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Friday, May 16, 2014

Pittsburgh PA is becoming my second home

We're headed to Pittsburgh tomorrow for several events including a benefit on May 29 (from 5:30-7:30pm) at Papa Gallo's in Collier Township, PA. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Joshua Frase Foundation (, which is dedicated to finding a cure or treatment for myotubular myopathy and supporting families affected by congenital myopathies.

Luke the Author Dog will make a personal appearance along with a number of area authors including Ramona Roush, JoAnne Quinn-Smith and Anna Marie Gire.

Following that we will have a booth at the Pennsylvania Literary Festival in Uniontown on May 30-June 1.

Hershey PA street lights
But before all the work, we have the good fortune to visit Gettysburg and Hershey next week. You know chocolate always tops everything else! Besides, you gotta love a town where even the street lights are Hershey's Kisses.

While Hershey brings out the kid in all of us, Gettysburg reaches deep into the core of every American. Soul searching is part of standing on ground where so many gave their lives - one American fighting another.

Part of the Gettysburg experience is its saturation in American history. We'll spend a night at the Battlefield B&B. I'm looking forward to their awesome breakfast and the morning history presentation. The inn was a Civil War-era farmhouse.

In between all the travel and events, I plan to photograph as much of Pittsburgh as possible. It's a photogenic city with enough culture, diversity and history to thrill the heart of any writer and photographer.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Itchy fingers

After too much time spent mulling over plot possibilities, my itchy fingers demanded I actually start writing the next Hap Lynch mystery. Once again in the South Padre Island (TX) area, Hap gets involved in a murder investigation.

The fun has begun for me. I love sharing my characters' adventures. Will characters from earlier mysteries be involved? Who was the victim? Is crime or romance the motivation?