Wednesday, November 28, 2012


He revels in his catch
feeling elated
 tossed over the bank to the asphalt
a beer can clinks
the drink his reward
for his hard work
the breeze cool against his face
he is a sot

The old road winding
 with hidden views
danger abounds
a beer can clinks

This day a tired driver
sleepy and hurried
rounds the final curve

The crunch of metal
as it slams against the tree
catches his attention for a moment
but not long enough
to be of interest
to him

He goes about his casting
not looking or caring that she lay
motionless on the ground
her breathing labored
tossed from the steel jaws
a beer can clinks by her head

Overcome by the darkness
It was too late for him to
notice or care
she is gone.

The darkness
Oh, the darkness takes her away.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review of The Dead Love Longer

The Dead Love Longer
by Scott Nicholson
5 Stars

This was my first Scott Nicholson book, recommended to me by a friend, and I wasn't disappointed. It was well-written and kept me glued to each page waiting to see what was going to happen in the end. I could almost visualize the smile on Steele's face as he lay... oops, don't want to be a spoiler. Never a dull moment in this one.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hamming It Up

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I sure did. I ate so much food I felt as big as Spot. See: Ask Aunt Alice. Aunt Alice can tell you all about Spot and his size. He's a wide load coming through... just like I felt after dinner. But it's a new day, and I'm off to spend my husband's money on some great Black Friday sales. Where's my coat and purse? Warm up the car, I'm heading to the crazy land of shoppers. See you there!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Freebies on Kindle

With Black Friday just a couple of days away, dodging shoppers looking for that great buy is something we'll all face. In our quest for the perfect gifts for those on our Christmas list, we'll be pushed, shoved, and we'll be waiting in lines for a good little while. But that's okay. That's part of the fun, isn't it? (Not the pushing and shoving, but the great deals you can find.)
So, once you get home and relax, why not shop for yourself? Kindle is offering a long list of FREE ebooks for that day, including the first book in my Jesse Watson Mystery series, What You See. If you like a little romance and humor with your murder mystery, please check it out. Read the free sample chapters to see if my book is one you might like to read. It's free, so what have you got to lose?

And when you're finished reading book #1, there are six more books in the series for your reading pleasure: South River Incident, A Crying Shame, Middle River Murders, Greene County Killer, Death on the Bella Constance, and All About the Money. All of my books are priced at $2.99 each. What a great deal!

My books are also available on NOOK. Check out NOOK for the list of my books.
Note: Book #1 is not available on NOOK.

Isn't it nice to get something for free? Everyone loves a good deal. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as Jesse Watson and Billy Blackhawk solve cases in ways you won't see coming. #suspense #romance #humor *Please consider leaving a review of the book(s) you've read.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ask Aunt Alice

For those of you who haven't had a good laugh lately, here's your chance. Check out Ask Aunt Alice. The Trouble With Spot. This one is for you, Danny Kemp. Hope you folks out there enjoy this blog as much as I did. Danny you're so funny!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

My Take on R-Day by P.T. Mayes

R-Day by P.T. Mayes
5 stars *****

England declares one day a year as a killing day for its citizens. Get a license and it’s legal to kill the person you hate/dislike/mad at… whatever. You really don’t need a good reason (you can always lie). But beware—you too, can be a target.

Even thought the author dropped the F-bomb in the first sentence (foul language is something I can do without, along with explicit sex, and this book had both), I hung in there and was sucked in after a few pages. It didn’t take long for me to develop a love/hate feeling for the main character, which I’m sure was the intention of the writer. I became so involved in the storyline I just couldn’t put the book down. I read it in one day. The author told a tale that was so believable, it was scary. Thankfully, R-Day is fiction. I’d hate to imagine something like this happening in real life. 

Dark, gritty, and graphic, this book is a winner—the kind of which movies are made. A must read for those who like their books on the raw and edgy side. Congratulations P.T. Mayes. You hit this one out of the ballpark.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Reading and Surviving Sandy

We managed to survive Hurricane Sandy without much damage, but going through it was a nightmare. The extreme high winds and steady rain was scary. We lost power for three days (and I don't need to tell you how awful that was), so I couldn't wash clothes, clean house, or use my computer. Cooking (which I very much dislike) was not a problem. We have a gas stove, so at least we could eat. We stayed warm thanks to our wood stove. We were lucky. It could have been much worse.

But... what do you do for three days without power? I'll tell you what I did. I read. Reading was something I could do to take my mind off the storm, even if it was only for a little while. I read and read, until my eyes got so tired, I couldn't read anymore, and when I could, I was out of books. That taught me a lesson: keep my Kindle full of books I want to read. So... I loaded up my Kindle in preparation for the next storm—which I hear is coming soon. The weather forecasters say we have a Nor'easter coming in around Wednesday of next week. What? Another storm? Well... I'm prepared. I have lots of free books I just downloaded on my Kindle, and I can't wait to dig in. Don't like the idea of another storm coming through, but at least I'll have something to read. My Kindle is charged and ready to go. 

I started working on my next book, The Prey Bites Back, in February, but lost interest. I don't know why; it's not because I didn't have plenty of  ideas and a plot. I just didn't want to write. And until I get the desire back, I'll just read. While Sandy was pounding us, I read Take the Monkeys and Run, Janet Evanovich's Metro Girl, and Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton.

I now have lots of books on my Kindle and will be searching for more. You should too, just in case. And to give you one more to add to your selection, the first book in my Jesse Watson Mystery series will be FREE Saturday, Nov. 3. So please download it, read it, and enjoy. And last, but not least, please consider posting a review on Kindle. A reader review can be the best gift you can give an author. Thanks, and stay safe! Ann

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Ah... is that a snowflake I see out the window? Better get moving. Gotta go stoke the fire and grab my Kindle.


P.S. My prayers are with the folks who have suffered so much devastation from Hurricane Sandy. My heart goes out to them and their families.