My Books

Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first love...how about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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My Vella Story

Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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Backyard Hope for the Weekend

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tullius Cicero.

I love our backyard garden. Though not an expert, I enjoy it, especially the way my mood upticks when stepping foot outside to this...

Purple Petunias

We rescued these petunias from a clearance rack last fall. They survived the winter, prettier than ever. And they provide a front-yard view for our newest tenants.

Mamma Bird

This mamma bird sits on three newborns, and she no longer flies off when she sees us coming. We're careful not to upset her nest, and she graciously tolerates our peeking. Can't blame her for picking a great spot--third shelf in a purple vertical garden operated by two animal lovers!


Daughter Abby and I have embarked on gardening adventures before and even tried composting. (Another update on that here). But our success (and motivation) has been... mixed.

Like most things, the more you put into it, the more you get out. And Abby and I have upped our gardening game. We have four raised beds, some in-ground plants, and a container garden. We're even trying sacks of potatoes. We're the proud parents of about 50 plant babies, not including flowers.



Going all in has instigated our gardening excitement. Every day, there's a little more progress, and it's motivating to see the buds, leaves, and veggie babies growing.



Aw, my sweet babies! The sage featured bottom/middle I thought tanked last winter, but it's come back beautifully despite the cold torture I let it endure.


And the huge leafed plant on the bottom right is courtesy of our compost bin--we're using a potting soil/compost mix. We're not sure what it is, only that we planted beans, which failed to sprout, and got this instead. We're hoping for cucumbers or yellow squash. It's kinda nice getting a reward even for our failures.


"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own." - Alice Walker

Mom used to keep a ginormous garden, rows and rows enough to feed a village. I never understood choosing hard labor for what you can pick up cheaply in the grocery store, but I get it now. It's not really a food thing, though that's a clear bonus. It's a hope thing.


Working hard creates beautiful results. Harvesting produce from your own backyard is fun, too.


"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul." - Alfred Austin

Next year'll be even better. We're getting new deck stairs, thanks to Joe and wood rot. He's building us two new raised beds to go between.


Deck Rebuild

Yay! Backyard projects! More garden beds!


What backyard projects bring you joy this season? What's growing in your garden? Share all your adventures and experiments below!


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