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October 13, 2019

An Oatmeal Cookbook

5* Review:  I'm not much of a cook but these tasty oatmeal recipes are designed for anyone to enjoy.  Get your copy and get healthy--Diane Rapp [image error] [image error] ​ANNIE DOUGLASS LIMA, AUTHOR:

My latest writing project is very different from anything else I've written. It's a cookbook! But those who know how much I love fantasy might not be surprised that this cookbook ended up with a fantasy theme. Many of the recipes have names inspired by fairy tales or fantasy stories, and I love the hints of fantasy in the two covers designed by the awesome Savannah Jezowski
 
Why two different covers? The paperback version of the cookbook is an unusual shape, due to the unusual recipe format (more information about that below), so it couldn't share a cover with the ebook.
 
Some people might be surprised, though, that the whole book is focused on oatmeal. After all, isn't oatmeal that boring goop that nobody really eats if there's anything else available? 
 
NOT ANYMORE! In this book, you'll find recipes for delectable dishes like creamy mango coconut spice oatmeal, cinnamon almond oatmeal, blueberry cream cheese oatmeal, and (my personal favorite:) caramel banana oatmeal with peanut butter. (Okay, so that one is a little closer to the dessert end of the spectrum than the porridge end!) 

Take a look at the book blurb below for more details:
 
Are you tired of high-sugar, low-health-value instant oatmeals in tiny serving packets full of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives? Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal contains 70 hearty recipes packed with natural ingredients and brimful of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. All are gluten free, assuming you use gluten-free oats, and vegan (or they come with a vegan option). Most require no salt so are perfect for a low sodium diet. Almost all of these recipes can be prepared in ten minutes or less, saving you time in your busy morning.
 
Oh … and no more math! Whether you’re cooking just for yourself, for a family of six, or any number in between, every recipe comes in the form of a handy table that shows exactly how much of each ingredient you’ll need for however many servings you want.
 
Tasty enough for kids to crave, but wholesome enough to appeal to health-conscious parents, these mouth-watering recipes will give you plenty of energy for your day while pleasing your taste buds too. Download Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal now and say goodbye to artificial breakfasts that don’t fully satisfy.
 
Take a peek at a few of the fun recipe titles (with pictures courtesy of photographer Denise Johnson). Then scroll down for a free recipe!

Picture Picture Picture And now for a free oatmeal recipe in the unique format I use in Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal

Picture ​Ready to grab your copy? Click here to download the ebook for your Kindle or to order the paperback cookbook. And if you enjoy the recipes, please consider leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or Bookbub!  About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, Bible verse coloring and activity books, and now a cookbook. When she isn’t teaching, writing, or experimenting with new flavors of oatmeal, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world. Picture BUY THE COOKBOOK
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Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com
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Published on October 13, 2019 00:00

September 19, 2019

Moving can be hazardous to writing!

Picture Our house in Texas We had a lovely home in the Piney Woods area of Texas (designed and built by my retired architect husband), so why would we decide to sell everything and move?

It turns out that Texas is just too far away from our family, and our beautiful granddaughter got accepted to a performing arts high school program.  She is becoming a talented actress with several lead roles under her belt.  We had to see her in each play, but six days of driving round-trip from Texas became too much. The mountain towns surrounding Asheville, North Carolina enticed us every time we passed through, and we fell in love with the area.   [image error] Picture Last October we stopped for a couple of days on one of the trips, and our imaginations were grabbed by a giant monster with yellow eyes--the desire to move.  We loved the local scenery and and cute little towns, so we decided to look at lots the next time we came through.  Surely it wouldn't be difficult to design and build a small house. 

In February of 2019 we spent a full week looking for a reasonably-priced lot that was NOT located up a steep mountain road.  We finally found a neighborhood in Columbus, North Carolina.  We figured that we would have plenty of time before we needed to move, because real estate had been slow in our area of Texas. 

We made an offer on the lot and put our property up for sale.  Our plans for an "easy transition" got accelerated! It only took three weeks to get a good offer and the race began to make our move.  We closed escrow on a piece of land we had been trying to sell for five years and also closed escrow on our house the next day.  Then we had two more weeks to pack up and move to North Carolina.   Picture Picture Picture  We needed to find an apartment with a garage large enough to store our extra furniture and live comfortably for a year.  On-line we found a two-bedroom duplex apartment with a large garage and a nice view through giant trees. Our local real estate agent took video and still pictures to help us make the decision.  We didn't have time for another drive. 

After a harrowing drive hauling our furniture, all of our stuff is safely stored in the apartment and it's garage.  My husband is madly designing our new house and taking bids on building the structure.  We broke ground last week and the footers were poured.  Soon the walls and roof will go up and we hope to be "dried-in" before Christmas.  I can imagine opening presents filled with plumbing and lighting fixtures. We also bought antique furniture to turn into bathroom vanities.  (Photos to come.)

We will do the inside finish work ourselves and move in by the first of June.  (We did the same thing when we built in Texas, so that doesn't scare us.)  In the meantime, I am consumed with finding good prices on everything that goes inside the house and keeping the budget in line with our bank account. 

What happened to my writing?  The stories floating inside my head are nudging me to get back to work, and I will do that when I have a spare hour or two.  The characters must realize that all of my mental powers are stretched thin, but they tap their toes in the back of my mind. I have pieces of a science fiction novel already in the computer and the characters in my next mystery novel are whispering to me in my dreams. 

Writing will happen.  

Of course, next month we're planning a quick trip to Virginia to see our granddaughter perform in the lead female role in Little Shop of Horrors, just one year after the whole "let's move" idea germinated. We're anxious to see every performance of our talented teenager.  Now that we live closer, we will definitely do just that.

Watch for updates about my new novels  and more pictures of our new life.  (As soon as I find the box with a cord to upload more pictures from my husband's phone.)
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Published on September 19, 2019 08:16

July 19, 2019

There is Magic in Music

Hidden: A Radio Arcanum Novella Hidden: A Radio Arcanum Novella by Mary Kit Caelsto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When the world changed during the great dividing, Tory gained powers that she never expected. As a talented musician, she can weave magic when playing her clarinet. Of course being able to "talk" to her bearded dragon was a plus, but becoming the target of a group of magicians who wish her harm is definitely a minus. She feels compelled to protect her rain forest and will face choices she doesn't want to make.

Although this is a short glimpse into the series, it is so well-written that the reader is drawn into the world, wanting more. I recommend this introduction to the series and will be reading the next one myself.



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Published on July 19, 2019 08:15 Tags: fantasy, magic, music, science-fiction

July 8, 2019

New Release: King of Malorn by Annie Douglass Lima

Thanks for stopping by! Take a look at this brand-new fantasy adventure story with a hint of romance by author Annie Douglass Lima.  I really enjoyed reading the advance copy supplied by the author, and here is my honest review:

Riveting Episode in the Saga

The newest book in this series has it all, assassination attempts of two kings, kidnapping of a princess, a secret insider within the usurper's inner circle, and loads of action on both sides of the border between kingdoms.  The characters, who readers met in previous episodes, are all in this book--both good and evil.  Nail-biting tension kept me reading late into the night as the escaping royal family faces danger from all directions.  The author springs surprises right up to the final chapter and several love stories keep us interested. This new episode is a welcome addition to the series and I recommend it highly.  

You can  download a copy of the ebook for free  between July 9th and 11th! Picture [image error]
 Book Description:
    Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.
   Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King Korram.
   Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for as long as she can remember.
   But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it – before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?
 
Click here  to download your copy of King of Malorn on Amazon now! 
 
Click here  to see King of Malorn on Goodreads.
 
Series Information:

King of Malorn is book 5 in the  Annals of Alasia . But don't worry if you haven't read the others; it will still make sense on its own. 

Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. 

Prince of Alasia  begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life. 
In the Enemy’s Service  features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. 
Prince of Malorn  begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion. 

In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap. 

I also have a short ebook of “interviews” that I conducted with the characters in the other three books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected Interviews is not available on Amazon, but I send a free copy to anyone who signs up for my mailing list (to receive updates when I release new books or occasionally offer them for free). [image error] Author Biography:
 
Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, and Bible verse coloring and activity books. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.
 
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Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com
 
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Published on July 08, 2019 00:00

January 25, 2019

Poodle Power!

In the Dog House (Dog Club Mystery #1) In the Dog House by V.M. Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Love this series filled with poodles!

When Lillie's husband of twenty-five years left her for a twenty-year-old stripper named Bambi, she felt like killing someone. That made her the prime suspect in his murder! This is a clever first novel in a series that I recommend highly, and not just because I have a poodle myself. The characters are interesting and the mystery has twists that will keep a reader engaged.



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Published on January 25, 2019 10:08 Tags: cheating-husband, mystery, poodles

January 22, 2019

Review of The Puppy Who Knew Too Much

The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (Dog Club Mystery #2) The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns




Great sequel in a charming series

Lilly and her toy poodle, Aggie, hope to find a place to live in Chattanooga, TN. When she is offered the perfect house to rent, she doesn't know that it comes with a murderer. Although she helped solve the murder of her cheating ex-husband, this is a new town and she's starting a new job. This is a charming series with a likable heroine. There is even a hint of romance that I'm sure will develop in future books. I won a copy of the book, and now I'm reading book one in the series because I enjoyed the writing and characters.



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Published on January 22, 2019 09:35 Tags: chattanooga, mystery, poodles, romance

December 31, 2018

Happy Holidays from Bentley

[image error] Hello to all my loyal fans!

I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful Christmas at our house this year. 

It took the humans much too long to get ready.  Day after day new wrapped boxes appeared under the tree, so it was my job to guard them all.  
Picture Naturally, I knew right away which presents were mine.  They smelled really good.

I also knew which stocking was mine, since it carried the scent of dog cookies from last year. [image error] On Christmas morning I loved eating the special treats I picked out at the dog food store. 

My sharp teeth made fast work of  flimsy wrappings, but I made sure to spit out the paper before I ate those yummy cookies.  The best part of Christmas was opening my presents. I found my favorite kind of toys inside--balls! Picture
I had loads of fun chasing a soft, squishy, ball around the house. 

The squeaker inside gave me a real challenge.  How could I get that thing out without destroying the ball? 

​It's not my fault soft balls are so easy to chew apart.   [image error] ​Diane tried to sew up the holes in the ball but eventually the ball fell apart.

Oh well. 

Maybe "Poodle Santa" will bring me new ones next Christmas.  How long do I have to wait?  

We hope you all have a Happy New Year!

The humans are planning to watch some sparkly ball drop on television.  What fun is that?  I'd rather chase a real ball!  It's lucky for me that my "outside balls" are mostly in one piece.  (Two of them still have squeakers inside and I love to hear that noise.)  Now I just have to wait for the sun to come out.

In the meantime you could read about my heroic adventures in Diane's new novel REALTORS FOR SALE.  It is a clean read with no cursing or blush-worthy scenes, and the only violence is dog bites (of course).  Diane is planning out the next edition of the Sidekicks Mystery Series right now, so start reading about me in this one. Buy the book [image error]
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Published on December 31, 2018 09:06

November 27, 2018

Review NC17, Maizie Albright Star Detective

NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective, #3) NC-17 by Larissa Reinhart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Big Foot and guns don’t mix well.

Maizie Albright is an ex-actress on probation, training to be a private investigator. Left alone to run the office (while her boss is in a coma), Maizie must hold things together. Her to-do list includes getting new clients, collecting a past-due fee, attending therapy sessions, doing community service, and figuring out how to track down a missing person on her own. Sleep can’t fit into the schedule.

When three desperate teenagers (appearing on a Bigfoot Trackers U-Tube channel) hire Maizie to find their missing co-star, she can’t say no. Soon men with guns try to kill her, an ex-boyfriend turns up with a massive diamond ring, and her new therapist suggests selfie-therapy. Maizie’s courage and intelligence are sorely tested. Big Foot and guns don’t mix well.

This novel is guaranteed to keep readers interested from start to finish. I highly recommend this fast-paced, funny, and interesting mystery. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book.



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Published on November 27, 2018 13:30 Tags: big-foot, humor, mystery, teens, thriller

November 9, 2018

Hywela Lyn, Futuristic Author

I recently met Hywela Lyn through a science-fiction and fantasy retweet site.  Of course redheads must stick together, so I became interested in her fiction.  We both enjoy writing about characters living beyond our solar system.  Learn more about this futuristic author and you'll get interested in her inventive fiction.

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[image error] ​Meet Hywela Lyn

Horse and dog lover, romantic, virtual star traveller and author, Hywela Lyn lives in a small village in England, with her long suffering husband Dave, although her heart remains in her native rural Wales, which inspired so much of her writing.

Although most her writing tends to be futuristic, the worlds she creates are usually untainted by crowded cities and technology, embracing the beauty and wildness of nature. Her characters often have to fight the elements and the terrain itself. Her heroes are strong and courageous, but chivalrous and honourable - and of course, handsome and hunky. Her heroines are also strong and courageous, but never lose their femininity.  However difficult the journey, love will always win in the end.

She is a member of The Romantic Novelists' Association (UK)  and Chiltern Writers, her local writing group.

A keen animal lover, she has a mare with attitude, called Flying T'pau, a semi-feral stable cat, Dusty, and a rescued terrier, Choccy, who manages to twist her round his little paw.  When she is not writing, she can usually be found enjoying the outdoors with the horses and dog - or just  eating chocolate!

Come join her in adventures beyond the stars, where new wonders await, or travel back to a time where the world was greener and less frantic, to a time where myths and legends merge and legendary heroes shape the future.

HOW I CAME TO WRITE THE DESTINY TRILOGY
 
I didn't know I was going to write a trilogy. Starquest started out as a short story, inspired by my character Kerry Marchant. I had in my mind a tall, rather dour but good-looking man, a brilliant computer programmer and starship designer with a difficult past. I'm not sure where Kerry came from, I think he was an amalgamation of several television SF characters. My trilogy has been likened to StarTrek which I love, but I did not knowingly incorporate any of it into the series. The starship, designed and built by Kerry himself and his super-wealthy friend, Jon Quinlan, was called the Destiny, designed to be an exploratory vessel to take them and their crew away from Earth and the oppressive  dictatorship of the Global Union of Earth and Allied Planets.
 
I always knew this would be a romance, so I had to find a heroine, and she came to me in the form of the flame haired Jestine Darnell, known as Jess. The original short story had a rather tragic climax, but Jess was having none of it, and told me there was more to this story. So, having separated her from the starship and her crew, I helped her embark on her search for Kerry and the Destiny. When it came to the end of the book, however, Jess again argued with me and told me the nice, neat ending I had in mind was not what actually happened. The more I thought about it, the more I realised she was right. So the H.E.A. I'd had planned for her was scrapped and she had an alternative happy ending, which was, of course, more logical. The characters are usually right!
 
One of the people Jess met in Starquest was Tamarith, a telepath from Earth Colony Niflheim, a planet covered in ice and mist. By the time Starquest was accepted by the Wild Rose Press I had already started writing Children of the Mist, which is set almost entirely on Niflheim and features many of the characters from the first book, with Tamarith as the heroine. She and Jess had become firm friends, so it was only natural that she and her family should call on Jess to help them when Niflheim was in trouble. There were a few mysteries surrounding the planet which were hinted at in in Starquest, and in the second book the history of Niflheim, before its colonisation, was revealed. I have to admit the planet’s origin came as a surprise to me, even as I wrote it. Of course, while helping to save her world, Tamarith fell in love and found her own H.E.A.
 
It took a lot longer for Beloved Enemy to come into being. I hadn't thought of writing a third book, but Kerry had lost out in the first one. He wasn't happy about it and kept nagging me for his own story. Eventually I gave in and what had started out as a short story became a trilogy. Kerry and Cat went through a lot and I didn't make it easy for them, but at last, they too, were rewarded with their own happy ending. Finishing this book was bitter-sweet. It was very satisfying to finish it, but I'd become very fond of my characters and hated to leave them. I'm now working on an entirely new unconnected story, and I don't envisage my trilogy becoming a quadrilogy - but who knows?

(Each book can be read as a 'stand alone' although best read in order, and the first two books are now also available as audio books, with Beloved Enemy currently in audio production.)

Picture The Destiny Trilogy - Book 1
 STARQUEST 

When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery.  Love is the last thing on her mind.  However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant  the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them.   The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen.

Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late… starquest u.s. starquest U.K. Picture The Destiny Trilogy - Book 2 
CHILDREN OF THE MIST

Two minds united against a common foe. Two hearts afraid to show their love: Long ago Tamarith fell in love with a man she can never have, and is convinced she will never love another. However, she cannot help but be intrigued by a handsome stranger whose psychic powers exceed even her own. Vidarh seeks only to find his true purpose in life and to win the regard of his father, who eschews his son’s psychic abilities.

Thrown together by a common threat to their planet, then torn apart by an evil greater than any they could have imagined, can Vidarh save the lovely Nifl woman who has captivated him, before it is too late? Will Tamarith and Vidarh overcome the deadly enemy who threatens to destroy all they know and love?
Will they find the happiness they both seek? Or are they fated to live their lives alone?
children of the mist U.S. Children of the Mist U.K. [image error] The Destiny Trilogy - Book 3 
BELOVED ENEMY 

Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?
Beloved Enemy U.S. Beloved Enemy U.K. Connect with the author at the following websites: website Amazon U.S. facebook Book Bub blog Amazon U.K. Twitter Newsletter Sign-up Wild Rose Press Author's Page
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Published on November 09, 2018 00:00

November 2, 2018

Valerie Burns, Mystery Author

I'm a sucker for books that involve dogs, and mysteries which feature poodles are even more attractive to me.  When I started noticing the beautiful drawings of poodles on V.M. Burns' covers, I just had to check them out.  If you enjoy mysteries, historical novels, and dogs, then get acquainted with the novels by this talented author.

Diane Rapp ​Kensington Publishing Contest:

Help Mystery Bookshop owner, Samantha Washington dig up the truth before it’s too late!
One Winner Will Receive:Full Set of the #MysteryBookshopSeries (including an ARC of THE NOVEL ART OF MURDER)Plum & Punch Ceramic Poodle Trinket Tray Enter Contest Picture Meet V.M. (Valerie) Burns

Valerie was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime.

What Got Me Started Writing?

I have been hooked on cozy mysteries since I read my first Nancy Drew book. When I read my first Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Akroyd, I was a goner and there was no turning back. As a lover of cozy mysteries, I’ve often thought, there should be a book about…Eventually, I decided to try my hand at writing. The first series I wrote was the RJ Franklin Mystery Series. It features memories of my childhood in Indiana and especially my godmother. This series also includes the songs and the tastes of my childhood, growing up in the church, singing in the choir and eating the delicious southern foods known as ‘soul food.’ However, it took many years and a lot of rejections before I finally found a home for that series.

​In the meantime, I had another idea for a series, the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series, and started writing that. At the time when I started this series, I had moved to shores of Lake Michigan in Southwestern Michigan. It was this series which sold first and although my publisher wasn’t interested in the RJ Franklin series, they asked if I wanted to submit a proposal for another series. Many years ago, I spent a lot of years competing with my chocolate toy poodles (Coco and Cash and yes that’s their pictures on the covers of mystery bookshop series) in performance events like Dog Agility and Canine Obedience and thought it would be great to write a mystery series which included dogs and my time as a member of a dog club.

Mystery Bookshop Mystery Series

This unique mystery series will include two mysteries for the reader to solve – the historical British cozy Samantha's writing, and the Mystery she is living. Picture THE PLOT IS MURDER

After Samantha Washington’s husband dies, she quits her job as an English teacher to pursue their shared dream of opening a Mystery Bookstore. When the realtor who listed the building for sale, and later tried to stop Samantha from purchasing, is found dead in the back courtyard, the police think Samantha is a good suspect. With the help of her grandmother and her friends from the retirement village, Samantha sets out to find the real murderer.

​But opening a mystery bookstore is only one half of Samantha’s dream. The other half includes writing a historic British cozy set between the wars. Included in this book is the British historic cozy tale of Lady Elizabeth Marsh and her family who must solve the mystery of an American who dies in their back garden. THE PLOT IS MURDER Picture READ HERRING HUNT

Samantha Washington’s assistant and local football hero, Dawson Alexander, is accused of murdering his girlfriend. it’s up to Sam, her grandmother, Nana Jo, and the girls from the retirement village to use their connections to find the real murderer.

In the British historic cozy, American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, attempts to help England avoid war and secure a prominent position for her husband, the former king, Edward the VIII. However, when Wallis’ maid, is found murdered wearing the duchess’s clothes, Lady Elizabeth Marsh must determine not only, who the intended victim was, but must catch a cunning murderer and avoid a catastrophe that could send not only England but the entire world into another war.
READ HERRING HUNT Picture THE NOVEL ART OF MURDER (Releases November 27, 2018)

Washington’s grandmother, Nana Jo, is passed over for an important part in the Shady Acres Retirement Village and her rival is murdered after a violent argument, Nana Jo becomes the prime suspect for murder. It’s up to Sam and the girls to solve the murder and find the real killer.

Lady Daphne Marsh is expecting His Grace, James Browning the Duke of Kingfordshire, will propose marriage while they are at the home of their cousin, Winston Churchill. However, when Winston’s son, Randolph’s date is murdered, Lady Daphne is suspected. Can the Marshes clear Lady Daphne’s name and prevent scandal falling on the already beleaguered Member of Parliament, Winston Churchill?
THE NOVEL ART OF MURDER Dog Club Mystery Series

Picture IN THE DOG HOUSE

​When Lilly Echosby’s husband, Albert, decides to end their twenty-five-year marriage and trade his forty-something-year-old wife in for a younger model, she’s furious. When her husband is murdered, Lilly is arrested for murder. Can Lilly and her team including: three women, two men, three poodles and one Plott Hound find the real killer before she or someone she cares about become the killer’s next victim. IN THE DOG HOUSE [image error] THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Releases February 2019)

Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer. But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it's up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer.
THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH RJ Franklin Mystery Series

In this multicultural mystery series, all the titles are taken from Negro Spirituals. Each book includes soul food recipes that provide a taste of the African American culture depicted in the books.

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When the choir director at a local church is bludgeoned, shot, and set afire, Detective R.J. Franklin is pulled in to investigate. With very little information to go on, R.J. sets out to catch a killer. Thankfully he is isn't alone. With a lot of help from his colorful Godmother, Mama B, his partner and a new love interest who might turn out to be a suspect, R.J. has to follow the trail and solve the murder before the murderer kills again. TRAVELLIN' SHOES Connect with V.M. Burns at the following websites:
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Published on November 02, 2018 00:00

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