First thing – winner chosen by random number generator (gotta love Google) of an e-copy of SHAWNEE HOLIDAY is Mary M. Forbes – Our Canadian visitor. Mary, look for an email from me.

Next – did I mention that GUIDEBOOK hit a couple lists the other day? Guidebook to Murder2 (eBook)

Wait for it… #1 best seller in cozy mysteries

USA TODAY best seller at #59.

And, drum roll -

NYTimes ebook list at #21.

I’m a list girl. LOL

Big thanks to all the readers who took a chance at a debut cozy. Let’s do the same for MISSION TO MURDER when it releases at the end of the month. :) Mission To Murder (eBook)

The Cowboy and I took a few days off line over the fourth. Amazing. We had such a great time. Just what I needed to unwind a little. IMG_20140601_124754_705

This weekend will find me tied to the computer, crafting out the story for Book #4 – which you’ll see in March 2015.



image006Let’s get a little country for the 4th.

What’s a country 4th of July? Melba, Idaho has a home town celebration. A town of 500 people including the outlying farms, the population triples on the 4th. A parade starts the day, then there’s a picnic in the park with lots of games and booths for the kids. The night ends with a huge fireworks display.  Americana in miniature.

We had one fireworks stand that sold the good stuff. All the ones in town sold the safe and sane fireworks. Now, I love a good sparkler, but the boys, they wanted the big, loud cannons and fountains.

The Bull Rider’s Keeper is set in my home town. Mixing the real with the imagined, I’ve built a world for Taylor and Jesse to play in and hopefully, fall in love. The Bull Riders Keeper

Jesse Sullivan isn’t afraid of any thing, any man, or any bull. But when he decides to take a chance and carve out a life outside his rodeo career, he’s feeling like he’s walking on shaky ground. In typical Jesse style, he jumps at a chance to purchase Main Street Gallery, a Boise tradition in the art world.

Taylor DeMarco has two goals for the next year. Getting the gallery on sound financial ground to prove to her parents that she can keep her grandfather’s legacy alive is the first one. Moving out of the house and into her own condo by the Boise river, is the second. When she finds her folks are selling the gallery to Jesse, she vows to stop the sale, no hands barred. 

When sparks fly between Jesse and Taylor, family gets in the way of reason, and they have to decide what is more important, their desires or keeping Main Street Gallery open and successful.

Leave a comment about your favorite 4th of July activity and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Kindle copy of Shawnee Holiday, A Bull Rider’s Novella.

Have a great 4th….


June is half way done. I don’t know about you guys, but we’ve been busy at Casa Cahoon.

First surprise, Ella had kittens last week.  I guess I got Thor, the male, fixed a month too late. Luckily, she only had two – an orange who takes after his father and eats all the time. And a little black and white with calico markings. I’ll post pictures soon.

We took the ATV’s out a couple weekends ago. St. Joe Park is an old mining area, with a historic mining site nearby that I’m dying to visit. IMG_20140601_125327_340

I signed a contract for three more Tourist Trap mysteries to release in 2015. So if I’m not posting, I’m probably writing about Jill and the gang in South Cove.

Speaking of South Cove…

MISSION TO MURDER made an Amazon list – hot new cozy releases-pre-order here.

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IF THE SHOE KILLS is up on Amazon for pre-order.If The Shoe Kills_ebook


And finally, GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER is on sale for 99 cents to celebrate MISSION’s release in July.  Check out the sale hereGuidebook to Murder2 (eBook)

I love the way the Tourist Trap covers are all showing parts of the town of South Cove. They allow you to really step into the story. And If the Shoe Kills, book 3′s cover is just a beautiful. Check out the newest business to join the South Cove crew, The Glass Slipper.  If The Shoe Kills_ebook

The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liasion for a new work program, ’tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks–the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car–dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess–before the other shoe drops. . .

Available now for pre-order at Amazon/Nook


RETURN OF THE FAE is kicking butt in contests this year.  First, it became a RONE finalist. Now, today, I was told the book finaled in the paranormal category of the 2014 Readers’ Crown contest.  Wish I could be there in June when the winners are announced. 


RETURN OF THE FAE – A witch in training, a hunter on the prowl, and a world in jeopardy.

Learning the rules of being a witch takes years, but Parris McCall needs to master them in only weeks. Ty Wallace is going mad with his desire for Parris, but she’s a distraction in his quest to find Coven X before they take The Council and everyone he knows down.

The couple searches for Ty’s mentor, but he’s disappeared. Their only clue comes from a banished witch. When they return, not only are their own lives threatened, but a new life hangs in the balance.

Available at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Return-of-the-Fae-ebook/dp/B00DJVH8V6 Return-of-the-Fae-mockup

It’s Friday, we should celebrate!

First, if you were waiting to check out GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, it’s 99-cents on KOBO and Amazon today. (And #1 in cozies on KOBO!)

UPDATE – Guidebook is back to it’s regular price as of Tuesday.

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Now, for the sweets…

Here’s my recipe for Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake.IMG_20140517_203459_829

Best served with tons of whipped cream.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream the following -

  • 2 pkgs cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Then mix in

  • 3 eggs

Beating after each addition

When smooth, set aside 1 cup of the mixture.


  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Pour mixture into a

  • graham cracker crust (pre-made)

Pour four drops of the white mix you set aside then run a knife through the piles to gently marble the mixture into the pumpkin.

Bake for 55 minutes.


Enjoy. IMG_20140517_203643_223





Love this time management blog, filled with helpful hints.

Originally posted on Casey Wyatt:

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. And while in my experience that seems to be true, it’s not always obvious that a behavior has moved over into the “insane” column.

ClockHere’s an example of what I mean. Between my family and my writing career, I manage several mailboxes (five to be exact, six if I count the day job). For the last four years, I’ve been deleting annoying and unwanted emails.

Every. Single. Day.

It had become such a habit that I didn’t realize I’d entered the insanity zone. I mean, did I think that by deleting them they would magically stop coming?

I dunno. Maybe.

Like everyone else in the universe, my time is limited and very valuable. So is yours. The world is filled with miniature, time sucking vampires like unwanted, unneeded, unread email.

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