Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Killer Acorn Pie

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my readers in America (and anyone else getting into the holiday spirit whether it be Christmas, Yule, or any other special occasion to help light up these chilly winter months)! In my house, this weeks kicks off the official beginning of the holiday season. Already, my hubby and I are thawing our bird and preparing the ingredients for wild rice stuffing, home made cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and even an English Walnut Pie! Yummy! We will also be putting up our tree this week the help light up the snowy month ahead.

Another great way I love to celebrate the holiday season is with a tasty murder mystery! So, those of you who get an extra long weekend this week, I have a treat for you. My latest holiday themed cozy mystery is hitting Kindle today for only 99 cents!

This latest one combines the traditions of Thanksgiving with a phenomenon that seems to be popular among so many families right now. Escape Rooms! One friend of mine in particular even ran a home made escape room for Halloween this last month. This book is dedicated to her! (You know who you are 😁)

I also took inspiration and ideas from my college days and sprinkled them into this book, since much of the story takes place on a chilly campus during the quiet week of Thanksgiving when most of the students are off seeing family. For me, Thanksgiving week in college was one of my favorites because I usually stayed behind. I loved walking around campus and seeing just how silent it was in the snow. The quad in the book as well as the layout of the buildings is lifted right from my own campus experience.

Here is a picture to give you an idea of the winter wonderland Idaho could turn into during the cold months. Those were good and happy days for me, especially when I was married to my hubby.

All in all, this is one of my favorite and most nostalgic books I've written, and I truly hope you find it an enjoyable read this holiday week. I'm also very excited about my next book set during the week of Christmas as well.

To learn more, check out this book blurb from Amazon:

Ever make a misguided decision?

Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year at Pies and Pages, and shop owner Bertha Hannah is trying to bring in even more customers by offering free tickets to a local holiday themed escape room put on by the community college. While not exactly sure how escape rooms work, Bert knows that teens, college students, and families especially seem to love them.


However, when one of Bert’s employees comes in telling of how her friend died in the same escape room they’re promoting, the sale backfires. Worse yet, Bert’s detective boyfriend Harry Mannor seems to think Bert’s employee may have had something to do with it.


With sales on the decline and a murderer on the move, Bert rushes to prove her young friend’s innocence before it’s too late.


This book will spice up your holiday, buy now, while it’s hot!


You can pick up your copy of Killer Acorn Pie on Amazon for only 99 cents or Kindle Unlimited for Free. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #4)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Happy Halloween,  weekend #4! In case you missed the last three week's posts, throughout the whole month of October 2018, I have be en sharing some of my all time favorite FREE public domain horror movies with you--my readers! 

What does that mean, exactly? That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 
 
Join me for "scary movie night" this final weekend before Halloween for my all time favorite public domain horror flick! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 

The last movie in this marathon is the best of the best. House on Haunted Hill from 1959. It is another Vincent Price movie (he's my all time favorite horror actor) and I watch every single year. It became a tradition many years ago when I was still young. Back then, we would rent the movie on VHS tape from our local grocery store rental shop, pop some popcorn, and scare ourselves silly!

I've already mentioned my love of "Old Dark House" movies, but none is better than this. It is the perfect horror movie formula. A bunch of strangers get locked in a creepy old mansion overnight. There are bleeding walls, severed heads, secret passageways, hidden rooms, and of course . . . murder. 
 
So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend watching one of the spookiest and best public domain horror movies around: House on Haunted Hill!
 
 
 

Perfectly Pumpkin Killer

TRICK-OR-TREAT! Do I have a treat for you! The latest book in my Pies and Pages cozy mystery series is out now on Amazon Kindle for only 99 cents and for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Those of you who follow me on social media will know all of my recent woes about visiting the dentist. Many of you jokingly said I should include a dentist in one of my books . . . and so I have, thanks to all of your advice. And what better time to include a dentist than in a spooky Halloween mystery (at least I find visiting the dentist a little scary).

When I was at the dentist this past month, I laid there with my mouth wide open while the dentist and his assistant worked away. Meanwhile, they chatted it up about the local Haunted Houses they were going to visit and what they might dress up as for Halloween.

Well, that got me thinking about tons of story ideas, and I dressed up the dentist in my story as a vampire! Of course, as luck would have it, there is a murder with a "vampiric" touch.

How much torturous pain can you stand?

Pie shop owner Bertha Hannah loves Halloween, but not when she has a toothache. Forced to stop eating candy, pie, and all her other favorite sweets, Bert finally gives into one her her biggest fears . . . and goes to see a dentist. Too add to her already skyrocketing stress level, she has committed to making a batch of pies for the Halloween Charity Carnival being held at the local amusement park.


Bert’s excruciating holiday goes from bad to worse when she stumbles upon a body, the murder of which seems to be somehow oddly connected to her visit to the dentist and she begins to wonder what sort of fiend is running around the streets of Culver's Hood this Halloween.


Will she be able put together the clues and solve the case, or will she be next to ‘donate’ blood?


You can pick up Perfectly Pumpkin Killer for only 99 cents right now on Amazon Kindle. Please enjoy it and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #3)

The Screaming Skull (1958)

Happy Halloween,  weekend #3! In case you missed the last two week's posts, throughout the whole month of October 2018, I will be sharing some of my all time favorite FREE public domain horror movies with you--my readers! 

What does that mean, exactly? That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 
 
Join me for "scary movie night" by watching a spooky classic each weekend! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 
 
This week's movie is The Screaming Skull from 1958. Get ready for some real cheesy film making with this one. Sometimes, I just love to sit and watch an old movie that is, "so bad it's good," as the saying goes. The Screaming Skull falls into that category. 

The story follows a newly married couple as they move into the husband's former home where he lived with his now deceased first wife. Soon, his new wife starts to suspect that the former lover is still hanging around the house--tormenting her in the form of a skull!

Made on a shoestring budget with some of the goofiest scenes and effects you've ever witnessed, The Screaming Skull is a fun and spooky gem that is worth watching, in my opinion.

So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend: The Screaming Skull! 



Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Waffle Murder

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I am proud to announce my latest cozy mystery novella--Halloween Waffle Murder, the tenth and final book in the Wicked Waffle Cozy Mystery series.

Yes, it's true. The waffle series is coming to an end. For those of you who have been reading the books since the first entry in Diner of the Dead, this will be a bitter sweet moment to be sure.  I know it was for me.

As I wrote the final words of this book, I couldn’t help but feel a great sense of overwhelming gratitude. This series, along with the Diner of the Dead books before it, was my first excursion into professional full-time writing. I’d worked in the publishing industry before this as a publicist and editor, but my passion had always been as a creative writer. (After all, that was what I studied so intently in college, how to make it as a career writer.)

Ultimately, this success and the ability to write thirty books staring diner owner Sonja and her boyfriend/husband Frank is thanks to you the readers. You have supported me through this long learning process.  I can’t thank you enough. Additionally, my publisher Summer Prescott has been a patient and enthusiastic teacher to this novice apprentice. Thanks, are in order for Gretchen Allen as well, who was with me during much of this writing process as a top-notch editor and publicist. 


In the end, finishing this book was bittersweet. In some ways, I’m sad to see Sonja’s adventures end. However, I feel like it is time for a change, time for Sonja and her crew to step into the shadows, and for me to take a break as well to concentrate on other projects. 


And don’t worry, you never know what future stories Frank and Sonja might surprisingly pop up in, even if it’s in different roles or capacities. Also, get ready for some bigger spooky surprises in store in the coming months. I've had a lot of exciting project ideas swimming around my notebook for nearly two years and I'm ready to jump right in. 


 You can pick up Halloween Waffle Murder for only 99 cents right now on Amazon Kindle. Please enjoy it and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #2)

The Bat (1959)

Happy Halloween,  weekend #2! In case you missed last week's announcement, throughout the whole month of October 2018, I will be sharing some of my all time favorite FREE public domain horror movies with you--my readers! 

What does that mean, exactly? That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 

Join me for "scary movie night" by watching a spooky classic each weekend! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 

This week's movie is The Bat from 1959. It stars two of the greatest stars of their time, Vincent Price (the ultimate master of macabre horror) and Agnes Moorehead (whom many of you may recognize from the beloved television classic Bewitched!) 

The Bat falls into one of my favorite sub-genres of horror movies: The Old Dark House theme. Basically, it's a story about a creepy old manor home filled with cobwebs, creaking doors, secret passageways, murderers, and maybe even a ghost or two. 

This movie, while still being spooky fun, has much more of a cozy mystery vibe than many other movies in this genre. Agnes Moorehead's character is a mystery writer who moves into the creepy home to get some writing done--but makes it her personal goal to solve a real mystery of The Bat, a local serial killer who uses claws as his weapon of choice. 

This movie is really great fun and fantastic for fans of cozy mysteries. 

So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend: The Bat.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #1)

The Vampire Bat (1933)


Happy first weekend of the Halloween season! Those of you have read my books, in particular my Dead-End Drive-In books, you'll already know my deep love for old school horror and sci-fi movies! So, in honor of my favorite time of the year, I thought I'd share some of that love with you, my faithful readers!

Each weekend this month (October 2018) I will be sharing one of my favorite Public Domain horror movies from days gone by. That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 

That's right! Every Friday this month you can join me in watching a spooky classic! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 

So, without further ado, this week's movie of choice is The Vampire Bat from 1933!

As far as old scary movies go, my two favorite sub-genres are Old Dark House films (more on that later in the month) and Vampire movies! The Vampire Bat is one of the best, combining the original legend with mad science! What a treat!  

This movie is a great atmospheric treat and stars a few favorites including Fay Wray of King Kong fame, Lionel Atwill (who is always creepy), and Dwight Frye who played Renfield in 1931's Dracula.

So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend: The Vampire Bat.