Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Blog Tour is Winding Down and I've Learned a Few Things

My blog tour for Murder in the Worst Degree is nearly over--and I'm sure some of you are happy to hear that I won't be urging folks to follow along to the next blog.

As usual, I've learned some things along the way with this blog tour.

Next time, if there is a next time, I may skip the weekends. There are some blog hosts who only post guest blogs on the weekend, so that's something I'll have to weigh.

Some blogs are far more popular than others and I've been fortunate to be on several of those.

Some bloggers promote their blogs when a guest is there, many others don't bother.

Next time I'll avoid those bloggers who moderate comments--it makes it far too difficult to respond to people's comments. 

I won't avoid those who use captcha codes, though that is a pain, but too many use them these days. I do know that there are some people who just can't decipher them and won't bother to leave a comment.

I had fun putting different photos of me and some of my family on the blogs. I stole that idea from Pat Browning who did that on one of her tours.

It is important to come up with something different for each post--a few times I had to work at it because the blog hosts came up with similar requests for posts.

Perhaps I started asking for hosts too soon--because some people forgot or lost what I sent them. (I did ask for confirmation and I got it--but too much time elapsed.)

Right before the beginning of the tour, I contacted each host and was surprised that some were not ready.

I was also surprised by those who didn't realize they could set the post up ahead of time with the date and time for the appearance. 

On the day of the appearance, I always checked to make sure the post was up--a few times it wasn't and I had to send a reminder.

Other hosts, obviously ones who've done this before, sent me reminders with the post's URL before hand or on the morning of the correct date.

That's all I can think of at the moment, but I do thank everyone who hosted me as I know it's a lot of work.

I believe the tour was successful and I had far more unique commenters than ever before. 

And I had fun.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Sunday, April 27, 2014

This and That in the Life of This Author

This has been a busy, busy month.

Besides the blog tour, which had a few more glitches than usual and I'll be giving some tips about what I will do differently next time, if there is a next time, I've done a lot of traveling. At least for me.

The first weekend of the month, hubby and I headed over to Morro Bay--one of our most favorite places so I could join with my sisters and misters in the Central Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime. I wrote about it earlier, but the best part is always seeing my friends who live in the area.

I didn't have to travel far to do a presentation in our local library, only 17 miles. I love the Porterville Library and their staff.

Traveling with my daughter this time, we headed back to the coastal area and Santa Maria where I joined up with the CC chapter of Sisters in Crime again at the Santa Maria Library. This was a fast trip--but as usual, we both had a great time.

It was fun to stay in the Santa Maria Inn once again, one of my favorite places.

In-between times, I've had all the ordinary living things to do and I am working on my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery--but it's been difficult to find the time to do it. Usually by this time, I'm all done and going back over the book to check for errors etc.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Friday, April 25, 2014

Central Coast Sisters in Crime at Santa Maria Library

Once again I traipsed across the valley to the coast to join with the Central Coast Sisters in Crime at an event. This time it was at the most wonderful Santa Maria Library. We had a group discussion on how to plot a mystery. Lots of fun, because we all do it differently.

The whole group.

Me and Barbara Hodges

This time daughter Lisa drove me over and we had a great time the day before, visited Morro Bay, had a great lunch, did some sight seeing along the way, checked into the Santa Maria Inn.

This was the first time that we stayed in the newer part of the hotel. At the desk, I told the clerk, "Darn, no ghosts." Another guest heard me and laughed, and told me that I'd made his day.

Our room was huge compared to the ones in the older part of the hotel where the movie stars of old always stayed. Lisa and I explored a bit so she could see how gorgeous the old hotel is, then we had dinner in the dining room.

Next morning we opted for something a bit less expensive and went off to eat breakfast in a nearby restaurant. From there we headed to the library. Santa Maria Library is a large and most beautiful structure with touches of what looks like Moroccan or Spanish architecture. 

The meeting room was large with wonderful acoustics. Right away we were greeted by old friends--that's what I love about the Central Coast Sisters in Crime bunch. 

Afterwards we ate at a Chinese restaurant right across from the Santa Maria Inn, a place I've wanted to eat in but never tried before. Then we were off on the long drive back home.

We had a great time, but it's always great to get back home.

(And hubby said he was happy to have me back.)


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bleeding Through by Sandra Parshall

This is one of the books I received in my book bag at Left Coast Crime in Monterey. I do not know Sandra Parshall personally, but I feel like I know her from her postings on the Sisters in Crime listserve. I was tickled to receive this book, among many, and read it first.

Believe me, I was not disappointed.

Bleeding Through is an excellent mystery with all the needed ingredients, but a a heightened sense of suspense. Not only is there the discovery of the dead body of a woman who has been missing for along time, but a stalker with plans for mayhem and murder.

The main character, Rachel Goddard, is a veterinarian, and along with Deputy Tom Bridger, takes teenagers on an outing to clean up trash in rural Mason County, Virginia. One of the teens makes a grisly discovery, the body of her missing sister.

As the cliche says, the plot thickens immediately.

If you like your mystery with plenty of chills, you'll love Bleeding Through.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Monday, April 21, 2014

Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara

I met Naomi Hirahara several years ago at a Sister in Crime meeting in Pasadena. At that time she hadn't been published. I was a speaker at the meeting talking about e-books--long before many people had a clue what they were.

Since that time, Naomi has become the award winning writer of the Mas Arai mysteries. Now, she heading in another direction with her new Officer Ellie Rush mystery series.

Officer Ellie Rush is an L.A. bicycle police officer and comes across a dead boy while working--a former college class mate. Of course the story covers Ellie's part in discovering the identity of the murderer, but there is so much more.

For me, I loved the family drama and a peek into a culture I know little about.

Best of all was following Ellie along as she traveled the streets of Los Angeles, Eagle Rock and Pasadena--places I knew well as a girl.

I loved Murder on Bamboo Lane and if you like mysteries, you will too.

And as a side-note, over the years I've run into Naomi here and there, different mystery conventions, and most recently at Left Coast Crime in Monterey where I was privileged to sit at her table at the awards banquet.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Last Days of my Blog Tour for Murder in the Worst Degree

April 20 Cora Ramos http://coraramos-cora.blogspot.com 
How romance plays a part in the book

April 21 Pamela Mason http://thoughtsinprogress.blogspot.com/ Review

April 22 Morgan Mandell http://sweetnotspicy.blogspot.com/ Several Romances


April 24 Mary Welk http://www.marwelk.com/ Social Issues

April 25 Chris Redding http://chrisreddingauthor.blogspot.com/  How I Do My Research

April 26 Writers Who Kill http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/
Ways I’ve Murdered People

April 28 Cheryl Malandrinos http://thebookconnection.blogspot.com/ 

April29 Kathleen Kaska http://kathleenkaskawrites.blospot.com/ Choosing Names for Characters
April 29 Mike Orenduff  http://thepotthief.blogspot.com/ 
How My Books Have Changed

My Experience with Killers

Thursday, April 17, 2014

About Rayne E. Golay, author of The Wooden Chair

Some people are lucky to spend their whole life in the village or town or country where they were born. They’re surrounded by relatives and friends they’ve known since childhood. These people have deep roots. I believe they are very rich. My life has been made of a different cloth with hues of the rainbow. It’s been about change and adaptation.

I was born in Helsinki, Finland during the Finno-Russian winter war. When I was very small, my mother used to read to me. She helped me form words. As she was done reading  “A Thousand and One Nights” my passion for literature was born. From then on, I read everything with the printed word: matchboxes, newspapers, pamphlet and books, of course. I was no more than six years old when my father obtained a library card for me. Believe me, that was one of the happiest days of my childhood. To this day, I read at least three books a week. In school, I always had high grades in composition, and wanted to be a journalist, but my parents had other plans. I complied, obtained a Masters degree in psychology, and was later certified as addictions counselor in England after studies in the United States.

Skilled in languages, from the age of fifteen I translated dialogues in Hollywood movies from English into Finnish and Swedish. This, my first paying job, came through my father, who was the Nordic managing director 20th Century Fox.

After graduation, I married, had two children in rapid succession. My then husband was transferred to Geneva, Switzerland, so that’s where we moved with our two wonderful children.

In Geneva, I worked in a multinational company, DuPont de Nemours International, as an addictions counselor with responsibilities for all of the company’s European subsidiaries. During this time, I wrote two non-fiction books: one about alcoholism, another about dysfunction in the workplace. I also wrote the script to “Something of The Danger That Exists,” a 50 minute film, used within the company as part of an educational program, which I facilitated. In my function, I was a frequent speaker on chemical dependence at conferences and to business groups. As I oversaw company subsidiaries and plant sites throughout Europe and the then East Block countries, I’m fortunate to have traveled extensively. Through my work with addicts and alcoholics I encountered some adult victims of child abuse and neglect, which inspired my award winning novel THE WOODEN CHAIR.

As an avid reader, I’ve read most American, French and Russian classics, modern literature and poetry. It may seem that my books are autobiographical, particularly THE WOODEN CHAIR, but that’s not so. I believe in writing about what I know, so my life has parallels in Leini’s story.

My whole life I’ve longed for the sun and warmth. When opportunity presented itself, I took up residence in Florida. I live here with my partner, my best friend, my third husband.

The award winning novel THE WOODEN CHAIR is my second book. At present, I’m editing my third story.

“The Wooden Chair” is available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com www.store.untreedreads.com

Rayne E. Golay


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Library Visit and Easter

This is National Library Week and on Friday, April 18th, I'll be heading over to Santa Maria with my daughter at the wheel. She loves to drive and she'll be my helper this time. We're going to stay at the Santa Maria Inn overnight, one of my favorite places. Daughter will love it.

On Saturday, April 19th, I'll once again be joining the Central Coast Sisters in Crime for an event, this time at the Santa Maria Library, 4215 W. McClelland at 10 a.m.

We authors will be having a panel discussion about plotting your mystery. Should be interesting and enlightening because I'm sure we all go about it differently. We'll all have copies of our books and I'm bringing several from both mystery series.

And yes, I'm looking forward to seeing my fellow Sisters and Misters again. 

We won't be hanging around though once the event is over and everyone who wants to buy a book has, because we'll be heading back home that afternoon. The reason being the next day is Easter.

All the churches in Springville are joining together for an Easter Sunrise Service in the park at 6:30 a.m. The youth from the churches will be providing the music. My daughter is the pastor's wife at our church and of course she needs to be there--and I want to be there too.

So, Happy Easter everyone. And if you are in Santa Maria on the the 19th, do stop by and see us at the library.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Defense of Not Being a Work-Aholic

Everyone always remarks about all my energy and I've been accused of being a work-aholic. Neither is true.

When you get to be my age, or at least in my case, my energy only lasts so long. I rise early and get started right away. Unlike others I've read about, I always shower and dress first knowing that if I didn't, I might not get dressed all day. Besides, it's what I've done all my life. 

After straightening the kitchen and making a cup of Chai latte, I sit down at my computer where I do my Bible study, Email and a quick check of Facebook come next. And because I'm on a blog tour right now, I promote whatever blog I'm visiting on Facebook, Twitter, all the Facebook groups and lists that I belong too. During the day I'll be checking to see who has commented and reply to them, keeping a list of who comments for my contest.

I always have an ongoing to-do list which will include working on the three newsletters I'm responsible for: mine (monthly), PSWA (quarterly), and CRSA (monthly), any promotion sites I want to use, writing blogs for Make Mine Mystery and The Stiletto Gang (2 times a month), and my own blog. I have something new here every two days--and if I don't have a guest, I need to come up with something.

I check my calendar often to make sure I don't forget to do or plan for something. Next on the calendar is heading over to Santa Maria on Friday (means deciding what to wear and packing) because I'm joining the Central Coast Sisters in Crime once again on Saturday, April 19 from 9:30 to noon at the Santa Maria Library at 421 S. McClelland. We're going to be talking about plotting.

And there's Easter. Because of the traveling on the day before, I've had to ask my daughter-in-law to make salads for our Easter dinner--already have the honey baked ham.

By late afternoon, I'm done. I'm probably going to fix dinner, but there won't be any work from then on. Hubby and I will no doubt watch a Netflix movie or some ongoing series using our Roku.

There are other things that come up along the way--and because I don't want to forget, I take care of whatever it is in a timely manner. Procrastination just isn't part of my personality.

I've always gotten great satisfaction out of accomplishing things--unfortunately, these days I'm not able to do nearly as much as I used to--but after all, I am 80.

Marilyn aka F. M . Meredith

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Porterville Library Visit During National Library Week

On Monday, April 14, 10 a.m., I'll be at the Porterville Public Library, 41 West Thurman Ave., Porterville CA, as part of the celebration for National Library Week.

My topic will be about writing two mystery series. However, I'm always open to questions of any kind--about writing, getting published, etc.

I'll have my four latest books in my two series available for sale and signing:

Deputy Tempe Crabtree series:

Spirit Shapes

Raging Water

In the Rocky Bluff P.D. series:

Murder in the Worst Degree

Dangerous Impulses

For all the events going on this week:


Hope to see some of you there,

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yikes! The Electricity Went Out!

Right while I was promoting my stop for the day on my blog tour, the electricity went out. It was a little after 6 a.m. and still dark outside.

I waited and it came back on again--but almost immediately went off.

It was off for a long while so I got out my iPad and began working on it. I love it, but it's not as easy as working on my PC.

When it finally came back on to stay, I switched back to my PC. It made me realize how much we rely on our electricity. Yes, I did make do with my iPad--but I was lucky because it was fully charged as was my phone.

I thought about those who rely on electric alarm clocks--bet there were some folks around here who overslept.

When we first moved to the foothills we lost our electricity a lot--often during a storm.

When we had our care home, the women who lived with us just couldn't understand why we couldn't get the TV back on. And it it happened in the evening, some were scared of the dark. Fortunately we had some batter powered lamps and a battery powered radio to use in such times.

More recently, I remember play games by candlelight just to pass the time.

I have a feeling today's black out was due to someone running into a power pole. And if so, I hope the person or persons are okay.

Because so much of my work is done on my computer, losing the electricity really makes me realize how much I rely on it.

And if you haven't done it yet, be sure to visit http://earlwstaggs.wordpress.com/ where my topic is about things I'll never write. (That is April 11's stop.)

On April 12 I'll be visiting Cheryl Malandrinos and talking about some of the cops on the Rocky Bluff P.D.
http://the busymomsdaily.com/

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Next 10 Days in the Murder in the Worst Degree Blog Tour

If you're following along for the contest and missed a few blogs, scroll down and you'll come across the list of the first 10.

April 11 Earl Staggs http://earlwstaggs.wordpress.com/  
Things I’ll Never Write

April12 Cheryl Malandrinos http://thebusymomsdaily.com/ 
About Some of the Cops on RBPD

April 13 Marja McGraw http://blog.marjamcgraw.com/ 
Inspiration for the Latest

How I Get My Ideas

April 15 Rebecca Buckley http://www.rebeccabuckley.blogspot.com.  
Writing Friends

April 16 Kaye George http://travelswithkaye.blogspot.com/  
A Visit to Rocky Bluff

April 17 Jackie Houchin http://jackiehouchin2.wordpress.com/
How Rocky Bluff P.D. Became a Series

April 18 Stephen Brayton http://stephenbrayton.wordpress.com How I get Titles

April 19 Janet Greger http://jlgregerblog.blogspot.com/  Review

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Thoughts About My Blog Tour Thus Far

1. It's a lot more work than I remembered from all the other blog tours I've done.

2. I decided on the day before the tour that I should check with everyone to make sure each one was ready for the day I would be visiting. It was a good thing I did because some had the wrong day and others said they never received anything from me. (Even though everyone emailed me a return saying they'd received my material when I sent it.)

3. It's probably best to send everything in .doc format rather than .docx as some end up with an empty document if they aren't able to open the docx.

4. Not as many people seem to be leaving comments though I've had the hosts tell me a lot have stopped by and read the post. That leads me to think I should change my contest to something different. Right now it is for the person who leaves comments on the most blogs to have a character in the next book named after them.

5. Though it's a challenge, I love coming up with something unique to write for each post. Even if I'm asked the same question, I've managed to come up with a different answer.

6. Promoting each day takes a lot of time. I'm sending the info out to different lists and to my groups on Facebook. Is it doing any good? I'm not sure, probably too early to tell.

7. Is it resulting in sales? Who knows.

8. Will I do it again? Who knows--probably will because I like doing it. One change might be to only do it for a shorter period of time.

If you want to jump in on today's and tomorrow's stop go here:

http://jwillsbooks.com/  John interviewed me.
http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/  Why My Characters Won't Let me Go

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Central Coast Sisters in Crime Book Signing

 This Sunday, April 6 from 1-3, several members of the Central Coast chapter of Sister is Crime will gather at the Coalesce Bookstore and Wedding Chapel, 845 Main St., Morro Bay.

Not only will it be a book signing, but each participant will give a 5 minute reading or talk about their book(s).

And (I know this is important) there will be refreshments!

Those who will be presenting are: Tony Piazza (the president of CCSinC), Sue McGinty, Paul Fahey, Barbara Hodges, Anne R. Allen, Natalie Jarboe, and me.

The event will be held in the chapel and the beautiful garden patio.

My hubby and I love to go over to these events, it's like a mini-vacation. We're good friends with so many of the members because we've been joining the chapter for events for a long, long time.

I do hope some of you who are in the area will come join us.

I'll have copies of Murder in the Worst Degree, Dangerous Impulses, Spirit Shapes and Raging Water.



Marilyn Meredith aka F. M. Meredith

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Miracle Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?

I can’t help myself.

I wrote about a fictitious cure for leukemia in Essentially Yours (Tall Pines Mysteries, book #2) because my cousin suffers from this dreaded disease and I wanted so badly for someone to find a cure. I can’t help but imagine the day when a real cure arrives, and somehow, I was compelled to write about it.

My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of ninety, in 1997. This woman was a powerhouse of personality. I based my character Maddy Coté in the LeGarde Mysteries on her flamboyant and gushing mannerisms in Gram’s honor.

Gram was a real rebel for her day. Imagine a “grandmother” DYING her hair BLOND in the fifties! Whoa, now that was a shocker. She always wore colorful outfits, loud chunky jewelry, gave loud smacking kisses, and smashed me to her bosom when she saw me. And worst and most shocking of all, my grandmother drank BEER. Yes, a green bottle of Narragansett accompanied every meal.

Indeed. She was one wild woman.

And I adored her.

I will never forget how the illness stole her away from us, and how I felt the first time she didn’t remember me. I also remember the intensely personal and amazing moment when I sang one of “our songs,” to her, and she came back to me for just a few minutes, calling me by name and saying “Isn’t it nice to be with family?” just before the curtain fell again and she disappeared forever.

Sigh. It still makes me very sad.

So, here I am seventeen years later, making up a miracle cure for the dreaded disease that has affected so many people. I just hope it’s prophetic.  

In Lady Blues: forget-me-not, my protagonist Gus LeGarde, befriends an elderly gentleman, Kip Sterling, in a new nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients.

Gus refers to himself as “a hopeless romantic, a Renaissance man caught in the twenty-first century.” No stranger to passion or heartache, Gus lavishes love on his family and dog as he mourns the loss of his lifetime soul mate, Elsbeth, in the first book of the series, Double Forté. He teaches music at Conaroga University, imparting the love of the classics to his young students. Gus is passionate about French Impressionist painters, gardening, and cooking lavish gourmet meals for his family and friends. His rambling, 1811 Greek Revival farm house lies among the rolling hills and bucolic splendor of the Genesee Valley. He plays Chopin etudes to clear his mind and feed his soul, and has an impeccable inner moral compass. By the time we get to Lady Blues, book ten in the series, he has fallen in love with and married Camille Coté, Maddy’s daughter. 

Now, back to our story about the miracle.

When a new drug called Memorphyl starts working on Kip and memories start to bubble to the surface in this fascinating fellow, all kinds of trouble is stirred up. But one persistent memory keeps on bugging him, and he asks Gus for help.

Back in 1946, Kip lost the love of his life, Miss Arabella Mae Dubois, affectionately known as Bella, a lusty and talented blues singer he met in the Harlem clubs. Kip is obsessed with finding her, and Gus promises to help.

Now that I think about it, the Bella I created here actually has quite a bit in common with my grandmother, personality-wise. Hmm. Interesting parallels, I think. Bella and Kip, a biracial couple in a very intolerant age, were quite the rebels, themselves.

Wouldn't it be great if someday, somewhere, somehow, we really do get a cure for Alzheimer’s? What if all the memories came pouring back, and patients in nursing homes began to be released back to their families?

I love the idea. Hey, maybe if I write about it enough, it’ll come true someday!

 Past and present collide when an Alzheimer’s patient’s fragile memory holds the key to solving mysteries dating back to World War II—including a long lost secret love affair.

Music professor Gus LeGarde is just doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to play piano for church services at a local nursing home. He doesn’t expect to be drawn into a new friendship with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient dubbed “the music man” or to stumble across a decades-old mystery locked inside the man’s mind.

Octogenarian Kip Sterling doesn’t know his own name—but he speaks Gus’s language, spouting jazz terms like “cadence” and “interlude” and “riff.” He’s also obsessed with “his Bella,” but nobody knows who she is.

When Kip is given a new drug called Memorphyl, he starts to remember bits and pieces of his life. Gus learns Bella was Kip’s first and only love, but their relationship was shrouded in scandal. Intrigued, Gus agrees to help search for her. Could she still be alive?

Horrified when the miracle drug suddenly stops working and patients begin to backslide, Gus panics. Can he help Kip find his beloved Bella before his newfound memories disappear?

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of three mystery series, Lazar enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at lazarbooks.com.
Twilight Times Books by multi-award winning author, Aaron Lazar:

UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)  
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
VIRTUOSO (~2014)

HEALEY'S CAVE (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)



WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3 (ebooks and audio books)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Why I Write What I Write by Patricia Gligor

Some of the best advice on writing I’ve ever gotten was to “write in the genre you love to read.” Since mystery/suspense novels have always intrigued me, I knew early on that that’s what I wanted to write. Like most writers, I hope to entertain my readers and offer them escape from their everyday world. But I have another reason for writing what I write; I have a message to deliver. There’s something I feel compelled to share and I choose to do that through my books because I know that fiction can often make a point in a way that non-fiction can’t. If the writer incorporates it into their story rather than belaboring the point.
Another excellent piece of advice I got was to “write what you know.” And that’s exactly what I’m doing in my Malone mystery series. You see, David, Ann Kern’s husband, is an alcoholic and his ongoing struggle with alcoholism is a sub-plot in my books. I’ve known some wonderful people who happen to be alcoholics and I believe it’s important for everyone to learn more about alcoholism. That it isn’t a condition limited to skid row bums. That lots of people you’d never suspect are functioning alcoholics. That alcoholism is a disease with many emotional symptoms in addition to an overwhelming urge to drink. And, that there is help available for alcoholics and the people who love them. 
Here's an excerpt, showing David's emotional turmoil, from the third book in my Malone mystery series, Desperate Deeds.
 David was lucky to have his family and he didn’t want to lose them. He knew he should focus on all that he had but, right now, all he could think about was all that he’d lost. He’d lost his mother and he’d lost his job.
He closed his eyes to clear his head and saw the image of his mother lying dead on her kitchen floor with a whiskey bottle on the floor beside her. He wanted to put all of that behind him but there seemed to be no way to escape the painful memory. Was that why he’d come here tonight? To escape? To get a break from all of his problems, if only for a little while? And, really, was that such a bad thing? Was it wrong to want a break? Didn’t everybody deserve that?
He quickly opened his eyes and returned to staring at the gold liquid in the glass on the bar in front of him. It was so tempting. Just one sip. He licked his lips. He could almost taste the smooth whiskey and feel its calming effects as it slid down his throat. What could that possibly hurt? He picked up the glass and held it out in front of him. “Here’s to you, Mother.”


As Ann Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.

When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no object, contacts Ann to redecorate her house, Ann is elated. But her initial visit with her first client leaves her with mixed emotions. Why did Janis react so strangely to seeing a photo of Ann’s six-year-old son, Davey?

But Ann has bigger problems. Her husband, David, a recovering alcoholic, has lost both his mother and his job and Ann worries that he’ll start drinking again. To add to her concerns, their next-door-neighbor, Dorothy Baker, is severely depressed but Ann’s efforts to help her are rebuffed.

Ann is terrified when she wakes up the day before Easter to find Davey gone. Another child, Kelly Kramer, has been missing since December. Does some pervert have both children and what, if anything, can Ann do to get her son back?



Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. Mixed Messages and Unfinished Business, the first two novels in her Malone Mystery series, were published by Post Mortem Press. Desperate Deeds is the third novel in the series.