Golden Hour by M.K. Graff--a review

I loved, loved this book! I wasn't sure I would when I began reading,  I'm not sure why, except I haven't been a big fan of English mysteries, but this one grabbed me right from the beginning.
Yes, it's a thriller and is told from the points-of-view from many of the characters including a stalker, the main character, Nora Tierney, her love interest and detective, Declan Barnes, the murder victim who restore art, the villain and others--but it all works.
The author does a great job of letting the reader know the feelings of each character and what drives them.
When Nora realizes she may have someone shadowing her every move--the reader knows exactly how she's reacting.
There are plenty of twists and turns, many surprising, and couple that are downright shocking.
If you want to read a true page-turner, pick up Golden Hour by M.K. Graff.

--Marilyn Meredith

Blog Tour for A COLD DEATH by Marilyn Meredith

Yes, I'm doing it again for my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

September 18 A Breakfast Date Supplied the Ideas for A Cold Death
September 19 Coming Up with Titles
September 20 A Lesson Learned Late in Life         
September 21 Finding a New Way to Kill Someone Off
September 22 Multi-Tasking in Writing and Life
September 23 Aging of Characters in the Series
September 24 How Tempe Crabtree has Changed Through the Series
September 25 My Journey as an Author
September 26 What About Killing Off a Main Character?
September 27 Deputy Tempe Crabtree and the Food She Eats
September 28 http://www.lindathorne…

A COLD DEATH is here!

Yes, the latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery is now available!
Here's the blurb:
Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband answer the call for help with unruly guests visiting a closed summer camp during a huge snow storm and are trapped there along with the others. One is a murderer.

Now comes the rest of the work--promoting the book.
Time to order my copies of the books and business cards with the cover on it.
I need to let Barnes and Nobel  in Bakersfield know that it can be ordered from the publisher, Mundania Press, because I have a book signing scheduled there on September 9th at 2 p.m.
I have some other in-person events too--Branches and Books in Oakhurst on September 23, from 1-3.
And once again I'm headed to Manteca for the Great Valley Bookfest on October 14, from 10 to 4.
Yes, I'm doing a blog tour too and you can find out all about that on my blog on the 20th.

On Kindle:…

Reflections on My Birthday Month

August has always been special to me because it it the month I was born. I do not plan to celebrate the whole month, not even sure how I'll celebrate. What I do know is that I have a meeting to attend that morning.

At the age I am I have much to reflect on. Born at the end of the depression, and World War II during my growing up years, I still had a wonderful childhood. I was surrounded by loving family: great parents who worked very hard, two sets of grandparents, one aunt on my mom's side, one aunt and two uncles on my dad's side--and their spouses, and 6 boy cousins, and 3 girl cousins. 
I always had a great imagination, tried a lot of new things, did well in school, married right after graduation, moving from the West Coast to the East Coast--big city to a tiny southern town. What a culture shock! I survived. Had my first child there. Returned with husband and daughter to L.A. 
Got my first real job with the telephone company--not an operator--but filing of all things.…

Writing Today's Novel Combining Technology by Jamie Cortland

The genre has already been decided upon; the plot has been outlined, the location and whatever needs researched has been done. The era the book takes place in is set, and the character sketch is complete.
In the past decade, the world has changed greatly though. In order to write a novel set in the present day I needed to consider crime lab techniques for one, driver-less cars, cloning perhaps, drones, and of course, robots. Since Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz was released in 1939, “Star Wars”  and “The Terminator,” robots have been on the horizon. In the Wizard of Oz, ”The heartless Tin  Woodsman”,  technically a cyborg, wrestled with a common problem  faced by all robots, the inability to feel and the desire to combat rust.  
With my overactive imagination. I have always hoped that robots would remain in the world of fantasy. Not so. We now have robots that belong in the realms of horror and those that are suited for children and Disneyland. To give you an example following are just a…

Formula for Writing a Mystery or Whodunit? by Mar Preston

Did you know there was a formula to writing a mystery or a whodunit?
It may not be apparent, but there are rules that determine how satisfying your finished story will be to readers. You may have read dozens and dozens, maybe even hundreds of murder mysteries already. If you are an avid reader of the mystery genre you already know these rules at some level of consciousness.
Writing a mystery is hard. Plotting isn’t easy. People remember strong characters and situations. They often forget plots. They'll say something about my books, “Oh, yeah, it’s the one where Mason and that guy, you know…the lawyer.” They don’t know the head-scratching anxiety I went through to come up with that lawyer who play a critical role in getting my protagonist the next clue
Writing your first mystery will help you figure out whether you’re an outliner or seat-of-pantser. The important thing is that you just get going and start putting lines of words on paper before your idea cools. If it’s all up in your …

First Born's Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Dana!

We recently had lunch with our girls. Dana is the one on the left, then Rick with youngest daughter, Lori, middle daughter, Lisa, and of course, my hubby and the girls' dad.

Dana was my very first, and I knew nothing about babies. Because she was born in Cambridge Maryland, 3000 miles away from my family, I relied on a Good Housekeeping Book about raising a baby.

She has always been as much a friend as a daughter.

I was the leader of her Blue Bird and Camp Fire Group all through high school until all the girls graduated. I had as much fun and learned more that they did.

When planning for her wedding, believe me we had little money, she made her own dress and most of the bridesmaids' dresses and the flower girl's. The theme was daisys and we picked them from a neighbor's yard. I cooked all the food for the reception, and a neighbor made the wedding cake. Everything turned out beautiful.

Dana is now the mother of two grown children: Patrick works f…