One of the fun parts about rebuilding and marketing. Getting to do a photo shoot with my good friend Amanda at Amanda Barthorpe Photography! Thought I'd share a few of my favorites.
Life is Better Brunette
Gilda Wright has always had an open mind about the spiritual world. Dating the hot sensei at her martial arts school, Mick Williams, has taught her that mind, body, and spirit have a strong connection. But when her good friend and sometimes flirtation, Kane Garrick hires a pretty psychic at his New Age store, Gilda finds herself torn between being glad he's distracted and feeling just the teeny-tiniest bit jealous. A feeling that quickly turns to suspicion when the psychic's predictions begin to come true—including one about the murder of a well-known person in their small town! Suddenly Gilda wonders if the psychic's involvement in both her predictions and Kane's life are mere coincidence or a clever set up. It's up to Gilda to find the truth and track down a killer...before her own death becomes next on the psychic's prediction list!
WOW at the Library. Free event that featured speeches by Catherine Gildiner, Nicole Moore and Peter Jennings as well as workshops with Harry Posner and Anthony Carnovale and Nicola Ross. Clare McCarthy and I were close to all the action and got to sell our books.
Hardheaded Brunette Publication Date: June 8 2015 (Gemma Halliday Publishing)
Gilda Wright's life seems to finally be on track. Her love life is looking up with her hot boss, Mick, and she's planning and promoting a grand opening extravaganza for his new martial arts school. But things go awry when their special guest referee for the opening's exhibition match is found dead on the beach. To make matters worse, the school's sexy new weapons instructor, Kane Garrick, stands accused of his murder. In spite of her promise to Mick and nearly everyone else in town to not get involved, Gilda—a.k.a. the Brunette Sherlock—wades into danger one more time. The only question is, can Gilda catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?
Can't Keep a Brunette Down (Gemma Halliday Publishing) Gilda Wright thinks she's landed a dream job managing a karate school. Sure, her boss, Sensei Mick Williams, is almost as demanding as he is sexy, but Gilda is inspired by the strength of people around her and hopes to absorb some of that into her own life. But when Gilda finds the body of one of the instructors, laying in the dojo with a sword through his chest, suddenly Gilda must find her own inner strength and fast! The police see everyone as a suspect, including her boss, and it's up to Gilda to find out what really happened. She follows the clues of the missing scroll of the Four Possessions of the Samurai down a deadly path, filled with lies, deceit, and poisoned ninja stars! If she doesn't watch her step, she just may become the killer's next sparring partner.
Life as I Know It One of my short stories made an appearance in the January/February issue of BTSeMag. I love the cover picture they put with the story! The magazine is available free online at http://btsemag.com/
JUZDIZRTS Author Event took place at Archtop Cafe & Music in Bolton, Ontario on Saturday November 8th, 2014. I got to meet a lot of great local authors, have a cup of coffee and do a reading from The Bookstore Lady!
The Official Cover and Info for The Bakery Lady! Publication Date: September 2014 by Books We Love
From the moment Leo Blue meets the tattoo artist 's sister Helga, he's drawn into a web of bread dough and lies. Christina Davidson has returned to Packham with a duffle bag full of secrets. Leo soon discovers her biggest secret is Christina's alter ego and her husband who stands accused of murdering an up-and-coming artist. He promises to help set things straight and plans to bring husband and wife together for Christmas—even if it costs him his sanity and the love of his life.
The Official Cover and Info for The Mystery Lady! Publication Date: March 2014 by Books We Love The Mystery Lady Wild Blue Mysteries
Walker used to enjoy chasing criminals, but after being kidnapped and nearly
killed, he longs to close the Wild Blue Detective Agency to live a simpler
life. Forced to take leave from the police force, he has a long way to go to
convince the shrink he's even close to sane, especially when he helps his
former partner solve a series of murders that endangers the woman he's tailing.
Wanna-be writer Lucy Stephen never wrote about murder until her husband moved out and now she thinks some man in a blue car is stalking her. When her husband and his girlfriend take her kids on vacation, Lucy discovers a hidden package of jewelry her husband desperately wants back. The more she learns about the assorted pieces, the more Lucy realizes she may never see her kids again and needs to fight for her life with the help of the man who's stalking her.
Send Winter Packing Day at BookLore March 22, 2014 After a long, miserable winter, BookLore hosted this fun event to bring people out of their caves! They invited me to appear at 1pm to do a reading and sign books. While the turnout was hampered by yet more snow, everyone had a great time!
My series Logo!
Here it is, folks! The official logo for the Wild Blue Mysteries series. Have to say, it's kind of exciting. I will be working on Book #2 for the series this fall, The Mystery Lady. Hope to one day have a few books available in this series!
The Official Cover and Info for The Bookstore Lady!
Publication date: July 13, 2013 by Books We Love Find out more at: http://networkedblogs.com/N783T What's it about?
The Bookstore Lady Wild Blue Mysteries Danny Walker is tracking Paulina Chourney who fell deep into the dark side of life and is lucky to get out before her boyfriend Maddox kills her. She escapes Maddox and arrives in a small town, which she sees as a blessing in disguise since the men she worked for would never think to look for her in a lazy, backwater place like Packham. She changes her name to Katie Mullins, makes a deal on a little bookstore and joins a local writing group then successfully fades into anonymity. Until Danny Walker shows up to visit family and figures out who she is.
When Paulina catches her 80-year-old landlady Hilda Clayton sneaking out in the middle of the night, the bad guys catch up to her and Danny disappears. Katie has to choose between spending her life on the run or standing up to face her past. Hopefully before the quirky townsfolk turn her death into a spectacle.
The Bookstore Ladyis now available at Amazon, BookLore and Aardvark Music!
The Bookstore Lady Will be published soon!
So happy to report that Books We Love has picked up The Bookstore Lady for publication. Paperwork is done and the cover is being drafted so it's only a matter of time now. More details to come. Thank you to my wonderful agent Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency for all her hard work to help me get here!
HWG Author Day at BookLore November 17, 2012
Sometimes book launches are best shared with friends. Fortunate for me, the Headwaters Writers' Guild was invited to do a fun afternoon of readings, snacking and book buying this past Saturday. Included in the frivolities were local authors: Jayne E. Self (author of Harbourlight's Seaglass Mysteries) ; Harry Posner (Charivari) ; Ruth Cunningham (Mystical Verses) ; Kelli Curtis (Amber and the Fallen Bridge) ; Diane Bator (Murder on Manitou) ; Joe Gilbey (Langsdorff of the Graf Spee: Prince of Honor, Kriegsmarine: Admiral Raeder's Navy: A Broken Dream) ; David Chesterton (Twelfth Night in Royal Blue) and June Hustler (Kindred). We were fortunate to have not only friends and family there to join us, but also local media. During my reading, I had to contend with a hovering photographer (You can see the back of his head here!) It was a fun experience and I certainly look forward to my next one! Wednesday night, November 21, two more members of our group, Marilyn Kleiber and Gloria Nye will be launching their novels. Another fun event for the HWG!
Print Copies of Murder on Manitou Published by Wynterblue Publishing, Sept 2012
The e-book was downloaded 576 times in the span of 9 months, so I decided to take things to the next level. I bought 100 print copies to see what happened. So far I have sold several and still have a handful available! Now the real work begins. Getting the rest of the world to discover what I can do! Good thing I have my biggest fans - my family to whom the book is dedicated - behind me!
Winner of the Wynterblue Publishing 2010 'Murder in Ink' Mystery Writing Contest Published on Amazon as and e-book in January 2012
The year long contest was put on by Wynterblue Publishing and based loosely on a murder mystery party game and had to be a minimum of 16,000 words and only 10 chapters long. It was the first time I'd written a murder mystery and found it a lot of fun.
It was released as an Amazon e-book on January 16, 2012.
Photo Shoot for Front Cover of HWG's A Walk in Fields of Gold
Just a disclaimer that no canola was maimed or killed during this shoot! The writers, however... We all had a great time, got covered in pollen and Richard took a great cover for our anthology.
A Walk in Fields of Gold: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry
Published by Spiral Press in December 2010 for the Headwaters Writers' Guild. A second run was printed in 2011. It is available at Amazon.com.
Stories of Prayers and Faith
Published by Spiral Press in 2010. The authors of Stories of Prayers and Faith, published by Spiral Press. This photo was taken at our author greet in Eramosa Eden, a great place for retreats and just getting away from everything! The building below is called Gaia House, a favourite retreat for the Headwaters Writers' Guild in past years. The kids spent the day meeting writers and watching bats swoop over our heads!The photo of several authors of stories in the anthology was taken at Eramosa Eden Retreat in April of 2010. That's me in the photo top row, far right! It is available on Amazon.com