What Is Family?

What Is Family?

I want my readers to feel a sense of belonging, a part of the world of Darcy and Flora or Ned. As these intrepid sleuths sit down for coffee or watch the flames dance in the fireplace, or face danger and dreaded possibilities,  I hope that sense of family, friendship, and sharing reaches out from […]

When There’s Nothing Else To Do

When There’s Nothing Else To Do

Reaching across the table, I squeezed her hand. “Oh, Mom, think of it! Think of the people we’ve always looked up to, so respectable and virtuous, so God-fearing and honest. How’d they get that way? Maybe it’s because they came through some tough times. Maybe it’s because they strayed from the Lord and He brought […]

When the Earth Shifted

When the Earth Shifted

We went down the steps and around the corner of the house to watch such strange behavior on the part of these usually gentle animals. Still squealing, the horses and mule ran into their barn and immediately began to kick the sides of the wooden structure. A loud crash came from the far side of […]

Free Book Greets Summer

Free Book Greets Summer

Today is the first day of summer! Enjoy these warm, lovely days even more with a shivery cozy mystery. Grave Heritage, the fourth cozy in the Darcy and Flora series, is free today and tomorrow. It’s the rainiest July in Levi, Oklahoma’s history. A stranger in town is murdered. Darcy and Flora’s lives are threatened. […]

The Not So Nice Mice

The Not So Nice Mice

A Fable By Blanche Day Manos The hundred year-old barn was home to a cow, a rooster, some hens, and a mule who pulled a plow. The days they spent in working; each one did its best, and when the sun sank from the sky, the animals wanted rest. But, when evening fell across the […]

Listening to a Story

Listening to a Story

Sometimes, it’s nice to just listen to a story instead of reading it. I loved hearing a bedtime story when I was a child, and I still like to hear a good book. I’ll bet you do too. Did you know that my four Darcy and Flora cozy mysteries are available as audio books on […]

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