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Did you know that I have a Fourth of July mystery? Doggone Dead takes my heroine Betsy through the trials of a hot July in Texas, a beauty pageant and the ghost of dead cowboy star Charlie Loper who seems to still have an intact six-shooter. I also introduce the character of Libby Loper, Charlie’s daughter, who is not in a good place at the beginning of this book. Be sure to look for the Prize Guy for your chance at a free digital copy of Doggone Dead!
Doggone Dead is my third novel in the Pecan Bayou series. It continues the mystery-solving adventures of Betsy Livingston, the local helpful hints writer. As you can see on the cover, there is a dog running loose in Pecan Bayou. As I wrote the book I had two dogs, Martin, a dachshund mix and Hank, a blue heeler who looked like a tall, lanky beagle. Hank was an internet special. My husband found him listed at a shelter and fell in love with him.
Hank ended up being a wonderful dog. He was loyal and obedient and stayed next to my son with Down Syndrome. One time when my son decided to go sit in the car and wait for someone to drive him somewhere, Hank never let him out of his sight. He also did some not-so-noble things like chew the arm off my couch and I still have some funny looking teeth marks in a few pairs of my shoes.
Sadly, Hank died at the age of two because of an inoperable tumor in his stomach. Losing Hank broke my heart, and as I wrote my book, I found a little bit of Hank seeping into the pages. So, when you read about Butch, Betsy’s mischievous Weimaraner, you just might see a little bit of our dear Hank.
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