At last, a new book this Fall…

If you didn’t see on Facebook, here’s the front cover and book cover blurb (which is also the inside Preface):


Sequel to Rhodes The Mojave-Stone

Sometimes surprising and breathtaking happenings occur in the desert.

For example—heavy spring rains bring back to life a dry windblown-riverbed producing a mass of water powerful enough to snatch and carry away all and everything in its path.

Less dramatic, but no less spectacular—lighter spring rains turn broad expanses of Mojave Desert flatlands into multicolored and picture-perfect wildflower carpets.

And even the human hand—admittedly, via time-controlled irrigation boom operations, perform magical dust-to-beauty happenings. Indeed, with the flip of a well-switch, swatches of desert are brought alive with what seems like a flood of purple-to-blue flowering alfalfa.

But most amazingly—if you look widely, without preconception, in the right place, and at the appropriate point in time, you will find people who have been swept up in the flood of human events, and done the most unexpected and exceptional things.

One such flood of human events plays out in The Movie-Maker. This tale is not a murder mystery; though there are in fact several murders—but there is very little mystery surrounding who the perpetrators are. Neither is this tale meant to be a literary treatise addressing age-old philosophical questions or current day conundrums. This story’s goal is fun and escapism. Nor is the Movie-Maker a police procedural; though happenings do occur that require police activities. Nor is this tale an action drama—even though dramatic actions do unfold. A romance? Not exactly, though several love stories—past and present—flavor happenings and decisions.

Rhodes – The Movie-Maker is simply one of many human event stories playing themselves out in the Mojave Desert along historic Route 66.


Welcome, Marilyn!

April 29, 2017

As always, I’m delighted to have  F. M. aka (Marilyn) Meredith visit! And it’s a double-delight when she has a new book coming out. Today Marilyn is talking about writers who’ve influenced her. Interesting, I think, in that she has influenced soooo many herself! Here’s Marilyn…

Me in Oakhurst

Marilyn in Oakhurst

F. M. Meredith lived for many years in a small beach community much like Rocky Bluff. She has many relatives and friends who are in law enforcement and share their experiences and expertise with her. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at and her blog at

Like many other female mystery writers, I grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries. I’ve always loved the who-done-it’s of Agatha Christie.

But, first and foremost, I believe Ed McBain and his 87th Precinct Police Procedural had a big influence on my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, even though I didn’t realize it until recently.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read that series, but I have every title. Frankly, I don’t remember much about any of them except the following:

His tales are much farther back in time than mine because the books are older; at the time they were written they were contemporary.

His imaginary city is really New York—much bigger area than my little beach town of Rocky Bluff.

He was definitely the champion for making each character’s dialogue distinctively different, I wish I could do as well.

He had many ongoing characters with different ones starring at times. I’ve done some of that too.

Of course other mystery writers have influenced me too. I’ve admired both James Lee Burke and William Kent Krueger for their great ability of description of settings. I wish I could do as well.

I haven’t mentioned any women mystery writers, but I admire many of them beginning with Mary Higgins Clark. Jan Burke has always been a favorite of mine. I have many female friends who write wonderful mysteries but haven’t attained best-selling author status—though their books are as good as or better than many of the most popular writers of today.

With influences of any kind, of some you aren’t even aware, others are but bits and pieces.

If you’re influenced by a certain author, tell me about him or her in the comment section.      F. M. aka Marilyn Meredith

#13 in her Rocky Bluff P.D. series

UnresolvedRocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.

Copies may be purchased from Book and Table by emailing with a 10% discount and free shipping

Next on April 30, the topic is Challenges in Writing a Series/

Thank you, Marilyn, for visiting–a delight for sure. Can’t wait to read Unresolved.

Spring in the Mojave!

March 19, 2017

Had a great visit with Patricia Gligor, hope you had a chance to stop by. If not, there’s still time (smile)! Here’s the link…  I have Marnie Malone on my Kindle waiting for that special time when I can curl up and enjoy!

Next week (Wednesday March 22nd) I’m “up” on Writers in Residence, talking about Spring and it’s Richness, especially when it comes to writing. If you go to our site now, you’ll find a wonderful post by Jackie Houchin on putting together a booklet. Great instructions.

And I’m still open to posts from my fellow authors, just drop me a line at — new book, old book, thoughts on writing…

In the meantime, here’s a little picture break from my yard in the Mojave…