Who needs an excuse?

Here’s my recipe for Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake.IMG_20140517_203459_829

Best served with tons of whipped cream.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream the following –

  • 2 pkgs cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Then mix in

  • 3 eggs

Beating after each addition

When smooth, set aside 1 cup of the mixture.


  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Pour mixture into a

  • graham cracker crust (pre-made)

Pour four drops of the white mix you set aside then run a knife through the piles to gently marble the mixture into the pumpkin.

Bake for 55 minutes.


Enjoy. IMG_20140517_203643_223

Killer Run Blog Tour

Hi peeps!

Killer Run releases tomorrow (squee!) and I’m doing some blog visits to celebrate. killer run

First up, Dru’s Musing has Jill talking about the new book.

Whodunit’s facebook page has a sharathon giveaway the 18-19 only.

And on Wednesday, I’ll be over at Word Wranglers.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll also be participating in A Great Escapes Killer Run blog tour. See the home page for all the tour stops.

If your in the St Louis area, I’ll be at the St. Charles library, Spenser Road Branch on Monday August 24th at 7 to 8:30 pm for a program and signing.


Stop by in person or virtually, I’d love to see you!

3 wishes time.

How would you answer this question? A genie grants you three wishes: what are they and why?

First wish – I have the ways and means to write full time. I’m somewhat leery of getting things for free – ever read The Monkey’s Paw? But as long as this is a good genie, I’ll ask for enough money to be able to stay home and play with my imaginary friends all day. And access to good health insurance, just in case. (I know, that might be more than one wish, but this is a good genie, right?)IMG_20140723_172917_250

Second wish – A metabolism that lets me eat what I want and never gain weight. Okay, not like Stephen King’s Thinner, but at least be able to enjoy some ice cream or a Hershey’s with Almonds, without dreading stepping on the scale later.

Idaho Potato Pie - yum

Idaho Potato Pie – yum

Third wish – To be draped in jewels… Wait, no, that’s not my wish, I think Dressed to Kill’s Sherry King is taking over the post. I must have paused too long thinking. A career I enjoy, good food (that doesn’t make me fat), those two are taken care of. I know, friends and family around to make me laugh and realized the joy of giving and receiving love.laladinner15alaladinner15

Your turn – What are your three wishes?

Coming up for air

Yep, I finished and sent off my first Cat Latimer mystery to my editor.  If you didn’t know it, books are like boomerangs, they come back.  First developmental edits, then copy edits, then page proofs, a book is handled a lot after the author writes those two magic words, THE END. Which is a good thing as typo’s and incorrect word usages can slip by an author’s tired eyes with the first few edits.

camera shots 092614 300So now I’m handling some of the business side of the job including sending out giveaways and writing more blogs. Killer Run releases on August 18th and I’m so not ready for it. :) The book’s more than ready, I on the other hand, have a few promo activities to tidy up before I can mark that off my to do list. killer run

I’ll be doing my first library signing on August 24th here in St. Louis. I’ll put the place and time on the news page. If you’re in town, I’d love to see you.

The Kensington signing at RWA

The Kensington signing at RWA

I had a fabulous time in NYC for the #RWA15. The literary signing was fun and I got to meet a lot of people I only know on line. Cozy mysteries were kind of hot in the group this year. I talked to a lot of authors who are ‘thinking’ about coming over to the dark side. Or at least the part of the dark side where we have cookies. IMG_1112

Oh, and I’m doing a giveaway for newsletter subscribers. If you’re on the newsletter, you’re entered into the giveaway. If you’re not, well, click on the image below to sign up for my newsletter and get there. :)  form

See you all in a few weeks.


literacy promo

Want a taste of what’s going on over at the blog tour for Dressed to Kill?  Check out this post on Shelley Wall’s blog where I talk about the secret.


The Secret to Life by Lynn Cahoon.

It’s finally here…. release week for Dressed to Kill.Dressed to Kill

I’ve got a lot of posts going up this week and next, but you can follow me at one or both of my blog tours.

Great Escapes Tour starts Tuesday June 23dressed-to-kill-large-banner640

The Dressed to Kill Tour starts Monday June 22Dressed to Kill Book Banner

Each tour has a mix of reviews, spotlights, interviews and guest posts. Come visit me to learn the skinny on what’s going on in an author’s mind.

In addition to those tour stops, I’m also at the following this week:

6/22 Lisa Kelley’s Blog

6/23  Dru’s Book Musing

Killer Characters

Romance Divas

SOS Aloha


6/24 Reader’s Entertainment

Mary Gramlich

Manic Readers

Romance At Random

Shelly Wall’s Blog


Little Reading Cabin




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