Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dead in a Park: Leah Norwood Mystery #2 and Giveaway


Dead in a Park is the second Leah Norwood mystery. I really don't know where I got the idea for this story. I just knew Leah was going to be involved with a mystery that had something to do with a ring. The story wasn’t too hard to write, but I didn’t have any idea of the ending until I got there. I think it’s a fun book.

When Leah Norwood finds the body of Donald Collins in the city park, she doesn’t know he is a distant relative. Young Donnie was a jewel thief and a career criminal. Hidden in the lining of his suit jacket was an exact replica of a ring that has been in Leah’s family for over a hundred years. After her home is burglarized, the sexy chief of police is convinced the ruby ring has something to do with the murder.

Leah wants to find out what happened to Donnie, but why would someone kill for a hundred year old ring? She discovers a connection between Donnie and the drug-dealing Cantono family, between the Cantono family and a jewelry appraiser, and between the jewelry appraiser and one of her own employees. Chief Griggs might be onto something. All clues lead back to the family ring.

Leah loves a good mystery. Can she find the killer before the killer strikes again?


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dead in a Dumpster Giveaway

I’m giving away a Dead in a Dumpster Gift Pack which will include a copy of the book, a tote bag, a bookmark, and a magnet. If you haven’t read the previous blog post that has the flip cards, you will need the answer from one of them to enter the giveaway. Here’s the link to the flip cards:

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Leah Norwood Mysteries


The first three books I self-published were category romance. Simple and sweet is what I called them. Boy meets girl, they get together, break up, and get back together to live happily ever after. There is something comforting about these types of books. Sometimes, I want to simply escape from reality for a little while and read something easy and pleasant. That is what I tried to write with the Holton Romance Series.

It was long though that other ideas intruded. I have read a lot of cozy mysteries. They usually have some type of theme. A knitting club (yarn store), a book club (book store), a tea shop…and so on. I really didn’t have quite that, but I had an idea for a woman who loved to read mysteries that would get involved in a few herself. Leah Norwood was born. She does run a shop (lotion and fragrance) and she has a love interest. My “theme” if you can call it that is she keeps finding the body. In Dead in a Dumpster, she finds the body in the dumpster behind her store. In Dead in a Park, she finds the body in the city park, and in Dead in a Pickup – you guessed it – she finds the body in a pickup parked in front of a house.

Dead in a Pickup is currently in progress. I have written the first five chapters which is almost a fourth of the way. I haven’t had as much time as I normally do to write so it’s been slow going. I have at least one more in this series planned. It will be titled Dead in a Barn.

Leah is a fun character to write. She is nosy and stubborn. She is also very loyal to her friends which is what often gets her into trouble. Learn a little more about her and the books by reading the flip cards below.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mystery Books


When I was 11 or 12, I had trouble finding something to read. I had outgrown the Nancy Drew/Dana Girls books but wasn’t ready for anything very advanced. This was the early seventies. No Harry Potter or Artimus Fowl.

My mother tried to find me something that I could read. She gave me a copy of a regency mystery. She thought it was “soft” enough to work. I can’t remember the name of the book, but I couldn’t finish it. It scared me. I wish now I knew the name. I’m sure it’s not frightening at all.

By the time I reached high school, I was reading a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, John Le Carre. My love for mysteries has continued all through my life. I go through phases. There will be months when I only read romance or fantasy, but mysteries are always part of my library.

Do you know the great mystery books and who wrote them? There are too many and it’s subjective, but I created a little trivia quiz about five of them. Check it out.