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This month I was awarded a Books Go Social Quality Badge after Nine LiFelines was reviewed by a British book promotion organization called "Books Go Social." After a thorough review process by computer and humans, my book won a good badge.
New edition of Nine Lifelines, the third book of the Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series is now available at Amazon.com.
An Audiobook of Catastrophic Connections is in the works. What an exciting experience to hear my book being read by a talented narrator. I have to approve the pronunciations and voices of my characters. It's interesting to me that someone might pronounce a name or a word so much differently than my friends, family, and I do.
My narrator, for instance, pronounces either with a long I sound at the beginning. I pronounce it with a long e sound. Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto...
The one thing that concerns me most about holiday giving isn't the money. It's figuring out what to give each person that will be personal and appreciated. Sometimes, in our family we've tried drawing names, giving one person a list of things we'd like, and letting that person pass our lists on to the right people. We've tried making a rule that we could give only homemade items (baked goods, art, sewed or quilted items, etc.) One or two times, everyone brought a small gift and put it in a pile so everyone could draw lots to pick out gifts that could then be claimed by someone else while the chooser had to draw another gift.
None of the ideas lasted for more than a year or two. Even the plan to give money to charity rather than buy gifts for each other (except for young children) worked entirely. There were some who insisted on giving gifts to everyone in the family as well as to the charity. That made the folks who followed the plan feel a little awkward and curmudgeonly.
Here's an idea. Everyone could give books to each other. We know what kind of books most of our family members enjoy. But if someone receives an book, he or she could pass it on in some way. Give it to someone who would like it. Donate it to the library. Put it in a box of items going to a charity. Give it to a retirement community.
People have given my cozy mystery books as gifts in the past, and they've written to tell me the gifts were appreciated. They have also been loved by the folks in retirement communities where I've donated them.
Have a stress-free holiday season. Read a book!
Here are the doors I've been staining lately. Writing in the evenings and staining during the day--the cozy life of a mystery writer.
It's not all play and no work these days. For the past week I've been staining, finishing, and staining, and refinishing wood doors to replace some I painted several years ago. Styles change, but I should never have decided to paint woodwork in my house!!
For Halloween fun, read my short story published at Kings River Life Magazine: http://kingsriverlife.com/10/29/a-wild-halloween/
Also, Furtive Investigation e-book is on sale at Amazon for $.99. The second Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery: Psycho Cat sniffs out a skeleton in the attic. Police are told to drop the investigation. It's up to Beth, the landlady, to figure out who killed the victim.
(Now's your chance: Goes up to $1.99 on Sunday and regular price on Thursday.)
On a beautiful early Fall hike, I sat to rest in this chair. I, in this chair, represent the amount of time I put into writing my new book that day.
My smile shows how much I enjoyed the adventure. How can a writer write unless she voyages into Lilliputian Land every so often?
There are new adventures everywhere. Rock trails to climb. Trees to hug. Ideas to grab.
In LiFELINE, the next Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery, Beth, the landlady, must learn about the people and customs of other countries from people she meets in her new condo building. How do they fit into the murder mystery she is trying to solve? You'll be able to find out when the book is published early in 2016.