Daily Archives: October 17, 2015

A Day in the Life of Ellison Russell by Julie Mulhern

guaranteed to bleedCoffee, that’s how to start a day. Well, that’s how to start my day. A morning without coffee would be like a golf course without putting greens, a tennis court without a net, a pool without water. In a word—incomplete.

Best of all? Gone are the days of stainless percolators and endless waits. I don’t know how a person can burn coffee, but I can. If my daughter were here, she’d roll her eyes and tell you I can burn water. Teenagers.

Mr. Coffee has changed my life. First off, unlike that cold stainless steel percolator, he’s cheerful. Who wouldn’t smile at his sunny, yellow gingham? Second, he’s dependable. He’s there when I need him—morning (when I really need him), noon or night. Finally, he does exactly as he promises—a perfect cup of coffee every time I push his buttons.

Almost makes you wish men were more like Mr. Coffee. . .

Most nights, I fill him with water and grounds before I go to bed. That way, I need only push a button as I stumble through the kitchen to let Max the naughty Weimaraner out in the backyard.

SamIn the summer, I follow my first cup of coffee with a swim at the country club. Now that it’s fall, I go for a run. If the weather meets with his approval, Max joins me.

By the time I’m back, Grace is up and I fix her breakfast—Life cereal poured into a bowl. Not even I can burn that. When, she leaves, I don painting clothes and climb the stairs to the third floor ballroom—now my studio.

I paint. If I’m lucky, I paint until Grace gets home from school. If I’m unlucky (I’m seldom lucky) I paint until I have to get ready for a bridge game or golf game or committee meeting. On lucky days, my housekeeper, Aggie, brings me lunch. On unlucky days, you’ll find me dining at the country club.

So, that’s it. Typical, boring, hum-drum days.

The problem is that since I started finding bodies, no day is typical.


You can read more about Ellison in Guaranteed To Bleed, the second book in the “Country Club” mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is The Deep End.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, October 23 for your chance to win a digital copy of The Deep End.  Good luck everyone!

About the author
Julie Mulhern is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Her first romance was a finalist in the 2014 Golden Heart® contest. That book, A Haunting Desire released July 28, 2015.

Julie also writes mysteries. The Deep End (available now) is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award. Look for book two, Guaranteed to Bleed, recently released October 13, 2015.

Visit Julie at www.juliemulhern.com, on Pinterest, on Twitter and on Facebook

November 2015 Books

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November 1
Hidden by Karen E. Olson *new series*
Second Skin by Michael Wiley – Daniel Turner #2

November 2
Cardiac Arrest by Lisa Q. Mathews – Ladies Smythe & Westin *new series*

November 3
Writing All Wrong by Ellery Adams – Books by the Bay #7
Five Spot by Cindy Blackburn – Cue Ball #5
Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer – Liz Talbot #4
Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon – Black Cat Bookshop #5
The Last Good Place by Robin Burcell
The Chocolate Falcon Fraud by JoAnna Carl – Chocoholic #15
Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle – Fixer-Upper #3

Need by Joelle Charbonneau
The Crossing by Michael Connelly – Mickey Haller #6
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany – Year Round Christmas *new series*
Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers – Postmistress *new series*
Trimmed With Murder by Sally Goldenbaum – Seaside Knitters #10

White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton – Vintage Kitchen #5
Olive and Let Die by Susannah Hardy – Greek To Me #2
The Stitching Hour by Amanda Lee – Embroidery #9
Nuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee – Nut House #3
Claws for Alarm by T.C. LoTempo – Nick and Nora #2

Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything by Nancy Martin – Miss Ruffles *new series*
A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay – Library Lover’s #6
Yappy Hour by Diana Orgain – Roundup Crew *new series*
Murder is on the Clock by Fran Rizer – Callie Parrish #7
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson – Gaslight #19
The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer by Livia Washburn – Fresh Baked #10
The Puffin of Death by Betty Webb – Gunn Zoo #4

November 5
Accused! By Hannah Dennison – Vicky Hill #5

November 8
Sweetheart Deal by Linda Joffe Hull – Mrs. Frugalicious #3
A Body To Spare by Sue Ann Jaffarian – Odelia Grey #10

November 9
“Killer Transaction” by Catherine Bruns – Realtor for Hire *new series*

November 10
Fate of the Union by Max Allan Collins – Reeder and Rogers #2
The Promise by Robert Crais – Elvis Cole/Joe Pike #16
Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan – Shakespeare in the Catskills *new series*
Cover Shot by Lyndee Walker – Headlines in High Heels #5

November 11
Murder at Peacock Mansion by Judy Alter – Blue Plate Cafe #3

November 15
Dying For A Donut by Cindy Sample – Laurel McKay #5
Stabbing in the Senate by Colleen J. Shogan – Washington Whodunit *new series*

November 17
The Guilty by David Baldacci – Will Robie #4
Bun for Your Life by Karoline Barrett – Bread and Batter *new series*
Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen – Molly Murphy #15
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke – Under Suspicion #2
Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum #22
“Tree of Life and Death” by Gin Jones – Danger Cove Quilting #2
Smart But Dead by Nancy G. West – Aggie Mundeen #3

November 18
Murder by Kindness by Barbara Graham – Quilted #7

November 20
Lucky Break by Deborah Coonts – Lucky O’Toole Vegas #10

November 21
Burning Heat by David Burnsworth – Brack Pelton #2

November 23
Cross Justice by James Patterson – Alex Cross #23

November 24
Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis – Paws and Claws #3
Death by Tea by Alex Erickson – Bookstore Café #2
Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell – Tangled Web *new series*
Giving Up the Ghost by Max McCoy – Ophelia Wyld Occult *new series*