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Welcome to my new website

I’m a writer, not a web designer, so I hope you won’t be too distracted by my use of templates. It’s been an interesting journey as I’ve transitioned my website onto this platform and if you’ve been trying to find me in the past couple of months, my apologies for being “under construction.”

Please take a look around the site, kick the tires, click on links and then come back and tell me what you think. What do you like? What would you like to see that isn’t here?

For those who use sites other than Amazon to purchase my books, I plan to have those links on the site as soon as I can master it. For now, please feel free to look me up on iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

The Best Day in an Author’s Life

Someone asked me last week what was the best day I’ve ever experienced as an author. I wasn’t quite sure what to say. There are, however, a few that stick out.

The first time I held one of my books in my hands – I have read thousands of books over the years and I love the feel of a paperback in my hands. The first time I opened a box from the printer and pulled out a book with my name on the cover, I thought my heart was going to stop. With each book I publish, I love the first time I see it in print, but nothing beats the first time with the first book.

The first time I got an email from a reader – When I finally sold enough books that I knew people outside my circle of family and friends must be reading them, it was thrilling. The first time I got an email from someone who had read one of my books, letting me know she enjoyed it and was looking forward to the next one, I think I cried. I’ve been blessed with many emails since, and each one touches my heart. Even the ones who very kindly point out typos (thank you for letting me know) are special because someone cared enough to let me know.

The first time I topped a best-seller list – You don’t make much money as an author unless you’re a big name and my name is very small so when a major promo site ran one of my books, it was a genuine event. Murder on Main Street was #1 in Amazon’s free bookstore and Murder is Just the Beginning was the #1 best-selling cozy mystery. I still have the screenshots and the couch I bought with the proceeds. Main Street was also #1 at Barnes and Noble.

Every single time I type the last sentence in a rough draft – When I begin a book, it’s with great hope and energy. In the middle, it’s tough slogging. By the time I get to the final chapter, I feel like throwing a party! I set the book aside for a week before diving back in for the first of many re-writes and edits, but finishing the first draft is assurance that yes, there really will be a book.

Jake and Emma get a facelift

Life has been hectic this past year, both for me and for my accidental detectives! To celebrate my return to writing and the publication of book six, Murder is Forever, I’ve done a complete remodel of the series.

You’ll find new titles and new covers when you look at Jake and Emma now. You don’t have to buy the new versions – the stories inside haven’t changed – but let me give you a tour of the new series.

Murder is Just the Beginning – Formerly Too Cute to Kill

Murder on Main Street – Formerly Main Street Murder

Murder is Never Forgotten – Formerly Justice for Katie

Together these three books form the Casper Crime Boss Trilogy. These are not cliffhangers because the central mystery is resolved in each book, while some detective work still remains.

Murder Changes Everything – Formerly Death Changes Everything

Murder Casts the Ballot – Formerly Body on the Ballot