year?

Happy Monday!

If the Shoe Kills will be around the internet the next couple weeks on your favorite blogs..

Review tour -

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And blog stops


Stop 1 (after 8) Storybook Reviews

Stop 2- Mary Gramlich

Stop 3 – Rom Com

Stop 4 – Romance Divas

Help me celebrate!






The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, ’tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks–the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car–dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess–before the other shoe drops. . .

But wait….

If you can’t wait that long, and you live within driving distance of St. Charles, Missouri – I’ll be signing If The Shoe Kills at Main Street Books from 1-3. Stop by, let’s talk, and find out why this little independent is one of my favorite haunting grounds. (This picture was a few years ago when I did the Chicken Soup for the Soul signing…)

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Stay tuned for more release fun… Like a review tour from Tasty Tours -

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New address… or two.

Actually, I have two new addresses…

The first is for this website – I’ve dropped the wordpress in the middle of the name like an bad ex-husband.

So for now on, all you have to type is lynncahoon.com to get here and find out what’s new in Lynn’s life.


The other new address is for the cabin. Casa Cahoon has expanded to a lot on a lake in Central Missouri. We’re still talking about a name. The Cowboy wants to call it Dodge City in honor of his truck. I like the simplicity of The Cabin.

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And this is my view from my writing table -


camera shots 092614 300#Nanowrimo Why do you write?.

I’m not doing Nanowrimo this year – even though it has a terrific t-shirt – but I love Bob Mayer’s WRITE IT FORWARD book. If you’re unsure how to build your author career, he’s written THE book on the subject.

And if you want to play with Nano… he’s got a survival kit for sale, just for you.

Back from Magna and back to work today. It’s Halloween week so I’m sure there will be lots to get done before we start playing.


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