A Stocking Full of Shocking with 7 Mysteries On Sale Through December

A holiday update: I’m working on two new releases for 2019. A House in the Woods serves up a spine-chilling horror story of a young couple expecting their first child and finding the house of their dreams in the New Jersey woods … or is it the house of their nightmares?

In Reservation for Murder, Kyle Callahan returns as he and husband Danny Durban leave New York City to open a bed and breakfast in Lambertville, New Jersey. A writers’ conference brings talent and egos to town, the B & B is booked up, and murder checks in. Coming next year … in the meantime, enjoy a stocking full of shocking with 7 mysteries on sale for the rest of December.
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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse

Photo by Sue Hardesty

By Lee Lynch
The Amazon Trail

“Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse.”

That was true when we brought home our Christmas tree back in 2009 and a poor dead mouse fell onto our living room floor. We’ve made do with a little artificial tree ever since. But this year we’re going all Santa Claus and supporting the local 4H Club which is selling trees at the fairgrounds.

Christmas is such a multi-featured concept. As an atheist, I celebrate for the sake of lighting the darkness. As a feminist, I’m aware of the pre-Christian pagan winter rituals that make sense to me: Yule logs. The tree itself. Gifting one another. Celebrations to liven up the doldrums of winter.

Here in our community, the clubhouse is already decorated, thanks to volunteers who might be teens—not seniors—with their mirthful high energy. Some years a local choral group in red bow ties comes to serenade our holiday potluck. Not everyone is up to decorating, but if they have an extra fifteen dollars they’ll hire a handyperson to string outdoor lights. Every year there’s a light show as we walk our mile of roads, calling out good wishes, and swaddled, like our neighbors, in layers that protect us from the ocean winds.
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Guest Column: Dave Hughes of Retire Fabulously – What is a Successful Retirement?

By Dave Hughes, RetireFabulously.com

Dave Hughes at the Tiki Bar

What is your definition of a successful retirement?

Obviously, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Nor is there a right or wrong answer, although you could say that the best answer is a thought-out, well-defined answer that’s right for you, and the worst answer is no answer at all.

Trying to define a successful retirement is like trying to define good art. You may not be able to define it, but you know it when you see it.

There is value in attempting to define what a successful retirement means to you. The process of creating this definition will illuminate what you should include in your life and what you should deprioritize or eliminate.

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The Twist Podcast #82: AIDS at 35, Silence Equals Facebook, CASA is for Caring, and the Week in Headlines


Join co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we talk about AIDS at 35, the silence of the Facebooks, CASA cares, and the week in Twisted headlines.

Enjoy The Twist on LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, Stitcher, Castbox and TheTwistPodcast.com. Subscribe to the podcast HERE. Comments, questions or suggestion to: TheTwistPodcast @ Outlook.com

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One Thing or Another Podcast: An Interview with Matt Lubbers-Moore, Gay Mystery Bibliographer

Matt Lubbers-Moore surrounded by books

I’m delighted to share my recent One Thing or Another Podcast interview with Matt Lubbers-Moore, a bibliophile and mystery aficionado with an encyclopedic knowledge of both the bibliomystery and gay mystery genres. His devotion to the latter has resulted in his creation of an online bibliography of gay mysteries, reflecting a labor of love and a commitment to scholarship in the subject.

Fasten your headphones as I talk with Matt about his life, career, love of gay mysteries, and an opinion or two.

About Matt Lubbers-Moore

Matt Lubbers-Moore is a newlywed having just married on November 10, 2018, with a huge passion for books, family, friends, life, and pizza. He has a degree in history with a minor in human rights and is currently a semester shy of a degree in Library Science.

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The Twist Podcast #81: Hideous Christmas Playlists, Thanks for the Genocide, and the Week in Headlines


Join co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we talk about the Christmas song onslaught, Thanksgiving as turkeys and Native Americans might see it, and the week in Twisted headlines.

Enjoy The Twist on LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, Stitcher, Castbox and TheTwistPodcast.com. Subscribe to the podcast HERE. Comments, questions or suggestion to: TheTwistPodcast @ Outlook.com

Copyright 2018 MadeMark Publishing