Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Texas Garden Craft Novella Available!

My new novel, DYE, DYEING, DEAD has just been released in all e-book formats. Paperback is in the proof stage and will be coming soon!

I've finally combined a lot of my interests into one book---Texas gardening, natural dyes from plants, and a cast of quirky characters. 

You can purchase it on Amazon, Smashwords for all e-reader devices and the Apple store and can read free excerpts at each of those places.

Yes, rosemary is a dye plant!

CAST OF CHARACTERS in Alphabetical Order

* Buddy Byers – owner of Buddy's Hardware Store & Sundry Sundries –
somebody went nuts on him with the tattoo gun
* Buster Briggs – gruff, no-nonsense good ol' boy county sheriff, likes pie
* Mrs. Eula-Mae Bunch – Belligerent troublemaker and garden club president
* Flora Martin – mother of Oma and Alma Martin
* Pastor Garvey Holt – Pastor of the First Christian Baptist Free-Will Church
* Ginger Marshall – Kendra's friend, 30-something, a local art-quilter
* Harry Bunch – Eula-Mae's son
* Jack Adams – AKA Mr. Magoo, AKA Jack-of-all-Asses. Kendra's and Jewel's neighbor who says he witnessed the murder
* Jeremy Clifford – Kendra's best pal, late-20s, sidekick and partner in mayhem, theatrical, works at Do-Lolly's Diner in downtown Nameless
* Jewel Moore – 60-something, Kendra's aunt/roommate, avid gardener, fiesty,
widow for three years
* Deputy Jim Wyman – Kendra's love interest, smitten with her
* Kendra Louise Harper – 35-year old folklorist, author and sometimes sleuth, gardener,
divorced for five years
* Lolly Larue – owner of Do-Lolly's Diner; sassy, middle-aged, wise
* Nora Rogers – Nameless librarian, early 40s, studious
* Oma and Alma Martin – owners of a small organic farm outside town, hippy gals
* Sarah Wilson – owner of Sarah's Needles & Threads, small downtown yarn shop
* Verna Holt – Pastor Holt's devout wife, fond of classic fashion
* Virginia Marshall – Ginger's smart fourteen-year-old daughter

Kendra Louise Harper is a folklorist, avid gardener and accidental sleuth. All she wanted to do that nice fall day in September was to help her Aunt Jewel conduct a Natural Dyeing with Plants workshop for some ladies from the Nameless, Texas Garden Club. Before the workshop is over, a dead body lay face down in a pool of glass and indigo in Kendra's courtyard garden. The next door neighbor swears that he saw Aunt Jewel whack the victim over the head with a silver hammer.
No one else really believes Aunt Jewel killed Mrs. Bunch--that is, except maybe the sheriff. And he's the one who counts. He'd just as soon throw Jewel Moore in jail as look at her. But he has no solid proof; he's not going to waste his time trying to prove her innocent. He'd rather bide his time and wait for the murderer to slip up and come to him.

Kendra decides that if anything is going to be done to get her aunt off the hook, she'll have to do it.  Along with Kendra's friends---a very colorful waiter at Do-Lolly's Diner named Jeremy, Deputy Jim Wyman (Kendra's love interest), Ginger Marshall (a local art quilter) and her friends---she sets out to prove that her aunt is innocent.

The victim, Mrs. Eula Mae Bunch, was not a popular person in Nameless. As Kendra gathers information, she realizes that Mrs. Bunch was probably the most unpopular person in town---for good reason. As one resident said, "That old woman is meaner than a room full of peckish wolverines."

Why is Kendra's neighbor so sure that her aunt killed Mrs. Bunch? And if she didn't kill her, who did? And why?

And there are other mysteries in town. Who chopped down Jewel's indigo bush in her own yard? Who is the inebriated stranger that shows up to Eula-Mae's funeral? And what does an erotic romance novel have to do with all of it? Tongues are waggin' in Nameless! Things haven't been this exciting since George Leroy Johnson got the back of his britches caught in the revolving door at the old Railroad Hotel and was pitched out the middle of Main Street with his wherewithalls showing.

DYE, DYEING, DEAD is the first novella in the Nameless, TX mystery series and features Kendra Louise Harper, Folklorist.

Other short stories in the series feature Kendra, Aunt Jewel and the quirky residents of the small agricultural town located about 30-miles east of Austin.

My new Texas garden craft novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD, is available to buy now on Amazon and Smashwords, and in the iBooks Apple Bookstore. - See more at:
My new Texas garden craft novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD, is available to buy now on Amazon and Smashwords, and in the iBooks Apple Bookstore. - See more at:
My new Texas garden craft novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD, is available to buy now on Amazon and Smashwords, and in the iBooks Apple Bookstore. - See more at:

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