Book 10 now available in paperback!


Now all the books in the Haunting Danielle series are available in paperback—both regular and large print format. The most recent book, The Ghost and the Muse, went live yesterday—in eBook and paperback formats.

The paperback formats weren’t available until late last night and the links didn’t go live on the Robeth Publishing site until this morning.

You can order the books from Amazon. Amazon is an interesting place. Not only do they list books they ship, they also allow other booksellers to compete on their site.  If you go to The Ghost and the Muse product page (for the regular print paperback) over on Amazon this morning, you’ll see someone is offering a “used” copy of the book (for museammore than Amazon’s price, PLUS you have to pay the shipping, which Amazon Prime members don’t have to pay if they buy directly from Amazon.)

So I wonder…if someone orders a “used” copy of the book from them, does this mean this seller first has to buy a new copy, read it or flip through it to give it that used feel—and then resell it? After all, the book just became available late last night.

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The Ghost and the Muse is live!

the-ghost-and-the-muse-300For those of you who didn’t pre-order Book 10, The Ghost and the Muse, you can get it now at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo. Find the links here!

Perhaps Danielle’s first clue should have been—Hillary’s muse is male.

He brings with him restless spirits and murders to solve—if Danielle dares.

She has already been warned to stay away.

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The Fitbit Challenge


Writing can be a sedentary life. If I’m to believe those articles always popping up on my newsfeed, sitting for long hours can be as damning to one’s health as smoking.

I have a treadmill desk, but I discovered I’m not one of those people who can walk while crafting a story. I can surf and walk, which is okay for 30-60 minutes of daily cardio exercise, but it doesn’t address the other 23+ hours a day.

I also have a jogging trampoline, which I bounce around on periodically throughout the day. That is of course, when I remember to take a break. I need something to remind me throughout the day to get up and move.

This all brings me to the Fitbit.

I’d been toying with the idea of getting an Apple Watch. At one time, I declared they were the most ridiculous gadgets. That was of course, until I started coveting one. I first started considering an Apple Watch when trying to deal with caring for my mother, and worrying about missing calls from her when I was out, and failed to hear my phone ring in my purse.

Since I’m not immune to gadgets and the lure of apps, I started saving my Apple rewards gift cards from my credit card, to put toward an Apple Watch.  But then mom needed a new iPad, so I donated my Apple gift cards to her purchase.  It wasn’t long until I accumulated a few more gift cards—but then my wireless router went out…I had to be practical.

In the meantime, my daughter had just received her new Fitbit, and urged me to get one, so we could do daily challenges. While the Apple Watch also has a fitness app, I rather liked the idea of having someone to nudge me along each day.

After pouring over the Fitbit and Apple websites, I went with the Fitbit. Fact was, if I got the Apple Watch, I would probably spend more time fiddling with the non-fitness apps, while destroying my eyes and forgetting to walk.

Today is day three with my Fitbit. Elizabeth and I have been doing the 10,000 steps challenge each day. I didn’t quite make it the first day—blame it on doctor appointments with my mom and the fact it was almost noon before my new Fitbit arrived in the mail that day.

Yesterday was a hoot—Elizabeth and I were neck in neck all day, and the little stinker reached 10,000 steps about 10 minutes before I got there.

But today is another day….

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Haunting Danielle, now available in paperback!


Gourmet kitchens, home theaters, exercise rooms, sewing rooms, man caves, supersized garages—those are the types of spaces homebuyers often think about when imagining their dream homes.  For me, it was always the home library.

In three of our houses that we either built or added onto, I made sure they included built in bookshelves. Our current home has a study where two walls are lined with oak bookshelves. While I never got my deluxe home library—the one with the ladder that slides along the bookshelves so I can reach the high placed novels—I gave notable home libraries to two of my series. In Haunting Danielle, Marlow House has a home library, as does the Coulson mansion in The Coulson Series.

While I love my Kindle and iPad, and the fact I can literally carry around hundreds of books in my purse, sometimes I want the paper version of a book or a series. For some readers, it’s not that they necessarily want to build a home library—they simply prefer a paper book over reading from a tablet or other device.

To those readers or collectors looking for paper versions of the Haunting Danielle series—they are now available from Amazon.

Each book in the Haunting Danielle series is available in regular print and large print.  Here are the links to help you find them!

The Ghost of Marlow House, Book 1

The Ghost of Marlow House, Book 1 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Loved Diamonds, Book 2

The Ghost Who Loved Diamonds, Book 2 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Wasn’t, Book 3

The Ghost Who Wasn’t, Book 3 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, Book 4

The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, Book 4 (Large Print)

The Ghost from Halloween Past, Book 5

The Ghost from Halloween Past, Book 5 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Came for Christmas, Book 6

The Ghost Who Came for Christmas, Book 6 (Large Print)

The Ghost of Valentine Past, Book 7

The Ghost of Valentine Past, Book 7 (Large Print)

The Ghost from the Sea, Book 8

The Ghost from the Sea, Book 8 (Large Print)

The Ghost and the Mystery Writer, Book 9

The Ghost and the Mystery Writer, Book 9 (Large Print)

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Do you want more backstory?


The Ghost and the Muse (Book 10 of the Haunting Danielle series) is ready for its debut on September 30, 2016. It’s currently available for preorder at Amazon, yet by the end of the week, it should also be available for preorder at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. I’ll let you know when.

For those of you who’ve stumbled on this blog and are curious about the Haunting Danielle series, let me suggest you begin with Book 1—The Ghost of Marlow House. That book only cost 99¢ and Book 2 is currently on sale for 99¢, yet will return to its regular price at the end of the month.

While each book is a standalone story, the storyline moves along chronologically as it progresses from book to book, which means characters evolve and secrets are revealed. It’s possible to randomly pick up any book from the series and read it without reading the previous books and still manage to figure out what’s going on, yet I believe it will be a more positive reading experience if the books are read in order.

We’ve made it easy for readers to figure out the order in which to read the series—the book number is clearly displayed on each book cover and on each copyright page.

However, one beta reader did suggest I consider adding more backstory to each book. I’ve been hesitant to over-rehash from previous stories. I’ve read reviews on other series where the readers complain about excessive info dumps from previous books.  For me, I’ve been walking a narrow line—trying to add just enough, yet not too much.

I have decided to ask my readers—those of you out there who have been reading the Haunting Danielle series—do I need to add more backstory? Let me know in the comment section on this post. I would love to hear what you have to say.



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Haunting Danielle in Paperback

Available Fall
I’d hoped we’d have all the Haunting Danielle books out in paperback by now—but the fact is, I just pulled Book 2, The Ghost Who Loved Diamonds off the shelf temporarily (Just the paperback version, you can still get the eBook).

We are currently re-editing the entire series, and the process is taking longer than we hoped it would. But we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. And as long as it’s not a train barreling in our direction, I think we’ll make it!

Apologies to my readers who have been waiting for the paperback. I’ll let you know when they hit the cyber bookshelf!

For now, look for The Ghost and the Mystery Writer, which is scheduled to be released July 17, 2016. You can pre-order the eBook at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble. The pre-order just went up at the non-Amazon sites, so if you can’t find it today, it should show up shortly.
Happy reading!

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Guess what Sadie is wondering…

Sadie WaitingSadie is anxiously awaiting the release of The Ghost and the Mystery Writer, which goes live July 17. Sadie wonders, Do I have any good parts in this new book? Or do I have to share the spotlight with that stupid cat, Max?

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m an animal lover. When writing my dog and cat characters I tend to rely on real life dogs and cats I’ve known—because like people, each one is unique, while at the same time, share common traits with other members of his or her species.

Both Jake from Coulson’s Secret (written under my Anna J. McIntyre pen name) and Max, from my Haunting Danielle series, are patterned after my own black cat, Spooky. I chose the name Max, for my parent’s beloved black schnauzer. I also gave Max the cat white tipped ears, because in the story, he needed distinguishing markings.

In While Snowbound (also written under my McIntyre pen name) I patterned the Aussie after our own Lady—including the fact Lady is a special needs dog who has always had issues being unable to jump up, and occasionally her legs give out, and she rarely barks, even when someone knocks on the door.

When selecting a dog for the Haunting Danielle series, I felt the golden retriever was the perfect personality for what I was looking for. Goldens I’ve known tend to be loyal, playful, and somewhat goofy. As for her name, I borrowed that from fellow author R.W. Peake, whose beloved lab is named Sadie. I felt the name Sadie fit with my character.

The question now—will Sadie and Max ever bond in the same way my dog and cat have? To be honest, I can’t see them getting all lovey and snugly with each other, as do Lady and Spooky. I suspect they will simply reach an amicable truce and come to some sort of friendship. Perhaps, they already have.

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The Good Old Days: Were they really?


Maybe it is the sceptic in me, but when people long to return to another time, another place, I can’t help but conjure up the reality of that era.

It’s just not returning to a simpler time (you know, when women had few rights and people of color were told where to sit, and where they could live, or what water fountain they could drink from)—but people often talk about a time when it wasn’t financially necessary for both spouses to work outside the home.

Families didn’t need two jobs. Today, both spouses must work to support a family in today’s economy. Ummm….or do they? Is that really true?

Last week we switched some television sets around in our house, which left us with a perfectly good RCA color television that we no longer need. It has its own remote, works with the cable service—but it is not a flat screen.

We didn’t try selling the TV; we tried to give it away. I offered the free TV on Facebook, on a local yard sale Facebook site, Don sent emails to his fellow Realtors in his association (thinking it would be good for a rental), and we offered it to the local thrift shop. No. one. Wanted. It.

Sure it is not a flat screen, and it takes two people to carry, but it has a good picture and works.

When I was a kid, I was thrilled to have a black and white television. Today, I can’t give away a free color TV. Why? Well, it isn’t a flat screen, silly!

People talk about how it’s more expensive to live these days, compared to when I was a kid. But personally, I think we simply have more expensive tastes.

Growing up, families often had just one television set in the house. Telephones? We had a landline the entire family shared. There weren’t expensive electronic gadgets we HAD to have, like pricy computers, tablets, video games, cell phones—the list goes on.

We didn’t pay for a cable service to get our TV, we had an antenna on the house and were happy with the few channels we had. There was no reason to pay for Internet—it wasn’t a thing back then. In many communities, houses with air conditioners were a luxury item, yet today many of those same communities see air conditioning as a standard amenity.

Our first house had 1 ½ baths. The half bath was in the laundry room off the service porch, and the full bath was in the hallway, shared by all three bedrooms, which included the master bedroom. Basic tract houses back then didn’t have master baths.

Sure, our cars were cheaper back then, but a car was just a car. It didn’t have TVs and backup cameras and seats with built in heaters.

I could go on and on—such as mention buying our pricy cup of coffee at Starbucks or how when I was a kid I can only think of one family who owned a microwave oven. Now, who doesn’t?

So, maybe the cost of living hasn’t gone up as much as you might think. Perhaps it would be possible to live on one income as your grandparents did, providing you are willing to live as they did—often with only one car in the family, no dryer (use the clothes line), forget the microwave, cancel cable, install an antenna, get rid of the cellphones…

What? Get rid of the cellphones?


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Real life ghost stories, do you have one?

Coming July 17!

One of the more interesting comments I get in Haunting Danielle reviews, is when a reviewer says the stories are realistic. That’s a high compliment for stories many would consider fantasy as opposed to reality.

Of course, many people believe in ghosts. Do you?

Personally, I have never seen a ghost. Yet, I’ve spoken to people who claim to—including one person whom I deeply trust. She doesn’t broadcast her several encounters, fearing others will simply think she is nutty. But, I believe her.

I did have one sorta ghostly encounter—which will explain why the ghosts in my stories, especially those who haven’t mastered harnessing their energy—can usually screw with electricity.

After my father passed away, our family was living at Havasu Palms. Havasu Palms, a resort located on Lake Havasu, consisted of a mobile home park, marina, store, and restaurant. For some thirty years my parents (then just Mom after Dad died) were major shareholders, and for the last almost decade of owning the park, my husband and I were its general managers.

We were living in a mobile home down the road from my parent’s. Dad had recently died, and my mother was visiting my sister in Bishop, California. My husband, kids, and I had just returned from our house in Wrightood, California.

The first thing I did, was check on my parent’s—well technically it was just Mom’s—mobile home, to make sure everything was okay. I did a walk through, and everything was just as we left it.

About an hour or so later, we decided to go back over there—so my husband could sit in the spa and the kids could watch TV.

The minute we walked into my parent’s mobile home, the kids yelled, “Hello Grandpa” and I yelled “Hello Dad.” Yes, we were weird like that. Dad had not been gone long, and we felt compelled to say hello…just in case.

In the next moment—right after we shouted our greeting—the VERY next moment—the hall light (which I had turned on when I went over there earlier) literally exploded, and the clock radio in the master bedroom went off—and the music started to blare. Did I mention, no one ever used that clock radio as an alarm? And no one had been home to set it.

It was a little freaky. But we all laughed, and I asked, “Dad, did you have to break the light?”

Do you have a real life ghost story? If you do, please share it here!

(What does the image have to do with the blog post on ghosts? Nothing really!)

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