Portrait of a Sister is Up For Preorder…& More

October 22nd, 2017

There is a lot to catch you up on around here, so let’s get to it, shall we?

First and foremost, my very first Amish-based women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, is officially available for pre-order wherever you buy your books. It will be available in trade paperback, digital, and, eventually, large print. Pre-orders are very important to the publishers as it helps determine print runs, etc. So if you know you’re going to give this book a try, perhaps consider pre-ordering.portrait pseudo cover revealsmaller

As for the book, itself, the cover is pretty much done, but I can only offer this photographic tease at the moment (the official reveal is set for another day 🙂 ).   FYI: This is me with my wonderful editor at Kensington Publishing in NYC…

One thing I can share is the jacket copy, so here goes…

Katie Beiler was always the follower to her twin sister Hannah’s lead. That is until Hannah left their Amish upbringing for an English life—leaving Katie to find her own footing in a world that no longer looks as it once did . . .

Katie has always imagined her life being just like Mamm’s. It’s why she chose baptism and why she’ll soon marry Abram Zook. But ever since Hannah left, the only thing that truly makes Katie smile is the sketchpad in which she indulges her talent for drawing faces—a sin that, if discovered, could get her shunned by her family, her friends, and even Abram. Yet Katie sees her secret pastime as the only way to quiet a growing restlessness she’d just as soon ignore. That is until their Mamm’s untimely death brings Hannah back home to Pennsylvania, with a new outlook on life, a man she adores, and, soon, an invitation for Katie to visit her in New York City.
Suddenly, Katie is experiencing a freedom she’s never had, in a world she never imagined. She’s also spending time in the company of a fellow dreamer, someone who sees her as strong and brave and makes her laugh. But it’s when Hannah shows Katie’s drawings to a gallery owner that she truly finds herself at a crossroads between the only life she’s ever known and the powerful lure of an unfamiliar future.

Sound good? I think you’ll really enjoy taking this journey with Katie as she tries to figure out what life is best for her.

To pre-order from Indiebound.org, go HERE.

To pre-order from B & N, go HERE.

To pre-order from Amazon, go Here.

Portrait of a Sister will be available in stores starting June 26, 2018. I’ll be doing some fun events in conjunction with the release of this book, so be sure to check back here for more details as it gets closer!


In addition to all the excitement in getting ready for Portrait of a Sister, I’ve also been doing some traveling. Some was to visit friends and family, some was to meet readers of my various series.

Here are just a few pictures from my last few weeks of book-related travel…

medinasigning3This was from a signing at The Book Shoppe in Medina, NY in October. So, too, is this next one (I’m sitting with fellow author, Lynn Cahoon)…


These next few are from a murder mystery train I did in Lockport, NY. I got to meet new readers, as well as spend time with some readers who have read me for years–all while being dressed as a gangster (the theme of this particular murder mystery train)…




And then it was on to Toronto, for the annual Bouchercon Mystery Convention. What a treat it was to see more longtime readers like Dotty from N.C…


Maybe I’ll get to meet you at an event one day, too!

Until next time…


Deals, Sightings, and Reviews–Oh My!

August 8th, 2017

There’s been a lot going on around here lately with everything from ads and deals to cover sightings and reviews, so I thought I’d share some of the scoops right here with you. Kensington_Puzzle_Dec17Issue_CozyMysteries

*And Death Goes To (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 3) will be featured in some upcoming ads in the back of Puzzle Magazines. So if you’re a puzzle do-er, take a peek at the back inside cover come December and you’ll see this ad peeking back!  And Death Goes To will be out on December 11th!

*I’m very excited to share news that the Emergency Dessert Squad will be coming to audio soon. No dates to share yet, just knowledge that it’s happening!  🙂

*I also just inked a deal to be one of three authors in a Valentine’s-based anthology (Amish) coming out with Kensington Publishing in 2019. I’ll share more details as they become available.

*I got my first peek at the cover for my debut Amish-based women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, while I was on a girls’ getaway with my daughters. I can’t share it with all of you just yet as some tweaks are being made to type/font, but I can tell you it is gorgeous. I’m so, so excited for this book to release next summer!

*Readers are really enjoying my Tobi Tobias Mysteries. You can see some of what they’re saying over on Goodreads about Death in Advertising (book # 1) and 30 Second Death (book # 2) by clicking on their respective titles in this sentence.

More news to come on these and other things soon!



30 Second Death is Out

July 13th, 2017

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Tobi Tobias Mystery # 2 (aka 30 Second Death) is now available!  The digital version is just $4.99. There is also a trade paperback size available for those who prefer print books. You can purchase the book at your favorite online book vendor. If you haven’t yet started the series, Death in Advertising is waiting for you at just $3.99 for the digital.

As for the book, here’s the back cover copy:

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

A bit more curious about the characters?  You can read a blog post written by my main character, Tobi Tobias, HERE (for book # 1, Death in Advertising).    And you can read a blog post written by her best friend, Carter McDade, HERE (for 30 Second Death).

Next up?  And Death Goes To… (book # 3 in my Tobi Tobias Mysteries) will be out December 5th.   Dial M For Mousse (Emergency Dessert Squad # 3) will be out January 2nd.   Amish # 6 will be out in late winter/early spring.   Portrait of a Sister, my first ever Amish-based women’s fiction novel, will be out in summer 2018.



News, News, And More News

June 5th, 2017

I’m in the final stretch of yet another deadline but wanted to take a few moments to share some news with all of you.

First… patterned_after_death (1)

PATTERNED AFTER DEATH, the 12th book in my Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written under the pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey) is out today! It’s an action packed book that has the Sweet Briar crew on edge, that’s for sure. If you’ve been following these ladies from the start, I think you’re really going to love this final book in the series!



Next… death in advertising

If you haven’t tried my new Tobi Tobias Mysteries, the month of June is a great time to give DEATH IN ADVERTISING (book # 1) a try as the E-book version is just 99 cents wherever you buy your e-books.  This debut title in the series is getting great reviews everywhere. So, if you like to have your murder served with a side order of laughs, this is definitely the series for you.

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30 SECOND DEATH (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 2) will be out on July 11th. Tobi, Grandpa Stu, Carter, and the rest of the gang are back in this one with even more laugh out loud moments.  You can pre-order here.



And finally (for today, anyway)…

For those of you awaiting word of Amish Mystery #6, it will be out in Spring 2018. So stay tuned here and to my Facebook Author Page for more details in the coming months.   I can tell you that Eli and Esther will have their baby, a new love just may be on the horizon for Benjamin, and as for Claire and Jakob…well they have a pretty big murder to solve in Heavenly, PA.

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Oh, and before you go…

I’ve got three more releases on the horizon to mention.

AND DEATH GOES TO… (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 3) will be out in December.








DIAL M FOR MOUSSE (Emergency Dessert Squad # 3) will be out on January 2nd.







And, last but not least, PORTRAIT OF A SISTER (my Amish Women’s Fiction novel) will debut in July 2018. I’m beyond excited about this new book and can’t wait to share the cover…and the jacket copy…and the story, itself with all of you here! More to come in the months ahead!



Upcoming Events

(more being added all the time)

Windsor Locks, CT
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
Windsor Locks Public Library
28 Main Street

Scottsdale, AZ
Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m.
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101

Tucson, AZ
Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Scarsdale, NY
Wednesday, March 29, 1 p.m.
Scarsdale Women's Club
(private event)

Colchester, CT
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.
Cragin Memorial Library
8 Linwood Ave.
Colchester CT 06415

Lockport, NY
Sunday, October 8.
Murder Mystery Train
**Ticketed event--limited seats left! $66 includes 6 hour train ride, interactive mystery, stop at vineyard, dinner on lake.
For info, go HERE.

Toronto, Canada
Oct. 12-15
Bouchercon Mystery Conference

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