I just realized it's been way too long since I've written a blog post! I'd love to have an excuse...I mean, a valid one. Alas, I can't blame it all on the hurricane. For those who don't know, we live on the east coast of central Florida so we had a big scare of hurricane Dorian, at one point a Category 5, heading our way. Fortunately for us, it weakened and stayed just off shore as it passed. The phrase "dodged a bullet" certainly applies. The poor people of the Bahamas
Today being Father's Day, I thought I'd share some thoughts on my father and the father characters in my books. I grew up a daddy's girl, and the fact that he is my stepfather (who officially adopted me) indicates that he's something special. Keith, my husband, is in fact stepfather to my three kids, and another one of those super-special men who willingly took-on a challenging dad role and did so with excellence. Growing up, my dad was my "coach." I ran track and did chee
Book 3 of our cozy mystery series releases next week, and the story includes a splash of mermaids (see what I did there?). Not only did my daughter go through a mermaid-love phase, but my husband and I had the chance to visit the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs a few years ago; all of this influenced my writing of Charlotte's newest adventure. I've always been impressed by people who feel so at home in the water and can move about underwater so effortlessly (or so it seems)
I logged in and was surprised to see that it had been eight months since my last blog post! Funny how life gets so busy that you forget things you were once trying to prioritize. My husband and I are now committing to re-focusing on our writing and book promoting so that we can share our stories with more readers. That being said, there are certainly some new time-stealing obstacles we will have to overcome. The baby of the family will start high school this fall, and two
Two of my all-time favorite things: coffee and books. If you've read any of my stories, you know that coffee shows up in every one of them. I took my coffee inspiration to a whole new level with our cozy mystery series. From the title to the main character's obvious addiction, coffee plays a major role in these books. And rightfully so! Who doesn't love to curl up with a good book and a warm beverage? Maybe you aren't a coffee lover. Maybe you're more of a hot tea typ
Yesterday, my husband and I went to Femme Fatale Arms and Training (the store mentioned in the first Charlotte Ritter mystery book) for an Intro to Firearms/Concealed Carry class. We spent a few hours in the classroom learning about gun safety, gun laws, how guns work, and the like. Then, we went to a shooting range to learn about stance and grip, and to actually shoot at a target. Our instructor, Richard, did an excellent job of imparting knowledge and keeping us relaxed.
Well, if you've read any of my books, you're sure to notice that coffee is always involved. From Bert sipping a cup of Joe at the local diner to Michael scouting the best coffee places wherever he travels, to Charlotte and her obvious coffee addiction; there's coffee-a-plenty in my writings! I am a lover of a coffee (no sugar, plenty of cream), and so including the warm, delicious beverage just came naturally rather than intentionally. That is, until Charlotte came along.