My resume

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately. Being stuck at home recuperating will do that to you.

Anyway, I thought I’d list off the jobs I’ve had in my life time. Maybe some of you have done one or more of these.

  • Babysitting
  • Topping Corn
  • School Janitor Assistant
  • Fast food fish server
  • Plastic bottle maker (yep)
  • Day care assistant
  • A&W car hop
  • House cleaner
  • Breakfast house waitress
  • Lawn care worker
  • Appliance repair call center
  • Unemployment coordinator
  • Electrical Bureau clerk
  • Secretary for UI Random Audit program
  • Food Stamp coordinator
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children examiner
  • Medicaid examiner
  • Welfare Trainer
  • Welfare Supervisor
  • Owner of a consulting company
  • Grant writer
  • Conference coordinator
  • Business Office Manager
  • Organizational consultant
  • Mystery shopper
  • Licence and Title coordinator
  • Author

27 jobs. I bet you can guess which one is my favorite.

Panel fun


The day has finally come – Murder on Wheels is available for order at all fine digital stores everywhere.

Enjoy your trip to South Cove!


Murder on Wheels 2

The food truck craze has reached the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but before Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—can sample the eats, she has to shift gears and put the brakes on a killer . . .

Now that Kacey Austin has got her new gluten-free dessert truck up and running, there’s no curbing her enthusiasm—not even when someone vandalizes the vehicle and steals her recipes. But when Kacey turns up dead on the beach and Jill’s best friend Sadie becomes the prime suspect, Jill needs to step on it to serve the real killer some just desserts.

Reviews –

***Dru’s Book Musing said – “What a wonderfully crafted tale that was enjoyable from the beginning to end.

***Lisa Kelley said – “The Tourist Trap mysteries are one trap I never want to escape from!

***Linda at Chatting about Cozies – “I really enjoy this cast of friends and getting to know them better in each story.”



Virtual friendships

Many of you know I had hip #2 replaced almost two weeks ago now. I’m doing good, thanks for asking.

What does this post have to do with virtual friends?  A lot.

I published my first book, The Bull Rider’s Brother, with Crimson Romance, a new digital first imprint with the company that brings you Writer’s Digest. As part of the launch, several of us formed a mini community of authors where we could ask our newbie questions without looking stupid. As we gained insight into the publishing world, we also became friends. I’m still part of two different Facebook groups made up from authors who started with me at Crimson.

The Bull Rider's Brother

In San Antonio, I met one of these authors in person. Becky Lower and I were joined at the hip almost immediately. And kind of literally. Becky’s a historical/contemporary romance author. We shared an agent for a short time. And we both had our first hip replacement surgery in late 2014. IMG_20140723_133122_679

Having someone who you can talk to about the ups and downs, aches and pains, successes and failures of this type of surgery (or any medical treatment) in my mind is crucial. Becky had some issues with hers and had to go back to get it fixed (which scared me straight in following through with my PT and medical instructions.)

But not only can we talk about what we need in an orthopedic surgeon, ha, we can also talk about ways to manage our writing careers. This is a woman who lives a few states over in Ohio who I would have never met if not for the internet.

And when something feels weird in my recovery process, I can reach out and ask questions without looking stupid.

Although I’m beginning to believe no question is stupid, repetitive maybe, but not stupid.

Have you ever started a friendship completely on line? Any feel good stories out there?

It’s finally here and worth the wait.

Tea Cups and Carnage releases June 7th, 2016. Available for Pre-order now at:

Amazon /Nook /iBooks / Kobo

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name–without getting herself in hot water.

Includes an excerpt from A STORY TO KILL, Lynn Cahoon’s BRAND NEW series

tea cups and carnage


Hey guys, I’ve got some things going on in the next week or so. I’ll be off the internet grid for a few days starting on Wednesday. DSCF2860.JPG

So, before I leave, let’s talk about New Years resolutions. Do you have any?

I’m a big planner. Love it. Sometimes I think I’m a better planner than I should be. Living in the future is easier than living in the present. I have to remind myself that every day builds on your future.

I’ve got books in both the Tourist Trap series and the Cat Latimer series to write this year. I’ve got three releases, Murder on Wheels in February, Tea Cups and Carnage in June, and the first Cat Latimer book – A Story to Kill will be releasing in September.

murder on wheels

In addition, I’ve got at least one romance, Roadside Attraction, that will be releasing in March. It’s the second book in the Castle View series that started with Wild Hearts – which just released in November.

Roadside Attraction 1600

I’m focusing on four words for my resolutions – Play, Health, Nurture, Love.

I did this last year too, and weekly, I reported into my accountability partner on what got done. I was surprised how often I didn’t have ANY thing to put down for play. So it’s staying on the list.

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

I hope your 2016 is productive and fun.

See you soon.


Happy Holidays

I’m off the day job for a long weekend, then back to finish up the year strong.

So today I’m holding office hours at my writing gig. My current work in progress is scheduled to be done by the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve and I’m determined to be there or close.

2016 is already crowding down on me. The books I need to write, the places I need to visit, and the life I want to live. It’s going to be a fun year.photo-1439003511744-2a0490ea0a88

Memories surround me this Christmas. Last Christmas was the first time I didn’t get a card from my then ailing mom. This year, she’s a twinkling star in heaven and I’m missing her.  Mom and Dad

My wish for you is to hold the people you love close this holiday season. Laugh often, eat well, and take a moment to be still and appreciate the time.

Much love,


December bits and pieces

I’m starting to feel better having been under the weather for the last week. Which is good because I’m busy right now.

I’ve got several projects to finish up but I’m on a Harry Potter marathon right now, getting into the darker movies. IMG_20141024_173503_629.jpg

The character building, the mystery pieces, the history, the world building – It’s all an example of writing craft and skill development, right?

At least that’s what I’m going with today.

This week I’m going with a friend to see Wicked. The experience is my Christmas present to me.


So if you were going to give yourself a gift this year, what would it be?




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