Sunday, November 14, 2010

Back in Rural Florida: Hooray for Cowboys, Waterfowl, Alligators, and Horses

No, this is not a picture of a palm tree on a beach with a bikini-clad babe under it.  This is what you can expect in the Florida in which I live.  And you wonder why I have set many of my short stories and my next book Dumpster Dying here!  This is what I saw in the canal next to our house as Glenn and I were having afternoon tea today.  Even better, we spotted the herd of horses that graze in the pasture across this canal.  They were too far away for me to get a good photo, but I'm pleased they are still there.  Unfortunately things do change, and our foray last evening to our favorite cowboy bar was a disappointment because we saw no one there we knew.  We'll try again another weekend.  I refuse to give up dancing to country western music.  If any of you know of a good cowboy bar around Okeechobee, let me know.  I've got a pair of boots that I'm itching to slip on and boogie to some sh-- kicking tunes.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In time for Thanksgiving

Good news for me and for you.  My story entitled "Murder with All the Trimmings" was accepted for publication by and is available as part of their Thanksgiving anthology, The Killer Wore Cranberry.  You can buy it in a variety of eformats at, , or at   If you don't want the entire anthology, you can also purchase just my story.  The anthology or the story would make a nice holiday gift.

We're now in Florida for the winter and I'm working on my upcoming book Dumspter Dying for Oak Tree Press.  I hope it will come out this month, but surely by next so you can buy it for your holiday gift giving.  I was welcomed back to my home here by a variety of birds including wood storks and our resident alligator and four turtles on the canal in front of our house.

I'm jumping into the warm waters here right away with a book signing at the Miami Book Fair on November 21 at 1:00.  Stop by if you're at the Fair.