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What's inside the pot you say? Maybe a little.....
OR a little....

Teeeheeee, it's something better! What you ask could be better than eye of newt or spiders for your Trick or Treat pleasure?
A haunted cyber trail.....

BEWARE! Dance with the skeletons to avoid the curse and continue on this haunted Halloween treat....

And watch out for the Headless Horseman, for he will take your treat on this.... YES! It's a treat!! A Halloween Blog Hop where you get a chance to win prizes, get great books for great prices....THIS WEEK ONLY!
I'm giving away a TREAT! Leave a comment about what YOU LOVE about Halloween and be entered to receive a FREE Kindle ebook of choice by me, plus a swag bag of treats sent through the mail! And continue on the hop by clicking on the author links below! Good luck!! AND.....


I'm so excited to announce that the cover for my Christmas short story, A SUPERSTITIOUS CHRISTMAS (Madness Under The Mistletoe Anthology) is here!!
Grandberry Falls is beautiful during Christmas. And Maggie Greenlee can’t wait for the Greenlee traditions to start, especially the annual ornament exchange. Only things don’t go as planned once Maggie announces to the Greenlee clan that she’s engaged to Grady Cohen, one of the wealthiest bachelors in New York City. There are two problems. One, Hazel Greenlee, Maggie’s granny and Grandberry Falls’ local matchmaker, has already determined that Maggie is going to marry Mayor Mitch Dozier. And two, Grady thinks the superstitious beliefs that have ruled Maggie’s life, are child like.With Grady deliberately breaking every superstitious tradition, and Granny Hazel pushing Maggie in the arms of Mitch Dozier, Maggie isn’t sure she’s going to survive Christmas in Grandberry Falls.

Doesn't this look fun?? I had the best time writing this prequ…


1. Virginia Woolf wrote all her books standing.
2. The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
3. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. (Look, mystery writers! A new method!)
4. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
5. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
6. Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
7. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.
8. The mask used by Michael Meyers in the original Halloween was really Capt. Kirk’s mask painted white.
9. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”.
10. A baby octopus is the size of a flea at birth.
11. The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

Do you have any cool facts to share?

Sample Sunday HAPPY NEW LIFE

ONETruly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and hard to forget.~Author Unknown
“How are you doing in there?” Beth Harrison shouted between the wooden slats of the dressing room door. “I’m leaving a couple more out here for you to try-on.”Liz ignored her and looked at the black-sequined dress in the three-fold mirror. There was no way the image staring back at her was really her.She’d been in The Figure 8 several times over the past year. She’d stood in front of this very mirror many times, but she’d never seen this person.She smiled. This was the one, she thought with a faint sigh of relief.The hinges creaked as Liz slowly opened the door.Beth brought her hands to her mouth. “Perfect. Jenna made me swear I’d help you pick out something perfect, but I think we’ve hit it out of the park.” Beth brushed her long crimson hair behind her shoulders. Her green eyes were popping with envy.Beth ran her hands down the side of the sequined dress, along Liz’s frame. At the hem, she…

Series or not?

This week is very exciting for me!!! Happy New Life the second novel in the Grandberry Falls series is released! Grandberry Falls is near and dear to my life. It's about a fictitious small town that I've created in my head.Each novel in the series is a stand alone novel, but has the same secondary characters that give the story flavor. Plus the same shops, restaurants, and streets will all be familiar, bringing you a warm feeling of coming home. When starting the series, I knew I wanted my readers to pick up each book and be able to read them with out going in order. But I also wanted them to look forward to going back to The Fatted Pig and hang out with Mamie and her famous country biscuits and gravy, OR belly up to The Thirsty Turtle and listen in on all the gossip as Tommy slings a mug your way. It's comfort in knowing you can pick up a book and know that you are going to get exactly what you were expecting. Each novel addresses it's own set of issues for a differen…

To Book Or Not To Book...that is the question.

Now that I have five novels out, and working on six short stories plus three NEW novels for 2012, I'm having to make some business decisions. These decisions aren't easy for me, and I won't bore you with all of them but ONE! When I left my publisher and began my indie journey, I knew that I wanted a career as closest to being with a big six publisher that I could get. That didn't mean I wanted a big six publisher, I don't, what I wanted was the publicity and a chance to compete with what a big six publisher might be able to get you. More marketing, more promo, yada-yada. . .But most of all I wanted a BOOK. A book to hold, a book with my name on the cover. And I've done that! I realized I was my best marketer/promoter not some big company. I had the book signings, the copies to my friends, parents, and whoever else wanted one.

Here are the stats. I've been published for FIVE months, and in that five months I've sold over 10k ebooks and 500 print books. I'…

Ten Things You Should Know About Writers

Ten Things You Should Know About Writers
1. We aren’t eavesdropping. Linguistic training is a part of our job. We listen to speech patterns so we can effectively write dialogue beats.
2. Yes. We do have to check Twitter, Facebook and Seekerville hourly. It is essential to stay up to date on the ever changing publishing world.
3. It is normal for writers to speak in the third person present tense. Deal with it.
4. Don’t ask if we’re published yet. Or if we’ve published anything you might have read. Trust me, it only makes us cranky.
5. As a general rule, writers are not interested in your brilliant idea for a best-seller that we can write for you and then split the profits.
6. We believe there are dumb questions. Where do you get your ideas is right up there at the top.
7. Our favorite words are not The End, they are, I want to buy your book.
8. For every ten words we write we delete six. We get goosebumps when we write the perfect sentence.
9. We are unable to watch a film with out analyzing t…

Superstition....or rules?

I know a lot of people tell me they don't believe in superstition. And if I ask you, you might say, "no, I don't believe in superstition." But are you telling me the truth?
Are you telling me that you have NEVER encountered a ladder and decided to go around it? Or did you walk under it? Do you know someone who has broken a mirror? Or have you broken a mirror? What about a black cat? I don't even have to tell you the superstition on a black cat...I bet you know it.
Growing up my granny told me a lot of superstition. As I got older, I just assumed they were rules, rules that EVERYONE lived by. I'll never forget the time I was at a new friends house eating dinner and the salt shaker was knocked over. Immediately I grabbed it and began to toss the salt over my shoulder. I'll never forget the look on my friend's family faces. They had no clue what I was doing.
Another time, at that same friend's house, I crawled into her window really late at night so her…