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Do Contests Matter?

Should the winner medal from the Killer Nashville Claymore
Award contest go on the cover of The Body in the Beaver Pond? That was one of the many
questions my cover artist and I discussed as I prepared for the release of the

Cathy Perkins wins Killer Nashville award

As Dar and I chatted, I wondered, do writing contest even

Authors know how competitive the contests are, but do
readers care? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Of course, there are the other reasons authors (or their
publicists) enter. Little secret – we’re incredibly insecure! Think about it.
We’re putting ourselves “out there” for the world to critique. We’re sharing pieces
of the deepest parts of us. And we worry all the time that maybe our books are
actually terrible and any previous “success” was a fluke. Maybe a contest offers
a tiny bit of affirmation, that says, Yeah. This is good.

Then again, that may be more than most readers need or want
to know.

While I’ve had a great time writing this novel and look
forward to the release, I decided to add a layer to my usual low key launch
plans. I decided to make the release about all of you.

Nearly everyone knows
friends or family who’ve lost loved ones, jobs, nearly lost their home, and faced
a host of other challenges this year.

The Body in the Beaver Pond touches on many of these
challenges, offering a tangible (if somewhat snarky) perspective from Keri, as
she struggles to adjust after loosing her marriage, home and job. (And for an extra writing challenge – the book is funny!)

Now that I have a funny main character I hope people
relate to, I need a place to make all this happen. (Imaginary) Liberty Falls
is drawn from a number of small towns in Washington state’s Cascade Mountains.
Lingering economic inequities, the pandemic, life throwing curve balls – all this hurt many
people, especially in these smaller, rural areas where social services are few
and far between. As a result, I’m donating the royalties from presales (and the
first few months of sales) from The Body in the Beaver Pond to HopeSource, a
multi-purpose agency, which serves Kittitas County (the first county you
discover when you venture over Snoqualmie Pass from Seattle.)

I’d appreciate your help in getting the word out about both
the book and the donation. 

Get your presale copy and help me help our friends and neighbors – https://books2read.com/BodyintheBeaverPond


An award-winning author of financial mysteries, Cathy Perkins writes twisting dark suspense and light amateur sleuth stories.  When not writing, she battles with the beavers over the pond height or heads out on another travel adventure. She lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.  Visit her at http://cperkinswrites.com or on Facebook 

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She’s hard at work on Peril in the Pony Ring, the sequel to The Body in the Beaver Pond, releasing May 2021!) which was recently presented with the Killer Nashville’s Claymore Award. 

The Holidays Are Gone – or Are They? by Debra H. Goldstein

The Holidays are Gone – or Are They?
by Debra H. Goldstein

The 2014 holidays, no matter what your faith, have come and gone. The Chanukah lights no longer burn.  Remnants of Christmas packages have been shoved into trashcans and folks are beginning to turn off their outdoor lights to save on their power bills.  It will be at least six to nine months before radio stations and merchants try to get us back into the holiday spirit.  That’s a shame.

It is nice to feel festive.  Sharing gifts, eggnog, singing of songs, and general merriment is fun.  There is a wonderful feeling when families come together whether in person, through computer links, or on the phone.  Even the television ads hone in on the warmth people share at this time of the year.

My heart goes out to those who don’t have enough to eat, a place to go, a hand to hold.  What these people are lacking is never so evident as during this time of the year.  Red kettles and bells, letters with enclosed envelopes, or requests to “come on down and serve a meal,” bombard us.

Although the holidays have ended – pick one to respond to.  I bet, even if only for a few minutes, you’ll feel the joy of the holiday season again.

Happy Holidays!

Making Spirits Bright

By Evelyn David

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for

― Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

This is just a nice, holiday feel-good story. Please share
some of your own experiences. These types of tales remind us of how the small
gestures of charity and kindness reverberate and reflect the true joy of the

My friend has served on the board of a women’s shelter for
many years. It is a place where women and children, victims of domestic
violence, can find a safe refuge to begin rebuilding their lives. Every year,
there are always plenty of gifts for the children at the shelter, but my friend
has organized a program to make sure that each of the mothers also has
something to open on Christmas Day. Donors are asked to purchase a robe,
slippers, and some beauty product, and put them in a festive bag. I’ve been
participating for years and the joy I get from this small charitable gesture
makes the season bright for me.

I mention, only in passing, that my friend is Jewish, very
active in her Temple,
but determined to make the holidays special for those who are already
struggling mightily.

This year, my friend asked the housemother at a group home
for young boys, if anyone needed anything special. Yes, a teenager (father
dead, mother an addict) was growing like a weed and needed some new clothes. “No
problem,” said my friend and off she went to Kohl’s Department Store.

Now, let me add that my friend is not only charitable, but
likes a good bargain too! Kohl’s was giving out coupons and by the luck of the
draw, you could get 15, 20, or 30 percent off your entire purchase. Hallelujah,
she’d gotten a 30 percent off coupon! She shopped carefully and picked out several
new slacks and shirts for the teen. She went up to the register, armed with her
coupon, and when the cashier rang up the total, it came to $87.

And then all H**l broke out. Bells, whistles, and a booming
voice over the store loudspeaker system, announced that my friend was the day’s

Winner? She felt like she’d won when she got the 30% off
coupon. Nope, it was better than that.

Kohl’s had a new promotion. Once a day, a shopper
is chosen at random to receive his or her purchase for FREE.


Not wanting her coupon to go to waste, my friend turned to
the man standing next to her in line and offered it to him. He explained that
he worked for a construction company and that a group of workers were doing
the same thing she was – buying for someone, in this case, an entire family in
need. My friend’s coupon was double what his was.

I told my friend that she was doing a beautiful mitzvah (Hebrew
for good deed). And she said what she always says, “I get more out of it
than I give.”

Bill Gates, bless his heart, can make donations to worthy
causes at levels I can’t even comprehend. But the small gestures are just as
important – maybe more so?

Wishing you the best, brightest, most joyous holiday season.

 Marian, the Northern half of Evelyn David


A Reason to Give Thanks includes: Giving Thanks
in Lottawatah
, Bah, Humbug in Lottawatah, Moonlighting at the Mall, The Fortune
Teller’s Face
, A Reason to Give Thanks, Sneak Peek – Murder Off the Books,
Sneak Peek – I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries

A Reason to Give Thanks


Sullivan Investigations Mystery
Murder Off the Books KindleNookSmashwordsTrade Paperback
Murder Takes the Cake KindleNookSmashwords Trade Paperback 
Riley Come Home (short story)- KindleNookSmashwords
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Zoned for Murder
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Brianna Sullivan Mysteries – e-book series
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The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah KindleNookSmashwords
The Holiday Spirit(s) of LottawatahKindleNookSmashwords
Undying Love in Lottawatah- KindleNookSmashwords
A Haunting in Lottawatah – Kindle (exclusive to Amazon this month)
Lottawatah Twister – KindleNookSmashwords
Missing in Lottawatah – KindleNookSmashwords
Good Grief in Lottawatah – KindleNookSmashwords
Summer Lightning in Lottawatah – Kindle NookSmashwords

The Ghosts of Lottawatah – trade paperback collection of the Brianna e-books
Book 1 I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries (includes the first four Brianna e-books)
Book 2 – A Haunting in Lottawatah (includes the 5th, 6th, and 7th Brianna e-books)

Love Lessons – KindleNookSmashwords