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Cover Reveal

Add Ax To Grind  to your Goodreads Southern Mystery Shelf here!
How adorable is this book cover? I think Henery Press publishers does such a great job with my Kenni Lowry Mystery Series!

Here is the blurb:
Bestselling author Berlye Stone, the most famous citizen to ever come out of Cottonwood, Kentucky, has died and put all her worldly possessions up for auction, but not without leaving one more manuscript behind. A hidden tell-all about Cottonwood that’s got more gossip than a ladies’ luncheon.

When Beryle’s assistant turns up with an ax in her back and the only witness is in a coma, Sheriff Kenni Lowry reckons someone in town will do anything to keep the manuscript from seeing the light of day. Her poppa’s ghost returns to help piece together the life of the Beryle he once knew, but his memory’s a little foggy, and any misstep could cause them a world of trouble. With the help of Deputy Finn Vincent, can Kenni sort through the secrets buried in Beryle’s books, or will this be her fi…


This week for baking class we had to bring a double layer cake that was already iced so we could go straight into decorating it.

I have a couple of friends who are taking the class with me. The instructor wants the icing to be stiff icing. Yep...there are levels to icing. <<<This is why I'm taking the class. Not that I'm going to teach my readers to make stiff icing but it might be something like this...

The thought of Carter being a murderer weighed heavily on my mind. With each turn  of the mixer, my mind swirled with possibilities that I might not be able to help my friend from himself from this one. I poured in another couple of teaspoons of water into the icing to thin it out a little bit. It was much to stiff to use on the vanilla bean cupcakes that Carter liked. I had to take the  perfect dessert to him....

Totally just made that up, but you get the idea....

One of my friends came over to to bake her cake and make our icing because we were going to use the same …

Happy 18th!!

I just can't believe that my baby is 18 years old today. He's a spitfire full of life and has never met a stranger. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!!!


I've always prided myself in being a GREAT multitasker! Is that a word?? It is now...
Anyways, I raised four boys, married, two dogs, a sweet Kitty Kappes, held down two jobs and kept a house (which involves all the cleaning and cooking and laundry and taxi service). I really took pride when people would say "I don't know how you do it."

I just did it and I never thought twice about it.

Now that I'm a weeeeee-bit older and almost empty nest, down to two dogs and only one job (writing), the house hold work has really slowed down, I can tell you that I'm not great at multitasking and I think back to that woman I was and think "how in the heck did I do that?"

My current work situation is editing three books. I've never ever had to do that. I've always written one book and edited it before I started a new one. Those were the beginning days of writing. I'm not complaining that I've got work. I'm beyond grateful, but three different bo…

The Last One

Y'all know I've got four boys. I guess you could call them men because the fourth, Jack, will turn 18 this week. The rest are in college and out of the house during the year.

If you've been following me for long, you've seen stacks of shoes by the door, food upon food all over the house, nerf wars, cars, cars, and more cars, not to mention all the sporting events I've attended over the past twenty years.

Those days are starting to really slow down. Cody plays college soccer. This is his last year and unfortunately, he has his fourth concussion. He's going to have to forfeit his last year. I'm saddened for him, but we all know that his health is way more important.

Jack is graduating from high school, but his transition to college has been much easier because he already goes to the local university two days a week and high school three days a week. He's also the manager of Northern Kentucky University basketball team. Not only do we have season tickets (…
Do you know who Dave Ramsey is? He's a financial guru who believes in being debt free.

In 2003, I went to one of his conferences and went through Financial Peace University. Since then, I've lived debt free except for my house mortgage, but not much left on that, so it's exciting!
When I first met Dave, his daughter, Rachel Cruz, was a teenager. Since then, she's started to work for him and travel around the US doing a Marriage and Money conference. She was coming to my church. There were only 2k tickets and I got a couple immediately. The place sold out.
Since I've loved Dave Ramsey, I wanted to go see his daughter even though I'd already done the program she was teaching. I ended up buying her book because I just think she's the cutest. 

So I'm reading her book, Love Your Life Not Theirs. 
What are you reading?

In Honor Of April

This week in baking class we had to bring a baked cake because we were going to work on icing and decorating using some of the methods we've learned.

The cake part is good for me. I can bake. It's the decorating and the knowledge that I need for research. If you don't know what research, I'm taking this baking class because I signed a new contract with Crooked Lane Publishing on the Southern Baking Mystery Series debuting in 2018.

I can bake and cook, but I don't know much about least not a few weeks ago.

I was amazed at the technique my teacher taught me on how to make the icing very smooth. Bounty paper towels and Viva. read that right! Once I got the icing on and around the cake using the rocking method with the spatula, you lay a Bounty paper towel on the iced cake and use a spatula to scrap over the paper towel. You pick the paper towel up and do it all over the cake and the sides. It makes the cake even but not without the Bounty pap…

Tidbit Tuesday

WOW! Last night my small group crafty group from church went to see The Shack.

I'd read the book and loved it. I'm always a little apprehensive about going to see a book made into a movie.

Dare I say that I loved the movie more?

Have you seen The Shack? What movie have you seen that was better than the book?

Weekend Round Up!

Gosh...the weekend flew by and it was filled with family, food, and fun.

I was so excited for the weekend. It's not only because it's Easter and I do love Easter, it's because all my little ducks were home!

Over the past week, Jack went on his last high school spring break with his friends. I don't ever recall being away from him over the past seventeen years for that long...even book signing events I'll come home for a night or day. Seven days is a long time not to see my baby. So it was so nice to have him home and safe.

Austin came home for the weekend. I told him that he didn't have to, but he told me that he wanted to come home for Easter and see his family. My heart melted and he used that opportunity to have me take him shopping!!

Brady was off work, since he's still living at home and going to college, we rarely see him because he works so much.

Cody came home for the day and he was able to show off all the fun photos he took on his trip to Spain la…

Rereading the Written

I'm not going to lie to you. After I write a book and it's been sent off for the  final edits and approval, I kinda. . .well I do forget about it until it comes out. That can be two years from then.

I know my characters and the  basic plot, but I forget about the little details. The little details like the ghost cat at the end of A Ghostly Mortality. When I get a ton of emails about how excited they are about the cat, I have to admit that I wonder what cat?

Ah, oh! I better re-read what I wrote and what was published. . .

So I'm rereading A Ghostly Mortality because it's time to start writing that seventh book if I'm going to get it turned in on time!

What are you reading?

Easter and the Derby?

Easter is in April and the Derby is in May! But here in Kentucky and the south, we don't have Easter without the Derby pie!

Kentucky Derby Pie
(from my mama~Linda Lowry)
My mama’s Derby Pie is smack your mama good! It’s a southern pie with walnuts and chocolate chips. You can use pecans in substitute for the walnuts, but I really like my walnuts!

Ingredients: ½ cup melted butter
1 cup sugar ½ cup flour 2 beaten eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¾ cup Walnuts or pecans (your choice not both!) ¾ cup chocolate chips (or more if you really want it gooey!)
Directions Mix in the order that’s written under the ingredients. This is very important. Pour the mixture into an unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Enjoy this amazing video of an artist decorating eggs. 

Happy happy Easter!!

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Want some more southern fun? Check out the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series and the special Kenni Lowry Mystery Series website where you can meet the …

Pulling Out The Totes

The weather in Kentucky has been warming up and up. We got from 38 to 70 degrees in a 24 hour period.

The winter to spring the strangest season change. Then we have spring for about ten minutes (really a week) until we get summer temps. I'm not complaining at all. I love writing outside. In fact, it's my most creative time of the year. I love the vivid bright colors of the outside and the bright  sun. It's so lifting to my spirit.

This week, our temps are staying in the late 60's, which is pretty great. I can wear long pants and short sleeves outside while I work. This means one thing though...dragging out my spring and summer totes of clothes and putting away my fall/winter clothes.

I'm one of those. Even though I have a walk-in closest with a dresser in and bench in it, I love to  change out my wardrobe. I love to open the totes and one at a time look at them and decide if I want to keep it or give it away. Most of the time I will keep an item and do the if I don…

A Vicious Cycle

I love to read. I really do.
There's just one problem...
When I'm deep in writing the first draft of a book, I not only feel guilty about stopping my work to read, but I can't get into someone else's book without thinking about mine.

It's a bad situation for me. I will read another author's mystery and scratch my head wondering why they didn't do something this way or that. I critique the writing more than enjoying the story. Or I'll critique my work and feel so inadequate thinking how much better their story is than mine.

It's a vicious cycle!

Do y'all read for enjoyment? Or do you critique the writer's work as you go?

And they're off....

WOW! I had a super busy weekend. It was filled with fun and fear!  On Saturday our son Austin was in charge of his fraternity alumni/parent weekend at Keeneland Racetrack.

Now...y'all know I love horse racing and Keeneland. I grew up going to the races and Keeneland is literally fifteen minutes from my childhood home. Friends of my family started Keeneland and still own it today. So...I'm pretty at home there. 
It was opening weekend, which meant there were probably around 40k people there. 40,000 PEOPLE!!! 

(These little jockeys are so cute. They have the names of winners on their little boards.) 
The food line is 1 1/2 hours long to stand in...not to mention the bathroom. You don't think that sounds like fun?? It is! We get there and tailgate on "The Hill." It's the cute name for the grassy area on Keeneland where you can tailgate all day long and never see a horse. But it's the thrill and inside that I love. 
There are two races an hour so there's …

Reading is Fun Friday

A few months ago I realized I hadn't been reading as much as I should. I spend so  much time writing and  working that I let that side of this business fall short. I truly missed it and felt like a part of me was missing.

It was then that I knew that I had to join a book club that catered to the books that I like to read. Cozy Mystery....duh!!! By joining a book club, I'd be more accountable to read and force myself to make time for me, which is hard for me sometimes.

I looked around and didn't find anything to fit my needs so I decided to do my own thing. I've got a lot of friends on Facebook and I knew they loved reading cozy I started a Cozy Mystery only book club.

We suggest and vote on ONE book per month. If we can, we invite the author to come join us. We also suggest and vote on a day and time of the month that's good to meet online to discuss the book.

It's been so much fun. I had no idea how much interaction an online book club would go…


Oh my oh my...
Last year my agent called me in November and asked me if I would be interested in writing a veterinarian cozy mystery because she'd been approached by the publisher. I jumped at the chance because I love animals!

After a couple of hours and a fresh murder mystery series in my head, she called back and said to scratch that idea because they had a better one for me...SOUTHERN BAKING MYSTERY SERIES.

Southern, check! Baking....oh no....

Okay. I can bake. I just can't decorate. No joke! I'm the one with the chocolate cake that is supposed to have white icing and the cake has mixed in with  the  icing when I'm spreading the icing so it looks gross.

The publisher loves my southern voice and as we all know we southerners love food, especially our sweets.

Fear ran through me as I stepped out of my comfort zone and tip-toed (not jumped) at the chance to write the series. The reason I agreed to  it was to go outside of my comfort zone and learn something new.


Not So Crafty

I've always considered myself to have a lot of friends. I have four boys who played all sorts of sports and I went to every single game. It was a lot of fun hanging out with the parents and the occasional after game dinners out.

We got to know each other's family so well. Even extended family.  Last fall I found myself in a really strange place. Very few friends! Why? Now I had three of my four kids in college, and Jack is the last at home. Brady lives at home, but he goes to the community college and works so we rarely see him. But Jack is the only one left. He doesn't play any sports but he's the sports manager at the high school and its a job. He gets paid. Plus he's a dual credit student which means that he's in college part-time of the week at Northern Kentucky University. 
With no kids playing a sport, all those "friends" are pretty much no longer. We text back and forth and say we're going to get together. We say that. Here's the thing,…

Happy happy release day!

 Get your copy here!!
Download your copy of the Scavenger Hunt to play along!
Can you believe it? Southern Fried is here!! It's seems like so long since I wrote the  second book in the series. In fact, I'm currently editing the fourth book in the series, Ax To Grind, and just turned in the fifth book of the series. 
I'm visiting Cottonwood on a daily basis. It's a lot of fun to hang out with characters that I love. 
Have you ever done a Scavenger Hunt in a book? It's so much fun. I asked readers to send me items that have meaning in their life. I picked a few of them and sprinkled them in the novel. Now the pdf of those items is ready to be downloaded and you can play along! 
Have you ever done a scavenger hunt? 

Weekend Round Up

There is one thing that I know for sure about this whole writing gig is that I love to connect with readers. I've had to pleasure of meeting some of y'all in person and I'm sure you'd be able to say that when we met (in person), it was like we'd been friends for years. And to think that it all started on line!

I've been on so many deadlines that I found myself among the non-friendship lane when I dragged my head out of the writing cave. I've missed my daily blog and all the fun that interacting with y'all has brought me.

Over the weekend, I asked my FREE Facebook Cozy Krew Group (join here!!!) what themes they'd like to see on a blog and it was so much fun reading them!

Monday: Weekend Round Up
Tuesday: Crazy Weekly Theme

I'll start off by telling y'all about our weekend. I usually don't write on the weekends because I've got other writing business things to do that I just don't want to do during the …