Author Interview Oct 31 2022, 2pm PT!
Speak Up Talk Radio will interview me on Halloween, October 31, 2022 at 2pm, Pacific Time, about my Firebird Book Award 1st Place Winner for Cozy Mystery, “Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case.” Hope you can join me. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more!
Sparky #2: Another Sneak Peek Blurb!
Craig Leener, author of the Zeke Archer Basketball Trilogy, has graciously written this blurb for upcoming Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cannibal Caper:
The author’s gift is her ability to wedge herself deeply into the mind of an 11-year-old streetwise firecracker named Sparky in this intricately woven, beautifully crafted tale that glides across the hardscrabble streets of 1930s Downtown Los Angeles like sweet honey. “
Thank you, Craig! Please check out Craig Leener‘s Zeke Archer Basketball Trilogy. These exceptionally well written books are ones you will not be able to put down until you find out what happens!
Strangely Funny IX Released!
Featuring my short story, “The Hungry Place,” where a down-and-out ghost hunter works up an unexpected appetite on a remote, cursed beach. And how are Cincinnati librarians involved?
Strangely Funny IX, the 10th volume (yes, the 9th is the 10th!) of the award-winning Strangely Funny series takes insanity to a new level.
Discover how a theater troupe finds a curious way to cope with a staff shortage. There’s a new pastor who starts a Bible study at H.P. Lovecraft’s infamous Miskatonic University (what could possibly go wrong?). Can there be a Beauty who actually preferred the Beast?
Strangely Funny IX is packed with nineteen stories from authors Rosalind Barden, Robert Allen Lupton, Jennifer Lee Rossman, David Perlmutter, Paul Wartenberg, and more!
Take your funny bone on a wild ride with any of the Strangely Funny books, or go all-in with the complete collection!
Sparky #2 Sneak Peek Blurb!
Here’s the very first blurb for the upcoming Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cannibal Caper. Sal Nudo, award-winning journalist and author of The Newspaperman, Far From Mars, and other great works, kindly took a look at Sparky #2, and here’s what he says:
Though written for tweens and teens, the snappy writing and memorable characters of Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cannibal Caper kept this middle-aged reader glued to the pages, wondering what sort of strife the street-savvy Sparky would find herself in next. While the dangers encountered by the young and tough Sparky are no joke, author Rosalind Barden cleverly inserts moments of humor amid the precarious situations. Sparky sees and experiences things no eleven-year-old ever should yet thrives on the danger. This action-packed caper will rouse readers to put their thinking caps on—or sailor caps, as the case may be—as the plucky girl tries to solve several curious goings-on in underground Los Angeles in the 1930s. A rollicking, layered, smart mystery that’s tons of fun!”
I am so grateful that Sal Nudo took the time to read an advance draft of Sparky #2. I am a fan of his work, and I encourage you to check out his books. Here are my BookBub reviews for:
The Newspaperman and Far From Mars: Nine Creative Nonfiction Stories Featuring People and Places in Champaign-Urbana.
I’ll send you more updates on Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cannibal Caper as I get them.
Strangely Funny VIII Honored!
Thank you, readers, for voting Strangely Funny VIII into the Top 10 for Best Anthology and voting my short story, “Yes, You Too Can be a Vegan Vampire” into the Top 10 for Best Horror Short Story in the 2021 Critters Annual Readers Poll.
It is such an amazing experience to be honored by readers themselves!
Strangely Funny VIII, the 9th, yes, 9th in the Strangely Funny humorous horror short story series is the weirdest yet!
Ginger the Vegan Vamp beckons you to come closer, closer so she can introduce you to her plant-based life(?)style in my short story “Yes, You Too Can be a Vegan Vampire.” Recipe included!
Enjoy 18 new stories from talented authors who love to spread the insanity!
Mardi Gras Mysteries Honored!