Sunday, March 22, 2020

What I've Been Reading

I’ve been on vacation from blogging about books—actually, blogging about anything—because the first few months of the year are too packed with work for me. But I’ve been reading every spare moment (usually in the middle of the night).

So here are a few recommendations:

The Rockliffe Series by Stella Riley. These are brilliantly-written Georgian-era romances reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. 

I’ve read the first three – The Parfit Knight, The Mésalliance, and The Player, and I’m in the middle of book four, The Wicked Cousin (and will go right back to it when I finish writing this blog). 

The characters are all related somehow -- friends, relatives, business partners, etc. -- so each book foreshadows later romances. Once you start reading this series, you simply have to keep going.

If you want a gripping historical romance to whisk you away from the stressful present, these are for you.


The Beatrix Potter mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert. If you don’t mind a bit of the whimsical in your cozy, these stories are your cup of tea.

They follow Beatrix Potter’s life at her farm and the nearby villages in the Lake District of England. Some characters are real people and some are not, and we are treated to the point of view of the animals as well. The mysteries, which involve little to no violence, are solved by Potter, who is portrayed as a determined and inquisitive character.

I love all of it – the people, the animals, the beauties of the countryside, the workings of an English village in the early 20th century, and the details about Potter’s life. These are great comfort reads. The first is The Tale of Hill Top Farm.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020


Back to Bite You, the prequel to my Bayou Gavotte series, is free on Amazon on January 7th and 8th. It's a novella with a touch of mystery, a bit of New Orleans history, a lot of crazy fun, and a bite of paranormal lite.


When vampire Mirabel Lane goes to Bayou Gavotte to hide out from the mobster she just dumped, the last thing she expects is to inherit a house. No, make that the second to last thing. What she really doesn’t expect is to fall for the previous owner’s gorgeous grandson.

When Gerry Kingsley goes to Bayou Gavotte to check out probable gold-digger and possible murderer Mirabel Lane, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with the irresistible twenty-something vampire.

No, what he really doesn’t expect is to unearth―once and for all―his family’s dark, convoluted past.

Go ahead, get yourself a copy while it's FREE!

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

Today is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day (which is something I do most days, actually) and it's also the release date for the anthology Crime Travel! I'm privileged to be one of the authors in this fabulous collection of short stories.

I can't find a link to the Kindle copy yet, but here's one to the paperback:

Update: here is the Kindle link (thank you, Barb Goffman!):

There's lots of variety in here -- time travel can go anywhere in either direction. Fun, short reads, including some tear-jerkers. :)


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Two Free Christmas Novellas!

Merry Early Christmas! Yuletide Nights, my duet of sexy Christmas novellas with a touch of the uncanny, is free on Amazon for a few days!

Book One, The Reluctant Seductress: Forced to work as a spy due to her mysterious seductive powers, Lettice Raleigh emerges from the war with her virginity intact and her reputation in tatters. She hasn’t a hope of marrying—but she doesn’t reckon with the very proper Lord Hadrian Oakenhurst, who has one besetting sin: curiosity.

Book Two, Love at First Dance: Sir Colwyn North’s uncanny skill as a lover made him an excellent spy—but it also gave him the worst of reputations. His only hope of winning the hand of the very proper Lady Jane Dew is to trick her into marriage. By way of seduction. While in disguise...

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

What I've Been Reading - November 2019

Where did November go? But if I don't post this now, it won't get done, so here are some brief comments on a few books I enjoyed this month.

Murder on the Ballarat Train is the third Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood. These stories take place in Australia in the late 1920s. 

Phryne is audacious and fun, and she finds creative ways of solving mysteries and helping people in need. She's a bit promiscuous, but she's so charming and kind to her lovers that it all just seems like good fun. 

If you are looking for an entertaining evening curled up on the sofa, try one of these action-filled stories.

A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill is the first in a series that takes place in Australia during the Great Depression—a time of unrest there as in many other parts of the world. I enjoyed learning a lot about Australian history while reading this story.

The main character, Rowland Sinclair, is a wealthy artist from a conservative family who shares his house with a group of impoverished, radical friends. There are lots of entertaining characters as well as plenty of conflict, action and suspense. I will read more of this series, too.

The first in the Quaker Midwife mysteries, Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell takes place in Massachusetts in 1888.

It’s a good, solid mystery, and there’s lots of interesting historical info; I particularly enjoyed learning more about the Quakers. John Greenleaf Whittier, the Quaker poet, is a minor character. There were some sad bits, infant mortality being so much more common back then. 

All in all, though, a lovely story, and I’ll be sure to go back for more.

That's it for now...