My Friday Catch Up

What am I reading?

I’m an eclectic reader. I read non-fiction and a wide variety of genre fiction.

At the moment on my Kindle Fire I’m reading:

Witch Before Dying, A Wicked Witches of the Midwest Mystery,  by one of my favorite authors Amanda M. Lee

Bone Kien, A Tale of Heroes by a new author, James Dutton

Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter

I also read a lot of blogs and watch pod casts about writing.

On my TBR pile:

Paradise Can Be Murder: A Kay Driscoll Mystery, by Susan Bernhardt


When is my next book coming out?

Dec. 1st – I Messed Up Christmas

(click cover to pre-order for 99 cents USD)

Why am I writing light fantasy?

A funny thing happened on my way to the apocalypse. Seriously. I was writing a post-apoc story and got so weighted down by the darkness of the setting, I started reading light fantasy and fell in love with it. I started writing it and fell even more in love with it.

That being said, I may still polish that dark fantasy, post-apoc one of these days.

Where do I get my ideas for my latest release from?

My ideas rolled in like the morning tide. After I finished the novella, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to follow the story of the ghost and Abby further. They came alive once again in Midnight Magic searching for diamonds in a haunted manor.

Do you have any other questions you want me to answer on a Friday Catch Up? Just holler.

On Monday I’ll resume my plans for a Christmas Murder Mystery party.


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Creating a Christmas Whodunit Part 3

In the name of seasonal fun I’m writing a Christmas Whodunit Party plan on my blog. Hopefully you, my readers, will help me, or kill me in the process. This is the third part.

The Other Writer

Reginald Van Froth is an intellectual wantabe: big on ideas and big on talk, but small on reality. His socks seldom match, but he can yatter about the latest scientific discovery at length and provide footnotes. He’s been a member of The Murder Club since it’s inception and fancies himself as a writer of thriller novels. He’s been working on his first book for six years, and the only person he’s shared his manuscript with is Damien Black, the murder victim.

2 Truths and a Lie Card

(The 2 truths and a lie cards are used when party members mingle.)

Truth: he is an expert on real murders and murderers



My Question to You:

What is his other truth and lie?


The Christmas Whodunit Party Series:

Part 1 – Setting and Victim

Part 2 – The Femme Fatale

Part 3 – The Other Writer

To recap we now have a setting, a victim (Damian Black), a femme fatale (Sadie Sugarland) and a writer (Reginald Van Froth).

Buy Links:

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I Messed up Christmas

Creating a Christmas Whodunit Party – Part 2

In the name of seasonal fun I’m writing a Christmas Whodunit Party plan on my blog. Hopefully you, my readers, will help me, or kill me in the process. This is the second part.

The Femme Fatale!

Who doesn’t love a wicked  Femme Fatale in a story?

Definition: A femme fatale “… is a stock character a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to entrance and hypnotise her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon, having power over men. ” (Wikipedia)

Sinfully seductive Sadie Sugarland is loved by all men and hated by their wives and girlfriends. With a reputation that would make romance writer blush, she sashays her way around social gatherings marking her territory with broken hearts. Some say she once was a high class Madame in Paris. Others say she is the spawn of the devil. Whatever her background, one thing is clear, Sadie knows all the pillow secrets in town.

Sadie’s 2 Truths and a Lie Card

(The 2 truths and a lie cards are used when party members mingle.)

Truth: Sadie has piercings in her most of her private places and a tattoo of a fox on her lower back.

Truth: Sadie …

Lie: Damian Black asked Sadie to marry him.

My questions to you:

  1. Can you come up with alternative names for Sadie. Pussy Galore is taken btw.
  2. What is the second truth for Sadie?

The Christmas Whodunit Party Series:

Part 1 – Setting and Victim

Part 2 – The Femme Fatale

To recap we now have a setting, a victim (Damian Black) and a femme fatale (Sadie Sugarland).

btw – The winner of my Midnight Magic Launch Rafflecopter Giveaway is Debbie Penney. Congratulations Debbie.

#Christmas Whodunit Party – Part 1 #Mondayblogs

In the name of seasonal fun I’m writing a Christmas Whodunit Party plan on my blog. Hopefully you, my readers, will help me, or kill me in the process.

Part 1 – Creating the Setting and Victim


Christmas 2017, small seaside town in the Pacific Northwest

The party is for The Murder Book Club and is being held in the home of one of the members. Authors who have visited the group as well as the group members are present.


Internationally acclaimed, mystery author Damian Black , a middle-aged, trust-baby, boomer with an insatiable appetite for fine wine, expensive toys and loose women is found dead in the attic with a pate knife in his chest. His book, The Secrets of Deadman’s Island, was September’s choice for The Murder Book Club.

I can’t go further in his description or fill in his “2 clues and a lie card” until I’ve shaded in more characters. That being said, I could add some details. Interested in helping?


  1. What should he wear?
  2. Should he have a limp, lisp, or other physical characteristic?
  3. Does he have a favorite saying?
  4. Who does he look and dress like? George Clooney, Jason Momoa, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Chris Hemsworth, Alexander Skarsgard, Will Smith, Chris Pine …

Comment below (please).

My #Giveaway is Almost Over

A Top Amazon Reviewer!!! Reviews Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic got the most amazing five star review. I may not breathe for a week:

Dripping with atmosphere and personality

VINE VOICEon November 13, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

I’ve been involved in the Amazon Top Reviewer community for years, and in the course of that I’ve been exposed to dozens and dozens of self-published books by hopeful nascent authors. Sadly, most of those efforts are poorly written messes full of bad writing — comprising every sort of mistake you can imagine.

A few are jewels in the rough, where I enjoy the book, and when possible and I think the author would like the feedback, I note a few things that might help improve their writing.

Exactly four times in eight years of exploring self-published authors, I’ve come across work that the NY houses should have found and latched on to.

Jo-Ann Carson is my fourth discovery for that list.

Midnight Magic is exquisitely executed prose. I’ve done a lot of writing, and some people tell me that I’m a pretty good writer. But I would shrink with trepidation from the prospect of writing a scene that simultaneously gives a reader shivering goosebumps and makes them chuckle. That’s talent.

Now, along with that talent for scene crafting comes a ripping good story, with imaginative characters and settings which breathe life fully into the author’s make-believe world(s). I’d be tempted to enumerate some of the interesting and amusing touches in the book, but it would be a disservice. I know from my own experience that you’ll much more enjoy coming across those interesting surprises on your own.

We have in Midnight Magic an appealing heroine, metaphysical friends and encounters, nasty creatures, and humorous relationships that I won’t detail per my preceding paragraph. LOL The story immediately grabbed me, and it didn’t let up. Haunted houses have received countless treatments, and you’ll quickly encounter one here that won’t remind you that you’ve read about them before.

I found everything here to be fresh and inventive, and I’m most certainly looking forward to more about these characters and from this author.

Well done, and certainly recommended.

Writers dream of finding readers who appreciate their work. To find one that is also a selected Amazon reviewer (i.e., a Vine Voice) is a dream come through. I am so grateful.

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Midnight Magic Launches Today #Mondayblogs

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