Thursday, August 10, 2017

Read All About My Publishing Journey

I'm so excited to have a new blogging friend! Jessica Therrien is an author and a publishing house owner, so if you're looking for a publisher, check her out.

Today, I get to be part of a special segment Jessica hosts on her blog called "My Publishing Journey." Through this project, Jessica gets insight from different authors on our individual journeys, whether we chose self-publishing or traditional publishing. Authors spend years trying to decide which path they want to take but through this series, you can get insight into what each option looks like post-publishing. Check out the post and be sure to follow Jessica!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Cover Reveal: Secrets We Keep by Kelly Hashway

Kelly Hashway is officially my hero! She is the busiest writer I know, hands down. Today she's showing off the cover for her upcoming novel Secrets We Keep, which releases October 2nd. I can't wait to read it! Scroll down after you see her awesome new cover to read all about the book.


Madison Kramer’s life is finally coming together. With her boyfriend and publicist, Trevor, by her side, her career as a best-selling author is sure to really take off.

But one thing hasn’t changed. Death follows Maddie wherever she goes, and a night that should have been nothing but celebrating the New Year in the arms of the man she loves, turns into the scene of another murder.

The bodies are piling up, and the murder suspect wants Maddie’s help in freeing his name. Her secret past continues to come to the surface, putting her life at risk in a deadly game where Maddie doesn’t know whom she can trust.

*Cover by Uplifting Designs*


Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor, and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.


Monday, August 07, 2017

Mystery Monday: Mary Pinchot Meyer

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...

After John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a photo emerged of a mystery woman. Nicknamed "The Babushka Lady" for her headscarf, the woman is believed to have photographed the assassination before disappearing. She is visible in photographs and videos of the event, but perhaps what was most notable were reports that during the shooting she remained standing, camera in front of her face, as everyone around her took cover.

The Babushka Lady

There has been much speculation as to the Babushka Lady's identity, including one woman who claimed it was her. But one of the most intriguing theories was that the Babushka Lady is Mary Pinchot Meyer, a neighbor and rumored romantic partner of JFK.

But what is most intriguing about Mary Pinchot Meyer isn't that she might have been present at the assassination. It's that she was murdered less than a year later.

Mary Pinchot Meyer was a respected painter living in the Washington, D.C. area. The future POTUS and his wife moved in next door to Mary and her husband in 1954. Although it's unclear what their relationship at the time was, Mary and her husband divorced in 1958 after one of their children was struck by a car and died.

Mary and her husband, Cord Meyer. Image source: Smithsonian Magazine

After her divorce, Mary and her two surviving children moved to Georgetown, where she began her painting career. According to her accounts, her affair with JFK began in 1961, following a visit to the White House.

A month before his assassination, the President wrote a letter to Mary, inviting her to "leave suburbia" and come to see him.

The four-page letter read: "Why don't you leave suburbia for once — come and see me — either here — or at the Cape next week or in Boston the 19th. I know it is unwise, irrational, and that you may hate it — on the other hand you may not — and I will love it. You say that it is good for me not to get what I want. After all of these years — you should give me a more loving answer than that. Why don't you just say yes." It was signed "J." The letter was retained by Kennedy's personal secretary and sold at auction in 2016.

On October 12, 1964, Mary finished a painting and decided to go for her usual morning walk along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. A nearby mechanic reported hearing, "Someone help me, someone help me," followed by gunshots. The shooter was never caught. A black man named Ray Crump matched witness descriptions and was apprehended a quarter of a mile from the scene. He was soaking wet.

However, there were things that didn't add up. No traces of blood were found on Ray, despite evidence that Mary had been shot at close range. There was no forensic evidence leading him to the crime. He was acquitted of all charges and to this day, the murder remains unsolved.

Do you think Mary Pinchot Meyer's murder was connected to the JFK assassination?