Friday, May 27, 2022

Holiday Traditions

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What's new with Ashleigh?

Happy (almost) Memorial Day!

I know this holiday means different things to different people, but for the Stevens family, it is a special time. Why?

Well, one of my daughters was born on Memorial Day. While her birthday doesn't fall on the Monday holiday this year, it is close enough to use as a landmark.

The other reason the holiday is special for us? It's the weekend most of the campgrounds in our state open. And this year, we got the beach. That's right. We're camping at the beach this weekend. In fact, as you read this, I'm probably already setting up the camper, getting ready to enjoy four days of sand and sun. Well, at least sand. The forecast calls for rain half the weekend.

So, what do we do on a rainy camping trip? We have a ton of camper-sized board games and various playing card games. We all bring a stack of books. And, I plan on using the weekend to rewrite the red herring in my murder mystery based on some beta feedback.

Speaking of feedback, I want to thank those of you who responded to my last newsletter with suggestions about my character's nickname. Based on your feedback, Melinda found the perfect term of endearment for Pat. Unfortunately, I'm not going to share it until season six.

That's my final goal for this weekend. I'm hoping to finish rewriting season six while we're away.

How about you? Do you celebrate Memorial Day? What are some of your favorite traditions.


Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles
Season 4 of Hartfield Chronicles has arrived!

When Melinda is invited to join a new dance class, she sees this as her big break, a chance to advance her skills. Before she can accept, however, another kind of break stops her in her tracks.

Pat wants to be the supportive boyfriend, but his efforts seem to be making Melinda uncomfortable. He can’t go to his own friends for advice, because they can’t understand.

After Melinda calls for another type of break, she and Pat must examine their relationship to determine whether they are meant for each other.

Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal. New episodes are published every Friday.

Here's what you missed:

  • Episode 79: Melinda and Pat go Christmas shopping with their friends
  • Episode 80: After causing problems at one of Melinda's basketball games, Pat decides to skip the second

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Free Books


The Most Spectacular Traveling Box


The Most Spectacular Traveling Box

Book Two, Sophie Mae Adventure

Where Will The Traveling Box Take You?

The Dust Bowl challenged Sophie Mae’s sanity…

…until the magical traveling box arrived.

But could she trust the invisible magician?

Sophie Mae discovers the impossible has become reality.

A chatty elephant. A boy who flies. Sophie Mae questions the magician’s true intentions.

You’ll love this Middle-Grade Historical Fantasy for its fast pace and fun characters.


The Creditor


Prequel - The Creditor

A Possessive Savior

Paying off her father's debt was the plan, but things rarely go according to plan.

Paying off her father's debt was the plan, but things rarely go according to plan.

She was supposed to pursue her dreams of being a singer, but her father's huge debts are weighing her down. Seeing him constantly harassed in his rundown restaurant by men she figures have been sent by their creditor embarrasses her. There is no college dream for her, and she is almost twenty.

She goes in search of a job and meets the creditor unknowingly instead. Love clears all debt, and in her case, this may be true, especially if the creditor falls for her.


Innocence Lost


Innocence Lost

Her son went to summer camp. He may never come home.

Mackenzie Jones returns to her son's summer camp to deliver something he left behind. But the mountain retreat that should overflow with kids and counselors is a ghost town. Cabins locked. Lights off. Not a soul to be found.

Jones reports her son's abduction to police and is met with disbelief. How could an entire summer camp disappear?

This short story bridges the gap between The Mommy Mysteries and The Killers Club, detailing the kidnapping scheme that took Mackenzie Jones from homemaker to special agent.


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Escaping the Duke

Escaping the Duke

The Secret Crusaders Book 1

Ignore powerful dukes who sabotage your plans.

Welcome to book 1 in the debut series The Secret Crusaders from the talented Melanie Rose Clarke!

Priscilla Livingston has dedicated her life to social causes, fighting to right the cruel injustices the world ignores. Under the guise of a lord, she sends messages to Edmund Hawkins, the powerful Duke of Bradenton. He doesn’t know his informant is a lady, even as he investigates to uncover her identity. When her father demands she find a husband, she cannot choose Edmund, who would demand total surrender.

But when he catches her spying, she may not have a choice.

Edmund is intrigued by the beautiful lady caught snooping through a dangerous lord’s home. Lady Priscilla may act the perfect duke’s daughter, but fiery mystery burns beneath the flawless fa├žade. He sees the passion she cannot hide, the spirited woman who would make the perfect duchess. He will discover her every secret.

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Something Shady at Sunshine Haven

Something Shady at Sunshine Haven

The Accidental Detective Book 1

She’s pursued the most dangerous news stories around the world. But can she survive going home?

Injured in a bombing, war correspondent Kate Tessler returns to her hometown in Arizona to recover. For the first time in her life, she's starting to feel her age of nearly fifty despite living like a teenager again: staying in her childhood bedroom with only a cat for company, trying to understand why her sister resents her so much, and running into people who still refer to her as Kitty. The hardest part? Seeing her once-sharp and witty mother stuck in an Alzheimer's unit.

When an old friend asks her to investigate suspicious deaths at the nursing home, Kate limps into action. Is a self-appointed "Angel of Mercy" killing patients to end their suffering? Are family members hastening their inheritance? Is an employee extorting money and removing the witnesses? Kate uses her journalism skills to track clues, but the puzzle pieces simply won’t fit.

If Kate can't uncover the truth quickly, her mother could be next on the killer's list.

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