It’s hard to keep up with my own life! One important landmark has already come and gone. On September 30th, a group of local mystery writers officially formed Santa Cruz Women of Mystery. Our goal is to conspire to support each other in our journey through the world of mystery writing and promotion. We are nine women strong: Leslie Karst, Katherine Hyde, Mary Feliz, Mary Flodin, Nancy Lynn Jarvis, Nancy Wood, Jenny Carless, Peggy Townsend and moi. We write within a range of genres from cozies to thrillers and are in different steps of the process, but we all hale from Santa Cruz, California area. Watch for more info as we develop a logo and blog site.

In the meantime, here are some of my upcoming events:

10/17/17     Character interview with Carol Sabala, the heroine in my mystery series, at Teresa Trent’s Author Blog.

11/4/17       Reading from LOSTART STREET, a novel of mystery, murder, and moonbeams, at the Sisters in Crime Fall Showcase, Books, Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco. The event features all the NorCal Sisters with new releases.

In the meaning, Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas begins a blog tour. Hope to see you!


The authors of Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas are embarking on a Great Escapes blog tour over the next two weeks. Join us at these sites for a chance to win one of several copies of Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas we’ll be giving away through a Rafflecopter drawing. Enter the drawing at each site to increase your chances of winning!

October 16 – Celticlady’sReviews – Spotlight

October 17 – Teresa Trent AuthorBlog – Character Interview from author Vinnie Hansen

October 18 – Laura’sInterests – review and character guest post from author Rita Lakin

October 19 – 3 Partnersin Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Spotlight

October 20 – Escape WithDollycas Into A Good Book – Author interview with Jonnie Jacobs

October 21 – Lisa Ks BookReviews – review and author interview with Allison Brennan

October 22 – Queen of All She Reads – Spotlight

October 23 – Nadaness InMotion – Character guest post from author Mary Kennedy

October 24 – Island Confidential – Character interview from author Heather Haven

October 25 – Readeropolis – Interview with author Camille Minichino

October 26 – Readsalot – Spotlight

October 26 – Valerie’s Musings – Interview with author Judy Alter

October 27 – BackPorchervations – Review

October 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

October 29 – A HollandReads – Character guest post from author Lois Winston

October 29 –The Book’s theThing – Guest post from author Lois Winston

October 30 – Socrates’Book Reviews – Spotlight

October 31 – Jane Reads – Review and guest post from author Maggie Toussaint

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas is a collection of ten mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by eleven critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novella is a tie-in to an established multi-book series—a total of nearly 700 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, cozy, and female P.I. mysteries.

Frosted, A Moreno & Hart Novella by Allison Brennan & Laura Griffin—Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation. Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart. But their routine assignments are anything but safe.

Crewel Intentions, An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Novella by Lois Winston—Craft editor Anastasia Pollack receives a desperate call for help from former fashion editor Erica Milano, now in Witness Protection. Erica is being stalked and is afraid to notify the authorities. She once saved Anastasia’s life. Will Anastasia be able to return the favor before the stalker strikes?

No Quarter, A Cleopatra Jones Novella by Maggie Toussaint—Amnesia, the doctor says when accountant Cleopatra Jones wakes in a distant hospital. Hours later most of her memory returns. Detective Jack Martinez visits Cleo’s nearby wealthy client, only she’s dead and broke. To Cleo’s horror, she’s a murder suspect. Will she totally recover her memory before the killer returns?

What the Widow Knew, A Kali-O’Brien Novella by Jonnie Jacobs—Attorney Kali O’Brien takes on the case of a young woman accused of murdering her much older, very rich husband. As evidence mounts and other possible suspects are eliminated, Kali’s doubts about her client’s innocence grow. Meanwhile, Kali is also grappling with her feelings for longtime boyfriend Detective Bryce Keating.

The Magnesium Murder, A Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—While freelance embalmer Anastasia Brent prepares the body of a young bride-to-be, she learns the girl’s mother suspects foul play. Once again Anastasia is pressed into service as a sleuth, following a trail of clues in search of a murderer and justice.

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Lee Alvarez Novella by Heather Haven— When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

Smoked Meat, A Carol Sabala Novella by Vinnie Hansen—Baker and wannabe sleuth Carol Sabala visits her mother for a family Christmas get-together. It’s murder, in more ways than one.

A Deadly Fundraiser, A Talk Radio Novella by Mary Kennedy—When radio talk show host Dr. Maggie Walsh and her pals start digging up clues in a scavenger hunt at a glitzy fundraiser, the game suddenly turns deadly. Will Maggie and her team be able to crack the case and solve the crime?

The Color of Fear, A Kelly O’Connell Novella by Judy Alter—Kelly receives a written kidnap threat targeting her infant daughter, Gracie. Kelly’s assistant Keisha narrates as Kelly and her family plot their precautions, but as time passes and the threat still looms, fear takes a toll on the family…and on Keisha.

Papa’s Ghost, A Gladdy Gold Mystery Novella by Rita Lakin—Gladdy and her girls accept an assignment iat a famous resort in Key West, thinking it will combine business with pleasure. Once they arrive, Gladdy suspects something is strange. Not only is their client an unexpected shock, but so is the case of murder they are expected to solve. Can they succeed when a whole city is against them?

Hope to see you!

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