Thursday, January 19, 2023

Can You Hear Me?



I have to tell you something! Remember I posted about 4 new books upcoming? There are actually two more! Untreed Reads is doing audio books of the 2nd and 3rd Neanderthal mysteries!


Jay Hartman gave me two sample readings and I preferred the same voice he did, so it’s underway. No date on this, but it won’t be too long. If you prefer listening to your Neanderthal mysteries, you won’t have to wait much long.


If you want other audio books of my works, you can find them on the web page:


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Friday, January 13, 2023

New contract!

 I received the completed contract last night for 4 projects! I'm very excited about this!! I believe a celebration is called for.

Untreed Reads will re-issue my first two Cressa Carraway musical mysteries and I'm writing a third to go with them. They will also publish my just-completed STROKE, the 4th Imogene Duckworthy novel. I loved getting together with all the characters from both of these series!

There are details in my newsletter, but I wanted to post that here, too, in case this is the only place you look. Thank you for being a reader and a fan!

Newsletter sign up is on my webpage:

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

How are you holding up?


12 7 2022


The holidays are a joyful time for many and extremely difficult for others.



For those who have a hard time, people can give you a lot of recommendations, can’t they? Get into the spirit! Decorating will make you feel better! And lots of others. I happen to get benefit from being with other people. I love holiday crowds. But I’m not everyone!



I found this article in Psychology Today about why meditation doesn’t work for everyone. It impressed me. It lists 5 conditions that make meditation difficult, even harmful. Take a look if you’ve found no benefits from medication.



One this those of us with depression are good at is hiding it behind a smile. You never can tell what a person is thinking or feeling, just by looking.



The end is the part I like: finding your own form of meditation. Like the guy who lost himself in his carving, I can lose myself in my fiction. I never realized it before, but writing is my meditation. I mean, I’ve always known that I’m in better mental health when I’m writing, but I’ve never put it that way. I know some people exercise to stay sane. Do you have anything similar?



I expect to have a very good Christmas. There will be 5 grandchildren present. That’s a formula for happiness!


***I’ll note that this is being posted on Pearl Harbor Day. I don’t want to ignore it.

The illustrations are all from



Monday, October 24, 2022

Just a note FYI

 10 24 2022 


Amazon—for writers, we can’t really live without it today. But it’s darn hard to live WITH it.


The newest glitch/innovation/mess is that you will NOT see all of my books when you google my name there, NOR when you go to my author page.


My google, that pulled up 8 total books.


My author page, that is missing the first book in two of the series.


According to messages to various authors, this is a mess-up and will be corrected OR it’s a new policy to do…something they think they should do.


At any rate, IF you want to see my books and my short stories, you can see them on my own page.


Thursday, September 1, 2022

A Trip with James Jackson to Greenland!

 I've known Jim for many years through our writing, the Guppies, and even meeting in person. He's a good friend and a wonderful writer! Here's his bio:

James M. Jackson authors the Seamus McCree series. Full of mystery and suspense, these domestic thrillers explore financial crimes, family relationships, and what happens when they mix. August 2022 saw publication of the 7th novel in the series, Granite Oath. (Click here for information and purchase links.)

Jim splits his time between the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the city life in Madison, WI. You can find more information about Jim and his books at or contact him via email.

And now, what you're waiting for, a trip to Greenland, starting with a view of their tourboat cruising past a glacier!

A few facts to put Greenland into perspective with wherever you live. Its total area is about 150% of Alaska’s (220% of Texas), but an ice sheet covers 80% of it, forcing the population to its seaside edges. The ice sheet at its thickest is over 12,000 feet. The massive weight has compressed the land underneath to below sea level. Most people live in the south and west. The total population is 56,500, of whom 14,800 live in the capital, Nuuk. Eric the Red named the island Greenland to lure settlers from Iceland!

Fjords carve Greenland’s coastline. Glaciers head many of the fjords, but they are retreating. Many glaciers now “hang,” meaning they no longer reach the ocean. We had many memorable experiences, and at the top of the list was meeting a pod of feeding Humpback Whales.


We rode small boats to explore the Illulissat Icefjord, where the Greenland icecap calves enormous icebergs into Disko Bay. I spotted the first Humpback in a cove created by icebergs. The boat idled in, and we discovered eight together. Humpbacks are 45-50 feet long (which is huge, but only half the size of the blue whales we saw earlier off the coast of Iceland). They can live up to 50 years.

In the pictures below you can see three feeding together, a dripping tail just before the whale dove and the underside of another’s fluke. I sent that picture to, and they identified that individual as HW-MN0102358, which was first recorded on July 31, 2018 in the same general area (and spotted again by someone else a few days after my encounter). Humpbacks have two nostrils. The spout you see is water vaporized when they exhale.

We enjoyed their company for twenty minutes. When one swam underneath our boat, turned around, and swam underneath again before surfacing, we wondered who was entertaining whom. Our time was up, but as we were leaving, two other boats arrived to witness the magic.

Kaye and others have asked if they can expect to find my fictional sleuth, Seamus McCree, on a cruise. Never say never, but it’s unlikely. Seamus doesn’t have to travel to find trouble, and he’s turning into a homebody. Given his preference (and I usually listen to him), he’ll remain at his place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (where the most recent Seamus McCree novel, Granite Oath, takes place.)

Thursday, August 25, 2022

New, Good Deals, and Funny Stories

 8 25 2022 



I know that my last post had links to a number of reviews and giveaways of my latest book, but I was surprised by one more this week!  I think you need to apply for the e-book contest by Saturday. Or maybe Friday. I didn’t know Lorie Ham had asked Edith Maxwell to review this at Kings River Life Magazine and also didn’t know they were doing this giveaway! What a nice surprise!






I have more news, too! Now that it’s official, I feel I can tell you that I was asked to write a story for Black Cat Weekly by Michael Bracken. He had an idea and asked Josh Pachter to write it, but Josh suggested that I do it. Wasn’t that nice? Those are two very good guys. It was almost worth getting Covid, going to Malice Domestic and being asked this. (My family, to whom I gave it, would probably not agree.)



I signed and returned the contract this week, and it will be in edition #58, which should be the weekend of October 8th, if I counted correctly.


If you don’t subscribe to this excellent publication, you probably should. You can sign up or buy copies here:




Untreed Reads has arranged for special priced bundles for the Neanderthal books, People of the Wind, AND for my Imogene Duckworthy novels at get all three novels in all e-formats.




Last week I took a quick trip to see that same family and did NOT bring them any diseases. My grandsons both take violin lessons, from two different teachers, and they were happening two of the days I was there. I tagged along to meet the teachers and see the lessons. (I’m a violinist and used to give lessons long ago.) At the first lesson for the older boy (and my daughter) (who is a clarinet and recorder player who recently decided to learn violin and cello), the teacher asked if I’d like to do a duet with her at the end of the lesson. I got to play my daughter’s violin, which is a joy to play.



The teacher thumbed through some of her duet books and I landed on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which she said she did not know! It was fun, and when I got home, I asked my daughter to give me the teacher’s email so I could send her the YouTube of Cohen singing it. I like the one live in London. My daughter sent me the email on my business account for Kaye George, and I emailed her from there, not thinking about the link to my webpage. Well, turns out she loves mysteries and by the next week, had ordered some of mine!



Okay, that was really fun, but here’s an even funnier related story. My younger grandson is very impressed that Grandma is an author. We went out to lunch one day and he asked his parents if people would be asking Grandma for her autograph. I refrained from loud laughter, but said it was unlikely.



Then his lesson was later that day. He had to brag to his teacher that I was a writer and it turns out she reads mostly cozy mysteries! So I gave her a card and, just before we left, she asked me to autograph it—using that word. My grandson got his wish!



New book, new story coming up, and two new fans—it’s all good!


I hope your month is going well, too.

Thursday, August 4, 2022






It’s out, the third book in this series! And doing well! I’d love for everyone to buy a copy, of course, but I have a stack of them on my dining room table and can give one away to one of you! Just leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner on Friday night.


 What’s it about?  Enga Dancing Flower and her tribe of Neanderthals have reached a place they can stay in safety. Or have they?


It’s clear the groups of other settlers in the area do not want more neighbors, and this is made even more evident when a male of Enga’s tribe is murdered, and a baby is kidnapped.



The future of the tribe is immediately put into question. Can Enga and her people find the killer and rescue the baby? Or will the security and bright future the tribe has dreamed of fall to pieces?


Where is it?

It’s available everywhere books are sold. It can ordered from your local bookstore. But here’s an extra dead:

If you buy the paperback from Untreed Reads, you can get my short story "The Bavarian Krisp Caper" free! There’s a special discount if you pick up all three paperbacks at one time.



All of my appearances for this launch have had to be virtual. But there are several reviews and interviews. I’ll list them again here.



by Amber Foxx, who writes the Mae Martin Psychic Mysteries, no murder, just mysteries, and lives where this book takes places, in what is now New Mexico. Here’s the link to her review:




At Ladies of Mystery. I try to answer the question about my main character: Where Did Enga Dancing Flower Come From?




This one is for Lyrical Pens, where cj petterson has been kindly posted about my upcoming release about my motivation for writing this series. Please check out her books, too!





George Cramer hosted me at where I answered his fun interview questions. He’s an author, a PI, and Native American of Karuk descent. His debut novel, THE MONA LISA SISTERS, came out in 2020.



On the 24th Amber Foxx also interviewed me. She wanted to know all about how and why I write this series.




Then, to cap things off, my main character, Enga Dancing Flower, will tell you about her day at Dru’s Musings on August 5th. Come over that day for a giveaway! It will run from 8/5-8/8,