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Laura Levine

by Sandra Murphy


Jaine Austen (no relation) is a well-known writer. Well, she wrote that slogan for the Toiletmasters Plumbers. Everybody knows that one. Christmas is slow for writers so she and neighbor Lance are house sitting for one of his shoe buying customers. The house is a mansion, full of antiques and baubles like Ming vases and Fabergé eggs. It is also off limits for pets.

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by Sandra Murphy


This time Jaine Austen (no relation to you-know-who) has it made. She’s been hired to write for a reality show set on an island near Tahiti. With neighbor Lance to mist her Boston fern daily and the okay to bring her cat Prozac along for the ride, she’s off to a tropical paradise.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac, are back. Prozac has been discovered and is determined to be the next cat rock star in the advertising world. After all, the main talent needed is to eat like there’s no tomorrow and then take a nap. If anyone is qualified to do that, it’s Prozac.

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by Sunny Frazier


June is often time to get hitched, so let’s start with Wedding Bel Blues, the first in a new series by Maggie McConnon. Belfast McGrath has spent 15 years avoiding her brash Irish family.

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by Joanne Fluke,
Laura Levine & Leslie Meier


This week we have another fun recipe from a Kensington cozy mystery, this one from Gingerbread Cookie Murder By Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine & Leslie Meier. Enjoy the recipe for Gingerbread Cookies, check out the synopsis of the book, and enter to win a copy of Gingerbread Cookie Murder!

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by Cyntha Chow


If there’s one thing freelance advertising writer Jaine Austen should have learned by now, it’s that her life never goes as expected. When she responds to a Craigslist ad searching for a lyrics writer, she really should have known better than to hope that her client would be Taylor Swift.

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Killing Cupid By Laura Levine

IN THE February 7 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy



The life of a freelance writer is not an easy one. Sure, there are a few regular clients, and a small amount of fame, but you can’t live forever on slogans like “In a Rush to Flush? Call Toiletmasters!” When Marvelous Marv, the Mattress King, recommends Jaine Austen for a copywriting job for Joy Amoroso, Matchmaker to the Stars, it sounds like a good deal, especially the pay.

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by Cynthia Chow



As fans of the absolutely hilarious Jaine Austen series know, Jaine has a pretty abysmal record with romance and her choice of paramours. Besides her ex-husband The Blob, past suitors have included philanderers, murderers, and a few murder victims. So maybe the freelance writer – and award winner for the In the rush to Flush? Call Toiletmasters! slogan – isn’t the obvious hire for renowned professional matchmaker Joy Amoroso during the Valentine’s Day season.

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