Ahh…youth

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This morning during a facetime chat with my daughter, she kidded her father about our snow. He gave her a blank look and said, “We have beautiful white sandy beaches surrounding us.” She chuckled. She and her husband live aboard a lovely boat in San Diego, where blue skies and gentle breezes abound. I’ve been thinking a trip to San Diego might be a really good idea right about now. With freezing temps coming this week…  It’s sounding real good. I grew up here, but I don’t remember this kind of weather. Maybe it’s because I was young that I didn’t feel the cold. I used to walk to school in tennis shoes, coat open, and no hat. I was a cool kid or at least I thought I was–not. Today I was bundled—boots, scarf, gloves, hat, and the heater blasting. I was still feeling the chill. I drove by the local high school as classes were finishing for the day. I passed a girl sporting tennies and an open hoodie. Yeah, it’s a young thing.

Happy New Year!

Both of my eBooks in the Clare Harrigan Mystery Series are available for FREE January 1st through January 5th on Amazon. I hope you’ll download them and enjoy these books. They have both received great reviews.

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There are secrets from the past that cast their long shadows into the future and cause the murders of two women in “First of September.” The Chief of Police refuses to believe the first murder is anything but an accident. Clare and her friends set out to prove him wrong. They know it was murder, but someone is out to stop them from proving it.          http://amzn.to/2gO66SP

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In “Second Week in November” Clare’s brother, Finn, who is a handsome rascal, is accused of the murder of a beautiful young woman. Clare and her friends put their heads together again to solve another murder.  amzn.to/2Dw2vq4

The books are filled with warm friendship, loving family, and delicious food cooked up and served next to inviting fireplaces. Add to all of that, a dash of murder and a pinch or two of mystery, and you have a couple of great cozies to curl up with.

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Thankful

13360ad580536c1639f5e1bed96c97db[1]I have been thinking of all that I am thankful for. I am, of course, thankful for all the usual suspects—my husband, my children and grandchildren, friends, and all of my family—a warm home and a full belly. But thoughts flow into my mind about this astonishing country we live in. The Founding Fathers and Mothers who sacrificed to create this “Great Experiment” are in the forefront this Thanksgiving weekend. Also, all those who have held onto and fought for this belief throughout the years. The belief that anyone, anyone, can achieve great things. It doesn’t matter where you were born or if your family has an illustrious pedigree. You set your goals, stretch yourself beyond your limits, and make your dreams come true! 

The least of us can become the best of us. For this I am grateful, thankful, and feel so blessed not only today but every single day.

 

A Cozy Experience’s Review of “Second Week in November”

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Thanksgiving is approaching, but the town of Amelia Bay is anything but quiet. A waitress has gone missing and suspicion falls on Clare’s brother, Finn, who is in town visiting for the holiday. Can Clare clear her brother’s name and find out what happened to the missing girl?

Stuff You Should Know

Sub-Themes
pacific northwest, small town charm, scenic location, strong female protagonist, middle aged protagonist, strong female friendships, multi-generational family, Thanksgiving, animals / dogs

Can You Start the Series in the Middle?
I enjoyed the first book in the series, so my opinion on this isn’t totally objective. Clare has a strong group of friends and family that enhance the story and even though the book can stand alone, I’d recommend starting at book one (First of September by Kathleen Joyce).

If You Like …
Maya Corrigan’s Five-Ingredient Mystery Series, you’ll enjoy this book.

Marie’s Thoughts

Clare and her gal pals are back at it again when death and mystery cast a shadow over their beloved town of Amelia Bay. There is a lot going on in this book. The characters are well developed, even the secondary ones, and you really feel like you are looking into the world of real people. There is some minor language in the book, but it doesn’t take away from the story and fits within the personality of the character using the words. I look forward to more adventures of Clare and seeing where her story goes next.

Writers are Sexy!

c82cc682aced0193eca90985081f2737[2]Whether you’re reading a historical novel, a romance, a thriller, a bang, bang shoot ‘em up, or a cozy mystery (Hint, hint. I could recommend a couple.) you are escaping into another dimension of time and space. Books give you the chance to live in another world and root for the protagonists, cry with them, or laugh at their antics. How many times have you thought, no, no don’t go down that dark alley, don’t open that door? And then thought, see I told you not to do that! Now, how are you going to get us out of this mess? Peering into a world that is not your own, allows you to learn—always learning all kinds of things about the world around us, ahead of us, and the history that is behind us. Reading takes you to places you will never visit or maybe encourages you to travel to some far-flung locale. Writers spend hours researching the world their characters live in, then they agonize over just the right word to set a mood or put the reader in the moment. Writers like to play at make-believe, dress-up, and create havoc for the women and men who live on the pages of their books. I say “their” books, but that isn’t always true. Writers set up scenarios and create characters who pretty much take over. I know that sounds a little crazy…but it is true. Every now and then one of them gets a little out of hand, and you’ve got to put them in their place, if that fails…well…you kill them off.

So, what is the moral of this brief. It’s simple. Read, read, read, learn, learn, learn, and maybe, just maybe, be inspired to write. There’s a story swirling around in your head that someone wants to read! Get lost in your imagination. Write it! What could be sexier than that?