All in all, though, it's a pretty good life even if it does speed by too fast. I'm sitting here alternating between writing this blog post and looking out the window at the snow falling in the woods. It's quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. Winter hasn't been too bad here so far. We've had some really low temps like much of the country, but this is only our fourth snowfall and none have amounted to much. A couple of inches falls, and two days later, the temperature warms to something unseasonable, and the snow melts. This snowfall is probably our largest to date--I'd guess four inches--and it's cold, but it's supposed to be in the fifties by Saturday.
As to what I've been doing this lovely winter, I finally finished my third Eden mystery novel, A Convenient Death. It's on pre-order (special price of only 99 cents until January 26) with a release date of January 31. I got the idea for A Convenient Death from an unsolved case that happened while I was on the police department back in the eighties. One night a clerk and a customer were murdered in a convenience store. The bodies were found in the room that's accessed from behind the counter. In my book, the customer is an elderly man, while the real life customer was not, and since it was never solved, the rest of my plot and the victims' backgrounds are strictly from my own imagination. Unfortunately, horrors that happen in real life can provide a lot of ideas for fictional murder mysteries.
My next project will be the third Top Shelf cozy mystery, Name Your Poison. I hope to have it out no later than sometime in April, but I'm not making any promises. I'm also going to make a boxed set (is a bundle of e-books still called a "boxed set" even when there is no box?) of my three Eden books. And so far I have four book events scheduled for this year, the first one being at the Bath County, Kentucky, library on February 9, then two in April (one in LaGrange, Ky., and the other in Corbin, Ky.), and finally one in Lexington in July. I'm still scouting other possibilities and will keep the event schedule updated on my websites.
Oops, I see it's about time to feed dogs, cats, and my husband and me, so I'll end by saying I hope you all have a really great 2018--one that moves more slowly than the ones that have come before it!