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Dead to the Last Drop Featured on Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast

Y’all, I had so much fun answering a few questions for the King River Magazine Mystery Rat’s Maze podcast. If you’re not familiar with the podcast, it’s a ton of fun for all y’all sleuths!!!

This cool feature is actually a the first chapters of various cozy mysteries that’s read by an actor. I hope y’all enjoy our little broadcast of DEAD TO THE LAST DROP.

I love how it turned out and the southern accent is perfect for Roxy!!!!

Let me know in the comments what you think about the broadcast to enter to win a print and signed copy of DEAD TO THE LAST DROP!

I’ll pick a winner on Monday!


Happy Sleuthing!







Inside Tonya’s Head

Hey y’all!! Remember the video of me walking in the dark and I was telling y’all how I had a plot thought and I would let y’all know about it when I write it? Well, I was out hiking today and the first scene played out in my head.

I guess I should tell you it’s POST MORTEM, Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery, which will be released in 2021. I’m not even writing it yet, but I know I’ll be thinking about it super soon and my head knows it.

When I’m hiking my mind just lets go and does whatever it wants. Today it just went right past the next two books in line and straight to Bernie. I practically had the entire book written before I was even finished with the hike.
I didn’t have my phone on me so I was unable to do what I normally do which is to use the notes section of my phone. This is the hardest part because I had no idea my creative brain was going to give me the whole mystery so the last part of my hike I continued to talk to myself and tell myself the story so when I got home I could write it down in my bullet journal where I keep all my notes for my books.

I thought I’d give you a glimpse at the first scene and I’m sure you can see where this is going!

Iris has a feeling!

Have a wonderful day!

CHAPTER ONE: Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder

I absolutely love writing the first chapter of a book. It always feels like coming home to me after I’ve done all the research, logged all the plotting, and gotten acquainted with the new characters for that book. The first chapter is when all of those things start to come to life on the page.

When I was doing the research for Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder I knew I needed to incorporate something from the Daniel Boone National Forest that was a true life event. Every year they have a re-enactment called The Battle at Camp Wildcat, not to get into too much of the civil war, but the outcome was the Union had won and it was actually one of their first wins.

I knew I didn’t want to bring the war into it, but I knew it would be interesting if someone had actually gotten killed during the re-enactment when they were supposed to be pretending to be dead. OH…then I played the what if game. What if more people were actually dead? Oh…what if the person who they thought did the killing was also dead? Hmmmm…

Anyways, I hope you’re enjoying listening to me read the first chapter of Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder.

Clues Come In All Shapes & Sizes

I’m super excited to share with y’all how real life objects turn my brain into a mystery clue.Clues come in all shapes and sizes during the writing process. The killer’s motives and clues are always plotted before I write the mystery, but the other suspects motives and clues are sprinkled in. This one particular clue was so fun to use and I couldn’t wait to use it.

I knew it was perfect for this book in the A CAMPER & CRIMINALS COZY MYSTERY. Enjoy!

Instead of me writing about it, I thought I’d take a video so you can see what I mean for yourself.
I love y’all!
Happy sleuthing!