Just how ambitious is she?

on January 22, 2024

To Be Honest, Viola Vermillion, the heroine of THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTUESE is a very ambitious woman. Discover Viola’s biggest ambition in this recent Paper Lantern Writers Q&A: What’s Your Protagonist’s Dream Job.

Just a little news about my WIP

on January 16, 2024

Today on the Paper Lantern Writers’ blog, I’m sharing news about my upcoming November 2024 release THE MAGNOLIA VOODOO BRAWLER. BRAWLER plops my red-hot blues chanteuse and amateur sleuth Viola Vermillion into a murder in 1919 jazz-crazy New Orleans. And since Viola’s character was inspired by real-life vaudeville chanteuse Elsie Clark, can you guess who… Read More


on January 15, 2024

In addition to a free FANNY NEWCOMB this month on Bookfunnel, my short story “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents” is also available for download. What’s the story about? In 1914, Evelyn Nesbit is a celebrated beauty who, as a teenager, was raped and ruined by a famous architect. Her mentally unstable and physically abusive millionaire husband… Read More


on January 2, 2024

Don’t worry, Fanny’s not in jail….but my award-winning novel FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is free this month, through a wonderful Bookfunnel historical fiction book giveaway hosted by the Paper Lantern Writers. This link will take you to the giveaway, where there are plenty other great historicals for all of us to read… Read More

Happy New Year!

on January 1, 2024

Let’s celebrate with one of my all-time favorite vintage postcards!

You had me until “her wedding gown on fire”

on December 28, 2023

One of the things to remember, as you use historical newspapers to research your historical novel or short story, is that “You can’t always believe what you read.” I found this article in the (Thursday September 25) 1919 New York Times and was immediately intrigued. How often do you read of a person being killed… Read More

Death By Dancing…what a way to go!

on December 15, 2023

Research is definitely of the joys of writing historical mysteries. I love it! My work-in-progress is a sequel to THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE and takes place in one of my favorite cities in the world…New Orleans. Since starting THE MAGNOLIA VOODOO BRAWLERS (working title) I’ve been on the hunt for unsavory snippets about any French… Read More

Thirty-Eight Illuminating PLW Link Lists

on December 8, 2023

‘Tis the Link List before Christmas and today–on the Paper Lantern Writers blog–I’ve lined up the links of all thirty-eight of the previous PLW Link Lists. There are goodies galore in this list, but who can choose between such bright blogs as Eighty Excellent Online Historical Collections, Fashions for the Ages, Gay Subculture of Regency… Read More

Red-Hot Holiday Greetings!

on December 7, 2023

Red-Hot Holiday Greetings from Viola, Jimmy, and the rest of the gang. Which includes Ana!