FATAL FORTY-EIGHT is Available for Pre-Order!!

Woot, woot!! Fatal Forty-Eight is out!! Available on Amazon for pre-order at HALF PRICE (just $1.99) through the official release date of 11/12/14.

Fatal 48 book cover

FATAL FORTY-EIGHT, A Kate Huntington Mystery (#7)

Celebration turns to nightmare when psychotherapist Kate Huntington’s guest of honor disappears en route to her own retirement party. Kate’s former boss, Sally Ford, has been kidnapped by a serial killer who holds his victims exactly forty-eight hours before killing them.

With time ticking away, the police allow Kate and her P.I. husband to help with the investigation. The FBI agents involved in the case have mixed reactions to the “civilian consultants.” The senior agent welcomes Kate’s assistance as he fine-tunes his psychological profile. His voluptuous, young partner is more by the book. While she locks horns out in the field with Kate’s husband, misunderstandings abound back at headquarters.

But they can ill afford these distractions. Sally’s time is about to expire.

AMAZON   It will be available on other retailers soon!

I’m already getting rave reviews from my early readers. Woohoo!!

Grab up your e-copy now. It goes up to $3.99 on 11/13/14. PAPERBACK will be out soon!

Thanks so much for your support!





NOVELLA #2 IS OUT!! Cruel Capers on the Caribbean

CRUEL CAPERS on the CARIBBEAN, the second Kate on Vacation novella is now live on Amazon and other retailers.

Travel vicariously as you and Kate and the gang try to solve a locked-room mystery!


Cruel Capers book cover

Trouble seems to find Kate Huntington, even on a Caribbean cruise. She and her friend, Liz, befriend socialite Cora Beall, who is having relationship problems. When Cora is found dead, her cabin locked from the inside, the ship’s captain assumes it’s a suicide.

Kate is skeptical. Her private detective husband begs her to let it go, but the evidence points more and more toward murder. And she can’t stop thinking about Cora’s teenage daughter who is back in the States with her stepfather. Which is worse, thinking your mother committed suicide or being raised by her killer? Or is Cora’s seemingly-innocent, screenwriter boyfriend the real murderer?

And the toughest question of all… how did Cora’s killer get out of a locked room?

Just $1.99 on   AMAZON,   BARNES & NOBLE  and  KOBO.

Official launch date is June 17th, and I have a Book Blast scheduled on several book blogger websites for the 18th through the 20th!




MULTIPLE MOTIVES — New and Improved, just $0.99 (& it’s finally out in paperback!!)

ANNOUNCEMENT!! I’ve decided to keep MULTIPLE MOTIVES (e-book version) at $0.99 through at least the month of June. So now’s the time to tell your mystery-loving friends about my series.

Especially since I’ve gone back and updated the text. No, I didn’t change anything about the story or the characters. I just corrected some novice-writer goofs that were in there.

And finally I’ve got it out in paperback! Amazon has a new program (well, relatively new) called Matchbook. If you buy a paperback copy of Multiple Motives, you can get an e-book version for free! Any mystery lovers amongst your friends with birthdays coming up soon? Buy them the paperback, you keep the e-book!

Here are the BUY LINKS:

AMAZON               AMAZON (Paperback)                B&N Paperback

E-book also $0.99 on BARNES & NOBLE   and  KOBO.


And in case you haven’t seen it before, here’s it’s spiffy new cover!

Multiple Motives new cover

Thanks so much for all your support!!






Kate Huntington’s Playlist

This is from a guest post I did last year for Catie Rhodes’ Celebrity Author Playlist series.

Since I’m older than dirt and my musical tastes are equally antiquated–John Denver, anyone?–I shared the playlist of my protagonist in the Kate Huntington mystery series. She’s no spring chicken herself but her older favorites are ones that have stood the test of time. And she’s got a few more up-to-date selections as well.

(This post also gives some of Kate’s back story.)

First here is a photo, by the very talented Nevit Dilmen, that represents how I see Kate in my mind’s eye, especially in her younger years.


silhouette of a young woman

Photo: ‘Sunset at Assos’ by Nevit Dilmen (CC-BY-SA license 3.0) See more of his work at http://www.sxc.hu/profile/nevit


Kate was born Kathleen O’Donnell in 1967. Being of Irish-American heritage and coming of age in the 1980’s, of course Kate is a U2 fan. Her all time favorite song is A Beautiful Day.


U2 – A Beautiful Day


Kate’s second favorite band during her college years was Guns N’ Roses. Their song, Sweet Child O’ Mine, always makes her think of her childhood – years filled with love, laughter and a fair share of bickering as she and three siblings grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Baltimore.


Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine


Second runner-up for Kate’s favorite U2 song is With or Without You. The year this song came out, Kate was a junior in college and she was dating Ed Huntington. Ed adored her, but Kate found his laid-back personality rather boring. They broke up their senior year. After graduation, Kate went off to graduate school, leaving Ed with a sore heart and an appreciation for U2.

In 1993, Kate and Ed ran into each other at a U2 concert (during their Zoo Tour). Kate saw this as a sign that she should give him another chance. Over dinner the next night, he admitted that he played With or Without You quite often, while thinking about the good times they’d had in college. The line “and you give, and you give, and you give yourself away” particularly reminded him of her compassion for others.

Is there any way she could not fall in love with this man? With or Without You became their song. They were married eighteen months later.


U2 – With or Without You


Kate is also a Carrie Underwood fan. One of her favorites is Blown Away. This song tells a story so similar to the ones she hears from many of her psychotherapy clients.


Carrie Underwood – Blown Away


(Note: a bit of a spoiler coming up if you haven’t read any of the Kate Huntington books yet.)


When her beloved Eddie is senselessly killed (Book 1, Multiple Motives), Kate assumes that romance is a thing of the past in her life.

A little over a year later, she crosses paths again with the bodyguard who protected her from Ed’s killer. While they are helping Kate’s friend, Rob Franklin, clear his aunt of murder charges, Skip Canfield is trying to convince Kate to go out with him. She is sorely tempted (he’s a hunk), but her grief is still too fresh. Skip tells Kate that he’s a “very patient man.” (Book 2, Ill-Timed Entanglements)

Skip was raised in Texas on a steady diet of country western music. During that same summer he re-connects with Kate, I’ll Wait For You is released by Joe Nichols. This song resonates for Skip on so many levels (If you’ve read Book 3, Family Fallacies, you’ll understand why).

Have some tissues handy. This one’s a tear-jerker.


Joe Nichols – I’ll Wait For You



While courting Kate through Family Fallacies, Skip converts her to an appreciation of country music. I’ll Wait for You becomes their song. Kate does have a penchant for making men wait, doesn’t she?


Pop singer, Katy Perry, is the most recent addition to Kate’s favorite artists’ list, after stumbling on a You Tube video of her 2010 hit, Firework. At first Kate thought the song was a little cheesy, but then she got caught up in its self-esteem boosting message.

Her favorite Perry song, however, is Part of Me, because it portrays the “tough chick” persona that Kate always finds intriguing. Perhaps she wishes she were a little more kick-ass herself. (See Book 6, Zero Hero, to see if this comes to pass).


Katy Perry – Part of Me


I hope you’ve enjoyed Kate Huntington’s rather eclectic playlist.


Hubs is Hobbling Along (and Zero Hero is out in paperback)

My husband has been home from the hospital for almost a week now, with his new hip. Already he is able to take short walks, and his pain is so much less than it was before the surgery.

hubs with his walker

Being a caretaker is not as hard as I thought it would be, but it is time-consuming. So not much writing happening right now.

More on my thoughts regarding taking care of one’s spouse after surgery will be coming up in a couple weeks on my blog over at misterio press.

But I do have some book-related news. Zero Hero is out in paperback! I will have Multiple Motives out in paperback as well, as soon as the patient is a tad more self-sufficient.

Here’s the link for the paperback and Amazon has it discounted at the moment for just $7.52. Also you can get the e-book along with the paperback for only an additional $0.99 through Amazon’s new Matchbook program.

cover of Zero Hero

I’ll keep you posted on progress here at the Lambs!


Goldilocks Gets a Haircut

My son cut his hair. The last time he had a haircut he was thirteen. He’s now thirty-four.

My son's ponytail--almost to his waist.His hair loose from the front









(And yes, he is a priest–Episcopal, which is how I have grandchildren. 🙂 )

After all these years, everyone, myself included, assumed he would never cut it. Then I had a dream shortly before Christmas. I dreamt that we went to his house for Christmas (which is what we do since it’s easier than hauling the kids down to see us), and when he opened the door, his hair was short.


We laughed about the dream on Christmas day. Two days ago, he posted this on Facebook…

at the barber

He’d cut his hair and donated it to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. A very worthy cause and I’m proud of him…

the hair, about to go into the donation bag

 But seeing him with short hair is going to take some getting used to.

"after" from the front

From the front, not that different than when he had it tied back…
the "after" shot

…but from the side, very different!





And the winners are…

The winners of the raffle are:

1st prize: Silver-plated 9/11 charm necklace plus e-copy of Multiple Motives

Suzan Morrow Farrell

2nd prize: 9/11 10th anniversary totebag and e-copy of Multiple Motives

Susan Pilski


Thanks so much to all who entered and helped me celebrate the launch of Zero Hero.

cover of Zero Hero




Official Launch of Zero Hero and A Contest!

Finally launch day has arrived!

ZERO HERO is a reality and now available for purchase as an e-book (paperback coming soon).

To celebrate, I’m holding a little contest, now through December 21st. First prize is a 9/11 commemorative charm necklace (silver-plated; 9/11 image can be removed and necklace can be used as a locket to hold any treasured photo). Both winners also get a free e-book copy of Multiple Motives, Book 1 in the series.

(Why am I giving away Multiple Motives instead of Zero Hero? Because I’m hoping you will buy Zero Hero to get this story off to a great start! It’s just $1.99 through the 21st. Price goes up to $3.99 after that.)

 silver-plated 9/11 charm necklace

Second prize is a 10th anniversary tote bag (and again an e-copy of Multiple Motives).

Why is the 10th anniversary important? Because that’s when Pete Jamieson’s troubles begin.

9/11 10th anniv ersary totebag


cover of Zero Hero

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the media replays the videos of that day’s devastation, and a national hero’s life begins to unravel.

When the first responder, already struggling with delayed PTSD and addiction, is accused of murdering his former drug dealer, psychotherapist Kate Huntington finds herself going above and beyond to help him. As she and her P.I. husband set out to clear him of the charges, they are thrust into a deadly world of drugs, prostitutes and hired killers, and end up questioning who they are and what it means to be brave.

Low introductory price of $1.99 (through 12/21)

Available at AMAZON , BARNES & NOBLE and KOBO.  Coming soon to iBooks.


Don’t forget to enter the contest below. Up to 13 possible entries per person (3 initial entries, plus tweet about the giveaway each day of the contest and you get another entry per tweet). Contest starts at midnight, 12/11, EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

ZERO HERO is Live on Amazon!!

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone yet  ’cause the official launch date isn’t until Thursday, but ZERO HERO is already live on Amazon. It will be at the low introductory price of $1.99 for just a week or two. (Should be on the other book retailer sites soon.)

Oh, okay, you can tell people. Actually I’d love it if you’d SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!  😀

cover of Zero Hero    ZERO HERO, A Kate Huntington Mystery, #6

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the media replays the videos of that day’s devastation, and a national hero’s life begins to unravel.

When the first responder, already struggling with delayed PTSD and addiction, is accused of murdering his former drug dealer, psychotherapist Kate Huntington finds herself going above and beyond to help him. As she and her P.I. husband set out to clear him of the charges, they are thrust into a deadly world of drugs, prostitutes and hired killers, and end up questioning who they are and what it means to be brave.

(This book is part of a series but is designed to be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone story as well.)

On AMAZON now for just $1.99 (intro price will go up soon so grab your copy quick.)

Woot! I’m doin’ a happy dance here!!