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Masked to Death has left port

masked-to-death-cover-frontMasked to Death, the fifth book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery Series, is now out. I went on my first cruise at the end of 2010 and feel in love with this type of vacation. When part of the plot came to me, I started thinking about where to set the book and recalled that in book one, Cropped to Death, Ted mentioned that his mom worked on a cruise ship. My muse said, “Perfect.”, and the story developed from there.

Here’s a short description about Masked to Death:

A Caribbean cruise is the perfect setting for a Roget wedding, and Faith meeting Ted’s family. She also hopes the vacation gets their stalled romance moving, but it doesn’t take long for that dream to capsize. Ted’s daughter hates her. The ex-wife is adored. Odessa Roget is surly. And the banned father of a groom, John Roget, requests Faith’s assistance in bringing down a jewel theft ring masterminded by his ex-wife.

Having had a man she loved accuse her of a crime, Faith won’t let Odessa travel down the same path and agrees to help. Faith sets her course on uncovering the true criminals—which might be a groom’s best friend. The romantic week turns disastrous as a wedding is interrupted, suspicious deaths point to murders, and Ted’s daughter schemes to reunite her parents. Instead of diamonds being a girl’s best friend, Faith finds they’re cruising her toward Davy Jones’ Locker.

Over the next few weeks, you can find me (or Masked) visiting a few places in cyber world where I’ll be answering some questions, talking about creating a travel journal and a fictional cruise, and where some readers will let you  know a little bit more about Masked to Death. I hope you can stop by.

January 25 – Dru’s Book Musings – Guest Post, Vacation Time With Faith Hunter

January 27 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW, INTERVIEW

January 28 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST, Creating a Cruise 

January 29 – Brooke Blogs – INTERVIEW

January 30 – Valerie’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

January 31 – Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW

February 1 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW

February 2 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW, GUEST POST, Travel Journal

February 3 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

February 4 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST, Scrapbooking and Murder

February 5 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy Too! – Excerpt (shopping on a cruise) from Masked to Death

February 6 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

February 7 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

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Travel Journal

2015-11-09 14.55.40As you’re reading this, my husband and I are relaxing on a deck of a cruise ship (or at a wine tasting depending what time you’re reading the post) to celebrate our 25th anniversary. One of the issues I’ve had when we’ve returned home from a vacation was not remembering all those little details I swore I’d never forget. Between so many new experiences and adventures added to my memory, getting back into the swing of things at home, and catching up on work projects, I don’t have the time when I return home to jot everything down. And, I always seem to lose the pieces of paper that I’ve written down notes and stories about our trip. So many of our scrapbooks have journaling holes.

This time, I decided to bring along a travel journal as it should be a little harder to lose the whole entire book. I didn’t want to bring along a lot of supplies so I decorated a few of the pages and added dates and itinerary. I love the double-sided pen that came with the book. One side is the pen and the other a glue stick. I’ll be able to paste down any memorabilia I collect on the trip. 2015-11-09 14.54.47

Part of my evening during our trip will be devoted to jotting down the story of our day. I want to do it while it’s still relatively fresh in my mind. I made sure to leave plenty of pages blank between days so pictures can be included once we get home. 2015-11-09 14.55.01

I’ve never used a journal before. Usually I take photos and then create a scrapbook. Sometimes I can start an album right after the trip, other times it’s a few months before I can begin the project (or years later and some of the memories are forgotten). It can also take some time to finish all the layouts I want to include in a scrapbook. My last vacation scrapbook took me about 18 months and turned into three albums. We like to take a lot of pictures. For the journal, I’ll use minimal embellishments and have it be a place where I document the stories and include a few pictures, kind of like a picture book.

I’m looking forward to trying something new and being able to do some crafting on the ship. I’m not foregoing doing a traditional scrapbook of our anniversary cruise–I love to scrapbook–but hope doing this now will help make sure I have all the stories I want to tell when I do have time to make an album.