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Monday, May 28, 2012

Jefferson City, MO

I'm back to work on Murder Takes No Prisoners, my mystery that takes place in Jefferson City, MO. The state capital, this small town offers a rich variety of things to see and do. It is home to the Missouri legislature and the governor's home. Next to the State Capitol and the Governor's Mansion - both of which you can tour - is a monument to Lewis and Clark.

Not far away, the old Missouri State Penitentiary is closed to prisoners and open to tourists. Home to many infamous characters in our US history, the prison was the oldest west of the Mississippi River. It opened in 1836, the year of the Alamo; one hundred years before the opening of Alcatraz.

The city cemetery is home to graves that date back to the Revolutionary War. Next door is the Jefferson City National Cemetery - one of the only national cemeteries that is the resting place to both Union and Confederate soldiers.

Nestled in the hills of rural Missouri, Jefferson City's natural beauty adds to this friendly destination.

All of these - and more - provide the setting for Hap Lynch and Luke the Detective Dog's latest murder investigation. They are still searching for clues!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday morning

It is always great to come home with renewed energy to get work done. I am still working with Rudy Rudolph, a WWII ex-prisoner of war and Orrin Johnson, a Marine who fought in the Pacific Theater. His book is about his Guam experiences. What an honor it is to work with these veterans. Both of them have stories of incredible courage and dedication. I am editing Karen Biery's new book, Chattels. Karen is a gifted writer and artist. I love her work. In addition, Joyce and I have new projects to begin and books to market. Sandy Lawrence of Perceptive Marketing is working with us and we both are slurping up every tidbit she gives us. More to come on this later. Time to get to work!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Another project

Nancy Smith of Stars & Flags Book Awards, joined us in Vandalia. Nancy will be working on the next Role Call book and we're happy to have her on board. The book will focus on interviewing WWII and Korean War veterans. We're hoping for a 2013 release.

We had a delicious lunch at the Old Capitol Restaurant across from the old Capitol. The food was delicious, the atmosphere relaxing and the company excellent.

We loved visiting downtown Vandalia today and spent some time wandering around the Capitol grounds. We learned some interesting Lincoln history.




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On the Lincoln Trail

Old State Capitol Building
Several times a year, my partner Joyce Faulkner and I get together to work on books and marketing. We are currently in Vandalia, IL, a town new to both of us.

Vandalia is off of I-70, on the Lincoln trail and is home to the oldest existing state capitol building in Illinois. Built in 1836, it is actually the second state capitol. The building and grounds are beautiful and open to tourists.

Mother of the Trail statue
On one corner of the grounds is the "Mother of the Trail" statue, honoring pioneer women.

The town is filled with interesting little shops, beautiful churches and homes showcasing multiple architectural styles.

We ate a delicious dinner at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant. We loved the chips and guacamole.