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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  • Jessica Sherry

Christmas Ornament Stories

The best Christmas ornaments tell stories. While this hits me every year when putting up the tree, it slapped me in the face especially when my brother sent me a picture of an empty COVID-19 vaccine vial his husband brought home from work. He’s going to make it into an ornament—a fitting reminder of 2020 and how a crazy year ends with hope. My brother-in-law, an essential worker who has, like millions of others, put himself at risk for far too long, will finally receive his vaccine today. Merry Christmas, World! That’s a pretty good ornament story.


COVID-19 Vaccine Vial

Surely, there will be many ornamental reminders of 2020 decorating our trees this year and for years to come. Travel-sized hand sanitizer bottles and masks are just the right size for a tree. More pics of family members we haven’t been able to see as much. Homemade creations given all the at-home time we’ve had. Or perhaps we’ll give some of our old ornaments suitable makeovers. Like this one… Though Face Mask Santa doesn't have quite the same charm as normal Jolly Old Saint Nick... hmm.


Face Mask Santa

Amid the craziness (I'm still on the hunt for a tree topper, guys), this year spent in the Upside-Down has heightened hopes for a "fun, old-fashioned family Christmas."



It feels really, really good to do something normal when nothing has been.


We're watching ALL the movies. How many times can one person watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? We're wrapping the presents. Planning good meals. Plugging in the lights. We're doing Christmas right, though maybe not as over-the-top as Clark. 25,000 twinkle lights anyone? I don't think so.


Unboxing my tree, homemade ornaments created by my kids over the years get even the snarkiest people (uh, me) sappy and sentimental. Funny how a popsicle stick reindeer can inspire warm fuzzies or spark stories about the good old days. Ornaments that were gifts from my students always make me miss teaching. Gifts from friends, places we’ve been, things we’re into—ornaments are a family’s history. Breaking out the tree and hanging ornaments lets us relive that history (and on such a mind-blowing-ly historic year!).


The whole history thing resonates especially when I unpack the Virginia Tech ornaments my in-laws have been giving us every year. Not only do they spark fond memories of my alma mater (the same alma mater of my husband, brother, and three brothers-in-law), but taken all together, they represent the many awesome years I’ve been with hubs and a part of his family. Twenty-four years in June. That’s a long-ass, epic story—one I love reminiscing about as we unbox each one. Getting a VT ornament every year is now a tradition, and few gifts turn into such perfect treasures.


Virginia Tech Ornaments

Christmas trees change with us. In the beginning of our life together, hubs and I bought whatever cutesy, cheap things we could to get our Christmas tree started and make it pretty. Over the years, we’ve thrown out the “filler” ornaments for all the ones that matter—for ornaments with stories.


My Beach Tree, shining bright blue lights in one of my front windows, shares our love for the beach (duh) but also highlights the treasures we've found there. Including these clever shell Santas we made...

Crafty Shell Santas

Getting crafty with Abby always makes for a good story. :)


She's in the kitchen right now, prepping dough for gingerbreads, guys. So, a lovely, but sappy story about Christmas Cookies might be next... hmm.


Anyway, for all the stories (ornamental or otherwise) you'll remember and create this year, the story of 2020 is ending (thank goodness) making Christmas all the merrier.


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