Hi, Kids and All Readers,

We are living in extraordinary times. Sheltering at home, socially distancing, and looking for a silver lining in all of this.

Yes, that’s what I said–a silver lining. In other words, focus on the positives! Learn what you can and cannot control. Maybe you now have time to read that book you’ve been meaning to get to. Perhaps you’ve learned some new uses for technology to stay virtually connected to family members you haven’t been in touch with for ages. How about a Virtual Tea Party?

Tough times can bring out the best in us if we are ready, willing, and able. These times can shine a bright spotlight on the heroes among us. And we can all be heroes.

I imagine if our Botanic Hill detective heroes were really living through these tough times, they would be showing extra kindness, patience, and generosity. For instance, perhaps Lexi and Lanny would deliver some groceries to Mrs. Thornsley’s front porch. Moki might take her a fresh pineapple from his garden and a container of his immune-boosting soup. And for sure Rani would deliver a bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese and also a bouquet of flowers.

So get a clue, Kids and Readers. Look for ways that you, too, can safely be a hero. There are probably lots of people nearby who could use some help. And remember the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”






For All

Dear Readers,

A Lynn Ungar poem to sooth you in these troubled times. Take care.



What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.



And to Review . . .

Help, Dear Readers!

If you’ve read Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets in paperback or eBook, please consider posting a review for me on Amazon. If you’ve already done a review, accept my thanks.

I need fifty reviews before Amazon will promote my book for free. As of today, I have seventeen. Beyond that, your comments help make me a better writer.

Your review can be long or short, whatever you want to say. One or two sentences are fine. Each review counts toward the big total. Don’t forget the star rating!

To review, go to my book purchase page on Amazon at Paperback or eBook. Scroll down. On the left, click on the box that says, “Write a Customer Review.” Write and submit.

So get a clue, Readers. Check the Giveaway section in my March 31st Newsletter for added incentives for reviewers! Thank you for your continuing support.



Are You Listening?

Hello, Readers and Audiobook Lovers,

I wanted to let you know that this week, I hired Mr. Tom Jordan, Narrator and Producer, to create an Audiobook for Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets. Mr. Jordan has done commercials and has a great range of voices to bring our story to a new, exciting level. I chose him after listening to about 200 male and female voices on ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange). His voice is enthusiastic and engaging–just what I wanted.

The Audiobook should be available on Amazon, Audible (owned by Amazon), and iTunes on or shortly after April 27, 2020. Watch my Giveaway section in my monthly Newsletter later this spring. I will be holding contests for coupons for a free Nutmeg Street Audiobook (with a trial membership in Audible).

So get a clue, Readers, and get ready to hear the Botanic Hill detectives, Uncle Rocky, Dr. Abbott, and all the rest of the crew come to life! Kids, soon you can take the squad with you and follow their adventures on those long car trips.


Best-Selling Author!

Dear Readers,

I needed some good news, and I got it on February 25.

I’m now officially a BEST-SELLING AUTHOR!

I hit two best-selling categories on Amazon for my Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets paperback! Best selling means an author’s book is in the top 100 books sold in a particular category. I made #42 and #28.

The evidence is in the two photos.

Whoo-hoo! Thanks for you support.

So get a clue, Readers. Head on over to Amazon for more copies of my book in Nutmeg Paperback or in Nutmeg eBook.


RIP, Mr. Bean

Dear Readers, 

Today, I am veering off my usual literary topic to sadly report the passing of my granddog, Mr. Bean. He was eleven.

Bean lived a great life in Virginia with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. He quickly intertwined himself around their hearts, souls, and daily routines. Bean enjoyed a good walk around the lake, showing off for my granddaughter, splashing in the ocean during the annual family trip to the Jersey Shores, and holding sway at the head of the table during his yearly dog birthday party right after Thanksgiving. He was King of Dog Fashions, always sporting a sweater or t-shirt to match a season or holiday. He even dressed up in theme with the rest of the family’s Halloween costumes.

Bean was a little Lakeland terrier, but his heart, presence, and unconditional love equaled those of ten mastiffs. His sudden passing has left a huge, gaping hole in the Virginia household and in all our hearts.

Bean was my little snuggle buddy whenever I would visit, keeping me company when no one was around, and springing up onto my bed in the guest room to nap or cuddle. How do you let go of all of that and move forward? We must, of course–when the ache and tears can eventually be replaced by smiles and fond memories of a Great Dog.

Mr. Bean, your family, neighbors, and dog friends miss you terribly and will love you forever.

RIP, sweet Bean. November 28, 2008 – February 21, 2020. Thanks for gracing our lives and teaching us about love and patience.  We thought we would have you longer to keep showing us the way.

Now, it’s your turn to romp and play, young and healthy again, with Rosie, Snickers, and all your doggie best buds over the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again to hold you in our arms, we will continue to hold you in our hearts.