DATR – What people are saying

Death at the Races is available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. The paperback will be available in April. Here’s what readers are saying:

“Love her books!! This is so great to read, makes you feel like you are in the country [England] and is full of surprises. Well written by a great author.” – Sandie

“What a great read! The author’s attention to detail shines through every page. I loved the thoughtful, colorful descriptions of the characters and the setting; it made me feel as though I was right alongside the detectives each step of the case. The only drawback is having to wait until the next book comes along!” – Melissa

“This is such a great story…it grabs you from the first paragraph and pulls you into the lives of Rodney Wilson and his new bride trying to have a honeymoon. You would expect to see this on Masterpiece Mysteries. It is very well written and one of those “can’t put it down” books. Enjoyed it very much. I also enjoyed her first book “Death Before Breakfast”. Love a good mystery and didn’t solve either one! Can’t go wrong with this one!” – Susan

“I read “Death Before Breakfast – An Inspector Lawrence Mystery – Book 1” and loved it but I love “Death at the Races – An Inspector Lawrence Mystery – Book 2″ even more. The characters personalities blossom in this second book. Gwyneth’s style of writing is intriguing and the surprise ending was unforeseen. I’m hoping Gwyneth has started on another Inspector Lawrence mystery. I’m rooting for Inspector Rodney Wilson to prove himself in future cases and become as seasoned as the Chief Inspector. A side note: I’m addicted to learning the British English language. Being a native Idahoan, I have no idea what some words mean as I’m reading. Thank you Kindle dictionary for helping me follow this charming and fun to read language! I also learned a lot about horse racing by reading Book 2. Very well researched.” – NAC

Get Well Wishes – Now Available

Get Well Wishes CoverJust released on Amazon, Get Well Wishes, by June Cotner, includes two of my compositions. Like “Back to Joy,” this book is for those who need comfort and encouragement along life’s journey, through pain or illness. I hope it will bring hope to those that need it.

Book Description: “The nurturing words gathered here offer the courage to move toward recovery and healing and to summon faith and grace in the midst of pain to anyone who is ill, as well as to their families and friends. Wise and compassionate, this uplifting volume encourages readers to find solace in simplicity, take comfort in ritual, and welcome the healing touch of a loved one’s warm embrace. A thoughtful and lasting bouquet of good wishes, culled from a wide variety of sources and traditions, provides the inspiration and confidence to be still, live in wonder, celebrate triumphs, reclaim dreams, give thanks, and get well.”

Death at the Races – coming soon!

Final Cover DesignDeath at the Races” is due to be released in January 2015 for Kindle, and at a later date as a paperback.

This sequel in the Inspector Lawrence Mystery series picks up a year after the close of “Death before Breakfast” with a newly-promoted Inspector Wilson and his bride of a few hours, Diane. We find them at a train station in London ready to set off on their honeymoon to York.

But something interrupts Rodney’s plans…

Get Well Wishes – poem published

Get Well Wishes CoverGet Well Wishes is due to be released on March 17, 2015. June Cotner accepted one of my poems for this inspirational anthology of poetry from a variety of contemporary and classic authors.

Pre-order at Amazon.com.

“The nurturing words gathered here offer the courage to move toward recovery and healing and to summon faith and grace in the midst of pain to anyone who is ill, as well as to their families and friends. Wise and compassionate, this uplifting volume encourages readers to find solace in simplicity, take comfort in ritual, and welcome the healing touch of a loved one’s warm embrace. A thoughtful and lasting bouquet of good wishes, culled from a wide variety of sources and traditions, provides the inspiration and confidence to be still, live in wonder, celebrate triumphs, reclaim dreams, give thanks, and get well.” – June Cotner.

Back to Joy – piece published

Little Reminders to Help Us Through Tough Times

June Cotner accepted a prose piece of mine for her anthology “Back to Joy” – published in November 2014, and available on Amazon for $10.78 (Hardcover) or $2.99 (Kindle).

Available on Amazon.com

The book’s subtitle “Little Reminders to Help Us Through Tough Times” will hopefully attract people who need comfort and encouragement in their darkest days. I was happy to submit a piece entitled “Shattered Pieces” that reflects some difficult times of my own. I pray it will bless others and help bring them to a place of peace and restoration, and eventually joy. I also hope it will inspire others to pause and take time to lift up their struggling friends and family members with deeper compassion.

Garden Blessings – poem published

Garden Blessings CoverI’m pleased to say June Cotner accepted one of my poems for her anthology, “Garden Blessings”, published in May 2014.

Available on Amazon.com.

June Cotner is an American author, anthologist, speaker, and publishing/marketing consultant. She has published over 28 anthologies. Her collected works have sold 1 million copies.

I am blessed to be one of her published poets. My poems appear in “Wedding Blessings”, “House Blessings” and now “Garden Blessings.”

 

Reading with a Mission

Traditional Well, Clean Water, Happy Faces

I am passionate about creating a meaningful link between reading for pleasure and funding mercy missions in the developing world. This is why I have chosen World Vision as the recipient of the profits from my writing. Purchases of “Death Before Breakfast” have provided: Bed nets, ducks, rabbits, seeds, shelter, clothing, health care, survival kits, and shares in deep wells, traditional wells and foot-powered pumps in the poorest parts of the world. I like to think of it as providing “Life After Lunch” for those who are caught in the poverty trap caused by the perfect storm of economic, political and climactic disasters. Your help is greatly appreciated with every purchase of the book. Thank you.


Inspiration for Writing

Dragon's Mouth Spring, Yellowstone

Where do writers draw most of their inspiration for writing from (or should I say “From whence” – correct maybe, but sounds a little operatic). I’d say it is from a simmering concoction of memories, observations, imagination, beliefs and sensory experiences. Throw in there a dash of genetic code, all the books and movies they ever digested, and the inexplicable muse that some would call divine gifting, then I think we have it covered. From this bubbling brew of  inspirational factors, I would like to zoom in and focus on the senses and how our eyes interpret what we see in nature.

 

Lower Falls, Yellowstone Grand Canyon
Lower Falls, Yellowstone Grand Canyon

For example, gazing upon the rushing waters of a cascading waterfall can engage our contemplative self that resides who knows where behind the eyes and tap into our primal poet that is surely not represented by our walnut-shaped brain. The resulting impressions translate into a transcendence of a spiritual nature that may produce a cascade of words on paper that somehow become an art form. The divinity of this art form is its ability to connect with other humanoids whose reading of the sublime prose captures an image of a cascading waterfall in their mind as they read about it on an underground train in a subway system of a large metropolis that is devoid of any such natural beauty. Thus is the author inspired by what they see, and the reader uplifted by what they read and imagine.

Abe and I

Civil War Re-enactment

We happenstanced on a Civil War Re-Enactment recently that opened my eyes to the gritty nature of this most terrible conflict between fellow countrymen. As an outsider I was curious to know what really caused ordinary folks to fight pitch battles in the fields and farmland they were raised in and loved. Was it really over slavery or was it a poignant mixture of muddled truths that no one was quite sure about at the time? The Confederate soldiers left easily identifiable trails of blood in the snow, their tattered shoes betraying their shredded soles as they marched to Gettysburg in search of the shoe factory, only to meet a worse fate for their shredded souls. Food came from the unreliable fruits of forraging as 10 year old hard tack rations ebbed and flowed, soaked in boiling coffee water so weevils floated to the top, a more predictable source of protein than the elusive rats. Brother fought by brother, father by son, no lily-livered man among them to let the side down, no fattened up Yankee telling them what to do. The odds were against the Confederates from the start without a consistent food supply, but brave and bold were all, grey coat and blue. No redcoats now, a battle of their own making, on their own soil. May the best fed man win…