Bookshop Santa Cruz Zoom Forward

Hey everyone,


On July 3rd, I’ll be participating in a Zoom Forward event sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz. The reading will feature selected writers from Santa Cruz Women of Mystery. The series is designed to bring public readings back to life through the use of Zoom. I’ll be reading a chapter from Due Date, the first book in the Shelby McDougall series. I’m delighted and honored to be part of the reading. The other authors you’ll hear from –Mary Feliz, Mary Flodin, Vinnie Hansen, Katherine Bolger Hyde, Nancy Lynn Jarvis, Leslie Karst, and Christina Waters — are amazing writers with amazing stories.

Here’s some more about the event: It’s at 5 pm PST on Friday, July 3. The Zoom room will open at 4:30, so come early in case you have technical difficulties. If you need assistance, send an email to or To subscribe directly to the Santa Cruz Writes email list, which will provide you with weekly announcements for upcoming readings, use where you will be sent a link to JOIN MEETING on Friday. I hear that the series has been well attended, and has hosted many amazing writers writing in a variety of genres.

Hope to see you then!



News Flash!

Hey everyone,

I wanted to let you know that as of today, August 16th, the price of Due Date has dropped to 99 cents. It will be on sale until September 16th. This is a great bargain; the price is usually $4.99.  It’s a popular read; holding at 4.2 stars on Amazon, with just over 120 reviews. If you’ve been wanting to give it a try, now’s your chance!


Get it now from Paper Angel Press or Amazon.

And, starting today, you can pre-order The Stork, the second book in the Shelby McDougall series. It will officially go on sale on September 1, but it’s now available for pre-order. Reviews are coming in strong, with a 4.8 rating on 15 reviews. Check it out on the Paper Angel Press.

The Stork (website)

Shelby McDougall’s past is behind her. Almost.

It’s been five and a half years since Shelby put her infant twins up for adoption, and she’s finally on track. Back in Santa Cruz, California, she’s sharing an apartment with her brother, Dexter, and in her second year of criminal justice studies. She’s landed her dream job as an intern to local P.I. Kathleen Bennett. And her stone-cold love life is heating up.

Then a late-night phone call puts Shelby’s perfectly ordered life into a tailspin.

One of the twins has been kidnapped, snatched from home in the middle of the night. There are no witnesses–no clues, no trails to follow. After meeting the family, Shelby knows something is off. The adoptive parents tell her the children don’t sleep, they eat constantly, and their IQs are off the charts. Against her better judgment, Shelby agrees to help. 

By the time she realizes she’s up against something powerful, something evil, it’s almost too late. As Shelby fights for her life, and that of the kidnapped child, she discovers  shocking truths about herself and the children. 

That’s it for today!

Until next time,


Plots & Schemes, Vol 2.

Hey everyone,

I want to let you know about Plots & Schemes, Vol 2, a mystery and suspense anthology from Solstice Publishing.  A good mystery will keep the reader engaged in the story while they’re also trying to figure out who done it. Solstice Publishing brings you ten mysteries by nine talented authors that will have you panting for more. Enjoy these stories!

“For me, time is the greatest mystery of all. The fact is that we’re dreaming all the time. That’s what really gets me. We have a fathomless lake of unconsciousness just beneath our skulls.”
–Anthony Hopkins

Plots & Schemes Vol. 2


Print book:

Book Trailer:

A hunter mistakes a woman for a wild turkey. A tragic accident… or murder?

Who killed library patron, Mr. Small?

Escaping violence doesn’t mean you won’t get away!

To the edge of Heaven and back!

With friends like these…

Two high school teachers become vigilantes.

Surprising mysteries lie behind Walt’s death.

Just another unusual day at Farstone Town.

Come on over to Tough Luck Lounge and relax in a Tiki Bar!

For nearly a hundred years, no one knew the truth.

Ten tales by nine talented authors will take you through mysteries of all sorts. Join with Susan Lynn Solomon, Debbie De Louise, Johnny Gunn, Jeffery Martin Botzenhart, Jack Adler, E.B. Sullivan, Palvi Sharma, Lois Crockett, and K.C. Sprayberry for Plots & Schemes Vol 2.