on December 5, 2023

I’m so pleased to share that the Paper Lantern Writers are hosting a historical fiction ebook giveaway this month! We’ll be sending a lucky winner NINE of our 2023 new releases. From Family Sagas to Romance to Mystery (that’d be me) to Adventure to Women’s fiction and finally, our latest short story anthology, there’s something… Read More

A RED-HOT Holiday Read

on December 4, 2023

Are you looking for your next historical mystery? Something kinda cozy but also kinda SPICY? Something that sweeps you onto the vibrant and competitive vaudeville stage of 1919 where a woman has to fight to be heard and seen? Not to mention, solve her lover’s murder…. The Historical Fiction Company says THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE… Read More

A Blogging Anniversary!

on December 3, 2023

Four years ago, five Paper Lantern Writers began blogging @ www.paperlanternwriters.com/blog. We posted about Christmas in Hawai’i (Linda), Georgian Christmas Trees (Edie), our favorite books of 2019 (me), the ghosts of Christmas past (C.V.), and Schmutzli – Sinister Sidekick to St. Nicholas (Kathryn). Now there are fourteen Paper Lantern Writers and we’re still still blogging twice… Read More

RED-HOT Neptune Beach ~ the Coney Island of the West

on November 30, 2023

In my recent release THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, I wrote a few delicious chapters set at Alameda, California’s late, great Neptune Beach amusement park. Here’s a little more Neptune Beach history, in a post that was initially published in Linda Bennett Pennell‘s HISTORY IMAGINED. . . . Imagine that it’s April 1919 and you’re a… Read More

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