Old Bones Never Die

Today I welcome author Lesley Diehl back to my pages to share the inspiration behind her new mystery, Old Bones Never Die. What an ominous title. Welcome back, Lesley!

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I have loved the cozy mystery from the time I first read Agatha Christie and knew if I ever wrote fiction I would use her as my example.
I grew up in a small farming community in the Midwest, so I know how wonderful a small town setting can be: everyone knows everyone (perhaps all too well!), crimes there are usually crimes of passion — personal in nature, so they are events readers can understand and may be familiar with — and a writer can pick almost any individual in the community to kill, to be the killer and to serve as protagonist or amateur sleuth. Important in a cozy mystery is use of brain power on the part of the sleuth to solve the crime, not brawn or weapons. There is no blood, sex or use of profanity so the cozy is something a reader can share with anyone from her grandmother to her twelve-year-old niece. Best of all, the bad guys or gals get what is coming to them.
That doesn’t mean the cozy mystery doesn’t include serious themes in it. It may be humorous and light in tone, but cozies usually address issues of living such as domestic violence, family problems, miscarriage of justice, drugs, any of the problems that can affect our daily lives.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Old Bones Never Die is Book 5 in the Eve Apple mysteries. Eve has come to rural Florida to set up a consignment shop business with her best friend. From the day of the grand opening, Eve finds rural Florida anything but tranquil, and she seems to have a peculiar bent for finding dead bodies. Because Eve is both bold and snoopy, she deems it her mission to find the people responsible for the murders.
In Old Bones Never Die, a relative of Eve’s Miccosukee friends is hit and killed by a car. The police believe it is a hit-and-run, but Eve thinks it is murder, and related to the finding of an old watch on a body unearthed by a development company building a classy recreation facility for wealthy sportsmen. Eve and her motley crew of companions take on a case where family secrets may prove to be as deadly as the developer’s need to sidestep the law in the pursuit of a million dollar project.
Living as I do in rural Florida, I am surrounded by Florida the way it used to be before interstates, an influx of tourists and destruction of nature and wildlife changed the landscape. I see an abundance of bird life on the canal in back of my house as well as turtles and alligators. Cowboys still ride horses to round up cattle in the nearby fields, and swamps provide breeding habitat for wildlife. You cannot live here without being aware of a wild world at your doorstep. I’ve introduced Eve from a city in the Northeast to this place, using the hardworking people here and the rural setting to reshape her character into more than a gal who likes to shop. The transformation of Eve is often funny, but always with the goal of letting her find her true self.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Give me any reader who likes a mystery with humor, a protagonist with sass and loveable, relatable characters. And, oh yes, a bit of romance, too! That could be someone aged twelve to one hundred, female or male. This is for the reader who likes happy endings, as well as action and who also likes being able to work through the puzzle of whodunit with the protagonist. Lovers of Evanovich who are not afraid to take on the swamps of Florida will find Eve Appel their kind of gal.

Please describe your writing routine.
Unlike all those well-disciplined writers whom I admire but cannot emulate, I am not a morning person. I write every day, but in the afternoon. In the morning I do publicity and promotional work for my books. After lunch (and sometimes a nap!) I have the goal of putting out at least 1000 words, and I do revisions of what I wrote yesterday. By the time I have completed what I call a rough draft, it has been rewritten at least twice and sometimes more than that. Sometimes I work from an outline, which I usually violate, but it serves as an emotional safety net for me. I always know the main plot and the plot points associated with it, but I sometimes change the killer several times throughout the work. I do that less now than I did when I first began writing when I was strictly a pantser. Because Eve Appel mysteries is a series, I know my characters well, but I also intend Eve to change within a given book and throughout the series. I know where I want to take her, but sometimes am not clear on how to get her there. I may then try something I’d not planned, and it usually works out, but sometimes I have to rewrite a scene many times to get it just right. Someone said writing is really rewriting, and I think they are correct.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Here is what I wish someone had told me when I began:
– Join a writers’ group. Sisters in Crime is especially good because you can ask questions, exchange query letters, first pages, first chapters or an entire manuscript. Having access to those who know the business can save you a lot of heartache and costly mistakes;
– Write every day to keep your writing muscles in shape;
– Learn your craft by attending conferences, signing up for workshops in person or on line and run your work past professionals as suggested above or use a critique group. This is hard work, and there are no short cuts;
– Own the designation of writer. Tell people you are a writer.
– Do your research so that you don’t make mistakes about crime fiction. Readers now are sophisticated about the area so know what you are talking about. As I said, this is work, so do it!

More about Old Bones Never Die:
Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.
Now Sammy and his brother’s three orphaned children want Eve Appel to go pro, applying her innate snoopiness to the trade of private investigator.
Eve already has her hands full with her two consignment stores. What is she going to do? Sammy and Walter are Miccosukee Indians, and Walter was employed as a backhoe operator on a construction site for a sportsmen’s resort. Was Walter’s death murder or an accident? If the bones belong to Sammy’s father, how did they get there? Delving into these mysteries, Eve is aided by her usual crew of friends and family. This adventure will not only up the stakes for Eve as an investigator, but it will also open her eyes to life possibilities she never imagined.

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How to connect with Lesley:

Website: www.lesleyadiehl.com

Blog: www.lesleyadiehl.com/blog

Twitter: @lesleydiehl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lesley.diehl.1

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No Way Home


I welcome author Annette Dashofy back to my website to talk about her newest release, No Way Home. Welcome, Annette!

To begin with, I love your cover! My family and I once owned a 1968 Oasis travel trailer that looked just like the one in your illustration. Okay. Please forgive my gushing. Tell us about your book!

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
While my books are classified as “cozy,” I think of them more as “traditional” mysteries. Zoe Chambers is a paramedic and a deputy coroner so she has a legitimate reason to be at crime scenes and part of the investigation. As for why I write them, I guess it’s because I love to read this genre. And I love to create puzzles. Creating mysteries is just another way of creating a puzzle.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
No Way Home takes Zoe far out of her comfort zone. She’s finally overcome some of her personal obstacles in the coroner’s office and has been given the opportunity to work a high-profile case when she’s pulled away by a request from her best friend to help find the friend’s missing son … over halfway across the country. The story was inspired by New Mexico itself and the trips I’ve taken there. My best friend lives in Aztec, NM, where the story is set, and her son works in law enforcement. He’s taken me into the badlands and canyons and given me so much good material, I simply had to use it!

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Mostly I write for readers like me. I used to try to narrow it down — 60ish female with a college education, but I’ve met many fans of the Zoe series (older men, younger women, teens, etc.), who are far out of that “type,” so now I focus on telling the kind of stories I enjoy.

Please describe your writing routine.
Right now, it’s changing. I used to cram my full day’s writing into one hour very early (6 a.m.) because my mother was in failing health, and I needed to keep the bulk of my days free … just in case. She passed away recently, so my entire schedule is in flux. I still find my best writing time is the morning, although not quite as early. I usually open my current work-in-progress at 8 a.m. and work until I meet my page count or run out of creative steam. After lunch, I focus on the other aspects of the business: marketing, promotion, bookkeeping.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
I have three bits of advice I like to offer. Join a writing group, either face-to-face or online. Learn your craft and keep trying to improve. And never give up. Writing may be an art, however publishing is all business and involves a lot of rejection. The only guaranteed way to NOT get published is to stop trying. Never. Give. Up.

More about No Way Home:
A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible accident, but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.
Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

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Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. Circle Of Influence, published by Henery Press, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014. Lost Legacy, was released in September 2014 followed in April 2015 by Bridges Burned, which has been nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. With A Vengeance, the fourth in the series, was released in May of 2016.

How to connect with Annette:

website– www.annettedashofy.com

blog– http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy

Twitter– @Annette_Dashofy

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Fatality by Firelight


Mystery author Lynn Cahoon visits today to discuss her newest release, Fatality by Firelight. Welcome, Lynn!

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I love telling stories with a large cast of characters who interact with each other and can keep coming back with each story. When I wrote romance, I had large families who kept coming back into the next book. And I understand the need to kill someone a little more than understanding the craziness of love.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Fatality by Firelight is the second book in the Cat Latimer series. I knew I wanted to get to know the community she lives in (Aspen Hills) more in this book. Starting the book with a ski trip to the Little Ski Hill allowed me to use my own experiences with a small, local ski resort like the one near my hometown. But as I wrote more about Aspen Hills, I realized the town had a secret. A really big one. And that pulled everything together. It’s also the second book in the mystery arc around Cat’s ex-husband’s death. Which means I needed to add to the reader’s knowledge about his life and his death without solving that mystery.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I don’t really have an ideal reader. I was surprised when I went to my first library event and found who was reading the Tourist Trap series. Not who I thought was my core fan group, at all. So now, I focus on telling a story with an ending I would be satisfied in (which means some kind of HEA even if it’s not a romance. I want a satisfying conclusion. Not like the ending of Halloween.)

Please describe your writing routine.
I write in chunks. My goal is to write 2000 words a week day. Since I work a day job still, I have to break that up into sections. I get up at 5, write before work, maybe write at lunch, and then finish my goal after I get home. If I don’t hit my 10,000 words for the week, I have to work the weekend. Honestly, I write most weekends too. Although I am trying to have a no-guilt Sunday.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
The best advice I got as a new writer is to finish the book. So many people get stuck on the introduction because there are contests and critique groups for the start. Reworking the front chapters before you know what your story really is becomes a waste of time. You may throw away all of those pages when you find out you started in the wrong place. Finish the book, then go back for revisions.

More about Fatality by Firelight:
Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder is distinctly unwelcome…
To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar — and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.
Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub — and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill.

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Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. A Story To Kill, book 1, came out in mass market paperback September 2016. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.

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The Drawing Game

Author Deirdre Verne visits my pages today to share news of her most recent release, The Drawing Game. She is also the author of Drawing Conclusions and Drawing Blood. Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character, CeCe Prentice, who dumpster dives her way through the Sketch in Crime mystery series. A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s stories appear in all three NY chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters.

More about The Drawing Game:
A lover of all things green, CeCe Prentice is not impressed when a fully-sustainable development, Green Acres, pops up next to her family’s homestead. It’s not so much the ridiculous price tag of the million dollar homes built entirely from re-usable materials and powered by the sun, but rather the new neighbors who think they can simply buy a green lifestyle.
To make matters worse, one homeowner turns out to be CeCe’s high school nemesis, Phoebe Purcell, a hair-tossing vamp who tried to break up CeCe and her long-time boyfriend, Charlie.
Already disillusioned by the so-called eco-friendly development, CeCe’s family home is threatened when a series of power-outages at Green Acres kicks off a rash of home invasions. When neighbors start showing up dead, the mood at Green Acres turns south. But when Charlie, CeCe’s on-again, off-again love interest is implicated in the murders, CeCe springs into action when she discovers the only clue – a portrait she painted years ago.

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How to connect with Deirdre:

www.deirdreverne.com

www.facebook.com/deirdreverneauthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8276614.Deirdre_Verne

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Death in Advertising

Laura Bradford celebrates the release of her newest cozy mystery, Death in Advertising. She is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance.

More about Death in Advertising:
When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.
Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break — Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”
But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

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How to connect with Laura:

Website: www.laurabradford.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/laurabradfordauthor

Twitter:  @bradfordauthor

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Bring it, mountain

Yesterday, I attended a writing seminar near Seattle. An editor from Harlequin, Susan Litman, spent most of a day telling authors how Harlequin could help them become hybrid superstars, which is to say writers who both self-publish their works, as I do, and sign a contract with Harlequin to publish their work.
I really wanted to attend this seminar; I really didn’t want to drive there.
You see, I live in eastern Washington state. The conference was held in Seattle. Between them and me is a mountain range. And it’s February. And we’re enjoying a robust winter with lots of snow and ice.
I left Friday morning about 8:30. I made it to Seattle shortly before 3 p.m. Not too bad. The mountain pass was mainly just wet. But, all day yesterday, I watched the state cameras and saw this message: “Eastbound I-90: Chains required.”
I have never put chains on a car. I didn’t even own a pair of chains until yesterday afternoon when I went to a Les Schwab and bought a pair. The salesgirl – and I’m using the word “girl” because I’m pretty sure she was twenty years my junior – made it look so easy. You just wrap the chains around the tire. Snap here, here and here, and voila, you are road ready! (Just don’t go faster than 30 mph).
My plan was to enjoy the writing seminar and then start the 300-mile drive home. But by mid-afternoon, they had closed the highway due to heavy snows and, my favorite, avalanches. My anxiety only grew.
So, I stayed another night at the hotel, spending the evening at a Barnes & Noble and shopping at my favorite Seattle grocery store, Whole Foods. And my anxiety grew.
Last night, I studied a map of Washington and looked for a way to get from the hotel to home without crossing the mountain pass. No problem. Just drive south on Highway 5, turn left at Oregon and drive east to Richland, then a few more hours of driving north to Spokane. No problem. Except the 300-mile trip becomes a 550-mile trip. The five hours of driving becomes nearly nine hours of driving. Oh, and the Seattle news station kept showing this amazing footage of semi-trucks skidding out of control on ice just north of Portland. So, my long detour offered no guarantee of safety.
This morning, I awoke about 3:30 a.m. Insomnia has its uses. I was completely awake and just dreading this drive. So, I checked out of the hotel and at 4 a.m., sitting in my car in the parking lot, I made a decision: I would face this mountain. Whatever it had to dish out, I would take it. Bring it, mountain!
I hit the worst part of the pass about 5 a.m. The few cars on the road at that time had pulled off to the right and the drivers began to put on chains. I did the same. Did I put on my own chains? Uh, no. A good Samaritan with a thick Hispanic accent put the chains on for me. But then I was off at a speed of 25 miles per hour, determined to put Snoqualmie Pass behind me. There were no cars behind me. Even fewer cars in the oncoming lanes. But mile by mile, I climbed that mountain. At one point I saw a state transportation worker. I slowed down and asked him if I needed to stop. He said, “You keep going, girl.” So I did. Further down the road, I realized the snow on the road was lessening. I pulled over at a gas station and took the chains off. By myself. No help. I found out later they closed the pass by 7 a.m. Too many wrecks.
I’m at home now, wearing my cozy pajamas and listening to my basset hound snore. But the sense of pride I feel for conquering Snoqualmie Pass is with me still. I did it! I told that mountain, “Not today, Mother Trucker!”
This reminds me of writing the first draft of a novel, which I’m struggling to do right now. The first book of my trilogy, Building Celebration House, is with the proofreader. I will make my deadline. But the second book, Stay at Celebration House, is giving me trouble. I can’t convince the heroine to do what I need her to do – forgive her cheating ex and accept his marriage proposal. She’s fighting me. But in order to give her the satisfying final scene I want for both she and the readers, she must do this. Just like I must get over that mountain. And we’re gonna get there, she and I. One mile or word at a time.
Hands and arms inside the cart: Rebuilding Celebration House

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The Blessed Event

Today I welcome author Frankie Bow to share news of her most recent release, The Blessed Event. Welcome, Frankie!

More about The Blessed Event:
“You may wonder what my least-favorite student was doing in my living room. In a twist of fate that might seem hilarious if it happened to someone else, he was now my stepson.”
Professor Molly Barda is looking forward to a quiet summer in Mahina, Hawaii working on her research and adjusting to married life. But when a visit from her new husband’s relatives coincides with a murder, Molly wonders what she’s married into–and realizes she might have a killer under her roof.

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More about Frankie Bow:
Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.
In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

How to connect with Frankie:
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Blame Dad

I blame my dad.
I blame him for a lot of things, most of them not really his fault.
But for this one thing, I blame him.
Once again, I am unemployed. No, I wasn’t fired. I left voluntarily. Really, I did.
Since mid-September, I have worked as a nurse in a recovery room at my local hospital. This is an environment I am quite familiar with; I started working in the post-anesthesia care setting in 1995. So, you would think this would be a comfortable setting. Not so much.
Because like most hospitals, this unit has been chronically short-staffed. The work load was back breaking. Really. My back hurt after every shift. And while I was told during my job interview that the schedule would be managed by the, uh, manager, that was not my experience. Surgeons added on elective cases all evening long, regardless if there was enough staff or not.
Nurses in this unit were asked to care for much more than just surgical patients. We were asked to care for patients from the cath lab, from the GI department and from labor and delivery. I kind of felt like we were the toilet of the hospital. I leave you to infer from that what you will.
I have been miserable since September. And I’m not a quiet miserable person. No. I’m a noisy miserable person.
This past Christmas Eve, I was scheduled to be on call. I was at the hospital from 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. while my family waited at home for me to start the holiday. This is hospital nursing. You work holidays. You work weekends. But somehow, when it came time to submit those hours to payroll, they were overlooked. I’ve yet to be paid for that day. When I queried my manger, she informed me I needed to watch my timesheet more closely. Okay. Got it.
In response, I gave her two weeks notice.
I really liked my paychecks. They allowed me to care for my family, and at the same time, helped support Baskethound Books, through which I publish my stories. After three years, my little business still does not generate enough income to support itself, let alone me and my family.
But I had an epiphany one evening. I was sitting in the hospital cafeteria, taking my dinner break, and I realized how much I did not want to return to my job. I thought, I would give up five years of my life to walk out of this hospital and never come back. Five years! That’s a long time.
I made a good living as a registered nurse. After 22 years or so in the field, I made six figures. A naughty little voice inside my head says, “Yes, and you can buy the highest quality of rope with which to hang yourself.”
This morning, I told my husband. He took it well. At breakfast, I told my son. He took it pretty well too.
What now? My daughter once told me, “Mom, you always have a plan. It may be terrible, but it’s a plan.” That’s the nicest thing she ever said to me.
Okay. Here’s the plan: I’m going to write full-time for the rest of 2017. Baskethound Books will release a new book every month in 2017. We start in March with the first installment of the Celebration House Trilogy. And when I say we, I mean me. You see, Baskethound Books is my own small little business.
When I look back on my employment history, and it’s a long one as I’ve been working since the early 1980s, I recognize these unpleasant facts:

  1. I change jobs a lot. A lot. I’ve had 22 nursing jobs since I entered the profession in 1995. 22! That means I’ve changed nursing jobs every year.
  2. Since I graduated from Truman State University in December of 1987, I’ve had an additional eight jobs. That brings my grand total to 30.

The question is asked, were you fired from all of these jobs? No. I quit all but three of them.
And here’s where I blame my dad, and before him, my grandparents. I grew up watching my dad run his own small business, Drake Lumber and Building Supply, in Brookfield, Missouri. My parents bought it from my grandparents in the mid 1970s.
Was my dad successful? I don’t know. I don’t think his heart was in it. Plus, Wal-Mart opened a store in our town in the early 1980s and destroyed nearly all of the businesses there. The local merchants just couldn’t compete with Sam Walton, then or now. When I hear that Amazon is hurting Wal-Mart’s sales, I do not shed tears. I did enjoy using Wal-Mart as a villain in my novel, Trombone Girl. I called it Sam-Mart. It was just plain fun.
Too, I think my dad felt shackled by the lumberyard, by the constraints of being open 8-5, Monday thru Friday, and then 8-12 noon on Saturday. I think bookkeeping took up a lot more time than he would have liked. I remember seeing him at his desk late on a summer evening, trying to reconcile the day’s sales. I like that memory. I plan on using it in one of my books.
After my father sold the lumberyard – I think it became a payday loan office – he took to the road as a truck driver. He did this for some years, and then – wait for it – started a small trucking company. My dad, the ever-determined entrepreneur.
Are my dad and I close? No. Honestly, I think we are two porcupines who determinedly avoid one another. I think I’m an enigma to my father while I simply cannot forgive him for his treatment of my older brother. I think we are both happiest when we do not interact.
But I’m left with this fact: I come from a line of small-business owners. People who work hard but work for themselves. And the truth is it’s way easier to quit others than to quit yourself.

Hands and arms inside the cart: I’m having a blast revisiting Celebration House!

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The Seven Course Christmas Killer

Rosie Genova, author of the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, serves up a new dish this week with the release of her e-book holiday novella, The Seven Course Christmas Killer: A Holiday Novella from the Italian Kitchen.

More about The Seven Course Christmas Killer:
On Christmas Eve, someone might be sleeping with the fishes…
It’s December at the Casa Lido, which means only one thing: the Rienzi family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration, including wine, song, and seven Italian seafood courses. As Victoria and Tim prep scungilli and calamari, Nonna directs the cooking until all is in readiness for the big night.
But the holiday cheer is interrupted by the attempted murder of Mayor Anne McCrae, who asks Vic to investigate. Trouble is, there are as many suspects as there are fishes on the Christmas Eve menu…

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More about author Rosie Genova:
A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for her cozy series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries. Her debut, Murder and Marinara, was voted a Best Cozy of 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Award. Her books have been described as blending “mystery with comedy, romance, family drama, a vivid and affectionate portrayal of the Jersey shore and … oh yes, cooking.”

The proud mama of three grown sons, Rosie still lives in her home state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy. She also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista.

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Geronimo!

Sometimes, you gotta leap. I did that today. I set up the pre-order for the first of the Celebration House Trilogy novels – Building Celebration House. The book will publish on March 1st.

Is it done? No. Then why on earth did I do this? Because I am, sigh, a procrastinator. And deadlines force me to complete my art.

So, here’s the plan:

  • Building Celebration House will publish March 1st.
  • Stay at Celebration House will publish April 1st,
  • Return to Celebration House will publish May 1st.

2017 ! It’s gonna be a heck of a year.

Hands and arms inside the cart: Once again, I relearn why I write.

 

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