Monthly Archives: December 2010

A call to all animal and/or mystery lovers…

Starting January 1st TODAY I’m asking mystery readers to come together in raising money for a worthwhile cause — to benefit New Jersey’s abandoned, abused and neglected animals. I’m pledging for each copy of Last Exit In New Jersey sold through the month of January $1.00 will be donated to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (

The officers at the NJSPCA work hard to make life better for animals, but according to Major Steve Shatkin of the New Jersey SPCA Humane Police, they face an ever-present challenge which makes their task more difficult: an identity crisis. Many people are more familiar with the ASPCA, but tend to overlook the NJSPCA, believing it is part of the same organization (and funding) though this is not the case. The NJSPCA, which was created in 1868, operates 24/7, 365 days a year. The not-for-profit organization receives no government aid or tax dollars, but is funded solely by donations, grants, bequests and fines levied. It is dependent upon donations from caring individuals and organizations in its efforts to protect New Jersey’s animals from abuse, cruelty and neglect.

My goal is to raise not only funds, but public awareness for the NJSPCA as they aid the welfare of animals throughout the state. Last Exit In New Jersey, which was published earlier this year, has met with critical acclaim and steadily rising sales. Priced at $2.99, the book is available online through for the Kindle and through for all other ereaders. Donations can also be made directly to the NJSPCA through their website:

Being that I’ve decided to kick this off a bit early, I’ll be donating $1.00 for each book I sell through December 2010 as well. Let’s see how much money we can all raise!

It’s time for the traditional December 25th Jersey/Texas Barbeque!

The barbequed whole chicken, racks of spare ribs, the coleslaw and cowboy beans, the cornbread, they’re all just about done !

Strange how traditions evolve. For years my family did the usual holiday thing; my mom would spend days baking and cooking leading up to the usual feast. Her mother did it before her, and her mother before her and so on leading all the way through generations. It was as it had always been and would always be… until one year. Neither mom or I were feeling good as that fateful day approached, and Christmas Eve arrived with no preparation whatsoever. And as the family gathered, someone suggested that maybe ‘Texas’ might be open. Texas was this wonderful little roadhouse/dive that served some of the most wonderful chicken and ribs, and you could order take-out. Needless to say as we ate chicken and ribs off paper plates, we all enjoyed that Christmas more than so many years before and from that point on a tradition was born. Sadly Texas Take-out has since closed, though the menu has lived on in our home as the annual feast.

Happy Holidays!

The state I’m in…

… is still Jersey… and one of perpetual motion. So much to do, so little time! I haven’t been around this neck of the interwebs as much lately as I’ve been posting over on Write On The Water (WOW). My status over there is being upgraded from guest to permanent resident, so I’ll be occupying multiple addresses in the coming year. Not to worry though, while I’ll be posting much of my boater/writer reflections on WOW, this blog will continue, returning to its roots of ‘what are we fixing this week’ boat repairs, random musings, and some very exciting announcements like the one you’ll see in the coming week. Stay tuned!

Be our guest…

Yes, I have been watching too much Disney lately, but I’m also posting to let everyone know I’m posting elsewhere today. I’ve been invited as a guest blogger over at Write On The Water, a wonderful site of boaters who happen to be writers as well. In other words, my kind of people! Take a moment and check out their site, there’s a fantastic collection of writers and books.

No rest for the weary…

Life’s been hectic these last few weeks and I haven’t had much chance to post here. It’s all too complicated to go into in detail; I can sum it up by saying things are moving in a good direction and I’m looking forward to where I’m headed. Each month that I’ve had Last Exit In New Jersey available as an ebook my sales and earnings have continued to rise, and I’m excited by the prospect of all those new ereaders the holidays will bring. I’m also thrilled by the reviews I continue to receive, including the most recent one from Ash Arceneaux at Fangirltastic, who said, among other things: “I am so happy to be able to say Grundler and her book are shining examples of what self-published books should look, read, and behave like,” and “I can honestly say it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time.” Her take on my characters made me smile and her review really caught the essence of the story. Read the entire review…

Aside from that, I’m still a bit swamped but in a good way. Sadly it’s interfering with work I’d like to be doing on the boat, but it’s just a matter of time until I can (hopefully) get back on course.