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Ten Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers Book Signing at Always Buying Books in Joplin, Missouri on Se

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Ten authors from Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers will be signing books and visiting with readers on September 18, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at my favorite bookstore, Always Buying Books, which is located at 5357 North Main Street, Joplin, Missouri. Sleuths’ Ink is a Springfield organization, but we have members from all over the area. Marty Knox and I are among the ten, and we’re both local to the Joplin area.

Sleuths’ Ink Members Rosalie Lombardo, Margarite Stever, and Nancy Dailey at Always Buying Books

I joined Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers a few years ago. They hosted a mini-conference, and a six-month membership was included in the conference fee. I attended sessions taught by Sleuths’ Ink members, and I liked those people. They felt like people I wanted to get to know. They felt like they should be my people. At the end of my free six-month membership, I paid my dues and have been a proud member ever since.

When I was asked for suggestions on book signing locations in the Joplin area, I immediately told them Always Buying Books was the place we needed to be. Bob and Alyse are fun, knowledgeable, civic minded, and support local authors in a way that makes us feel like family. You can check out their website here:

Thank you, Bob and Alyse, from Always Buying Books, for this great opportunity!

Without further ado, I’m thrilled to introduce you to the ten authors participating in the Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers book signing at Always Buying Books. In no particular order, I’m proud to present my Sleuths’ Ink friends. I hope you’ll stop by and meet them.

Lois Curran

Lois Curran was born in Arkansas, then spent most of her childhood in Salem, Oregon. Her family moved to Lebanon, Missouri when Lois was 15 and she considers this her home. After working full time for 44 plus years at the Health Department, she decided to retire. She is a published author and her debut novel, Destined to Love Again, is a Contemporary Christian Romance. She also writes Suspense Thrillers.

Lois enjoys spending time with her 3 sons and 11 grandchildren, and is thankful her family lives close enough to allow frequent visits. Cruising is number one on Curran’s list of favorite things to do. She is an avid reader and enjoys scrapbooking. She also loves taking pictures of her family and friends and sharing them on Facebook. She spends the remainder of her time doing what she loves best – writing. And with decades of experience as a nurse in her local health department, she uses real-world details to create a believable plotline and realistic characters. Curran is a member of Ozarks Romance Writers, Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

Destined to Love Again is the book I will be signing at Always Buying Books. Abby Dennison leaves Orlando for Tampa. She walks away from the painful memories and a situation she knows displeases God. She needs a second chance at life but doesn’t want a second chance at love. Then she meets Sam, who shows gentle persistence and steady goodness as he tries to persuade her to go out with him. She can’t deny the attraction, but she’s not ready to take the risk of dating someone new. Her heart needs to heal. Is she willing to let go of the past to allow herself to love again?

Lois also has work appearing in the upcoming Ozarks Romance Authors Anthology, Romance, Poetry, Mystery, and More, which will be released on October 24, 2021.

Susan Keene

Susan lives on a farm in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks and writes full time. Her cozy mysteries, The Arizona Summers Mysteries and the Kate Nash Mysteries, have all hit number one on the Amazon Charts. When Susan isn’t writing, she loves to treasure hunt with her metal detector, visit with friends and family and try some new recipes whenever possible.

Susan’s publications include: The Twisted Mind of Cletus Compton, Tattered Wings, The Wedding Cake Murder (The Arizona Summers Mysteries Book 1), The High Steaks Murder (Arizona Summers Mysteries Book 2), Bonfires, Barbeques and Bodies (The Arizona Summers Mysteries Book 3), Finding Lizzy Smith (The Kate Nash Mysteries Book 1),Who’s Roxy Watkins? (The Kate Nash Mysteries Book 2), The Untimely Death of Ivy Tucker (The Kate Nash Mysteries Book 3), Tattered Wings, The Adventures of Diggitty the Dog (1), Diggitty the Dog Finds a Friend (The Adventures of Diggitty the Dog) (Volume 2), Diggitty the Dog Saves Christmas, and Memories of Christmas Past.

Kathleen Garnsey

Kathleen Garnsey was born in Michigan, raised in California, and has lived in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks since 1987. A widow after fifty-one years of marriage, she spends lots of time with her three active grandchildren who live close to her.

She became serious about her writing about thirty-three years ago and continues to create new stories and adventures for her readers to enjoy. Kathleen has always loved sci-fi and romance, so combining the two became her passion. She has written five futuristic romances which are all available on

Kathleen’s publications include: Hawk’s Redemption, Falcon’s Quest Prologue, Falcon’s Quest, Secret of the Kiah, The Alluring Traveler, and Warrior’s Link.

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells writes romantic comedy with enough steam to fog your eyeglasses, your brain, and sometimes your Kindle screen. On the other hand, her eighty-year-old mother-in-law has read Lisa’s steamiest book and lived to offer her commentary. Which went something like this: You used words I’ve never heard of…

She lives in Missouri with her husband and slightly-chunky rescue dog. Lisa loves dark chocolate, red wine, and those rare mornings when her skinny jeans fit. Which isn’t often, considering the first two entries on her love-it list.

To learn more about all of Lisa’s books, visit:


Marrty Knox

Marty Knox is author of two cozy mysteries, Murder @ the Black Mesa Café and Murder @ the Black Mesa Salon. On a personal note, Marty is my mom’s favorite mystery author. That is high praise, indeed.

Mary explains in her own words: I’m a retired math teacher and computer science instructor. On the journey to a bachelor’s degree, I majored in math, geology, and art. Plus, I minored in marketing, graphic arts, network design, computer science, English as a Second Language, Spanish, computer programming, and other subjects I found interesting. However, I was on the 24-year graduation plan, working full-time, raising kids, and going to college one class at a time. I never gave up. Then, I took three years for Masters (math), and no amount of money would tip me to get a doctorate after writing a thesis.

Believing in lifelong learning, I’m a member of professional writing groups: SINC, Sleuths Ink, Ozarks Writers League, Ozarks Romance Authors, and Joplin Writer’s Guild. Also, a member of AEA in and NEA.

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Addison Michael

Addison Michael writes riveting, character-driven thrillers heavy in suspense with a focus on the intriguing motivations that make a person a murderer. Addison grew up in a home where rules were not meant to be broken. As such, she was the “goodest” of the “goody two shoes” around. At 16 years-old, she survived a deadly head-on car collision. With a twinge of survivor’s guilt, she developed a morbid fascination with who lives and who dies and why.

Dawn occurs just after the darkest part of night, that eerie time between midnight and morning when most are sleeping. What comes before dawn?

Paige Deffer’s mother has been murdered. Her boyfriend isn’t who she thought he was. The more secrets, lies, and murders that are revealed, the more Paige’s world unravels around her. Paige must delve into her hidden psyche to discover who she really is before she becomes the next target. Paige begins to question everything she thought she knew about her life. When people from her mother’s past start showing up, Paige doesn’t know who she can trust. Is one of them her mother’s murderer? Paige must unveil the secrets of her mother’s past – and her own – before the truth of her death will dawn.

Sharon Kizziah-Holmes

Sharon Kizziah-Holmes started writing songs in her teens and became an accomplished, professional musician. Although she continued to perform, her passion changed from playing music to writing fiction. After joining Ozarks Romance Authors she attended conferences, seminars and workshops to hone her skills and learn the fundamentals of both the writing and publishing industries. She loves to help authors realize their publishing dream. Even more, she loves to teach the basics of writing.

Sharon is the proud author of: Following Daddy’s Footsteps: My Live in the Music Business, The Will and the Wisp, The Cowboy and Emily Tipton, Ride the Storm, Gamble for Life, A Star that Twinkled (true story), Bottom’s Up, The Ride of a Lifetime, numerous short stories and children’s books.

Sharon also has work appearing in the upcoming Ozarks Romance Authors Anthology, Romance, Poetry, Mystery, and More, which will be released on October 24, 2021.

Rosalie Lombardo

Rosalie Lombardo will be signing her new book, Tappity Tap Tap: Nuggets of Gold.

Rosalie Lombardo is an award-winning author. Her articles have been published in national and international periodicals and anthologies: Traveling in the Sixties, Creative Collections (Springfield Writers Guild) and Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers. She was a featured columnist for a regional magazine.

Rosalie has taught a variety of classes throughout the United States. She is a graduate of Loomis Institute (Enzyme Digestive Health Specialist) and holds a bachelors degree, a national certification as a Natural Health Professional, and various certifications in metaphysics and the health professional field.

She is a member of the International Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Springfield Writers Guild, Sleuth’s Ink Mystery Writers, and the Springfield Writers Workshop.

Nancy Dailey

Nancy B Dailey became an author because her daughter told her to, really. Not only that, but her daughter said she needed to write the book about Maria Sybilla Merian, someone Nancy knew nothing about. And there was very little information available in English when she began her research. Fortunately, Nancy was able to understand German, because almost all of her research was with contacts in Germany. Nancy was also able to travel to Germany, the Netherlands, and Suriname—all countries where Maria Sybilla Merian lived and worked—in the 1600s!

Chasing Caterpillars is the story of the life and times of the first person to study the full cycle of caterpillars into moths and butterflies. She became the expert on metamorphosis, debunking the accepted theory that caterpillars were the work of the devil since they appeared fully formed from the muck of the earth. And she did all of this without the education men received, and without being allowed to join any scientific organizations because she was a woman.

Nancy’s second book, one she also considers a “biography,” is Jim aka the Wonder Dog. She learned about Jim while working at Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri. Jim was buried in the cemetery in Marshall. Jim could do amazing things. Nobody knew how, neither then nor even now. What a mystery!

Nancy also has work appearing in the upcoming Ozarks Romance Authors Anthology, Romance, Poetry, Mystery, and More, which will be released on October 24, 2021.

Margarite Stever

Margarite Stever grew up in Asbury, a tiny Missouri town of just over 200 people. Small town life was great, but she craved adventure. When she moved away from home, she chose a place nearly 100 miles from her hometown. Her first apartment was in Springfield, Missouri, where she learned about city life and came to appreciate the peace and quiet with which she’d grown up. She moved back to the Joplin area in the late nineties where she fell in love, got married, and helped raise her step-children. Today, three precious grandbabies call her Nana.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Missouri Southern State University. She writes stories and essays that touch a person’s heart. She is a member of Joplin Writers’ Guild, Missouri Writers Guild, Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, Ozarks Writers League, and Ozarks Romance Authors.

Margarite has several pieces appearing the in the soon to be released Ozarks Romance Authors Anthology, Romance, Poetry, Mystery, and More, which will be released on October 24, 2021. Her work has recently appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas; Joplin Writers’ Guild Anthology, Seasons of the Four States; Anthology 2019 Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers; Missouri’s Emerging Writers; Legends: Passion Pages; 50-Word Stories website; the 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 issues of The Crowder Quill; the Fall 2015 issue of The Maine Review; Mamalode Magazine’s 2015 Better Together; and Writer’s Digest 2014 Show Us Your Shorts Collection. Her seeds of wisdom and joy can be read at, which has been read in over 80 countries.

Her short story collection, Moonbeams and Ashes: Tales of Mystery, Love, and the Paranormal will be released October 17, 2021. The e-book version is currently available for preorder for 99 cents on Amazon. The price will increase to $2.99 on October 17, 2021. Paperbacks will be $7.99. She’ll be have a book signing for Moonbeams and Ashes at Always Buying Books on October 30, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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