What am I doing in response to the Pandemic?

Dear friends and readers, I’m in that group (elderly with compromised immune system), so I’m being good and staying at home as much as I can. This meant pulling out of Left Coast Crime, a convention what was held in my home town this week, even though I was on a panel and this made me feel guilty. Of course, then when everyone else on the panel also pulled out and the actual convention was halted during the second day by an order of the county, I felt smart and responsible. I’ve two more outings I can’t cancel, but I’m cancelling everything else and using the phone or internet instead of face-to-face contact. And I am letting my much healthier husband do the limited trips outside the house. And we are not hoarding TP. (smile) But that doesn’t seem enough. Read more…

Beatrice Bests the Burglars and 10th Year Anniversary

  Ten Years ago this month, I wrote my first blog post and published my first novel, Maids of Misfortune. I was also anticipating the birth of my first grandchild and about to turn sixty. Over all, a season of new beginnings. At the time, the self-publishing industry was in its infancy, and I had no idea whether or not anyone would ever read my blog or my book. But I had written the first draft of that book thirty years earlier, and just knowing that someone, other than my writers group and close friends, would finally get to meet Annie, the pretend clairvoyant, Nate Dawson, the handsome local lawyer, Dandy, the Boston Terrier, and all the other O’Farrell Street boardinghouse residents was enough. My plan, however, was to follow up that first book with a series of mysteries that Read more…

Experience the winter holidays, Victorian San Francisco Style

Pilfered Promises, the fifth book in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series is set in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it is fun to promote it during this time of year. This year, it is the audiobook version of the book that is being discounted, only $1.99 at AppleBooks and Chirp throughout November. In addition, here is a reprint of a post I did several years ago on the Indie Brag website. A Victorian San Francisco Christmas Because the most recent book in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, Pilfered Promises, is set during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 1880, I spent a good deal of time researching how residents of that city were celebrating the holidays that year, including looking for articles in the San Francisco Chronicle. What I found was that many of the traditions that we are Read more…

BookSweeps Giveaway

One of the pleasures of being an indie author has been having the freedom to write what I want–without being concerned if an agent or a publishing house will back my decisions. My Caelestis Trilogy, the three works set in the open source, multi-author, science fiction Paradisi Chronicles universe, is the result of this freedom, and I have watched as the audience for this work has slowly grown. However, while the feedback from people who are already fans of my Victorian San Francisco mysteries and have tried these books has been very positive, it has been a struggle to reach new readers in the very crowded science fiction field. One of the ways I have done this is to participate with other authors in various giveaway contests. Therefore, this month I have joined a Book Sweeps Giveaway. The two winners Read more…

Under Two Moons Free Promotion

Just a quick post letting you know that Under Two Moons, the second book in my science fiction trilogy, is free on Kindle through Saturday, May 11, 2019. I am incredibly proud of this trilogy, which is primarily the story about a young woman who is coming to grips with living in a world where the natives have psychic abilities and some key animals are sentient. In fact, Under Two Moons introduces, Silence, a large feline, who has become one of my favorite characters. I really have enjoyed alternating writing in the the past world of Victorian San Francisco with this near future world (New Eden) that I helped create as part of the open source, multi-authored Paradisi Chronicles, so I am pleased to announce that I am currently working with my daughter, Ashley Rey, on the sequel to The Read more…