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Hooray! A New Book!

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Bringing out a new book is always an exciting event, and Shopping on Driveways: Advice for Thrifters from the Queen of Fifty Cents is no exception. This book was so much fun to write!

I’ve done a live program called Shopping on Driveways for several years, in which I share stories and tips from my years buying secondhand. It turned out to be the perfect outline for a book. And I’ve done so much thrifting through the years that I have a zillion stories. The hard part was not including them all!

Here’s what the book is about:

Shop ‘til you drop…and spend pennies on the dollar! Yard sales, tag sales, estate sales, rummage sales have amazing deals on all kinds of treasure. You can

  • furnish and decorate your home
  • clothe yourself and your family
  • entertain the kids
  • spiff up your yard
  • find gifts for everyone on your list
  • collect materials for crafting and upcycling
  • buy items to resell at a profit.

The Queen of Fifty Cents will show you how to find great sales, how to bargain like a champ and leave everyone smiling, even how to hold your own sale (the best ever). Great advice from an expert thrifter!

I hope you’ll give it a look. The ebook is only $2.99 (paperback is $12.95), it’s a quick read, and you’ll be ready to go shopping the Queen of Fifty Cents way!

Book & CD Sale, December 4-18!

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Any paperback book or CD is available for only $10 each, which includes U.S. shipping, from Saturday Books! Offer good December 4 to 18, 2013. That’s 1/3 off the regular price!

Go! Fetch! Read!!

Free ebook, five days only!

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We’re doing it again! This is the best kind of giveaway…it’s for everyone! You don’t have to leave a comment (though that is always welcomed!) or jump through any hoops. (Well, almost, depending on whether you have a Kindle or not.) Starting Thanksgiving Day, my Sleeping Dogs Lie ebook will be available for free download for 5 days!

Book coverThe fine print:

  • Yes! The Sleeping Dogs Lie ebook is available for free download from Amazon from November 28 to December 2, 2013.
  • Available only for the Kindle
  • Don’t have a Kindle? You can get a free Kindle app and read Sleeping Dogs Lie on your computer, tablet etc.
  • Sequels In Dogs We TrustThe Dog Prince are available for $2.99 each as ebooks.
  • Paperbacks of all titles are still $15 each.
  • If you are an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be able to BORROW Sleeping Dogs Lie for your Kindle for at least the next three months.
  • Can you tell your friends and family? You bet! Anyone who might enjoy it is welcome…but free is only for these five days! Go ahead and put it on your Facebook page and tweet away.

What’s the book about?

On a rainy October night, Louisa McGuire waits in the car while her friend Bob makes a dash into the grocery store. Soon he comes out again—but with him is a woman in a sleek red suit. She leads him to her Mercedes and they drive away. Has Louisa been ditched, or has Bob been kidnapped? She enlists the help of her cousin Kay, owner of an antique store, and two intrepid canines, Jack and Emily Ann, to follow the scant clues to find Bob. Find him they do—but when they learn who he really is, they find out that the stakes are high. Will they avoid being the next victims of a cold-blooded murderer?

Go! Fetch! Read!

Stand Up and Be Quoted!

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Calling all readers of Sleeping Dogs Lie!

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As you probably know, I’m bringing out the second Willow Falls novel soon: In Dogs We Trust. (Louisa and the dogs, an island bed & breakfast inn, counterfeiting and things that go bump in the night!) I want to include a few quotes from readers on the back cover. And I might use a quote from…YOU!

You know what I’m talking about. Usually they’re from other authors, sometimes newspaper or journal reviews. I’m looking at the back cover of a Madeleine Brent book I just read (did you know that Brent was really Peter O’Donnell?) which includes these gems: “Compulsive reading: I found it hard to put down until I had finished.” – Victoria Holt (Is that a quote or a definition?). And, “A remarkable heroine, a splendidly crafted novel.” – Publishers Weekly. Or, “A thoroughly satisfying story filled with delicious surprises.” – Phyllis A. Whitney.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’d be awfully pleased Phyllis or Victoria or PW were to send along a nice comment. Okay, Phyllis and Victoria are no longer with us, so I admit I’d be a bit spooked – but still pleased. But what I’d really like is some delicious quotes from readers like you.

Here’s all you have to do: leave a comment about Sleeping Dogs Lie at If you’re feeling kind and ambitious, you can comment at Barnes & Noble as well.You can comment at Amazon even if you didn’t buy the book there (though I believe you need an Amazon account). I’ve never commented on B&N but I figure it’s similar.

I’ll select some comments to include in the back cover copy. And of course I will be warmly appreciative for your nice words!