Looking for some Halloween reading? Be sure to check out my last blog post!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Looking for a new cat mystery? Clean Simon has them in spades! I was quite impressed by her bio on Amazon, I’ll copy it down below for you. She is prolific, with lots of series (like someone else you might know.)

I am nearly finished reading Grey Dawn, book six in the Dulcie Schwartz Mysteries. I don’t think I have previously read any of the books in this series, but didn’t have any problem following the action or understanding the relationships and backstory. Simon weaves it all into the narrative naturally, so you don’t feel lost or inundated with facts.

I had to laugh at one of the reviews …


Infinity System

Jonathan Yanez

October 19, 2021

Hello Friends,

You may have heard, we're making a film and we want you to get involved!

The Infinity System is part space western, part Matrix and everything you love about storytelling.

To bring this story to the big screen we've partnered with an award-winning director, Matthew Charles Hall. Now we're looking to use Kickstarter to help fund our project.

If you're not familiar with Kickstarter you can go here to find out more

If you'd like to know more about the film, go here:

We'd love for you to be a part and have crafted what we hope you'll find as some really cool perks for helping from signed posters and DVDs to walk-on roles as extras in the film and even prop…


October is my bookiversary, head on over to my bookiversary blog post, where you can download some free first-in-series ebooks so you can test out a new series!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

It probably doesn’t surprise you that I read a good number of cozy mysteries. They’re fun, easy to read, and keep me thinking about new plots for my own. You see a lot of similar plots and situations across cozy mystery series. Readers like the tropes. I just read Beaches, Bungalows & Burglaries by Tonya Kappes, and she has inverted one of the usual tropes with great results.

Many cozy mystery series begin with the sleuth inheriting a store or home, sometimes from a previously unknown relative, so that she is a…


Hope you had a chance to pick up some freebies this weekend. If not, you can still get the first three books in the Parks Pat Mysteries series for one low price. And a few of these freebies might still be available.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Stop at Nothing is the first book in Michael Ledwidge’s Michael Gannon series, and it starts off with a splash. A Gulfstream jet ends up in the drink in the Bahamas, with only one witness (and one who cannot call for help, due to a recent fishing mishap involving his radio antennae.) Fisherman Michael Gannon checks out the wreck, and you might think that would be the end of it, especially when he decides to do a little property recovery from the luggage that…


HOW TO GET A JOB - by Mark Twain — I love this story.
Higbie was the first person to profit by my great and infallible scheme for finding work for the unemployed. I have tried that scheme now and then for forty-four years. So far as I am aware it has always succeeded and it is one of my high prides that I invented it.
I said, “What kind of a job do you want?”
He said, “Why, laborer. They get five dollars a day.”
I said, “If that’s all you want I can arrange it for you. If you will do as I tell you to do and don’t try to improve on my instructions you shall have the job before night.”
He said eagerly, “I’ll obey the instructions, I don’t care what they are.”
“Well,” I said, “go there and say that you want work as a laborer; that you are tir…


I am so freaking excited to share this with you girls today!!!!!!! We've waited three years for this book and I can't wait for you all to read it!!

A cocky movie star who wants the love of his life back.
A sassy heroine who refuses to make it easy for him.
A second chance romance filled with heat, snark, and characters who will have you laughing, swooning, and cheering for their HEA.

Blurb –

Just a few of my addictions.
It’s time to kick every last one of them because they’re slowly killing me.
I flush the drugs.
Empty the bottles of booze.
Quit the movie I’m supposed to begin filming next week.
I commit career suicide and head to the middle of nowhere to get clean.
They send me a sober companion to hold my hand.
Only problem is, they send my greatest weakness.


Many people seem to think that single parent families and blended families were a rarity until the increased prevalence of divorce in recent decades. Genealogy tells a different story. In researching my ancestors and those of other people, I have indeed found very few that were divorced, but I have also found very few children who grew up with both parents, and many who grew up in blended families.

People tended to die much younger in previous eras, and the surviving spouse often remarried. Many women died in childbirth or as a result of complications from it. The combination of fewer safety protections and lesser medical knowledge meant people were much more likely to die from accidents and common diseases, even well into the twentieth century. People do tend to be aware of these facts,…


If you missed my sweet post on National S’more Day last week, you might want to check it out for some variations on your favourite fireside treat, including gluten-free graham crackers. And of course… more books.

Without Foresight, book #12 in the Reg Rawlins Psychic Investigator series releases this Friday! Be sure to check back here for more about Without Foresight and other new releases! You can preorder Without Foresight from me or most online retailers now.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

My book for this week is Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy. With the very Irish name of Catie Murphy writing an Irish cozy mystery, I am not sure whether this is the author’s real name or a pen name. I checked out…


My explorations in genealogy have led me to question a lot of conventional wisdom about the lives of people in earlier eras. One of the assumptions I had was that until fairly recently, most people married before age 30. There might have been the occasional confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt, but they were unusual. In the course of my research, however, I have come across many, many people who did not fit that mold.

Among the siblings of my great grandparents, for example, there are very few who fit the stereotype. Eliminating all who died as children or became priests or nuns, and all those for whom I am not certain whether or not they ever married, there are 22, 14 women and 8 men. All were born between 1865 and 1900, most in the 1870s or 1880s. Of those 22, only 5, 3 women and 2 men,…


Well, book #2 in this series definitely did not let me down! If anything, I think I loved it even a little bit more than the first book! Shattered Worldpicks up right where Broken World left off, and the gang is rescued and allowed into the shelter – by a movie star!


The zombies.
The zombie apocalypse is now in high gear!! Like the synopsis says, the safety of shelter life doesn’t last long. Vivian and the others have to go out into Las Vegas to get supplies – food and fuel – and the trips are full of zombie action and near-death experiences (and some actual death experiences!). If you thought there weren’t enough zombies in the first book, you won’t be disappointed again!

New characters and relationships.
There were quite a few new characters introduced – both people who were …