Welcome to my website and thanks for stopping by! I’m happy to announce the forthcoming publication of my debut novel, The First Fiancée: A Bethany Jarviss Mystery. This cold-case whodunit, set as Christmas approaches, releases December 14 and can be pre-ordered in paperback and ebook formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers. I’m celebrating with these events this month:  

December 4 — Book Signing, 1-3 p.m., Northern Colorado Writers table at the Fort Collins Holiday Gift Festival, Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow Street. The festival runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

December 8 — Guest Blog at crime author George Cramer’s website,

December 14 — Official Book Release by The Wild Rose Press,

December 16 — Guest Blog at suspense author Donnell Ann Bell’s website,

I was clued in to mystery stories early in life as an avid fan of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. As an adolescent, I began reading adult mysteries when my uncle gave my father a cardboard box filled with Detective Book Club novels. My book collection includes pretty much everything by the Golden Agers Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Allingham, and Tey. I’m a passionate reader of the works of P.D. James, Elizabeth George, Minette Walters, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Susan Hill, and so many other outstanding mystery and crime writers.

My own writing ranges from flash fiction to short stories, and now, my novel, The First Fiancée: A Bethany Jarviss Mystery. Bethany is the grants administrator for her family’s charitable foundation in New Mexico. She uses her sharp mind and engaging personality to solve crimes that threaten to shake up the lives of people she loves. Bethany has complicated relationships with her family and her cowboy boyfriend. I’m having a fine time fine-tuning the manuscript of a second novel and drafting a third featuring this gal. I write in my office at home in Colorado, my cabin in the New Mexico mountains, or wherever else I go with my laptop. I take tea breaks with my nose in a classic or contemporary mystery at my favorite cafes. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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