Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mr. Samuel's Penny by Treva Hall Melvin

http://www.poisonedpenpress.com/mr-samuels-penny/It’s 1972 and fourteen-year-old New Yorker Elizabeth Landers is sent to the sleepy town of Ahoskie, North Carolina to spend the summer with relatives. Her expectation of boredom is quickly dispelled when police sirens and flashing lights draw her to a horrible scene at the Danbury Bridge. Mr. Samuel, owner of Samuel’s Lumber Yard, has driven his car off the bridge and into the river, drowning himself and his daughter. The medical examiner thinks it’s an accident, but the Sheriff finds fresh bullet holes on the bridge right where the skid marks are. Curiously, Mr. Samuel died clutching a unique 1909 wheat penny –a penny that is then stolen from the Sheriff’s office. Elizabeth Landers sets off to find that missing penny and discovers many things about the town's residents.
I've just begun my copy of Treva Hall Melvin's mystery and had to post this because it caught my attention and imagination immediately.
To read more on the Poisoned Pen site, go here.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Beyond Suspicion has a cover!

Over at Poisoned Pen Press they announced five cover reveals and one of them was mine! So excited! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things, November 21,2014

Though I didn't officially join the blog hop, I felt it would be okay to celebrate a couple of small things.
Wednesday, I received my printed ARC books from my publisher, The Poisoned Pencil. Oh, wow, even an uncorrected proof of my book was so thrilling to hold! I can only imagine my feelings when I hold my finished YA mystery novel, Beyond Suspicion.

On top of that thrill, the arctic cold blast was kind to us this past week. It only brought cooler temperatures and some rain, but no terrible weather. It's been a week of real Autumn days! Leaves are beginning to fall, squirrels and other critters have a bounce in their steps, and I had to put my shorts away. Yay!

And now, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I love this special day of giving thanks since there are so many blessings for which I am sincerely thankful! 

Wishing God's blessings on all of you for a very happy and safe holiday with your friends and loved ones.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Buzzards in the Neighborhood

Went for my early morning walk yesterday and stopped to capture these buzzards enjoying road kill on our neighborhood main street. During the day we've gotten used to seeing them circling the skies keeping watch.
 
The drought, despite a recent two-day rain, has driven them into the busy suburbs. Anything hit by a car is found immediately and cleaned up by these scavengers. They're funny to watch when they land during high traffic. A few of the group will wait on a front lawn like a cheering section while a couple of brave ones will pull pieces of the carcass off the street and drag them to lawn and share. That was even more of a surprise because I expected them to fight over the meager bits.
 
I immediately thought of the late, extremely talented Bill Peet who could have written and illustrated a wonderful picture book based on this. Loved his work!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cherdo at Cherdo on the Flipside posted a must-read post about her mom: My Mom: The Fighter and I had to share the link. Gotta' love a woman with spunk!