What a busy retirement! And this Fall and Winter have been busier than usual.
In October we came back from Oktoberfest in Europe, and my first book launched. Catastrophic Connections, the first in my Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series is available in paperback or e-book on Amazon.com. The setting is the cozy Kansas City neighborhood of Brookside. The amateur sleuth finds danger and a murderer as she searches for her missing niece. The troublesome cat is helpful in the end. If you read it, please, please give it a review on the Amazon buy site. One sentence will do.
In November we visited Arizona to see kids and grandkids and friends for Thanksgiving. I read and wrote and revised on that trip, on the plane and in the hotel room. It’s always fun to find new characters and settings for future stories and books when I travel.
In December, it was back to Wisconsin to visit (would you believe?) kids and grandkids. By this time I was into the revision of the second book in my Psycho Cat and the Landlady series, Furtive Investigation. In this book, the landlady must find out who murdered the person whose skeleton has been in one of her duplex’s attic for the past seven years. Guess who found the skeleton–that’s right, Psycho Cat. I worked on the revision during our drive up north in the big truck. Furtive Investigation is being edited now by my wonderful new editor, Darlene Deluca, who writes mainly romance novels. I hope to have it published later this spring.
In January, we took off for a winter getaway on a cruise with friends. It was a fantastic trip with lots of spectacular experiences such as my first Segway tour on St. Maarten, a hike to a rainforest waterfall in Puerto Rico, afternoons on beaches, and a zip through the jungle on the Adrenaline Zip Line in St. Lucia. Leisure time on the ship’s deck was perfect for continuing my manuscript revising. I found the perfect tower to inspire a tantalizing mystery in the rainforest in Puerto Rico. Can’t you just visualize the pirates who hid their ill-gotten treasures in its secret chamber?
Another Arizona trip is planned for March. Hold on! I will be at the Sisters in Crime booth to show my mysteries at the Tucson Festival of the Book. Whew. Lots of work to be done between now and then to prepare. Another visit the grandchildren trip which will also be about books. BEST of both worlds.