A Few Reading Recommendations

policeAre there blog police?

If there are, they will be coming to my blog any day now to shut me down for dust, cobwebs, and lack of content.

I love blogging and reading blogs, but I’ve been on a tear writing. This past Wednesday, I published book number four in the Two Sisters and a Journalist series – Murder Wins the Game.

I’m also over fifty percent finished with book number five – Murder Between the Covers. I’m hoping to have the book published by Thanksgiving.

A new series snuck up on me, and I have three chapters finished of Delicious Death. I’m choosing to be optimistic and say the book will be published in time for Christmas. I’ll save the details of that series for later.

A character by the name of Stanley Pearl has been tormenting me since April. He’s not a priority for 2015, but he’s still managed to get me to write three chapters of his story. I expect to finish the book next year.

To top everything off, a reader recently convinced me to write another Susan Hunter book!

I’m sure I’ll be around a little here and there, but for now, let me clear out some of the dust and cobwebs and show you the new book.



I also want to share some books by my friends and fellow bloggers.

Jackie Phillips at To Breathe is to Write has written and published two books! The Canine Caper is a short story introducing her main character, DeeDee Watson. A Case of Deceit is a full-length novel. The books are fun, cozy mysteries featuring a Papillion. A Case of Deceit was just released this week.


Carrie Rubin has a new book – Eating Bull. I was honored to read the book ahead of publication, and it’s a great thriller. Not only does Carrie address topics pertinent to many people today – fat shaming, obesity, and bullying – but she writes about the topics in such a way that you will be thinking about the book long after you’ve finished reading. The paperback is available now; the eBook may be pre-ordered for release on November 12.


And last but not least, Valerie Clarizio has a new release coming out next Tuesday, November 3 – Plan Interrupted. I’ve read other books by Valerie, and I enjoy her writing style. Her books are a mix of romance and suspense, and I’m always entertained.


Happy reading!

Feel free to add your own new releases and recommendations in the comments below.

45 thoughts on “A Few Reading Recommendations

  1. Wow, you are the most prolific writer I know. What a talent you have. But I know it’s also a lot of hard work and dedication (and not spending all day on social media!) Congrats on making such wonderful progress. And thank you so much for the mention of my book. That was a nice surprise. I’ll make an official announcement on my blog on November 12th, but it’s lovely to see a little early attention to it. So thank you again! Hope you had a fun Halloween. Some time with the grandkids maybe?

    • It helps that I don’t have an internet connection in the “pink room.” Once I start writing, I can keep at it without being tempted to surf. I’d like to be more involved with social media (you are a master at it!), but until I get the bulk of the current writing done, it will have to take a back seat.

      I was happy to mention your new book! It’s a great read. And what a good idea to have the softcover available ahead of the eBook.

      Halloween? I was writing. 🙂 I suppose this is a lesser holiday for us now that our son is grown. I was so jealous to see you went to a Cavs game last night! We watched it on television.

  2. Well, thank you for the mention of my books! I wasn’t expecting this…..I want to thank my publisher….and my beta readers…..and ….oh wait….no awards eh? hahahaha!
    Thank you, my friend I appreciate the mention. You are one busy busy lady. Hope you are having a great weekend. ❤

    • I guess I’m kind of driven right now. It’s almost midnight, and Rich is on his way to bed. I’m on my way to the pink room for a couple more hours of writing. 🙂

      I was happy to mention your books! And I hope you are having a good weekend, too!

    • Nice to see you, too, Guap! I miss the party atmosphere of our blogs, but for now, for me, the writing is more important. If I’m online, I occasionally watch you cook on Sunday nights. You always make me smile. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow, Maddie! So prolific! That’s wonderful. My writing lately has been journaling and poetry. The blogging fell by the wayside. But today I’m starting NaNoWriMo. It’s been years since I’ve done it. I have characters and a story bubbling in my head. I’m just going to finish my breakfast and then I’m off to write.

    Keep it up! The blog is always there when you want it.

    • Oh, have fun with NaNo!! I said I would never do it again, but I signed up this year. I had intended to write my book number five, but once I started to map it out, I didn’t want to wait to start writing, and now it’s half finished.

      Good luck with the bubbling story and new characters! 🙂

  4. Congratulations (several times) ! I was wondering about you yesterday (the 31st), and I am glad that you have been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO successfully busy. However, should you read my next post (11/2/15) “A Writers Block Celebration!”, please no ‘hee, hee, heees’! 🙂

      • Great coincidence, timing on our posts!
        BTW, when I looked at the picture I saw that you were almost correct; the person in the middle was sitting on a cheeseburger. 😉

  5. Wow, Maddie, it sounds like you’ve really been going to town with your writing. I wish I could say the same:) Thank you so much for mentioning my upcoming release. Plan Interrupted is a bit different from the rest of my books so I’m curious to see how it will go.

    • If I had so many things to do, and such beautiful country to do it in as you do, I probably would have never started writing in the first place. Are you hunting yet?

      I’m happy to share your new release, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  6. It’s great to see you, Maddie! Congrats on book 4, Murder Wins the Game. You are a prolific writer. Also, these recommendations are great. I had a pre-release reading of Eating Bull and loved it 😀

    • Hi Dianne! It’s good to see you, too. Eating Bull is pretty remarkable and memorable for sure. I’ve been too busy to read anything after Carrie’s book. I’ll never make my Goodreads challenge now that I’m so far behind … but for now, I’d rather write. 🙂

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  8. The blogging police will never get to you because they will be busy citing me and it will take them a long time. At least you have a reasonable cause to be absent. Doing what we should be doing. Writing. It’s good to see you pop up your head once in a while so we know you are alive, well and still writing. Thanks for the book suggestions. I already have Jackie’s and have read them. I’ll check out the others. My list just keeps on growing. 🙂

    • I’m surprised at how many of us who used to visit each other all the time are falling back with our blogging. I do think it’s best to keep our blogs open and stay in touch every now and again rather than close them down and lose contact with friends. Enjoy your upcoming winter – relax, drink lots of hot cocoa, and read loads of books on your list! 🙂

      • I would miss my blogging friends a lot so I doubt I’ll close down. I do need to refresh after 4 years. I’m getting a bit stale. You keep on writing those wonderful books. Looking forward to reading more of them.

  9. Oh my goodness, you’re on a roll! It’s amazing how many books you can finish; it takes me years to just finish one book, haha. I have much catching up to do! 😉

    • Ahh, but you are also working your tail off in a job in addition to writing. I’m home and able to write all day if I want. It makes a difference. Your editing project was a major undertaking, too, and took a lot of time. PLUS! … You are young. When you get to be my age, you will likely have surpassed me! Just keep writing. 🙂

  10. I am totally in awe of all you writing types out there. The dedication and blood sweat and tears it takes to actually finish a book must be daunting and you, dear Maddie, are just rolling them out one after the other. Good to have you sweep the cobwebs aside to catch up, I will take a note of the books you recommend.

    • So nice to see you, Pauline! I’ve been typing my fingers to the bone lately, but I’m having fun. I’m still on track to have another book published this month, and I’m going to do my best to have one nearly finished in December. I’m thinking I’ll slow down a bit after the first of the year and take the time to get around to blogs and visit with friends. I’ll see you then if I don’t see you sooner. 🙂

  11. How in the world do you do it? Find a publisher and hang on for dear life? I have books sitting in my computer gathering dust, a new one I’m writing, and seems like I can only find time for my blog. I am proud of you and all your work!

    • Thank you, Claudia. 🙂

      No publisher – I’m 100% self-published. And you weren’t here for the beginning of my blog – it should have been titled, Ignorance is Bliss.

      When I saw other people were writing stories and selling them online, I thought I’d give it a try, too. I just kept writing and publishing my books. You would not believe how many times I republished my first two books as I learned more about writing and had to go back and fix/rewrite. And even later – from summer 2014 to summer 2015 – I went back through all of my Susan Hunter books and fixed a million or so comma errors and cleaned them up a bit more. I’m still learning!

      But I’m having fun, and there is an audience that seems to like what I’m writing, so I keep cranking it out. I’ve had a few people in the past couple of weeks sign up for my mailing list and tell me to “hurry up” with the next book. 🙂

      Dust off your finished books and send them out into the world for others to enjoy! Just Do It – https://breezybooksblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/just-do-it-2/

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. The blog police have to stop by my place first ….. 🙂 Sometimes just not enough hours to fit it all in. I love how you showcased out blogging authors — I think it’s amazing how you can so prolifically put together a complex story from beginning to end, and then do it all over again (and again)!

    • There are some really great writer’s around here. I enjoyed all three of the above books. As for me, my mother always said I could never keep my mouth shut. I just take the rambling story running through my head and get it down on paper. I still get a kick out of how much fun writing is. Nice to see you, too, Kat. 🙂

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