Wednesday, February 27, 2019

TIMES CHANGE...or do they?

People I know know I love books. So people give me books all the time. One time many years ago I was gifted a box of old books. I mean REALLY old books! I was afraid to touch them. Arranged on my bookshelf they looked very "Authentic English Country House Formal Library," a setting Georgette Heyer (and other mystery writer of the early 1900s) used to stage murders.

As I reorganized my office to start the new year, I took inventory of the titles. Lo and behold, this gem popped up.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Beach Treat: Hot Chocolate that will Melt your Heart

February 14, Valentine's Day. 'Tis the day to celebrate LOVE!  AND CHOCOLATE!
And why do love and chocolate go together?  Research has discovered that “Chocolate gets right to the heart of sexual pleasure by increasing the brain’s level of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. Serotonin plays a major role in positive mood, emotional health, proper sleep and balanced appetite, contributing to numerous behavioral and physiological functions.

So if you're in need of a dose of serotonin, along with the best feel-good drink around, try this one for Chocolate Hecho à la Espalola , which translated means “The Spanish made chocolate.”  But what it really means is “drinkable melted chocolate that will make you feel wicked and divine and goooo-ooo—ood!”
Chocolate Hecho à la Espanola
4 -1/2 cups whole milk (divided)
1 pound semisweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli)
      broken into bits
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
½ cup fresh whipped cream
Bring 4 cups milk to a boil over high heat.  Remove pan from heat and add chocolate and sugar.  Stir regularly until chocolate is melted.
Mix cornstarch with remaining ½ cup milk.  Stir into chocolate.  Return to heat and stir until thickened, approximately 10-20 minutes.
Serve hot and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Grab a hat and join me in celebrating the birth of another story! A bouncing baby cozy weighing in at approximately 25,000 words (so a "novella", not a full-length novel.) I've been working on this for about two years , and am really happy with how it all turned out. They say "write what you know" so I set the story in a cute little pink house on my street, only moved it to a different neighborhood where it is surrounded by abandoned homes. Isolation in a beach setting is critical to the plot. 

Here's a little bit about the book:

Monday, December 3, 2018


I'm happy to have my fellow To Fetch a Thief contributing authors stop by to talk about their favorite beach things. Today Heather Weidner is at the beach.

Favorite beach activity: I love walking on the beach in the early morning or the late afternoon. We take the Jack Russell Terriers with us. They love digging in the sand.

Favorite beach song: Anything by the Beach Boys

Favorite beach beverage: I like the fruity umbrella drinks.

Monday, November 26, 2018


I'm happy to have my fellow To Fetch a Thief contributing authors stop by to talk about their favorite beach things. Today Rosemary Shomaker is at the beach.

Hello, Jayne! As winter begins, it’s rather nice to think about the beach. My novella “This is Not a Dog Park” in To Fetch a Thief doesn’t involve a beach, but now I’m thinking of a sequel—“This is Not a Dog Beach”—since dogs, a beach, and out-of-control humans are endemic to dog beaches I heard about.

Favorite beach activity:  Hands down, my favorite beach activity is people-watching. The endless variety of beach visitors with their varied clothing, equipment, and activities keeps me entertained. I like to imagine where they are from and what their lives are like.

Monday, November 19, 2018


I'm happy to have my fellow To Fetch a Thief contributing authors stop by to talk about their favorite beach things. Today Teresa Inge is at the beach.

Favorite beach activity: Reading mysteries. 

Favorite beach song: “Somewhere on a Beach” and “California Girls”. 

Favorite beach beverage: Something cold.

Favorite beach read: any cozy mystery that is fun for the beach.

Favorite beach memory: going to the beach with my kids when they were little. 

Monday, November 12, 2018


I've invited my fellow To Fetch a Thief authors to share some of their favorite beach things. Today I'm featuring myself!  Here we go . . .

Favorite beach activity: Walking. Nothing better than a barefoot stroll along the shore,  waves sneaking up and tickling your feet and ankles. Birds squawking overhead. Kiddos building castles in the sand. Sunshine on your face and arms. It doesn't get any better than it.

Favorite beach song: Under the Boardwalk. “On a blanket with my baby, that’s where I’ll be!” ’Nuff said.

Favorite beach beverage: Cool, crisp, fruity Sangria!