Books are the gateway to imagination

Books are the gateway to imagination
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Friday, June 15, 2012

"Who's Got the Money?" will be released between July 12-15

I'm thrilled. My new book co-authored with Meredith Holland will be released  between July 12-15 at the Public Safety Writers Association conference in Las Vegas.

When money disappears from a government agency, and we see plenty of that in the papers, on TV and in movies and books every day, of course you want to know "who's got the money?"

But when big bucks have disappeared from a part of the federal prison system, that makes it even more intriguing. Jennifer, Cameron and Kate smell a rat and are determined to find the answer, even if it means resorting to a bumbling Charlie's Angels-type of undercover investigation. It's the Angels, First Wives Club and Nine to Five all rolled into one. You're going to love these feisty ladies and the mess they get into.

The funny crime caper was inspired by experiences the authors had while working for a company similar to the one in the book. The scam is fiction, but it could have happened, and that's eye-opening. Most people don't know that $800 Million of merchandise is manufactured in federal prisons every year, so imagine what could happen if a person in the right position got greedy?

When you read a story like this you have to wonder how someone like Jennifer, a CPA who was a rising star and Vice President of a hi-tech company, wound up working for the prison system. What happened that changed her life in a heartbeat? Well, Meredith and I decided to write a little prequel that fills in the blanks. "Getting Even" will be released as a Kindle Only short book on July 1. The rest of her story is told in "Who's Got the Money?"

Watch for the release of "Getting Even" followed by "Who's Got the Money?"

Friday, June 8, 2012

Newspaper articles are treasure troves for mystery writers

This article in today's L.A. Times shows what a good source of ideas newspaper articles can be for writers. In this case, I saw it in the paper, tried to get it from the L.A. Times website and it didn't come up no matter what search term I used. So I scanned it and saved it in my "Idea" file.

This 73-year-old jewel thief explains it away with the closing line, "It's the way we are. We got nothing better to do. We got around to talking."

Great for a geezer mystery or crime caper.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012



One more day to go for these 2 books to be FREE for your Kindle. 

 Thursday, June 7 at midnight, they go back to $2.99, which is still a great price for reading books that bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart, .

AT this writing,

  CAN WE COME IN AND LAUGH, TOO? is #3 in free Kindle category Memoirs

MAFIA FUNERAL IS #28 in free Kindle category 

Short Stories

Tell your friends. The offer won't last beyond midnight Thursday. Remember, the paperback of either makes a great gift.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Kindle edition of two of my books will be FREE on Amazon June 6 and 7. (Also on  Remember, if you don’t have a Kindle, there are free apps for PCs, MACs, SmartPhones, iPads, etc.

The MAFIA FUNERAL and Other Short Stories

Everything from a unique true funeral experience (funny) to romance and mystery short stories. Perfect for when you have a short time to read.

My mother’s memoir, written when she was 80, is a delightful story of growing up in the early 1900s in Chicago. She was the youngest in a family of ten children, each sibling zanier than the next. Life in her fun-loving family was like living in a 24 hour three-ring circus. (Maybe that’s why I’m a bit nutty myself.) Anyway, there is also a lot about when we moved from Chicago to Los Angeles and you’ll recognize a lot of the descriptions of early L.A. I was the editor on this book, and also contributed a story to Part II . As many of you know, she lived to be almost 97.

As well as downloading your own copy, I would really appreciate it if you would help me spread the word about these two free books by forwarding this to friends. I'd like to get as many copies as possible out there both in the U.S. and internationally. Thanks in advance. On June 8 they go back to $2.99. Both books are available in paperback for $9.99 each.