All Sewn Up/Friday Fictioneers

“What have you got?” Detective Peterson asked the medical examiner when he arrived at the factory.

“An employee found her boss dead on the floor whenImage may contain: indoor she arrived to work this morning.”

“Got a cause of death yet?”

“So far it appears to be an accident, but I’ll know more after the autopsy. My best guess is that he tripped on a large spool of thread and fell headfirst into a spooling machine.”

“Any witnesses?”

“Isn’t that what you’re here for, detective?” He stood up. “Need anything else from me?”

“Nope. Looks like you’ve got this case all sewn up.”

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Together Forever/Friday Fictioneers

“Why do you keep this horrid thing around?”

Marla smiled. “Devon tried his best to make beautiful music on this piano.”

“But Devon is dead. The piano is decayed. And there’re things growing on it.”

“They’re called flowers, Eva. Flowers are nice.”

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“Some flowers are nice. These look more like weeds.” She sipped her tea. “Kind of like that weed of a husband you had.”

“Which is why I had Devon cremated before his death could be properly investigated.”

“You killed him?”

“Yes. And his ashes are right where they belong. Rotting into the ground along with his precious piano.”


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The Perfect Place – Friday Fictioneers

“I don’t think it’s open.”

“Of course, it isn’t,” Jake said. “That’s why it’s the perfect place.”

Kathy slammed the car door shut. “You promised


me a night I’d never forget. This place is a dump and it looks abandoned.”

Jake ushered her to the entrance. “Trust me, you’ll never forget it.” He opened the front door and waved her inside.

“It’s unlocked?” Kathy narrowed her eyes. “Who leaves a business unlocked?”

Jake winked. “Someone who doesn’t care anymore.”

She peeked inside, then hesitated. “I’m not sure this is a good idea.”

Jake produced a knife. “Trust me, it is.”

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“Come on, let’s shove him out this window and get out of here.”

“Why’d you have to hit him so hard?” Dave asked.

John gritted his teeth. “Will you shut up. Just open the window and let’s heave him out.” He grabbed the top half of Eric’s body and dragged him toward the window. “The body will be so mangled no one will suspect foul play.”

Dave paused at the window then backed up. “Uh, we have a problem.”

John noticed the swarm of bees around the window.

“Looks like we’re about to open up a hornet’s nest of trouble.”


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Seances? Yes or No?

I admit it. I have a fascination with the paranormal. Probably because I’ve seen or heard things that can’t otherwise be explained.

The third installment of The Scarry Inn Series, The Morgue, will focus on a the morgue front cover

seance between friends. Since I’ve never had the pleasure of

participating in one, I had to Google seances to see what to expect.  Below are a few things I learned.

  1. While it isn’t mandatory, it helps to have participants who are open-minded
  2. It’s helpful if the person in charge of conducting the seance is a medium or has psychic abilities.
  3. Place at least three candles in the center of the table.
  4. Ask yes or no questions
  5. All participants should hold hands
  6. End the session by thanking the spirit for coming and break the circle of hand-holding

I’d love to know if anyone has participated in a seance, and what your experiences were. My fingers are crossed that someday I’ll have that pleasure as well.

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Dowsing Rods – Real or Fake?

I admit it. I was skeptic. While I’d seen the televised effects of Dowsing or Divining Rods, I assumed their accuracy was user manipulation. But I recently had an opportunity to try them out on a paranormal investigation. And I have to admit, I was impressed.


Several of us novice investigators decided to try it out for ourselves. While one of us sat in a chair, holding onto the rods, another asked “the rods” to point to a specific person in the room.

And they did.

Still skeptic, we each tried holding the rods and asking similar questions. Each time it answered by pointing in the direction asked.

Do I think the rods have paranormal powers? Still not convinced. But I will admit to finding a pair on Amazon and ordering them. At least they’ll be fun to play with.  Thoughts?

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Thank You

So excited to share the good news.  The Scarry Inn, the first book in the Scarry Inn Series,  reached Amazon’s #1 spot last week.  To say I was excited is a gross

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understatement.  As any author knows, having people actually reading your book is what we live for.

My hope is that everyone who bought the book enjoys it enough to leave a review. Word of mouth is the best promotion.

Again, my sincerest thanks to everyone who made this milestone possible.

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Ozark Empire Fair Tradition



We may be getting up in years, but my sister and I have made

going to the Ozark Empire Fair a tradition for almost ten years. No kids,

no grandkids, just the two of us.

There’s nothing more fun than doing what we want when we want. The view from the Ferris Wheel at night is spectacular.  The lines are IMG_0894long, but worth the experience.

Do you still go to fairs?  What’s your favorite ride?  BTW we may be old, but we still ride the Tilt-A-Whirl, too.  Kids at heart.

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Ghost Hunt at The Crescent Hotel

I’ve been wanting to visit The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs for years. Many of my friends and family boasted about their fun experiences and creepy encounters. Finally it was my time to visit. Once again I dragged my sister, Carol, along for the ride. Luckily, she’s also a big fan of ghost hunting.

The creepiest part of the trip was the drive down. Being a new customer of a GPS, I mistakenly allowed this gadget to guide me to the hotel. We drove down narrow, washed out dirt roads that no sane person would ever attempt. I was certain I’d bust a fuel or water pump before we arrived at our destination.

Finally,  miraculously we arrived at the hotel. I told the clerk about our horrifying trip and he replied, “You have a GPS?” He nodded as if this happens all the time. I was not amused.

The ghost tour began with a brief history of the hotel. We followed our guide on a tour of the morgue and eventually to the rooms in the hotel which they claimed to be the most haunted.

Unfortunately nothing interesting happened during the tour. Later that evening, Carol and I toured the hotel and the grounds on our own. We took pictures of anything of interest, but we saw and heard nothing suspicious.

However, when we looked at our pictures later, we noticed something that might be interesting. If you’ll look to the right of the posted picture, you’ll see what looked to me like a woman in a long flowing white gown and white hat. I had to Google to see if the Hotel ever experienced such an apparition. It did – A woman in a flowing gown who floats through the garden and perches on balconies image12

is a frequent guest of the hotel. Tell me what you think?


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Ozarks Indie Book Fest Disaster

After attending an event called Penned Con for the past two years, I have to admit I was pretty stoked when I heard something similar was being planned for Springfield, Missouri.  Penned Con is a well-organized event where authors purchase tables to sell their books, and readers purchase tickets to meet them and buy books.  Add to that several activities for readers and authors and the whole thing was sure to be a win-win for all involved.

Unfortunately, Ozarks Indie Book Fest was nothing like Penned Con. Although we’d heard the organizers had been planning this for two years,  the comparison between the two charity events was staggering.  Something was off from the very beginning. Authors were told to check in on Thursday night from three to five.  But not one of the organizers arrived until after five thirty.  The next morning proved even more chaotic.  Authors had already been assigned their tables and told when to arrive. However upon our arrival we were told we should have checked our emails because the times had changed as well as the table arrangements.  Since many of us were setting up at 7 AM, we’d left our homes early to be there in time and did not have time to check email prior to arrival.

Once everyone was set up and ready for the deluge of readers to enter the room, Jaci Chaney, the organizer, announced that she’d mistakenly placed her trust in someone who betrayed her. The treasurer for the event had apparently withdrawn all money from their account. The hotel where the event was to take place allowed the event to continue on the first day, but the second day was moved to The Library Center. This meant that readers who had purchased tickets no longer needed them because The Library Center was free to everyone.

I recall asking Ms. Chaney if she’d be doing something similar in the future. Her response? Well, several of the authors want me to.

Seriously? Not this author. I doubt too many of the authors I know will be interested either. Too bad because this should have been something fun for everyone involved. Instead it turned out to be a disaster.

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