I’ve been running this book blog since November 2009 and, for many of those years, I’ve been blessed to have four of my favorite authors visit every few weeks with guest posts. One of these wonderful people is Kathleen Delaney and I’ve always looked forward to each offering she would send, whether it was about writing—her books and others’—, her travels, her beloved pets, her thoughts on current events or any of a myriad of topics. I’ve also loved every one of Kathy’s books and will miss her wonderful stories. Thank you, Kathy, for all the posts that never failed to interest me and others and for your friendship. I expect to see you around the web for many years to come 😄
Purebred Dead, the first in the new Mary McGill series, was released in August 2015 and Curtains for Miss Plym was released in April 2016. Blood Red, White and Blue was released in July 2017 and was a finalist for best canine book of the year in the Dog Writers of America annual writing contest. Kathleen’s newest book in the series, Dressed to Kill, was released in the UK on August 1, 2019 and in the US on November 1, 2019.
“The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things,” and he did. Sailing ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings, but he never mentioned retirement. Possibly because Louis Carroll wasn’t close to thinking about it himself when he wrote those words. However, that time does come and that time has come for me. My 84th birthday has come and gone, and I have a medical file of pre-existing (and ongoing) conditions that would rival the thickness of a copy of War and Peace. So, with deep regret and much thankfulness for the kind comments you have made on my ramblings over the last years, this will be my last blog with Buried Under Books.
I don’t remember exactly when I started blogging for Lelia, I think it was the 3rd Ellen McKenzie mystery, And Murder For Dessert, but I do remember how excited I was and how flattered as she had so many really great authors contributing to her blog. There have been 6 more books since then, lots of blogs on lots of subjects, and lots of you lovely people have read them and left comments. Many of you have read the books and have kindly told me how much you have enjoyed the adventures of Ellen McKenzie in the first series, and Mary McGill and her cocker, Millie, in the second. All 9 books are set in the mythical town of Santa Louisa, set in central California’s wine country.
I have loved writing these books. I’ve actually liked the hours I’ve spent alone with Mary McGill and Ellen McKenzie and their friends. I have enjoyed doing research for some of their adventures, the wineries I’ve visited, the information I picked up in the back room of bakeries (not to mention the cherry danishes), the hours I spent in Colonial Williamsburg behind the scenes learning about hearth cooking and almost extinct animal breeds, the information I have accumulated on dog breeds, at shows and from the dogs themselves, and the wonderful people I’ve met on my writing journey. My long suffering agent, Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, who worked tirelessly with me to get a manuscript ready for submission and never rested until we had a contract, the publishers, Severn House, Poisoned Pen, Camel Press and their editors who believed in the stories and who made suggestions that made them stronger before publishing, the many, many libraries who stocked the books and who actually asked me to come speak. The conventions where I met many fans and a lot of authors whose work I had admired for years, and, of course, all of the reviewers who said so many nice things about all of the books over the years. Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus, Book Bub, and so many more, thank you. A special thanks to you, the readers who sent me emails, comments on blogs, little comments on my face book page and my web site, thank you all. I will miss you.
However, the books are still out there. The first series is pretty much sold out in print, but if you have a Kindle, you are in luck. They are all still available on Amazon. As for the Mary McGill canine mysteries, they are all (I think) still available in print as well as on Kindle. If you haven’t met Ellen or Mary, visit me, Ellen McKenzie, Mary McGill and Millie at www.kathleendelaney.net You can read the 1st chapter of any of the books there. Free.
A special thank you to you, Lelia, it’s been fun!