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Saturday, August 16, 2014

First (great!) Review for DYE, DYEING, DEAD

 Dear friends,

The first review of my new mystery novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD, was published this morning in the Kings River Life magazine. I love reviews like this, because it confirms that readers "get" my characters and what I'm trying to do with the story.

And the fact that the reviewer, Cynthia Chow, is a librarian is icing on the cake. :-)
Stop by before August 23rd and leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of the paperback! 

"After the end of her marriage and equipped with a college degree that usually requires additional doctorates to insure employment, the chance to live with her aunt was a godsend for folklorist Kendra Harper. The contrast between Austin and tiny Nameless, Texas was a bit of a shock, but it gives Kendra the chance to research and write about ghost stories and local legends. When Kendra isn’t at a cemetery photographing tombstones, she helps Aunt Jewel with gardening classes. The most recent is the prophetically titled Dyeing with Plants workshop.

The class for the Nameless Garden Club has a rocky start as the ladies arrive fully dressed for a formal Southern Tea and bring along their own heckler. Eula-Mae Bunch spends the entire workshop denouncing the need for natural dyes while praising cheaper manufactured versions. Aunt Jewel finally kicks Eula-Mae out. The next time the abrasive woman is seen, she’s a corpse.

Jewel’s neighbor declares he witnessed Jewel kill Eula-Mae which means the sheriff isn’t going to look too hard in any other direction. Knowing how gossip can damage a reputation, Kendra and her best friend Jeremy Clifford conduct their own investigation to discover who among Eula-Mae’s many enemies was finally pushed over the edge. The fact that Eula-Mae was on a righteous march to censor the library certainly doesn’t make her any more sympathetic.

As a novella, the pace moves quickly while still fleshing out the characters of Kendra and her closest friends. Readers may spot the clues and the identity of the murderer far ahead of Kendra, but she has the task of weeding through numerous suspects, none of whom are shedding a tear for Eula-Mae. The tone remains light with Jeremy encapsulating most of the humor with his eccentricities and Spock ears. Kendra has a low-key romantic relationship with a deputy and even Aunt Jewel may have a potential beau on the horizon which makes this a very funny and romantic blend of Southern charm and mystery."

Thank you, Cynthia, and thank you Lorie!

bobbi c.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THREE Amazon Bestsellers!

Dear friends!
--> My new mystery novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD is #64 in the Amazon Top Selling 100 books in the GARDENING & HORTICULTURE HERBS category! 

Missy says, "Say what?" Cooking with Herbs and Spices booklet is #52 in the same category! Woohooo!

One of my short stories is also considered an Amazon bestseller.

Happy trails,

bobbi c.

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's a Cattywampus Christmas! Another Play turned Novel

Coming for Christmas, 2014. . .

Another play-turned-novel. Another story featuring the quirky folks who live in Nameless, Texas. Another story where toys come to life and . . . wait? WHAT?

If you like sassy cats, comic fantasy adventure tales, Monty Python, The Wizard of Oz, Lost in Space and vintage holidays, you'll love this story.


Coming soon to e-book retailers here and there, everywhere, on- and off-planet.

Monday, July 28, 2014

How my Photography Inspires my Stories

Dear friends and readers,

Today over on Lois Winston's Anastasia Pollack's blog, I'm doing a guest post about how my original photography spawns story ideas, and how I use the photos to illustrate my self-published stories.

Take a look, and leave a comment!  Thanks.

bobbi c.
DYE, DYEING, DEAD—A Texas Garden Craft Novella now available
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Apple bookstore

Friday, July 25, 2014

DYE, DYEING, DEAD is available

Dear friends,

My new Texas garden craft novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD, is available to buy now in ebook formats on Amazon and Smashwords, Kobo Books, Barnes & Noble for the Nook and in the iBooks Apple Bookstore. Paperbacks are available through CreateSpace now and soon through Amazon.

Coming eventually in audiobook! yeehaw.

Happy trails,

bobbi c.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FREE comedy caper short story this weekend!

Dear friends,

From today through Monday, my comedy caper short e-story, Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin, will be free on

It's an introduction to the quirky characters of "Nameless, Texas." The first novella in the series, DYE, DYEING, DEAD is coming out in August. Hope you enjoy the story!

As always, reviews, comments, tweets, likes and shares are welcomed!

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FINAL cover reveal for DYE, DYEING, DEAD

Dear friends,

After getting some comments on the previous cover here last Sunday, I re-designed it and everybody seems to love this one much better. I do, too. It looks more contemporary to me although there's still the rough wood of the house behind the text.

The book will be in e-book format first, then paperback a little later. For an e-book cover, it's good. It pops out, the text is easy to read, etc. For a printed book, I think it will work well, too. It might have to be re-sized a bit. BTW, this is a very low-resolution photo for web use. Another one will be used for the actual printing.

The good thing about having a print shop, publishing, graphics design background is that I can do my own covers when I want to. I recently wrote a short article for Lois Winston, author, that will be on her blog at the end of July about how I use my photography to inspire stories. This particular photo was the side of a former garage out in the Texas Hill Country. I've used it before on my cooking with herbs booklet, too.  Except the beauty of using Photoshop is that I can "paint" the wall to change the color if I want to. :-)

More news as it happens---tentative publication date is August 15th.

Happy trails from Nameless, Texas. :-D

bobbi c.