CONGRATULATIONS MARY ENGELS AND CHRISTY NICHOLS! YOU ARE THE WINNERS OF THE GIVEAWAY! JESSIE WILL CONTACT YOU ABOUT DELIVERING YOUR PRIZE.
Jessie: In New Hampshire where the leaves are steadily blowing off the trees.
I am pleased as punch to mention that my third Beryl and Edwina Mystery, Murder Cuts the Mustard, is releasing next Tuesday! I love writing about these ladies and am always happy to be able to share another of their adventures with readers. This book is especially dear to my heart as the idea at the center of the mystery came to me many years ago.
I have a large notebook filled with blank paper that I sometimes use to work loosely on ideas at the beginning of novels. There is something about that blank, snowy sheet that makes it seem like anything is possible! When I was first thinking about what this story would involve I pulled that notebook out and commenced to leaf through it to find a fresh page. As I did so my gaze landed on a previously noodled story idea involving a character with an unusual affinity for mustard.
It was simply perfect for this particular story! I had never found a place to use it in any of my other novels and had sort of let the thought fade to the back of my mind. But, there it was, all shiny and perfect for this third Beryl and Edwina tale! I found an unmarked sheet in the notebook, began scribbling furiously and before long had the idea for the book fleshed out. I hope you will enjoy what came of that long-simmering idea as much as Beryl, Edwina and I all have!
Readers, do you ever have ideas follow you around for ages before you can take action on them? Writers, do you have stories waiting for jus the right book to use? I have two copies of Murder Cuts the Mustard for commenters who post by midnight ET on 10/22/19!