Monday, September 29, 2008

musophobes (Look it up!) UNITE!!!

More about the cozy mysteries here:

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wasting Away in Seekerville

We're right on the edge of our

So next month is gonna be BIG in Seekerville.
Lots of prizes,
lots of special guests,
lots of fun.


Tomorrow is my day and it isn't

So I gave myself an easy day.
Stop by for some laid back fun today on


Thursday, September 25, 2008

First Look at Nosy in Nebraska cover

Nosy in Nebraska
A three book anthology of romantic comedy cozy mysteries.
Coming in June 09
Click on the cover to make it bigger and see the covers of all three books as they'll be in the Heartsong Presents Mysteries Bookclub.
Find out more about joining the club at

Being named in Great-grandma’s will was like hitting bankrupt on Wheel of Fortune. The whole family held their breath while the wheel ticked around and around, or rather while the lawyer opened the envelope. Then they all heaved a sigh of relief when the wheel stopped on Carrie’s name. Carrie the heiress. Great. Clean up the house. Clean up the yard. Clean up Great-grandma’s rap sheet.
Carrie hates mice and loves the big city. So why is she living in a huge mouse infested house in her dinky hometown, Melnik, Nebraska? The town whose mascot is Maxie, the World's Largest Field Mouse. The dead guy in her pantry closet is the most interesting thing that's happened since she came home. Of course the carpenter who's helping her trap her mice and solve the crime is pretty interesting, too.

Joe Manning comes to town to finally meet his dead beat dad, only to find his father has been murdered.
Bonnie is attacked while she's at work in the Melnik Historical Society Museum, proud home of Maxie the World's Largest Field Mouse. Only her attacker now claims it was an accident, and he claims he's never seen the guy before who's dead in Bonnie's store room.
Bonnie wants to be suspicious but once he stopped attacking her he turns out to be pretty sweet. And lots of people had a motive to kill Sven Gunderson - including Bonnie herself. Gunderson, the true owner of Maxie, wanted his mouse back.
In Melnik, that means war!

Tyler Simpson is opening a new law office and he's home to stay.
The very British Dr. Madeline Stuart is writing an anthropology doctoral thesis about a small town that worships an oversized rodent. Success with her project should lead to her dream job, a full professorship at Oxford... even better, a guest shot on Oprah.
When a body falls out of a cupboard in Tyler's law office, clutching Maddy's necklace in his cold, dead fingers, Maddy gets arrested and Tyler is appointed her attorney.
But once Tyler finds out Maddy's here to betray his beloved Melnik, he isn't giving her his best effort.
And someone out there thinks blaming the murder on Maddy would be a perfect solution to his own problems. And Maddy's more likely to cooperate with being framed - if she's dead.
Maxie the World's Largest Field Mouse must come through one more time to thwart the criminal in his peaceful, if someone mouse-obsessed, hometown.

Barbour Party at ACFW

This is about 1/4 of the crowd at the Barbour Party at the ACFW Conference.
Starting from the Left with Susan Downs, standing, moving clockwise around the table, Kathy Kovack, Erica Vetsch, Sandra Robbins, Susan Sleeman, Beth Goddard, Rebecca Germany and ME!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Golden Days won Book of the Year

Me and Erica Vesch after the awards banquet. Erica won the Genesis contest for unpublished writers, except Erica is no longer an unpublished writer. She received a contract from Barbour at the ACFW conference. YAY Erica!!!!!!!!!!!

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Book of the Year Winners announced.

2008 Book of the Year Winners:

Debut Author

1.. Sushi for One? (Camy Tang) Zondervan, Sue Brower

2.. Bayou Justice (Robin Miller writing as Robin Caroll)

3.. In Between (Jenny B. Jones)

Contemporary Novella

1.. Finally Home (Deborah Raney) Barbour Publishing, Susan Downs

2.. Moonlight & Mistletoe (Carrie Turansky)

3.. Remaking of Moe McKenna (Gloria Clover)

Historical Novella

1.. Love Notes in Love Letters Anthology (Mary Davis) Barbour Publishing, Rebecca Germany

2.. Beyond the Memories (DiAnn Mills)

3.. The Spinster & The Tycoon (Vickie McDonough)


1.. Splitting Harriet (Tamara Leigh) Multnomah Books, Julee Schwarzburg

2.. Sushi for One? (Camy Tang)

3.. One Little Secret (Allison Bottke) & The Book of Jane (Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt)

Long Contemporary

1.. Within This Circle (Deborah Raney) Steeple Hill Books, Krista Stroever

2.. Like Always (Robert Elmer)

3.. Autumn Blue (Karen Harter)

Long Historical

1. Veil of Fire (Marlo Schalesky) RiverOak, editors Jeff Dunn/Jon Woodhams

1. Tie - Where Willows Grow (Kim Vogel Sawyer) Bethany House, editor Charlene Patterson

2. Fancy Pants (Cathy Marie Hake) & Then Came Hope (Louise Gouge)

3. Courting Trouble (Deeanne Gist)


1.. Your Chariot Awaits (Lorena McCourtney) Thomas Nelson, Amanda Bostic

2.. Death of a Garage Sale Newbie (Sharon Dunn)

3.. Sticks And Stones (Susan Meissner)

Short Contemporary

1.. The Heart of Grace (Linda Goodnight) Steeple Hill Love Inspired, Allison Lyons

2.. Heart of the Family (Margaret Daley)

3.. Wedded Bliss (Kathleen Y'Barbo)

Short Contemporary Suspense

1.. Caught Redhanded (Gayle Roper) Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, Krista Stroever

2.. Pursuit of Justice (Pamela Tracy)

3.. Nowhere to Hide (Debby Giusti) & Her Christmas Protector (Terri Reed)

Short Historical

1. Canteen Dreams (Cara Putman) & Golden Days (Mary Connealy) Barbour/Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons

2.. A Wealth Beyond Riches (Vickie McDonough)

3.. A Time to Keep (Kelly Eileen Hake)


1.. The Restorer's Son (Sharon Hinck) NavPress, Reagan Reed

2.. Demon: A Memoir (Tosca Lee)

3.. DragonFire (Donita Paul)


1.. Black Ice (Linda Hall) WaterBrook Press, Traci DePree

2.. Coral Moon (Brandilyn Collins)

3.. Abomination (Colleen Coble)

Women's Fiction

1.. Remember to Forget (Deborah Raney) Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, Philis Boultinghouse

2.. Watercolored Pearls (Stacy Hawkins Adams)

3.. A Promise To Remember (Kathryn Cushman)

Young Adult

1.. In Between (Jenny B. Jones) NavPress, Jamie Chavez

2.. Sara Jane: Liberty's Torch (Eleanor Clark)

3.. Saving Sailor (Renee Riva)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Let There be Lite

I'm in this months Afictionado magazine with my humor column.
(I know, I know, you'll be the judge of that)
Check it out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 08, 2008


I included the front and back version of the cover because I like the back cover copy.

Coming soon from Heartsong Presents.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Drawing for copy of Calico Canyon

I'm on Trish Perry's blog today.
Leave a comment and
get your name in the drawing
for a signed copy of Calico Canyon.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I'm on Petticoats and Pistols today

I'm on Petticoats and Pistols today talking about
I'll be speaking there next week.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008