A Sunday Walk in Richmond

Many old buildings have historic markers. The earliest I saw was 1905.

One of my favorite old homes in the historic district.

The Confederate Chapel

St. Gertrude's High School

I think this is an old coal chute.

Back to the Kitchen

After the holiday season I have all kinds of “leftovers” from different baking projects.  Bits of this and that which aren’t enough to repeat the original recipe but too much just to toss. So I mixed up what I had, hoping my cookies would turn out okay. What happened was a surprisingly good cookie.

Leftover Cookies

1 c butter (2 sticks)

½ cup sugar

1-1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon rum extract

2-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

½ cup of Craisens

1 cup coconut

½ cup butterscotch chips

Cream together butter and sugars. Add egg, egg yolk and rum extract. Shift into batter flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in chips, Craisens and coconut.

If you’ve got a different set of leftovers, say nuts, dark chocolate bits or raisins, mix up your own version of Leftover Cookies.


¼ cup butter

1 to 1-1/2 cups of confectionary sugar

1-2 tablespoons milk

Mix these ingredients and then drizzle over warm cookies.

A great cookie!

A great cookie!

MB Visits Local Middle School

I had the chance yesterday to speak to several middle school classes about writing mysteries.  Great fun!  I plotted a mystery with each class and we ended up with three very different and wonderful stories. Some of our characters included Will Catchem, James Blade and Farrah Jones.  Our mysteries featured a haunted camp, an amusement park that suddenly loses electricity and a sabotaged basketball team. talkingmb-1laughingmb1board

Dying Scream Released Today

I’m thrilled to say my latest release, DYING SCREAM, hits bookshelves today!  DYING SCREAM is the third in my suspense series which began with I’M WATCHING YOU and DEAD RINGER.

DYING SCREAM arrives in book stores.

DYING SCREAM arrives in book stores.

A Giveaway Basket for Virginia Romance Writers

Tomorrow I’ll be at the Virginia Romance Writer’s November meeting, which features speaker Kathryn Lively, the publisher of Phaze Books.  Each month VRW raffles off a basket with proceeds going to the chapter’s special service fund.  In honor of my upcoming release, DYING SCREAM, I’ve donated the November basket, which celebrates NaNoWrMo, National Novel Writing Month.  Many of my chapter members are participating and it seemed only fitting to celebrate their successes.

If you are in the Richmond area, consider stopping by the VRW meeting to hear Kathryn speak and maybe buy a chance at winning my basket.  BTW, the basket includes NaNoWrMo shirts and mugs and several of my favorite writing books:  WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, by Donald Maass, BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamont and ON WRITING by Stephen King.  And of course no writer’s basket would be complete without the most important implement in a writer’s toolkit:  Chocolate!  

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My giveaway basket for the November VRW meeting.

My giveaway basket for the November VRW meeting.