My New Mystery Novel – and Latest Guest Posts


New amateur sleuth mysteryI just published my newest book, and I had to let you all know about it. It isn’t a how-to book – it’s a new amateur sleuth mystery novel. The title is The Owl Thief: A Utah O’Brien Mystery.

I haven’t done any sculptures for several months because I was totally obsessed with finishing this book. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and I really enjoyed doing it.  The main character, Utah O’Brien, is a paper mache sculptor (what else?) but she didn’t get to do any sculpting projects, either, since someone is framing her for murder. 🙂

If you happen to have time, I hope you’ll go check out the book on Amazon.com.  You can click on the cover of the book when you get to amazon to read a few pages in the first chapter.

I have another reason for making this video – there are almost 25,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, and many of them might not check the blog very often. I don’t want all those people to miss out on the great guest posts we’ve had recently. If you missed any of the posts I mention in the video, just click on the titles on the Recent Posts menu in the sidebar.

Have a great Christmas, everyone!


18 thoughts on “My New Mystery Novel – and Latest Guest Posts”

  1. You are an amazing master. Watching your videos to learn. Thanks for the detailed lessons. Good luck and health.

  2. Well, I ordered the paperback, but couldn’t wait to get it, so I also got the kindle version. I’m up to chapter 10, and really like it! I’ll probably read it again when the hard copy gets here, lol.

  3. Congratulations on finishing your book, and having it published! I will check it out on Amazon.


          • I just read the sample of you book on amazon. I’m trying to decide if I want to read it on my tablet, or if I’ll get the paperback version. I’m leaning to the paperback version. I prefer the “old fashioned” way of reading something.
            At any rate, just wanted to tell you I really like it so far! It is very professionally written. Can’t wait to read the whole book.

            • Thanks, Maggie. I hope you enjoy it. It’s hard to find on amazon, but I’m getting some nice reviews, anyway, which is encouraging. And I’m almost done with the first draft of the next one in the series.

      • I see. I will order it within a day or two. I checked it out and see it there. I’ve read 25 books this year, so this may be number one for 2016. Thanks for the notice. I can’t wait. (It makes me laugh to know you’ve done this — I don’t know why other than excitement!) Off to take Loki to the vet. Weird “sores in a line” on the back of his legs and butt. Small ones but I can tell they are painful. Merry Christmas.

        • Hi Rex. I hope Loki’s strange in-line sores get fixed by the vet. He’s a cute little guy, and he seems to be a lot of help for you when you’re sculpting.

          Merry Christmas to you, too. Enjoy!

        • Rex, I spoke too soon. I had to make a minor adjustment to the book’s subtitle, so the paperback won’t be available again until the change is approved. Probably in a few days. I removed the word ‘cozy,’ partly because I don’t know a single person who knows what a cozy mystery is. My family and friends think I made it up. When I think of the term, I think of Agatha Christie, and The #1 Lady’s Detective Agency.

          But, once I started thinking about the next book, I realized the cozy genre isn’t really right for it, anyway. All the experts say you shouldn’t mention the subplot in the book description, so I didn’t, but in The Owl Thief there is a national emergency (the banks got hacked), which isn’t the sort of thing most cozy mystery readers expect. My character is on the emergency planning committee, and they don’t know if the hacking will affect their town or not, so they have to have meetings. Finding out how prepared they are is a major part of the book. It’s also one of the reasons I wanted to write the book. I wanted to show a group of people, and a community, coming together to handle both small and big problems the way people really do, with a certain amount of grace and courage, even when their personalities might clash.

          I’ll be doing some promotion as soon as I have a few more reviews. Which will take a while, since very few people have read it so far. I guess I just have to be patient.

          But anyway – sorry about the rambling explanation. if you followed the link and tried to find the paperback version, and it wasn’t available, now you know why. It will be back online by Wednesday, I hope. Wish me luck!

          • OK, now I feel like a dummy. 2 seconds after I posted this comment, the paperback version became available again. The only thing they haven’t changed is the cover, but that will be fixed soon, too. So, no need for the long-winded comment. 😉

          • Jonni, I love long-winded comments. I appreciate you letting me know what might be going on! I ordered the book and am excited.

            Yes, Loki helps me with all my projects. Like your cat does with yours. I always get a kick out of her bossing me around; at least I’m not the only one.

            Thanks again.


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