Two Truths and a Lie

At work, the managers like to end our weekly meeting with a thought-provoking, let’s-really-get-to-know-each-other question. This week’s theme: name something weird or surprising about yourself. My response: How would you like my list of weirdness? Alphabetically? Chronologically? Small to large? Mundane to outrageous? I have a lot of material. I could have talked about how my fingers are so double-jointed that I have to concentrate … Continue reading Two Truths and a Lie

Guest Chick: Susan Kimmel Wright

The Chicks are happy to welcome debut author Susan Kimmel Wright, who shares the fascinating true story that inspired her new mystery, Mabel Gets the Ax… A Local Unsolved Murder My cozy Mabel Gets the Ax germinated decades ago, in the fertile soil of a real-life unsolved murder and a purported haunted house. The Stauffer murder story was as much a part of my western … Continue reading Guest Chick: Susan Kimmel Wright

School daze

I’ve been enjoying all the first day of school posts lately on Facebook of my friends’ kids and grandkids. Standing on the front porch are smiling youngsters holding a sign that says: “Duncan – First Grade” or “Natalie – Kindergarten.” When my sister’s oldest child started kindergarten, the teacher gave the parents little care packages to take home. (One way to get the lingerers to … Continue reading School daze

S is for September Sweepstakes

There’s an exciting time that happens right before a book launch—sweepstakes season. That’s when my brilliant marketing team at Berkley runs giveaways. Hooray for giving back to the reading community! My next Sassy Cat Mystery, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code, will release on November 30, but its first sweepstakes happens now! That’s why S equals September Sweepstakes. This exciting giveaway features four books AND a … Continue reading S is for September Sweepstakes

Guest Chick: Angela Maria Hart

Please join us in giving a very warm welcome to Angela Maria Hart, the brilliant mind behind the Cozy Mystery Book Club! She puts so much time and energy into celebrating the cozy mystery genre, for which authors and readers alike are incredibly grateful. Read on for all the details… Welcome to The Cozy Mystery Book Club Hello Fellow Mystery Lovers! I am honored to … Continue reading Guest Chick: Angela Maria Hart

Evacuation – the short story that I wrote during our real evacuation.

When they cancelled the New Orleans Bouchercon mystery convention, I decided to make the trip to my favorite city anyway. My new Vintage Cookbook Mystery series is set in the Big Easy, plus our daughter is a senior at Loyola University. And I’m a Tulane alum. So… research. Daughter. Friends. What could go wrong? HURRICANE IDA, THAT’S WHAT. The trip started out so well. I … Continue reading Evacuation – the short story that I wrote during our real evacuation.

Chick Chat: Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down Edition

Fall is around the corner, which means number 2 pencils, sweater weather, raking and LOTS of conversation about the merits or evils of pumpkin spice anything.

So in the spirit of loves and hates (or likes and don’t-much-care-fors), let’s share what we’re currently ranking as thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Movies, TV shows, food, drink, types of socks—anything is up for discussion. Let the thumbing begin!

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Guest Chick: Raquel V. Reyes

Ellen here and I’m so happy to welcome Raquel V. Reyes, whose debut mystery, Mango, Mambo, and Murder is garnering a lot of buzz! What in the world is a food anthropologist?   Miriam Quiñones-Smith is the main character in the new Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series. As one might guess by the series’ title, it is a culinary cozy. But despite being the host of … Continue reading Guest Chick: Raquel V. Reyes