Announcing the Pet Costume Contest Winners!

Posted at Oct 31, 2016 6:05 pm in , , , ,

Congratulations to the winners (chosen at random) of the pet costume contest! They are:

Jessica H

Ginny T

Sherry T

Lea B

Elizabeth M

These winners will receive an advanced reading copy of Above the Paw and some fun swag! Consolation prizes were awarded to all participants. Thanks to everyone who entered for sharing the cute pics of your pets!

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K9 and Kitty Costume Contest!

Posted at Oct 3, 2016 6:35 pm

It’s now October, and time for the K9 (and kitty!) costume contest! To enter, email me at with a photo of your pet in costume, along with the pet’s name and your mailing address. Pics will be posted here on my website, on my Twitter account, and on my Facebook pages. 5 winners will be chosen at random at 6:00 central time on Halloween! Winners will receive an advanced reading copy of Above the Paw, book #5 in my Paw Enforcement series, plus some swag. Good luck!

Here’s our first adorable photo! This bumble bee is actually a cat named Askum. What a cutie! I’m all abuzz!











We’ve also got adorable Audrey! She’s one of six rescued dogs, but according to her “mom” she’s the only one who will wear clothes. I guess that means she has the best fashion sense. : )









Here’s “cover girl” Holly! 










Fiona is quite a charming little devil, isn’t she?









And here’s Phillip dressed as a Kitty Bear! Or is he a Teddy Cat? Either way, he’s adorable!










Brownie likes to show off her buns! er, bun!  










Cute as a bug in a rug! Lady is perfect as a little ladybug!









It’s Batdog! A terror-fighting terrier!










Good witch or bad witch? I’m going with good witch!









It’s Dogzilla!








Here’s the lovely Lola dressed as Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch! I hope he doesn’t steal her jing tinglers!









This little pumpkin-head and her doggie princess cohort are the fur babies of author Christie Craig. Such cuties!

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Here’s Snoopy looking adorable in a ketchup and mustard ensemble! 









Princess looks first class in her airplane outfit! 









This lovely lady is Cress! She was adopted by a wonderful reader after she and her siblings were abandoned. I have the best readers! 







Here’s Pookie as Beetlejuice and Lady Deets as Cruella De Vil!








Stanley Cup (a 200-pound Mastiff!) looks great as Dracula, Tonto, and Prince (may he RIP)!

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Here’s George the Lion! He’d be right at home in Narnia or Oz!










Lester the cat is a hedge fund manager on Wall Street. ; )









Holly wasn’t so sure about this ghost costume . . . What a cutie!










The force is strong with this one! This is Oscar as Yoda.



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Coming soon – K-9 Costume Contest!

Posted at Sep 6, 2016 10:00 am

Get your cameras ready! In October, I’ll be holding a virtual doggie costume contest. Submit a photo of your dressed-up dog between October 1st and 30th for a chance to win one of five advanced reading copies of Above the Paw. Winners will be announced on Halloween! Good luck to you and your pup!

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted at Jul 1, 2016 9:34 am

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, with lots of time to relax with a good book! What fun things are on your agenda? I’ve got ingredients for strawberry daiquiris ready to go! 
Happy 4th

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Memorial Day Remembrance

Posted at May 30, 2016 3:35 pm

Today I was to say thanks to everyone who has served in the US Armed Forces. My father flew KC135 tankers for the Air Force in Viet Nam and remained in the military for many years after. I was always very proud to be part of a military family. That said, war is very tough on those involved in it and it sure would be nice if peace would break out!



What is Romance?

Posted at Feb 2, 2016 2:00 pm

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I can’t help but think of romance and just what it means. Of course, everyone has different ways of expressing their feelings, and different things make us feel loved and valued.

The most romantic thing my husband ever did for me was to have the cover flat for my first published novel professionally framed. He knew that this book cover represented a dream come true for me, the culmination of years of hard work and determination, and a major personal achievement. It’s all the more heartwarming that he did this for me when all those years I spent pecking away at my computer, attending writers conference and retreats, and meeting with my critique group meant I hDT framedad less time for him. Of course he spent much of that time watching the Mavericks and Spurs play basketball, so maybe it wasn’t such a sacrifice. : )

What’s the most romantic thing someone ever did for you, or that you did for someone else? What does romance mean to you? Is it candy and flowers, or something more? Chime in for a chance to win one of three advanced reading copies of Against the Paw, book #4 in my K9 series! Winners will be announced on Sunday, February 28th.Against the Paw cover 


BREAKING NEWS! The winners have been chosen at random by using numbers generated by They winners are:

Andi King, Mildred Mayo, and Brenda Nuffer. Congratulations! And thanks to all who stopped by to comment.


Book Signing Saturday in Nashville!

Posted at Oct 26, 2015 11:28 am in , , , ,

Come see me and lots of other mystery authors (including my writer buddy DD Ayres) at the Killer Nashville Book Con this Saturday, Oct. 31st from 10-5 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville! (250 5th Avenue S, Nashville)  My signing will be at 10:15. Hope to see you there! Details here: Killer Nashville

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Posted at Sep 14, 2015 2:06 pm

Surprise! Everyone who shared their first pet story wins a book!  Congrats and thanks for sharing your first pet stories!

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The Dog Blog – First Pets

Posted at Sep 4, 2015 1:44 pm

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My nephew recently graduated from college (an engineering degree, no less!), moved to a new apartment in a different city, and got his first real job. He also became a daddy! Well, a doggy daddy, anyway, which is plenty for now. Here he is with Buddy, his adorable new BFF that he adopted at an animal shelter. The two are sure to have a lot of fun sharing their bachelor pad!

While many of us grew up with family pets that we loved dearly, there’s something extra special about the first pet that we adopt on our own as adults. Getting the first pet that is ours and ours only, for which we alone have full responsibility, is an exciting and fun rite of passage.

My first pets were a Siamese cat named Stir-Fry who’d wandered up to the apartment of my then-boyfriend (now husband) in Austin, Texas. He lived as an indoor-outdoor cat there for a while, before I decided he should move to Houston with me and Schultz, a Dachshund mix I’d adopted from a shelter. I shared an apartment with my two “boys” and it was a great arrangement. They kept me company while I watched TV on my couch, and I’d snuggle between the two of them in bed at night. After work, I’d take Schultz out to swim in the apartment pool with me. The only other tenant who used the pool was a thirtyish guy with a black lab, who’d hang out and swim with us. Luckily, nobody ever complained or reported us for bringing our dogs in the pool.

Stir-Fry and Schultz are long gone now, but live on in my memories. Do you have fun memories of your first pet? Share them here for a chance to win one of five print or electronic copies of any book in my Paw Enforcement series! Winners announced Monday, Sept. 13th.


Alabama, Here I Come!

Posted at Jun 15, 2015 3:14 pm

Mark your calendars to join me for the Murder in the Magic City conference in Birmingham, AL, on Saturday, February 6th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm!

And don’t miss the fun Murder on the Menu event the following day, Sunday, February 7th, at the Wetumpka library! Murder on the Menu 


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