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Thursday Reviews: One Book in the Grave & Hollywood Homicide

One Book in the Grave, by Kate Carlisle

51w3wvqvdll._sy346_One Book in the Grave is the first book in Kate Carlisle’s cozy, Bibliophile Mystery series.  It opens with the line, “Hello. My name is Brooklyn Wainwright and I am a book addict.” Being a bit of a book addict myself, Carlisle won me over immediately. There are lots of fascinating bookmaking details in this story and I like it when I get to learn something new when I’m reading a mystery. Filled with endearing, quirky characters the cozy made me smile a lot.

The plot is truly intriguing and the men are sexy, but I found myself slowing down in the middle. The banter between the characters became predictable and tiring. I give it four stars and I’m posting my review on Amazon, Bookbub, and Goodreads.

I recommend this book for younger cozy mystery lovers.


Hollywood Homicide, by Kellye Garrett

51t10xrtstlHollywood Homicide, the first book in the Detective by Day series, won the Lefty in 2018 (i.e., an award was given at the Left Coast Crime Conference) and the second book in the series is nominated for a Lefty in 2019, so I had to read one for myself.

I quickly learned that Hollywood Homicide also won the 2018 Anthony award and the 2017 Agatha award for the best first novel.

I was impressed. Filled with quick-witted one-liners and humorous situations Hollywood Homicide made me smile a lot. Consider this line, “Hollywood is high school with prettier clothes and better lunch options.”

The story opens with the down-and-out heroine, Dayna Anderson, applying for a job as a half-naked barista. She has three one-dollar bills left to her name, her father is losing the family home, and her once lucrative job as an actress is over. That’s when she sees a fifteen thousand dollar reward posted for information about a deadly hit and run accident, which she almost witnessed.

While I enjoyed the humor, I found the banter repetitive and predictable, I think, to be fair to the writer it’s aimed at a younger audience. I give it 4 stars and I’m posting my review on Amazon, Bookbub, and Goodreads.

As always, click the covers for a buy link.


Do You Suffer From FOMO? #Mondayblogs

I do. I definitely suffer from FOMO and I suspect many of my friends do too.


  • churning gut
  • sore neck from looking in every direction
  • low bank account balance
  • self-esteem issues
  • slightly green face

What is FOMO?

It translates as fear of missing out. I think a lot of writers have it. We join every bandwagon passing our way hoping to be on the cutting edge of “something” and grab attention. Discoverability is becoming harder and harder. We’ve all heard the stories about writers who published in the early days of the indie gold rush and we want some of that success.

Alas, the Indie Gold Rush is over.

I picked up the term, FOMO from marketer Chris Syne on her Smarty Pants Podcast for Book Marketing last week (episode 114). I think it’s brilliant. She recommends writers f do a few things well that focus on developing authentic relationships with readers.  I highly recommend the episode.

Now, every time I consider putting down my writing to try the shiny new, latest and greatest tactic, I stop and say FOMO.

Have a great week.

And as the jingle goes, … don’t worry, be happy.

Picture from Pixabay

WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Jayne Barnard

I enjoyed this intervirew and I thought you might too.


081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Jayne Barnard Ice FallsJE (Jayne) Barnard is a Calgary-based crime writer with 25 years of award-winning short fiction and children’s literature behind her. Author of the popular Maddie Hatter Adventures (Tyche Books), and now The Falls Mysteries (Dundurn Press), she’s won the Dundurn Unhanged Arthur, the Bony Pete, and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award. Her works were shortlisted for the Prix Aurora (twice), the UK Debut Dagger, the Book Publishing in Alberta Award (twice), and three Great Canadian Story prizes. Jayne is a past VP of Crime Writers of Canada, a founder of Calgary Crime Writers, and a member of Sisters In Crime. Her most recent book is When the Flood…

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Three Reasons to Think About Copyright #Mondayblogs

Sorry, but I couldn’t come up with a better title for a blog post I know will wander.

One – Books Copyrighted in 1923 are Now


That is, they are no longer copyrighted and are part of the public domain, which means they are free to use and build upon.

Here is a list of the most popular titles:

Source: Duke Law School’s  Public Domain Day 2019


Two – Why This a Big Deal

The U.S. Congress has kept these books in an extended copyright state for the last twenty years. Now they are free. “Google Books will offer the full text of books from that year, instead of showing only snippet views or authorized previews. The Internet Archive will add books, movies, music, and more to its online library.” And that’s just the beginning.

Three – Should Copyright Laws be Changed?

This is a huge issue. Copyright laws, developed in an analog world, struggle to work effectively in our present digital world. We can copy and paste someone else’s work in less than a minute.

Piracy is rampant.

I’m not a lawyer, but I am a writer with many copyrighted works. The copyright is a security blanket for me. I put months, sometimes years into a project, and I don’t want it stolen. If it is stolen I want to be able to do something about it. In short, I want copyright protection.  The question is: Is there a more effective way of protecting creative material?

What do you think?


Prepping my Books for Pinterest #Mondayblogs

Following the great practices of Jacqui Nelson, Shereen Vedem and Jacqui Biggar I am creating a board on Pinterest with all books in it, under sections. I want to have each of the covers link to either Amazon or a Universal Book Link. It’s a bit of housework, but I think worthwhile because I have more than 2K visitors to my Pinterest board each month.

I thought I would prep the covers here.

Stand Alones








A Ghost & Abby Mystery Series (Paranormal Mystery)



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Gambling Ghosts (Paranormal Romance)





I’ll put up rest of my books (i.e., Vancouver Blues (Romantic Suspense), and the Modern Mata Hari Series (Romantic Suspense)) at another time because this takes time. lol


Do you like Pinterest. What do you like to pin?






Thursday Review: The Banshee of Castle Muirn and Sherlock Holmes

51dEAkJqOTLThe Banshee of Castle Muirn

by Sheila Currie

Sheila Currie’s debut novel, The Banshee of Castle Muirn, is a romantic fantasy steeped in Celtic lore. Currie skillfully drew me into the story with a rich setting, twisting myth, legend and historical detail into a magnificent crucible for love. It is the story of a young woman with the powers of a Banshee living in a troubled time. She would like to live a simple life with the man she loves, but all the forces are against her. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it to readers who enjoy Scottish historical romance.

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Sherlock Holmes and the case of Brash Blonde

by Gemma Halliday & Kelly Rey

This is the second book by Gemma Halliday that I’ve read. While I believe it’s targetted to51xIQsDHsXL a younger audience, I loved it. I doubled over with laughter when the heroine interrogates a yoga instructor from the sixties and worries about twisting her pancreas. Omigosh, these ladies can write. The mystery is intricately woven with a heavy dose of red herrings. The characters jump off the page. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes witty, cozy mysteries.

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