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My new book was published this week and is ready and waiting for you!

Sounds faded into silence as Louisa gazed into a mirror, a mirror in time.  She stared at the photograph of a young woman and baby, every detail of their clothing and hair and jewelry period-perfect. Who are these strangers—and why does the woman look exactly like her?

Secrets from an unknown past collide with Louisa’s dilemma over her own future as she unravels the story behind the vintage portrait. But can she stay one step ahead of the enemy dogging her footsteps?

Bay in the Dark is available on Amazon both in paperback ($15.95) and ebook ($2.99) formats. If you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free. (Such a deal!) And if you don’t own a Kindle, no problem: you can put the free Kindle app on any computer, tablet or phone.

The grateful author thanks you for your support!

Let’s Launch!

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It’s coming! It’s almost here! At long last, book four in my Willow Falls Mystery Series will be published in a few weeks. Why yes, I am excited! And I’m here to ask for your help.

Bay in the Dark needs a launch team! A what? It’s a group of nice folks who help get a book off to a good start by reading an advance copy and then posting a short review on Amazon, on or shortly after publication day. Sometimes they are extra nice and also post about the book on Facebook, their blogs, Twitter etc. Reviews are an enormous help to an author, they really do help people decide to buy a book. So this is a BIG favor I’m asking…but since I already know you like to read I’m hoping not too big.

What’s the book about, you ask? Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

Bay in the Dark is part of a series, and I’m hoping to find launch team members who have read one or more of the others—but I also need members who are coming in fresh with this book. Authors always hope readers will start with book one but that’s not always the case. My dream is that people who start with book four will be inspired to read the others!

Interested? All you have to do is copy-and-paste the little application form below into an email, answer the questions, and send it to mrsdog [at] Deadline to apply is a week from Friday, 6/23/17. (For the sake of your own privacy, please email rather than leave information in a comment!) We’ll take a look at the apps and get back to everyone as quickly as we can. Those who are selected for the launch team will be emailed a pdf of the book which you’ll be able to read on your computer or transfer to a tablet for reading. (Sorry, there are no print copies available yet.) As publication date gets near (most likely in early- to mid-July) I’ll keep you informed so you’ll be able to post your review when the book goes live.

And that’s it! Easy peasy. You want to do it, you know you do!

So. Here’s the application information I need from you:



Are you eligible to write reviews for Amazon? (Their guidelines say you must have spent at least $50 on using a valid credit or debit card.)

Have you written any customer reviews before on Amazon?   On any other sites?

Have you read any of the other books in the Willow Falls series (Sleeping Dogs Lie, In Dogs We Trust, or The Dog Prince)? If yes, which?

Would you be willing to mention the book on your Facebook page, blog, Twitter or other social media sites, as well as post a review on Amazon?

Anything else you’d like us to know?

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 23, 2017

Thanks so much for applying! We’ll let you know soon if you’ve been selected!

One of the characters in the series is a dog named Jack—a Basset/Lab mix just like my Fannie. I’m still amazed that I put her lookalike in books years before she came to live with me!

Sidestep Interview

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If you have a few minutes, bop on over to Lisa Haselton’s Reviews & Interviews for an interview with…moi! You’ll find out how my writing career began, among other things!



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I’ve always found it interesting to see how the seed of an idea gets planted in my head, and how it grows, and the sometimes-strange fruit that is born.

Not to mention how darned long the process takes!

Last November I participated for the first time in NaNoWriMo—aka National Novel Writing Month. Thousands of people around the globe join in this madness, in which one pledges to write a 50,000 word story in thirty days. I might never have considered doing it if the founder of the event hadn’t written a book about it called No Plot, No Problem.  Which was the perfect title to catch me, since I’ve always considered plotting the bane of my writing existence. But what really sealed the deal was that my friend KK wanted to give NaNoWriMo a try as well.

A definite goal and a little personal competition. Exactly the right combination to get me going!

The NaNoWriMo folks strongly suggest that you start afresh for this endeavor. It seems to work best not to work with something you’ve started before, or on something in a series. So I sat down last November 1 without any characters or plot in mind. All I really had was a seed that had been growing in my mind since, um, about 2002, which was when I started thinking about Puss in Boots. No, I don’t think it had anything to do with the Shrek franchise, even though the first film came out in 2001. My mental image of Puss in Boots had more to do with the image on the cat food label I remembered from childhood. (I found him quite dashing.)

puss-n-boots_lgo_250Being a children’s librarian I grabbed of one of the many illustrated versions  to refresh my memory of the story.

Puss in Boots - Vintage Illustration Storybook Print - Deans A Book of Fairy Tales - Paper Ephemera

Margaret Tarrant's Puss in Boots


Puss is a trickster character, and the climax of the story is when he tricks the shape-changing owner of a castle into becoming a mouse that he can eat. In some versions the shape-changer is an ogre, but the one I read used a giant. And it struck me that other than being larger (and richer) than those around him, we had seen the giant do nothing to merit being killed and eaten and his castle and lands becoming the property of the miller’s lazy son. Not fair, cried my inner justice-loving child self. That is just so not fair.

Every once in a while through the years, I’d think about the theme of having everything stolen. We hear more and more about identity theft, but I was looking beyond identity, though that was part of it. Under what circumstances could someone have their life stolen?

And how could they get it back?

And somehow, when I began to write my 50,000 words last fall, that was what erupted from beneath the surface. A woman with secrets, who steps away from her life for just a few days before starting a new job in a new part of the country…but when she tries to step back again finds that her life has been stolen. All of it. Home, job, name, money, all gone. It took me twenty-four days to discover what had happened, and what she would do about it.


Available now!

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