Vaudeville Musings

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

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

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…)  

Introducing…Elsie Clark, Vaudevillian Extraordinaire!

on June 16, 2022

I told you in the latest Paper Lantern Writers Q&A that I inherited the scrapbooks, photographs, recordings, and so much more belonging to vaudevillian and Okeh recording artist Elsie Clark. So here’s the proof. These are just a few photos of Elsie’s career in vaudeville, but I think you get the picture… Publicity Photo #1… Read More