Book Reviews, Writing

Crime Beat Girl – Official Book Trailer

I'm excited to share the book trailer for my latest novel, Crime Beat Girl. The video book trailer is 25 seconds. If you have a moment, watch it and let me know what you think. Crime Beat Girl is now available as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. Click on the link to read the… Continue reading Crime Beat Girl – Official Book Trailer

Book Reviews

In a Lonely Place: Pulp fiction at its finest

The psychological thriller, In a Lonely Place, is a groundbreaking book; one that you’ve probably never heard of. But thanks to efforts to resurrect the work of women mystery writers, this 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes has been introduced to a new generation of readers. The setting is Los Angeles after the Second World… Continue reading In a Lonely Place: Pulp fiction at its finest

Book Reviews, Writing

Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 2

In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway struggled to make the jump from journalist to novelist. In A Moveable Feast, he describes the steps he took to improve his writing, as well as his decision to turn down good paying reporting gigs to hone his craft. Yesterday, I highlighted the first three lessons about writing that can… Continue reading Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 2

Book Reviews, Writing

Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 1

Ernest Hemingway makes 1920s Paris come alive in A Moveable Feast. Feet splash in puddles. Fires warm cafes in the Paris of December. The smell of baguettes fresh out of the oven fills the air. Copious amounts of white wine accompany dishes of oysters or fried fish. But there’s more. The reader also learns of… Continue reading Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 1

Gardening, Reflections, Writing

Why this colorful flower is my favorite writing cheerleader

Only a few weeks ago, I thought this flower was a fail. But it turned out to be a gardening win. And while it lasts, for me it is more than a zinnia. It is my writing cheerleader. In the summer, I like to work from my screened-in back porch. It is a small, cozy… Continue reading Why this colorful flower is my favorite writing cheerleader

Gardening

How to know when to harvest beets

“Sir, it’s always beets.” (Portlandia, Season 4, Episode 3.) Dwight Schrute devoted his farm to beets. Portlandia’s writers came up with a skit featuring beets. And this year, we decided to grow beets. This was our first time planting the root vegetable packed with vitamins and minerals. It isn’t just the root that is good… Continue reading How to know when to harvest beets

giveaway, Writing

Free giveaway to celebrate latest audiobook release

My novel Erasing the Past was released on audiobook today! Narrator Brian McGovern has put together a superb performance of the romantic suspense novel with a sci-fi twist. Erasing the Past has touches of The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Notebook and even the film drama, Mr. Nobody. To celebrate the latest release, I have five… Continue reading Free giveaway to celebrate latest audiobook release

Gardening

The good. The bad. The struggling. My urban gardening adventures.

I like working in the garden. I like thinking about working in the garden. And it may come as no surprise that I even like grading my gardening efforts. I analyze both the triumphs and the opportunities for improvement. As the spring transitions into summer, here are a few of my gardening yeas and nays.… Continue reading The good. The bad. The struggling. My urban gardening adventures.