November Releases

Kate Collins
Florist Grump

Jenn McKinlay
A Likely Story

Amanda Lee
The Stitching Hour

Sally Goldenbaum
Trimmed with Murder

Vicki Delany
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen

Susannah Hardy
Olive and Let Die

Ali Brandon
Plot Boiler

Betty Hechtman
Knot Guilty

JoAnna Carl
The Chocolate Falcon Fraud

Kate Carlisle
Crowned and Moldering

Jean Flowers
Death Takes Priority

Victoria Hamilton
White Colander Crime

Elizabeth Lee
Nuts and Buried

Ellery Adams
Writing All Wrongs

Livia J. Washburn
The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer

JoAnna Carl
The Chocolate Clown Corpse

Victoria Thompson
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue

T. C. LoTempio
Claws for Alarm

Karoline Barrett
Bun for Your Life

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Gail Oust

Gail Oust

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” is one of my favorite quotes. Another one should be, “Ignorance is bliss.” I never started out to be a writer. My goal was to become a registered nurse. Having that black band added to my nurses’ cap was literally a crowning achievement. While my education excelled in the nursing arts, it sadly lacked the liberal arts. The only thing remotely close was once doing a research paper on the Sitz bath.

I was a stay-at-home mom while our children were small. Somewhere between the vacuum cleaner and the ironing board, my imagination shifted into high gear. I had stories inside my head that just wouldn’t leave me alone. I’m talking plots, dialogue, characters, and costume, the whole ball of wax. During nap times, I’d take out my old portable typewriter and attempt to put it all down on paper. Well, was I in for a shock! I learned my very first lesson on becoming a writer. I quickly discovered writing—even bad writing—is hard work.

But ultimately my persistence paid off. It wasn’t until I returned to work full-time as a nurse/technologist for a vascular lab that I made my first sale, Sweet Possession, a historical romance under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner. Eight more historical romances followed while juggling a family and a job as vascular technologist. It was a busy but rewarding time in my life.

I’ve been happily married for more years than I care to count to my husband, Bob, and have two grown children. In the course of our marriage, we’ve lived in Chicago, upstate New York, and suburban Detroit. A few years ago, my husband and I re-located to another small town, this time one in South Carolina with a community very much like the one inhabited by Kate McCall, the protagonist in my new Bunco Babe Mystery series. Along with a change in locale, I decided to change genres. I’ve been a mystery fan ever since devouring Nancy Drew novels as a girl so the transition from historical romance to cozy mysteries was as fun as it was painless.

As my son reminded me, life’s an adventure. I’m enjoying the ride.

Shake, Murder, and Roll, May 2011
'Til Dice Do Us Part, April 2010
Whack 'N' Roll, August 2009

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