Gee, Thanks, The Historical Novel Society!

on February 6, 2024

Many thanks to Jinny Webber, reviewer with The Historical Novel Society, who declares… “The Red-Hot Blues Chanteuse is a delightful, fast-moving story with constant surprises that gives an inside view of vaudeville, partway between a circus and a cabaret.” Jinny says lots of other nice things about Viola, Jimmy, and Erwin (for some reason, ladies… 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

Red-Hot Holiday Greetings!

on December 7, 2023

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

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

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

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