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July 14, 2012

Number 22!

In a Witch's Wardrobe hit #22 on the New York Times Bestsellers list!

I've read the New York Times ever since I moved to New York from California, when I was in my early twenties.  Even though I eventually moved back to California, I've always kept a subscription...and I've always read the Book Review. 

To see my name listed there is an indescribable feeling. 

When I first started writing books, it was a lark.  It was so much fun to spend time with my characters, think up st...
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Published on July 14, 2012 09:25

July 2, 2012

Book Birthday!

Tomorrow's my book birthday!!! In a Witch's Wardrobe comes out tomorrow, July 3! In it, Lily Ivory goes to the Art Deco ball and comes across a woman who's fallen under the spell of a cursed corsage.  In order to track down whoever has been fooling around with deadly botany, she'll have to call on all her resources --including Oscar the familiar, of course.

I don't have big plans for my book birthday.  I used to celebrate big time, every time...but after a while I started to feel a...
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Published on July 02, 2012 09:10

June 13, 2012

Annie Kincaid and Art Forgery

A lot of readers are asking me when the next Annie Kincaid Art Lover's Mystery is coming out.

I wish I knew.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the Art Lover's Mystery series, I'll say this: It was my first foray into writing.  It was my entree into the world of publishing, into making a living as an author, into friendships with other authors --it ushered in a whole new phase of my life.

I love this series.  Cherish Annie Kincaid, and her quirky friends and associates. ...
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Published on June 13, 2012 09:20

June 12, 2012

Let Fly Your Inner Anthropologist  Not long ago I ha...

Let Fly Your Inner Anthropologist 

Not long ago I had coffee with an SFPD Homicide Inspector. We chatted about crime scenes. A friend of mine, who just happens to be an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco, set it up for me. Yep. That’s me. Hanging out with ADAs and Homicide Inspectors like it’s No Big Deal. Just me and the City’s movers and shakers.

Dontcha just love research?

Maybe it’s because I was trained as an anthropologist, and then worked as a social worker. I adore liste...
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Published on June 12, 2012 09:01

June 11, 2012

New Books!

Marketing.  Speaking strictly for myself...it's a draaaaag. 

Which might explain why I've made nary a peep that my newest book, IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE, is coming out in a couple of weeks!  July 3, to be precise.  Just in time for beach reading, mountain reading, garden reading...you get the drift :-) In time for vacation, or at least sunny evenings after work! 

Sooo, here 'tis:  

Pretty, huh?  I can't take any credit for the artwork, of course -- that's al...
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Published on June 11, 2012 09:11

All Roads Lead to Austen


I am a guest on the wonderful blog, All Roads Lead to Austen.  Whether you're a fan of Jane Austen or not, this is a fun and creative blog about teaching, writing, and adapting universal themes to the world around us.

As for me?  I'm yammering on again about myself, my books, and how I write.  Sometimes I'm even interesting!  Hope you stop by and check it out!


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Published on June 11, 2012 08:51

June 7, 2012

Procrastination...you just kill me!

I felt compelled to write a note here because, well, I promised to keep up with the blog.  But the manuscript for Tarnished and Torn, the fifth novel in the Witchcraft Mystery Series, is due at the end of June.  Which means, of course, that I'm losing my mind.

I raised a son, and one of my frequent admonitions was: "Don't wait until the last minute.  Do your work ahead of time. No sense putting off 'til tomorrow what you can do today."  And the crazy thing?  He listened. ...
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Published on June 07, 2012 06:32

June 2, 2012

And we have a winner!

The winner of the audio version of Secondhand Spirits (Tantor) read by Xe Sands is... cyn209@juno.com.  Yay!  Congrats!  Let Xe and me know how you like it!
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Published on June 02, 2012 08:11

May 26, 2012

Audio Book Giveaway! Secondhand Spirits, read by Xe Sands

I received this amazing package in the mail the other day...with Secondhand Spirits read by Xe Sands

It's a 7-CD set, and Xe reads the book all the way through in a melodious, graceful voice.

It's so funny...there are sections that she reads in a different way than I heard them in my mind, and yet  somehow it seems right.

So for the long Memorial Day weekend, I'm announcing a contest:  leave me a comment that includes an idea for future blog posts, and 1 week from today I'll pic...
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Published on May 26, 2012 16:49

May 22, 2012

 Yesterday I started out researching the Fire Elemen...

 Yesterday I started out researching the Fire Elemental, and stumbled onto the funniest looking critter, called the Axolotl.

 Picture from http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/axolotl/
 Now, I ask you, doesn't this look like some kind of critter Pixar might have invented?  But it's a real creature, complete with feathery external gills and that little mouth. Unfortunately, it's endangered these days, as clean fresh water around Mexico City is harder and...
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Published on May 22, 2012 09:50