On Location: “Rose in Bloom”

Hi, everyone. Today, I thought it would be fun to share a little video I made. It shows some of the scenery you’ll find in Rose in Bloom. You can pre-order this friends-to-lovers romance novella here. Enjoy!

Meeting One of My Literary Heroes

Photo by Robin Somers

Hi, friends. I had the great honor to sit down with one of my literary heroes, Bruce Holsinger, yesterday. Bruce is the kind of author I aspire to be, capable of putting readers right into the action and keeping us involved on every page. The Sisters in Crime Coastal Cruisers chapter hosted Bruce for a discussion about his work. We all learned a great deal, and had a good time to boot. Here’s my review of his brand-new book.

The DisplacementsThe Displacements by Bruce Holsinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Part environmental thriller, part coming-of-age, and all wildly entertaining, “The Displacements” could have been ripped from today’s headlines.

When the first-ever Cat 6 hurricane destroys Coral Gables, Daphne and her kids are sent to a refugee camp. They’d been well-to-do, but suddenly Daphne discovers that her husband, Brantley, has left her penniless. She has to figure out how to get by, and how to keep her kids safe. But Gavin’s got a secret, Oliver just wants to play, and Mia wants friends … all difficult things to deal with in a camp filled with thousands of people, most less privileged than the Hall family. There are a lot of growing pains along the way.

Rain Holton, the refugee camp’s manager, has some growing pains of her own throughout the story. She learns more about herself and her adult daughter than she’s quite ready to handle.

This book is difficult to classify, and also hard to review without delivering spoilers. Suffice it to say that it’s an amazing read. Highly recommended.

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Happy Birthday, Jerry Lee — Free eBook to Celebrate!

Jerry Lee Lewis is 86 years young today. Here’s a snippet from It Happened in Memphis, a bonus track, and a coupon code to get a free copy of the eBook. Enjoy!


It Happened in MemphisEvie went down the stairs that she’d taken just moments before. The studio looked totally different. There were no photos on the walls, no X marks on the floor … just a group of people milling around. Evie shook her head in confusion.

Over at the piano, a man with dark blond hair sat on the bench with three others gathered around. A long-legged, dark-haired woman in a woolen suit with a pencil skirt sat on the back of the spinet while a man took their photograph.

After the photographer left, one of the men left as well, everyone calling out “So long, Johnny” or something similar as he walked out the door. The man who’d been at the piano helped the young woman down from the back of it and went over to chat with a bunch of friends who’d evidently come with him.

“Whoo-ee, ain’t you a pretty thing?” One of the other men who’d been in that big photograph came over to Evie. He had wavy, peroxide-blonde hair and the most arresting amber eyes that Evie had ever seen. “What’s your name, baby doll”

“I’m Evangeline Boudreaux. I think I left my purse in here earlier. It’s turquoise and white, to go with my dress. I don’t imagine you’ve seen it?”

“I ain’t seen no pocketbook, no. But I tell you what; with a name like Evangeline Boudreaux, and that sweet accent of yours, you must be from Louisiana. Guess what? I am, too. Jerry Lee Lewis, from Ferriday. What do they call you at home, baby doll?”

“Evie.”

“Nah, that ain’t right. That’s a little girl’s name. Reckon I’ll call you Lina. How ‘bout that?”


You can get your own copy of It Happened in Memphis by clicking here. Enter coupon code MN39K to get it free of charge through Oct. 31, 2021.

Back cover copy: Evie Boudreaux has a knack for seeing history in action. Why? Because she sees ghosts. Come along on a visit to Tupelo and Memphis, and see the earliest days of rock music through Evie’s eyes! Buy “It Happened in Memphis,” Pocketful of Stories No. 7, today!

 

Happy Anniversary, Gaston Leroux!

iteotbToday, September 23, 2021, marks the 112th anniversary of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera — in a way. It was initially published as a serial in a French magazine called Le Gaulois, and the first chapter appeared 100 years ago today.

The complete novel, as we know it today, appeared in April 1910. Leroux’s thinly veiled social commentary on Parisian society has inspired numerous films, musicals and books — not the least of which is my In The Eye of The Beholder.

Today, I wish “bon anniversaire” to my beloved Erik, whose voice cried out in my heart that his story was not over.