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Dead in a Park: Leah Norwood Mystery #2 and Giveaway


Dead in a Park is the second Leah Norwood mystery. I really don't know where I got the idea for this story. I just knew Leah was going to be involved with a mystery that had something to do with a ring. The story wasn’t too hard to write, but I didn’t have any idea of the ending until I got there. I think it’s a fun book. When Leah Norwood finds the body of Donald Collins in the city park, she doesn’t know he is a distant relative. Young Donnie was a jewel thief and a career criminal. Hidden in the lining of his suit jacket was an exact replica of a ring that has been in Leah’s family for over a hundred years. After her home is burglarized, the sexy chief of police is convinced the ruby ring...
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Dead in a Dumpster Giveaway

I’m giving away a Dead in a Dumpster Gift Pack which will include a copy of the book, a tote bag, a bookmark, and a magnet. If you haven’t read the previous blog post that has the flip cards, you will need the answer from one of them to enter the giveaway. Here’s the link to the flip cards: https://www.playbuzz.com/blqojz10/leah-norwood-trivia Giveaway: By providing your information you are agreeing to be added to my mailing list. This is MANDATORY for any entry. It is free and you may unsubscribe at any time; however, you must be on my list or eligible to be added to the list at the time of the selection of the winner. If you have been on the mailing list in the past and unsubscribed, I may...
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My Leah Norwood Mysteries

The first three books I self-published were category romance. Simple and sweet is what I called them. Boy meets girl, they get together, break up, and get back together to live happily ever after. There is something comforting about these types of books. Sometimes, I want to simply escape from reality for a little while and read something easy and pleasant. That is what I tried to write with the Holton Romance Series. It was long though that other ideas intruded. I have read a lot of cozy mysteries. They usually have some type of theme. A knitting club (yarn store), a book club (book store), a tea shop…and so on. I really didn’t have quite that, but I had an idea for a woman who loved to rea...
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Mystery Books

When I was 11 or 12, I had trouble finding something to read. I had outgrown the Nancy Drew/Dana Girls books but wasn’t ready for anything very advanced. This was the early seventies. No Harry Potter or Artimus Fowl. My mother tried to find me something that I could read. She gave me a copy of a regency mystery. She thought it was “soft” enough to work. I can’t remember the name of the book, but I couldn’t finish it. It scared me. I wish now I knew the name. I’m sure it’s not frightening at all. By the time I reached high school, I was reading a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, John Le Carre. My love for mysteries has continued all through my life. I go through pha...
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Happy Valentine's Day


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Giveaway - Holton Series Bookmark and Magnet


My next giveaway is a Holton Series Bookmark and Magnet. Sorry, everyone, I can't giveaway gift cards every time - I'd go broke! 😊 Giveaway: By providing your information you are agreeing to be added to my mailing list. This is MANDATORY for any entry. It is free and you may unsubscribe at any time; however, you must be on my list or eligible to be added to the list at the time of the selection of the winner. If you have been on the mailing list in the past and unsubscribed, I may not add you again. In that case, the only way you will be eligible to win the prize is to voluntarily sign up for my mailing list. To do so, please visit http://www.blblair.com/connect.html and complete the form. a...
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Forgive Me – Ideal Vacation Destination Quiz

So far my anniversary month celebration has been about the first two books I self-published, Convince Me and Notice Me. As the month goes on, I will be talking about the other books I’ve written. There are two other books in the Holton Series, Trust Me and Forgive Me. When I originally started writing this series, I had thought I could write as many books as I wanted. They would all be centered around a small town in Texas where all the characters interact. The first book was about Steven Carson, and the second book was about his sister, Victoria, and best friend, Andrew. Steven and Tori have a brother, Mitch, who is the focus of Forgive Me. Trust Me is just a little different. It’s not abou...
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Notice Me Facebook Party


Notice Me: Holton Series #2 was published five years ago today. Please join me for a Facebook Party from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. central time to celebrate.  Notice Me Facebook Party:  https://www.facebook.com/events/930366307140040/ Andrew Moore has always thought of Victoria as family. She is his best friend’s little sister and his little sister’s best friend, but recently something has changed. Andrew is thinking about Victoria in a completely different way. She will never fit into his quiet, conservative world. They are too different to have a future together, but he cannot stop noticing her. Victoria Carson has been in love with Andrew since her sixteenth birthday, but Andrew never notice...
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Greatest Romance Book

I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. My mother was a veracious reader. She didn’t graduate from high school, but she loved to read. She would buy me books whenever we had a little extra money. Like a lot of kids, I started out with the traditional books like Charlotte’s Web, Black Beauty, and Nancy Drew. I only read a few Nancy Drew books. I actually preferred the Dana Girls. Do any of you remember them? As I grew older my tastes changed and I started reading romance novels. I had a lot of Harlequin Romance books in my home. I can’t remember the first true romance novel I read, but I’m sure it was from Harlequin. When I began writing, I was still interested in and reading a lot o...
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Convince Me Facebook Party


Thank you to everyone who attended my Facebook Anniversary party for Convince Me: Holton Series #1. It was a blast. Congratulations to the winners: $5 Amazon gift card – Marty $10 Amazon gift card – Suzannah Paperback copy of Convince Me – Julie eCopy of Convince Me and $10 Amazon gift card – Lynn I have another Facebook party for the anniversary of Notice Me: Holton Series #2 coming up this Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. CST. I would love to have you join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/930366307140040 Original link
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Convince Me Anniversary


Convince Me: Holton Series #1 was published five years ago today. Please join me for a Facebook Party from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. central time to celebrate. I’m trying not to interfere too much with the Super Bowl. J Convince Me Facebook Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/413119905775445/ Anna is afraid of love, but Steven changes everything. Anna West just wants to start over in a new town far away from her past. The only child of a mixed race couple, Anna learned about the ugly side of human behavior at an early age. After watching her abusive father mistreat her mother, Anna knows that love is not for her. Steven Carson has always known what he wanted, and from the moment he saw her, ...
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First Writing/Publishing Attempt

I am claiming February 2013 as the date I published for the first time, but it’s not exactlytrue. It is the date I self-published my first book but not the first time I published period. Like a lot of people, I wrote stories and poems in high school and college. They were bad-really bad. Of course, I didn’t think so at the time so I decided to see if I could get one of the poems published. I found an ad in the back of a magazine. It offered to publish your poem in an anthology. You had to submit your poem, and if selected, you would be one of the entries in the book. Here’s the catch – there was an entry fee. I don’t remember how much, but it wasn’t outrageous because the real catch was that...
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Author Anniversary Month

On February 4, 2013, I self-published my first book, Convince Me. It’s been a bumping road with lots of ups and downs. I’ve cried both with joy and sadness. I’ve made new friends and maybe an enemy or two. And I’ve loved every minute of it. To celebrate my fifth year as an author, I will be hosting giveaways, puzzles, polls, and more. I hope you will join me for the fun. I will be having a Facebook Party on February 4 and another on February 9 to celebrate the actual release date of my first two books. If you have time, please stop by. There will be party favors. Convince Me Facebook Party Notice Me Facebook Party So here’s the first giveaway. You have to work for it. Follow the link below t...
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12 Animals that Mate for Life

I saw this title on Yahoo and was intrigued. My Lost and Found Pets series, of course, has a lot of animals in it. Most are more common pets – dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, etc. None of those animals mate for life, but there are some that do. I think most people are aware of wolves and the birds (swans, bald eagles, penguins), but I was surprised about a few of the others. Beavers. I don’t know why this one surprised me, but it did. French Angelfish. I would have never thought about fish. Shingleback Skink. I hadn’t even heard of this animal. It’s a lizard. Termites. This one really surprised me. I would have thought they would be more like ants. Anyway, it was an interesting read for me. Her...
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Classic Mystery Movie Challenge – Dial M for Murder


Instead of a book challenge, I’m doing a classic mystery movie challenge. It’s going to be small-only one movie a month. January was Dial M for Murder. About the movie: Academy Award winners Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star with Robert Cummings in one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest thrillers--Dial M for Murder. When playboy tennis pro Tony Wendice discovers his rich wife, Margot, is having an affair with handsome American Mark Halliday, he devises an ingenious plot to murder her. But when his scheme takes an unexpected, deadly twist, Tony improvises—implicating Margot for first degree murder in this classic spellbinder. My thoughts: I knew I had seen parts of this movie. The scene where Marg...
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25 Things about my Sleuth by Heather Weidner


I am happy to have Heather Weidner guest posting on my blog. She is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald mysteries. I was lucking enough to work with Heather as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways in December. 25 Things about my Sleuth – Delanie Fitzgerald of Falcon Investigations Thank you so much for letting me visit your blog today. I write mystery novels and short stories. The Tulip Shirt Murders is the second in the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series. She is a private investigator who lives in Central Virginia. Delanie first appeared in Secret Lives and Private Eyes. Delanie is a redhead like 1-2% of the human population. She has grit, determination, and a spunky spirit.She drives...
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Which classic movie is best?

Last week I mentioned that instead of doing a book challenge this year I was going to do a Classic Mystery Movie challenge. I have already picked out the first four movies I’m going to watch. I’ve probably seen them at some point in my life, but I can’t remember them well enough to discuss. That is why I decided on this challenge. I’ve picked six movies that are on almost all the classics lists. Which do you think is best? (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Original link
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It’s the little things…

It’s the little things…that add up. I had a crazy week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The past few weeks have been better, but that week was tough. It was a lot of little things that added up to a frustrating and unpleasant week. Here’s the list of small but annoying incidences: Monday – Christmas Day Our electricity went out for about two minutes. Not a big deal, but it turned off the oven, and we didn’t realize it. Our Christmas meal was about an hour late. Our ATT router went out. We bundle so we had no WiFi, no TV, and no home phone. Of course, it was Christmas so no one could come fix until the next day. Tuesday I sometimes work from home especially if we are expecting some type ...
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The Mystery Section Blog

I’m hosting a new blog called The Mystery Section. It is dedicated to showcasing mystery books and their authors. Every two days, we feature one book. My goal is to give the book its own spotlight. I see so many blogs and Facebook pages that have tons of posts each day. It’s nice that these people are trying to help promote, but I feel like too many books get lost in all the content. The Mystery Section will have one book posted each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The book will be the only post on the blog and the top post on the Facebook page for two days. On Sundays, we will feature an Author of the Month with a little bit about an author, their books, and a Q&A session. I hope you will co...
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Classic Mystery Movie Challenge

I’m reading a book called, Dial P for Poison by Zara Keane, which was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder. Ms. Keane’s mystery series is called the Movie Club Mysteries. All the books are based on movies. It is an interesting and fun idea for a cozy. I’ve never seen Dial M For Murder. I know I’ve seen parts of it-classic scenes that show up on award shows or retrospectives, but I’ve never sat down and watched the whole thing. This time of year everyone is making (or by now breaking) New Year’s resolutions. The resolutions or challenges I’ve been seeing online are book related. Goodreads, LibraryThing, and similar sites all have challenges planned. I don’t do book challenges. I r...
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