Cover Reveal


Another Man’s Poison (pre-tweaked)

After a laborious four hours of trying to convert a pdf file to a jpeg, I am finally able to post the cover of Another Man’s Poison. I never did figure out how accomplish this bit of magic, so my techie son had to come around and do it for me! The colors might be changed (there is a lovely amber background and also a purple background version), but I’m partial to green because I’m half Irish. The layout of the words on the cover might shift somewhat, but this is basically the cover. Whatever version the publisher decides to go with will be fine by me.

So, what’s the verdict? Feel free to comment.

I think I’m looking at more of a July release than June. I know it’s a long time coming and I’m sorry about that. It took a while to write, and a long wait for publication. This mystery is something of a departure for our Colleen, and poison kills a lot quicker than the time it takes to write about it.  But it is coming and I’m thrilled to death that the date is drawing near.

Have a great day and keep reading!


Tea and Murder

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On Saturday, April 22nd, the Sisters in Crime – Central Jersey will present a highly interesting and entertaining function. “How I Got Started in a Life of Crime” is a tea party, a dress-up, and an author panel. There will be tea, of course, and light refreshments (as well as a few heavier ones like baked ziti or penne vodka courtesy of yours truly). The panel features several of New Jersey’s best crime writers – Kristina Rienzi, E.F. Watkins, Linda Rawlins, Debbie Buchanan, Roberta Rogow, and Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa (how did she get in there?), and we will discuss our early romance with criminal activity.

If you’re in or around New Jersey and are interested in what led these mystery writers to a life of fictional crime, sign up for party! We’d love to see you there.

Meanwhile, I’m still awaiting the cover for Another Man’s Poison! I’ll post it here first to give you all a glimpse of the next installment in the Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery series.

Have a great night and wonderful weekend everyone. Keep reading.



Atlantic Highlands Marina

This shot was taken nearly two months ago, but I’d love to go out on this boat on a warm, crystal clear day and soak up some sun. Unfortunately, it’s snowing and icing outside. I’ll have be content with staying warm and dry inside for now, and sharing information about Colleen and the gang during this bitter-cold end of winter.

Another Man’s Poison is expected to be published sometime in May! I wouldn’t be surprised if the publishing date is pushed back to June. I came down with something awfully nasty nearly two weeks ago and was late getting corrected copy back to the editor. I think I had the flu, and yeah, I did get a flu shot sometime in the fall. I don’t know, maybe I had a variation or a really bad cold that just felt like the flu. Either way, the book is coming. It’s a go! I’m thrilled. I hope everyone is as excited as I am.

As soon as I get the cover art I’ll do a reveal. Don’t know what the cover will look like – maybe a skull and crossbones effect? That’s what I imagined, but artists come up with some amazing, eye-catching ways to present a book! This should be loads of fun.

Pleasantries aside now. I have to bundle up and dig out the driveway, scrape three inches of ice off the windshield, and hopefully not freeze to death as I clear a path on the sidewalk. And to all those enjoying your eighty-degrees in Florida today (you know who you are), BAH-HUMBUG.

Keep in touch folks and stay safe.


Groundhog Day


Atlantic Highlands

As it is February 2nd, I expect to keep waking up and repeating this day again and again, much like Bill Murray did in the movie. Who wouldn’t want to relive a single day, accomplish so much, then finally make things right? It would be so much fun up to a point. Then, of course, it’s boring.

According to groundhog Punxsutawney Phil  we have six more weeks of winter. A little closer to home, Staten Island Chuck predicts an early spring. All this means absolutely nothing. The two groundhogs only occasionally agree on their predictions, and more often than not winter tends to hang on until she’s good and ready to let go.

Winter or spring, I’m all set for the beach, as well as for crime. Finally some good news about Another Man’s Poison! A few changes will be necessary before the book goes to editing (the publisher’s edits, that is). You can bet I’ll be working my tail off to get it just right, and hopefully Another Man’s Poison will at last see the light of day in the coming months. Meanwhile, Recurring is stuck in limbo, and the first book in my next series is at the mid-way point. I guess I have a thing for murder. Pretty exciting stuff for me!


Author Jane Kelly

Speaking of murder, last week I met up Philly author Jane Kelly in Atlantic Highlands for a leisurely lunch and a good, long chat as we gazed out at crystal-clear Raritan Bay – Colleen Caruso’s stomping ground. The weather was fairly warm, very breezy, and perfect.

Generally we seek each other out at mystery conferences, so this setting was a special treat. Cousin Jane (I call her that because there are a slew of Kellys on the Lamon side of my family and I figure she must be related to me somehow) loves murder as much as I do, not to mention the shore! Her books take place down the Jersey Shore, like mine, and feature likable, resolute sleuth Meg Daniels. Jane’s fiction is a joy to read and worth checking into if you like dead bodies and such. Visit her website at:

That’s all the news I have for now. Hopefully I can update next week, when I know exactly what is going on with Colleen and the gang.

Have a wonderful weekend all!


A Brand New Year



Happy 2017!

We’re two days into the new year and have entered winter. I miss the leaves, noticeably absent from the bleak-looking picture above. I’m waiting patiently for spring to arrive and am keeping my brain occupied with words – both by writing and reading them. Almost everyone I know has given up on making resolutions. It doesn’t pay to promise to commit to something, only to break that promise in a week or two.

However . . .

There are three resolutions I’ve decided to devote myself to in the coming year: outlining (which as a seat-of-my-pants writer is nearly impossible), devouring books, and the last (and possibly the most difficult) – figuring out how to use Goodreads to my advantage. I’m terrible at utilizing reading sites to further my own writing. I’m not sure how to do things; how to post, how to change settings, how to friend, etc. I guess how to friend is the worst. What if none of these writers and readers want to be friends? What if they hate my writing style? How embarrassing! Regardless, I plan to study the site and figure out how to get the most out of Goodreads. So much to learn, so little time! If you’re not familiar with Goodreads, just click here and explore. I intend to. As a Goodreads author, you’d think I would know all this stuff, but I don’t.

As for progress on my books under consideration – still no news! So sorry. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Need I go on? I’ll be doing some follow-up in the coming week and good news or bad, I’ll post it here as soon as I hear something.

In closing, I again wish everyone a happy, healthy New Year. May only exciting, delightful things happen for you — today and always.

Writer’s Stuff


LBI Lighthouse – I love Jersey pics!


A happy hello everyone!

I thought I’d let you writers out there know I’ve created a new page on that I hope will be of interest to writers, as well as to readers interested in the writing process. I call it Writer’s Stuff (real original, huh?) and as I understand it, notifications do not go out when I post something to that page. Who knew they only go out when you post on the home page! So there it is, I’ll have to post an announcement on the home page whenever I add to the Writer’s Stuff section to let you know.

As I discovered from going back and forth with WordPress, I would have to upgrade to something more expensive in order to have the notifications sent when I do post to a different page. As a poor, starving  writer (you’d never guess it to look at me), I can cover the cost for the domain name, but not an upgraded premium package.

So there it is. I hope you check it out.

Meanwhile . . . still waiting on word about the two books out!

Have a wonderful weekend.

The Waiting Game


Not sure exactly where this is, but I believe it’s Absecon — hey it’s JERSEY!

It’s been so long since I last posted that I can barely remember how to do this. Frankly, not much has happened since last we met! I am still awaiting word from the publisher regarding Another Man’s Poison, the third installment in the Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery series. It’s odd that word of the book’s fate is taking so long. I do know my publisher, PageSpring Publishing, has several titles that are expected to be released soon, which is a lot of work for small publishers. We shall see what happens there.

Meanwhile, I’m still trying to find an agent for Recurring. Agent hunting is a painfully slow, tedious, agonizing process, and something of a waiting game. Most agents can take anywhere from six weeks to three months to reply to a query and sample chapters, with many stating in their submission guidelines that they may not respond at all to any forwarded chapters or correspondence.

Gee, what’s a writer to do?

In the olden days, you didn’t dare send out simultaneous submissions – with the unlikely scenario of two or three agents requesting the entire manuscript or agreeing to take you on as a client. If that should happen, we writers were warned, we risked getting a bad, unprofessional reputation in the agent community. Okay, so screw that! I’d really like to see Recurring in print before I kick the bucket, and I know writers who have waited in vain for over a year before moving on and submitting their work to another agent for consideration. I seriously doubt agents will be knocking down my door to get their hands on the entire manuscript, even as great as I think this thriller is, though if this should happen – good for me! I’m going the simultaneous route!

Meanwhile, I’m busy on another book, The Boardwalk Psychic, which may or may not work as a series. This isn’t a light, cozy mystery by any stretch of the imagination. It’s dark, the crime is quite brutal, and the theme is obviously tinged with elements of the supernatural. Ya gotta love it! It almost sounds like an X-File!

Until we meet (or read) again, have a wonderful weekend everyone, and a special hello and welcome to the newcomers on this site!