Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The best laid plans!

by J.J. Tanner from the Dinner Club Mysteries by Linda Wiken

I’ve just confirmed the finishing touches for the Valentine’s Dinner Dance I’ve been organizing as a fundraising event for Whiskers, a local cat rescue group. It’s a not-for-profit that’s near and dear to my heart, being the owner of a loving and rambunctious Bengal cat.

I tried to steer away from the cutesy cat decorations and stick with hearts and flowers. The caterer has high end tastes at manageable prices. The band, a local group of high school teachers, play everything from fifties rock ‘n roll to rap. The location is the Lakeside Pavilion, a large multi-use facility with a room that will easily seat the 250 ticket-buyers and still leave plenty of room to dance. And -- romance alert – there’s a view of Champlain Lake that stretches one end of the room to the other.  

The one outstanding question is, will the sexy, slightly dangerous PI, Ty Devine (so aptly named) be my date?

I guess I’d better get around to asking him. 💘

Fingers crossed the evening doesn’t end up like the last fundraiser I organized, a casino night on a harbor cruise. You can read all about that next month, when Roux the Day, the second Dinner Club Mystery, releases on March 7th.

What’s your most memorable Valentine’s Day?

The first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series is now available at the bookstore of your choice, and on-line; also as an e-book.

Book #2 - Roux the Day - coming March 7, 2017!

 Writing as Erika Chase:

Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.


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  1. My high school boyfriend knew I love the white conversation hearts. He bought multiple boxes and made me a white only box of them. So cute.

  2. Tonya - that was a lovely gesture. He set the bar high for you. One year, my son got me a lovely vase of flowers - he is a sweet man.

    1. That's very special, Annette, when it comes from a son. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My very best Valentine's Day was actually on February 13th -- my boyfriend and I were getting ready to go to an oil industry party, and on the way out the door, he proposed (I had absolutely no clue!). Most of our friends and both sets of parents were at the party, so we got to celebrate with them and it was a magical night. Then on February 14th, we visited my 89 year old Grandmother and all our friends who had not been there share the wonderful news and show off the ring (my husband has amazing taste by the way!) We have now been married 23 years!