12 Slays of Christmas

12 Slays Titles and blurbs
1.  Baby Its Cold Outside.  Abby Vandiver It's a family affair. Cousins, Brigitt and San finally start their dream business - an event planning company! And what better time to open then at Christmas. But it looks as if the only event they may be hosting is a murder investigation after a body is found in their basement.
2.. The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year.  Judith Lucci  Faced with the recent death of her husband Medical Examiner Kinsey Zee and her black lab Solomon investigate a death by bear mauling on the Massanutten Mountain only to learn her holiday wouldn't be so bad after all.
3.    Stollen Time: A Pineapple Port Novelette. Amy Vansant                             When a Pineapple Port resident is found face-down in her Christmas fruit stollen, Charlotte knows this case won't be cake. Was it an accident? The ungrateful granddaughter? Or the person who baked the stollen?
4.  Death by Rum Balls.  Colleen Mooney Guests to a neighborhood Christma…

National Dictionary Day by Lois Winston

Noah Webster was born on this day in 1758. If his name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you have one of his dictionaries sitting on a bookshelf. Among his many accomplishments, Webster was an author, editor, lawyer, and political writer. Known as the “Father of American Scholarship and Education”, his Blue-Backed Speller taught generations of American school children to read and spell.
If you’ve ever wondered why English words are often spelled differently in the United States than they are in Great Britain, you have Noah Webster to thank. He disliked the complexity of English spelling rules and streamlined them for American use. Thus, for example, we have “color” instead of “colour.”
As an author, I owe much to Noah Webster. His dictionary sits an arm’s length from my desk, and I use it often. But Webster is also important to authors for another one of his accomplishments. He helped establish the Copyright Act of 1831, which extended copyrights from fourteen to twenty-eight year…

Friday the 13th--and Fun News Ahead

If possible, I'll have a new release of an old book ready in time for Halloween! It'll be tough, because it's been edited and I must approve the changes. It's a fairly long book--and I have a lot on my plate right now. 
Back to the book, it's called Cup of Demons and it falls into the horror category, but it also has Christian elements. This is a great scary book for the season.
And yes, good friend Lorna is doing the heavy work getting it ready for publication, and her husband has come up with a great idea for a cover. I can't thank they enough.
All this is happening because I got my rights back for several of my books--now we'll see how well they do the second and sometimes third time around.
Don't forget that my historical family sage, Trail to Glory is available on Amazon now for Kindle and also as a print book.

The Astral Gift is back again too, freshly edited. This one is a mystery with some interesting supernatural overtones.

And of course, my all…

Trial to Glory--Revived!

Trail to Glorywas my first published book. Though I am known for writing mysteries, this is an historical family saga based on the genealogy of my mother's ancestors.
My sister did all the genealogy research and presented everyone in the family with a booklet with all the data she'd discovered. Back then, there was no or any other such Internet resources--in fact, not Internet at all.
While reading her research, so many questions popped up. I wondered why people moved from one place to another, what happened to those who seemed to disappear. Of course, over the years, we'd heard lots of family stories: about a twin girl who disappeared in her teens, never to be found, her brother who in his grown-up years became a gambler, though nothing more was shared.
I decided to try and figure out what actually happened to all these people. To do this I researched the places and time periods these people lived. Of course, I didn't find out the answers, but I did learn…

ENDGAMES by Richard Paolinelli

The third and final book of the Jack Del Rio political mystery-thriller series, Endgames, is set to be released by Tuscany Bay Books on October 30th. The explosive conclusion to the series, and sequel to Reservations and Betrayals, sees the FBI’s star in counter-terrorism battle an international conspiracy to overthrow the United States government.

The book is currently available for pre-order, along with new releases of the first two books of the series under the Tuscany Bay Books banner. There will also be an all-in-one print and e-book edition of the series at the following links:






A native of Turlock, California, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Co…

A Cookbook is Resurrected

Through the years, I've always had to cook for a big family and crowds.
I raised five kids and we always had other kids there at dinner time, and sometimes friends of ours. 
When each of my children married, I always prepared all the food for their wedding receptions.  When my mother had her 80th birthday party 100 people came and I prepared most of the dishes for that event too.
Hubby and I bought, lived in, and ran a six bed facility for developmentally disabled women for over twenty years. Besides cooking meals for them, we often had grandkids living with us, and sometimes their friends stopped by at dinner time.
At this time, a granddaughter, her husband and two kids, plus my son and his wife, share our home. I usually do the dinner time cooking, but sometimes we trade off. 
And of course, there are the many church potlucks--and I always bring a dish.
When I had my residential care home, I created a simple cookbook to share with other providers, and I used many of the meals t…

And Another Has Returned by Marilyn Meredith

Though it was a hard decision to make, I asked for my right back for all of my books from one of my publishers--the one who published my Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries and a couple of others.

One of those is Lingering Spirit.  This one is quite different than any of my other books--it's a love story with a touch of the supernatural.
I could have never done any of this, but good friends Lorna and Larry Collins did all the work. Lorna did everything to get it back on Amazon as an e-book and trade paperback.

The new cover is absolutely stunning, don't you think?
Here's the link for the Kindle version.
Lingering Spirit also won an Epic award.

This is when I was presented the award--and believe me, it was a huge surprise.