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It’s Book Launch Day!

I have started a new series, the Charlie Bannerman Mysteries, and the first book, Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Stalkers Bite, is now available on Amazon!


Charlie is having a normal day: she’s running late, her Malamute has treed Mrs. Rodriguez’ cat, and her car won’t start. But what does the note “MINE, NOT YOURS. GET YOUR OWN!!” mean? Things get stranger when her crazy ex-boyfriend makes a move on her, his crazy girlfriend camps out on her front porch and accuses her of stealing the guy back (as if!). But blowing up her car with a body inside is downright terrifying. Charlie and her friends try to unravel the clues even as the chaos around her continues. How many stalkers does it take to kill one person? You’d be surprised at the answer!

This series is a bit darker than the Lizzie Crenshaw mystery series, but the humor is still there, along with the twists and turns you love. And it’s only $1.99!

Pick it up today on Amazon: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Stalkers Bite

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I have found what I lost…my independence

I lost my independence a year ago. I sort of realized it at the time, but I didn’t know how deeply it would affect me until yesterday.

Last year, my son started his senior year of high school. As a senior, they were allowed to purchase a parking space close to the school and paint it any way they wanted to (as long as it conformed to school rules). When I was in high school, they didn’t have anything like this, and I didn’t get to drive to school. I wanted to make sure that my son could.

The deal we made was that I would get to drive the car once or twice a week. “Of course we’ll share the car, Mom,” he told me. Silly me, I believed him!

Over the past year, I’ve rarely driven it. I had this car ten years before he started driving. I could come and go as I pleased, without having to ask someone if it was okay to use the car. Suddenly, I was dealing with a teenager who, once he got his hands on the car, wasn’t about to relinquish control.

I did manage to drive it on the weekends; I did have to feed the family, after all, so trips to the store were an evil necessity. But the looks I got from my son when I asked for the keys were those of annoyance. And as the school year went by, it became more “his car” and less “my car”. Radio stations set to heavy metal and country (Lord help me!), black car seat covers with skulls on them (although now he has moved on to camouflage), his senior tassel and fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror. 

After graduation, he found a job and the talk turned to him finding a truck. “You can have the car back, Mom.” Oh sure, give it back after he’s dented the hood, blown out the speakers, and scrapped paint off the left rear bumper! But we couldn’t find anything for him. I realized the other day we were going about this wrong. “Why don’t we try to find something for me?” I suggested to my husband and son.

“Go for it!” they said, although I was pretty sure they didn’t think I’d have much luck.

It took me only three days to find what I wanted: a 2001, 2 door silver grey Ford Explorer. I brought it home yesterday. As I sat here eating supper at 7:15, I thought “I need to take those bookmarks Larissa Reinhart (author of Hijack in Abstract) to the library.” I jumped in the Explorer and took off. I didn’t have to ask anyone for the keys so I could go. I just went. I even took the long way home, just enjoying the drive.

When I got home, my husband was here. He could tell I was very happy. He smiled and said, “I’m glad you got your independence back.”

It was at that moment that I realized what I had been missing for over a year. I didn’t feel depressed. This big weight that I had been carrying around, that I hadn’t completely understood was gone.

I’m free!

Catch me if you can! Time to go for a ride! Image

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On Cloche and Dagger

Hi fellow Teresa-fans! If you hang around her Facebook page, you probably know me by now. I’m Erin, Teresa’s right hand gal (or evil minion, depending on my mood). Normally, I write book reviews over on Paws & Print, but Teresa invited me to take over this space on Fridays. I’ll be bringing you reviews of the latest and greatest mysteries from my bookshelf.

Have a favorite mystery series, or something new I should check out. Drop a comment on one of my posts. I love suggestions!

Okay, now that I got that intro stuff out of the way, lets get down to the heart of the matter. This week, I am bringing you the newest release from Jenn McKinlay, Cloche and Dagger. Cloche and Dagger is the first book in McKinlay’s new mystery series, the Hat Shop Mysteries. This book was also my first foray into McKinlay’s work.

cloche and dagger

Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.

But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding? (book blurb c/o

My Thoughts

Overall, I really enjoyed Cloche and Dagger. From page one, Scarlett had me laughing. She is quite the spit-fire and definitely an accident waiting to happen. In many ways, I could sympathize with her, the feeling lost and getting swept up into things beyond her control. Scarlett just intends to come to London to try to rebuild her life after her breakup goes viral on the internet.

Next thing she knows, she is swept up in a murder mystery, trying to track down her missing cousin, dodging a killer that may or may not be targeting her and fighting growing feelings for Harrison. Yep, Scarlett quickly gets herself into a pickle.

Perhaps my only complaint is that the book seems to drag in certain places. For having so much action in the storyline, those slower chapters confused me just a bit. That is not to say that Cloche and Dagger is not worth adding to your reading list, it definitely is! Anyone who enjoys an old-fashioned murder mystery and a fun, quirky heroine should get a kick out of this book.

Want More?

Pick up your copy of Cloche and Dagger:

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Find out more about Jenn McKinlay and all her work on the author’s homepage.

Until next my Teresa fans.



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Welcome to the wacky world inside my head!

My Facebook page has grown by leaps and bounds in the last three days, so I thought it was time to give an update on my projects, plans for the blog, and introduce you to the people who make my books reality.

We’ll start with the last thing first. There are several people who work behind the scenes to keep me in line. The wonderful lady who started me down this road is Jamie Livingston-Dierks. She encouraged me to publish the first Lizzie story, Death of a Cantankerous Old Coot, created the cover and formatted the story. Without her encouragement, I wouldn’t have made it this far. She writes the Gotcha Detective Agency mystery series under the name Jamie Lee Scott; they are excellent books. Check them out!

There is a group of people who are responsible for me starting the series: the Dotters group. I wrote the story for them. After every chapter was posted on this blog, they threw out more suggestions on what should happen next. I used some of their ideas in that book, and subsequent books. They keep me going. Love you guys!

There are brainstormers and proofreaders who listen to me whine, tell me to suck it up, and listen to my crazy ideas for my characters: Jamie, Kristi Spinks, Kathy Evans, Lonnie Wolgamott, Kim Frederick, Bente Gallagher, Holley Buckalew and Stacy Jeziorowski (two new people to this lucky group), my wonderful parents and my adorable son. (I’m sure I have forgotten someone, and if I have, I am truly sorry! It wasn’t intentional!)

I have two assistants: my son James, who listens to my ideas, contributes his own, and nags me to death. Erin Maurer-Lang is my technical assistant. She comes up with wonderful ideas for the blog, she has created some wonderful pictures for the street team page, and she is arranging some fantastic interviews and features for you! Between James and Erin, they are making sure that I’m getting new stories out for you!

So what projects am I working on? Wow, that is a LONG list! Here we go:

Death Silences a Gossip Queen – book six of the Lizzie Crenshaw series will find Lizzie and the gang investigating the death of an old friend as well as celebrating the wedding of Amelia Crenshaw, Lizzie’s mother. Deep, dark secrets of the victim will come to light, stirring up a whole pot of suspects. Did someone kill our Gossip Queen to keep their secret?

Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Stalkers Bite – this is a story I wrote almost three years ago for National Novel Writing Month (affectionately known as NaNo). I recently pulled the story out of the filing cabinet, blew off the dust, and shared it with a few people to see if it was worth saving. They all demanded I finish it! (Bossy people!) It is a bit darker than the Lizzie series, but still filled with humor. Plenty of twists, turns, explosions and broken noses. 🙂

Untitled book – I haven’t come up with a good title for this one yet. A simple request to help her friend, who is a private investigator, ends with two people shot, a dead body, corporate espionage, and a secretive husband. And that is just the first chapter!

Top secret project – I cannot divulge much about this one. But I promise plenty of laughs and a very good mystery. Trust me!

Plans for the blog: Erin and I have laid out a schedule for the blog: Mondays will be Teresa’s Diary Days – I will give you updates on projects and talk about whatever is on my mind. Fair warning, this could be a dangerous thing, especially if I am sleep deprived. I get very slap happy and goofy. Wednesdays will be special content days: interviews with authors or character interviews (similar to Lizzie’s interview with Patti Larsen’s Sydlynn). Fridays will be Book Review days with Erin. She reads almost as much as I do! I know she has been reading some wonderful mysteries, and I can’t wait for her to share the reviews!

So that’s it! Lots of things going on here. It will take us a week or so to get them going, so please be patient. Until then, if you have any questions or anything that you are just dying to know, please feel free to ask! I love hearing from you! You have no idea how big the smile on my face gets when I receive a message or email from a reader!


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The life of an writer

I read a post this morning on a Facebook group I belong to for indie writers that has left me feeling sad. A young woman, Lauren Howard, has cancelled the release of her debut novel because of people who have not even read the story yet, but are giving her bad ratings on a website. 

(Forgive me, I’m not very good at posting links in a blog post, but I’m working on it!)

It saddens me that because of this, she has decided not to release her book. I personally have not read it, but from what I read on her blog, it sounds like she poured her heart and soul into it. I know exactly how she feels. Let me explain how hard this process is for a writer.

In August 2011, I started writing a story on this blog, Death of a Cantankerous Old Coot. It was just for a few friends and another Facebook group. They all encouraged me to publish it. I was a bit hesitant…ok, I was terrified. Publishing a book has always been a dream of mine, but to have the dream come close to reality was frightening. I did share it with a publisher, who liked the story, but they wanted me to make it longer. I didn’t agree; I felt it would take away from the story. So with the help of a good friend, who designed a cover and formatted it for me, I self-published the book on Amazon and Nook. Then I waited.

The waiting was the hard part. Sales were awful for the first four months. I had started my second book, Death Makes the Front Page, but with sales so bad, I was having second thoughts. But suddenly, sales took off and I felt brave enough to publish the next one. There are now five Lizzie Crenshaw mysteries that I have self-published, and I am working on a sixth one, plus two new series.

Every writer deals with rejection. We all struggle, hope and pray that our stories will be accepted by people. These stories are a part of us; they are our babies. We spend countless hours working on them. We give up precious family time, sleep, sanity (although many in my family question my sanity on a daily basis) to tell the type of story we want to share with others. Then we send it off to beta readers and editors, breathlessly and nervously waiting to find out what they think. We cringe at the notes we get back, scratching our heads at how we screwed up one part so much. We make the changes, send it to the editors and pray (writers pray a LOT) that people will enjoy our efforts.

With the help of friends, we spread the word of the upcoming release. Word of mouth helps writers tremendously. What happened to Lauren is a writer’s worst nightmare. What is worse about this situation is that the book has not even been released, yet people are giving it bad ratings and trashing her. She has tried to get help from the administrators of the website, but they say it is all within the rules.

Help a writer. Read their books, give an honest review. If you don’t like their books, explain why. Most writers do provide their email addresses, and we love hearing from our readers. Tell us what you like or don’t like about the story. I always read all the emails I get, and I pay close attention when they tell me there is something they don’t like. I do my best to fix the things they point out to me. They also send me great story suggestions, and I do use them!

I feel sorry for Lauren Howard. I hate that she isn’t going to publish her story, but I respect her decision. I hope that she writes another one and has the courage to publish it. I will be one of the first ones to read it when she does.

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What Happens When a Witch Meets a Reporter?


Seems like our little Lizzie is trying to stay out of trouble these days. Instead of finding herself in a calamity, she’s been trying to get back to writing. While researching her latest novel, Lizzie realized she needed a source with intimate knowledge of all things magic. An inside source connected her with one of America’s most powerful witches, Sydlynn Hayle of the Hayle Coven Novels by Patti Larsen.  

Lizzie and Syd met for lunch and sat down to chat. Of course, as ladies are prone to do, the conversation quickly turned personal as they discussed everything from boys to dreams, and of course, magic.

Lizzie: Sydlynn, I have a question for you that I am pretty sure everyone is dying to know. What does magic feel like? Is it anything like butterflies in your stomach, because when I have those something is usually about to blow up.

Sydlynn: I used to have a lot of trouble with magic, thanks to my grandmother. When I was a baby, our coven came under attack and to protect her power, she embedded it in me. Only trouble, the fight—which she won—cracked her nut. Completely bonkers. So she forgot. And left me with a geas…

Lizzie: What’s a geas?

Sydlynn: It prevented me from using my magic without woofing cookies. Not so fun. But now that’s been taken care of… it’s really an amazing feeling. Depending on which power I’m using—I have access to many—the feeling is different. Using fire heats me up, air usually gives me goosebumps. But the best part is you can sense the whole world around you when you’re using magic. I love it now. How do you stay safe with no magic? I couldn’t imagine… normals have things so tough!

Lizzie: I don’t think I would be safe even with magic. I’m a natural born klutz. Put me in a car, I’m fine. But the moment I get out of the car, all bets are off. I do think being able to use magic would have been helpful when I got shot, though. Maybe I could have found a way to avoid that. What kind of powers do you have?

Sydlynn: Well, I was born a witch to a demon father, so both of those apply. So I have access to all the elements thanks to Mom and more fire power through Dad. I also have a reincarnated Sidhe (fairy) princess who hitchhikes along, named Shaylee, so my Earth power is enhanced. And I’m also home to the essence of all vampires (don’t ask—long story), so my spirit magic has a boost. Oh, and sorcery, the dark, devouring magic. It’s a bit of a balance, considering all of my magicks have personas who are rather vocal in their opinions. Good thing we work together so well or I’d have lost my marbles ages ago.

Lizzie: Didn’t having powers make high school difficult? What about college?

Sydlynn: It really, really did, especially when I wasn’t in control of them. My demon tried so hard to get out those days, while Gram’s geas kept my witch power pent up. Trouble is, bottling up magic just makes it more interesting when the top blows off.

Let’s just say it took a long time before I made any friends.

As for college, I was fortunate enough to go to Coven Hall at Harvard with other witches. So at least my magic wasn’t an issue. Being Sydlynn Hayle, daughter of the High Council Leader, on the other hand… life is never boring. How is it you always seem to be in the middle of a mystery? Trust me, I know the feeling.

Lizzie: When I moved back home, things were still relatively quiet. I spent most of my time working on my book, which I still haven’t finished. But ever since my crazy half-aunt killed my grandfather, my world has been turned upside down. Now, I always seem to find myself in the middle of a disaster. When you have a crazy aunt you are afraid wants to kill you, well…I could use a little extra fire power. Do you think having magic makes it easier to be brave?

Sydlynn: I can so relate. Seems like trouble just jumps out of the woodwork with my name written all over it. Sigh. I don’t know that having magic makes me braver. I just see something that needs to be done and fix it. Okay, so I’m a little impulsive. So far, so alive.

Lizzie: Not to sound like a college entrance essay, but how did magic help you get out of your worst situation?

Sydlynn: Considering magic often gets me INTO my worst situations? Yeah. Balance, right? And there are so many times to choose from… I’ll have to get back to you.

Lizzie: Living in a coven is probably a lot like living in a small town. Everyone knows your business, right? How do you cope with that? Everything I do gets spread around by the town gossip.

Sydlynn: Oh. My. Swearword. Used to drive me around the bend and into fits. Not only is the coven in my business 24/7 physically, they are magically, too. We’re all connected through the family power, which means if I’m not careful, they know what I’m thinking, doing… talk about embarrassing. There used to be a time they didn’t trust me, back when I couldn’t use my power. But, all that’s changed and I’ve come to love it, really. Taking over from Mom, being coven leader and finally understanding how important their support is makes a big difference. Family is everything. Yours sounds as convoluted as mine. How do you feel about them?

Lizzie: My father died when I was 18, but he was a wonderful man. I miss him every day. My mother is my rock. She may not always agree or approve of the things I do, but she stands by me through thick and thin. My grandmother, who left me her house, was a strong woman who taught me to stand up for what I believe in. My grandfather was a mean, spiteful man who thought he ruled the town because his family was one of the founders of Brookdale. If I learned anything from him, I suppose it would be how to treat people with respect. It was the one thing he could never do. As for my crazy half-aunt, I don’t think I’ve sorted out all my feelings about her yet. She put me through a lot the last few months. I’m still trying to sort through everything that happened. There’s also my extended family, my friends who have stood by me through thick and thin. I could live without the grief I get from the local gossip, though. And speaking of gossip, I hear you and I have a similar affliction. You have more than one guy after your heart. I’m caught between the man I think I love and my first love. How in the world do you choose?

Sydlynn: *sigh* In all honesty, there is only one man for me. We are destined for each other. Even have power tying us together. But that doesn’t mean the road is smooth sailing… and when he’s being a jerkasaurus, doing his own thing, I refuse to wait for him. So, there are lots of lovely men in my life  But I know Quaid is my fate. Tell me about this FBI agent? Is he cute? And your other love… I feel your pain! But what’s holding you back from choosing between them?

Lizzie: TJ is very cute, in a rugged, outdoorsman kind of way. Jake was my college sweetheart. I thought for sure that we would get married. But I didn’t like the way he was trying to micromanage my life. He was so busy planning out our future that he didn’t stop to ask me how I felt about it. I realized I didn’t want to live my life that way. When I found out that Jake was planning to promise me to at a party the night we graduated from college, I ran.

As for TJ, he is everything I could ever ask for in a man: kind, considerate, protective, a great listener, very passionate. He was working undercover as a deputy’s sheriff, and he was using me to get information about my crazy half-aunt. I was deeply hurt when I found out the truth, but I still saved his life when she tried to kill him. I love him, but I’m not sure if I can trust him again. Jake always has something up his sleeve, like an ulterior motive for everything he does. He tells me he’s changed, but I don’t know if that is true or not. Sometimes I still feel like he is trying to control a part of my life. With Jake, I always feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. What was it like to be forced into marriage?

Sydlynn: Well… it’s coven law, unfortunately. And while I fought it for as long as I could, I knew I had to choose. And Liam is lovely, truly lovely. My oak tree. Kind and supportive. No one seems to think he’s strong enough for me, but I love him and he’s good to me. That’s all that matters.

I have a cat Sassafras (well, he’s a demon boy in a silver Persian, but it still counts) and a dog Galleytrot (um… he’s a man forced to wear the body of a hound by the Wild Hunt. I have weird pets.) I take it you like animals, too?

Lizzie: Absolutely! I have two dogs. I guess you could consider them rescue dogs. Babe, the bloodhound, was my grandfather’s dog. His wife, Earline, hated Babe and was planning to turn her over to Animal Control. There was no way I was going to let that happen, so I impulsively said I would take her. Mittens, the Maltese, belonged to a friend who ran the local animal shelter. When her owner was killed in a case of mistaken identity, I brought Mittens home with me. She and Babe get along great. They helped me solve a case a couple of months ago. I can’t imagine my life without them.

Sydlynn: I live in a small town called Wilding Springs. It’s an… interesting place. What’s Brookdale like?

Lizzie: It’s a small Texas town. There aren’t a lot of big retail stores here, mostly Mom and Pop places that have been around for years. It is starting to grow a bit because people that have been living in the big city realize that small town life is better than the high crime rate in the Metroplex. The downside of living in a small town is, of course, the gossip. I can get into an argument with someone in the town square at 10:30 am, and by the time I go to my mother’s house at noon, she has heard four different versions of the story, and usually none of them the right one. Despite that, I love it here. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Lizzie: If you weren’t a witch, what would you do?

Sydlynn: At this point, I have no idea. I’ve fully embraced being a witch, coven leader. I’ve had a time or two where my magic has been taken away from me. The first time, I thought it was what I wanted. The second, I had to make a choice. Both times I realized just how wrong the whole situation felt.

So, if I couldn’t be a witch, I wouldn’t want to be. I’m going to turn this question around on you: if you could be anything, what would you do?

Lizzie: Bestselling author, of course! *laughs* Seriously, I’m not sure. I was given an opportunity to run the town newspaper for a few months, and I found myself really enjoying it. The owner, who left me in charge, has come back to town, and I’m not sure where I stand at the moment. I hope he will let me stay there so I can learn more about the business. If he doesn’t want me to stay, I might look for another newspaper job somewhere else. I’m open to anything right now, and I’ll go wherever life takes me.

Excuse me while I go have a total fan-girl moment. What I would not give to join these two for a lunch date.


Want to know more about Syd and the Hayle Coven? Check out Family Magic, book one of the Hayle Coven Novels, on sale now for 99 cents.

Lizzie box set cover

And of course, The Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries Box Set includes the first three Lizzie stories for 1.99.

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Brookdale News: A New Fashion Boutique is Coming to Town…


Okay guys, we are back with this week’s installment on the Summer of Lizzie tour. Are you following along here and on Paws and Print? Check out all of the Summer of Lizzie posts to collect secret words and become entrenched in Lizzie’s world. 

Brookdale News
Interview with Dashing Creations Owner Lula Draper 


By: Ellen Carpenter

ImageNew businesses are springing up all over town as more people move from the big city to smaller towns. Many have told me that they have come here to escape the rising crime rate (I do hope no one tells them about our recent rash of murders).

Luna Draper is the owner of Dashing Creations, a new women’s boutique that is opening next door to the Curl and Dye Beauty Parlor. I had a chance to sit down with her for a few minutes to ask about the new store and herself.

BN: So what brings you to our small town? I’m sure there are bigger places you could have opened your store.

LD: Every woman, regardless of where they live, should be able to find nice, affordable clothes.

BN: Will you be offering only name brand clothing to your clients?

LD: Absolutely not! Dashing Creations are custom made for each woman. Over the years, I have found that most women would like to have things that fit them specifically, but they just cannot afford the tailoring prices. My store will have samples of various types of clothing, like blouses, shorts, pants and dresses. We’ll help them find the outfit that works best for them, regardless of their shape or size. It makes them feel more confident and will bring out that hidden inner beauty that they normally don’t let others see.

BN: Wow! That sounds like a lot to ask from a blouse or a pair of pants.

LD: (laughs) It does, doesn’t it? But you would be amazed the change in a woman’s attitude and demeanor with just a scarf. It makes them see themselves differently. Sometimes the smallest thing makes all the difference in the world.

BN: Tell me about yourself. Are you a native Texan?

LD: What’s the saying: “I wasn’t born here, but I moved here as fast as I could”. I was actually born in Colorado and adopted when I was just a week old. My parents moved to Amarillo when I was three.

BN: Any siblings?

LD: An older brother and a younger sister. I was a major tomboy when I was growing up. My brother and I would play football and basketball with the neighborhood boys, and in the evenings, my sister and I would play with our dolls.

BN: How did you get interested in fashion?

LD: I didn’t like some of the outfits we had for the dolls, so I started to make my own. After a while, I made a few things for myself, and my friends asked me to make some for them, too. My parents noticed my natural talent, and they sent me to a fashion school in New York City.

BN: You worked for a rather big label in back east. Why did you give all that up to come to a small town in Texas?

LD: Personal reasons. I’m looking for an old friend, someone I haven’t seen in many years.

BN: Sounds intriguing! Any juicy details you’d like to share? I know a lot of people in this area. I’m sure I can help you out.

LD: That’s very kind of you, but there are some things I’m just not ready to share just yet. I don’t want to say anything without my friend’s permission. I’m sure you understand.

We talked for a few more minutes before Ms. Draper was called away to deal with a new shipment. After getting a sneak preview of her work, I can safely say that the women of Brookdale and the surrounding towns are in for a treat. I’ll definitely be buying something from this wonderful new boutique, Dashing Creations, and finding out more about the lovely Luna Draper.

secret word: mysterious

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Summer of Lizzie Tour: Gossipy Gladys

ImageFor those of you new to the Summer of Lizzie tour, Teresa Watson and book blogger, Erin Maurer have teamed up to use our blogs to bring the life and times of LIzzie Crenshaw and Brookdale, Texas to life. Each week, you will find posts here on My Funny View of LIfe and on Paws & Print. Each post contains a secret word. Collect the secret words to enter to win a Lizzie prize pack at the conclusion of our tour. 


Okay, loves, now that we have the business out of the way, lets get to the good stuff today. Miss Gladys is taking over the blog. Do you think she’ll having anything nice to say about Lizzie (no, I don’t really think so…) 



First of all, I want to start by saying that this is not a gossip column. I don’t gossip. I merely keep people informed of what is happening in our lovely town of Brookdale.

New stores are opening in the town square, as people from the suburbs of Dallas move down here. It seems they prefer the peace and quiet of Brookdale to the hustle and bustle of a large city. The most recent store opening up is a little boutique near Delia’s Bakery. There is no name posted yet, but I have learned the owner’s name is Luna Draper. Honestly! What kind of airhead names their child Luna? Probably some crazy 60’s flower child, high on something. Never did understand what those fool hippies got from all those “recreational drugs”, as they called it. All that came of it is a bunch of children with weird names.

My dear friend, Amelia Crenshaw, recently announced that she was getting married again! I am so happy for her, as she has been alone for many years. No word on who the lucky man is, but I am sure he is a wonderful man.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, or Lizzie, as everyone calls her, is quite frankly just shameless. Kissing in public places! I swear, young people these days have no sense of decency. She has two men chasing after her: an FBI agent, T.J. Reynolds, or Roosevelt, whatever his last name is, and a millionaire, Jacob Mathias. Quite frankly, I think she should ditch the agent and marry Mr. Mathias. From what I have been told, his family is very prominent and very rich. It’s a shame she seems to be hung up on T.J., though. I have it from a very reliable source at the police station that the sheriff is thinking about hiring T.J., who is resigning from the FBI. Doesn’t it make you wonder why someone would resign from such an important position to work as a sheriff’s deputy in a small town? I wonder what happened to make him quit. Perhaps it had something to do with the death of that crazy half-aunt of Lizzie’s, Debra Crenshaw. And from what I’ve been told, someone stands to inherit a lot of money from that crazy woman. Care to guess who?


Be sure to stop by Erin’s post today to collect all the secret words. 

 secret word: kill


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Announcing: The Summer of Lizzie Tour



I am so excited to annouce that I will be teaming up with Erin from  Paws & Print to bring you the Summer of Lizzie blog tour.  This tour will be our way of bringing Lizzie and Brookdale to life as well as give you (my loyal readers) some behind the scenes looks at my writing process. 

 From now until August 9th, we will be featuring weekly posts here and on the Paws & Print blog.  Some of the awesome info you will discover includes:



  • Reviews of all 5 Lizzie Crenshaw Novellas 
  • Peeks into life in Brookdale, Texas 
  • A Look inside Teresa’s writing process
  • Sneak Peak’s into what is coming up next for Lizze and from Teresa’s pen. 
  • A chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. 


Each week you will find posts containing a secret word, collect all the secret words for your chance to win a gift card (and maybe some secret Lizzie swag). 


This summer tour is an EXCELLENT way for you to discover this amazing mystery series, or for Lizzie fans to get a more in-depth look at her life. 


Also, we will be wrapping up a tour with a interview with our heroine, Miss Lizzie Crenshaw herself. Is there anything you have always wanted to ask Lizzie? Leave your questions comments here or over on the Paws & Print blog. 


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Death Catches a Killer – Chapter 1

I thought I would give you all a sneak peak at the next book. So here is the first chapter or your reading enjoyment!

Debra Cosgrove glanced in the rear view mirror as she drove I-44 through Missouri. She had barely managed to escape Kentucky by the skin of her teeth. Someone had been taking pot shots at her for two weeks, and despite all her knowledge and expertise, she had been unable to find the person responsible.

She had spent nearly two decades as a hired assassin (she was not a serial killer, as the FBI claimed), and she knew how to make herself blend into a crowd in order to carry out a contract: wigs, glasses, padding to make herself appear heavier, Spanx to look thinner, different styles of clothing to appear as ordinary as possible wherever she went.

Changing lanes to go around a semi, Debra glanced in the mirror again. A dark-colored truck that was a couple of cars back seemed to be tailing her. They were going a bit slower than she was, but staying close enough to keep her in sight. It was time to find out if they were really tailing her or just going in the same general direction.

After getting around the semi, she moved back into the right lane, maintaining her speed at 72 mph. A couple of minutes later, the truck appeared in the left lane. She slowed down just a little bit, forcing the Nissan Sentra behind her to quickly get in the left lane to avoid hitting Debra from behind. The truck was forced to tap his brakes to keep from hitting the Sentra, and she sped up to 75 mph.

The truck kept up with her, confirming her suspicions. A green highway sign told her she was close to one of the main Joplin exits. Waiting until the last second, she swerved onto the off-ramp. She checked the mirror and saw that the truck was stuck in the left lane and unable to get over in time to follow her.

Thank God for technology. Using her iPhone, she got the address and directions for a car rental agency. Thirty minutes later, she was on the road again, this time in a dark blue Chrysler 300. After picking up the car, she had changed her appearance: long, black wig, brown contacts, glasses, white collared shirt with a black vest, blue jeans and black cowboy boots.

As she crossed the state line into Oklahoma, Debra checked the rear view mirror for the truck, but she didn’t see it. Breathing a sigh of relief, she relaxed in her seat and settled in for the long drive to her next destination.

She had a bad feeling it might be her final destination.

Vinnie Amato pounded the steering wheel in frustration. He had wasted two hours trying to pick up Debra’s trail, but had crapped out. Peter Greco, his boss in New York, was not going to be happy about this turn of events. In the parking lot of a Taco Bell, Vinnie pulled out his phone and dialed his boss’ number.

“Tell me you got her,” Greco said when he answered the phone.

“Not yet, sir.”

“Why not?”

“I lost her.”


“Joplin, Missouri.”

“What are you going to do about it?”

“I think I know where she is headed, sir.”

“You think?! I’m not paying you to think, Vinnie. I’m paying you to take care of this problem.”

“Have I ever let you down?”

“Need I remind you of what just happened?”

“That wasn’t my fault. If you hadn’t saddled me with that idiot nephew of yours, things would have gone much differently.”

“How my genius sister ended up with a moron son like that, I’ll never understand,” Peter grumbled.

“Do you think he is going to talk?” Vinnie said, watching a blonde woman walk out of Taco Bell and get into a 2013 candy apple red Corvette.

“I sent Larry Wilson down there to deal with Al. He’ll make sure Al doesn’t say anything. He better; I pay him enough money to handle my legal affairs. Now we just have to deal with our other problem.”

“Like I said, I think I know where she’s going,” Vinnie replied. “I’m familiar with the area.”

“Then take care of it, Amato, or I’ll be sending someone to take care of you,” Peter said before he hung up.

Vinnie got out of the car just as the blonde drove away. He’d get some food and gas before heading for the one place he thought that crazy Debra Cosgrove would go.