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“Traveling in Mystery” Review

Many thanks to Sherry Fundin at Fundinmentals for her review of “Pea Body”:

If you are looking for an adventure, Pea Body by Ellen Behrens, is a fun and entertaining cozy mystery that shares the wonders of nature, the characters of a small, seasonal coastal town on the outerbanks of North Carolina, the danger of greed in the hands of those that will do anything to get what they want and the freedom and drawbacks of a home on wheels.

You can read her full review here.

And there’s a review of Yuma Baby in the current issue of Escapees magazine (for those of you who are Escapees members) — I’m bravely letting you know about it, not having seen Marcella Gauthier’s review yet….!

Would love to¬† know what you think of either book — and where you’d like to see Walt and Betty land next!

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What’s Going On?

A lot. That’s what’s going on. But it’s not showing up on either blog (although the Bob and Ellen’s Great RV Adventure Blog sees many more posts than this one…

In the meantime, I’m guest blogging at Motive Means Opportunity, where you can see my latest post, “The Murderer I Knew,” as well as previous guest posts, “Small Glimpses,” and “Conventions Exist for Good Reason.” It’s great fun writing for MMO, where excellent mystery writers converge to share “behind the scenes” details and how-to advice.

And I’m reading a lot. If you’re at all curious about what a writer reads to fill the writing soul, follow any of the authors you enjoy reading via Goodreads.

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I’ve just finished some different novels and posted my reviews on Goodreads.

First, I can’t get enough of Mac McClellan, reluctant PI, brainchild (literally) of author E. Michael Helms. “Deadly Spirits” is the fourth in the series, and I’ve read every one. They’re each unique yet familiar and though you could start with any of of them, the over-arching story of Mac’s plunge into PI work, his relationship with Kate, and other bits and pieces will make more sense if you start with “Deadly Catch.” They’re all terrific!

One of the most unique storytelling I’ve read lately is coming from an author from my home state of Ohio. Cher Bibler is a former bookstore owner, band member (with her son), writes music, poetry, and fiction. On the surface, you might think you know where her stories are going. But you’d be wrong. Start with either stand-alone book. “About Irene” isn’t just one of those fantasy concepts about what dolls might be like if they came to life — it’s much more than that. And if you think you’ve read every take on a certain classic Christmas story, think again and read “Five Christmases.” It will change how you see some of our routine holiday traditions, I promise.

If you love a good yarn featuring a sassy female main character, you should pick up Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I started with her first (“One for the Money”) and despite other readers who find Stephanie a “marshmallow” and Evanovich’s writing icky, I’ve loved every one of the books in the series. I’m reading them in order which is the best way to get the full impact of Stephanie’s transition into and growth in bounty hunting. Here’s my review of “Seven Up.”

The other book I just read and reviewed was one I discovered via the Motive Means Opportunity blog. “A River to Die For” is the fifth in Radine Trees Nehring’s “To Die For” series, and I jumped into the middle of this series because camping was involved. Here’s my review for it on Goodreads.

What have you read lately?

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Guest Blogging!

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I am honored to have been invited to post guest blogs at MotiveMeansOpportunity — a fantastic, info-filled, insight-laden blog that E. Michael Helms, Kait Carson, and Max Everhart formed awhile back. It’s a thrill to be in their company, as well as many other fabulous mystery writers!

Yep… could explain why I haven’t posted here as much, eh?

My latest post for MMO is now online! Click to read about how the small glimpses we get on the road feed my writing.

And if you missed my debut at MMO, you can read it here.

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Write Where? Right There!

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Being a full-time RVer and traveling the country means I’ve been able to experience some amazing places, meet fascinating people, and store up enough ideas for my writing for a few lifetimes.

When these sorts of places are right outside the door — it’s hard to sit down to write.

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Every town we pass through conjures at least one story idea. Every RV park delivers at least a half-dozen more. Continue reading “Write Where? Right There!”

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Where in the World…

…has this blog gone? Why such a long silence? What have we been up to?

As my southern dad used to say, “A little of this, a little of that.” We’ve been here and we’ve been there. Most people don’t move from home to home very often. As full-time RVers, we’re moving all the time. Just this spring we drove through five states in one day to move our “house” from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.*

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Unexpected Twists

Have you heard this one?

How many mystery writers does it take to change a light bulb?

Two. One to screw it in, the other to give it a surprising twist at the end.

Life is like that, too. We think we’re headed down the right road when we realize we’ve made a wrong turn. And because my husband and I live and travel in our RV, we’ve made many wrong turns. The best wrong turns (oh, yeah — there are good ones and bad ones and downright awful ones) deliver up the kinds of unexpected experiences that usually become the best memories.

Sometimes it’s something small. Like a day this past spring, on our way from Boise to Nampa on the back roads, when we made a wrong turn. We found ourselves driving alongside a river, always nice.

And then: Continue reading “Unexpected Twists”