It is with a completely broken heart that I share with you the passing of my writing partner and big sister, Debbie Devlin Zook, on November 20. I have never lived a day of my life without her and I’m not sure how I’m supposed to do this. But, as it happens, my sister Beth and I visited her the week before and we will forever be grateful for those last days together. We both knew it might be the last time we would see her. She was at her writing desk and had just left me a voice mail regarding our newest book and its editing when her heart gave out. Her last words to me on that VM were: “Okay, kiddo. Talk later. Bye Bye.” Debbie had physical challenges from the time she was a teenager but was stronger mentally and emotionally than any of us. I know she stayed with us as long as she could, longer than she herself wanted, for us. I selfishly wish it had been longer. Treasure those you have around you this holiday season. As my darling grandson said to me last night, “Family is the one thing that cures everything.Mary Devlin Lynch
Not sure why, but we seem to have two more books in the works! Working on a stand alone as we speak and we have another quilter coming along on its own for now. I’ll have to let you know which one gets done first. Let’s just say, I’ll let you know when I know? —Debbie
Just released a few days ago, The Quilters Push Back is available at Amazon for Kindle and as a paperback. Always fun to get a new shipment of books. Mine are in the mail or so Mary has said. We shall see!
THE QUILTERS PUSH BACK Miranda Hathaway Adventure #7
Not even Cutler is immune from the serious drug epidemic spreading across the nation. When local kids started dying, Cutler Quilt Guild Number One jumped into action. Using every skill they have from sewing to surveillance, they are determined to find the drug dealers and push them out. It might be time for Harriet to dust off her taser!
Miranda and Gabe also need to find time for family. Gabe’s son Kevin surprised them when he announced at Christmas that he and his fiancé Terry were marrying on New Year’s Day—adding that they were expecting a little surprise of their own.
Working with FBI-like strategic planning, the family pulled Kevin’s wedding together in one week. Only then could Miranda and Gabe get to work on their own Valentine’s Day wedding plans.
Throughout the good and the bad, Harry the cat is there to help, comfort, scold, and complain—lest anyone forget that in the end it’s always all about him.
A KNIGHT IN CAIRIO Sierra Parker, Museum Curator
The preview event for the Ramesses II and Nefertari exhibit at the Antiquities Museum of New York went off splendidly, until a priceless bracelet disappeared. Associate Curator Sierra Parker is frantic. She discovers the thief and gets the bracelet back not realizing she has just made an enemy.
With her contract soon to expire, Sierra questions what to do next. A summons from the Museum Director, Sir Malcolm Winston, may hold the answer. He has agreed to help his friend at the Cairo Antiquities Museum. Malcolm knows Sierra would never turn down the chance to work in Cairo.
As embarrassing as it is to admit, the tall handsome British knight has a crush on the petite brunette with the shaggy haircut, large brown eyes and shapely figure. He’s read her file. He knows all about her degrees and career, but Malcolm wants to get to know her on a more personal level. He doesn’t realize that taking Sierra to Cairo may put her life in danger, but he does know that he would give his to protect her.
We have self published nineteen novels to date:
The Witherspoon Adventures: (The Witherspoon Healers Adventures)
Beautiful Disaster (Magee – Book One)
Burnt Roses (Melissa – Book Two)
Before Everafter (Madison – Book Three)
Relative Unknown (Cari – Book Four)
Cayden & Cat Adventures (The Cayden Wright Adventures):
The Wright Move (Book One)
The Wright One (Book Two)
The Wright Woman (Book Three)
Meredith Abbott Adventures:
Lying for a Living, Meredith Abbott’s Adventures in Hollywood
Dying for a Headline, Meredith Abbott’s Adventures in England
A Hollywood Designer Adventure:
Sophie by Design
Miranda Hathaway Adventures:
The Quilt Ripper, #1
The Missing Quilter, #2
The Quilt Show Caper, #3
The Quilter’s Secret, #4
A Quilt to Die For, #5
The Quilter’s Christmas Surprises, #6
The Quilters Push Back, #7
Skylar Kincaid, Editor:
The Dame in the Diamonds
Sierra Parker, Museum Curator:
A Knight in Cairo
Although we are control freaks by nature, we have learned to trust the experts for certain aspects of our writing projects. We are so fortunate to have wonderful people who not only help us publish the best products we can, but who also encourage and support us in this joint venture of ours. Special thanks to each of them and if you are looking for help with a project of your own, we highly recommend them.
Copy-editor: Sharon K. Garner (sharonkgarner.com) Sharon is a published author who also works as a copy-editor for manuscripts, screenplays, etc. She catches details that we may have missed, corrects our spelling and grammar, and makes suggestions. She has worked on every one of our novels and knows our characters as well as we do. Since Sharon lives nearby, we meet occasionally for lunch. Go to her website to see a list and read excerpts of her amazing romance novels, each set in an exotic locale. I don’t travel much but do travel through my imagination in Sharon’s novels.
Graphic Artist: Elizabeth Nichols (enicholsdesign.com) Elizabeth was recommended by a friend and we couldn’t be happier. When it was suggested that Magee needed a new, improved cover, we contacted Elizabeth. First, we completed the makeovers of all three original Witherspoon novels. And they are awesome! We just give her some of our ideas and she puts together a draft. She’s so great at making any changes we request and it truly is a collaboration. Go to Elizabeth’s website to see all of the services she can offer such as logo and website design.
E-book Expert: Michael Campbell (mcwriting.com) Michael Campbell and staff are the masters at converting our paper books into e-books. They are fast, thorough and extremely accommodating. Even making changes after we catch our own mistakes. Check out Michael’s website to see all of the writing services he offers.