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Judy Alter

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After an established career writing historical fiction for adults and young adults about women of the nineteenth-century American West, Texas author Judy Alter turned her attention to contemporary cozy mysteries and wrote three series: Kelly O’Connell Mysteries, Blue Plate Café Mysteries, and Oak Grove Mysteries. She has most recently published two titles in her Irene in Chicago Culinary Mysteries--Saving Irene and Irene in Danger.
Her most recent historical books are The Most Land, the Best Cattle: The Waggoners of Texas and The Second Battle of the Alamo, a study in both Texas and women’s history. Judy’s western fiction has been recognized with awards from the Western Writers of America, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the National Cow
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Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror

 


Our long table
We are home again after three days and nights in Tomball celebrating with all the Alters, minus one. It was a plentiful, wonderful, be-grateful Thanksgiving. Moments that made my heart glad: a long table for all of us and a guest, plus Lisa’s mom who took Maddie’s place as the sixteenth Alter; my oldest son asking the grace and composing it as he went; my granddaughter making y

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" Thanks, Cindy. I do count my blessings daily and thank the Lord for them. Have a happy thanksgiving--will you have either of your boys? "
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" I think that word judgmental is the key--we all tend to be so hard on ourselves. And you're right--if our families treat us as if we're old, we'll age ...more "
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Katsuhiro “Kats” Takemoto, a Nisei, spent the last of his teen years interned with his family at a camp in Utah during WWII, fought for the United States in Italy, winning a Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action, and returned to San Francisco. It ...more
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I’m a big fan of this series. Terry Shames spins a good story, and she’s created a strong character in Samuel Craddock. Retired, a widower and an art connoisseur, he’s been called back to be the chief of police in his small Texas town somewhere betwe ...more
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“Florence Dodson was murdered the same night that Claire Guthrie shot her husband. For me, the story began with Claire, and I put Mrs. Dodson on the back burner in my mind. That turned out to be a mistake.”
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“This time he laughed softly. “You are,”
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“Florence Dodson was murdered the same night that Claire Guthrie shot her husband. For me, the story began with Claire, and I put Mrs. Dodson on the back burner in my mind. That turned out to be a mistake.”
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message 6: by Judy

Judy Alter Just released: Deception in Strange Places. A woman desperately seeking her biological mother, a televangelist determined to thwart that search, a hired hit man, and in the midst of it all, a reclusive diva who wears Chinese silk gowns and collects antique Chinese porcelain. No one is telling the whole truth, and Kelly doesn’t know who to trust. She has gotten herself involved in a dangerous emotional tangle this time, and Mike doesn’t tell her to back off this time, even when events take them from Fort Worth to San Antonio. http://www.amazon.com/Deception-Stran...


message 5: by Judy

Judy Alter Glad to be your friend, Kris. I'm not a paranormal fan, so maybe you can educate me.


message 3: by Judy

Judy Alter Please visit my new website--http://www.judyalter.com. It includes a linke to the first chapter of my forthcoming novel, Skeleton in a Dead Space.


message 2: by Judy

Judy Alter Thanks, Beth. I'll add your books right away. I'm still exploring this site, so may hold off on the newsletter and Q&A for now.


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Judy,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author on Goodreads! I hope you will put my books, A Real Basket Case, To Hell in a Handbasket, and the just released Deadly Currents, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for free mystery books, sign up for my email newsletter at: http://bethgroundwater.com/ .

I've also reactivated my Q&A group, so please join and join in the discussions: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...
- Beth


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