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Here you’ll find progress on current books, behind-the-scenes insight and story inspiration, as well peeks at my life on rural, rainy East Hawaii Island.

I post something new every other Friday, and I highlight an older post on off weeks for Throwback Thursday.

 

Ready to Start a New Mystery Series? We’ve Got You Covered

Looking to try a new mystery series but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry—we’ve save you the hard work. Check out these forty or so ebook First in Series Mysteries and Thrillers, all gathered in one spot for the month of October.     Most of the books are on sale for the occasion, too. In fact, if you haven’t read it already, the first book in my Sydney Brennan PI mysteries, Back to Lazarus, is just 99¢ this month (regular $3.99). And she’s sporting a shiny new cover… 😉 📚 Let the weekend reading begin! 📚


Long Live Math Jokes! A Giveaway for Beloved Geeks and Sydney Brennan Fans

Dad, I used your joke. That dedication to my late father starts the third Sydney Brennan PI Mystery, The Perils of Panacea. It’s a hard one to live up to. Not because of any emotional baggage or anything like that on my part. Some might suggest it’s because our digital reading tech (e-readers and reading apps) is so close to where it needs to be, but not quite there… I write fiction, so I prefer to think someone somewhere is an evil math joke hater. [Mike] came out in jeans and a T-shirt that read, “π r squared, π r round.” Read more…


Magpie Moments: That Warning Light Isn’t Important…

It’s time for another installment in my recurring series of Magpie Moments. These are bits I snatched from real life and incorporated, magpie-like, into my fiction. Literary Easter eggs, if you will. How many of us—show of hands—have never ignored a car dashboard warning light? Uh-huh. That’s what I thought. A lot of sitting on hands. There is admittedly a hierarchy among the insistent little buggers. I have a TPMS light that’s been glaring at me for about a year now. I refuse to pay that much money to replace a sensor whose sole purpose is to tell me, you Read more…


Magpie Moments: A Beer by Any Other Name

I’ve written here before about the challenges of series continuity, by which I mean maintaining consistent details from scene to scene and book to book. In my Sydney Brennan PI Mysteries, remembering Syd is a redhead and drives a VW Cabrio named Cecil is pretty easy. Beyond that, it can get tricky. Does she wear a watch? Like chunky or creamy peanut butter? Shower daily, and morning or night? Even the “gimmes” I noted can cause me headaches, say when she’s wearing a baseball cap or driving a rental car. One way to try to get around this: use my Read more…


Friday Five: Finding Reasons to Smile

I had something in the back of my mind to share this week, and then—surprise, surprise!—I got sucked down the rabbit hole of my own web site. It’s amazing how many things I’ve blocked out of my conscious memory that are recorded here for posterity and my therapist. 😂 That rabbit hole has inspired the return of a regular oldie but a goodie—The Friday Five Post. I was appalled to see I haven’t written one of these in over eighteen months. Gee, I wonder why that could be? [sarcasm] Since I am still rebuilding my blogging muscles and the world Read more…