Friday, November 2, 2018

Nancy Drew and James Bond


This is a funny story about a teenage sleuth who goes to London with her father and is delighted when she discovers that Daniel Craig (AKA James Bond) is staying at their hotel.  I was inspired to write this book by my love of Nancy Drew books and my love of London.  On vacation in London a few years back, James Bond actually was staying at the same hotel as my husband and I were.  At the time, the actor who played Bond was Pierce Brosnan.  Just like Nancy Keene in my story of The Stolen Mask, I was settling into our upper bedroom when I looked out the window and saw Agent 007 drinking champagne in the hotel's garden. I was as star-struck as any teenage school girl would be.

In this story, Nancy opens the door of her hotel room to retrieve the morning paper and is shocked when Daniel Craig opens the door next to hers to do the same thing.  He is only wearing a towel around his waist.  He sees her in her flannel nightgown and self-consciously looks down at his towel to make sure nothing's showing.  When he catches her looking in the same place, he winks at her and goes back into his room.  Nancy feels her first stirrings of passion and is pleased that she has an opportunity to come to his aid when someone steals his BAFTA award out of his room.

I am a total Anglophile and love all things British--its literature, music, history, and art. I love writing about places I've traveled to, so in this story, I have Nancy sight-seeing at some of my favorite destinations in and around London.  She goes on a Jane Austen pilgrimage, visits Buckingham Palace, shops at Harrods, and pays a visit to the Sherlock Holmes museum.  Nancy is very precocious and has read a lot, so when she tries to solve the case of the stolen mask, she channels Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and Rumpole of the Bailey.


This book is one of my favorite ones I've written and I hope my readers will like it, too.  So, come with Nancy Keene on a trip to London where she meets James Bond and even gets to walk the red carpet with him at the Oscars when she's back home   A bit of a stretch?  Of course, but a girl can't help but dream.

Here are links where you can purchase this cozy mystery for only 99 cents!!

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

50 Shades of Dead: Our New Murder Mystery


In this murder mystery, a young woman goes out to dinner with a man she's just met at the theater where they've watched 50 Shades of Grey. He bears a striking resemblance to the actor who portrayed Christian Grey and also has a "red room". She decides to take a walk on the wild side with deadly results.

The three mysteries in the series star female homicide detective Yvonne Dauphin and take place in New Orleans. Although the novels occur in numerical order, each can be read as a stand-alone. The first book of the series, Fighting Demons, opens with my main character checking herself out of a psychiatric hospital after a bipolar meltdown, determined to show her boss that she is up to the task of capturing a serial killer. The second book, Deadly Promises, is about human trafficking. Several young women are found dead in a shipping container from Poland and Yvonne and her team must figure out how they came to meet such a terrible fate.

Take a trip to New Orleans and walk the streets of the French Quarter with Yvonne and her handsome partner Rick Vente.  Meet her wild younger sister who writes erotic romances and poses for photos of herself scantily-clad next to exotic animals in order to unearth information about her sister's latest case.  Meet the sassy ladies of the evening on Bourbon Street who have a special relationship with both detectives.  There's plenty of romance in these mysteries too as the main characters fight the conflicting feelings they have for each other.

All of these books are available at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Google Play Book, and Kobo.  Here are direct links where you can purchase this mystery for $2.99.



Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Las Vegas Cozy Mystery Excerpt






Here's an excerpt from this humorous cozy mystery about a 63-year-old erotic romance writer who goes to the Las Vegas Adult Entertainment Expo where her agent is killed:

I needed my husband’s assistance with the corset.  He had to truss me up like Scarlett O’Hara had been when her maid helped her get dressed for her rendezvous with Ashley Wilkes. After many attempts, my husband finally found my sweet spot: I looked half-way decent and could still breathe. I put on a wide velvet collar that had a large ring dangling from it. It was the first time my husband had ever seen it and he asked, “What do you do with the ring?”

“You attach a leash and take me for a walk.”

“Sorry, hon.  No can do.”

I rolled my eyes at him and said, “You don’t have to do it.  I was just joking.”

“I’m not a big fan of all this sadomasochism stuff.”

“Neither am I, honey; but it’s what everyone wants to read." 

With that, I grabbed a pile of my books and headed out to the convention. My hubby escorted me there; and after kissing me goodbye said, “Good luck. I hope you sell lots of books!  And be careful with those horny fans of yours!  If anyone gives you any trouble, call me!”

“Thanks, honey,” I answered and kissed him on the cheek.

“Be careful,” he reminded me again. 

“I promise I’ll be.  Don’t forget to feed the cat,” I told him and opened the door, took a deep breath, and prepared myself for the surreal world of the Vegas Adult Entertainment Expo.

Before I started feeling too above-it-all and self-righteous, I had to remind myself that I was a player in this circus.  Peddling my X-rated romance novels, I was part of the Sex Industry.  Let’s face it—I sold smut, I told myself.

Do you want to know what happens when
her agent is killed at the Expo?
Here's where you may purchase it
for 99 cents.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Book Covers--Decisions Decisions


Here I am going the extra mile for a book cover. I wrote the mystery "The Body on Ortega Highway" and had trouble coming up with a book cover.  My husband and I tried all sorts of pictures, including one of my mom and her sister hitchhiking, me hitchhiking, and a picture of a guy sitting on a suitcase by a winding country road.  Finally, my husband came up with its current cover. It is gory with the bloody meat cleaver but is true to the story, a psychological thriller about a young woman who hitchhiked and was later killed and dumped on Ortega Highway.  Her murder is investigated by a female detective who is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend.  Two men are behaving badly; but could it be the same man doing both?

For those who've read the other "Detective Santy Mysteries", this is the fourth and final book in the series.  Each book can be read as a standalone.




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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Here's a Murder Mystery Based On Some True Events in Orange County, California



Some of the events in this murder mystery really happened. Orange County, California had grown at a rapid pace after the veterans returned home from WWII and built their own houses in this once-rural community best known for its fruit packing houses and orange, avocado, and walnut groves.  As time went by, everyone wanted to come for the mild weather, job opportunities, and relatively cheap housing. Soon, anti-development factions arose, and people protested the further expansion of the lands, especially in Santiago Canyon where the abbey was situated.  This melting pot of different races and religious beliefs led to religious prejudice that was especially apparent when the Catholic Church bought the Chrystal Cathedral and removed memorial stones that the former pastor had promised were permanent. Tempers were running high by the time this story opened and it seemed like several people had a grudge—but was it enough to kill?

Murder at the Abbey:
A Detective Santy Mystery 
Is Available at Amazon as Both an eBook and Paperback

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Las Vegas Cozy Mystery



Who shot the charismatic leader of a group of erotic romance writers known as "The Salacious Scribes"?  Was it one of the woman writers in his "stable"? Or was it one of his groupies who discovered him with another woman?  Perhaps it was a business deal gone wrong? Find out in this cozy mystery told by an awkward 63-year-old erotic romance writer whose husband accompanies her to Las Vegas for the Adult Entertainment Expo along with their uncannily human-like black cat who keeps her in line when she finds herself attracted to the handsome investigating detective.

While I was writing this cozy mystery, my husband and I went to Las Vegas for inspiration and my descriptions of our room at the Bellagio, the famous Neon Museum, and the Mob Museum add local color to the story.


I hope you enjoy the humorous predicaments into which my main character gets herself.  Because of the sexual nature of the story, this book is for those 18 and older who have a sense of humor.




Sunday, July 1, 2018

A New Orleans Mystery Series for Half-Off

Our latest mystery series is on-sale at Smashwords for 50% off during the entire month of July. All three mysteries take place in New Orleans and star female homicide detective Yvonne Dauphin.

Use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off. That's $1.50 each.

Here's a description of the three books in the series:

This series stars female homicide detective Yvonne Dauphin and takes place in New Orleans. Although the stories in the series occur in numerical order, each can be read as a stand-alone. Fighting Demons opens with my main character checking herself out of a psychiatric hospital determined to show her boss that she is up to the task of capturing a serial killer. Deadly Promises is about human trafficking. Several young women are found dead in a shipping container from Poland. Yvonne and her team must figure out how they came to meet such fate. Fifty Shades of Dead is the most recent release. In this story, a young woman goes out to dinner with a man she's just met at the theater where they've watched 50 Shades of Grey. He bears a striking to the actor who portrayed Christian Grey and also had a "red room". She decides to take a walk on the wild side with deadly results.















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