Can you have a future if you can’t remember the past? When Skye Crenshaw Whitmore is shown a picture of a house with a blue door, she recalls living there as a young girl. At first the memories are of the warm and fuzzy variety; little moments spent gardening or reading with her mother. Upon learning that the house on Periwinkle Place is where her mother died, darker memories bubble to the surface but fail to assemble into a complete picture. With more questions than answers, she sets off to find out what exactly happened in that house thirty years ago. Skye soon learns that old memories never die, they just wait…Behind the Blue Door.
Yes, Virginia may be for lovers, but it is also for mysteries, too. At least according to 14 writers from the Old Dominion. Virginia Is for Mysteries is a collection of seventeen short stories set in and around the state of Virginia. All stories are written by Virginia residents with “murder” in mind. Each story features a Virginia landmark--from the shores of Cape Henry Lighthouse to Richmond’s Old Hollywood Cemetery to Jefferson’s Monticello--and transports readers across Virginia’s rich, unique, and very deadly landscape.
The anthology includes Jayne’s short humorous mystery, “Best Friends Help You Move
the Body.” Here’s the pitch: “Playing hooky from work lands two best friends in trouble when their day of sightseeing has them discovering only one thing…a dead body.”
Cooking often takes up a huge chunk of time. In We’d Rather Be Writing: you’ll find easy, nutritious recipes for meat, poultry, pasta, soup, stew, chili, and vegetarian meals. All of the recipes require a minimum of prep time, freeing you up to read, exercise, garden, craft, write, spend more time with family, or whatever.
The authors who contributed to this book are a rather creative and resourceful bunch when it comes to carving out time from their busy lives. So in addition to timesaving recipes, within the pages of this book you’ll find timesaving and organizational tips for other aspects of your life. And if you happen to be a writer, you’ll also find a plethora of great ideas to help you organize your writing life.
Backgrounds of the contributing authors varies greatly. Some are debut authors with only one published book; others are multi-published and have had long publishing careers. Some are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors who may or may not be familiar to you, but being a bestselling author doesn’t mean they still don’t have to juggle their day job along with their writing. You’ll be introduced to authors who write a wide range of fiction—everything from mystery to romance to speculative fiction to books for children, young adults, and new adults—and some who write nonfiction. Some of the authors write sweet; others write steamy. Some write cozy; others write tense thrillers.
Ellery Tinsdale's father never talked about his childhood, never once mentioned what happened to his family, and never ever gave any indication there existed a lakefront resort in central Ohio founded by his ancestors. Curious upon receiving notice of the death of an aunt she hadn't known existed, Ellery travels to Braddocks Beach in hopes of learning a bit about her heritage. There she finds she is to inherit the family house, the family jewels, the family real estate holdings, the family bank accounts, and, much to her dismay, the family role of Queen Bee. Ellery also finds herself accused of Aunt Izzy's murder. Samantha Greene is the lifelong friend and neighbor of Isabel Tinsdale, as well as the self-appointed purveyor of Braddocks Beach history. The recent discovery of a surviving member of Braddocks Beach's 'royal family' sets the town abuzz with anticipation of Ellery's arrival. But Sam soon learns that Ellery is the only person to ever flunk out of Madame Rowena's School of Etiquette and has much to learn about making appearances, leading charity drives, heading up committees, and setting fashion trends. But first and foremost is the business of clearing the Tindsale name of murder. What do a third-grade science teacher and a small-town socialite know about tracking killers? It's what they don't know that may hurt them.
A Blonds at the Beach Mystery
With 31,536,000 seconds in a year, what are the odds that the one minute Ellery Tinsdale and Samantha “Sam” Greene choose to break into the confidential files at the Braddocks Beach Church of Divine Spiritual Enlightenment would be the same minute Reverend John Thomas Hammersmith is brutally murdered while eating lunch at his desk? But that’s the kind of bad luck Ellery experiences since moving to the small lakeside resort founded by her distant relatives. Her and Sam’s close proximity to the tragic event makes them not only witnesses but suspects, too. And when not one, but two, more residents are found dead, Ellery and Sam are the unlucky ones to discover those bodies as well. Police Chief Lewis thinks it is more than a coincidence, and it’s up to Ellery and Sam to clear their names by finding the killer—or killers—roaming the streets of this small Ohio town.
"It's Wine o'Clock Somewhere" is Jayne's contribution. Set in Yorktown, VA, the story is summarized as follows: Real estate agents see a lot of things in the houses they tour, but a bomb shelter with a dead body is a first for Terri Sullivan. The only way to clear her name and get her clients back after becoming a suspect is to find the real killer herself.
"The Chesapeake Bay area is home to strong winds, joys and fears, where you lock your doors at night in the cities and probably should lock them in the countryside, too, especially after reading this anthology [It] gives me 15 reasons to wish I had not moved to the Midwest. And for the folks who are still living in this supposedly mild-mannered region, all I can say is, enjoy the weather, but watch your back." Sajuta Massey The anthology includes Jayne's short mystery, "The Tide Also Rises". Here's the pitch: "A stay at a friend's house is not quite the get-away a young woman had hoped for when she discovers a dead body and gets involved in finding the killer."
A collection of twelve fictional tales about life along the Chesapeake Bay, they range from murderous to romantic, from humorous to dramatic, from gritty noir to political thriller to the sweet and the spiritual. The thread that ties them together is their connection to a 100-acre peninsula in Norfolk, Virginia. East Beach is nestled on the shores of the southernmost point of the Chesapeake Bay, just as it becomes the Atlantic Ocean. Written by members of the East Beach Writers Guild, these tales exhibit the writers’ love of their neighborhood and their talent for story-telling. All proceeds from the sales of these books will be disbursed to reading-related non-profits in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
Jayne has two stories in the anthology:
“Secrets”--There are no secrets that time doesn’t reveal… That’s a line from a movie that earned Stella Gardner her first Oscar. Stella’s own secrets harken back to her youth growing up on the eastern peninsula Norfolk, now known as East Beach.
“The Sniper Sisters”--East Beach residents Dorothy Westmoreland and her sister Evelyn Binghamton have retired from lives of organizing bake sales and attending civic league meetings. But that doesn’t mean they're sitting in their rocking chairs. No, not these two. They become active in their community…in a way nobody expects.