Announcement: Ebook Cover Designer for Hire

Sooo… as I’ve gotten back into art and involved in marketing my little mystery, I’ve realized there are a lot of ebook covers out there that don’t do their books justice. I love design and to lend a hand, so I’m putting out my “shingle” as an ebook cover designer. I’ve recently completed my first ebook cover for Michele McGrath’s Manannan’s Magic (a great book – if you like Medieval History, British Isles, and romance, get this book!), which you can see here and on my portfolio page:

And, I want to do more! 🙂 If you need an ebook cover designed or know of someone who needs one, please let them know about my services. Since I am a new Book Cover Designer, I have a small portfolio, but I do have design and formatting experience. As a Book Cover Designer, I will offer you:

– An Original Cover, guaranteed

– Thorough Review Process (your book is your vision – you MUST love the cover I make for you)

– An excellent artistic eye and strong natural talent

At this point, my rate is:

– a flat fee of $150 for ebook cover AND regular book cover


– a flat fee of $55 for just an ebook cover

Please fill out this form if you are interested.



Wordless Wednesday (staying with the Door County theme)

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FREE Mystery Ebook from 5/20 to 5/22!!!


This is the last time I will be utilizing Amazon’s KDP Select free days. After July, I’m not renewing my KDP membership since the whole system seems to be changing. Plus, I only have one book, so the free days aren’t as beneficial for me as for some authors. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. The free days have helped me quite a bit and I am very grateful.

In any case… Murder in Death’s Door County will be “on the house” from today (Monday) through Wednesday! So, travel vicariously to Door County, Wisconsin – a beautiful area! 🙂

Ways of Showing Love

With all of new interests that my little book kickstarted for me, my fella has been so wonderfully supportive! And, one of the greatest ways he has shown his love and support is by taking books (unasked) out of the library for me!!!

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And when I thank him, he hems and haws. I just want to say how much I appreciate it! (I made sure to tell him before I wrote it on here, no worries!)


Ebook FREE ALL DAY 4/26 Too!

In an attempt to maximize my KDP Select days on Amazon, I’m making my book, MURDER IN DEATH’S DOOR COUNTY, free for one more day this week. It will continue to be free today!


Mystery Novel FREE ALL DAY 4/25 & A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Door County

Wisconsin is an unusually friendly state. I don’t know why, but I know that it is pretty universal in this state. Personally, I think the whole Midwest is pretty special and I think what happened this week is pretty rare. As you may know, this whole blog started because of my little mystery novel, MURDER IN DEATH’S DOOR COUNTY… well, this past weekend, a similarly titled book in the same genre was released. A pair of authors, Rosalind Burgess and Patricia Obermeier, have written DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY! Similar titles, no? Yes, similar titles very much so. A little chill went through me when I first saw it. I think a little chill went through one of the two women who wrote DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY, too.

But she, Patty, kindly reached out to me in friendship. I responded in kind. We’ve exchanged some lovely emails and hopefully will meet face-to-face soon. I’m not competitive at all and I think that a couple of good mystery novels that showcase beautiful Door County are a very good thing!

So, if you feel moved to grab my book, MURDER IN DEATH’S DOOR COUNTY, please check out Roz and Patty’s book, too. 🙂 I love that I’ve made new friends through this whole thing.

The Bed and Breakfast that my fictional one (The Lighthouse Inn) is modeled after. The building, not the characters. 🙂

Famous Door County sunset in Ephraim.

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Ferry that takes people from Gills Rock to Washington Island.


Beat the Winter Blahs!

Hi! I’m excited to be offering my mystery novel (“Murder in Death’s Door County”) for free on Amazon, for the next few days! The promotion will run from Friday to Tuesday (1/25-1/29). I hope you enjoy!

Here’s the link:

AND, here’s a brief excerpt of my book:

“Hello? Harry?” I called out tentatively, as I entered the room with my eyes closed. I had two motives: I didn’t want to see him in his skivvies and I really didn’t want to startle him. Stepping inside Harry’s room, I noticed how much it resembled an attic room and even had a gable window. With a window seat upholstered in striped shades of blue. Swallowing down my envy over the pretty room, my eyes swept the rest of the room. The southern-facing windows really brightened the room, bathing everything in warmth and sunniness (which did nothing to decrease my envy). Harry had lucked out view-wise, too. Since his room was on the third floor, he could see over the treetops to the shores of Lake Michigan, which was only a block from the inn. I noted Harry’s watch on the nightstand, next to his reading glasses. He had his luggage arranged neatly in the corner and, presumably, today’s outfit laid across an overstuffed chintz chair. Upon closer review, I espied the corner of an envelope sticking out of his suit jacket and wondered if that was my bonus check. Quickly, I strode across the room with the intention of…

“Miss! What are you doing?”

Crap. A maid would have to appear now. With a guilty start, I turned around to face one of Kitty’s staff.

“I’m sorry, were you talking to me?”

“I don’t see anyone else here, do I?”

I couldn’t even fathom going through the whole story with her, so I made something up. I needed something to tell her, fast. Something that would justify being in Harry’s room, without him.

“Oh, well, I’m just waiting for my lover, Harry.” Lover? Oh my goodness, what had possessed me?

“Your lover?”

“Yes, yes, exactly. My lover. Harry and I became involved in a purely physical relationship the last time I went to Chicago and he visited me this weekend.” Pleased with myself, I smiled in smug satisfaction.

“Hmmm… then you’d better tell that blonde who visited his room last night that you are his lover,” the maid shot back, putting an icky emphasis on “lover.”

Reading her name tag, I cleared my throat nervously, “We have an open relationship. Anyway, what do you want, Millicent? Can I help you?”

Millicent eyed me suspiciously, “No, no. I was just getting a leg up on cleaning the rooms.”

I felt a pang of guilt. Cleaning the whole inn and without the benefit of an elevator must be difficult. Millicent’s untidy grey hair and imposing manner made her seem older than I thought, but the job would even be tough for a younger woman. Maybe that’s why Millicent was so bitter and cranky. I vowed to cut her some slack.

I said, with a forced lightness, “Then you should probably get started. I’m sure Kitty’s wondering where you are. I guess I’ll go then, too. Harry must have gone to breakfast without me. That scamp!”

At the doorway, Millicent and I parted ways. Waiting until Millicent turned the corner, I scuttled back into the room and again, tried to snag that envelope. But something distracted me and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a puddle of reddish brown water on the bathroom floor. Reddish brown water? Determined to investigate, I walked across the room. With a sinking feeling, I called, “Harry? Hello? Are you in here?”

No answer. Tentatively, I entered the bathroom and saw the source of the puddle. Watery blood was running out of the bathtub and onto the floor…