Chasing Tinsel — Only 99 cents!

Just in case you missed out on the Cozy Christmas Capers holiday anthology, Chasing Tinsel, a Miranda Vaughn Mystery holiday novella, is available as a standalone ebook for only 99 cents!

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Two years after she was accused of fraud, Miranda Vaughn is finally back to work. But instead of returning to her highly paid position as an investment banker, she’s selling discount make-up at Prospect Point Mall to make a little extra holiday cash. It’s not a great job, but Miranda wants to make this Christmas special for the people who stood by her during her trial and in the aftermath of her acquittal.
And keeping herself busy with work keeps her from thinking about her looming birthday. Or thinking about Jake Barnes, the hunky federal agent who saved her life and then disappeared without a trace.
But strange things are afoot at Prospect Point, from the shady elves with the neck tattoos to the shadowy figures she sees in the parking garage. Is trouble following Miranda—again? And is that really Jake she keeps seeing in the holiday crowd, or is it just her mind, and heart, playing tricks on her?

Chasing Tinsel is available now for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook, and Scribd!
I included a sneak peek at another upcoming release at the end of Chasing Tinsel. I’m also going to be sending that peak out to my newsletter subscribers very soon! So sign up now so you don’t miss out!

The End!

TheEndAbout two weeks ago, I typed the last two words of Dropping the Dime, book 2 of the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series!

Well, that’s not entirely true, I suppose. The first draft was complete, but there was still a lot of work to do. Since then, it’s gotten a thorough once-over after feedback from my awesome critique partner, but it’s now about to be sent of to the publisher! For even more editing.

It was great to hang out with Miranda and her crew again, and get to know some interesting new players. Miranda’s back from her adventures in Chasing the Dollar and is trying to find her footing with a new job working for her former defense attorney.

Miranda Vaughn was once accused of stealing millions, now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. Being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t her dream job, but the scandal surrounding her high-profile trial guarantees that she can’t go back to investment banking, no matter that she was found not guilty nearly a year ago.
She’s eager to prove herself and her first task is a simple one—protect Kathryn, a shy CFO who has turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.
Miranda quickly finds that beneath the neatly plotted rows of tidy tract homes lurks dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears, even Miranda’s timid client, who is hiding secrets of her own.
Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation, protect herself from the real thief—all while protecting her heart from the FBI agent who she can’t seem to resist.


Dropping the Dime is set for an April release. For more updates and a sneak peak from Chapter One in the next few weeks, sign up for my newsletter. I promise not to spam you and you can unsubscribe at any time and my feelings won’t be hurt. But you might want to check it out, because I’ll be sharing my new cover, exclusive excerpts, and exciting news about a new project!

Ringing in 2015!

We’re talking New Year’s Resolutions over at the Laffeinated Ink blog today. Do you make them? Do you keep them?

I’ll be trying to move more in 2015. Getting out and walking (even when it’s cold), finding some sort of exercise that I don’t hate and doing more of it.

And write, of course. I have been good about keeping track of my word-count this year and I think I’ll be ending the year with (hold on, let’s check the spreadsheet) more than 130,000 words. I had been aiming for 190,000 words, but I spent a lot of time editing, marketing and doing other things related to the publication of my first book. So I’m cutting myself some slack on not making that goal.

As I revamp my business plan, I’ll post my writing and publishing plan for the next year. But first, I’m going to take advantage of this fresh cup of coffee and a nice quiet house and I’m going to write some more words. Maybe I’ll be able to finish the year with 132,000 words.

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve! Be safe and stay warm while ringing in 2015!

Holiday chat, books and boozy drinks!

I’m chatting about the holidays, books, and boozy Christmas drinks over at the Cozy Mystery Book Review blog! Come over and comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of Chasing the Dollar! And get a recipe for Tom & Jerrys for free! It will keep you warm and bright!

Holiday Greetings!

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

Have you ever been to one of those cookie exchange parties? The ones where you take several dozen cookies to someone’s house and inexplicably come home with thousands of cookies. Seriously, the math on this never works out. Or I’m hoarding someone else’s Christmas cookies.

Anyway, this here’s a virtual cookie exchange. Which means the participants post a recipe and tag four more people and the following week, they all post a recipe. And this time, I probably won’t steal your cookies. (No promises, the ones Mia Marshall made look realllly good.)

It was hard to choose, but I think my favorite Christmas cookies are Nut Cups. These little delights are a must-have for the holidays. I’m pretty sure my family would boycott the celebration if they weren’t on the cookie tray.

Thanks, Linda Poitevin, for organizing this virtual exchange! What a great idea! And thanks, Mia, for including me on the fun!

Nut Cups


3 oz cream cheese

1 cube butter

1 cup flour

Mix together and press dough into mini-cupcake pan.


1 egg

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tbsp melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

Spoon filling into the crust-lined cups. Sprinkle with chopped nuts (walnuts are my favorite, but pecans would work). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

One note:  I can never make the crust and filling work out to the right proportions, so you may want to keep supplies on hand to make extra, in case you end up with too much dough and not enough filling. You’ll probably want to make extra anyway.

For next week’s round of recipes, I’m tagging the following people:

See what my amazing critique partner, Debra, is posting over at her blog. Debra is an accomplished baker and I’m really looking forward to her recipe!

And check in with my fellow Gemma Halliday Publishing authors — Gin Jones, Dane McClaslin, Kerri Nelson, and Diane Bator to see what goodies they’re sharing!


We’re giving away a Kindle Fire HDX!

Happy holidays from the Laffeinated Ink crew! Enter to win a Kindle Fire HDX!


Don’t wait! The contest is open through the weekend and a winner will be announced on Monday!

Kick off the holidays with a caper!

Or with 19 capers! Cozy Christmas Capers is available for pre-order at these online CozyChristmasCapers_coverbooksellers now!



Only $1.99 for 19 short stories. Order now and it will appear on your e-reader on Monday. It’s like magic! It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season!


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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