My Review of The Point Between

PointBetweenCoverI love books about the afterlife, but when I find a book about a mystery writer in the afterlife, you had me at “whodunnit”. The Point Between is a great read and I gave it 5 Stars.

Here is the book description from Amazon.
Bestselling mystery novelist Lily Harrington has been found hanging in her home in the tiny, oddball haven of Point Roberts, Washington, and all signs point to suicide. Worried the truth will be buried with her, Lily teams up with Marcus Mantova, the sexy detective of her novels, to influence the investigation and catch her killer. Yet no sooner has Lily come to terms with the existence of Marcus, the womanizing egomaniac she had thought a product of her imagination, than dead Whatcom County detective Penelope Winters also worms her way onto the case. Lies, frauds, and competing agendas take Lily on a roller-coaster ride over heaven and earth until, at last, she discovers the truth and another chance at life.

One thing I would warn some of my cozy readers is there is some sex and language in the book. It isn’t overwhelming, but a part of the story.

I really loved her explanation of how her characters came to her. The writer thought she created them from her imagination, but the characters become real people to Lily Harrington when she died. They were spirits who were living through her books! What a fascinating way to look at it. I, of course, began wondering if Betsy and Aunt Maggie were out there somewhere haunting me. It could happen!

Here is my review posted to GoodReads.

As a mystery writer I really enjoyed all of the wonderful ideas about the afterlife M.A. Demers had with The Point Between! When Lily Harrington is found hanging in her living room, she finds herself a spirit. Now she must figure out how she ended up dead from the other side. This book was a real page turner. I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


I Will Be Maud Marks Library Celebrate Local Authors Day on Saturday

maudmarksI will be reading from A Dash of Murder on Saturday, October 24 at the Maud Marks Library in Katy. I’m scheduled for 1:45 pm YA/Adult area but will have a table set up in the library from 12:30 to 5 PM. Stop by if you are in Katy.  Here is some information you might need.

  1. Yes, I’ll have books for sale.
  2. Yes, I will talk to you about Happy Homicides: 13 Cozy Holiday Mysteries @ 99 Cents
  3. Yes, I have CANDY for you!

I will be joined by authors of children’s books, young adult, sci-fi, poetry, romance, historical, medical thrillers and more.  It’s a great way to meet some local authors and get to know their work.  Monica Shaugnessy, another cozy mystery writer will also be appearing, so check out her Catarina Mysteries!

Click here for maps and directions

Facebook Party to Launch Happy Homicides–Join Us!

There’s going to be a party tonight!  Tomorrow is the first day Happy Homicides is available for sale so tonight the authors are getting together for a prize-filled Facebook party over at Joanna Campbell Slan’s page on Facebook.  I will be there from 8 to 8:15 tonight giving away a digital copy of “A Dash of Murder” but wait … there’s more.  Put 12 authors together and that’s a lot of swag.

Here’s the schedule and “da goods”. The title after each author is a FREE digital mystery they are GIVING AWAY!

8 Teresa Trent– A Dash of Murder
8:15 Camille Minichino– a craft tool (US only)
8:30 Neil Plakcy– In Dog We Trust
8:45 Annie Adams– Final Arrangement
9 Linda Gordon Hengerer– We’d Rather Be Writing and Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
9:15 Nancy Jill Thames– Murder at the Empress Hotel
9:30 Nancy Warren — Midnight Shimmer


red rosesAnd these giveaways–

A Cutthroat Business: A Savannah Martin Mystery by Jenna Bennett

Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston

Scrapbook Storytelling by Joanna Campbell Slan


Plus commenters can win a dozen red roses.


So here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Joanna Campbell Slan’s Facebook page TONIGHT at 8 pm.
  2. Make comments to get your name in for some of these offers.
  3. Pre-order Happy Homicides to get the wonderful recipes and crafts in the bonus material.

When you get your copy of Happy Homicides read my story “The Deadliest Christmas Pageant Ever”. Those of you who know me, know I’ve helped with more than my share of those lovely evenings.  You can leave reviews on one story or all the stories–and thank you.  See you tonight!

Second to Nun Author Alice Loweecey Visiting Today!

I am so happy to have author Alice Loweecey visiting us today to talk about her writing and her new book Second to Nun.  I’ll admit it. I love books about nuns and priests, even former nuns!  I don’t know why I find these kinds of characters so fascinating. I used to love the old Father Brown series. I think I am particularly intrigued by a character who makes decisions based on faith.

Alice sat down an answered some questions for me. One thing I learned? She’s a middle school teacher! She needs prayers just for that alone.Loweecey author pic 2015 cropped

Tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks, Teresa. I’m an Italian mom from a long line of Italian moms. We cook! We grow our own veggies and make homemade sauce. I have an Italian cheesecake recipe that I make only once every few years because it’s death by sweet, gooey goodness. 

I do have a Day Job, so I block out very early mornings and after supper in the evenings for writing. I have a degree in English Lit and have been a middle-school teacher, but I really use my degree and skills in freelance copyediting and my own writing. 

Like many writers, I have trunked books in addition to my Giulia Driscoll series (five and counting, whee!). One of them, The Redeemers, was published this past August with Dark Recesses Press. I use the pen name of Kate Morgan for it to separate it from my mystery brand.

I loved your Ouija board session in the story, the lighthouse and the woman in white. This is a great combination! How did you research this?

I have a vague recollection of fooling around with a Ouija board in grade school with a friend. Two Catholic school girls deliberately disobeying the nuns, oh my! Nothing came of it but much giggling and disappointment. I’ve seen many movies with psychics and demons, both real and fake (within the plots), so I knew when I created the haunted lighthouse I had to have a Ouija session. I do have to give credit to the TV show Supernatural for giving me the idea for the Woman in White. She wasn’t high up on my haunting list at first, but her multi-country legend fit my plot so well.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Stone’s Throw B&B was inspired by an actual historic lighthouse B&B my husband and I stayed at one summer. It was a fabulous place, filled with antiques and with a spectacular view. I knew when we walked in that a book opportunity had dropped in my lap, so I took dozens of pictures. When the time to outline Second To Nun arrived, I saw that folder of pictures and the bones of the plot followed a moment later.

Who is your favorite character to create scenes for in the book?

SECOND TO NUN cover I have so many colorful characters in Second To Nun, but my favorites are Solana and Cedar. They’re enigmas: Are they for real? Are they shysters? Just because they know how to run their psychic business doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not for real. I love characters who reveal layer after layer as I get deeper into the story. Cedar also has one of my favorite lines in the book: “I picked the wrong day to quit heroin.” 

Running a close second in the whole series is The Scoop, the local TMZ wannabees. They’re opportunistic, amoral, and indefatigable, and I visit so much deserved humiliation upon them.

How can readers find your books and are there more coming in this series?

My books are on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Google Play. They’re also in Barnes and Noble stores across the country, and in libraries as far away as New Zealand. Someday I want to visit all the places that have my books!


The next book in the Giulia Driscoll series is Nun But The Brave. Giulia’s been hired to locate a missing twin, and gets involved with Doomsday Preppers and The Scoop. It gets bumpy!





My Short Story “Luscious” Will Be A Part of the Houston Writer’s Guild Mystery Anthology

I attended the Houston Writer’s Guild conference yesterday and was so excited my short story “Luscious” won first place in their mystery contest! Houston Writer’s Guild Press will be publishing this anthology in December, and I’ll keep you posted when it will be available for purchase.

“Luscious” is a little different from my cozy mystery novels.  I guess it’s a little less Mayberry and little more Twilight Zone.  “Luscious” is a story about a history professor and his wife who take down old wallpaper and find a luscious woman painted underneath . A woman who speaks to them.

HappyHomicides_Bonus_2015Pre-orders on Happy Homicides are stacking up in a wonderful way.  Remember, if you pre-order, you get a bonus pdf file of holiday recipes and crafts from the authors of the book.  I’ve included the recipe for the chocolate covered cherry cookies Grandma Gwen bakes in my story “The Deadliest Christmas Pageant Ever” featuring Betsy Livingston and the gang from Pecan Bayou, Texas.

Click Here to Pre-order for your bonus material.  

13 Holiday Mystery Novellas for 99 Cents!

Cover Reveal for Happy Homicides: 13 Cozy Holiday Mysteries


Here is our cover for Happy Homicides.  We were so excited to be featured on the USA Today Happy Ever After blog yesterday! Not only do you get 13 amazing stories, but we also included a bonus ebook filled with crafts and recipes. I shared my chocolate covered cherry cookie recipe in the bonus file which was great but check out the finger cookies. I think I’ll make those for Halloween :0

Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries will be available for pre-order on Sept. 15 on most platforms for only 99 cents. Price includes a special bonus file with recipes and craft ideas. This collection of novellas and short stories is a whopping 213,000 words long! Authors include Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent. Release date will be Oct. 15, 2015. Visit