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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.

killer run

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)

Welcome to March

I’ve been AWOL but very busy. I’m writing TT#6 and getting back to the swing of writing while working full time.  It’s been a challenge. :) But good things come from hard work, right? camera shots 092614 300

I took the last week of February and returned home to Idaho. My mom lost her fight against cancer and the family gathered to grieve.  DSCN3493

While we were there, the cowboy and I played a few nights of darts and caught up with old friends. Idaho darts

So that’s where I’ve been.

I’ll end this post with a surprise cover reveal for Killer Run. I love how the cover artists are building South Cove, one unique store at a time. The Train Station, the newest addition sits right next to Diamond Lille’s, the only full service restaurant in South Cove. killer run

Last year I published a Bull Rider novella – Shawnee Holiday. I made my own cover using Gimp and many Gimp u-tube views.

This was the end product.Shawnee Holiday

I told my little book when it made enough money, I would buy a professional cover. Well, it hit the mark so I made good on my promise.

Here’s the new cover.  LynnCahoon_ShawneeHoliday_HR

Have to say, I love it.

And, it’s on sale this month for #99cents to coincide with Crimson Romance’s $1.99 sale for all of the Bull Rider books.

The Year We Hustle

It’s still January and I’d like to talk one more time about goals… Okay, who am I kidding. I LOVE goals so this might not be the last time we talk on the subject. 2015

I mentioned the other day that one of my loops (Go Lalas!) has coined 2015 as the year we hustle. January’s been that kind of month for me.

I’ve been out on medical leave (feeling much better thank you) and I wrote my butt off. I’ve NEVER won NANO but I wrote over 50000 words this month.

How? I sat down and wrote every day. If I hit my word goal for the day, I stopped. When I hit my word goal for the week, I stopped. Or I worked on something else. I didn’t beat myself up for the days I didn’t get to my goal. But I did reward myself on the days I won the game. camera shots 092614 300

Tonight I did two things on my to do list that are outside my comfort zone. I sent out my newsletter and I figured out a way to make the sign up link work for the website. (Check out the side bar on this page or click here if you want to join the fun.)

Why? Because we had a procrastination challenge thrown down on the lala loop. And both of those things have been on my to do list for too long. Now they’re done.

Nike had it right when they said just do it. They didn’t say how much or how long or even how hard. Just do it. IMG_20140601_125327_340

The magic’s in the work, I swear.

What about you? Are you hustling for your 2015 goals still?

I just read another article from a pretty solid neuroscience guy who says the modern world is bad for our brain. We answer our phone in meetings to say we can’t talk, we’re in a meeting. We check our email constantly. We tried to study while we’re watching television. And, our brains don’t work at peak performance that way.

My desk at the day job, at a CLEAN moment.

My desk at the day job, at a CLEAN moment.

Now, I’m a big multi-tasker. At the day job, if you come to ask me a question, I’m probably finishing up the last task I started on my computer while you talk. But if I was honest with myself, maybe I’m not doing either you or the task a favor.


On our way to Yellowstone.

I don’t mind letting the phone take a message when I’m busy. But checking my email – call me guilty on that one. I love my new i-phone (I switched over from an android a few weeks ago.) I can check email, Facebook, twitter, update photos with a few clicks… basically pretend I’m sitting at my office desk when really, I’m in the passenger seat of the car and my husband is driving us to the cabin.

I used to turn on the tunes when I was writing, but recently, I’ve come to enjoy the quiet. So much so that when my husband works out of his office next door, I’m annoyed at the sounds. (He gets a lot of phone calls.)

Writing at the airport

Writing at the airport.

So what about you? Are you a multi-tasker? Or do you follow the one thing at a time rule?


FYI, the January sale ($1.99) on GUIDEBOOK is coming to a close. If you want to check out the Tourist Trap series, this is a great way to feed your e-reader for cheap. :)

Guidebook to Murder2 (eBook)

Last week we talked about how I plan out my writing year. Goals, word counts, conferences, they all go on my master plan. Then I tweek it down to a monthly plan. Then a weekly goal setting email. Then daily, I work toward those weekly goals. I don’t have to worry about the entire plan, just this weeks. And honestly, just today’s part.

Yes, I follow the Bill Murray-Richard Dreyfuss plan. Baby stepping through life.220px-What_About_Bob_film

Today, I’m talking about the other goals. The losing weight, getting healthy, being able to take the stairs again, reading more, being kind to my sisters, – you know, the things we SHOULD do.

I don’t know about you, but anytime I say I’m on a diet, I consume more calories in 24 hours than a small village in Africa. Deprivation just doesn’t work for me.  But I need to lose weight again. One, I don’t fit into my favorite clothes and I don’t want to buy new ones. And two, as a breast cancer survivor, staying at a healthy weight helps me stay cancer free. At least that’s what the experts say.

So here’s my plan. Four words.





Each week, I’ll journal my weekly progress toward those four goals and email my life accountability partner who is doing the same process.

I’ve had some success. I’ve started a quilted pillow (create and play.) I’ve been more focused on my PT for my new hip (restore.) And I’ve started reintroducing salads and fresh fruits and veggies into my diet (nurture.)

We’ll see what the process brings me this year.

I also did a Vision Board for 2015. Yesterday I sat down with a bunch of old magazines and pulled out pages that spoke to me. No thinking, just that’s pretty or I like that… Then I grabbed a square of cardboard and started cutting and glue sticking the pieces on.

I used words that called to me too. Like David Baldacci’s quote about no one caring about a writer’s career more than the writer.  Or Widen Your World.

Here’s the finished project. I believe it hits my 2015 goal words – play, create, restore, nurture.IMG_0041 (2)

What do you think? Do you set resolutions?



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