Sunday, June 30, 2024

Murder and Tainted Tea is featured as Sunday's Book #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Mystery #Robespierre #Santa Fe


Katherine heads to Santa Fe, New Mexico along with a Maine Coon Cat kitten to spend New Year’s Eve with Lars. Her guilty feelings over the organist’s death has her needing an escape. When she reaches Santa Fe, she discovers Lars is missing. She seeks and finds him and steps into another mystery.

Lars’ daughter dislikes Katherine but when the young woman is kidnapped, they are puzzled. The murder of Lars’ daughter and one of his employees makes solving the mysteries necessary. Can she learn before Lars becomes a victim.

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With every book, I think the Katherine Miller Mysteries can't get any better. I'm always wrong, because they always do. ~ Writer 

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Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2022
I love her writing style. I start one of her books and I don't want to put it down until I have finished it!
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2017
What a fun read. Well written and I love the cat!

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

Murder and Poisoned Tea is featured on Thursday's opening scene #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #mystery


On Groundhog Day when Robespierre, my Maine Coon cat, jumped

from his place on the window seat, one thought popped into my head.

Company. Who? After following him to the kitchen, I watched him push

his bulky, brown and black body through the hinged opening at the bottom

of the door. Moments later I peered down the dimly lit stairwell.

Robespierre had sprawled in the center of the third step and blocked my

visitor’s progress.

     “Good grief, Katherine, I hope he’s not planning to bite me again.”

Edward Potter, pastor of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, glared at the cat.

His voice had risen to a high pitch. “Whatever do you feed him? He’s ever

so much bigger than Bitsy.”

     The temptation to say my pet fed on pastors was strong. I refrained

and fought to control a grin that threatened to blossom. Teasing Edward

usually results in a lecture delivered in an indignant voice.

     With an air of disdain, Robiesperre stretched. His back rippled in a

way I envy. Then he slithered around Edward.

     When Edward reached the top of the steps, he turned and peered at

the cat. “He’s becoming more brazen.”

     “Only toward selected guests. He ignores most people.” I turned my

head and Edward brushed my cheek with his lips.

     Edward is a dapper little man with an ear for gossip and a penchant

for turning even the slightest event into a fiesta or a disaster. He’s astute

about church politics. The coffers at St. Stephen’s are filled through his

ability to cosset and cajole the elderly population of the church, mainly

wealthy women. I partially fit the category, being over sixty-five, and while

not rich, I’m at least comfortable.

     When he entered the sunlit kitchen, the expression on his face

announced a problem. He walked into the living room. Unlike most of my

guests, he considered chats at the kitchen table for commoners. In the

living room, he perched on the edge of a Queen Anne chair, purchased

years ago before antiques became the rage. In the past twenty years,

stores selling every manner of old things have spread plague-like in the

business district of the Hudson River village where I live.

     “You’re tense. How about a cup of mint tea?”

     “Not all the tranquilizers in the world will calm me. It’s a disaster, a

complete and utter tragedy.” His hands fluttered. The words rolled out like

a sermon promising hell and damnation. “How will we maintain the quality

of the services? Easter will be a disaster.”

     My forehead wrinkled. What in the world had stirred him into this

state? The last time had been when one of the altar boys had spilled the

communion wine. Had there been a fire at the church? A flood? A

plague? The strident fire whistles had been silent for days. What had

occurred? Knowing a full and dramatic scene would develop, I wanted

mint tea.

     “I’ll heat the water. Then you can tell me about this tragedy.” Mint

tea is my all-purpose remedy, calming nerves and stimulating the mind,

bringing alertness or sleep.

     I retreated to the kitchen, filled the kettle and stuffed a silver ball with

an assortment of dried mint leaves. While the water boiled, I assembled the

pottery mugs, sugar and spoons on a wooden tray.

     “Why will Easter be a problem?” I set the tray on a Duncan Phyfe


     “We may have to cancel the season.” He patted his thinning light

brown hair.

     I swallowed a laugh. “How can we cancel one of the main reasons

for St. Stephen’s existence?”

     “Are you making fun of me?” His voice rose in pitch. “I’m

absolutely serious.” He accepted a mug. “Mary’s husband has been

transferred. It’s a disaster.”

     I mentally sorted through all the Marys in the congregation and tried

to decide which one’s leaving would cause Edward to fall apart. Who had

triggered the word of the day? On another level, the need to giggle soared.

Perched on the edge of the chair and holding a teacup with both hands,

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Warrior of bast - Meet the hero #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Paranormal #Time travel #Alternate ancient Egypt #Romance


Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here for some great excerpts. Mine is found at Tira learns about the tasks she must perform and meets Kashe, whose goals ae the same.

Tira flees a threat to her life and encounters two elderly women who offer her the chance to be sent to an alternate ancient Egypt with no thought of return. She has had a fascination with Egypt and can even read hieroglyphics. Once there she will be given a task. Failure could mean death. Dare she take the chance and can she find the lost symbols of the rule before an enemy finds them?

Kashe, son of the nomarch of Mero is in rebellion. His father desires him to join the priesthood of Aken Re, a foreign god. He feels he belongs to Horu, god of warriors and justice. He decides to leave home, meets Tira and joins her in the search for the symbols of the rule. Will his aid bring good fortune and will their growing love keep them from making a fatal mistake?

Previously published as The Warrior of Bast

"This engaging voyage into an ancient Egypt that includes power-hungry priests and hazardous treasure hunts entertains from page one. Familial intrigue heightens the tension, as does a kidnapping or two. The cast of characters is dynamic and complements the well-conceived plot." ~ 4 Stars, Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Magazine



Kashe of Mero sat on his bed in his chamber of the family compound. His head pounded. When he opened his eyes he saw the day had progressed into late afternoon. The bright light made him wince. He recalled the past night’s celebration for the retirement of the family’s arms master. Tuten had been Kashe’s mentor and friend. From the older man he had learned the skills of a warrior. Last night Kashe had finally defeated his mentor with weapons and a capacity for beer.

“Kashe.” His father’s voice stabbed like a dagger.

He groaned and sat up. The drum in his head banged. Leave me alone, he wanted to shout. The nomarch of Mero’s anger toward his middle son was nothing new. What did he want now?

As second son Kashe had been marked for the priesthood. He had no desire to become a priest. He found satisfaction in his role as a warrior. Yet, duty called for obedience.

If any other temple had been chosen he might have agreed. He had no taste for this

He rose. He couldn’t help that in stature and build he resembled the Nubian ancestors his father and older brother chose to forget in their desire for power. If Pian became pharaoh the nomarch of Mero would become his son’s chief advisor.

“Are you coming?” his father asked.

If he said no who knew what would happen. Kashe stretched. “As soon as I wash and dress.” Though he would rather have bathed he would make do here. He glanced in the polished metal mirror. His warrior’s braid was neat enough. He poured water from a pitcher into a basin and washed. After donning a fresh kilt he fitted wrist and arm bands and selected a collar necklace.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Plots in summary #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Plots #Necessity

 Been writing about Plots anf yhe many different ones for many months. Just a few things to clear up. A plot is necessary to a good story. There are as many plots , and some are nearly the same. Just a small point in  their journey changed and you have a different plot. What the writer must do is determine which plot serves the purpose.. Remember this "A plot is just a plan to take the characters from the beginning to the end

Monday, June 24, 2024

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

 Meander1 - Reading - Have fallen behind lately and must get into the swing. Have 4 new form BWL and must read soon.

Meander 2 Thoughts - The heat is still with us and does somehow keep the mind from being alert. Am looking forward to the debate. Hope it gives good information,

Meander 3 - Writing -Going slowly with the typing.

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Murder and Poisoned Tea is featured as Sunday's Book #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Mystery #Santa Fe #Kitten


The moment she hears his mastery of the organ, Katherine covets him as St. Stephen’s new Minister of Music. Handsome, charming and vastly talented, the women of the congregation adore him. Even Katherine is swayed by his manners and ability, But Roger not only brought beautiful music, he brings poisoned notes to the choir. Katherine seeks to find the secret of why he has changed churches yearly. She prays the discovery will be in time to prevent a tragedy.

The Mrs. Miller Mysteries series is a sheer delight. Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher would love Katherine Miller. I know I do. ~~ Writer Gail Roughton

Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2023
Readers if your into mystery’s. Janet Lane-Walters is exceptional writer. Her books are hard to put down when your reading them.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2021
I love this series, though I seldom read cozies. I’m hooked on these books.
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