A last look at me before my head spins off my neck over the next month.

Are you going to be in or around Austin this weekend? Come see me this Sunday October 27th, between 2-5 pm at the Texas Book Festival. I’ll be with the Mystery Writers of America, and we are on Colorado street near 12th Street close to a concession stand. Our booth is in Exhibitor’s Tent 3, booth #320. I’ll be signing books, and Eric will be there looking good and lifting heavy things.

Saturday I’m speaking at the Houston Writers Guild monthly meeting, on “Building a Strong Writers Community.” It will be awesome (and much needed).

I have so much going on my head is spinning:

Next week I’m doing the Houston Book Rave on Friday and Saturday Nov 1 & 2, but squeezing in a speech for the Hotze Health and Wellness Center Saturday morning.

Then the following two weeks will just be INSANE. I am featured on Kate Eileen Shannon’s book blog, Rantin’, Ravin’, and Reading. She is reviewing Saving Grace and running a (pretty funny) interview of me while doing a giveaway too, then turning around and reviewing Leaving Annalise a week later. She writes the Brigid Kildare serial mysteries. I’m reading Social Insecurity after I finish the other 30 books on my TBR list.

Thanks to Jeannie Walker, who just reviewed Leaving Annalise and put it up on Amazon. She is the author of the Texas-based true crime thriller Fighting the Devil, also on my TBR list.

Finally, the powerhouse, the superstar, the fantabulous Renee of Reading Renee fame and her peeps are going to feature the relaunch of Leaving Annalise and promote the 99 cent sale of Saving Grace Kindle version on their websites from Nov 8-15th.  Hold on to your ass, Fred.

Right smack in the middle of all that, I will do a re-launch signing/party at Barnes and Noble in the Woodlands on Sunday November 10th from 2-4 pm. Whew!

Oh, and did I mention that Ashley and I finished the audiobook for Leaving Annalise? We did. And it will be available for purchase by the time all this awesomeness happens Nov 8-15th. Woot!


So, here’s today’s post —  Proud to be a Member of the Club:

When I first ran across Author Marketing Club, I resisted. I mean, come on, free stuff is good, but I’m getting nickel-and-dimed all over the place for paid services that will help me sell my books.

But Author Marketing Club didn’t promise to help me sell my books. Instead, they offered me services to make doing what I already knew I needed to do easier. Whether or not the book sold would still be up to me.

The services sounded good. Their review grabber. Their Enhanced Description HTML Generator for a jazzed up Kindle page on Amazon. Free Book Cover Art. They sounded really, really good. I read their free download, Sell More Books With Awesome Amazon Descriptions. It was amazing.

I’ll cut to the chase:

Visit Skip all the Jack to read the rest of Proud to Be a Member of the Club.

Purely gratuitous photos of my beloveds:


Not me, Mom. I didn't chew up the fluffy toy.

Not me, Mom. I didn’t chew up the fluffy toy.

A girl and her cow.

A girl and her cow.


Oh so many years ago, a girl and her lamb.

Oh so many years ago, a girl and her lamb.


Sasquatch sighting in our living room

That’s all I’ve got.



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