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Hot Off the Press Interview

Check out this fun discussion of new books hosted by Con-Tinual! I talk about my upcoming June 7th release, The Proof is in the Poison, book #2 in my Southern Homebrew Series.Hot Off the Press – ConTinual

Visit With Me at Jungle Red Writers!

I’m at the Jungle Red Writers’ site today talking about the building that inspired the plot in my new release, Batten Down the Belfry. Come over and chat with us! Here’s the link: Jungle Red Writers

Big thanks to Jenn McKinlay for inviting me to post! You’ll find more about Jenn’s great books at: Jenn’s Website

Hooray! Batten Down the Belfry Releases Today!

I’m thrilled that book #4 in my House Flipper series is now out in the world! I had so much fun writing this book. The idea stemmed from the many tours I took of the Ryman Auditorium when I lived in Nashville. The venue was built to be a church – hence the great acoustics – but was later repurposed into an entertainment venue and managed to great success by a businesswoman named Lula Naff. It was fun to turn the abandoned country church in the book into a playhouse as well. I’ve also always loved stained glass as an art form. It’s both beautiful and functional. It was fun to use this design element in the remodel. I hope you’ll love the book! And if you’ve got time to write a review, they will be very appreciated. Thanks! 

Revised Book Release Date


Today was the originally scheduled release day for Batten Down the Belfry, the 4th in my House Flipper series. Due to a fire at the printer, the production of some of the paperbacks was delayed and my publisher moved the official release date back a week to March 1st. Fortunately, several readers have told me that they were able to get copies they’d pre-ordered, or that their local bookstore had some of the books in stock. Yay! But if you are not able to find the book today, please check back next Tuesday!

Author Takeover at Cozy Mystery Launch Party – Today!

Be sure to stop by the Cozy Mystery Launch Party Facebook page today! I’ll be having an author takeover from 2:00 – 3:00 eastern time. Comment on Post #4 for a chance to win a copy of Batten Down the Belfry!

Don’t Miss This Book!

My friend and fellow author Melissa Bourbon has a new release! You won’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t started at the beginning of her Book Magic series, but sure to start with book #1, Murder in Devil’s Cove. These books are a unique mix of mystery, adventure, myth, and magic. You’ll love them! I know I do! 

Murder Through an Open Door

The Book Magic Series

Cover Reveals!

It’s a two-fer! Take a look at my awesome new covers. I love them! Big thanks to the talented cover artists. 

Inspiring Disabled Dogs

Check out my post on Shepherd.com about Inspiring Disabled Dogs

Here’s my own inspiring deaf dog, Reggie. She “hears” with her nose and by closely watching the faces and body movements of the people and pack-mates in her family. Don’t tell my other two dogs, but she’s my favorite by far! Such a sweetie, and always in a happy mood!


It’s release day for Getaway with Murder!

I’m so thrilled about today’s release of the debut book in my new Mountain Lodge Mysteries series, Getaway with Murder! I hope that you’ll enjoy your virtual vacation in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I had so much fun writing this book. Misty is a middle-aged heroine, having just turned fifty, and she’s realized that if she’s ever going to achieve her dream of living in the mountains she needs to make it happen – now. Of course her fluffy white cat Baroness Blizzard – nicknamed Yeti – is more than happy to come along with Misty. Trouble ensues, of course. ; ) Get a copy in print, digital, or audio, and start your mountain vacation today!

Meet Book Blogger Kerrin Parris!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my friend and former coworker/officemate Kerrin Parris. Kerrin has been one of my biggest encouragers in my writing career, both before I got published and after. Kerrin gave me story suggestions and title ideas. Some were tongue in cheek, a little naughty, and made me laugh! Yep, we share an offbeat sense of humor. No wonder we clicked when we met! 

Even though we no longer live in the same state, I was lucky to get to spend some time with her recently on a girls’ trip to the mountains. We had a lot of fun reconnecting! She’s enjoying retirement and devoting lots of time to reading and reviewing books. She posts both her thoughts and great recipes on her Books and Recipes site. Be sure to check out her book reviews for recommendations, and read on to learn more about this reading and reviewing redhead with the lush pumpkin-spice hair.  

Diane: What drew you to becoming a book reviewer and blogger?

Kerrin: I am a big fan of the website Goodreads. I would see reviews from people of books that had not yet been published, so I was curious as to how they could get them.  I found two websites, NetGalley.com and Edelweiss.plus that offer advanced reader copies. In order to better your chances of being approved for a book, it is recommended to have a blog. Since I started blogging in 2019, I have gotten almost 70 advanced reader copies in exchange for my agreement to write reviews on or before the publication date. 

Diane: What do you think makes a book exceptional?

Kerrin: The best qualities of a book are ones that teach me something new and have characters that I care about. Those are the ones I remember long after I have finished. My favorite quote is by Jane Austen: “But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

Diane: What book has surprised you the most and in what way?

Kerrin: I am a big fan of historical fiction and decided to read The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman.  This is no ordinary World War II novel because one of the characters is a Golem.  I don’t typically enjoy fantasy novels so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about a mythical Jewish clay figure brought to life by magic.  I love to recommend this novel to everyone.


Diane: How many hours each day or week do you spend reading, and how do you find or make the time needed to read and review so many books? 

Kerrin: I don’t have a set amount of time for reading.  I have a spreadsheet that lists my advanced reader copies and the publication dates.   If I get behind on my schedule, I will devote more time to reading.  I typically read 6 to 7 books a month.  I especially enjoy audiobooks so I can listen while doing other things.

(Diane: As a former accountant, Kerrin had me at “spreadsheets.” Haha!)


Diane: When did you discover that you loved books? Was it when you were a child, or was it later in life? Was there a particular book or event that made you realize you were a book person?   

Kerrin: I loved reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys as a child.  I got away from reading as a teenager and didn’t pick it back up until my children were older.  My favorite movie is To Kill A Mockingbird.  I didn’t read the novel until I was in my late 30s and had seen the movie numerous times.  As much as I love the movie, I discovered that the book was 10 times better.  It is the book that made me a confirmed book person.  I will reread it at least once every five years.  I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Sissy Spacek.


More about Kerrin, in her own words: I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement and Elvis’ rule as the King. After graduating from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) with a BBA (80) and a JD (83), I married Steve, my law school sweetheart, in 1983. We lived in Columbia, Tennessee, where our two children were born, then moved to Texas in 1991. I am now a widow. I recently retired after being Of Counsel at Ross & Matthews, P.C. in Fort Worth, Texas for over 28 years.