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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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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If it Bleeds (Then, I will read it): Audiobook Review

Audiobook Review: If It Bleeds by (the master) Stephen King


Cue Wayne & Garth: I’m not worthy. I’m not worthy.


Note: there are hints, not spoilers.


At a smidge over fifteen hours of listening time, I was hesitant to spend my audible credit on this bulky read. I listen to audiobooks when I go walking, so at around fifty minutes a day, five days a week, if I’m lucky—yikes, math—it’d take me several weeks to get through it. But, my brother recommended it. While I’m not the fan he is (he’s a SK nerd, like seriously--it may be time for an intervention), I do enjoy King. Mostly. His book On Writing is my favorite book about writing of ALL TIME. Hmmm, maybe I should reread it, again, and add that review to my blog…. Later.


Anyway, If It Bleeds is a compilation of four creepy novellas, the star being the title story, which brings back all our favs from the Mr. Mercedes series. Yay, Holly Gibney! Fortunately, I’ve read Mr. Mercedes, so that gave me a leg-up on these reprised characters, but you can surely come into this book as a King newbie. The stories each have a modern-day Twilight Zone feel making you think about things like… is dead really dead? How will the world end? What even is the world anyway? Why do people do evil things? And, damn, are writers really so weird and desperate? Short answer to that last one… um, yes. That one hit uncomfortably close to home. Anyway, each story captured me in different ways without making me cringe—too much.


Reading this pairs nicely with my new favorite slow jam If the World Was Ending ft. Julia Michaels AND a glass of Pinot. A funny coincidence that this song became popular as I was reading it.

ALSO, around the time I read this, signs appeared all over my neighborhood. Happy Retirement Kevin! It's a sweet story if you care to read, but also a strange coincidence given one of the stories. Wink.


Anyway, King isn’t an author I read often because his story content sometimes disturbs me—Mr. Mercedes is a good example—and, yes, I know that’s kinda the point of reading horror, and yes, I’m a dumb, diaper baby, but I’m easily creeped out, okay? Whatever. Don’t make a big deal about it. The point is, If It Bleeds didn’t bother my babyish sensitivities. Each story perked my curiosity and wonder in a way that hasn’t happened in a while. Like, it’s been crickets up there. I found myself thinking about the tales long after my walks. AND, I started listening while fixing dinner, putting on my make-up, and cleaning the house. Hell, I finally bothered to sync my phone in my car (Abby helped), so I could listen while driving. I added on extra listening time not to get through it, but because it had me hooked. Like seriously. Through the jaw. And when the fifteen hours were over, sniff, I wanted more.


As if he knew that, King bookended his novel with an intriguing look inside his process for each tale which got my writer-senses tingling. It’s fascinating to learn how the ideas came together for him. The peek inside King’s mind palace encouraged me to think—crazily—he and I aren’t so different, and I need to get writing.


Many praises, as well, to the vocal performances of Danny Burstein, Steven Weber, and especially Will Patton. Mr. Patton, a King fav, read two out of the four stories, my two favorites: Mr. Harrigan’s Phone & If It Bleeds. Now, I want him to read every audiobook I listen to for how expertly he performed it. Seriously, seriously good. Like, if he performed an audiobook of the dictionary, I’d spend another audible credit and listen to his buttery definitions as I fall asleep at night. Then, Mr. Harrigan and perhaps Holly Gibney would visit me in my dreams, and we’d all go to prom together. But then, that girl everyone always bullies would go psycho with her psychic powers and… oh wait, that’s another story.


So, if you’re looking for something hella-interesting but not too scary, you’ll enjoy If It Bleeds.


Released this year, it must’ve been written well before the pandemic hit. I’m excited, maybe a little terrified, to see what King does with all this madness. It’s right in his wheelhouse. But, of course, what isn’t?


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Now go. Learn a book. And if you have any book recommendations, share below. I have audible credits to use and walking to do, so…

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