Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paws-On Research

As you may know, I write a lot about dogs.  I even have a new miniseries coming up for Harlequin Romantic Suspense called the K-9 Ranch Rescue series, with a background for all the stories at a--yes, a K-9 ranch, where the characters, among other things, train dogs.

And me?  Well, generally I let my dogs train me.  However, I do need to know what my characters should be doing, so I am conducting research, some of it paws-on... er, hands-on.

That means my current Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy Cari has to help me.  She is nine months old and up till now has been taking puppy classes on weekends.  She's about to start taking obedience classes at a higher level.  Therefore, so am I.

It's been a bit of a challenge recently after breaking my kneecap and having surgery to fix it.  My mobility has improved a lot, but even walking on uneven areas like park grounds, let alone attempting to control and train an energetic puppy, isn't easy.  Fortunately my husband has been helping out.  But I really want to learn all the basics better myself.

So, little by little, I intend to take over.
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Give-Away

Free books!  Really,  truly, free books!  August 6 from 1 to 6 pm at the BlackStack Brewery in St. Paul, Ellen and I will be there with other Minnesota authors.  The others will be selling and autographing their books, but we, finding ourselves seriously overstocked, are giving away titles by Ellen Kuhfeld, Mary Monica Pulver, and Monica Ferris.  Do Drop In:

Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore

Love books? Love beer? Love meeting local authors?

Get on down to the Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore!

Minnesotan authors will have their books for sale. Stop by to chat with them over a pint and find your next favorite book.

Check back to see additional authors that will have their books for sale!

Michael Bernabo-
Carl Brookins -
Midge Bubany -
Scott Burtness -
Megan Carney -
Tom Combs -
J. Lynn Else -
Kathy Engen, Linda Heath -
Greg Gardner -
Meg Hafdahl -
Nancy Hedin -
Christine Husom -
June Kramin -
Ellen Kuhfeld, Monica Ferris -,
Brian Lutterman -
K. Bird Lincoln -
Erik McCarthy -
Amanda Meuwissen -
Amanda Michelle Moon -
J. Lloren Quill -
Rhea Rhodan -
Scott Michael Stenwick -
Cole W. Williams -

And, just for fun, do any of you like model planes – the kind that really fly?  I am amazed – seriously amazed – at where the hobby has gone lately.  For example:

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Mystery with Lizzie Borden's Doctor! Pre-Order!

Yay! My new supernatural-flavored mystery,
The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River
is now up for Pre-order! (Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and Print)

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It will release on August 4th - the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders!

It is a tie-in story to the infamous Borden murders featured in my first book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.  No zombies in the new book, though! 

I started wondering, how would some of the people who came on the scene, like Lizzie's family doctor and neighbor Dr. Bowen, be impacted by the horrific murders? 
Was there something in Fall River that would prompt such actions? 
Was the town, or the doctor himself, being haunted by the past? 
Read to find out!

Praise for The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River 
“Dr. Bowen's tale is a mystery wrapped in a love story and sprinkled with historical tidbits. A pleasure to read.” —Jean Rabe, USA Today bestselling author

“ C.A. Verstraete has an unstoppable imagination and she does one thing I admire the most. Research. This is not a long book, it's not a difficult read, but it's written in such a way that it absorbs its reader into the turmoil that is Dr Bowen's mind. The imagery in this book is brilliant, and… creepy!” —Rebbie Reviews

“History, mystery, and a whole lot of blood. C.A. Verstraete starts with Lizzie Borden
 and spins a yarn that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.” —Joanna Campbell Slan, author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Tangled Yarn

I was surprised by the arrival of my author copies of A TANGLED YARN. It is always exciting to see the actual books. I’m afraid the release has snuck up on me again, though I still have a little time.

I remember my agent describing the process when I had turned in the first manuscript in the Crochet Series. I would be writing one book, while going through edits and copy edits of the one I’d already turned in, and at the same time dealing with an upcoming release. Even after writing seventeen books, I’m still getting used to the process.

I’m leaving for Chicago and taking my work with me. I still have to update my website, get photographs of the projects for A TANGLED YARN, which is further complicated because I can’t find the samples I made, so I’m making new ones. But I’m also working on the samples for the manuscript I just turned in, which will be coming back with edits soon. I sent in a couple of blogs to use for a blog tour and I’m in the process of ordering bookmarks.

And I just started writing the next Yarn Retreat book. The plot came to me when I was flying back from Seattle.

My son is meeting me in Chicago. He’s coming from a business trip in Minneapolis. We had it all figured out how he’d get there first and rent a car and pick me up, but now there’s a monkey wrench in the works. I got an alert from American Airlines that strong thunderstorms are predicted for Chicago and could affect my flight. I imagine they’d affect his as well.

He had it all planned that we’d stop for pizza at his favorite place on the way from the airport, but that could all change is the flights get delayed and everything is closed by the time we both arrive. And raining besides. I tucked a tin of cookies in my suitcase so we won’t starve.

He’s just staying for the weekend. It’s always a different experience when he’s with me. It’s is pretty much a lot of going places and a lot of eating. I’ll be staying on when he goes home. The Crochet Show is in a suburb and I’m hoping to make it out there to see some of my yarn friends. And then there’s all the work I’m bringing with me. I also have some Chicago friends to see.

All good stuff!