Wondering what I’m up to? Sometimes, so do I. But here are my works in process, in order of publication date.
My very first paranormal cozy mystery! I’m really excited about The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. It’s a lot “lighter” than the Riga Hayworth series, but sometimes it just feels good to be good! It features Maddie Kosloski, a woman who left her overseas career and isn’t having an easy time finding a job in California. (This happened to me, so I know the feeling – it’s actually why I turned to writing. I found myself utterly unqualified for a California office job).
I’m just waiting to get some edits back from the publisher (hopefully they won’t be too rough). The book comes out March, 2016.
Here’s the blurb:
When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But a new ghost may be on the loose. A fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present.
With her high school bully as one of the officers in charge, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she’s certain it won’t be.
Maddie grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home.
The Mannequin Offensive
Security consultant, Rocky Bridges, has lost her favorite client to a bomb, lost her hearing in one ear, and now her partner’s been murdered and his new, Russian bride is part owner in the company. Can things get worse? They have to, or there’s no story.
This kind-of cozy paranormal mystery is coming April 1st. And yes, I picked April Fool’s Day for a reason – it’s a comedy. The manuscript is written and is now in the throes of editing. It will be published through misterio press.
Sensibility Grey is back in the third installment of this steampunk suspense series. She’s been trying to leave San Francisco ever since the town blamed her for the harbor fire. Now she’s finally getting her chance, if she can clear herself of a murder charge and figure out just what a mechanical stage has in common with her arch nemesis – the secret society known as the Mark.
Right now, I’m about half way through the first draft. Due to regular research interruptions (did people say “have a go at it” in 1849?) the writing process is a bit slower for this one. But I managed to include a classic Victorian monster — Spring-heeled Jack!
Coming in May, 2016 through misterio press.
The Witches of Doyle
I had every intention of writing a light, paranormal cozy. But when I sat down, something different arrived in the imagination — a darker, more magical paranormal featuring three sisters — triplets. Like traditional cozies, the violence happens off the page. But with its darker themes and sexier nature, it doesn’t quite fit the cozy mold. That’s why I’m publishing it through misterio press. I’m planning to publish the entire trilogy at once, at the end of 2016, and I’m deep into editing book 1, Bound. Books 2 and 3 are still a twinkle in my eye, but you can check out the Pinterest board for the series here.
View it here: Bound – Deleted Scene Originally, I imagined this story told more as a fairy tale. But the fairy tale writing style just isn’t my game, and I found myself wanting to punch the heroine. It didn’t work as an opener. Or at all. But I still kind of liked the initial imagining.
Jilted baker, Val Harris, may have no money, no life, and no clue, but when one of her quiches is framed for murder, she must team up with a conspiracy-obsessed octogenarian to dig through small town secrets and save her business.
Coming, Fall, 2017 from Kensington. This new cozy mystery series, this buddy story was tons of fun to write, and takes place on a mythical town on the California coast. Check out the Pinterest board here. (Warning: It’s pretty much all pie recipes, so if you’ve got a weakness for pie, like I do, the Pinterest board could be dangerous).