Things have been incredibly busy since I returned from my trip to China in October. My fantastic editors got busy with Legends Can Be Murder, #15 in my Charlie Parker series, and it is now available! Click over to my home page for full details on that. And there's more ...

We also got busy on something new, just for this holiday season
… I love winter and the holidays and wanted to do something special this year, so we’ve created an e-book boxed set containing all my titles that have holiday themes—I never realized I had so many!

“Gift Wrapped For Murder” includes Sweet Holidays, Honeymoons Can Be Murder, Buried Secrets Can Be Murder, and Holidays Can Be Murder. A fun gift for any avid reader on your list—hostess gift, co-worker, neighbor, or stocking stuffer! Act soon because, like Santa disappearing up the chimney, this set will not be around after Christmas.

Readers Want to Know:

Q. Do you read a lot and which authors or books do you choose?

A. Absolutely, I love to read! It’s what got me started on the path to writing. These days I probably don’t read as much as many of you do. I average about one book a week when I’m writing, and I always read something other than mysteries at that time so another writer’s work won’t influence my own.

Occasionally, like on vacation, I’ll manage two or three in a week if the author really captures my attention.

Favorites in the mystery genre are New Mexico authors Tony Hillerman, Susan Slater and Steve Brewer, along with more mainstream names like Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich. Elizabeth George for British settings and Ruth Rendell for psychological mystery. I also love historical fiction by Ken Follett; literary authors such as Jodi Picoult, Donna Tartt, and Barbara Kingsolver; suspense like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn or The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. And once in awhile I’ll indulge in a fast-paced story by Stephen King (favorite was 11/22/63, his otherworldly take on the Kennedy assassination). Really, there are so many authors and series that I can’t name them all!  For non-fiction I’ll confess that a lot of my passions revolve around writing and publishing (any surprise there?), but I also love psychology, inspirational, and things that explain how our complex minds work and other quirky things that happen. Example: The Tipping Point and other books by Malcolm Gladwell.

I love to chat with readers about books and writing and just about anything, so be sure to send me your questions!

And finally, I want to take a moment to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. Warmest regards from my household to yours!

This has been an incredible year and I'm feeling somewhat dizzied by how lucky I've been. I've met so many new readers (I'm SO appreciative of your comments about my books!), and I spent all summer writing and hoping to live up to your expectations with new stories.

The newest Samantha book, Sweet Holidays, just went live today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords in all e-book formats. The print version is on CreateSpace and will soon be just a click away through the other bookselling sites as well, plus being available to any bookstore where you might want to order it. My home page has the links.

And . . . this past week has been a milestone for my Charlie Parker series. Amazon's promotional efforts resulted in sales of nearly 30,000 books in one short week, propelling the first Charlie title into the #1 ranking in Mysteries/Women Sleuths, the #1 spot in Thrillers/Suspense, and the #6 spot in Kindle books overall. I literally had to catch my breath when I read those stats. And it's all because of the wonderful folks who buy and read my books. You guys are awesome!

As we head into winter, I hope Sweet Holidays will bring the holiday spirit to readers and that you will have fun with Sam and Beau and the whole crew at Sweet's Sweets. Enjoy the treats, savor an extra piece of chocolate, and know that I count you as a special blessing in my life.

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