A change is coming to Home Thoughts

Happy Monday, readers,

Today I’m happy to announce a change at Home Thoughts. After almost 10 years, it’s tough coming up with enough original content to keep my beloved readers interested. I recently joined a wonderful group of romantic suspense authors known as the Suspense Sisters. Each one a fabulous author whose books you’ll love. Every Monday, I’ll tickle your fancy with what you’ll find on the SS website. Drop by to read interviews, book reviews, win free books, and much more. To win books, remember to post your comments there, not here. Click on this link to take a look and sign up for the newsletter. Occasionally I’ll still post an author interview here, but you’ll find most of my new posts on Suspense Sisters. Hope you’ll “tune in.” Blessings, on you all!!


It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters! First of all, we want to welcome a new Suspense Sister! We’re pleased to announce that best-selling author, Mary Ellis, is joining us. Glad to have you, Mary!

From Marji: This week Sandra Ardoin reviews CODE 13 by Don Brown.

The heart of this story involves JAG Lt. Commander Caroline McCormick who is sent to Washington, D. C. to work in the coveted Pentagon location known as Code 13. While she’s there she hopes to reconnect with P. J. MacDonald who is another JAG lawyer at Code 13 and a former love.

What she doesn’t expect is to become embroiled in plots by two opposing sides to the passage or killing of a proposed joint project between the U. S. Navy and the Department of Homeland Security. As well, she doesn’t know that the bill isn’t the only thing being set up to be killed.

On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery!

On Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister E.E. Kennedy!  

 This week, Marilyn asks: “Do you have a favorite place to go to create the characters for a new book?”

Marilyn’s won signed copies of RX Murder and Silent Night, Deadly Night, by Dr. Richard Mabry.

If you have a question for us, leave it on Suspense Sisters. You might be our next winner! You could win a book by one of today’s top suspense/mystery writers – or a gift certificate to Amazon! (Questions submitted without contact information won’t be considered.)

Friday, E.E. Kennedy interviews Mary J. Alford. Don’t miss this interview! 

 That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day. Sign up through email so you’ll get updates in the exciting world of inspirational suspense and mystery! The Suspense Sisters! We love books!

Ever read an interview of a fictional character?

Happy Monday, Readers,

ARM CoverWithout further ado, here’s the winner of Sandy Ardoin’s latest book, A Reluctant Melody. Dali Castillo….come on down. You’re the lucky winner! I will contact you privately to obtain your copy.

While asking for blog idea among my author pals, one of them suggested that I interview my heroine in my latest book. Just like she was a real person instead of an figment of my imagination. So here goes…an interview with Nicolette (Nicki) Price of Midnight on the Mississippi.

Nicolette Price, tell me the most interesting thing about you. I used to be quite a tomboy. I could swim farther, run faster, and jump higher than any boy in the neighborhood. Now that I’m a grown woman living in a sophisticated city, being a “crack shot with a squirrel rifle” doesn’t give me much of an edge with the competition.

What do you do for fun? I haven’t had much fun since childhood. I’ve worked since I was 15 to help pay the bills, and then to put myself through college. Now that I’ve landed my first real job, I would like a Saturday of watching reruns of Colombo in my pajamas with nothing but popcorn and ice cream to eat.

Midnight on the MississippiWhat do you put off doing because you dread it? I have put off dealing with my father’s death because I was too young and ill-equipped to do much else. Now I’m neither, so it’s high time I find out if someone else had a hand in his death.

What are you afraid of most in life? Swamps! I was stranded on an island in the swamp as a prank—snakes, gators, and plenty of bugs. Luckily, my best friend got wind of the plan and paddled out to rescue me.

What do you want out of life? I suppose I want what every woman wants—love and acceptance. I’ve never felt like I measured up to expectations, so it would be nice to find one other person who thinks I’m special.

Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read? I love to read biographies about famous fearless women—Madame Curie, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt. If they can rise above humble upbringings or difficult circumstances and excel, why can’t I? I gain courage to do what I need to do when I read their stories.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I suppose it would be my hair. I like to wear it long, but it’s thick and curly and looks like a lion’s mane when the weather is humid. My complexion turns a tad green when I see women with silky, straight hair that stays where it’s supposed to all day long.

Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? No, I had a pet turtle but it died. Once I had a crow that used to follow me around the neighborhood, but it grew bored and flew away. My mother wouldn’t let me have a dog because our yard was too small. I hope to one day have an entire menagerie of pets.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? I would go back to my childhood when my father was still alive. I’d tell him that “nobody is perfect” and that I loved him. He died never knowing how much he meant to me.

What Happened on Beale StreetPlease watch for Book 2 of the Secrets of the South Mysteries, What Happened on Beale Street, coming in late March. Have a great week, readers!  ~ Mary