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March 13, 2013

The gunshot, muffled, sounded more like a gasp.

No. That was Harold taking his last breath.

It’s the last thing I remember before the funeral. Lilies all over the coffin. Not because Harold gave a damn, but because Lilies are my favorite.


I don’t go out any more. Can’t.

No matter how much I love the city, I simply can’t. Not without Harold.

So, I tend the last of the lilies—of the month, that Harold bought me last Christmas, and think about muffling my own last breath.


Oh, what’s the use?

I know it’s a horrible thought!


This story is prompted by Friday Fictioneers and Rochelle Weisoff-fields WordPress Blog.


Talk About Your Wing Dings!

March 6, 2013

“I booked us tickets on the Homes of the Rich and Famous Tour.”

My daughter-in-law, twit that she is, didn’t think twice about her fabulous vacation “supplement.”

So, we go. I don’t say a word.

This is my view from the bottom of the stairs in the first house we visited.

I’m not in a wheelchair, but I have a bad back and knees. They had no elevator.

Some Rich and Famous people they are! Couldn’t spring for an elevator.

On the upside, my daughter-in-law was exhausted after hopping up that wing ding flight of stairs. Her sweat was priceless!


February 28, 2013


            I called up my friend, Chip, and said, “Dude, you wanted to borrow my convertible caddy? Come on by and pick it up.”

            The last I saw of her was on the Tuesday before Fat Tuesday. He took it to New Orleans, by way of his local supermarket, I guess—judging by the photos of her in impound.

            He gave her some modifications, chopped her top, enjoyed Mardi Gras and got himself arrested, and her impounded.

            I see by the photos, his latest girlfriend was my last girlfriend.

            Needless to say, we’re no longer friends.

            For sale for impound fees.

Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt Flash Fiction Wednesdays

February 28, 2013

Try and say that title five times fast. Or one time real slow. Either way, check it out. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the moderator over at the “global community for blogging writers.” On Wednesdays, there is a photo posted for flash fiction competition, 100 words. See how clean your storytelling can be! Good luck.

You can find them at  or


Ozarks Writers League (OWLs)

May 21, 2012

The Ozarks Writers League meets in Branson on a quarterly basis: Feb, May, Aug, Nov–the third weekend of the month. On Friday, they do a meal and mic reading. Currently, that occurs at the Boxcar Willie Inn in Branson. On Saturday, at the Plasters Auditorium, College of the Ozarks, speakers are brought in from virtually anywhere and everywhere. If you’re a writer, It’s definitely a place to get hooked into the local writing hub. Saturdays also include an open book signing. Tables are free. Come join the menagerie.

I was nominated…

May 15, 2012

I was nominated for a liebster award:

I want to publicly thank the nominator. Check out my other blog (Carys Weldon on Check out the actual nomination there, if you would. It came out of the blue, but is just so darn nice of someone–whom I don’t know–to post. Thanks!


July 5, 2011


Jennifer: Welcome, Mary. Let’s begin by you telling us a bit about your background, where you grew up, where you live, etc.

Mary: Thanks for having me Jennifer. I live in Utah, not far from Salt Lake City. I have been here my entire life. I have 6 children, basically the Brady Bunch. When I married my husband he had three and so did I. We now have 7 grandchildren. And the best part is they live within a couple of miles. Every week we have Papa and Nana night. It’s usually chaos at our house. Big bowl of spaghetti is usually dinner.

I grew up on a large farm, so I’m used to chaos. I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember.  My favorite childhood books were Boxcar Children and Harriet the Spy. I’m sure most of you do not remember those.

Jennifer: How do you write? Do you outline? Or fly by the seat of your pants? Do you like silence or rock out to a certain soundtrack?

Mary: I do not do an outline or plot. I tried plotting an entire story. It still isn’t written. It took all the fun out of the writing.

I write by the seat of my pants. I find out what the characters do as I write. I write to my tunes. The louder the better, unfortunately, usually someone is home so I have to tone it down. I do have to have music though, or my muse is gone.

Jennifer: Got anything to brag about? Upcoming releases? Please tell us it’s amazing and give us a short excerpt or something to make us HAVE to go and buy it. What makes it so great?

Mary: I’m not sure it’s great enough to brag about, but I have a new mystery release. Classic Murder: Mr. Romance And it has very good reviews. You can read some here:


Adam enjoys a lifestyle most men only dream of. Then one day he wakes up to find the morning headlines blaring, “Another victim falls prey to Mr. Romance. Who is next?” He suddenly realizes his way of life is not only frivolous, but deadly.

Dubbed Mr. Romance by New York society for his romantic adventures, Adam Fernando Russo loves women. But lately he realizes how lonely it is coming home to an empty house. Can he settle for only one woman? After he makes a list of qualities worthy enough to merit giving up his desirable existence, suddenly recipients of his coveted attention mysteriously fall prey to a murderer. The murders seem unrelated with one exception–all the victims have recently returned from a fabulous weekend rendezvous with Mr. Romance.

Adam’s assistant, Katie Sinclair, knows Adam is innocent with airtight alibis. The police are at a loss so Adam and Katie work together to discover the link between the murders. As luck would have it, their plan to prove the murderer is copying classic Cary Grant movies goes astray just as Adam realizes his perfect woman has been by his side all along.

I don’t know if this makes it great, but the best thing about this book was the research and how much fun I had writing it.

You can buy the ebook at my publisher:

You can buy the ebook and print book at Amazon:

Barnes & Noble:

Jennifer: What are you working on at the moment? Tell us what it is and why you think it’s gonna be a “gotta have” k?

Mary: I finished a contemporary women’s fiction, that’s light and very fun. I’m in the process of adapting it to a screen play. It’s a cross between Bride Wars and 27 Dresses. I’m having a blast with it.

Jennifer: Do you have any suggestions as to what a writer should avoid? Any mistakes you made that you could give us fair warning on?

Mary: I tell anyone who will listen. RESEARCH. I’m not talking information for your book. I’m talking the industry, the organizations you can join, the agents and edits. Find out everything about your genre, which agents represent your genre. And most importantly check out the agent/editors on Predators and Editors

Jennifer: How do you get the name of your next character by what appears in your Alphabet soup or cereal?

Mary: Neither. Once in a great while, the characters and their ideas come in a package deal. That’s how Katie and Adam were with Classic Murder: Mr. Romance. But other times I have to find a name that matches my character and their personality. Then I have The Greatest Baby Name Book Ever which has over 20K names. It helps. When I wrote my first manuscript I swear almost every name started with a ‘J’. Talk about confusing.

Jennifer: Thank you for visiting today, before you go, please let us know where people can find you.

Mary: Thank you for hosting me today. I’ve had a great time. Here are a few places you can find me.


Web site





June 9, 2011

Check back later for a full interview of Beth Anderson. I’m sure you’ll want to hear about her and her books! Barnes & Noble Nook page

Raven Talks Back Kindle page.

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RAVEN TALKS BACK …Mary Higgins Clark meets Wyatt Earp in Alaska…
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Upcoming releases 2011

March 23, 2011

I am very proud of an upcoming release because it is my tribute to veterans and their families. It’s a poetry book titled PASSING PATRIOTS of War and Peace. It will sell at Gregath Publishing. I won the publishing contract in a gift basket. Which brings me to a point of my faith in the law of attraction. When you’re following intuition, or divine direction, or whatever you want to call it, you can produce something astounding and the universe (or God) will see a way to bring your efforts to the public. If that’s where it’s meant to be seen, anyway.

Even if you aren’t into poetry, please go and google gregath publishing company and look for this book. I think the poetry is easy to read, and some of it is really heart wrenching. Others are quick little ditties. But overall it is a solid collection of pieces giving tribute to our troops, veterans, and their families.

Thoughts on humor in writing.

May 17, 2007

Writing humor into a manuscript is an art. I continually read humorous pieces with an eye to “how I can transmit the concept into my own writing style.”

One thing I’ve come to terms with is, some people have a knack and others really have to work at it. Second, slapstick comes across too contrived for me to enjoy, unless the whole piece is comical on a Three Stooges level. Case in point: Janet Evanovich.

I know she has a great following and comes highly recommended by many of my friends. I do a testing process. When my family travels across the country (when I have a captive audience that can’t escape), I read to the masses. Then I ask questions about what they liked or didn’t.

Considering my husband is older than me, and I have children (male and female) of different ages, all with different reading tastes, I think we are a good cross-section to poll.

While Janet’s Stephanie Plum character was fun to read, we voted the plotting unbelievable hands down. A girl, now bounty hunter, who actually gets all her info from a real man bounty hunter and a detective, goes in and breaks the law by breaking and entering, etc. That annoyed me as a woman, even though I liked the character’s personality.

I know this is arrogant to walk through a national best seller and state that I see holes in plausibility. Fiction IS fiction and anything a writer wants to do can be done. Right?

Stephanie’s grandmother is a comic relief character. In one book, she leans over a corpse on display at a neighborhood funeral home, and breaks a finger off. Supposed to be funny that she continually does stuff like this. First, ya can’t just break a finger off a dead body that easy. Second, that is offensive to me that she’s done that to someone’s loved one. Sorry, I can’t suspend my disbelief enough. If that’s national best selling material, I may never get to that list.

On the other hand, I love Erma Bombeck’s writings. They are based on normal life, and twisting truths to a wry perspective. Put that in your story any day and I’ll read everything you put on paper.

I am open to conversation on this subject. Tell me what you love about humor in writing, especially if you’re an Evanovich fan. Explain to me the appeal you find in her stories. And, understand, I’m not saying we didn’t enjoy her tales. We simply picked them apart afterward. In retrospection, they didn’t work for us.

What works for you?