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Dana Cameron’s Books Come to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Mystery author Dana Cameron is the latest cozy mystery author to have one of her books, Site Unseen, turned into a movie on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. We took a moment to chat with her about the experience.

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Ghostal Living By Kathleen Bridge: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Meg Barrett has been hired by an upscale B&B to make each room unique with a theme of great writers. While her own cottage is being renovated, she’s staying in the Emily Dickinson room. She had been on her kind-of-boyfriend Cole’s yacht, but with a hurricane predicted, the marina has been evacuated. The B&B is owned by Franklin Hollingsworth, a true bibliophile. His wife, Violet, a sculptor, says she can’t begin to compete with a first edition book.

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Kiss the Bricks By Tammy Kaehler: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Tammy Kaehler


In just one amazing year, professional race car driver Kate Reilly has gone from placing last on the Indianapolis 500 trial run charts to finishing first. Only one other female racer has ever achieved the fastest speed during a practice race, and her fate seemed to prove that women couldn’t take the pressure of competition. Just ten days after ranking number one on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charts, PJ Rodriguez fell off the roof of her downtown hotel.

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Etched in Bone By Anne Bishop: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


You know how, once in a while, you come across a book that makes you think, “What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”
You know how, once in a while, you come across a writer who makes you think, “This is so good! Why can’t I put ideas together that well?”

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First Case By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Jillian Hanford has made a temporary arrangement to take over her half-brother’s resort on Gull Island, manage renovations and turn it into a writer’s retreat. Several authors have already moved in with long-term leases taking advantage of the conducive environment for writing and unique collaborations. Have a murder needing to be solved? Talk it out with another author or gather everyone together…seven heads are better than one. Today’s topic is the recent death of Katrina Pomeroy, suspiciously occurring on the eleventh anniversary of the Friday the Thirteenth Massacre.

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Millerfield Village Cozy Murder Mystery Series By Carrie Marsh

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Laura Howcroft is struggling as a new resident of Millerfield Village and with her new job at the Woodend Cottage Hotel. She’s only from Cambridge, less than 100 miles away, but many villagers think of her as just another ‘Foreigner,’ which will be hard to overcome. She is slowly making friends: Janet Lister, energetic co-employee and the very handsome Dr. Howard Lucas, the village’s only doctor, but oddly Monty is still her closest confident. Monty is not your normal BFF…he is a cat.

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The Bitterroots: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Maddie Davidson


Jake swore loudly as he tripped over a rock and nearly fell. His legs felt like rubber, his back ached from carrying a fifty-pound backpack, and he had lost track of how many hours they had been hiking. Pausing to catch his breath, he watched Alicia bounding ahead of him on the path as assuredly as a mountain lion stalking her prey.

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Cornerstone Coffee Company—Coffee with a Cause

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Tom Sims



It is the best job they ever had.
It is a fresh start.
It is a chance to add value to other people’s lives and put smiles on their faces.
It is a place to build hope and to facilitate community.

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Midsomer Murders x 2 = 4-ever Favorites! on ACORN-TV

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


In March, ACORN-TV had the exclusive US premier streaming all episodes of Midsomer Murders as it entered its nineteenth season. Beginning with author Caroline Graham’s iconic lead Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and following with his cousin DCI John Barnaby, the mysteries give the idyllic English countryside a darker underside where one will find family rivalries, backstabbing business partners, husbands against wives, wives against husbands, money issues, inheritance squabbles, and plenty of women scorned.

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Sunnyside Bicycles: Cyclofemme

FROM THE May 20 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Vanessa McCracken


“I, Vanessa, swear to invest my energy, strength, and passion to inspire one more woman to ride a bike. I believe in the power of the pedal for positive social change; for building a healthier, happier, smarter world. I pledge to be an ambassador of the bicycle; to HONOR the past; CELEBRATE the present; EMPOWER the future of women in cycling. I promise to start the revolution; to live the change I want to see; to rally another to ride with me.”

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The Creative Center Goes To Hollywood With Grease

FROM THE May 17 ISSUE

IN THE Evelyne Vivies SECTION

by Evelyne Vivies


Grease marks the 40th year anniversary of the Creative Center in Visalia in more ways than one. The elbow grease it took in 1977, under the devoted and relentless leadership of Violet Gingsburg, to get this beloved landmark of Visalia up and running for one, and then there is this month’s theater performance of Grease.

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Stage Door On Stage at 2nd Space

FROM THE May 17 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This past weekend we finally made it to see Stage Door, a Good Company Players production currently on stage at 2nd Space in Fresno. Stage Door gives the audience a peek into the world of those struggling to make a living as actors.

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Valley Animal Center: Marmaduke

FROM THE May 13 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Joseph Riloquio


Marmaduke is a five-year-old Staffordshire Terrier who came to Valley Animal Center in November of 2016. With his constant smile, friendly attitude, and high energy he quickly became a staff favorite at our shelter.

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Killer Characters By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE May 13 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Upon seeing her friend Laurel Hobbs, Oyster Bay’s five-star restaurant owner Olivia Limoges can’t help but be shocked. The normally perfectly put-together Laurel is completely fraught, disheveled, and jittery. She is being pulled apart from all sides, as Laurel is attempting to raise twin sons, work full time, care for the house and yard, and visit her ailing mother-in-law.

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Walking on My Grave: The Final Death on Demand Book By Carolyn Hart

FROM THE May 13 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Ves Roundtree has money, lots of it. She inherited from her brother who recently passed away. The will states she has use of the money for her lifetime, and then it passes to six other people. Of those six, it’s pretty much unanimous that they should get the money now.

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Feral Paws Rescue: Berkeley, The Big Sweet Tabby

FROM THE May 13 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lupe Gore


In June 2012 a handsome, big, brown and black tabby found himself at North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. His human had betrayed him and left him there at age eight. Thanks to some networking and help from local rescuers, he arrived at Feral Paws Rescue on June 25, and immediately went to a foster home. Feral Paws had to make sure he would be kept inside, as he was declawed.

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