Music plays a big role in my stories. It can fuel ideas, alter them, and bolster me to get on with things when I’m dragging my heels. But going back and listening to songs associated with different books can also be a bit enlightening. Especially when it comes to the mood of that book. The third book in The Birthright series, Descent, is a good example of that. Reviewing the songs that played a role in developing that book, it’s clear the mood is more hopeful in comparison to Marked (book two), where Rosamund was really struggling. In Descent, she’s […]
This story features characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. How much more determination would it take to get that dog to do what Belinda wanted? “Pull the cart, you big oaf,” she said with hands on hips to the sad-eyed beast who panted up at her. The shaggy brown and black dog was hitched up to a lightweight wooden cart filled with cupcakes. Belinda was experimenting with an idea for a party Cake Diva was catering. Her cousin’s friend had even agreed to lend her dog for the job. But it would only work if Rixton cooperated. A breeze […]
Congrats to Rachael C. for winning The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries Bundle! And thanks to everyone who entered! Rachael C. is also the winner of the Grand Prize this year! In 2nd place is Jeanna S. Congrats!
Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, where you’ll find recipes, gardening tips, and, of course, prizes! This year’s Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire or Nook with a 2nd prize of a $25 gift card. And each author is giving away a prize as well! Right on my blog, you can enter to win a Belinda & Bennett Mysteries Ebook Bundle. It includes Auf’d, Drive-Bye, and Overkill – books two through four of the series! (If you’re new to the series, you can download the first book free.) On to the details! How to Win The Grand Prize To […]
A short story featuring characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. The first thing Belinda did after her twin brother, Kyle, left was clean his room top to bottom. He’d taken most of his possessions with him on his sailing excursion to Australia, so his bedroom was as stripped down as it was going to get. No clothes on the floor. No change splattered on top of the dresser. No bed linens sagging off one corner. It was the perfect time to deep clean. After stripping the bed, Belinda threw open the windows that faced the side of the driveway. […]
Book series go by fast. It’s hard for me to believe we’re already into book three of The Birthright series. On some level, I feel like I just started working on it. (I know I said this already about book five of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, but it is true.) But I’m excited to bring you book three as Rosamund’s story ramps up. What can you expect in the pages of this installment? Three things jump out at me that I think readers will enjoy. (Minor spoilers!) More Trent! (That’s hard not to like. 😉 ) More details about […]
One of the most thrilling parts of writing a book is when you get THAT idea. The one that gives you butterflies all over the place and makes you want to drop everything and start writing. And when you’re writing a series, this feeling can be especially important to keep the romance alive for your characters and setting and, well, for you. Going into the fifth book of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, I knew I wanted to take a different approach to keep it fresh for readers and for me. In the end, two main things became inspiration for […]