I’m featured at Josh Lanyon’s blog today!

Josh Lanyon has a regular feature on her blog called Author! Author! Every month she interviews a different m/m mystery or romance writer – and this month I’m the lucky interviewee! You can read it here.

I’ve been neglecting Jamie and Pete for the past week or so, thanks to this unlovely lady:

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But my house is undamaged and the power is back. So it’s back to work for me!



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It’s short story release day!

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Dirty Laundry, the Jamie Brodie short story anthology, is released today! If you pre-ordered, you should already have it on your reading device. If you didn’t, you can buy it now! Here are the links for Smashwords and Amazon.

I’m not releasing this one in paperback. It would cost way too much. When I publish through CreateSpace, they set the minimum price based on the number of pages. This is over 300 pages and would probably be nearly twenty bucks. Too much.

Anyway. I hope you enjoy the stories!


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Pre-order and cover reveal!

It’s here! Dirty Laundry, the first volume of Jamie Brodie short stories, is available for pre-order! This is a collection of all the stories that have been previously published, both here on the blog and with books, and a BUNCH (more than half of the 32 stories) of new stories. They span the years 1974-2017 and tell of first meetings, first loves, family history, and more.

The book will be published on August 31. It’s 107,000 words, and most of it is new – so I’m charging a bit more for it than my usual 45K – 55K novels. Fair warning.

Here’s the link for Amazon pre-order. Let me warn you – Amazon wouldn’t allow me to assign the number 14.5 for this book within the series. So I assigned it #0. (I know I’ve seen series books with decimal points; maybe they just stopped allowing that.) So it’s Jamie Brodie Mysteries, #0.

Here’s the link for Smashwords pre-order. Unlike Amazon, Smashwords automatically assigned #15 to the story collection, which is going to mess up my numbering for the rest of the series… sigh.

And here’s the cover!

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Something fun!

As promised, the anthology of Jamie Brodie short stories will be published at the end of August on both Amazon and Smashwords. I’ve sent the cover photo to my graphic artist and hope to have the book up for pre-order within the next couple of weeks.

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Santa Monica Pier. By aprillynn77 – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=431421

There are 32 stories in total, 20 of them brand new material. The rest are those you’ve read here on the blog, or that have been included with some of the books. Now, there are no new mysteries in these stories. The only story with a mystery for Jamie to solve is There Goes the Neighborhood. So if you read the books mostly for the mysteries and don’t care that much about the rest of Jamie’s life, be warned that the short stores are all about the rest of Jamie’s life.

The anthology is called Dirty Laundry: The Jamie Brodie Short Stories, Vol. 1. (There will be a Vol. 2 eventually, as I write more short stories.)

If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I produce a soundtrack for each book. I’ve done the same for the anthology. But, instead of releasing the soundtrack after the book is published, I’m going to release this one before! Beginning this Sunday (7/31) and running through 8/31, I’ll post the title of one of the stories and the song that I chose to illustrate it. Here comes the fun part – you can try to figure out what/who the story is about based on the title and song. Some of them are glaringly obvious; some you may remember from before. Some of them, I think, will be tricky.

I can’t wait to see if you can figure them all out. 😀 See you on Facebook!



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What’s going ON!

The picture to the left is the library at Trinity College, Dublin. I got to see the Book of Kells but no photos are allowed. It’s bigger than I expected.




Holy cow, this summer is flying by! I spent two weeks in Ireland in June – SO GORGEOUS – and still feel somewhat discombobulated in terms of being organized. Or, in my case, DISorganized. My office is a mess, my house is a mess… Yikes!

But I have not been entirely idle! I haven’t been doing a TON of writing, but I’ve been doing little things which all have to take place eventually. Such as:

  • I’m grinding out the nitty-gritty changes that need to be made to the next book, Published to Death, with my writing group, and also writing a short story which will be included at the end of that book. It’s still on track for November publication.
  • The short story anthology is complete! It’s titled Dirty Laundry, and will be available at the end of August. Warning: the anthology is 107,000 words, so I’m going to charge a little extra for it. There is plenty of new content, plus all of the old short stories that you’ve seen in books or here on the blog. It’s been a lot of fun to put together.
  • The first week of August, I’m going to Los Angeles for a couple of days! I plan to visit UCLA’s campus and Jamie’s library, and see how badly I’ve messed up the placement of the reference desk. 😀 I also want to eat at some of the boys’ favorite restaurants, and walk down their block in Santa Monica. I promise lots of photos!

Speaking of photos – here’s another from Ireland. The Dingle Peninsula, the southwesternmost section of the country.



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Happy 5th birthday, Jamie Brodie!

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Photo credit: By Cekli829 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, “Huh? Jamie’s in his 30s!” You are correct. Jamie, the fictional character, just turned 37 on May 17th. However – the idea of Jamie was born back in June 2012.

It began, appropriately enough, as a conversation around the reference desk. I was chatting with my friend and fellow librarian, Dustin. I don’t even remember how we got on the topic – but we decided that it would be cool to write about a librarian who solves mysteries. Nothing to do with magic or museums or mummies, just an everyday academic librarian, like us, with access to vast depths of information that the police didn’t have. Solving crimes with research. The kernel of an idea.

I suggested to Dustin that a plot would be helpful, and with his input, I sketched out a very rough and very short outline centered around the idea of academic plagiarism leading to murder.

But who would star in this show?

Like most writers, I was an inventive kid. I didn’t just have an imaginary friend – I had a whole town. I’d spend hours on my swing set in the back yard, dreaming up adventures for my characters. Over the years, as I grew up and plunged into school, work and life, I mostly stopped making up new stories. Occasionally, in an idle moment of daydreaming, I’d revisit my “friends,” having fun with assigning them jobs and adult personalities.

The Brodie family gradually evolved out of those childhood stories.

I wrote the beginning of what would become Cited to Death, then wisely signed up for an eight-week continuing education class on writing mystery novels through the University of Central Florida. $89 well spent, I tell you! My initial thought for Jamie would be that he and Ethan would be happily partnered, settled into their academic careers. Then the instructor in my class said that wouldn’t do; Jamie had to have conflict in his life.

Goodbye, Ethan. Enter Pete Ferguson.

Over the next six months I hammered out the rest of Cited to Death with the help of both my writing group and other friends who read and critiqued. (I have Dustin to thank for the title; I had a terrible time coming up with something that sounded right.) Then I called my friend Stephanie about creating a cover. Then I launched my first book into space.

I had no idea if anyone would buy it. If anyone did buy it, I had no idea if they’d like it. I wasn’t a trained writer; I really didn’t know what I was doing. I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had never sold a copy.

But it did, and some of you fell in love with Jamie.

And the rest is history.

I am eternally grateful to all of you for continuing to love Jamie.


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It’s Release Day!

Woohoo!! Promoted to Death is now available, through all e-book outlets. Here are the links to Amazon and to Smashwords. If you pre-ordered (Thanks!!) it should be on your reader by now.


Elaine Pareja didn’t have any fans among her colleagues in the psychology department at Santa Monica College. When her promotion application is denied and she is terminated, no one is sorry to see her go. When Elaine is reinstated for no apparent reason, it causes a revolt in the department. When she turns up dead, her colleagues turn into suspects. But Elaine was a keeper of secrets – other people’s, and her own. Jamie Brodie and his friend, business librarian Sheila Meadows, join forces with the police to pick their way through the tangled web of Elaine’s life, searching for the thread that led to her death.

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Jamie Brodie Mystery #14


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