Thursday, August 28, 2014


I completely embrace my weirdness. I remember when I had the idea for the Lucy Valentine series and started talking about it. "It's about a woman who is psychic and she's a matchmaker, too. And solves crimes..." At the strange looks, I'd add, "It's better than it sounds." LOL.

I believed in the idea...and my weird self. And I'm so grateful readers trusted me enough to give the stories a chance. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I'm plotting this morning.

This sums up how well it's going.

Send good plotting vibes! I need them.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


We take our cereal consumption very seriously around here. Especially when Son #2 is home. Cereal is his favorite food group.

I think we should start buying stock in General Mills...

Thursday, August 21, 2014


It's been almost two months since UNDENIABLY YOURS came out, and great reviews are still coming in (whew & hurrah!). Thanks so much, Cozy Mystery Book Reviews  (bookmark this awesome site!) for your lovely review.

"Undeniably Yours was another enjoyable adventure in this series. I hope there will be more Lucy adventures for her readers, as this series is undeniably delightful!"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Hurrah! The 5th Lucy Valentine book, UNDENIABLY YOURS, is now available on Audible as an audio book.

If you take a listen, let me know how you like it. :)

Monday, August 18, 2014


Recently, UNDENIABLY YOURS, the most recent Lucy Valentine novel, was featured on a TV segment in Utah, thanks to the lovely Alicia Cunningham. It was so cool to see the book on TV, but Alicia's kind words pushed the happy factor over the top. She called my books "Perfection in paperback."

I personally think that's tattoo worthy.

Okay, since I'm not a tattoo person, maybe I'll have a sign made. A banner for my office?

Okay, since I'm not really a banner kind of person, either, I'll probably just bookmark the page and check in every once in a while. :)

Hop over and take a peek at the segment. Alicia has lots of great recommendations (not just mine!).

Friday, August 15, 2014

Big Day

It's a big day around here.

Exactly twenty-five years ago Mr. W and I went on our first date. I was sixteen and he was seventeen. We've been together ever since.

Exactly one year ago we moved into our new house. We absolutely love it here and are so glad that we made the leap.

And today, we're taking Baby Girl back to college to start her sophomore year. I will definitely miss her like crazy, but it's wonderful to see her fly.

I think it's a day that calls for cake. Or pie. Or both.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Who can resist that face? Of course now I want a lamb.

My birthday is coming up. Do you think Mr. W will get me a little lamb? (What the HOA doesn't know won't hurt them, right?)

Monday, August 11, 2014


Especially on a Monday.

Especially on this Monday. I'm up extra early because we're taking Son #2 back to college today.

I might need three cups of coffee.

Or four.

And a tissue. Something in my eye...

Friday, August 8, 2014


Here's a pic of our new neighbors. Adorable.

Photo credit: Mr. W

Anyone else singing "one of these things is not like the other?"

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday Throwback

Not a throwback picture but an old blog. 

*Originally posted on The Cozy Chicks 9-21-13* 

So there I was sitting on the deck, peacefully minding my own business and drinking my coffee. The morning was chilly while sunbeams tried to poke through thick haze. I was cozy warm from being wrapped in my robe and the heat of the coffee.

Birds chattered. Squirrels bounced from tree to tree. Geese squawked as they flew overhead. The sound of water burbled in the distance.
The scene of the crime.

Mr. W and I talked about how peaceful it was being surrounded by nature, and how glad we were that we had taken a big leap of faith to move here.

Then it happened.

Nature attacked.

Something landed on my neck.

Gone was that peaceful feeling as I Freaked Out, trying to swat whatever it was away, forgetting all about the coffee in my hand, which now covered my white robe and a good portion of the deck.

I could barely register Mr. W’s words – something about a tree.

Oh. Wait.

It had been just a leaf, fluttering down, that happened to land on me.

Perhaps I needn't have freaked out quite so much, after all. Huh. Live and learn and don’t cry over spilled coffee, right? (Except it was really good coffee.)

We had quite the laugh over it, but secretly I think that if it happens again...I’d react the same way. Don’t tell, okay, but sometimes the nature I love so much freaks me out. Especially when it attacks.

Have you had a harmless encounter with nature lately?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Had to stop on my walk and snap a picture of these gorgeous hydrangeas. Sometimes nature is just so darn beautiful.

Monday, August 4, 2014


This is absolutely true.

My favorite ice cream truck offering as a kid was the Screwball. Remember those? Orange sherbet with the gumball at the very bottom? It had to be eaten with the little wooden spoon, too, or it just wasn't as good.

Apparently Screwballs are sold in stores now. With cherry, raspberry, and stawberry flavors (apparently orange isn't made anymore-boo!), but in my world, I only love them from the ice cream truck...

Runners up for best ice cream truck novelty: snowcones, the Creamsicle, and the BombPop. Oh, who am I kidding? I love just about everything on the menu.

Do you have a favorite?

Friday, August 1, 2014


When Mr. W and I were on our walk the other day, we spotted this.

So much pretty!

It looked kind of familiar to me. Oh yeah, that's right. My license plate (which, by the way, was made at the local penitentiary--who knew inmates actually made license plates)!

Okay, not a perfect match. But close, right?

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Throwback Thursday

Here's a shot of me at the RWA conference in Reno, circa 2005, when TROUBLE IN SPADES was hot off the presses.

I remember spending a lot of time by the hotel pool at that conference, which explains the tan. :)

And this pic reminds me that I need to get a new battery for that watch...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I'm so excited for ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE to come out. Going home has never been so deadly... 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oreo Pie

I make a lot of Oreo cream pies around here. They're a family favorite, super simple because everything is pre-made, and yummy!

Pre-Cool Whip

What you need:

1 chocolate graham cracker pie crust (Keebler has a good one)
2 3.4 oz boxes Jell-o vanilla pudding
2 3/4 c milk
12 Double Stuft Oreos, smashed (I put mine in a plastic sandwich baggie and beat it with a wooden mallet)
1 small tub Cool Whip

Follow the double batch of pudding pie recipe on the side of the vanilla pudding box (mixing pudding with milk). When set, fold in Oreo bits. Let chill for 1-2 hours. Top with Cool Whip.


Friday, July 25, 2014


I bought a "personal watermelon" last weekend at Kroger. Have you seen them? They're mini watermelons--about the size of a cantaloupe. They're adorable. And absolutely gorgeous when you cut into them. Take a look.

Photo credit: BooksbyHeather

Almost too pretty to eat.


Nom, nom.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Me? Steal the bird seed? Never! What an outrageous accusation. My cheeks always look like this.

Photo credit: Mr. W

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Giveaway! Win one of ten (10) advanced reading copies of ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE, the second book in the Magic Potion mystery series. Ten winners will be chosen.  The giveaway form below does not play nice with mobile devices. Please use a PC if possible.

Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.… 

 When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding. 

 But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thrown Back

Yesterday, I had the radio on, tuned to our local “greatest hits” station, which used to be “Oldies” until some started protesting that Oldies did not (rightly or wrongly) constitute music from the 1980s (personally, I agree).

But I digress.

On Sunday mornings, the station has throwback programming in the form of replaying Casey Kasem’s Top 40 countdowns from the 70s. Yesterday, in the top 10 was “Da Do Ron Ron” by Shaun Cassidy, and when I heard it, it threw me straight back to my childhood.

I adored Shaun Cassidy as a little girl and couldn’t wait for Sunday nights when I’d sit on the floor in front of the TV and watch every second of The Hardy Boys. I’m convinced this was also the start of my love for mysteries, the seed taking root.

Because I adored Shaun, I of course loved “Da Do Ron Ron” and sang it loudly (my apologies to my brother and parents), and yesterday in the spirit of my walk down memory lane, I belted it out in the living room.

Fortunately, no one was around to hear it. Me singing loud and proud is not a pleasant experience for anyone but me.

But, even if Mr. W and Son #2 and Baby Girl had been around, I still would have sung it out loud.  Some music is irrepressible that way.

I’m an Oldie, hear me roar. 

Any Oldies you just can’t help but sing out loud?

Friday, July 18, 2014


Here's my latest project. It'll eventually be a baby blanket. I'm almost out of yarn, though, and hope the store still has more. Yikes. Or, maybe I can turn it into a baby towel...

I spy a tiny Baby Girl in the background.