Welcome to my web site, whether you’re a mystery lover, a music lover, a quilter, a tree hugger, care about someone with Alzheimer’s, teach adult new readers, or just like getting to know authors. I started writing so long ago that I wrote the first Joan Spencer mystery on the manual Royal portable typewriter my father had when he was in college. When it was time to turn it into an ebook, someone said, “You have the original Word file, of course,” and I just laughed.
But they’re all ebooks now, the novels in several formats, some in print as well. And in 2019 my 16 little Kaleidoscope stories for adults just learning to read, or read English, are back in collections of four stories to a book. See all the pictures below.
Here’s a link to them all, Kindle and paperback both. They’re also available on Amazon in other countries.
These very short, easy stories appeal to the interests of adults, not children. Some of them are mysteries, including my first quilting mystery, “Dear Mary Ellen.” In 1999 I read that it was used in an ESL GED class of Latino students learning to read mysteries. I was delighted to find my little story used between Langston Hughes and Guy de Maupassant, and getting raves from the students.
“Hi, Doll” is a #MeToo whistle-blowing story that couldn’t be more current. “A Fish Story” works for guys who love fishing and telling tall tales.
Originally, the Kaleidoscope stories were published by New Readers Press as separate little books. In these four-story collections, only the pictures are new. If your program is still using the old books, you can add the stories you’re missing.