Countdown to release day!

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Counting down the days til the release of Cozy Christmas Capers! Nineteen holiday-themed short stories from Gemma Halliday Publishing, including Chasing Tinsel, a Miranda Vaughn Mystery novella. All for only $1.99!

Preorder now at these retailers!



Available everywhere on December 1. But remember, it’s only available until January 31st. Get your copy before it’s gone!



Road Trip, part 3

More road trip photos! Of a different trip, though.

Here’s the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe. The tree outside the door to the chapel is laden with rosaries.

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The famous staircase to the choir loft.

2014-11-15 at 11-12-04 2014-11-15 at 11-13-56 The shopping is nice. Maybe I should say, the browsing is nice. Most shopping in Santa Fe is a bit outside my budget.

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Holiday Box Set Sale!

[Ed.’s note:  Oops. I meant to schedule this for release on Nov. 23. Honest, I didn’t mean to open the floodgates of holiday-season shopping mania. But I hate unpublishing something once it’s out there. And the pre-order links are active, so… Sorry.]

CozyChristmasCapers_coverNineteen holiday short stories by New York Times, USA Today and award-winning authors!

Enjoy these tales of mystery, romance, and laughter amid the backdrop of pine trees, gingerbread men, and Santas galore! The perfect short bites for cozying up by the fire with a cup of cocoa…or waiting in line at gift wrapping!

But get your copy now because Cozy Christmas Capers is only available December 1 through January 31!

Stories include:

Rosolio Red (Franki Amato Mysteries) by Traci Andrighetti
Chasing Tinsel (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries ) by Ellie Ashe
Death of a Christmas Witch (A Crewel to be Kind Mini Mystery) by Diane Bator
Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog (Queenie Baby Mysteries) by Christina A. Burke
The Holiday Inside Job by Mary Jo Burke
Hard to Catch a Christmas Thief (Hard Targets) by Wendy Byrne
A Christmas Ghost & Zero Regrets (Dead by the Numbers Mysteries) by Jennifer Fischetto
Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (Culinary Competition Mysteries) by Janel Gradowski
Christmas in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday
Christmas Al Dente (Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries) by Jennifer L. Hart
Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries) by Sibel Hodge
A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries) by Gin Jones
Mini Pie the Christmas Spy! (Mini Pie Mysteries) by Libby LaManna
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (Greatest Hits Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry Ornamental Danger (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson
Motion for Mistletoe (Jamie Winters Mysteries) by Kelly Rey
Christmas in Venice by Maria Grazia Swan
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Tahoe Tessie Mysteries) by T. Sue VerSteeg
Santa’s Little Mistake by Stacey Wiedower

All that for only $1.99. Pre-order now at these online booksellers!

Nook  *  Kobo  *  iBook  *  Smashwords

Available everywhere on December 1st!

Coastal scenery

I’m missing my hometown this week. October is a beautiful time to visit the coast. Rare sunny days that feel like summer, except that summer is generally foggy. While I’m pining for the ocean and checking my calendar to see if I can sneak away before the rainy season starts, enjoy a photo from the northern California coast.

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Pretty in Pink

Let’s test your knowledge of kitschy roadside attractions! I’m blogging over at Laffeinated Ink today and giving away a copy of Chasing the Dollar. Come over and offer your best guess where the photos were taken and be entered to win!

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Look what arrived today!

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The UPS guy said he’d never seen me so happy to get a delivery, and this is the man who brings me shoes, so he knows my happy faceCtD 2.

I’ll be putting five of these in the mail for the winners of the giveaway, as soon as my assistant there gets this box unpacked.

What’s next after Chasing the Dollar

I had so much fun writing Chasing the Dollar. Action! Adventure! Romance! Travel to exotic places! What’s not to love? It wasn’t until I was nearly finished that my critique partner suggested (ahem, demanded) that this book be a series. But I had an ending in mind that would have left my heroine, Miranda, with a happily ever after. And after everything she’d been through, I wanted to her to have that HEA. She deserved it. And I just really liked her.

But, I also really liked her. It would be fun to hang out with her again. Then I started thinking about what happens after a huge, life-altering experience. Sometimes those events push you in a whole new direction. This is why I love reading series, so I can see the characters growing over the course of many books.

So Miranda’s story will continue.CozyChristmasCapers_cover

I jumped at the chance to write a holiday-themed novella for a winter anthology because I could revisit my friend Miranda and see what trouble she’s getting herself into. Chasing Tinsel, a Miranda Vaughn Mystery, will be part of Cozy Christmas Capers, available December 1. The anthology includes 19 short stories from Gemma Halliday Publishing. It’s a stocking full of mystery, mayhem, and holiday cheer!

The collection will be available for pre-order at Kobo, Smashwords, iBook, and Barnes & Noble. Available everywhere on December 1st!

Then, at some undetermined date in the future, look for Dropping the Dime, Miranda’s next mystery. She’s got a new job, where she’s trying to find her footing. At the same time, she’s struggling to recover her reputation in a community that still views her as a criminal defendant. And then there’s the matter of Jake… Things aren’t remotely finished for her.