“witty humor and tight writing”
“fast and thoroughly entertaining”
“Warning: You will laugh out loud. I’m not kidding.”
“grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride”
“humor laced with engaging characters”
“If you like Janet Evanovich, you will like Becky Clark”
“Becky Clark wields a witty pen.”—Marty Wingate, author of the Potting Shed and Birds of a Feather series
“Becky Clark is a hilarious new talent in mystery fiction. With a mixture of humor and plot, Fiction Can Be Murder pulls back the curtain on the creative writing process and exposes the homicidal thoughts that take place while writing a book.”—Diane Vallere, national bestselling author of the Costume Shop mysteries
“In Fiction Can Be Murder, Becky Clark gives us a fun and funny peek into the writers’ life. This clever mystery, first in a new series, is perfect for book lovers.”— Vicki Delany, national bestselling author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries
“Charlee Russo is my new favorite amateur sleuth! Giving readers an inside look at the writer’s life, Becky Clark pens a funny, clever page turner of a mystery and I can’t wait for the next one in this terrific new series!”— Jenn McKinlay, bestselling author of the Library Lover’s Mysteries
“Fresh, fast, and furiously fun, Fiction Can Be Murder packs one surprise after the next. Becky Clark writes with wry wit, a keen eye, and no shortage of authority on this particular subject.”—Brad Parks, Shamus-, Nero-, and Lefty-award-winning author of Closer Than You Know
“…promising series launch … cozy fans should enjoy this funny and affecting view into a mystery writer’s life.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“The charming heroine and the supporting cast shine in Clark’s fun and funny solo mystery debut…which doesn’t take anyone too seriously in the best way possible.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A promising series debut.”—Booklist
Mystery Writer’s Mystery series
Mystery author Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo thought the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books were only the products of her imagination. That is, until her agent is found dead exactly as described in her new, unpublished manuscript. Suspicion swirls around her and her critique group, making her confidence drop as severely and unexpectedly as her royalty payments.
The police care more about Charlee’s feeble alibi and financial problems than they do her panicky claims of innocence. To clear her name and revive her career, she must figure out which of her friends is a murderer. Easier said than done, even for an author who’s skilled at creating tidy endings for her mysteries. And as her sleuthing grows dangerous, her imagination starts working overtime. Is she being targeted too?
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Between a kidnapping, a double booking, and a crew of hapless volunteers, Charlee is worried the writing conference will go to the dogs.
Mystery author Charlee Russo agrees to speak at a Portland writers’ conference organized by her friend Viv Lundquist. When Viv picks her up at the airport, she frantically explains that her daughter Hanna has been kidnapped. Unfortunately, Viv has a history of embellishing the truth and Hanna has a history of disappearing.
Charlee takes over the conference preparation so Viv can search for her daughter, but the situation gets tense when the hotel double-books the event with a dog show. Despite it all, Charlee is compelled to investigate after she learns shocking secrets about both Hanna and Viv. Can she find Hanna in time, or will a plot twist lead her to a ruff ending?
Dunne Diehl Mysteries
After imbibing in one too many Banana Bamboozles at a backyard party, Cassidy Dunne is flabbergasted to recognize one of the partygoers as her teenage niece. When she points out the girl to her longtime best friend, Dan Diehl, he revokes her bar privileges, reminding her that one, she’s blotto, and two, the niece in question died in a tragic house fire as an infant fourteen years earlier.
Nevertheless, Cassidy becomes obsessed with confirming the girl’s identity, regardless of possible disastrous consequences.
Dan has been involved in thirty years of Cassidy’s bad ideas, but gets sidetracked by an accusation against him with the potential to destroy both his business and his reputation. Cassidy must handle this one alone.
Well, almost alone. Every problem in her life is accompanied — and medicated — by her secret stash of candy. Run-ins with an old high school nemesis. Booty calls with her ex-husband. Her first date in Justin Bieber’s lifetime. Shapeware. All tamed with a candy bar. Or three.
But all the chocolate in the world can’t help her figure out this puzzle. If she’s not prudent, she could ruin several lives.
And Cassidy isn’t prudent.
In this sequel to BANANA BAMBOOZLE, all Cassidy Dunne wants is a road trip to bond with her niece and some gooey campfire s’mores. What she gets is an extra serving of mayhem — marijuana brownies, creepy locals, an ardent admirer, a precocious canine cohort, and a dead body.
Driving an RV from California to Colorado in winter poses plenty of challenges, some of which can be solved, at least temporarily, by her secret stash of candy. But nothing can sugarcoat the clues pointing to her involvement in the murder.
Fill in the blanks to record your thoughts about the novels you read, and keep a list of books you want to read in the future — all in one convenient place, small enough to tuck into purse or backpack easily.
In addition to standard information about the book (title, author, rating, who you loaned it to, synopsis), you can also note why you chose the book, ideas for book club discussions, the images that stayed with you, and your favorite passages, among other things.
Whether for your personal use, your book club, or your literature class, these 30 entries will jog your memory and chronicle your thoughts about the literary journey you’re on.
A marvelous, practical gift for yourself or the readers in your life — kids or adults.
As a writer sitting at a desk all day, I was dismayed at how my butt was spreading across my chair. Add to that my laziness and intense hatred of cooking and thus was born my Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle Cookbook. I don’t want to have to think about what to eat and I want as little time in the kitchen as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I like eating; I just get tired of the day-to-day grind of having to cook. So you can believe me when I say that I’ve figured out all kinds of lazy ways to turn ingredients into delicious meals.
All the recipes are portion controlled and tell you exactly how many calories and servings. There are main dishes, meatless options, side dishes, sweets and snacks — all of them under 400 calories per serving.
These recipes are simple. I’ll never make you scurry around town shopping for spices or utensils you’ll only use once.
These recipes can’t fail, even for beginners. I’ve tried and tested all of them, and most are family favorites here at Casa Lazy. I had my 20-something kids in mind when I created many of these recipes. They didn’t have money but had an oven, a microwave, some pots and pans, a refrigerator, running water, and electricity. That’s all you need. I firmly believe my motto: “If you can read, you can cook.” And if you’ve gotten this far in the description, I have faith in you.
This cookbook is cheap — like eight cents per recipe! Scandalously cheap. Ingredients are cheap. Recipes are portion-controlled so you’ll have planned leftovers. You’ll only need cheap, basic kitchen stuff. Cheap, cheap, cheap.
Diet advice has been around for so long, I bet they’ve found cave paintings showing proper portion sizes when eating a whooly mammoth. Trust me when I tell you there is not a lot of new weight loss info out there.
The information doesn’t change, but we do. We’re all in different places in our weight loss journey and education. “How To Lose Weight and Get Healthy Even If You’re Lazy” offers 115 ideas you may not have heard before, or that you may see in a new light now that you’re further along in your journey. Of course, if you already know and practice common-sense ideas and your weight is under control, then this probably isn’t the book for you which absolutely delights me. I’m all about celebrating success!
But for me, and maybe you, it’s taken many years of hearing the same advice before I was ready to take action on it. And once I put simple (and sometimes obvious) lifestyle changes into practice, I got healthier and lost weight.
That’s why I know you can too.
Just pick a few tips at a time to incorporate into your life. Start to make those steady, incremental steps toward good health that you can live with happily ever after. If you start today, imagine where you’ll be a year from now!
Good luck and accept all my good wishes for the success you’re after!
Have you ever tried to zip up your jeans and vowed, “No more dessert — no matter what!”?
Have you ever watched in envy while those around you delighted in the decadent dessert you just declined?
Have you ever wept when thinking about all the treats you deprive yourself of?
Have you ever told your kids there are no more brownies left (because you hid them to eat after they went to bed)?
I’m here to say you don’t have to do any of that ever again. (Well, maybe keep doing that brownie thing because there are some delicious brownie recipes in here. You might not want to share.)
Delightful and delicious low-calorie desserts are just a click away! (But all these recipes are in the Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle Complete Cookbook, so if you have that, you already have all of these.)
Reading Maniac is a handbook explaining how a child learns to read and why he may be having problems with the reading process. Included are simple ways to diagnose specific reading problems and lots of fun, easy games to strengthen the reading skills a child may be lacking. Solid, logical information for reluctant readers and kids just learning to read.
I used to present this information in a workshop and have collected some nice testimonials over the years. Here are some kind things people have said about Reading Maniac:
“Everything was very informative. All the game ideas sound interesting.” … “To the point … organized … good ideas.” … “All the information is easy to implement.” … “Offered many varied ideas and approaches. Gives hope to parents.” … “Great concrete examples. Your ideas were exactly what I needed.” … “Lots of good real-life strategies.”