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A New Year

As we slide into a new year, the path looks disruptive. 2017 will be the year of distractions. Distractions are not good for writers. It means less writing, less time to mull and create. But it can’t be helped. I will be wondering how to find my voice in all this morass. Will it be marching or signing petitions or bugging my political representatives? Will it be standing up for people being harassed or marginalized? Or will I be looking for a good cave (preferably one with heat and room service)? These are questions we all will be facing.

I also will be reminding myself of all that I did last year. And be thankful for it. I published another book, Warrior’s Revenge, a sister Minnesota yoga mystery in the series that started with Down Dog Diary.

I had another short story accepted by the Saint Paul Almanac. It will be out this year.

I spent time with my family, and I especially got to hang out with my two-year-old granddaughter, who is the kind of kid that overloads your heart with cuteness. Like the time we were driving past a sign and she said, “Oh, look, there are birds sitting on that sign. I hope they don’t fall off.”

Inspired by the Great British Baking Show, I baked my first bread.

And I got to read and read and read.

Wishing you a long list of things to be thankful for as well in 2017.

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Warrior’s Revenge: New Maya Skye Mystery Available

Warrior's Revenge yoga mysteryMaya Skye is back in a new adventure called WARRIOR’S REVENGE.

Threatening messages from a dead man send yoga teacher Maya and reporter Peter Jorn down a trail of betrayal, revenge, and grief that ultimately will test Maya’s own depths of forgiveness as she and Jorn face an opponent not only bent on revenge—but murder.

Maya’s entire family is drawn into this one. From a scavenger hunt in Paris to a tent revival in her own backyard in Minnesota, the past is coming back with a vengeance, and it is bringing out the warrior in Maya.

This Minnesota mystery with a yoga spirit is book two in the Maya Skye series.

Some Things You Ought to Know about Maya

  • Yoga teacher Maya Skye’s search for inner peace is regularly interrupted by mayhem. She won’t back down from a fight.
  • Her stories blend adventure, humor, Native American lore, and Zen attitude.
  • Her adventures are perfect for you if you love mysteries with strong heroines and unforgettable characters. Or you love yoga. Or you just love Minnesota.

Pick up your copy today. Available in paperback and ebook.

Read an excerpt of Warrior’s Revenge

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Down Dog Diary Named as a SELF-e Select Title

SELF-e-badges-blue2Cupcakes for everyone. DOWN DOG DIARY was chosen as a SELF-e Select title in the Mystery category by Library Journal. The SELF-e program is a new program by Library Journal to provide curated suggestions to libraries of self-published work. The goal is to connect indies, libraries and readers. This is a big deal for me. The big deal is curation, having a recognized trade publication give my book a 5-star thumbs up. When so many review places are closed to independent publishing, this program is a bright spot and I hope it encourages libraries and librarians to explore more independent work.

For more info on the SELF-e program, click here.

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What Are My Books About?

My books are about justice. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” So, my characters struggle with choices and with finding goodness and doing good when it is not always easy. We all want, most of all, inner peace and love. My wish for you is that you find both—and along the way, enjoy a good book or two.

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What’s Happening in Sherry’s Life

  • This election year has driven me to the kitchen, and I hate cooking. Read more>
  • Remember the days when holiday shopping was a stroll in the twilight? Read more >
  • One of the best parts of the holidays is the lights, lights, lights. Read more >
  • Every year I throw one wingdinger of a cookie decorating party. Here are a few tips for your own party. Read more >

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Give My Books a Spin

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