Monday, March 27, 2017

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Welcome to Mary's Garden! Something special is going on in the Garden. Grab a plate and fill it with goodies, don't forget your favorite beverage. There's plenty of seats in the Garden. Let's begin.
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March 27, 2017 through April 5, 2017

I'd like to share a recipe and a garden tip today. First the garden tip:
If you have a BLACK THUMB like I do, stay out of the garden and let someone else do it. I know... my Site is Mary's Garden. Not because I am good in the garden but because I enjoy sitting in one.

Now cooking is another kettle of whatever, I love to cook, in fact in my own mind I'm preparing to be a Master Chef at a world renowned restaurant on a tropical island. In reality, I chop vegetables and pretend I'm chopping and dicing someone who's got on my bad side at my day job. Anyway, before I prattle on, I'll share my recipe.

Spicy beef/sausage Sheppard Pie
This is for a crowd - serves 12. Spray a cake pan with non-stick spray.
2 1/2 lbs Potatoes - boiled and mashed with a 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter.
1/2 cup Italian Blend Low fat shredded cheese.

2 lb Ground Sausage, browned and crumbled. (hot optional)
1 lb Ground beef, browned and crumbed.
2 cups Carrots, chopped.
2 cloves, chopped.
1 1/2 cup frozen peas.
1 cup Onions, chopped.
1 cup Celery, sliced.
2 Jalapeno's chopped. (Optional)
1 pkg Brown Gravy, (2 cups)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Start the potatoes first, peeling them is optional. Once the potatoes are done, use the milk and butter to mash and whip until creamy. Put a lid over the pot and set aside.

In a large frying pan, spray with non-stick oil, add all the vegetables except peas, cook stirring frequently. Once tender cover and turn off heat. In a large pan brown sausage and beef, make sure to use a spatula or a masher tool to crumble the meat. Once done drain and then add 1 1/2 cups water, in the measuring cup add 1/2 cup water to the gravy mix and stir until smooth, poor into the pan and mix thoroughly.

Now add the vegetables and frozen to the meat simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour filling into pan. Spread the potatoes evenly over the top. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Cook for about 20 minutes.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Linda Burson on authors writing series

Welcome everyone to the garden! I believe spring is finally here. Well it’s official on the 21st of March, correct? Check out the goody table and fill your plate, find your favorite beverage and let’s get started. Today our guest is Linda Burson, she’ll be continuing our series on Authors on writing a series.

About the Author:
Linda is an author from Connecticut.
After years of writing and editing for others, raising a family, and over twenty years of running her own businesses, Linda decided to tackle her first fiction novel entitled Rage, which began as a single book. Eventually, the novel became a trilogy, and finally a much longer series. All the books are a part of The Marcy Series, a romantic suspense series. Find out more about Linda at:
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Twitter: @lindaburson23

I’m one of those people who love to talk. I can chat about many topics, and depending if I’m feeling energetic, go on and on. I figured if I started writing, I probably wouldn’t get everything I wanted to say down in only a single book. So, I had decided I would write a trilogy. I had read many trilogies and a few were exciting and fun. I always enjoyed getting to know the characters even more through multiple books, not just one. This was the reason I decided to attempt a three book series.

The series I wrote is entitled the MARCY SERIES. Originally, as I stated above, it was supposed to be a trilogy, but I made one huge mistake…I didn’t realize there was a limit on how many words you could use in a single book. I had much to write, and the words weren’t stopping, so I kept going. By the time I was finish with what I felt were my never-ending thoughts, the number of words in my first book was upward of over 175,000. This is when I found out that that was way too many. I was told by a literary agent acquaintance of my daughters that that many words in a single book would give every agent pause. Little did I know, she was being polite.

Novels, especially novels from first-time authors, shouldn’t be written with this many words. The industry doesn’t recommend having the word count more than 100,000 in a single book, and that is maximum. Hence, my three-book idea became five books. What I also neglected to explain to this literary agent was I still wasn’t finished with the story. That was only the beginning and part of the middle. I still had the rest of the middle and the end to go. I figured I could probably wrap it up in another two to three books. It didn’t work out this way.

I’m a pantser, as it’s called. Pantser writing is just like it sounds; we write by the seat of our pants. I mean, I had a basic idea of what I wanted to write. The story was in my head. I just didn’t have the details completely worked out. They came to me as I continued to build my characters and their story. The more I got to know my exciting characters, the more I had to say.

By the time I reached the eighth book, it wasn’t nearly complete. I was writing between twelve to eighteen hours a day, occasionally only stopping to have meals, let the dog out, and attend to other personal needs. I kept a bottle of water by my side and just kept writing. The first time I realized I may have been getting somewhat obsessed was when, after I said goodnight to my husband around 11:00 one evening, I lifted my head from my computer just a short time later, or so I thought. I noticed it was no longer dark outside my kitchen window. I didn’t understand how that was possible. It was only around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning, wasn’t it? I turned to look at the clock behind me. No, it was not 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. It was 7:00 a.m. I sat at my kitchen counter on the bar stool stunned that I had written all night long without a break.

I stayed up again a few other times the whole night, but mostly because I realized I did my best work, I felt, during those hours. It was quiet; the dog was asleep, my husband was asleep, the phone wasn’t ringing, no one came to my door, and I wasn’t concerned about the bills that were sitting off to my left because, after all, what could I do about them at that hour?

Eventually, I got to the point where I realized it was probably not healthy to stay up all night. Besides that, I needed sleep, and during the day it was difficult to sleep because the phone was ringing, the dog needed attention, my doorbell was buzzing, and those bills were at the forefront of my mind. I switched back to writing mostly during the day and then in the evening when my husband could help with the distractions, even though he could be one of those distractions with the television blaring. He suggested I wear noise-cancelling headphones so the TV didn’t disturb me. They worked somewhat, but I could still hear too much, so I added music and that did it. I was completely ensconced in my writing world. This is also when I noted that the music actually helped me with writing, especially with love scenes or adventures. It gave me that extra edge I needed.

Finally, I knew how I wanted to end my MARCY SERIES. By this time, I was at twelve books—yes I know, wow, twelve books. But I was. The next and final book had to wind it all up in a neat package and answer every remaining question that was raised throughout the entire series. I believe this aspect was completed well, and in a most entertaining way. I am satisfied with my entire MARCY SERIES; however, if I were to give anyone any advice whatsoever? I’d recommend they start off with a smaller project—like writing a stand-alone story first.

Writing this series was challenging, but enjoyable for me. It took me a few years, but all in all, I’m pleased with the outcome. I obviously had to finally start taking more accurate notes and keeping track of in-depth information so the continuity flowed throughout the entire series. After all, by the time I reached Book Thirteen four years from when I started Book One, I needed to make sure all my information at the end was precise. My notes definitely helped and I referred to them often, but I still wrote each chapter and each book pantsing through it.

As of the writing of this blog article, five MARCY SERIES Books are published. I’m looking forward to having Book Six published this year (2017). Book Seven is just about edited; however, the balance, though written, do need extensive editing, but they are complete…the story is there. I’m hoping my publisher will be interested in publishing the entire series; but, I suppose, that depends on how well the first part of the series does with readers. So, if anyone is interested in romantic thrillers/suspense and picks up a copy of my first book in the series, RAGE, I hope you’ll write a review. I also hope you enjoy it enough to continue reading and go on to Book Two, CONFUSION and keep going.

Blurb for Rage:
Marcy Jensen finds she is having nightmares that she can’t control. She is frustrated, angry and
confused by this sudden change. Her boyfriend and love of her life, Brad Preston, gives her an ultimatum: seek help, or he’s leaving.

One dark, chilly evening after a terrible, emotional day, Marcy finds herself in the middle of a robbery and a gun to her head. After her stressful day, she snaps. Pushed over the edge, she finds herself attacking the gunman.

The same night after this attempted robbery, Marcy meets Liam with whom she feels an inexplicable connection. After talking to Marcy, because she still having the raw edge of the evening with her, Liam convinces her to join him on his quest to find his family’s murderers.

As they delve into the dark world of revenge, Marcy’s life begins to fall apart. Before she realizes it, she falls in love with this mysterious stranger. They become close and gradually allow light and love to envelop them.

When we arrive at the commuter lot where my car is parked, I remain seated looking at him. My thoughts return to the moment I realized I was in love with him. Was it always there somewhere in the depths of my soul, or was it at the moment when I saw the real person? My heart skips a beat every time I look in his direction and my emotions take over.

“You must think I cry an awful lot,” I impart as the tears come streaming down my face again.

“No, baby. I know you’re in pain right now. I wish I knew how to make things easier for you—for both of us.” Then he adds,

“Oh that my head were waters
And my eyes a fountain of tears
That I might weep day and night.”

I look at him with my tear-filled eyes. “That’s beautiful.”

“Jeremiah, Chapter 9, Verse 1,” he replies.

“You’re a special man, Evan Liam Brooks. I don’t understand why all this happened, but I have to believe there’s a reason. I have to trust in my faith that everything will be fine and will work out as it’s supposed to.”

Buy Links:
Agony and Ecstasy:
The Agreement:
The Past Returns:

Also available at the publisher’s website:

Thank you, Linda, for visiting the Garden. I hope you can join us again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Beckett Series Part Two

Welcome to the Garden. I'm excited to see a few new faces among the familiar ones. Please help yourself to a plate of goodies and of course your favorite beverage. I'm going to finish telling you a bit about the next two Beckett books, and end with the new one coming out April 1, 2017. It will be on pre-sale around the 15th of March, I will add the link when I have it.

You can read all about the first two books of the Beckett Series here... Disappear and Innocent. Today we have Quiet and Illusion.

The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor. 
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.

Quiet (Book III)
Christine Beckett’s dream of partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm has finally come to fruition. She has financial security, a loving family, and owns her home, why does she need a man?

Detective Solomon has worked with Tyler Beckett on several cases, he almost feels he is part of the Beckett clan. He considers them his good friends, except for Christine who seems to look down her professional nose at him.

Christine receives a threatening note and her townhouse echoes with mysterious cries in the night. That is when the handsome and irritating detective insists he temporarily move in to protect her. To add insult, it is with her family’s blessing.
Buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Indie Bound

Illusion (Book IV - Utopia the Beginning)
Special Agent Reagan Beckett left Brooklyn for San Francisco ten years ago—and on bad terms with
her family. When the World Banking Association (WBA), one of the biggest worldwide financial institutions, is targeted by domestic terrorists, Reagan is called to join the team with two others in New York City. Now she would be home for an extended visit.

Special Agent Paco Luis Perez has heard of the legendary Tyler Beckett and looks forward to working with the man on the assignment in New York. However, when he reads Beckett’s dossier on his flight from D.C., he discovers the Beckett he expected to meet isn’t Tyler.

NYPD Detective Spencer Alexander Williams III, a member of the gang terrorist task force, reluctantly agrees to consult on the domestic terrorist case as the local liaison. He has never liked working with a team; he learns more on his own. But they need his uncanny knack to anticipate the gang’s movements.

As soon as Reagan receives information on the assignment, she researches her new partners. But does she know enough to literally trust these men with her life?​
Buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Indie Bound

AND Coming APRIL 1, 2017!

Profit (Book V - Utopia the Conclusion)
Matt Beckett is the Chief Financial officer for World Banking Association (WBA). Over a year ago an agency known as the HEAD group tried to take over the WBA. Matt's sister, Reagan Beckett, a member of a Federal Special Task Force took out one of the key players, a serial killer known as the Headman. Now the founder of HEAD, Andrew Phillips, is back and ready to finish what he'd started with a new and dastardly key player from the Dark web.

Matt doesn’t have any desire to be involved in any cloak and dagger stuff. He’d rather leave that to the other law enforcement Beckett’s. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll have a choice.

Bryn Connelly is the Chief Audit Executive also for the WBA. She had been one of the Headman's targets and thought her days of danger were over. However, she finds herself working with laid back Matt Beckett, much to her dismay.

Matt couldn’t be more delighted when Reagan informs him he'll be working the lovely Bryn. He’s been trying to catch her eye for five years, now. However, their sleuthing quickly lands them in a precarious position.

It’s up to Matt and Bryn to finish what Reagan and her team started, but can he win the lovely Bryn and save the day? Or will he lose her forever if the WBA falls into the wrong hands?

Pre-order your copy now!
I'm very excited for this book!

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Beckett Series

Welcome to the garden. Take a moment to fill your plates with goodies and pour yourself your favorite beverage. Find a seat and let's talk about The Beckett's

I'm very excited to announce that the 5th book of The Beckett Series will be released on April 1st. I'm going to preview each of the books of the series. This week will be the first two books:

The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.

Disappear (Book I)
After two years undercover as an FBI agent to infiltrate a crime organization and discover the identity of a hit man, Tyler Beckett’s cover is blown. Tyler’s new assignment is to protect the only witness who can identify the mysterious killer. If only he didn’t find her so attractive. Each day it becomes harder to keep his objective, especially since he knows the interest is mutual.

Keira Cavanaugh is the only witness to a hit ordered by a crime boss. The safe house is compromised and the same hit man shoots Tyler. Fearing Tyler is dead, Keira plans revenge on the crime organization. She must fake her own suicide in order to survive.

When Tyler discovers what Keira plans, he realizes he must stop her before he loses her for good.

Buy Links
Amazon Barnes and Noble Books A Million Indie Bound

Innocent (Book II)
All Jessica wants is a home and a family. So how did she suddenly find herself falsely accused of a felony and then kidnapped by a hit man?

Jessica Beckett loves her job teaching high school algebra. That is until Coach Brinley makes her life miserable because she actually has the audacity to fail his three staring football jocks. Maybe if they’d done their homework they would have passed. She refuses to be intimidated. He on the other hand refuses to admit defeat and manipulates the boys into accusing her of sex in exchange for passing grades.

Gabriel Despain loves his job as FBI agent. But falling for his partner’s sister has complicated a great partnership. It would be a lot easier to ignore his feelings if Jessica hadn't found herself in trouble. Now he must keep her safe. And if he can't remain objective, they both might get killed.
Buy Links
Amazon Barnes and Noble Books A Million Indie Bound

Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think?

More about the Beckett's can be found on my Web site.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wanton Angel by Mia London only $.99!!!

Welcome everyone to the Garden, if you look close you can see a bit of green sprouting up. It will be spring soon! If you've visited before you know the drill. Grab a plate of goodies and your favorite beverage and then find a seat. Our Guest Mia London will tell us about about her new release and herself.

Wanton Angel

A one-night stand shouldn’t change her life…

Piper Diamond has it all. A thriving, successful career, amazing friends, and her love life is right where she wants it—by the balls.

Anyone can see she’s smart, sexy, and not afraid to speak her mind. To Piper, men are bracelets to slip on and off at will. So why should one night with a handsome stranger tip her world off its axis?

Scott Reid is ambitious, confident, and handsome. And when a gorgeous blonde needs to be rescued from a slimeball in a bar, he’s just the man for the job. Little does he know, Piper needs a hell of a lot more than an instant hero.

Other tid-bits: This novella is the prequel to Life To The Max. After Max was on sale for a while, I got feedback from some readers that they wanted to see more of Piper (a secondary character in Max). So here she is, and I have to admit, it was fun to write about her!

This new release is 99¢ through March 9th, then it moves back to regular price.
Links: Amazon * iBooks * BN * Kobo

About Romance Author Mia London Mia loves to write! She’s been reading fiction for years and finally decided that the images and scenes floating around in her head needed to make it to paper. She’s a huge fan of romance, highly optimistic, and wildly faithful to the HEA (happily ever after). She’s inspired by most anything around her. And her biggest obstacle is not having enough time to get it all down on paper (or computer, as the case may be). Her goal is create a fantasy you will enjoy with characters you could love. She lives in Texas with her attentive, loving, super-model husband, and her perfectly behaved, brilliant children. Her produce never wilts, there are no weeds in her flowerbeds, and chocolate is her favorite food group. And then she wakes up.

Other places you can find Mia:

Monday, February 20, 2017

John Magee of the Dublin Evening Post interview Azazel

Welcome to Mary's Garden! We're going to have a treat today. We have report John Magee here from Ireland to interview an angel! Fill your plate goodies and grab a beverage then find a seat. Let's begin.

Welcome John Magee of the Dublin Evening Post, he will be interviewing the angel Azazel about his mission to Earth.

Magee: I’m meeting today with Azazel, who is a member of the heavenly Grigori. Tell me, Azazel, do you have a surname? Or is it just Azazel?

Azazel: I have no surname. Like all of my brothers, I have only the one name. I would venture to say that surnames are the invention of Man. As you multiplied and became plentiful upon the Earth, perhaps, surnames were a way to distinguish between individuals. From my research, it would appear that the Irish surname O’Cleirgh (O’Clery) is the first known European surname.

Magee: Can you explain what the Grigori is? And what exactly are the Nephilim?

Azazel: The Grigori are sons of God, or angels if you wish. We are members of the Tenth Order, like the Order of Dominions, the Cherubim or the Thrones.

There are three Triads.
Highest Triad: Seraphim, Cherubim, and the Thrones.
Middle Triad: Dominions, Virtues, and Powers
Lowest Triad: Principalities, Archangels, and Angels

The Grigori are of the Lowest Triad, thus closer to the mortal realm. We are the angels sent to Earth to teach His Children of Clay. We are mentioned in the Book of Enoch and in the modern Bible in Genesis 6.2, one reference remains “that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose.”

The Nephilim were our sons. They became a scourge upon Man and the Earth and the Great Flood was sent to eradicate their evil. To this day, it is difficult to talk of my son, Rephaim, and to think about our children who turned against us. They were our punishment, the Great Flood theirs.

Magee: Can you tell us a little about why you are on this mission?

Azazel: Two hundred bene Elohim descended on the mount in the human settlement of Kharsag. We were sent by their Father—and our Father—to teach these refugees from Eden how to survive in a less than hospitable clime.

What does it entail?

Amazarak taught dividing of the roots and sorcery. Armers revealed the solution of sorcery. Barkayal instructed the observers of the stars. I gave the Eves, the women, the fabrication of mirrors, the workmanship of bracelets and ornaments, and the beautification of paint. My worst crime against Heaven was teaching Man the making of weapons and the strengthening of metals.

Magee: What happened to your brothers? Why do you think you resisted where they did not?

Azazel: For my crimes, I was bound hand and foot and buried in the desert at Dudael until Judgment Day. As you can see, I escaped. My brother Semyaza, the other leader of the Watchers as we were called, was hung upside down in the stars to contemplate his folly. He, too, is free, but I have not seen him since Kharsag. Nine-tenths of the heavenly teachers fell, Mr. Magee. The rest returned Home to sing at the Throne. Allow me to say here that the worst punishment for an angel is to be banished from the Light.

Thank you, Azazel, for sharing your story. The Daily’s readers will enjoy your tale.

“The Night Before Doomsday,” from Four By Moonlight

An anthology of love in the moonlight…in the paranormal universe.

“Gypsy Ribbons” – A moonlight ride on the moors and meeting a notorious highwayman will forever change Lady Virginia Darby’s life.

“Star Angel” – Lucy was stuck in a rut and in an Idaho potato patch. She’d seen him in the corner of her eye—a fleeting glimpse of beauty—now he stood before her in the flesh.

“The Night Before Doomsday” – All his brothers had succumbed to lust, but Azazel resisted temptation until the wrong woman came along.

“The Gate Keeper’s Cottage “– Newlywed Meggie Richelieu’s mysterious, phantom lover may be more than anyone, except the plantation housekeeper, suspects.

Excerpt from “The Night Before Doomsday”:
Eyes lined with charcoal as I’d taught them, lips rouged by my own hand mocked me. A bold hand slid beneath my robe, up my thigh, and gripped my shaft. The hot vibration deep inside trembled along my organ, growing longer and stiff.
Like a spider's web touched by a candle's flame, memories of Home shriveled.

Gentle Magdalene smoothed the hair back from my face, staring at my shocked expression. “Oh, Azazel.” A fingertip traced my cheek. “Did we hurt you?”

“No.” I clamored to my feet, bewildered by the feelings torturing me.

None would meet my gaze. Lord of Hosts, if they were afraid of me, I was doubly afraid of them. I’d never felt desire or the effect passion had on the body. If I had experienced sexual longings, I’d ignored them. Now, I could no longer pretend. My body yearned for something I’d believed to be the province of Man and the beasts.

Ruth winked a painted eyelid. In her dark eyes, amusement twinkled.

“Ungrateful rabble.” I tossed my hair back and folded my wings around me, brushing the dust from my feathers. “I make you alluring. You repay me by rolling me in the dirt and trying to tickle me to death.”

“You’re an angel.” Ruth undulated her shoulders. The lush breasts pointed at me swayed. “You can’t die.” Oh, but I was dying. More than they could possibly know. Dying to touch them, dying for them to touch me, caress me there again. Before my face revealed forbidden desire, I schooled my expression stern. Ruth stared at me.

Red lips smiling...perfect white hair falling over her face....

She flung herself into my arms, covered my startled gasp with a hungry mouth. A warm tongue plunged into me. I went rigid, considered shoving her away, but a sensation like pain tightened in me. A need, that I’d never experienced, pulsed between my legs. I surrendered totally to feeling.

“Ruth, get off him.” Magdalene’s voice sliced through the haze of passion. “Why do you do these things? Help me get her off him, Ana. Azazel doesn’t ask for favors. Help me, Elwen. It’s not funny anymore.”

Like a blanket, they plucked the heat of Ruth's body off mine. Ana’s gaze swept down me. Her eyes widened. Mortified, I gaped at the tent in my angelic robe. I had an erection. Men not angels got hard. The girls stared at me. No, they were staring at the long weapon I couldn’t control.

“So the chaste Azazel falls.” Ruth laughed and, thank God, my erection wilted.

Author’s Bio:
Linda Nightingale
is a native-born South Carolinian who has lived in England and Canada, and now resides in Texas. Before turning to writing, she bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for thirteen years.

In 2012, her novel, Gemini Rising, was voted Best Mainstream Novel in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. Her vampire romance, Cardinal Desires won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award for Excellence and a manuscript then titled I, Lucifer won the SARA Merritt Award. Her science fiction romance, Love for Sale, was awarded Best SF/Fantasy novel of 2015 by the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewer’s Choice, and also voted one of the Top Ten Romance Novels of 2015 by the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for that year.

Four by Moonlight is her first novel for Class Act Books.

Find out more about Linda at:
Twitter: @LNightingale
Buy Links:
Publisher's website at

Thank you, Linda, for visiting Mary's Garden I hope you visit again.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ted Thompson from the West Yellowstone Daily interview Officer O'Malley

Welcome to the garden. It's starting to warm up, so much so that some of the tulips are starting to poke through, and I'm worried we'll have another freeze and they'll die. Anyway, you know what you need to do, grab some goodies and a beverage.

Today we have reporter, Ted Thompson from the West Yellowstone Daily, he'll be interviewing Officer O’Malley, one of Silverton, Montana’s finest.

Ted: Thank you for agreeing to talk to me today, Katie. Tell us a little about yourself and why you decided law enforcement was your calling.

O’Malley: My name is Scarlett. I don’t answer to Katie. Ever. Now, with that out of the way…I went into law enforcement because I love the challenge of solving problems. Plus, if I were stuck in an office somewhere or in a sales position, there would be mayhem. My dream is to become a detective someday.

Ted: Thank you for agreeing to talk to me today, Officer O’Malley. Tells us a little about yourself and why you decided law enforcement was your calling. And if you’d lived in a larger city, say Missoula, would you have still chosen your current career path?

O’Malley: I would have. There’s really nothing else I can think of I’d want to do for a living. Pop wasn’t too happy with my choice in the beginning, but he’s mostly okay with it now.

Ted: Officer O’Malley I understand you are the only woman on the police force. How do you deal with that? How hard does that make your career?

O’Malley: It can sometimes be a pain, especially with a couple of guys in the department, but I think I deal with it fairly well. I was raised by my dad around the bar he owns, though (The Happy Moose), so I’m used to holding my own with the guys. I actually get along with men better than women most of the time—at least I’m more comfortable with them. My mother deserted me when I was three, and I never spent much time around women. So if and when one of the guys in the department steps out of line, I handle it. I’m not afraid of confrontation.

Ted: Officer, Silverton is a small town where rumors and town gossip flow smooth as a rambling stream. How do you know what is truth and what is fabricated when you’re investigating a crime?

O’Malley: Folks in Silverton are like people everywhere. Everybody has secrets. One good thing about living in a small town is that you learn fairly quickly who makes a habit of taking liberties with the truth and who doesn’t. You can also tell a lot by people’s body language, and most everyone has physical reactions to lying they can’t control. It’s funny, but almost everyone seems to think they’re the first person to use a particular excuse when you start investigating a situation, so picking up lies in those circumstances is easy.

Ted: Which brings me to my next question, as any self respecting report would do, I have researched my subject. I heard your mother passed away, I’m sorry for your loss. It’s also said it may not have been an accident. Do you believe this to be true? Are you going to investigate?

O’Malley: She did pass away. Thanks for your condolences, but I never knew her when she was alive, so I’m doing all right with it. Her sister, my Aunt Lorraine, is suspicious about the way she died, so yeah, I’ve agreed to ask a few questions and see what I can find out.

Ted: Pardon me for chuckling but some of the residents of Silverton actually believe your mother’s spirit lingers. Some even say she’s haunting you. What do you believe?

O’Malley: I’d like to know who told you that. I’ll answer that question off the record, but this isn’t something I want fed into the rumor mill, so if I hear people talking, I’ll know where it came from. Yes, Kat’s ghost is hanging around and she’s a pain in the ass. She’s not much happier about the situation than I am. Having to put up with her 24/7 is the main reason I agreed to ask around about her accident. I’ll do whatever it takes to get her moving toward the light.

Ted: Describe to me your typical day as a law enforcement officer in Silverton, Montana.

O’Malley: That depends on the shift I’m working. I spend a lot of time walking or driving around town, keeping eyes on the area and responding to calls. The town is usually quiet, especially during the winter, but we do have our share of drunk drivers, drug use, and domestic violence cases. During the summer tourist season, my shifts are quite a bit busier dealing with minor altercations and taking care of the resulting paperwork, The thing I like best about being on the job is that no two days are exactly the same.

Ted: Tell me about your most humorous case?

O’Malley: I responded to a call from one of the local motels a year or so ago. A couple of masked men had come in and demanded access t the safe. They tried, and failed, to open it, realized it was taking a while and decided to tie the safe to the back of their pickup truck and take it with them. They destroyed the lobby of the motel in the process, but the safe left marks in the pavement as they drove, so Officer Peele and I just followed the tracks to their house and executed the arrest. Most criminals are not exactly overloaded with intelligence.

Ted: Is there anything you’d like to add to this interview?

O’Malley: Not really, except to remind you all that stuff about Kat’s ghost is strictly off the record. Seriously, I don’t need people thinking I’ve lost my mind, and if that rumor ever gets back to Pop…

Ted: Thank you for joining me today. I wish you all the best in your career.

Dead on Arrival
Katie Scarlett O’Malley (don’t call me Katie) was raised by her father after her mother walked out when Scarlett was just three. Now thirty years later, Scarlett learns that her mother was killed when she lost control of her car less than 50 miles from Scarlett’s home town. The news is unnerving, especially since Scarlett had no idea her mother was anywhere around.

Frankly, Scarlett doesn’t give a damn. She’d be happy to ignore her mother’s accident completely, but that proves to be impossible once her egg donor’s ghost shows up in Scarlett’s bedroom Not only has Kat failed to go toward the light, she’s become attached to Scarlett for some reason neither of them can understand. When Scarlett’s aunt asks her to prove that Kat’s death was no accident, Scarlett agrees, but only so she can send her ghostly visitor on to her great reward.

Together, Scarlett and her amnesiac ghost of a mother look into the accident that claimed Kat’s life. It doesn’t take long for things to get worse and soon they’re caught up in a web of secrets and lies that turn Scarlett’s whole world upside-down.
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About the author
Sherry Lewis
is an award-winning, national bestselling author who writes in several genres under
three pen names. Along with her writing career, she has been teaching writing workshops for more than two decades.

Sherry Lewis PromoSherry’s career path as an author didn’t exactly follow a straight line. Before becoming a full-time writer, Sherry worked such prestigious jobs as manager of a convenience store, Christmas tree decorator, poinsettia dresser, cashier, keyboard player/vocalist in a band, secretary in an insurance office, secretary in a bank, administrative assistant for an attorney who was also a trustee in bankruptcy, and, finally, a judicial assistant to a federal judge.

In 1993 Sherry launched her mystery-writing career with the sale of her first three books to Berkley Prime Crime. In early 1994 she sold her first contemporary romance to Harlequin Superromance, launching her career as a romance writer. Call Me Mom (Harlequin Superromance) was published in January 1995, with No Place for Secrets (Berkley Prime Crime) following in July.

Sherry left her career at the federal court to pursue a full-time writing career in 1996.Sherry is the author of the national bestselling Piece of Cake Mystery Series (as Jacklyn Brady), the popular Candy Shop Mystery Series (as Sammi Carter) and of the Fred Vickery Mystery Series, several contemporary and time-travel romances as Sherry Lewis. She’s currently at work on on a brand-new project which she is planning to indie publish.

She’s a long-time member of Romance Writers of America, where she served for four years on the Board of Directors, including one year as President.She has a deep and abiding love of the written word and has been an avid reader as long as she can remember. Though she still loves the feel of a book in her hands, Sherry freely admits to loving her e-reader, too. It’s much easier to move 3,000 books on her Kindle than it is in boxes.

Originally from Montana, Sherry spent several years living at the base of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and now lives a block from the beach along Florida’s Emerald Coast. She’s the mother of two daughters, the grandmother of two amazing little girls who are growing up way too fast, and the human for two cats who rule the roost at home.

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Thank you, Sherry, Ted, and Officer O'Malley for joining us in the garden today, please come back soon!