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Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Letter Across the Rainbow Bridge

My Dearest Miss Molly, my Baby Girl

I write you today from my side of the Rainbow Bridge. A place I stood a year ago today with great sadness. Even a year later it hurts as much as it did that sad, sad day when I helped you cross the bridge. It was the saddest day of my life. I would do anything to have you back in my life.

For 22 years you were there beside me, through good times and bad, happy and sad, lean and financially stable, boyfriends and breakups, you were the quiet, loving presence beside me. When you got sick you were stalwart and through five years of medications and sub-q fluids you never complained but took it all in stride. I think you know that we did what we could to not only keep you alive but give you a good quality and happy life. To say it has been hard without you would be an understatement. At times I wondered how I would get through each event without your constant presence because you had faithfully sat by me through each change in my life for so long.

Good things happened like we finally got our mortgage modified -- Mel will always have a stable home.  Missy and Bogie came into our lives -- Mel isn't too fond of Missy -- even with some of your traits, she isn't you. And Bogie, he's a feral and while he's come a long way, he still runs from people. At least he has a home where he is safe and has plenty of food, water and love.

And not so good things happened -- in September last year the doctors found a blood clot in my leg and a pulmonary embolism. If I hadn't dreamt of you that September morning I would never have gone to the hospital. While if I had not gone I would have crossed the bridge to be with you, Mel, Missy and Bogie would not have their mommy. There was no doubt you looked out for me across the bridge from there to here.

A car accident, the end of the furloughs at work, new friends, good times with old ones, betrayals from other -- it would have all been easier and better if you were still here. New book contracts, one that will star you soon, new stories on the horizon.

Changes at work making it better -- no drama these days and it's good, so much better. I work with a number of cat people and you know how special we are.

But still, life without you just isn't the same. There is still a huge hole in my heart that can't be filled. I miss you baby girl and not a day goes by I don't with I could hold you one more time. Thank you for the gift of your time in my life; thank you for saving mine last year. Sleep well little Princess. Mommy will always love you.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Welcome to Anne K. Albert

Anne K. Albert has taught high school art, sold display advertising for a small town weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now writes full time.

A member of the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it's a given she'd write mystery and romantic suspense.

When not in her home office, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, knitting, crocheting, and of course, reading.

Regan –How would you describe your series to someone who has not read any of your previous novels?

Anne - The Muriel Reeves Mysteries is a series of ‘gentle” mysteries that focus on crimes that take place around a special date on the calendar. Tied in with the festivities are the antics of Muriel’s eccentric but lovable family. My books chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul – all with a delightful touch of humor.

Regan - What inspired you to write your first book?

Anne - The sad truth is a few years ago the neighbor from hell moved in next door. It was an ugly situation, made all the worse by the ever present police cruisers who were monitoring the situation. I’d had a particularly bad day, and decided I needed a good laugh and a diversion as I hadn’t written in such a long time. To be honest, I wondered if I even remembered how to write. Still, I placed my fingertips on the keyboard and FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL was born. It took me about five months to write the book from start to finish, and it was a godsend for my sanity. As for that horrid neighbor? He moved away shortly after we did!

Regan – Did you have to do any research, and if so, how?

Anne – I used and continue to use Google for just about everything I need to research. It’s an amazing resource and always at my fingertips.

Regan - Tell us about your book.

Anne – FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is set the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a close friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse.

It received a 5-star review and Reviewer Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews. Reviewer Diana Coyle said, “Ms. Albert has a way of telling a story that pulls you in from the very first sentence and holds your attention to the very last line. If you’re looking for a story with a little bit of humor, a whole lot of suspense and plenty of insanity, then you’ve found the perfect story.”

Regan - Where can readers get a copy of your book?

Anne: It’s available in e-book format now at Amazon,

Barnes and Noble, Smashwords,

or from my publisher, Vanilla Heart Publishing. The print edition will be released in July 2011.

Thank you so much, Regan, for hosting me on my third stop of the Murder We Write Blog Tour. I’d like to invite readers to visit my website or my main blog

If they drop by my Muriel Reeves Mysteries blog and leave a comment mentioning this interview, I’ll enter their name in a draw to win a pdf copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL. I’ll announce the winner at the conclusion of the tour, sometime during the week of August 22, 2011.