Home of the Brave

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The Fourth of July in the Smoky Mountain community of  Hanover County, North Carolina means parades, picnics and fireworks.  For dog trainer Raine Stockton and her high-spirited golden retriever Cisco it also means a chance to show off their repertoire of tracking, agility and obedience skills at Camp Bowser Wowser, a weekend retreat for dogs and kids less than an hour from home.
But there’s a new dog in town, and Raine and Cisco find themselves unexpectedly upstaged by a flashy K-9 addition to the sheriff’s department. Belgian Malinois Nike and her handler, Jolene, are part of a new government-funded program for law-enforcement agencies, and though Raine admires Nike’s talent  almost as much as she resents Jolene’s arrogance,  she can’t help wondering why the Department of Homeland Security would send such an expensive gift to their sleepy little mountain community. 

Sheriff Buck Lawson has his hands full with an upcoming election, a bizarre murder, and a special appearance by a celebrity politician at the Fourth of July parade, and he is not about to look a gift horse—or dog—in the mouth.   But when things go horribly wrong at Camp Bowser Wowser, the scattered puzzle pieces begin to form a terrifying picture.  In a desperate battle against an enemy whose face they can’t even see, Raine, Jolene, Cisco, Nike and Buck must work together and reach for depths of courage they never knew they had to defend their way of life, and save the lives of those they love.  

A Wedding on Ladybug Farm

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When Bridget, Cici and Lindsay left behind their safe suburban lives for a stately old mansion in the Shenandoah Valley, they redefined the concept of family.  The friends, like the house, have faced many challenges and undergone major changes over the years. But the one thing they never imagined was that one day they would be expanding their house of women to make room for a husband.

A second marriage in midlife is never easy, and Lindsay and Dominic know they will be facing their share of adjustments when they begin their life together.  But she has the Vera Wang; she has a famous style columnist as her wedding planner; her best friend is the most popular caterer in the county, and she is marrying the love of her life.  What could possibly go wrong?  When the wedding takes place at Ladybug Farm, the answer is: almost anything. 

The three friends have weathered many storms together, but this one could shake the foundation of their life together. Only when they are faced with the loss of someone they all hold dear do they come to a renewed appreciation for the depth of their devotion to each other, the power of love, and the real meaning of family.

The Hummingbird House

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In this eagerly anticipated spin-off to the Ladybug Farm series, Paul and Derrick set about opening the Hummingbird House B&B with their usual style and flair, only to find that they may have taken on more than they bargained for.  Despite constant coaching from their friends Cici, Bridget and Lindsay, they don't seem to be able to do anything right.  They soon find themselves at odds with their teenage housekeeper, overwhelmed by a zany spiritualist who seems determined to take over their lives, and, most horrifying of all, on the wrong side of the law.  But forces are at work behind the scenes that put unrelated strangers on the road to The Hummingbird House, where accidents become destiny, defeat is transformed into victory, and all that is required for a miracle is an open heart. 

Welcome to the Hummingbird House, where you might not always find what you expect, but you will always find what you need.

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Book Seven in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series is finally here! 

Dog trainer Raine Stockton and her happy-go-lucky golden retriever Cisco have been looking forward to the opening weekend of AKC competitive agility all winter.  They travel to the low country of South Carolina to compete against some of the top dogs in the southeast for blue ribbons, squeaky toys, and perhaps even that elusive title of High in Trial.  But even in this carefree atmosphere of high-spirited dogs and dedicated owners ambition runs high, and when one of the competitors is found brutally murdered  it begins to  look as though corruption might have penetrated even this last bastion of decency and sportsmanship, the AKC. 

While Raine and Cisco stalk a killer, a twenty-year old mystery is unfolding back home that will have devastating consequences for Raine and those she loves, and  every hour that passes brings a deadly threat closer.  

The print version of HIGH IN TRIAL also features the bonus short story, ALL THAT GLITTERS. 
High in Trial features three dogs whose owners were alert enough last year to enter a contest in which the prize was a chance to have a canine character named after your dog in the next Raine Stockton Dog Mystery.  Although I had originally intended  to mention each dog only once, they ended up becoming major players in the mystery.  This is what happens when you get too attached to your characters!   And who knows?  I may offer a similar contest in the future, so watch for your dog's chance to be a star. 

Vintage Ladybug Farm

For two years readers have asked for another full-length Ladybug Farm novel, and at last it's here! Vintage Ladybug Farm  is the last of the four titles that were originally planned for this series when A YEAR ON LADYBUG FARM was first published in 2009.  Readers will note, however, that the ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel, not to mention a surprise spin-off. 

Here's the description:

Come home to Ladybug Farm, the place for everyone who has ever had a friend ... or a dream. 
Four years have passed since best friends Cici, Bridget, and Lindsay left the suburbs for an old mansion in the Shenandoah Valley. They’ve survived broken plumbing, leaky roofs, and marauding sheep. They’ve faced fire, hail, snow, and financial setbacks. Yet somehow through it all they’ve managed not only to build a home, but a family. And now, much to their amazement, all their dreams seem to be coming true. The vineyard has been restored and Ladybug Farm Winery is on the verge of bottling its first vintage. Their friends Paul and Derrick are building a house next door. High school and college graduations are just around the corner for the two young people they have shepherded for the past four years. Life couldn’t be more perfect. But Ladybug Farm still holds a few surprises for them all ...

    Someone is getting married.

    Someone is keeping a monumental secret.

    And someone is leaving Ladybug Farm forever. 

    Vintage Ladybug Farm is Ladybug Farm at its best: heartwarming, heartbreaking; filled with compassion, humor, and hope. Welcome back to Ladybug Farm, where dreams never die.
To celebrate the launch of VINTAGE LADYBUG FARM I'm giving away free copies, ladybug memorabilia, and a super-duper gift basket at Ladybug Farm Charms.  All you have to do to enter is test your Ladybug Farm knowlege by playing our trivia game.  It's been great fun, and even wild guesses are entered to win!
If you enjoy VINTAGE LADYBUG FARM be sure to let me know by  contacting me.  I'll be happy to put you on my mailing lists so that you'll be among the first to be notified of new releases.
Meanwhile, Cheers from Ladybug Farm! 

Win a free copy!

To celebrate the long-awaited released of VINTAGE LADYBUG FARM 
on October 1, I'm giving away three print copies and  a gift basket that includes all five books and a collection of ladybug memorabilia.  All you have to do is play Ladybug Farm trivia for your chance to win.  The details are here

Meanwhile, watch this page for more news about release day!

And the Winner Is...

Thanks to all my advance readers for the months of May and June!  Without you it would be impossible to get the word out about new releases, and because of you I am able to stay abreast of what readers want (and don't want!) in my books.  You are the reason I continue to write.

To show my appreciation,  everyone who volunteered to read and review one of my books in May or June was entered in a drawing for a basket of books.  The top three winners were chosen by Random.com (a random-number generator) and they are:

First Place: Vern
Second Place: Melane
Third Place: Rose

The first place winner receives : a complete autographed set of the Raine Stockton Dog mysteries, plus Renegade, Keys to the Castle and Ten Things Your Puppy Needs to Know; a set of notecards featuring original dog art, a silver pawprint bookmark, and-- most importantly-- a treat for the canine member of the family!

Second and third place winners will each receive an autographed copy of Keys to the Castle and a set of note cards.

Thank you once again to all my loyal readers!

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