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Carrie Fisher a.k.a Princess Leia Rocks or, where is it written I have to be perfect? @carrieffisher

When did it become such a crime to be a little chubby, or get older; especially for women? I’ll tell you Eyesights perfectwhen, right about the time moving pictures were invented. Once women were up on that screen they were expected to always look good and to never grow old. Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, or am I?

I think it’s great if you can get into, or stay in great shape at any age—even better if you’re for instance, past forty. But it’s gotten to the point where I think women feel obligated, even pressured to do everything humanly possible to look half our age.

I remember, growing up, seeing women of a certain age. They were a little chubby, maybe had their fair share of wrinkles, or a stray gray hair. I didn’t think they were disgusting, I just knew they were getting older and for them maybe it was finally okay to relax a little. When I was younger, I kind of looked forward to getting older. It wasn’t that I thought I’d suddenly stop caring how I looked, but that I wouldn’t feel so judged if I was imperfect. That was then. It’s different now.

Now, as a woman, I’m expected to purchase the very best face creams I can afford, because God forbid I have wrinkles. I should color my hair—how dare I have any gray, eat 1500 calories a day, or less, in order to lose and/or maintain my perfect, twenty-five year old weight, and to work out at least three times a week—preferably six, because I should be striving to have the body I had twenty years ago.

Look at Carrie Fisher. The woman is fifty-nine years old for heaven’s sake and people are giving her grief about her looks. What did they expect? That she’d look the same as she did nearly 40 years ago; no wrinkles, no flaws? Someone lock her up, she’s committed the crime of aging.

It’s not that I think women should not take care of themselves. I’m not saying go gain fifty pounds, never enter a gym, and eat that third Big Mac.

I’m just asking, why, as women, we’re expected to never age and to stay so damn perfect?

 

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Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder  A midnight food run nearly gets 28 year old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

When Katherine meets Scott Mitchell; literally, tall, dark, and handsome, sparks fly, but despite their chemistry, both have their own reasons for wanting to stay “just friends”. When it becomes clear that Katherine’s life is in danger, they’ll work together to try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the killer, before Katherine becomes his next victim.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.

Forever Doomed  Detective Jack Harney agrees to do an old Army buddy a favor. Curt Noble had some personal business to attend to, he didn’t say what. What he did say was he needed someone to temporarily take over his duties as head of security on the struggling cruise ship Forever. Jack hesitates, but he owes Curt his life so agrees. He’s told the worst mischief he can expect to encounter will be the occasional shoplifter, or drunk. Instead, one week into the cruise, a beautiful red head and a member of the crew are ruthlessly murdered. Are the two murders connected? It’s up to Jack to find out. He must find the killer before the ship returns to Tampa’s port, or worse, before another dead body is found.

Jack can handle a murder or two, but that’s not all on his plate: Cookies, cakes, and custard are being sabotaged, an ex-girlfriend is on board for a large wedding and she wants to “talk”, and a murder suspect is trying really hard to get into his tan Dockers. Can Jack remain focused and catch a killer, or will someone get away with murder, not to mention serious brownie abuse.

Sweet Mystery  Candy Dashwood was young, beautiful, and accustomed to getting exactly what she wanted, by any means necessary, including sex and blackmail. Does that make her murder less important? Or her killer less guilty? Her mother doesn’t think so. She asks private detective Jack Harney to help find Candy’s killer.

When all signs point to her police officer lover, the case seems cut and dry. So why does the evidence seem so flimsy? And why are the police so unwilling to dig any deeper.

Jack uncovers a web of sex and deception in which nothing is as it seems, and the list of potential killers grows every day. Can he put the pieces together and discover who really killed Candy, or will her killer get away with murder.

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A midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

Enrolled at the local community college, she meets Scott Mitchell; literally, tall, dark, and handsome. Scott left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno and the last thing he needs is more drama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. There’s definite chemistry, but with a growing friendship and Katherine’s life in danger, romance will have to wait. Together, they’ll try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the killer, before Katherine is his next victim.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.

 

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Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder

Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man whobrutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date. 

Forever Doomed

Detective Jack Harney agrees to do an old Army buddy a favor. Curt Noble had some personal business to attend to, he didn’t say what. What he did say was he needed someone to temporarily take over his duties as head of security on the struggling cruise ship Forever. Jack hesitates, but he owes Curt his life so agrees. He’s told the worst mischief he can expect to encounter will be the occasional shoplifter, or drunk. Instead, one week into the cruise, a beautiful red head and a member of the crew are ruthlessly murdered. Are the two murders connected? It’s up to Jack to find out. He must find the killer before the ship returns to Tampa’s port, or worse, before another dead body is found.

Jack can handle a murder or two, but that’s not all on his plate: Cookies, cakes, and custard are being sabotaged, an ex-girlfriend is on board for a large wedding and she wants to “talk”, and a murder suspect is trying really hard to get into his tan Dockers. Can Jack remain focused and catch a killer, or will someone get away with murder, not to mention serious brownie abuse.

Sweet Mystery

Candy Dashwood was young, beautiful, and accustomed to getting exactly what she wanted, by any means necessary, including sex and blackmail. Does that make her murder less important? Or her killer less guilty? Her mother doesn’t think so. She asks private detective Jack Harney to help find Candy’s killer.

When all signs point to her police officer lover, the case seems cut and dry. So why does the evidence seem so flimsy? And why are the police so unwilling to dig any deeper.

Jack uncovers a web of sex and deception in which nothing is as it seems, and the list of potential killers grows every day. Can he put the pieces together and discover who really killed Candy, or will her killer get away with murder.

5-Star review for Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder from self-described “…mystery connoisseur.” #Mystery

Amazon reviewer Veronica K. Zemke had this to say about Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder: New Cover for Mocha Moonlight and MurderFBBanner(updated03-09-15)

“I am a mystery connoisseur. I have read everything written by Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, James Patterson, Harlan Coban, Mary Higgins Clark, Carolyn Hart, Rita Mae Brown, Michael Connelly…point made. That being said, this murder mystery by newcomer MaryAnn Kempher was a pure delight.

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Katherine is going through a divorce and doesn’t need the complications of a relationship. Scott has just called off his engagement to his long-time girlfriend; the last thing he’s looking for is another girlfriend. However, when they are paired up for a project in the last college class either one needs to take, the sparks fly. What follows are awkward moments, accusations, jealousy, a witnessed murder, and a lot of humor. While the subject-matter of the book (murder) is pretty heavy, I found it to be quite light and light-hearted reading. Even as I finished a chapter, I just had to read one more. And, there are a couple of twists that even I, as an experienced mystery reader, never saw coming.

I recommend “Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder” to any mystery buff, but also to mystery virgins, especially those who have found mysteries to be too heavy. This is the perfect book for getting one’s feet wet!”

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Murder #Mystery–Forever Doomed–Think twice before taking that cruise.

Forever_Doomed_ebook_barnesnoble_BrighterIt was supposed to be the time of her life. She was young and beautiful, and single. She and a co-worker booked adjoining cabins and set sail for Europe. Four weeks of sun, fun, and (hopefully) lots of sex. Unfortunately for Pam Larsen, she met the wrong man at the wrong time and found herself on the wrong end of a very sharp knife.

Detective Jack Harney agrees to do an old Army buddy a favor. Curt Noble had some personal business to attend to, he didn’t say what. What he did say was he needed someone to temporarily take over his duties as head of security on the struggling cruise ship Forever. Jack hesitates, but he owes Curt his life so agrees. He’s told the worst mischief he can expect to encounter will be the occasional shoplifter, or drunk. Instead, one week into the cruise, a beautiful red head and a member of the crew are ruthlessly murdered. Are the two murders connected? It’s up to Jack to find out. He must find the killer before the ship returns to Tampa’s port, or worse, before another dead body is found.

“Do you know why it (the murder) wasn’t on any video?”

“Why?”

“Because this whole area is a blind spot. No cameras, no footage, no footage, no proof.”

“Forever Doomed has everything; it is by turns a murder mystery, thriller, love story with tones of humor, and is fast paced and the story never waivers.” Amazon review.

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**Sale Alert** #Mystery & #Humor Make Sweet Mystery a must-read who-done-it #99cents

Facebook AFTER release of SMFor a limited time, Sweet Mystery–the third book in the Under the Moonlight series, will be on sale. All three books are mysteries, and though this is a series with a lot of the same characters, you do not need to read the first two to enjoy the third. However, I recommend you do read the first two books first—-only because then when you read Sweet Mystery you’ll be reading about old friends.

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Mocha, Moonlight and Murder is the first book in the Under the Moonlight series and introduces all the characters you’ll read about again in my second and third books.

Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with Katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.

Forever Doomed, my second book, takes place aboard a cruise ship where just one week into the cruise, two people are murdered. Head of Security, Jack Harney must find the killer/killers before the ship returns to Tampa’s port. A baked goods thief, a tempting suspect, and a ghost from his past will test his abilities.

Sweet Mystery, my newest release, once again stars Jack Harney, and his friend Curt Noble. They’ve opened a private investigator office and their first cases has Jack tracking down the killer of an ex-girlfriend and Curt trying to find a bird thief. A lot of the same characters from my first two books are in this one too.

If you’d like to learn more about me, check out my author Facebook page.

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Think Janet Evanovich meets Agatha Christie–#Mystery with a dash of #Humor.

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Hello! I write mystery with a dash of humor, and sometimes a little bit of romance. I have three books so far in the Under the Moonlight series, I’m working on a fourth.

My first is a romantic mystery. Mocha, Moonlight and Murder

Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with Katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.

My second book, Forever Doomed, takes place aboard a cruise ship where just one week into the cruise, two people are murdered. Head of Security, Jack Harney must find the killer/killers before the ship returns to Tampa’s port. A baked goods thief, a tempting suspect, and a ghost from his past will test his abilities.

My newest release, Sweet Mystery, stars Jack Harney and his friend, Curt Noble. They’ve opened a private investigator office and their first cases has Jack tracking down the killer of an ex-girlfriend and Curt trying to find a bird thief. A lot of the same characters from my first two books are in this one too.

They can all be read on their own, but I recommend you read them in order, starting with Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder. All three murder mysteries will keep you guessing until the very end.

Sweet Mystery has been released! If you know what that means, you care. #Kindle #Mystery #Suspense

Sweet Mystery, the third book in the Under The Moonlight series has been released! The third book begins about two months after the last book, Forever Doomed, ended. Jack Harney and his friend Curt Noble open a Private Investigator office in a shabby part of town. But not to worry, the city has big plans to put money into the area, or do they?

Curt’s first case involves a pet shop, a young woman named Daisy Sunset, and missing birds. Jack’s first case involves the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Pick up your copy today. Sweet Mystery is available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com.

Sweet Mystery

 

Love a Good Mystery? Forever Doomed will Change the Way You Look at Cruises. #Kindle #Mystery @Oprah

Forever_Doomed_ebook_barnesnoble_BrighterIt was supposed to be the time of her life. She was young and beautiful, and single. She and a co-worker booked adjoining cabins and set sail for Europe. Four weeks of sun, fun, and (hopefully) lots of sex. Unfortunately for Pam Larsen, she met the wrong man at the wrong time and found herself on the wrong end of a very sharp knife.

Detective Jack Harney agrees to do an old Army buddy a favor. Curt Noble had some personal business to attend to, he didn’t say what. What he did say was he needed someone to temporarily take over his duties as head of security on the struggling cruise ship Forever. Jack hesitates, but he owes Curt his life so agrees. He’s told the worst mischief he can expect to encounter will be the occasional shoplifter, or drunk. Instead, one week into the cruise, a beautiful red head and a member of the crew are ruthlessly murdered. Are the two murders connected? It’s up to Jack to find out. He must find the killer before the ship returns to Tampa’s port, or worse, before another dead body is found.

“Do you know why it (the murder) wasn’t on any video?”

“Why?”

“Because this whole area is a blind spot. No cameras, no footage, no footage, no proof.”

“Forever Doomed has everything; it is by turns a murder mystery, thriller, love story with tones of humor, and is fast paced and the story never waivers.” Amazon review.

Purchase today! Always just $3.99 everywhere. Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Apple.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H0OFCDY

http://BarnesandNoble.com

http://amazon.co.uk

http://amazon.ca

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id787431057

http://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=1230000204232