New series: A Coyote Wells Mystery

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, MYSTIC FALLS FINAL coverdisturbing 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.

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Autumn

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

~ Albert Camus

Winter’s coming but until then find your favorite place in the park and enjoy nature at its best.

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While most summer flowers have already given up their season, fall daisies are just getting started. These hardy buds hang in there reminding us there’s beauty in simplicity.

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Oh, those crafty mason jars!!

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Give me a jar, any kind of jar, and I can rule the world!!

 

Make scented oil candles for Christmas

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Store stuff

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Make an herb garden!

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A mason jar wind chime

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Use them for inexpensive luminaries

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Got seashells? Display them in jars!

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Photos: Pinterest Pinners

A few of my favorite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.

~ Maria Rainer, Sound of Music

Give me your quirky, your eclectic, the huddled artists inside yearning to run free with ideas.  From shadow boxes to earrings to no-knit scarves to beach chic, these are a few of my favorite things.

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Old tree lights as ornaments

No Knit Scarf

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Friday is just funnier

 

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?

~ Erma Bombeck

 

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Have a great weekend!

Sunday Kindness

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.

Amelia Barr

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Send a care package to a serviceman or woman serving overseas.
  3. 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.
  4. Donate to your local thrift stores and shop there. The money remains in your community.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Donate a bag of dog or cat food to your local animal shelter.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Make simple sandwiches, put them in sacks, and hand them out to the homeless in the park.
  11. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line.
  12. When you’re shopping, let someone else go ahead of you in the checkout line with less items than you have.
  13. Volunteer to clean up trash in a park or along the beach.
  14. 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.

And the Liebster Award goes to…

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Getting to know new blogs is a fantastic way to connect with more people. Katherine at The Fashion and Mind…Travel! blog has nominated Romance, Suspense, & Chocolate for the Liebster Award, which we gratefully accept.

In order to keep the nominating process going and allow you, the readers, to find more and more interesting blogs, I’ve been tasked to answer ten questions and then nominate other blogs to hold that honor. First, I’ll answer the questions thrown at me.

What’s your favourite color?

Bluegreen. Tomboy that I was, in first grade I used to fight to keep that particular crayon all to myself. I know, selfish, huh? But I’d gladly share all the others, so there is that. 🙂

Coke or Pepsi?

Personal preference, definitely Coke. But I have a few characters who favor Pepsi. I have no idea why that is. 😉

What is your most prized possession?

My imagination. It’s gotten me through tough spots from teen years to an office environment.

What does the perfect date for you look like? With whom? Place?

A walk on the beach or a hike in Big Sur with my hubby.

What is your passion in life?

Hands down, writing is my passion.

Best compliment you have received?

I get letters, emails, and Facebook messages  from readers who tell me they connect with my characters.  That IS the ultimate compliment.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Any day I can get in a thousand words minimum writing is a perfect day.

Your dream vacation? Worst vacation? Best vacation?

I have yet to experience Hawaii. It’s on my bucket list though. The worst vacation would be when we took off for Florida in the middle of a thunderstorm. Turns out lightning hit our house while we were gone. Then on the flight back, we hit horrible turbulence which convinced half the passengers we were going down. To this day it’s the scariest flight I’ve ever been on.

Who do you most admire in life?

People who have the courage to follow their hearts. People who stand against the criticism of the world when all that world wants to do is hurl insults at them for wanting out of a toxic relationship, who want nothing more than to be happy.  As Jay Leno once said, you want a soulmate, not a cellmate.

If you were president, what is the first thing you would do?

Declare all Fridays free chocolate and coffee day!


That’s it for my part. Now to nominate the other blogs I enjoy. These blogs don’t have to do a thing, participate or not, it’s up to you.  But I highly recommend giving them a look-see.

I Didn’t Have My Glasses on

Helle Gade Photography

Backyard Edible Gardening

Crafts and Coffee

Be Like Water

Bitch Can Write a Book

Bookmobiles A History

Everything Else Thrown In

Jump For Joy

Keep blogging and connecting,

Vickie