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clock and roses2Meg has a fascination with clocks — pocket watches for both men and women, grandfather or grandmother clocks, carriage clocks, wall clocks, even sundials. Why? Time plays an important role in a mystery. The “ticking clock” ratchets up the suspense and gives the reader a sense of foreboding — will the hero/heroine solve the puzzle? save the world? whatever they’re supposed to do before time runs out?

Time plays a major part in mysteries and in life.

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Born and raised in Michigan, Meg loves watching the four seasons, visiting lighthouses in the Great Lakes and reading books. She lives with her husband and dog — a “make my day” Malti-poo. Her beloved Lhasa Apso rescue dog is featured in Santa Paws, and her daughter’s black cat is the star of Santa Claws — both are chasing each other beyond the Rainbow Bridge now. 

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Meg has won several awards for my western mysteries — a Best First Novel Spur Award from WWA for DOUBLE CROSSING, and Chanticleer Reviews Laramie Award in Western Mystery for DOUBLE OR NOTHING.

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Her contemporary romances are set in Michigan. SANTA PAWS and SANTA CLAWS are Christmas novellas — short and sweet stories. THE KEY TO LOVE is also a sweet novella with a Valentine’s Day theme (and a blizzard). And her short story in the western anthology from Western Fictioneers, A WOLF CREEK CHRISTMAS, features Phoebe Wright, who can do no wrong, and is fired up to redeem a wayward niece. Meg also has a Young Adult medieval fantasy short story (actually a first chapter) in the HAZARD YET FORWARD anthology along with her fellow Seton Hill University colleagues.


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She’s written numerous website articles about lighthouses and lighthouse keepers for Lake Effect Living as well.

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Meg is also one-half of the D.E. Ireland team writing a cozy mystery series for St. Martin’s Minotaur. The Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins cozy mystery series will be debuting on September 23, 2014! WOULDN’T IT BE DEADLY — how fabulous is that? We think it is!

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William StyronConversations with William Styron

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

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