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Debbie’s Retirement Life Week 12: Day 120, 4/21/23 (Podcast and New Book)

This is my April blog post about my post-retirement adventures. It’s been four months since I retired from the library, but I’ve been working there part-time as a sub since February. I’m hoping to continue that until my move in the fall.

On St. Patrick’s Day in March, I went on an adventure with my daughter and a friend. We visited Jones Beach to look for seals. It was a chilly day but not extremely cold. I wore a seal hat I purchased for the occasion. During our walk over the sand, I tripped. I wasn’t badly hurt, but I was achy for a while afterwards. My daughter got to see the seals from a distance and took a few photos.

In march, I also viewed the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit with two friends. It featured an immersive viewing of the artist’s work.

At the end of March, I attended my co-worker’s retirement party, and in early April, I had my nails painted a pretty pink for Easter and spring.

We celebrated Easter at home. I helped my daughter cook a delicious ham meal and created an Easter graphic featuring our cats.

I’ve also entered the Cat Writers’Association’s annual contest with three entries for my cozy mystery, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady and my two short stories, “Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery” from my book, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories and “First Christmas with Kittens” from the anthology, The Cat in the Christmas Tree and Other and True Stories of Feline Joy and Merry Mischief.

I finished writing my third Buttercup Bend cozy mystery, THE CASE OF THE LLAMA RAISING LIBRARIAN and hope to submit it to my publisher in May.

I also had a podcast interview by Donnie Lansdale about me, my books, and the wonderful Facebook group, The Writers Forum. You can listen to it here:

My cozy mystery, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, has been included in the new release, Sleuths and Surprises, a collection of cozies by two other authors, Janie Owens and Jessica Brimer.

In May, over Mother’s Day weekend, I’ll be having the first of possibly three garage sales at my home in Hicksville. If any of you are local, there will be many great items, some brand new, at very low prices.

Thanks for reading about my retirement adventures.  I’ll post another update in May.

Posted in Cover Reveal, Freebies and Special Offers, Podcasts

Halloween Giveaway, Spooky Podcast, and Cover Reveal

Friday, October 28 to Monday, October 31, get your free e-copy of my cozy Halloween mystery, No Gravestone Unturned.

It’s October in Cobble Cove, and Alicia is busy preparing for the library’s Halloween party when she learns that John’s aunt from Florida has died and that John’s cousins and their spouses are coming to town to bury their mother.

The day after the funeral, the caretaker’s son is found dead by John’s grandfather’s gravestone, from a blow on the head. The only witness seems to be Sneaky the library cat, who, having left the library, turned up at Alicia’s door with blood and dirt on him.

As Alicia, Gilly, and Sheriff Ramsay investigate, a generation of family secrets is uncovered. Are one of the guests staying at the inn a killer? Will the humans solve the crime, and can Sneaky, Kittykai, and Salem, the inn’s guest cat, team up to help?

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I’m being featured on the Everyday Monsters Halloween Special Podcast on Monday, October 31, reading my two unpublished horror stories, “Oceans Apart” and “The Last Word.” It will be available on all your favorite podcast applications on 10/31.

Check out the cover for The Case of the Parrot Loving Professor, Buttercup Bend #2 coming soon.

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September Podcast and Book News

Sometimes authors like to try their hands at writing different genres. Although I have two cozy mystery series, I’ve also written some standalone mysteries and short stories. One of these stories, “Oceans Apart” is a departure from my usual writing. Donnie Lansdale does a great job giving voice to my tale. Listen to the podcast below from the Everyday Monsters Podcast and on Apple, Google, or Spotify until September 19.

The long-awaited Memories and Meows is now available at your favorite online shop. This book tells the stories of several of my cats through their own words and photos.

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I’m also hoping to submit the second book of my Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series, tentatively titled, “The Case of the Parrot-Loving Professor,” to my publisher this month. Have you read the first one, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, yet?

Last but not least, my cat Harry will be sharing his story in the upcoming anthology, “Purr-severance” by Sierra M. Koester. We are both thrilled. Further details coming soon.