Magpie Moments: You Haven’t Lived if You Haven’t Tried the Smoky Shenandoah

Happy Friday, y’all! With the weekend bearing down, what better time to share a Magpie Moment? I know it’s been a while, so just a quick reminder that Magpie Moments are bits I snatched from real life and incorporated, magpie-like, into my fiction. And this one is, not surprisingly, food-related. (Yes, my PI Sydney Brennan comes by her food fixation honestly.)  “What do you recommend?” Adam asked. Luther laughed. “Only thing to choose is half or full chicken, and with slaw or without. And it’s not the tomatoey kind of barbecue sauce; it’s the other kind.” Adam wasn’t sure what Read more…

Magpie Moments: Talk Like That’ll Get You A Bed in Weston

Shame on me—I haven’t done a Magpie Moments post in forever! With the release of the Founder audiobook and the Heir ebook and paperback release on the horizon, I figured it was time. What’s that? You didn’t know Heir was imminent? Well, then you must not be in my Reader Group (hint, hint—you can sign up here). I’ll tell you what I told them: the tentative release date for the third book in the Dead Hollow trilogy is October 10, 2018. Woo hoo! And even if you’ve already read the first two books in the series, I recommend rereading them Read more…

Magpie Moments: Every Story is Better with a Dog

I know, I did a blog post last week. But it occurred to me today that 1) the world has felt rather dark lately (surprisingly, a lava-glowing horizon doesn’t help), and 2) it’s been forever since I posted a Magpie Moment. (Reminder: Magpie Moments are bits of real life I’ve incorporated into my characters’ fictional adventures; you can find more in the Blog Topics dropdown below.) The obvious solution: a quick, canine Magpie Moment. A large German shepherd mix tied to a doghouse wagged his tail and woofed as JJ approached… The dog followed them to the house and shoved Read more…

The Alchemical Abode that is a Writer’s Mind, with a Mini Automotive Magpie Moment

You know when there’s something going on that’s so cool, you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep for thinking about it? That was me this week. Seriously. Nothing to do with Rosh Hashanah (Happy Jewish New Year!) or the first day of autumn, the only holidays that appear on the calendar next to my desk. And I’m a little old and it’s a little early to be excited for Christmas, although I’m prepared to be contradicted on my next trip to Home Depot or Target. (On the early for Christmas part, not Read more…

Magpie Moments: Charlie Brown—More Than Just a Comic Character

I’m thrilled to share that Founder, Book Two of the Appalachian Dead Hollow Trilogy is alive—mwah-ha-hah! (It is a thriller with a touch of the supernatural.) Or yay! Whichever. 🙂 You can read a Preview and find purchase links here. Remember, this is a true trilogy, not just a series, so do not read Book Two without first reading Book One, Prodigal. Which seems like a perfect segue… I haven’t done any Magpie Moments posts in a while (bits about real-life moments I snatched up and tucked into my fiction), and I thought this might be a good time for Read more…