Christmas Book #5, A COLD DEATH

A Cold Death is the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. Never fear, if you've never read an books in this series, each mystery is solved by the end. Of course the main characters are the same, though they do indeed change with time, as we do.

In this mystery, Tempe is called to a summer camp, closed for the winter, by the caretakers. The owner and his wife have descended upon the place along with a group of their friends. A severe winter storm has arrived and Tempe has been called to try and get the people to leave.
She and her husband, Hutch, arrive and discover the unwanted guests are unusual and also unmovable. One of the group dies and Tempe realizes she was murdered. The storm increases, and no one can leave. 
Writing this, and looking back at some of my others, I realize how much of an influence Agatha Christie had on me.

Available on Kindle and in trade paperback.…

Christmas Book #4, Two Ways West

This is the story of my father's side of the family, mainly the Crabtrees and the Osborns and how and why they traveled west. This is an historical family saga based on genealogy done by my sister many years ago. Once I read through it, I knew I had to find out more and add to it.
When I was writing, my father and his sister and many of his cousins were still alive, and I was able to ask many questions and hear all the family legends. Of course, much more research was needed, in some cases difficult but a most rewarding task. Two Ways West is the end result.
The book itself has gone through an arduous journey, first published by a not so honest publisher and a second one, and disappeared for a long while. Thanks to Lorna Collins who resurrected it, reedited it, and made it once again available.
This book is for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It is available in both trade paperback and on Kindle.
My husband and I now live in the area where my father's ancestors settled,…

TRAIL TO GLORY, Christmas Book #3

Have relatives who like historical family sagas?

Trail to Glory is based on the genealogy of my mother's family. Some have compared it to books in the Little House on the Prairie series. Great compliment, but probably because it truly depicts ho difficult life was back in the early days.
One thing different about this book, is how the women faced horrendous hardships. Some had to find a way to support themselves after the death of a spouse.--so resourceful and strong. 
Though the story is based on the truth, I must admit that there is plenty of fiction. The closer it get to our time period, the truer it is.
This was my first published book--but since then it has been re-edited.
I hope you'll try it or gift it to a friend. Available in trade paperback and for Kindle.…

Legal Thriller about Teen Sexting Entertains and Educates

by Pamela Samuels Young
People often ask me where I find the ideas for my legal thrillers. My first book stemmed from a discrimination case I was working on.  I then went on to address social issues like sexual harassment in the workplace, child sex trafficking and gender discrimination. I can still remember the exact moment I decided to tackle teen sexting.
I was talking to a long-time friend and law school classmate who is a criminal defense attorney. He started lamenting about yet another teen client charged with distributing child pornography as a result of sending a naked selfie.
“What are you talking about?” I said. “Kids can be prosecuted for that?”
I was absolutely floored when he explained that prosecutors were not just charging kids as young as 13 or 14 with distributing child pornography as a result of sexting, but requiring them to register as sex offenders if convicted. As soon as I hung up the phone, I knew this was a subject I wanted to write about.
When I started researchi…

Book for Christmas #2 DEADLY FEAST

While checking the edits for Deadly Feast, and getting reaquainted with this book, I realized what a big influence Agatha Christie had on me without my knowing it.
Obviously this is a mystery, and when I began it, I thought it might be a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, but when I got to the end, I knew it didn't fit the series. This is the second book that I did this with. 
Because I liked it, I did some rewriting, changed the names of the characters and the setting. Still a small town, this one is in the gold country--much like Coulterville to be exact. Coulterville is right on the old '49 trail. 
I really did have a good time writing this book--and rereading it. I hope you'll enjoy it too.


While investigating a murder, Leslie York, the resident deputy of the mining town of Copper Creek, finds herself stranded on the wrong side of the creek when it turns into a raging torrent. Others driven from their homes by the flood gather, but one of them turns up dead. When Le…

Buying Books for Christmas by Marilyn Meredith, #1

Gifting a book for Christmas is always a good choice.

I'd like to recommend some of mine.

I'll start with Lingering Spirit, a romance with a touch of the supernatural.

Of all my books, this is truly my favorite. Partly because it was inspired by a tragedy that happened in our own family. However, though there are some similar events, the book is fiction.

All of my books are free of bad language--as I like to say, the characters might swear, but I don't quote them.

The book is available for Kindle and as a trade paperback.


Death of a Deceiver, a short story by Marilyn Meredith

Death of a Deceiver is a short story featuring Deputy Tempe Crabtree and takes place on the reservation. 
I'm not known for writing short stories, but I did this one for an anthology long, long ago.
If you are a fan of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, I think you'll enjoy this. If you've never read a Tempe mystery, this is a good introductions.
Only .99 cents on Kindle.

And yes, dear Lorna Collins did this one for me too--and her hubby designed the cover--isn't it great?