AppleJacked-Third Place Daphne du Maurier Award

 AppleJacked is an RWA-Daphne finalist in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery/Suspense! Fast forward to June 26th:  And the winner is....Not me!  But that is okay because I came in Third! Yay, me! Congratulations to Ruth (1st) and Lis (2nd) for your wins.  I look forward to reading your books someday.   For those of you unfamiliar with writing contests, here is my short stump speech about the concept. I have entered contests for several reasons. Of course, I always want to win, but knowing the stiff competition, I have ulterior motives.     1-K now why you are entering.   Is there a prize? Publication? Opportunity to chat with an agent or editor? Or the first thing I look for, is there written feedback from the judges? In the case of the RWA KOD contest, I consider the judges' feedback to be a great reward, win or lose. In every contest where I have received feedback, I may not always agree with some of the comments, but they are always offered from an instructive point of view and ar

Horses & Hollywood = Mystery & Suspense

  I think horses are beautiful animals, but I was the odd kid out who never longed to be a rider. After reading this article I get the attraction. I hope you'll pop on over to this intriguing post by author Sasscer Hill on the multifaceted world inside horse breeding, training, and racing.  A behind-the-scenes look at the world of #Horse Racing and #Hollywood in today’s #blog post and in Sasscer Hill’s new Nicki Latrelle #mystery Shooting Star via @misteriopress #amreading #thriller

Guest Post: Kirsten Weiss> What's a Paranormal Cozy?

Image Credit: Christina Hernandez on UNSPLASH One of the perks of partnering with misterio press for the upcoming release of my new Moccasin Cove Mystery series is getting to rub virtual elbows with established authors. Today I have the pleasure of sharing a post by author, Kirsten Weiss, who is so well established in the mystery genre that she has six active series and a standalone. I hope you'll check out her fun books, including Unbound , just published and available at the buy links at the end of this post. --Liz What’s a Paranormal Cozy? Thanks, Liz, for letting me post here, and congratulations to you on your Daphne Nomination! That’s a tough competition and a big honor! So. I’m Kirsten Weiss and like Liz, I’m an author with misterio press. (No caps). I write both cozy mystery and cozy paranormal mystery – which just goes to show how much variety there is in mystery genres these days. Liz thought it might be interesting if I defined what both those sub-genres are. So,

Read any good BLURBS lately?

  Has your schedule shifted in the past year? Does less time commuting mean more time for reading? Gee, I hope so. If you’re like me, when you have a spare second, your thoughts naturally run to books. So many books and suddenly, a little more time, right? According to the website, in 2020, trade book sales were up close to ten percent and audio books made a sonic leap in sales to over 16%. If you find yourself in the catbird seat of the reader with a little time to spare, how do you choose what book you’ll read next? Do you check out the online reviews, front cover, first page, or the back cover blurb first? Whether you head to the Amazon to search virtually or venture out F2S   (face to stacks,) most folks have a go-to routine for zeroing in on the next occupant of their e-reader or trusty nightstand. My style? I thought you’d never ask. My well-honed, Five-Step method is guaranteed to work in any venue-real or Memorex. 1-Loosen up--crack your knu

Pirates Have Invaded My Writing!

Image Credit: Christopher Hollis, Hollis for Wdwic Pictures [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons "AARRGH! Vast Ye scurvy readers! 'Tis Gasparilla in Tampa and the city is ours for the takin'!" Sorry for the horrible attempt at pirate-speak, but it's in my blood. Butchering the brogue is expected of Tampa natives. I love this annual tradition that starts with a pirate invasion on a grand ship bedecked with flags and booming cannon fire. The kidnapping of the mayor and an attempted takeover of the city follow.  The festivities include parades, balls, and other charity events. It all culminates in a flotilla and then a traditional street parade and the downing of much alcohol. In my adult years, the wise organizers have added a children's parade, leaving the debauchery to the original event a week later. As a kid, the pirates docked and


I happen to love reading author Bios and find myself envying those that lean into being quirky. My boilerplate Bio for the past few years is so-so, with one clever line about snakes, but it's not particularly catchy. Because I write a cozy mystery series with humor, murder, and other assorted social maladies, I always wanted my author Bio to reflect my style of writing. (BTW—I am actively querying, just in case the random, perfect-match for me agent happens to be reading this.) Sorry, back to it. I was reading an article in a recent Funds For Writers newsletter. In it, author, C. Hope Clark wrote about the problem of having to write an author’s Bio. She suggested asking friends and family for childhood quirks or funny memories. That triggered some funny, and COMPLETELY TRUE facts about my childhood and career that I thought might make for a catchier, quirkier Bio. Here is my rewrite: Liz Boeger’s stint as a bikini model peaked in kindergarten. Her fallback career as a myste

Bottle Bling! A Craft Project to Encourage a Good Habit

"Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink." This quote from the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, reminds me how often my coworkers and I used to get our matching, disposable water bottles mixed up. We hated having to throw them out. Then I created a sparkly solution! I am working on my daily goal of drinking 64 ounces of water and I've returned to using my Bottle Bling! to make the habit stick. Here is a quick and easy craft project to add a little bling to your water bottle. Your bejeweled bottle may also encourage you to drink your daily goal of 64 ounces—good luck! I’ve made these Bottle Bling ! bracelets for years. They double as great little gifts to surprise a friend. The idea resulted from a lesson on creative problem-solving I wrote for a fourth or fifth grade class many moons ago, during a unit on Inventors and Inventions. Then, it morphed into a fund-raiser for a campus Relay for Life team. When I was