Join me on Sunday, November 12th for a Red-Hot reading!

on November 1, 2023

That’s right! On Sunday November 12th from 1-3pm, I’ll be joining a throng of excellent mystery writers for a RED-HOT reading at Books Inc. in Mountain View, California. There’ll be Michele Drier, Victoria Karazian,  Josie Brown, Claudia Hagadus Long, Karen A. Phillips, Nannette Potter, Lisa Towles, my wonderful former critique partner Terry Shames, and my… Read More

Beneath a Midwinter Moon Release Day!

on November 1, 2023

Whoo-hoo! It’s Release Day Again! This time I’m excited to announce that the Paper Lantern Writers latest anthology BENEATH A MIDWINTER MOON is available on Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. “It may be cold outside, but inside this anthology, the Paper Lantern Writers bring you warm and engaging reflections of holiday celebrations across… Read More

X Marks the Spot

on October 28, 2023

X Marks the Spot: three vaudeville performers—a self-absorbed knife-thrower, his newly-pregnant target-girl wife, and a perceptive magician—collide on New Years Eve in 1918 New York City. Preorder the Paper Lantern Writers Beneath a Midwinter Moon historical fiction anthology today!

Digging into my Vaudeville Archives…

on October 17, 2023

In addition to my new release (have you heard?), in today’s Paper Lantern Writers blog, I dig deep into my vast vaudeville archives and come out with some of the memorabilia that inspired my novel. Here’s a little tease…one of Elsie Clark’s (she’s the inspiration for my RED-HOT heroine Viola Vermillion) Okeh Records. In the… Read More


on October 17, 2023

It’s Release Day for THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, my new mystery set in 1919 San Francisco and featuring vaudeville-songstress-turned-amateur-sleuth Viola Vermillion. Viola Vermillion sings, shimmies, and dreams of making America’s vaudeville Big Time. But first she’s got a murder to solve. And an old score to settle. And a romance to rebuff. Or maybe not…. Read More

Beneath a Midwinter Moon short story anthology coming soon!

on October 16, 2023

As much as I love reading and writing novels, I also love reading and writing a good short story. My latest short story X Marks the Spot comes out in two weeks, in the Paper Lantern Writers Beneath a Midwinter Moon anthology. The whole anthology is a jewel, but I’m really partial to my story,… Read More

That’s Entertainment–A PLW Link List

on October 13, 2023

Celebrate Friday the 13th with my new Paper Lantern Writers List List—THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! From puppetry to sports competitions to parades to live theater, we all have our favorite entertainments. In this post I capture some of the historic entertainments that made people laugh, cry, sigh, and sweat through the years. Did your favorite entertainment make… Read More

Presenting THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE on Mystery Fanfare!

on October 12, 2023

Want to know about my first love affair? Then check out my guest blog on Janet Rudolph’s Mystery Fanfare website. Thanks, Janet! (if you’re looking for this post AFTER today, just search for my name…)  

An Eleanor Roosevelt admission…

on October 11, 2023

On the anniversary of Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday (October 11th, 1884), I’m wondering…anyone else crushing on Eleanor? Oh, I know that her cousin Alice was wittier and brighter, her cousin Quinten was a combat pilot, and her Uncle Teddy and husband Franklin both served as President, but for me, it’s always been Eleanor Anna Roosevelt. And… Read More

What happened after “Lizzie Borden took an axe”?

on October 8, 2023

Even if you’ve never heard the famous rhyme about Lizzie Borden, I’m sure you’ve heard about her.                                                                              Lizzie Borden, c. 1890 In August 1892, Lizzie’s father and stepmother were brutally murdered in their house in Fall River, Massachusetts. The size and shape of the bloody chop marks on the bodies suggested that a… Read More