I’m on the Hen House Blog

The years my husband and I spent sailing on Chesapeake Bay and beyond contributed to my mystery writing. For one, I found a couple of boats I wanted to include in my stories. One, a small lobster boat converted to a live-aboard cruiser, is front and center of my second published mystery. Here’s the picture, and here’s the resulting cover.


HotChickSmallerFrontCoverThat’s just one of my stories. As one of the contributors to the Sisters in Crime Writes of Passage, today I visit the Hen House Blog. Come read my story and see a couple of pictures of why I place my mysteries on Chesapeake Bay.


It’s All About The Book

5 star AStarting next week, every Monday will be my FIVE STAR READS day. I’ll talk about a book I’ve recently read, or, maybe not so recently read, that’s on my favorites list.

What makes a book one of my favorites? Ummm… could be because I stayed up late at night to continue reading. Could be because I absolutely loved the main characters, or the plot, or the sentiment, or… Perhaps I don’t know exactly what it is that tips an enjoyable novel over to the superlative.

Like they say, my choice might not be your cuppa tea. Even, on another day, it might not have been my favorite. But, rest assured, I’ll tell you what shivered my timbers with each book. Likely it will be a mystery. But, not always. (I’m looking forward to listing a particular middle-grade novel.) I also like historic fiction, especially historic mysteries. A few romances resonate with me (I have favorite authors). Often, a non-fiction will catch my eye.  I like comedy in stories, but I appreciate good suspense as well.

Along with my Monday with books, I’ll post another blog entry each Thursday. The subjects will be varied. I’ll include entries on both days to follow my mystery, history, and spooks, oh my caption. But, I’ll no doubt include some that could only be considered ‘rambling.’

Come back on Thursday, and again on next Monday. Hopefully, I’ll have refined my five star reads logo. And, hopefully, I’ll find out how to reorganize my first page to include an option to follow my blog, to shorten the list of past posts, and, possibly, even include other options.

What makes a book one of your favorites?


News From The Past

Does your newspaper publish weekly reminders of our past? Mine does. One week they tell us what happened 25 and 75 years ago. The next week they give us the latest from 50 and 100 years ago. (They’ve been in … Continue reading

My first blog post

My new blog is a work in progress, so please excuse any weirdness. I’m taking a class, so it will improve, right? I will learn how to add a picture of my choice to the headline banner. Although the current one is quite nice, it doesn’t have the feeling I’m looking for.

My second title, or whatever it is called, is MYSTERY, HISTORY, AND SPOOKS, OH MY! As the Grandma Moses of Mystery, I write mystery, so that accounts for the first word. The mystery part refers to comments about history in my first mystery, Yesterday’s Body, but that isn’t my entire reason for “History.” The sequel to my first book (I’m writing it now) is Forgotten Body and takes place during reenactments of the War of 1812. (Hey, it’s 200 years since that happened. Did you know that?) Plus, a YA I’ve written and is currently knocking on a publisher’s door has a 1946 component. That’s history too, right?

Now for the “Spooks.” Well, practically everything I write has a bit of woo woo embedded. Yesterday’s Body has an imaginary cat. Death of a Hot Chick has a ghost with an agenda. And the so-far unpublished YA? Well, that has a ghost and sort of time-travel as well. Even my short stories that have been published are a bit woo woo. (You can read them on my website: www.normahuss.com)

Tuesday is my next lesson. Come back to see what impressive things I’ve accomplished with the aid of Pepper O’Neal’s class.