Malice in Tarnished Spaces – Cover Reveal

Peg Quincy is busy–way too busy. She has a new roommate, a new almost-boyfriend, and a dead body washed up on the creek side of an exclusive artists’ retreat. But she is up to the challenge. Or is she?

MALICE IN TARNISHED SPACES, the sixth Pegasus Quincy mystery, will be released in early Spring 2020.

Watch for it!

How to beat the turkey-feast food coma

 

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.

You can listening to a sample of the newest recording, PERIL IN SILVER NIGHTSHADE at the Amazon site here. Or go directly to the audible site, where you can also listen to a sample of the book recording here.

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.

Enjoy PERIL IN SILVER NIGHTSHADE and take a few deep breaths!

 

Three new ways to experience the Pegasus Quincy mysteries!

When pig-headed meets stubborn, life-changing disasters result. As Peg challenges her partner’s decision, a man dies, water wars erupt, and Peg’s own life is threatened.

Add to the mix a clan of gypsies, a beautiful black stallion, and a little girl who misses her daddy. Pegasus Quincy has her hands full!


And the three ways to experience the story? Here we go:

  1. You can get the eBook version of FIRE IN BROKEN WATER free this weekend, here.
  2. You can get the newly recorded AudioBook version FREE here. (If you already have an Audible membership, contact me via email at: lakota (at) lakotagrace.com or private message me on Facebook. I have a limited number of free promo codes still available.)
  3. AND try out Whispersync. You can start reading on your Kindle, switch to an Audible recording on your phone, and go right back to your Kindle without losing your place.

The magic of high tech. Whata deal!

 

 

 

BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH–Now Available on Audible!

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!

If you’ve not tried Audible books before, you can get a free trial membership here.

If you are already an Audible member, I’ve got a FREE promo code for you while they last. Just email me at: lakota (at) lakotagrace.com and ask for yours.

ENJOY!

Special! Limited time Offer! Boxed Set of Pegasus Quincy Mysteries

Begin this fast-paced mystery series set in the high desert plateau of Arizona with these first three books in a box set! Rich in character and atmosphere, these mysteries are humorous and at times romantic.

For a limited time only, get all three in a Kindle edition for $2.99!

Book 1: DEATH IN COPPER TOWN. Rookie sheriff’s deputy Peg Quincy takes on a small town seething with conflict and murder.

Fate intervenes when a dead body turns up in an old copper mining pit. The dead man is a three-time lower disowned by even his own mother. Peg’s sheriff boss declares the death an accident and orders her to “move on.” She at first agrees, but then her office is ransacked and her assistant kidnapped.

Danger intensifies when Peg is assaulted and her grandfather becomes involved.

Ultimately, she must decide which is most important: her job, her family, or her own life.

Book 2: BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH. A hostile partner dredges up old history as Peg Quincy becomes too involved with a family of would-be murderers.

When Peg chooses to help a young man in trouble, she alienates her new partner, ignores regulations, and jeopardizes an ongoing investigation. And just when things couldn’t get any worse—they do!

She tangles with the Nettle family: an insanely jealous wife, a banished son, and a seven-month pregnant mistress. All have good reason to kill the patriarch, and nobody’s talking.

Peg is furious when her own life is threatened. But can she discover who killed old man Nettle before it is too late?

Book 3: FIRE IN BROKEN WATER. Simmering battles over water rights erupt into murder and destruction in Peg Quincy’s territory.

When Peg’s partner refuses to declare a murder in a fatal horse ranch fire, she circumvents the law to investigate anyway.

Two families feuding over water rights, a Gypsy clan suspected of drug dealing, and a blackmailer on the loose, all lead Peg astray in her quest to find the killer in a desert town beset by flash floods and arsenic-laced creeks.

Enjoy these fast-paced thrillers of the American West, Kindle edition through Amazon. 

 

Listen up! DEATH IN COPPER TOWN now an audiobook!

Death in Copper Town Audible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

You can get a free copy of the mystery, with a 30 day free trial of Audible at:
Death in Copper Town.

And with Whispersync for Voice now available, you can switch from phone to tablet to computer to Kindle, and through the magic of technology, your place is saved. Now that is my kind of bookmark!

I hope you enjoy listening to Death in Copper Town. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

 

The wholeness of water in the desert

desert oasis

I was fortunate to come across this open water near Tavasci Marsh at sunset, just when the world was golden.

It reminded me how beautiful our planet is, in all its changing moods.

Water and light, combining to bring joy in the moment.

A photograph is a secret about a secret.
The more it tells you, the less you know.

~Diana Arbus~

Going against the grain

Going against the grain

My cat Foxy is small, but fiercely independent. She knows what she likes when she likes it.

For this afternoon nap, she chose to sleep crossways in this cat basket with one ear completely covered, even though, clearly, the right way to do it was just the opposite. But who is to say which might be more suitable for her?

I learn a lot, watching my cats.

Men wanted for hazardous journey.
Small wages, bitter cold. Long months off complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.

~Sir Earnest Henry Shackleton~

 

Drawn by a giant

Drawn by a giant

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~

It’s coming! Loud and clear!

Death in Copper Town Audible

For several months now, I’ve been in contact with a talented vocal artist, Amy Otteson.

She has agreed to record the entire Pegasus Quincy series for Audible! She is hard at work on the first book of the series, Death at Copper Town.

You’ll be the first to know when it’s “in the can” and ready to be ordered on Audible through the Amazon marketplace. Soon.

A new chapter in the Pegasus Quincy saga begins!