When I was little, my mother was careful to treat all of us kids equally. She’d even count out the red jelly beans in our Easter baskets, so everyone got exactly the same number.
We’d ask her, “Who is your favorite child?” To which she’d reply, “I love you all the same.”
But we had our suspicions!
You won’t catch me counting out red jelly beans, and if you asked, officially I’d say my favorite book is the one I’ve just finished–or the one lurking in a desk drawer unpublished–or maybe the one yet to be written.
But if you pushed me really hard, I might admit I have a special spot in my heart for this one, BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH. It has all the things I like in a mystery: puppies, moonshine, and a really sneaky family matriarch.
This year I will be sending out a regular monthly newsletter about the middle of the month, and I’ll post a note here when it is available.
In this January newsletter:
I give you a preview of what I’ll be working on in 2021,
Introduce my cat-critic Leaf, and
Share Ruby Mae Nettle’s (of BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH fame) favorite recipe for beaten biscuits.
Don’t miss it!
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Have you ever watched a little kid learning to ride a bike, trying to keep the machine upright as they peddle carefully up the hill? They’ll tilt one way, then the other, making small adjustments to maintain their balance.
We are all like that little kid at times. Our lives, especially during this last year, have required digging deep inside, making changes in order to create the balance needed to move forward.
Where am I going with this?
I’m a writer. I communicate with my readers through my books and also through the back-and-forth of social media. For many years I’ve been a blogger, and this year I’m adding something new. I’ll be writing a monthly newsletter in which I’ll share what it is like to create mysteries in this post-pandemic world that we will be entering very, very soon.
The newsletter, starting the middle of January, will include behind-the-scenes peeks at my work in progress, quotations that keep me inspired, and book recommendations.
Newsletter subscribers will receive, free, a new Peg Quincy short story that will be released soon, and also info about a new cozy mystery series I’m designing. Just for the fun of it, from time to time I’ll add pictures of my two cats and recipes to amuse and entertain you.
Please join me! Together we can create a dialogue on what creativity means to all of us.
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There used to be a wonderful commercial for Pesto Bismol that had a poor being clutching his/her stomach moaning, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”
That’s me today. Thanksgiving was a wonderful feast with good food and good company. And I swear my IQ has dropped 30 points overnight, dealing with the onslaught of too much.
So what to do? I’m glad you asked!
Audiobooks to the rescue. They allow you to quietly sit in your most comfortable chair, tune out the world, and just veg. The perfect solution!
And, you can also listen in the snippets of time you have at the doctor’s office and waiting in the grocery line. In the car. On your phone. I just discovered the other day, you can even listen to Audible audiobooks over your Alexa machine from Amazon. How cool is that?
What I have found is that listening to a book is to experience it like brand new. My readers are telling me that they are going back to the very beginning of the Pegasus Quincy world, and discovering it all over again.
I am excited to announce that Amy Otteson, a skilled professional narrator is narrating all five books (so far!) in the Pegasus Quincy mystery series. The first four books in the series are now available, and we are hoping to have the fifth one out by the end of the year. Amy has a gentle, easy-to-listen to voice that I hope you’ll agree is perfect for the series.
Then, if you’d like to listen to the whole book, you have several options: join Audible for a free 30 day trial. For a limited time only, they are ALSO offering a 53% discount for a three-month membership, too. What a deal!
Or, if you are already an Audible member, you can buy the book, of course. And I am delighted if you do. Or email me directly at lakota (at) lakotagrace.com and request a free promo code. I still have a few left and if one is available for the title you want, I’ll be glad to share it with you.
We are gearing up for the craziness of the holiday season. Take time for yourself as well as those who depend upon you.
My narrator, Amy Otteson, has been working overtime, and BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH, Book 2 of the Pegasus Quincy mystery series is now available in audiobook format!
Amy does a superb job bringing a multi-dimensional presence to the community of Mingus, the Nettle clan, and the swamp located at Tavasci Marsh.
The tragedies of death and now murder tear the Nettle family apart and yet paradoxically bind it together with secrets held against all costs. The green eyes of both wife and mistress sparkle, and not always in delight, as they discover secrets about each other they would just as soon not know. Deputy Sheriff Peg Quincy learns to handle her new, cranky partner but his homicidal cat about does her in.
Join Pegasus Quincy in this second book of the Pegasus Quincy mystery series as she solves the murder of Calhoun Nettle in the Verde Valley of Arizona. Now in audio!
I have always been a hands-on author. I researched my book and I wrote my book. I edited, formatted, and Indie published it. I was beginning to feel like the Little Red Hen!
So working with a collaborator has been a new experience for me. I was lucky enough to find a marvelous narrator named Amy Otteson, and she’s been with me every step of the way to produce this audio book version of Death in Copper Town.
Amy has added new depth and meaning to my story. Just listen to her rendition of the characters of Peg’s grandfather HT and his friend Armor. And what about that very enticing southern drawl of Flint Tanner? East Texas has never sounded so good.
Even if you read the print version on Kindle or got the paperback version of DICT, I think you’ll find a whole new world awaiting you with this audio version.
The constantly changing perspective of Alice in Wonderland delights me. First she is tiny and the world is huge. All of a sudden she grows immense and everything around her has shrunk.
Her image has stuck with me as I take pictures, and it sometimes creates dizzying shifts of perspective. As I viewed this desert cliff side, I thought of her possible Southwestern counterpart.
Imagine, if you will, a gigantic artist, coloring this desert scene. He settles carefully into a cross-legged position in the arroyo, trying to fit in amongst the cottonwoods and alder trees.
Out of an immense pencil box he picks up a piece of charcoal and carefully smudges the vermilion cliffs with desert varnish. Then he selects a white pen and limns the outlines of the Octotillo, as it waits for the summer rains…
Imagination must be visited constantly,
or else it begins to become restless and
emits strange bellows at embarrassing moments. Ignoring it only makes it grow larger and noisier. ~Patricia McKillip~
Even with parts missing where the light shines through, the inherent beauty and grace of these ancient ollas, or water jars, is unforgettable. They are a reminder of our past as a human species. Our yesterday.
But they could be part of our future as well. A new physics theory asserts that time may be fluid, allowing the past, present, and future to exist simultaneously.
If that is true, somewhere, a thousand years from now, an archaeologist is fitting together broken teacups and barbecue platters, wondering what our civilization must have been like! Our tomorrow.
A people without history is like
wind through buffalo grass. ~Teton Sioux proverb~