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CNY Literary Festival

27 November 2018

The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville is hosting its 1st CNY Literary Festival on Friday, November 30 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, featuring more than 30 local authors from the Central New York area. The event is for all ages with authors of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and children’s books. Join me for a celebration of… Read More ›

Syracuse Mysteries on Sale

The Poisoned Martini celebrates its anniversary this week. In honor of the event, both books in the Syracuse Mystery series will be on sale. This week, get Death on Stoneridge, the first book in the Syracuse Mystery series, for 0.99¢ on Amazon. Find out what happens when shots ring out on a seemingly quiet neighborhood… Read More ›

Read an eBook Day

Today is Read an eBook Day! What is it? Read an eBook Day is a celebration of reading stories in a digital format. On Friday, September 16, 2016, everyone is encouraged to pick out an ebook to read. Then share what you read on social media using the hashtag #eBookLove. Overdrive, a digital platform used… Read More ›

Second Book Launch

Today, I get to officially say, “I’m not a one book wonder!” It’s always been a life-long dream to be a published author, and now that becomes doubly true. Published through Soul Mate Publishing and now available as an ebook on, Death at Danforth House is set in Syracuse, New York, and is the… Read More ›

A Cover Revealed

The moment I saw my first mystery novel’s cover—and as the publication of my first book neared—I began envisioning what the cover of my second novel could be. The first book with its stylish black-and-white image set a classic traditional mystery tone for the series. I liked the idea of featuring the victim on the… Read More ›

Five Years of Blogging

Celebrate The Poisoned Martini‘s birthday! It’s been five years since I first logged onto WordPress and created The Poisoned Martini. It hardly seems like it’s been that long. Over the years, the site has grown, reviewed novels and book covers, hosted blog weeks (Blog Week VII is coming soon), introduced new features (like Writing Challenges… Read More ›

New Links

I’ve added a trio of new mystery genre sites I’d recently discovered to my list of links. First up is International Noir Fiction. Reviews cover books and few movies and TV series that have made their way stateside. If it’s been translated into English, chances are you might find a review for it here. Stylistically,… Read More ›

Inkitt’s Fated Paradox Contest

Mystery and thriller writers looking for a outlet for their stories have a new opportunity and a chance to win a contest for their writing. Inkitt, the dynamic community for writers and readers, have launched Fated Paradox, a contest for mystery and thriller authors. The theme is all about “tales of gripping suspense.” Think you… Read More ›

Blog Week VI (March 8 – 14)

It’s been a long while, but it’s time for the return of Blog Week! Now you might be asking: what’s Blog Week?  Think of it like TV’s sweeps, the time of year when you really want to tune into watch.  All week long, there will be something new to see, read, or experience here at… Read More ›

First Book Launch

Today, I fulfilled a long held dream, publishing my first murder mystery novel! Published through Soul Mate Publishing and now available as an ebook on, Death on Stoneridge is set in Syracuse, New York, and is the first of a planned series.  Neighbors living on Stoneridge Drive are alarmed when a suicide and a… Read More ›

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