Saturday, April 30th, the High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club HDCWC Website is having a book festival, and I’ll be one of the authors there. Haven’t been to a signing in a long time, so I’m pretty darned excited–especially with this group of authors! They are a talented, welcoming, and darned nice group of people. I know not many of you reading this will be in the area, but if you are, please stop by, say hello, and meet some really neat authors. Hope to see you there…

Roberta Smith and Michael Raff are doing a great job of advertising, and they’ve put together a wonderful trailer that I can’t get to work here (sigh), but visit me on FB to see it. (I’ve never been in a trailer before I don’t think!)



So glad Marilyn has written another Rocky Bluff adventure, because she is so right, Gordon Butler is a most special character for me.  Here’s Marilyn…

A Favorite Character in the Rocky Bluff P.D. Series

Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith

Because I know that Officer Gordon Butler is M.M. Gornell’s favorite character in this series, I thought I’d write about him and how he came to be.

Gordon makes his first appearance in Fringe Benefits. At that time, I had no idea how important he’d become to the series. The story was about a very bad cop who happened to be Gordon’s training officer.

Though Gordon knows the laws better than anyone else, somehow he manages to have big problems as he goes about his job as a police officer. He manages to wreck a brand new police car, while chasing a suspect he breaks his leg, any time something bad could happen, it does.

Some of the crimes he investigates have a humorous turn and once in a while he’s looked at as a buffoon.

As for his love life, his wife leaves him, he falls for women who aren’t interested in him and one who turns out to be the prime suspect in a murder case. As the series progresses, Gordon matures, he faces some major danger, and yes, thing begin to look up as far as romance is concerned.

And as for my feelings about Gordon, I’ve had a great time writing about him and I’m glad things are changing for him.

Do you have a favorite character in this series? Is so let me know in the comments.  Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

A Crushing Death Right

A Crushing DeathA pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.

F. M. Meredith, who is also known as Marilyn Meredith is nearing the number of 40 published books. Besides being an author she is a wife, mother, grandma and great-grandmother. Though the Rocky Bluff she writes about is fictional, she lived for over twenty-years in a similar small beach town. Besides having many law enforcement officers in her family she is counts many as friends. She teaches writing, loves to give presentations to writing and other groups, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Public Safety Writers Association.

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I love when Marilyn visits–She a wonderful author and guiding light. And I read A Crushing Death Recently and loved it! If you’d like to read my review, here it is…

“I’m an avid mystery fan, and I follow this series by F.M. Meredith with anticipation, but sometimes wonder when I will be disappointed as has happened with some other authors I’ve followed. This entry into her series, might be the best, in that I found it very suspenseful, yet very much connected to the realities of current day life. Having followed the series, for a bit now, I’m also fond of several of the characters, and really enjoyed seeing what has happened-with and to some of my favorites. And as I’ve done in the past, I waited until I had time to “curl up” and enjoy my visit to Rocky Bluff P.D.– read pretty much right through . And I was rather sad when it was over–didn’t want to leave and go back to reality. Creating that feeling in a reader I think says a lot about the author. Definitely recommend.”

What’s in the Works

April 10, 2016

This isn’t exactly a newsletter–but a start…

Thanks Paul for visiting! (if you missed, here’s the link  Paul’s Post) And again, I extend an invitation to my writing, journalist, photographer, musical, ceramic artists, PSWA friends–indeed, creative friends of all sorts, to post here. Just send me an email. Especially if you’re starting a new adventure, or have perspective, insights, or helpful suggestions/hints to share!

  • Marilyn Meredith will be visiting April 22nd–looking forward, as always to hear about her latest.
  • New for 2016, every quarter, Mugsy will go through all the comments left for me or for my visitors, and  then select a winner of a signed complementary copy of one of my books (your choice).
  • April 30th, the High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club is having a member book festival, and I plan on being there! And I’ll have copies of Rhodes The Mojave-Stone with me. HDCWC Spring Book Festival
  • DPMFrontCover500dpi2000pxlSoon, Champlain Avenue Books will be issuing the Second Edition (revised reprint) of my second novel, Death of the Perfect Man. Plan to talk about the experience on my next Writers in Residence blog Writers in Residence This week Kate Thornton has an excellent post on recycling your work. (my turn isn’t for a few weeks down the road)

That’s all for now…





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