Saturday, November 10, 2012


Hi all,

I want to congratulate David Heath of Taylorsville, Kentucky, for winning week three's $25 Amazon gift card in the DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL GIVEAWAY!

Tomorrow (Sunday, November11th) week four's winner will be chosen -- usually at the end of the day. So those of you who haven't already entered, you still have 24 hours to visit my website at: to sign up. Five more weekly winners are still to be awarded: each will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate. At the end of November, one lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, so take a minute to visit my website and enter. It's free, easy, and you need only sign up once to be eligible for all the prizes!

Now to more mundane matters. My husband Bob and I packed our bags last Thursday, loaded up the car with cat Sasha, and dog Beau, and headed to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where we own a cabin. A storm front was coming in and a neighbor called us to say our cabin's heater was out, and feared our pipes might freeze due to expected low temperatures. I'm happy to say that we made it just in time to beat the storm -- in fact, it followed us into the Sierras. Today, Saturday, the temp is in the low teens, but the heater is now fixed, and we're finally able to poke our heads out from the electric blankets where we were hiding until the repairman could come out.

On that happy note, I turned on my computer only to discover that it had crashed!! Now most of you know that I'm not the most savvy of computer users, but after about four hours of fiddling, tearing at my hair, and uttering some distinctly unladylike words, I finally managed to at least get online. Now how am I able to do that, when my hard drive is down and according to Disk Utilities, cannot be repaired? I just don't understand this. Do any of you have a clue? (I own a MacBook Pro laptop computer, if that makes any difference). I guess I shouldn't really be complaining, though, since I can at least catch up on my email, etc. You don't realize how important that is until you're off-line for a few days!

Okay, I'm through grousing. The Oregon Ducks are playing Cal tonight at Berkeley, and I want to catch a quick bite to eat before it begins. (Our beloved Ducks are currently ranked #3 in the country. But Alabama lost today, so who knows where we'll be ranked tomorrow.) Thank God our TV is working!

Hope you all have a great Sunday, and GO DUCKS!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I just posted this on my Facebook page, but wanted to make sure that all of you heard the good news: Blackstone Audio has just purchased the audio rights to DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL!

So many of you have written asking when you'd be able to listen to Sarah's latest adventure. It makes me very happy to announce that the book will soon be available on CD, as well as downloadable MP3 formats. (I'll post on Facebook when the audio versions will be ready to purchase). 

My husband and I love to listen to audio books when we travel by car. We also listen on our iPods and iPads when we go by train or plane. It makes the time go by so much faster. I'm crossing my fingers that Carrington MacDuffie will perform the reading for Blackstone, since she did so well for the last two books in the series.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have bought DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL. Because of you, sales of the fifth book in the Sarah Woolson mystery series  have been going exceedingly well. You guys are great!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Hi everyone!

 Two new reviews were posted today for my new Sarah Woolson mystery, DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL. (Actually, one was an interview/review from The Big Thrill, but both were great!)

You can read the first one, from, at:

The second one, from The Big Thrill, can be found at:

The nice thing about the Big Thrill interview by Mike Stewart, is that it answers a lot of questions readers are constantly asking me about how I came up with the idea to write the Sarah Woolson series, why I chose San Francisco as their locale, and what caused me to place the stories in the 1800s. He also wondered why I made Sarah an attorney, and discussed the role romance plays in her life. (Keep in mind how difficult it would have been for a woman -- especially one from a good family -- to have a career in the late 19th-century). 

All in all, they're both fun reviews and I think you'll enjoy them!



I'd like to congratulate VICTORIA ZUMBRUM of Glen Rock, PA, and TARA WOODS of Anniston, AL, for being the first two winners in the DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL GIVEAWAY! As week one and week two winners, they each received a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Happy shopping ladies!!

The Giveaway will run for five more weeks -- each week a $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded, followed at the end of November by a $100 grand prize gift certificate. Just  visit my website at, click on the Contest Page link at the top of the Welcome Page, and sign up for the Giveaway. You need enter only once to win.