Three years ago, it was a beautiful March Saturday in New Glarus, Wisconsin. The sun was out. The day, a crisp cool prelude to spring. Divorced mom Marley Lennox wanted nothing more than to spend time with her two kids at the family farm, a peaceful setting outside of town. They’d all been looking forward to helping tend to the newborn calf and spending a quiet weekend in the countryside.
But then the shooter showed up, armed to the teeth and ready to kill. The massacre lasted less than ten minutes, but the damage had been done. Marley’s entire family had been wiped out, gone forever.
Shaken, and suffering from survivor’s guilt, Marley’s life is spiraling downward. After three years of trying to leave the past behind, she realizes she needs to get out of Wisconsin and start over, otherwise she’ll go mad. But where does she go? She decides she needs an adventure, a road trip to get her head on straight and give her time to think about her next step.
When a car accident lands her in Pelican Pointe, she’s forced to stay until she’s healed. But after meeting her doctor, Gideon Nighthawk, things start happening fast, feelings surface that she never expected to feel again, feelings she thought were gone for good. But is she really ready to start her life over? Or will she forever live in the shadow of guilt? Will Gideon be enough to help her turn her life around? Or will she always feel trapped in a never-ending circle filled with grief and anger?
As Halloween approaches and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, I’m settling in for a long winter of writing. For starters, I’ve outlined three books for my new series, A Coyote Wells Mystery.
First up is Mystic Falls scheduled for release on Tuesday, November 7th.
Emotionally reeling after the death of her grandmother, Gemma Channing is settling into Coyote Wells, her hometown where she grew up, after a ten-year absence. While coming to terms with the loss of her Gram, disturbing things begin to happen. Women are disappearing. Just when she begins to realize Coyote Wells has changed—and not for the better—she’s forced to bump heads with Lando Bonner, her ex, a man who still carries around a grudge. You might say Lando despises her. But since she’s digging for answers in an effort to explain exactly how her grandmother died, she needs his help. It won’t be easy. Lando has never forgiven her for leaving him. Tensions between the two rise as a killer grips the town in fear. Is it kill or be killed? Who will the killer target next? And when will it all end?
I love dabbling in mysteries and figuring out how to solve them. As you can tell by the continuing theme, Gemma and Lando will have a homicide or two to solve in each book. They’ll have help from an array of quirky characters. I hope you come to love Gemma and Lando as much as I do and hope you settle into the town with all the other odd characters who make Coyote Wells home.
Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Pay it forward: To repay a good deed or act of kindness to someone other than the original giver.
It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind. Most people think you have to have money to be a philanthropist. But the truth is you don’t have to have a vast amount of wealth. Think of it in terms of paying simple things forward. A random act of kindness, no matter how small, goes a long way. Even a smile could make someone’s day. Below are 14 things you can do today to make a difference.
Volunteer to read to a sick child in the cancer unit at your local hospital or volunteer at a nursing home and read to the elderly.
Send a care package to a serviceman or woman serving overseas.
Write an encouraging note and leave it where people can find it. Encourage others to follow their dreams. Don’t belittle them for their efforts.
Donate to your local thrift stores and shop there. The money remains in your community.
Have an old pair of eyeglasses sitting around? Donate them to LensCrafters. The retailer participates in the OneSight Program which offers free eye exams and eyewear to people who need it.
If it’s possible, donate blood. Most of your local hospitals have a donation center. If there isn’t one in your area, there’s always the Red Cross.
Donate a bag of dog or cat food to your local animal shelter.
Donate a professional outfit to Dress For Success and you’ll help a disadvantaged woman get back on her feet. By looking her best in an interview, your donation could help her nail the job she needs to move forward.
Start a donation box at your workplace and ask others to bring in canned goods. Then deliver the food you’ve collected to your local food bank or to someone you know personally having a hard time making ends meet.
Make simple sandwiches, put them in sacks, and hand them out to the homeless in the park.
Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line.
When you’re shopping, let someone else go ahead of you in the checkout line with less items than you have.
Volunteer to clean up trash in a park or along the beach.
Speak up if you see someone who needs help or is being bullied.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. If you’ve already made your own, list them in the comments section.