summer was made for reading

My hubby and I have been together for more years than I care to count. Somewhere during our early time together we developed a habit that pretty much has stayed with us. That is, we read the same book, more or less, around the same time and then sit for hours thoroughly vetting it. Back when we first got together, he liked stuff like The Hobbit and was responsible for finally getting me to read it. Once I did, I fell in love wbooksith the world Tolkien had created. His famous trilogy, Lord of the Rings, might’ve been the first trilogy I ever read, and yes, each book was a cliffhanger, and I LOVED that about them!! We read the books together, even read them aloud to our son. These days we trade genres. We listen to true crime or mysteries the same way we watch movies on Netflix or Prime and with certain TV shows (most recently Goliath) by discussing the heck out of them. We go over the characters, the pace, what we would’ve done differently, and re-read or re-watch the ones we like best. From one book lover to another, summer is our finest hour. During the land of reruns and the lack of anything good on TV, we can always crack open a book. We relish the search through our Kindle for something we haven’t yet tried. Or we load something new on the iPad and get comfy in bed. While we dissect the plot lines and laugh at the characters, we’re still connecting. After all these years, we still enjoy what began a long time ago…our love for books.

 

 

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Last Chance Harbor

Twenty years ago, a pair of lovers disappear into the night to begin a new life. But is that really what happened?

New principal Julianne Dickinson is overseeing the renovation of the brand-new Last Chance Harborelementary school when an old wooden box surfaces among the rubble. Curiosity as to how it got there leads her to a disturbing theory about the two young lovers and their vanishing act so many years earlier. When the mystery becomes too much, and she realizes she’s making waves, Julianne looks for help in an unlikely ally.

Ryder McLachlan is happy to be back working in construction again. His attraction to the alluring Julianne makes him uncomfortable, mainly because the two have so little in common. She’s classy, educated, and way out of his league. But when he gets pulled into the perplexing riddle of the box, the pair begins digging into what happened the night the lovers went missing. With each clue, the past begins to get uglier. And it might be more than this small town can handle. How many lives will unravel? And will the truth finally bring healing?

The sixth book in the award-winning Pelican Pointe Series

Starlight Dunes

The mystery of the past, the present, the future

the answers can be found in the dunes.

Archaeologist River Amandez comes to Pelican Pointe to excavate and catalogue Starlight Dunesa long-buried Chumash settlement. She brings with her a not-so-pretty past and only one man in town can help her figure out how to make things right.
Brent Cody is back in town to recover from a near-fatal attempt on his life. Together the two will lean on each other through tough times, finding strength and courage to correct their mistakes. They’ll soon make plans for a reunion of a lifetime and discover the dunes holds the answers to a lot more than the past.

Fifth in the award-winning Pelican Pointe Series.

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2018 Book Schedule

Shadow Canyon

2nd in the Coyote Wells Mystery Series

Keeping Cape Summer

11th in the Pelican Pointe Series

Sea of Bones

6th in the Skye Cree Novels

Spirit Lake

3rd in the Coyote Wells Series

 

 

Coyote Wells Mystery series delivers for fans of the genre

Murder with a side of chocolate.

The 2nd book, Shadow Canyon, keeps readers coming back to Coyote Wells.

Look for it February 27th

Murder with a side of chocolate

Exhausted after the Sun Bringer Festival, Gemma Channing and her ex, Lando Bonner, are hanging out at the beach, trying to recover from the three-day event when her longtime nemesis is found dead on the dunes. As rumors grow about Mallory’s demise, many in Coyote Wells feel like Gemma is responsible.

Determined to find out who did it, Gemma goes into overdrive to find the real killer. With the help of Lando and her friends, they dig deeper into Mallory’s past, hoping to uncover all of her secrets. But they get more than they bargained for when the tables turn. The new theory brings a longtime mystery to the forefront, one that’s been hanging around for three decades…unsolved. What does it mean for the people in Coyote Wells when the secret’s uncovered? And will Gemma be able to figure things out before anyone else dies?

A new look for Skye Cree

The bestselling series that made Skye Cree an international success.

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Brutalized as a young girl by a vile sexual predator, Skye Cree is a survivor. Guided by the visions of her mystical spirit guide to the whereabouts of abducted girls, she uses her unique abilities to turn her horrifying past into a positive force for justice. Fighting the demons that have haunted her for years, she trusts only in herself—until she falls hard for a man for the first time in her life. Now, discovering her abductor is back with a vengeance, she becomes locked in a deadly race against time to stop the horrors of an evil human-trafficking ring that threatens to rip open old wounds—and tear her away from her newfound love.

a new look at the golden state killer case

Thanks to the late true crime writer Michelle McNamara, most of the world has now heard about the infamous rapist / killer who haunted California from 1976 to 1986. His list of crimes is long and horrific, beginning with 120 burglaries, 45 rapes, before graduating to 12 cold-blooded homicides. He’s nameless except for the moniker Michelle gave to him nicknaming him the Golden State Killer.

GSK has never been caught. Over the years, different jurisdictions from northern California to Southern California and a ton of professionals in between have tried to catch this guy but failed . For the past several years a long list of amateur sleuths have also attempted to find out his identity by putting together pieces and clues from almost 40 years ago hoping some tidbit or big reveal would lead to his capture. So far, nothing. The state of California has his DNA. It was added to CODIS years ago without a match. There is a $50,000 reward for capturing GSK, who would probably be between  the ages of 55 & 65 years old now.

This week, Sacramento County issued a statement that included new information that might help catch him. Here is what law enforcement wants you to know. During his reign of terror, GSK stole certain items from his victims. Below are a few photos of some of the things he took after a rape in Carmichael and some of his writings dropped to the ground after a rape in Danville. According to Contra Costa County DA investigator Paul Holes, the map below is a detailed drawing of how to lay out a subdivision. Interesting info, since most investigators believed they were dealing with a young adult. But since it shows some knowledge of the industry, GSK might not be as young as everyone thought.

If you have any information about the items listed below, two rings or the Noritake Polonaise China pattern or the Reed and Barton Majesty silverware,  contact the FBI at 1-800-call-FBI or go to tips.FBI.gov. The more people who see the types of knots he used to bind his victims and the items he stole, the greater the chance someone might recognize these and provide a name to law enforcement. It’s pretty much a last ditch effort to reach out to the public and hope someone might see something that jogs a memory. If you’re an ID fan, PEOPLE magazine plans to dedicate their season premiere episode on Monday November 6 to the Golden State Killer case.

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