Tag: cozy mysteries

Cakewalk (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Cakewalk (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

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 […]

Clean Break (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Clean Break (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

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. […]

Behind-the-Book: The Inspiration for Misfortune

Behind-the-Book: The Inspiration for Misfortune

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 […]

14 Fun Short Stories

14 Fun Short Stories

Sometimes when I’m working on one of my books, I’ll get ideas that are cute or fun or interesting, but they don’t fit in the context of a book. And almost every week, my sister and I do a writing exercise together. These regular practice sessions keep my writing gears nimble, and sometimes produce ideas I can use in a book, but a lot of the time it’s just for fun. So partly for those reasons, I started taking some of those snippets and character moments and fleshed them out into short stories. It was something fun to post on my blog for readers and for me! The number […]

Misfortune Cover Reveal

Misfortune Cover Reveal

Today is the official unveiling of the cover for Misfortune (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book Five)! Release day is October 18, but you can pre-order Misfortune now on Amazon, iBookstore, B&N, and Kobo. Thanks to all the bloggers who participated in the cover reveal! You can see the full list over at CLP Blog Tours. If you’re new to The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, you can start the series for free on Amazon, iBookstore, B&N, and Kobo!

New Belinda & Bennett Release!

New Belinda & Bennett Release!

When Belinda’s grandmother is involved, trouble seems to find Belinda, doesn’t it? This new Belinda & Bennett mini mystery is no exception, especially since Madame Russo is the client! As Belinda and Bennett try to unfurl an alleged theft, misadventure is sure to find them. Two to Tango is available now on Amazon, iBookstore, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords. Plus, Misfortune, book five of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, is now available to pre-order on iBookstore, B&N, and Kobo! And watch for it on Amazon in a few weeks. To learn about new releases without leaving your inbox, join my email […]

Service With A Smile (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Service With A Smile (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

This story features characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, a cozy mystery book series. In this story, Madame Russo is Belinda’s…client?   Belinda gazed down at the fragile cupcake of hope. With trembling fingers, she carefully removed it from the pastry box, peeled off the wrapper, and set it down on a white china dessert plate. She hadn’t taken any chances in presentation that day. If this was going to work, everything had to be good enough for a queen. Or her grandmother. Actually, Belinda thought serving a queen might be less stressful. She’d barely slept the night before […]