“Bean” looking for a good book?

This is Cloud Gate in Chicago, affectionately known as “the bean” by Chicagoans. ¬†I’ve always wondered what the sculptor thinks about this… ūüôā ¬†We spent a beautiful day-before-Thanksgiving downtown and were thankful for lovely weather. ¬†I heard a piece on Chicago Public Radio a few weeks ago about how they clean the bean. ¬†Fascinating. ¬†I would never have thought that it needed to be cleaned, but I guess the rain and snow doesn’t wash all that bird poop off. ¬†ūüôā

The Bean has a brief cameo in The Shattered Swan.





The doctor won’t save Tamara, will anyone?

Today, Giving Tuesday, I dedicate this blog post to anyone with Crohn’s and Colitis. ¬†My daughter was diagnosed this summer with Colitis and suffered greatly. ¬†She’s in remission, but she’ll have the disease indefinitely and will probably suffer again in the future. ¬†This web site does great work and I thank them for it:¬†http://www.ccfa.org/

Today is Giving Tuesday (http://givingtuesday.org) and right now, although my donation efforts are concentrated on http://www.buildchange.org, with continued success for The Shattered Swan and my next book I’d love to focus more support on the CCFA also.

My daughter’s pediatric gastroenterologist was kind enough to let me take this picture.



Save your dough, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.

There are so many wonderful, deserving charities to give to.  Each of us has to decide what we feel is important.  By buying The Shattered Swan, you help me contribute to earthquake relief.

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday Рcheck it out! http://givingtuesday.org/

And then check out The Shattered Swan (link below). ¬†More from me tomorrow about giving. ¬†ūüôā



Hungry for a gripping mystery?

Zebras are able to effectively¬†camouflage themselves in the African tundra. ¬†Indie books can get just as lost in the thousands of available titles. ¬†The difference? ¬†We don’t want to be lost! ¬†ūüôā

Have a great day.



It’s a Mystery!

And it is :-).

I’ve always loved mysteries. ¬†My mother got me interested in them when I was young so of course I read Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. ¬†Now my favorites are Agatha Christie (who doesn’t love her?) and Dick Frances. ¬†And I just realized that Sue Grafton’s¬†V is for Vengeance is now out on paperback so my day is made! ¬†I hope yours is good too.