Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to my stop on the hop! I LOVE Halloween, so needless to say, I’ve written an All Hallows Eve cozy, called DIAL MEOW FOR MURDER, which I’m giving away here.

Join professional pet sitter and amateur sleuth Daphne Templeton and her basset hound sidekick Socrates as they solve a murder at a haunted mansion - with the questionable help of a cranky black cat named Tinkleston! There’s a costume parade for pets, an adventure in a lonely apple orchard and a hint of romance in the fall air, too!


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Lazy Days of Summer Blog Hop!

Hi! Thanks for joining the Lazy Days of Summer Blog Hop! Leave a comment below, with a way to reach you, and be entered to win one copy of Pawprints & Predicaments! 

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About the book...

The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .
It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . 

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Join the Cozy Mystery Crew!


I recently joined 11 other amazing cozy mystery authors to create a Facebook group called the Cozy Mystery Crew. Our more than 700 members discuss everything from our favorite vacation memories and recipes to the cute things our pets do. And, of course, we talk about our favorite mysteries and why we like them. We get some great conversations going -- and we do events and giveaways, too. In fact, we're just kicking off a summer reading challenge, which will end in a big "beach party!" Please join us here

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza!

Welcome to my part of the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza! Today I'm giving away a copy of my new cozy mystery, Death by Chocolate Lab. It's about a pet sitter with a Ph.D. who solves a murder with the help of her basset hound sidekick, Socrates. You can read an excerpt here. And please join my mailing list for news about future giveaways and fun events! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment with an e-mail address so I can reach you if you win. Good luck!

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Death by Chocolate Lab Book Birthday Celebration!

Daisy and I are celebrating the release of Death by Chocolate Lab with two full weeks of giveaways, goodies, exclusive content - and one chance to win a "walk-on role" in a future novel. Yup. You could be a character in a book! We'll work together to craft your look and your lines!

(See how excited Daisy is??)

The first giveaway is already underway on my official Facebook author page. Just leave birthday greetings on the giveaway entry post, and you could win one of three books. (Please take a moment to "like" the page while you're there, so you're in the loop for future FB events.) And please sign up for my newsletter, so you don't miss out on my upcoming interactive You Dunnit event! 

Thanks for celebrating with us, and good luck!

Let Me Introduce Myself...


Hi, and thanks for visiting my blog! I thought I'd take a minute to introduce myself. I've been reading mysteries since I was a kid, and I had a shelf full of Nancy Drew books with the iconic yellow covers. I'm pretty sure I read every novel published in the series between 1970 and 1980. (You can probably guess my age if you think about it... Okay, I'm 51.) Here's my picture:

I've been a writer my entire professional life. Some of you sleuths might recognize me as an author with a different name. I will let you track that down, if you're interested. We share a love of mysteries, right??

I live in an incredibly cute town that serves as the inspiration for Sylvan Creek in my Lucky Paws Petsitting books. In fact, I lived in the apartment that character Moxie Bloom "inhabits" in the novels. This photo doesn't do the place justice, but here you go:

Like my character Daphne Templeton, I have a Ph.D., but I never use it. When I'm not writing, I run a pet sitting business called Barkley's. And, like Daphne's mother, my mom begs me to do something different. But I love hanging out with animals - especially my dog Big Pup and my cat Potpie.

Whoa. Don't know why they are so big, but I can't seem to fix that!

I also have three daughters, one of whom shares my love of horseback riding. And we all love to cook and eat. And eat. And eat. My daughter Julia's first word was "french fry."

That's a little bit about me. I really look forward to getting to know some of you. Please share your favorite recipes, stop by to chat about books, and look for my upcoming interactive "You Dunnit" event. Details to come, but I think it's going to be really fun. And there will be prizes!