Monday, December 18, 2017

New Jamie Quinn audio-book and a fun cat blog! :-)

The holidays are upon us and my to-do list keeps growing--just like my waistline! Gulp! Is it a coincidence that holiday and hectic both start with "H"? Just like harried and hey, what's the deal with all this traffic? But happy also starts with H and I'm happy to spend time with family and friends, and happy to have all of you. 
I'm also happy to tell you that my 4th Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery, "Engaged in Danger" is finally available as an audio-book, hooray! The wonderful voice of talented Fay Annette gives life to each and every character. If anyone would like a download code, I have some to give away. Just message me. J

Finally, I'm happy to share with you a fun blog called "Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles--Cats in History, Mystery & Culture".  Our own Mr. Paws, a/k/a Mr. Pain in the Ass earned us a review of the Jamie Quinn box set in this fun blog. A must-read for cat lovers!  Check it out here:  

And next year will see the release of Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery #6, "Villainy at Vizcaya". I'll be sure to keep you posted on that. Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

What would you do for a Klondike Bar? :-)

I think we could all use a laugh at least once a day, so here's your Thursday laugh:

Then ask yourself, what would YOU do for a Klondike Bar? :-D

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holidays for Everyone! :-)

Great news! You don't have to wait until December 23rd for "Festivus for the rest of us", you have plenty to celebrate right now. According to the website, there are tons of holidays in December. There are some fun ones and I think we all could use some fun right about now.  Here are some of my faves.

December 5 is The Day of the Ninja, a day to honor and celebrate the masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan. This unofficial holiday was created in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai.
How to Celebrate?
§  Watch ninja movies or have a Teenage Mutant Ninja marathon.
§  Have a ninja themed party.
§  Go to work dressed as a ninja
Did You Know…
…that contrary to popular belief, ninjas were not all men? Women ninjas were known as Kunoichi.

December 8 is Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
How to Celebrate?
§  Watch your favorite time traveling movies and shows (Dr. Who, anyone?)
§  Host a blast from the past party. Choose an era and base the party around the clothing, food and language of that period.
§  Walk around dressed like someone from the past or the future. People will think you're cool, I swear!

December 12 is Gingerbread House Day This unofficial holiday celebrates the tradition of making houses and architectural models out of gingerbread cookies. The tradition can be traced back to the 1600s.

How to Celebrate?

§  Make your own gingerbread house. Maybe try and recreate a architectural landmark with gingerbread.
§  Hold a gingerbread house competition  

Did You Know…

….that according the Guinness Book of World Records, the World’s largest gingerbread house was made in 2013 by the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. The house was 60 ft  long and 10.1 ft tall. My kind of house!

December 17 is Wright Brothers Day and recognizes the first time Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled aircraft in 1903.The day has been observed nationally since 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation declaring December 17 as Wright Brothers Day.

How to Celebrate?

§  Read more about the history of aviation
§  Visit your local aviation museum  
§  If you have always wanted to learn how to fly, why not start lessons on this day?
§  Catch a plane home for the holidays and marvel at the fact that you don't have to travel by steam locomotive or covered wagon.

December 30 is Bicarbonate of Soda Day. Used in baking, cleaning, polishing silver and treating heartburn, bicarbonate of soda was used by ancient Egyptians for painting. Its scientific name is sodium hydrogen carbonate but it is known by many other names around the world. Some of the common ones are baking soda, cooking soda and bread soda.
How to Celebrate?
§  Learn about the history of the manufacturing and use of baking soda.
§  Learn what other things you can use baking soda for.

§  Build a baking soda and vinegar volcano at home!

Happy December to all!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Too late for Halloween, but still creepy...

I was out of the country for Halloween. No cute trick-or-treaters, scary movies, or leftover candy for me--I missed it all. For someone who used to throw the most awesome Halloween parties in the neighborhood, it was tough. Even worse, by the time I came home, everyone was in full Thanksgiving mode. I felt cheated. My annual trip down spooky lane, a pillowcase filled with sticky candy, was just a fleeting memory. You may not know this, but every Halloween, three witches gather around their cauldron and mix a strange brew: Adrenalin to make our hearts race and endorphins to put a smile on our face. It gets us through the year

So here it is, a little late, a creepy video for Halloween: The Joker Journal. 

Don't watch it if you're all alone.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A great blog for Cozy Mystery lovers! :-)

If you're a cozy mystery lover, then have I got a blog for you! Not only is this blog a feast for the eyes with its gorgeous hues of purple and lilac, it is a cornucopia of cozy mystery reviews. The thoughtful well-written reviews are also organized into helpful sub-categories:

And I would be remiss if I didn't let you know that this blog reviews other books as well: horror, romance, thriller and non-fiction.

Thanks, Gin, for reviewing my cozy mystery, "Death by Didgeridoo", and for writing such a lovely blog for all of us to enjoy. :-)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Check out my "Recipe for Success" in In D'Tale Magazine!

I'm happy to report that my latest article, "Recipe for Success", appears in the October edition of "In D'tale Magazine", a wonderful online publication. Check it out here:

Monday, October 2, 2017

The 2017 Golden Doughnut Short Story Contest :-)

Have you ever tried writing a story in just 200 words? It's not easy, since you have to introduce at least one character, set the scene, and make something interesting happen. It's a great exercise and better than a crossword puzzle for sharpening your mind! 

"The Golden Doughnut" is a short story contest where each 200 word entry must be based on the photograph provided. This year's contest was judged by Craig Johnson, the bestselling author of the Longmire series and I'm excited to report that my story, "The Monster Within", made it to the top 12. Hooray! All 12 stories are worth the read and, as I said, they are very short. 

Just in time for Halloween, here are the 12 creepy stories: