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May 19, 2020

Excerpt taken from my newsletter: 


​Since you have opened my newsletter, it's safe to say that you probably have already subscribed (thank you!).  However, if you haven't or if you know a friend or family member who would enjoy reading it, please share.  Now through June 1, any new subscribers to my newsletter are automatically entered to win all four books in the Alexa Williams suspense series.

To enter, simply click on the following link to subscribe:

Only new subscribers qualify. Contest ends 06/01/2020. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on 06/02/2020. Must live in the continental U.S. and be 18 years or older.

May 12, 2020

Excerpt taken from my newsletter: 


​The Alexa Willliams suspense series was featured on the Sunbury Press blog earlier this year, but I didn't catch it as I was away. It's a nice summary of the series. If you're an Alexa fan, please share with your friends. 

!Read Sunbury's blog post here.

April 14, 2020

Excerpt taken from my newsletter: 

Thanks for everyone who downloaded your free copy of Dead of Autumn Easter weekend. It was the #1 most downloaded book in Sunbury's Easter eBook Giveaway.  If you liked Dead of Autumn, try the other four books in the Alexa Williams suspense series. They are also available in Kindle version on Amazon or in print wherever books are sold/ordered.

April 10, 2020

Excerpt taken from my newsletter: 

A few days ago, I re-read T.S. Eliot's poem, The Wasteland, which opens with the line:

"April is the cruellest month." 

Eliot wrote his classic of modernist poetry in the aftermath of World War I, when Europe and America were reeling from death and destruction. I fear that Eliot's words may again be all too apt for the April we're facing today -- although the battle is against an enemy that's unseen until after it attacks. I take hope from the fact that, when Eliot wrote The Wasteland, the world had survived. Battered and weary, but carrying on. And, the world will again survive Covid-19, despite devastating loss of life and an economic toll that will be felt far into the future.

During the rainy days ahead, both in Apr...

September 25, 2019

My husband and I spent most of August in Southern Africa. We love the outdoors, seeing animals in the wild, and the adventure of safaris so, for us, Africa is the perfect destination.  We’ve made several trips to East Africa and Southern Africa, but keep returning to the isolated wilds of Botswana.

This trip, we visited five different camps in three different regions: the watery Okavango Delta, the river-based Linyanti with its thousands of elephants, and the scenic Kalahari Plains. 

We also stayed at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.  Located on the Zambezi River, our camp nestled under huge ebony trees. One of its delights was that animals used the camp as a path to the river. That meant every time we stepped out our door, we had to be alert for the elephants, elands, and even a leopa...

March 1, 2019

Dear Readers,

It's only been a week, but so much has happened since the release of my fourth novel in the ​​Alexa

Williams suspense series, Dead of Winter.  The book has garnered a great amount of interest.  A big thanks to Whistlestop Bookshop for hosting the successful Dead of Winter Book Tour launch event.  They sold out!  I also wanted to pay respect to fellow thriller writers that have helped me spread the word about the book.

Thank you to...

Michael Niemann 

Susan Gourley

Jungle Red Writers with Hallie Ephron 

Dru's Book Musing

Elena Hartwell 

You can read their posts at the links provided above.  And please support their work as they are all wonderful writers.

If you're in Pittsburgh this week, come see me at the Mystery Lover's Bookshop in Oakmont, PA.  Look for more upcoming event...

December 14, 2018

Try this new read by fellow International Thriller Writer Carol Potenza with her debut, highly-acclaimed novel, Hearts of the Missing.  


When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. As the investigation unfolds, she uncovers a threat that strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Fire-Sky Native: victims chosen and murdered because of their genetic makeup. But these deaths are not just about a life taken. In a vengeful twist, the killer ensures the spirits of those targeted will wander forever, lost to their family, their People, and their ancestors. When those closest to Nicky are put in jeopardy, she must be willing to sacrifice everything—her career, her life, e...

December 3, 2018

Here's a new read published by fellow International Thriller Writer Nancy Bilyeau that could be a great read to cozy up to this holiday season.  Give it a try.


In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities. Fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest pieces and the secrets of their manufacture.

For Genevieve Planché, an English-born descendant of Huguenot refugees, porcelain holds far less allure; she wants to be an artist, a painter of international repute, but nobody takes the idea of a female artist seriously in London. If only she could reach Venice.

When Genevieve meets the charming Sir Gabriel Courtenay, he offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse; if she learns the secrets of porc...

November 25, 2018

I like to feature books from other authors in my blog.  This new book published by fellow International Thriller Writer Loretta Goldberg could be a great read to dive into this winter.  Give it a try.


Summer 1566. A glittering royal progress approaches Oxford. A golden age of prosperity, scientific advances, exploration and artistic magnificence. Elizabeth I’s Protestant government has much to celebrate.

But one young Catholic courtier isn’t cheering.

Conflicting passions—patriotism and religion—wage war in his heart. On this day, religion wins. Sir Edward Latham throws away his title, kin, and country to serve Catholic monarchs abroad.

But his wandering doesn’t quiet his soul, and when Europe’s religious wars threaten his beloved England and his family, patriotism prevails...

November 5, 2018

From time to time, I feature books from other authors.  This new book published by fellow International Thriller Writer Cynthia Kuhn could be right up your alley.  Give it a try.


English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical. But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, a...

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