Coming soon: A Short Story!

Posted at Dec 31, 2013 10:21 pm

Which way to the catwalk?

Which way to the catwalk?

Project Dogway: A Pampered Pets Mystery Short Story (The Shadow Tails Anthology)

Though still not speaking to each other, former Texas beauty queen cousins, Caro Lamont and Melinda Langston are at it again – attempting to solve murders that is. This time they’re both in attendance at a Laguna Beach dog fashion show- a heartworm fundraiser, when show beagle owner, Phil Tawney, drops dead and his dog, Shadow, goes missing. 

Pet therapist, Caro, is on the lookout for the missing pup, and Bow Wow Boutique owner, Mel, is sniffing out the truth behind the rumored reality show, Behind the Curtain of Best in Show. While the cousins are doing their best to stay out of Detective Judd Malone’s investigation, it’s really no surprise they soon find themselves on the tail of the killer. Was it the fame hungry soon-to-be ex-wife, the rabid Shadow fan, or the aspiring actor who served the deadly appetizer? Or did someone else have a hidden agenda?

And can Caro and Mel chase down the clues before someone gets away with murder?

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Season’s Readings

Posted at Dec 2, 2013 12:25 am

Season's Readings 
We’ve joined the crew at the Killer Characters blog, and we are giving away a book a day for the month of December. 
It’s our way of saying thank-you to our readers. 
31 days – 31 books – 31 chances to win! 
To enter simply leave a comment on the Killer Characters blog. There will be a new drawing every day, so keep coming back and leaving comments to be included in the daily drawings. 
Happy Holidays to all of you from us and all the other Killer Characters!

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Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

Posted at Nov 10, 2013 3:36 am

 Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

Have you heard about this? It’s December 7th.

 We absolutely love the idea of this annual event founded by friend and fellow mystery writer, Jenny Milchman. (Of course, we never need any encouragement to go to a bookstore.) But as their website says, “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is about instilling a love of bookstores in children so that they will value and support this most precious of resources as they go on to enter and create communities of their own.” Brilliant!

Mark your calendar now so you don’t forget. We will be taking our children and grandchildren to our local bookstore with us on December 7th and we hope you will too!


We had a wonderful time with the grandchildren at the bookstore. We even caught them “reading” a Pampered Pets Mystery book.

Kids at B&N Kids at B&N 2

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For the Paws!

Posted at Oct 7, 2013 2:40 am


Saturday, October 12th, we will join authors Angie Fox, Shawntelle Madison, and Sally Berneathy at Dog Eared Books in Independence, Missouri from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

This author event is a benefit and 100% of the Proceeds of the Raffle/Signing Tickets and Bake Sale and “Barrel Donations” will benefit Wayside Waifs and Great Plains SPCA.

We’re very excited to be back at Dog Eared Books! We had a great time last time we visited and we’re thrilled to be a part of this wonderful benefit.

If live in the area or feel like a road trip, please come by!


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Pamper Your Favorite Pet Person!

Posted at Aug 16, 2013 10:44 pm

Is there someone in your life who pampers your pet as much as you do?Maybe you know someone who gives of their time to help animals in need without asking for anything in return.

Here’s your opportunity to thank that special groomer, pet sitter or rescue volunteer with a basket of pampering.

Pamper your favorite pet person

Basket includes: Reading material (of course), a cozy blanket, muscle relaxing bath salts, foot balm, some Zen tea, and Godiva chocolate!

It’s easy to enter. Just go to our contact page and send us their name (and yours).  It’s that simple.

If you’d like to tell us what makes your nominee special, we’d love to hear it!

So what are you waiting for? Send us the name of your favorite pet person! 

**Due to issues with our website, we’ve extended out contest until next Saturday, August 31st.


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Beach Bag Giveaway!

Posted at Aug 3, 2013 4:14 am

We love the beach! So to celebrate the $1.99‪#‎KindleDeal for Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, we’re giving away this beach bag. (Yes, those are Laguna Beach flip flops.) To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us your favorite beach! We’ll pick a winner Friday, August 9th! Good luck! Beach Basket Giveaway




Kitty Kitty Bang Bang $1.99 Amazon Deal for August

Posted at Aug 3, 2013 3:44 am

We’re thrilled to share that Kitty Kitty Bang Bang is a featured Kindle Amazon Deal for $1.99. This is a big honor for us because publishers submit titles for this month-long special and Amazon only picks a total of 100 titles. If you haven’t downloaded your copy of book three yet, this is your chance to get it at a great price! 

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We Love Libraries & Book People

Posted at Jun 29, 2013 3:08 am

This coming weekend we’ll be attending the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, IL.  If you’re attending, please stop by the Sisters in Crime booth on Sunday where we’ll be signing from 11:00 to 12:00. Learn why we love libraries and book people by checking out our recent blog post on Goodreads.




On The Road Again

Posted at Apr 5, 2013 4:10 am

Dog on suitcase 

We love writing but we also love getting out on the road and talking to readers. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be at various events from conferences to bookstores and other author affairs.  Please check out our schedule and if you live near, or you’re going to be near a spot where we’re making an appearance, stop by and say hello!

Here’s the line-up so far:

April 6 – Dog Eared Books, Independence, MO

This lovely bookstore with their own resident mascots, (felines – Stuart Woods, Charlotte Bronte, & Harlee-Quinn) has remodeled and is celebrating with a grand reopening. We’ll be joining some other authors for what promises to be a fun time!

April 13 – Ankeny Author’s Fair, Ankeny, IA

The event is from 9:00 AM to noon and is hosted by the Kirkendall Public Library and will be held at the Pinnacle Club at 4100 NE Otter Creek Drive in Ankeny.

April 27 – Mystery Bookstore, Omaha, NE

We’ll be at The Mystery Bookstore/A Stitch in Crime at 5:00 PM for a book talk and then look forward to dinner afterward with friends and fans.

May 3 – Malice Domestic, Bethesda, MD

One of our favorite mystery cons because it’s all about cozy mysteries! This year we’ll be part of Malice’s Author-Go-Round and we’re partnering with the delightful Catriona McPherson! Then we’ll be on a great panel, Too Close for Comfort, talking about collaboration with Donald & Renee Bain (the writers of Murder She Wrote) and Mary Jane Maffini who writes with her daughter as Victoria Abbott. The panel is scheduled for Saturday at 9:00 AM.

We’ll also be hosting a table at the Agatha Awards banquet, so if you’re planning to attend, please consider dinner with us!

May 6 – Oakmont, PA Festival of Mystery

This wonderful festival is sponsored by Mystery Lovers Bookshop and is an absolute delight for mystery readers. Last year was our first time and it’s an amazing event. So if you live in the area or are looking for a road trip to a fun mystery reader destination, this is one you should look into!

In June, we’re back in the Midwest with Chicago appearances at Printer’s Row Book Festival and the American Library Association conference. You’ll find us at the Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America booths. More details to come as we know them…

June 8-9 – Chicago, IL Printers Row Lit Fest – In Chicago’s historic Printers Row neighborhood on the blocks surrounding Dearborn and Polk streets.

June 27-July 9 – Chicago, IL American Library Association Annual Conference – McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive.

There will be more events and appearances to come, so keep checking our website calendar for updates.

We hope to see you at one of these events!



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The Next BIG Thing!

Posted at Jan 8, 2013 12:00 pm

Welcome to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

What is a blog hop? It’s a virtual event that helps readers discover new authors. The first author tags five others whose work he or she admires, who each tag five more, who each tag five more, and so on. These memes float around the internet every few years, and this particular event has been so big, covering so many genres and amazing authors, that we’re thrilled to participate.

Before we get to the questions, we’d like to thank J.T. Ellison, a fabulous author, who tagged us for this. Publisher’s Weekly calls her work “Breathtaking…” and we’d have to agree, so be sure to check her out. You can learn more about J.T. and her crazy clever work here:

The way this hop works, we (and the authors we’ve chosen) will each answer (on our respective blogs) the same 10 (predetermined) questions ranging from our current works in progress to our writing processes and beyond.  We hope you’ll enjoy learning about our work. Please feel free to comment and ask questions. Read more »




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