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Two New Books for 2017

A couple of new books are coming this spring. Baby, Take a Bow, is the fifth in the Grace Street series. When Camden’s friend Rufus’s ex-wife Bobbi is murdered and her baby is missing, David Randall has to juggle several different mysteries to solve the case. Camden also encounters a restless spirit trapped within a mirror, and another ghost haunting the hot dog restaurant.


The Monsters of Spiders’ Rest is the third in the Three Worlds series of fantasy novels. Flickfoot, an intelligent spider, and his spider friends Plinks and Jellyroll are alarmed when their creator’s grandson, Tylin, shows up to take over their house. But there are much more dangerous monsters in the forests, monsters who plan to invade the neighboring town of Specter. Can Flickfoot convince Ty of the danger? Can he even convince him that the spiders are his friends?



A Small Holiday

My new fantasy novel, A Small Holiday, is now available!


Belinda Banner promised her mother she’d look after her younger brother, Jay, but when a well-dressed stranger named Ivor comes to her door with a tempting job offer, she sets aside her normal caution. She regrets her decision when she and Jay are carried off through a blinding light to Ivor’s world of Belfair where Jay is expected to play the lead in an elaborate play for the annual festival. Jay is immediately delighted by the director of the play, a round yellow blob of self-importance named Parvan, who has been banished by his people to Belfair to learn humility. In Jay, Parvan sees a way to win his way back home, but he and Belinda clash.
Desperate to return to her world, Belinda insists Ivor take them back. He says he can’t predict the doorways of light. While Jay is rehearsing, Belinda helps Parvan’s neighbor, a handsome young man named Martin, out of a serious depression by finding his living musical reeds. Martin encourages Belinda to dance, a talent she has set aside in order to care for Jay.
Yet there is something sinister about Ivor, and no one in this peaceful world believes her warnings. And Jay becomes more and more involved with the exciting opportunities this new world affords.

A Small Holiday is the second in the Three Worlds series from Silver Leaf Books.

Butterfly Waltz Book Trailer

Butterfly Waltz is now available from Amazon.

The Series Appeal

I have always liked a strong woman character who comes to the rescue. I can trace this back to when I first saw “The Avengers.” Those of you of a certain age will remember the clever British spy adventure about “top professional” John Steed and his partner, “talented amateur,” Mrs. Emma Peel. Every week, Steed will announce, “Mrs. Peel, we’re needed,” and off they would go to tackle eccentric inventors, robots, and crazed villains of all kinds. Steed wore a proper Englishman’s suit and bowler hat and carried an umbrella that doubled as a weapon, and Mrs. Peel, played by the very attractive Diana Rigg, wore tight cat suits and could karate chop the hell out of anyone who messed with her. But that wasn’t all. In an amazing and exciting way—to me, anyway—she was always rescuing Steed. Up until then, there hadn’t been a TV show that featured a tough yet beautiful woman who could protect herself and her male partner. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Which brings me to the Foreigner series by C.K. Cherryh. Bren Cameron is the only human allowed on the atevi part of the world and the only one fluent enough in the atevi language to translate for the leader. In the ever-shifting political atevi society, high ranking officials have bodyguards, and Bren has two, a father daughter team, Banichi and Jago. Throughout all the adventures, take-overs, trips to space, alien contact, and the pranks and schemes of the leader’s mischievous young son, Jago is there to protect Bren in her extremely efficient fashion. They also have a clandestine love affair.
I liked this series so much, I couldn’t wait to read Cherryh’s other books, of which there are many, including one of her most famous, Downbelow Station. But I found to my surprise that I couldn’t get into them. Now, this is certainly not the fault of Cherryh, who is a fantastic writer with an unbelievable output. I think because I like the Foreigner series so much, I want to read more about those characters, and that’s that.
Through no planning on my part, I’ve ended up with two different series, the Madeline Maclin Mystery series, which is written from a female point of view, and the Grace Street Mysteries, which is written from a male point of view. Some readers will like one better than the other, and that’s okay. One set of characters will resonate with one person, but not another. You can’t please everyone. I’m happy when a reader likes anything I’ve written. If you do, thank you! If you don’t, may I recommend the Foreigner series by C.K. Cherryh?