Not That Stockbridge: Setting in the Latest Sydney Brennan Installment

The title of my latest novella, Secrets in Stockbridge, refers to the small town in Upstate New York where the bulk of the story takes place. But is it a real place? It feels real enough in my mind, for whatever that’s worth. You may find it on a map. Since it’s the holiday season, perhaps you’ve even heard it immortalized in song. Yesterday my husband returned from a morning drive bursting with the realization that Alice’s Restaurant, of Arlo Guthrie Thanksgiving fame, is in Stockbridge. (Apologies if I just planted an ear worm; if I didn’t, you’ve obviously never heard Read more…

Dude, Where’s My Book? And Other Monday Technology Tales…

Lest you think you are the only one who has those kinds of Mondays, the ones where you should never be let within arm’s length of power tools or the internet, let me reassure you. We are of the same tribe. If you’re a regular blog reader, you probably know my novella Secrets in Stockbridge was released over the weekend. Sort of. I spent way too much time troubleshooting updated ebook back matter links in SIS and BTL, with the trouble emerging unscathed. Apparently Amazon and Apple are having a tiff, and I still haven’t figured what’s going on with Read more…

Secrets in Stockbridge Novella Released Today, and Where Sydney Brennan Goes from Here

I am happy to say that my Sydney Brennan novella, Secrets in Stockbridge, is finally available on Amazon. Yay—writer happy dance! I’m hoping that the more works I publish, the easier it gets, but I’m afraid two is too small a sample size to test that theory. Guess I’ll just have to keep at it to find out. It will be available very soon as a paperback as well. (Unfortunately my paperback proof seems to have taken the slow boat to Hawaii, and I’m too paranoid to hit “publish” without holding it in my hands first.) [UPDATE: It is now Read more…

Stories I Love: The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

You may have noticed the absence of Magpie Moments posts lately. That’s because I’ll be releasing the Sydney Brennan novella, Secrets in Stockbridge, on Saturday, November 22nd. Trying to cross all my Ts to make that happen has kept me pretty busy, and I decided that I’d satisfied the spirit of my Magpie-Moments-until-next-release pledge so I could get everything done. However, I’m also aware that I haven’t talked about Stories I Love in a long time either. And I just happen to be dipping my toes into Season 2 of the delectable Miss Fisher Mysteries right now… Miss Fisher’s Murder Read more…

The Second Portion of our Odyssey, with an Ode to the Library

No, that fleur de-lis-esque (I think I just made spell check explode) shot isn’t from New Orleans, it’s from the car window driving through Winchester, Virginia. I may have mentioned it before, but living on the east side of an island with a honking big mountain in the middle, you get to appreciate sunsets. If the Gulf Coast didn’t disappoint us on that count, neither did the Mid-Atlantic. By the time we made it to West Virginia (the home of my kin-folk), changing time zones and climate zones and whatever other kinds of zones you can think of had left Read more…