being the twenty-first mystery in the Daisy Dalrymple series, I feel as if
Daisy has come of age. When I started, with Death at Wentwater Court,
she was twenty-five, unmarried, hoping to scratch out a living with her
writing. Over 21 books, she's aged by four years and acquired a Scotland Yard
detective for a husband, along with a stepdaughter and twin babies.
writes articles for UK and US magazines, but owing to a lucky inheritance,
that's just spending money now.
DCI Alec Fletcher have travelled all over England, across the Atlantic by ocean
liner, andacross America in a biplane, finding suspicious bodies wherever they
have been published in English in the US, UK, and worldwide, in hardcover,
paperback, large print, ebook, and audio. There have been German translations,
and most recently Polish.
next for Daisy and Alec? I confess to having considered retirement after
writing Heirs of the Body. Not because I was or am tired of Daisy—I
still love her dearly, but because 21 books seemed like enough for any series!
Then my editor at Minotaur, unasked, offered me contracts for two more. That
was awfully hard to turn down.
in fact. So Daisy is presently embroiled with another murder. For once I know
whodunnit—it isn't always so. But I'm wondering how Daisy and Alec are going to
find out, and what adventures they'll meet along the way!
Dunn is the author of over 55 historical novels, including 21 mysteries in the
Daisy Dalrymple series (England 1920s), 3 Cornish Mysteries (around 1970), and
32 Regencies. She was born and grew up in England, and after 20 years in
Southern California now makes her home in Eugene, Oregon, with her lab/border
collie Trillian. Her favourite occupations are reading, gardening, classical
music, and bird-watching. She has two wonderful grandchildren.
Is the inheritance Maginel received from her
great Aunt Magda a gift or a curse? Haunted by ancestral ghosts, plagued
by demonic creatures, Maginel flees from her home. Upon her return as
an adult, Maginel seeks to remove the barrier that prevents her from
marrying the man she loves, she enters into a life and death battle for
This is also what I like to call Christian horror--and it is a scary tale.
Perfect for downloading on your Kindle.
Try it, you might like it.
And just for fun, when I was writing this book, I decided that all of Maginel's relatives with the "gift" should have unusual names beginning with M. I found some great ones, including Maginel.
When good and evil collide in the small town of Yokut Springs, Madeline
Mahoney is forced to put her friendship and religious beliefs to the
ultimate test. The story unravels when Madeline finds out that her best
friend's mother, Dian Reddick, is the High Priestess to a coven of
witches. Madeline, being very active in the Christian community, finds
the mere thought of witches ridiculous and refuses to believe such utter
nonsense. But after watching one of the witches meetings and witnessing
the initiation of their final member, she can't help but have doubts.
Especially when her best friend, Lynette, convinces her that a romance
spell is just what she needs to capture her long time crush, Brian.
If buying a Kindle for a teen, this might be just the book to purchase for a teen who likes scary books.
The cover is a bit deceiving in that there is no skeleton but there are witches--but the heroine is teenager, Madeline Mahoney. As one horrible thing happens after another, Madeline is the only one who figures out what has gone wrong in Yokut Springs.
When my girls
were just toddlers, I spent a good deal of time yanking my hair out and
wondering when I would get time to rest. Between playdates, preschool, teaching
Sunday school, and entertaining them, it never seemed to end. If I am entirely
honest, there were days I resented how much time the girls demanded.
kept telling me to cherish these moments with the children, because they are
over too soon. I laughed, well, probably snorted at them. What did they know? I
had other things I wanted to do, too. What about my writing? What about the
chance to socialize with people over the age of 4 every once in a while? When
did I get to think about me for a change?
were a bit confusing.I had wanted to
be a stay-at-home mom for so long. Why didn’t I enjoy it more?
Maybe part of
it was because I had worked full-time since I was 18. Now, I finally had a
chance to pursue my writing dreams and there were these little rugrats
monopolizing all my time. I was in groups that kept telling me if you wanted to
write, you would find the time. Heck, I was too busy trying to find time to
sleep, never mind write. I struggled for many months and thought there was no
way I could ever balance it all; no matter how organized I am.
“Um, yes. I
teach my students about You every week in Sunday school.”
aren’t you listening to yourself?”
“You tell the
kids God listens to their prayers. You tell them all they have to do is ask Me
for help. Then you plod along
frustrated and angry but never come to Me with your burdens.”
have a point there.”
God turned my
head that day. With His help, I found a better balance. I can’t say there
aren’t hectic days. This year has been full of them. But seeking God’s peace
for my life and being open to taking my direction from Him has made a huge
In the years
since, I’ve learned those empty nesters knew what they were talking about. My
girls, now both double digits, seem to need me less and less. The little things
we used to do together have gone by the wayside. Thankfully, for the most part,
they have been replaced with other things, but their time spent with friends
instead of family has increased. In a few years, they’ll be off to college and
finding their own way in the world.
wanting to cherish them is part of why I ended up writing for children. It
certainly wasn’t my intention at the beginning of my career; but my children
are a great source of inspiration for all I do. How can I turn their antics
into stories youngsters will enjoy? Which of my silly moments get the greatest
laughs? What zaniness in our lives can be interesting fodder for books?
those moments reminds me how precious they are and makes me want to hold on to
them even more.
C.C Gevry is a children’s author
from Western Massachusetts. A
Christmas Kindnessis her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the
SCBWI. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married.
Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com
About the book:
Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve.
When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused
over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring
his new friend a special gift?
Since I just sent off the corrections needed on the first galley proof for Murder in the Worst Degree it will be a while until it will be available for purchase. The target date for publication is this coming March.
At this stage, I can't even envision a cover.
For those of you not familiar with this series, Rocky Bluff is a fictional beach town located between Santa Barbara and Ventura. And though it might have some similarities to Carpenteria, it's located farther south so it is in Ventura county. Despite the fact that it isn't a real place, it seems very real to me. I can see it in my mind's eye and of course I visit each time I write or think about one of the books.
The series centers around the men and women who work for the Rocky Bluff Police Department and their families. I like to think of them as an ensemble cast and hope that readers are like me and want to know how things are progressing in their lives.
Though every book is complete in that whatever crimes crop up will be solved by The End, the characters and whatever problems they are facing continue on.
If you're wondering about the title, a friend from Nipomo suggested it for me and I decided to start writing and see what happened.
One of the major characters in the plot that unfolded called Evelyn Cullet is named after someone who won a contest to be a character in my next book. Evelyn is an Internet friend and a fellow mystery writer. I hope she likes her namesake.
That's enough for the moment.
If you'd like to see what happened in the latest book available, Dangerous Impulses is available in paper and for Kindle through Amazon.
Shirley and I decided to give a presentation on How to Get Published. We weren't sure we'd have many attendees because we were in competition with many Christmas boutiques, but to our surprise a nice group showed up.
We spoke about what it takes to be a writer, learning, finding the right publisher, and what to do once you've signed a contract and actually have a book. We come from two different perspectives as our journeys have been different.
Yes, we had our books for sale, you can see them at each end of the table. But selling books is not why I do this.
So why do you, you ask.
Because I love sharing and helping new writers. If it hadn't been for all the writers along the way who were willing to give presentations and seminars, speak at conferences, I wouldn't be the writers I am today. I learned more from other writers than from any book I ever read about writing.
Indian Paintbrush once had a different title. This is the first book of mine ever published way back in 1982. At that time it was called Trail to Glory--a name the publisher chose. Indian Paintbrush is a more fitting title as there are references to the flower all through the book.
An historical family saga, Indian Paintbrush, is based on family genealogy, my mother's side of the family. When my sister did the genealogy, I was amazed by how brave the women all were and able to support themselves when necessary in a time when women relied on men.
To write the story I had to do a lot of research about places and people I knew nothing about. I learned about early Wisconsin and the Menomenee Indians and made up a whole story about a young girl who disappeared. (The family legends about this were so far-fetched, I thought my version sounded far more realistic.)
I learned a lot about relatives I actually knew, like my great-aunt and my grandparents, even a big secret that never surfaced until my sister's search into genealogy. (And my grandparents were long gone before this book came out.)
The story is as accurate as it can be, but much is fictionalized.
This is the book that I rewrote and rewrote before it was accepted by an editor at a big New York publishing house.
I am tickled to have it revived and able to be once again read. I hope you'll enjoy it.