Shining the Light on #ModernSlavery

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know that ending human-trafficking is a cause I am passionate about. Perhaps you wonder why this cause haunts me. Today seems like the right day to share what I have witnessed. My family moved to Kerrville, Texas in 1984. I was about to be a sophomore in …

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From Modern Slavery to Chocolate Muffins

Have we talked about how much I love chocolate? I’ve been addicted as long as I can remember. And bread… well, that’s just a gateway drug for me. I am learning that if I can stay away from bread and crackers I have a much better chance of staying on my food plan. So you …

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Book Review: TIDEWATER MURDER by C. Hope Clark

Tidewater Murder is #2 in the Carolina Slade series by C. Hope Clark. I was late to the party, and unfortunately am reading the series in reverse order, having started with Palmetto Poison, which is #3. I really enjoyed Tidewater Murder, and would love to do an in-depth analysis of this book, but will forgo the pleasure …

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Book Review: PALMETTO POISON by C. Hope Clark

Palmetto Poison is #3 in the Carolina Slade series by C. Hope Clark. I confess I have not read the previous installments, and almost opted not to review this book as I felt guilty for not starting at the beginning. After a bit more thought I decided to see if this book could stand alone. …

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Reconnaissance Work–Hospital Security

Since my primary work-in-progress (WIP) is a medical thriller, I use every visit to every hospital to research setting and security. Today was one of those days. One of my husband's duties as a ministry intern while in seminary is to visit church members in the hospital. Since I know two of the three people …

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Book Review: Partners in Crime by James Reid

I was fortunate to be able to purchase a pre-release copy of Partners in Crime by James Reid. I read it in less than twenty-four hours as I was unable to put it down. You can find the summary and purchase information on the author's website and Goodreads.com. This hard-boiled police procedural is set in Atlanta …

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Capital Punishment: A New and Improved Decision?

One of the best parts of being a mystery writer is attending Mystery Writers of America meetings. Granted, I’m not a full-fledged member yet, but I’m working towards it and thrilled that they allow unpublished authors to attend. Each meeting of the Southwest chapter has a guest speaker presenting an aspect of mystery writing, the …

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Flash Fiction: “Darlene’s Words”

His comment stupefied me. I couldn't have been more stunned if he had said my sweet elderly Baptist MeMaw pole-danced on Friday nights. Surely this unkempt middle-aged man standing next to me was joking or maybe living in an altered mental state. You couldn't be too sure about anybody these days. Seven of us stood warming around this trash-can …

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Appearances are Deceiving

I had a great time at the Mystery Writers of America’s monthly meeting Saturday morning. Our guest speaker was a psychotherapist who shared information on personality disorders in order to help us develop more accurate, rounded, and dynamic villains. After the presentation we ate and visited. Hanging out with a group of writers is always …

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Praying for Aurora, CO

Like most people, I was shocked to learn about the shootings in Aurora, CO. My prayers are for the victims, the police officers and FBI agents working the case, the EMTs and doctors who had to ignore their own feelings to care for the wounded, the families of all involved, the community as a whole, …

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