Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
As a child we opened gifts on Christmas Eve. My brother, sister and I couldn’t wait and Mother just wanted to get it over with. She wasn’t a Christmas enthusiast…except for putting on Christmas plays with her students at school. Everything else was another nuisance and unneeded expense. (She wasn’t a cruel person, just unusual…a woman who marched to her own drummer. And her drummer didn’t do Christmas carols.)
But nothing could discourage me. Not even the year I was 16 and received a gift-wrapped gift box of rocks. I was disappointed but not angry, not even hurt, really. That was just Mother’s idea of humor. But she must have realized belatedly that this was inappropriate because when I was leaving to go back to college (yes, I was in college at 16) she gave me back the turquoise chenille robe that I’d given her. (In her defense: she was a single-mom school teacher with three kids in college. She was in debt and her life wasn’t easy.)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
- Change my attitude
- Change the situation
- Get out (give up)
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Valley of the Shadow, my third Cornish Mystery, is out at last.
I'm happy to say that it was picked up from the Indie Next booksellers list by USA TODAY, and is one of their BOOKS: NEW AND NOTABLE.
|Lifeboat--the book is full of them!|
Besides several signings, I've been doing a bunch of guest blogs. Don't be alarmed--none of them is very long. Here are some links:
Two excerpts from the book
A chatty letter from Eleanor
A "cozy" writer's dilemma:
Here's one about dogs in my books:
And one I wrote for Seattle Mystery Bookshop
Handicrafts in my mysteries? I didn't think so, until I started looking, for Lois Winston's craft blog:
The Valley of the Shadow is available from all booksellers and ebook sellers. Support your local independent bookseller!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
You may not know Kevin is also a writer. He has gathered and published seventeen of his short stories into a collection and I highly recommend it. With all that said, here's my review.
You may not know Kevin is also a writer. He has gathered and published seventeen of his short stories into a collection and I highly recommend it.
With all that said, here's my review.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
|A dog finds his true purpose...when he disobeys|
|Magic, Amy and Seren|