The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

Rain! Yellow leaves on the ground, the brown grass. The remnants of summer flowers are soaking it up, relishing the feel of water. It’s a perfect day for writing that third Ned McNeil cozy mystery. What would you do if you were ready to settle in for a snug time at home (like today or […]

If You or I Were a Mouse in the House

If You or I Were a Mouse in the House

If I had been a mouse  yesterday, scurrying around my house, I might have heard the chatter of four women who got together over coffee and black-bottom cupcakes around the hundred-year old table in my dining room. If I had been a cat, I would have headed for the cushion in front of the fireplace […]

A Damp, Dark Beginning to November

A Damp, Dark Beginning to November

Today’s post is a repeat of a past post but I thought you might enjoy it once again.   The sun still hasn’t managed to tip the treetops. Somewhere in the east, it is slowly making its way to the horizon but it isn’t there yet. And, although the weatherman says rain won’t move in […]

What Is Creeping Through the Shadows?

What Is Creeping Through the Shadows?

Something is creeping through the shadows and peering around the corners. There’s a scratching at the window. Is it only a swaying tree branch brushed by a wayward wind? Or, is it something more sinister? Are your doors locked? Is the fireplace flickering? Do you have a good supply of hot chocolate and cozy mysteries […]

Guesting at Southern Writers Magazine

Guesting at Southern Writers Magazine

If there’s an extra lilt to my writing this morning, it’s because my guest blog at Southern Writers Magazine is on this prestigious magazine’s blog page.  What did I write about? Snagging the reader’s attention. As a reader, you have a vast sea of books from which to choose. When you pick up a book and […]

The Mystery Lies Somewhere Within

The Mystery Lies Somewhere Within

Ah! So, it’s you, Mysterious Mystery Reader, checking in this morning. Good morning and may your day be as bright with blessings as colored leaves on the maple tree. I want to know something–an answer to a mystery. When you open the pages of a cozy mystery, any cozy mystery, what do you hope or […]