New Cozy Mystery Series
Death on the Diversion is Book 1 of my new Secret Sleuth cozy mystery series, inspired by my transatlantic cruise in 2017. Sheila Mackey is a young, aspiring writer who has been the secret public face of her great-aunt’s bestselling books. She has joined her great-aunt on a cruise aboard the Diversion as a transition into a new chapter in her life. When a passenger turns up dead, Sheila realizes she knows a whole lot more about the interactions of the victim and the suspects than the ship’s officials do. In future Secret Sleuth mysteries, Sheila returns to dry land, going home to the Midwest.
Wedding Series Big Bundle
The seven romances of The Wedding Series are now available in an ebook boxed set called The Wedding Series: The Complete Series, out now at Apple Books, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. The bundle is not available on Amazon, but don’t worry, Kindle readers. You can get mobi format versions of The Complete Series directly at Patricia’s eBookstore here. The series starts with three stories of Chicago-area college friends embarking on the greatest education of all — falling in love. Book 4 takes readers to Wyoming with a runaway bride and Book 5 introduces a king in search of a long-lost granddaughter and a reluctant princess in Washington, D.C. In Books 6 and 7, royal matchmaking roils a small-town Wisconsin college basketball community and upends a Wyoming rancher who finds he may be destined for a crown instead of cowboy hat.
A Bun in the Oven
Yes, the Caught Dead in Wyoming series is continuing! I can’t write as fast as you can read, but the next book (No. 8) is titled Hot Roll. The title refers to a broadcast term that can mean cutting away from an interview to “b-roll” (scene-setting or explanatory footage) or, in more dramatic situations, reporting live from a bureau or TV truck because of time constraints. The new cozy mystery is in my writing pipeline, and is available now for pre-order exclusively at Apple Books.
Be a Podcast Patron
Producing my Authors Love Readers podcast costs money, so I’ve set up a page on Patreon in hopes of support for hosting and recording expenses. Fifty dollars a month will cover recording and storage costs that will help continue this weekly conversation between authors about how and why they create the stories you love.
Proof in Print
My newest book, Proof of Innocence, is now available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This murder mystery/romantic suspense hybrid is set in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Its prequel, Price of Innocence (2019) will move the action more to the fictional Fairlington County of northern Virginia across the river from Washington, D.C.
Wyoming Wildflowers Box Sets Finale
My newest bundled duo, Wyoming Wildflowers: Box Set 3, is made up of Where Love Lives (Book 6) and its prequel, Rodeo Nights, and it completes the Wyoming Wildflowers bundled sets I have been offering. This box set tells the story of country doctor Zoe Parisi and retired rodeo cowboy Matt Halderman, both children of Knighton, Wyoming, who longed for home there — and found that time hasn’t dimmed a longing for each other, too. Zoe is introduced in Jack’s Heart (Book 5) and Matt is a rodeo rookie in Rodeo Nights, learning about both bronco riding and second-chance romance from Walker and Kalli.
Podcast Host Takes Turn as Guest
I’m more used to asking the podcast questions these days, but it was fun to be on the question-answerer on Jenny Wheeler’s The Joys of Binge Reading April 12 episode. We talked about the magic of Wyoming – where my most recent series are set – and how the writing scene has changed since I got started. Other topics: how sports journalism led to romance novels, my transition from traditional to independent author and writers I most admire.
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