Historical Tidbits

A couple of days ago, my mom called me and said "Hi, what're you doing?" "I was just researching what happens when a body lay in state in late 17th century London," I replied. Such is the life of a… Continue Reading

First Facebook Giveaway – Success!

Yesterday I did something I never did before. I posted in my status that the first person to respond with their ring size would get the ring I made in the studio. It was fun! I got a great response… Continue Reading

Darkness: Where Do You Draw the Line?

ne of the panels I attended at Bouchercon was called Dark Books for Dark Times. Personally, I am not of the opinion that we are living in particularly dark times, as the title suggests, but I attended the panel because… Continue Reading

Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe (Crock Pot)

I add peppers to pretty much everything, and chicken soup is no exception. The result is this spicy chicken noodle soup. This delicious soup is easily made in a crock pot (or the stove top) and it will knock your… Continue Reading

Birthday Ring

I made this ring in the jewelry studio on Tuesday as a birthday gift for my friend Ruth. It is sterling silver and rose quartz set in a bezel with the typical “Holly West” ball ornamentation on the sides. It’s… Continue Reading

Post-Bouchercon Book List

Last week, I attended the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Indianapolis. Besides meeting authors, the best thing about it was the introduction to new books and authors that had previously not been on my radar. I lugged home a backpack… Continue Reading

To Be Read

Here are a few of the books I'm looking forward to reading in the coming months: Picking Bones from Ash: A Novelby Marie Matsui Mockett – I met Marie Mockett on Twitter (@MarieMockett) and have since been eagerly waiting for her… Continue Reading

National Novel Writing Month

The month of November is National Novel Writing Month, and this year I'm participating for the first time. I'll be writing my second Isabel Wilde novel (as yet untitled).   You may be asking why I would start another novel… Continue Reading