2 Novel Settings

Place has a deep effect on people and their lives. In the same way, a region’s landscape, weather, and culture play an important role in shaping fictional characters and plots. A sense of place is what I enjoy most about southern novels – maybe because I’m from New England. To Kill a Mockingbird gets top… Read More

Revealing Us is available at MIDNIGHT & If I Were You is FREE!!

To celebrate the release of REVEALING US – IF I WERE YOU is FREE on xoxoafterdark.com for 30 days!! Start the journey with Sara where is all begins and read book 1 in the Inside Out series!   http://www.lisareneejones.com/revealing-us/ REVEALING US The elevator opens and he waits for me to enter, and I do. With… Read More

The Beauty of Taking Chances

I remember the day the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries came to be like it was yesterday…mainly because it almost didn’t happen (not with me at the helm, anyway). My agent dropped me an email asking if I’d be interested in trying my hand at a cozy mystery series set in the south and centered around… Read More

Seven Authors To Wreck Your Diet

Food porn isn’t just for TV anymore—these days, novelists are getting in on the game.  They’re aiming to make your mouth water and clog your arteries, all with nothing more than a few written words, and it’s working.  Here are seven authors who can be counted on to throw you off your diet within a… Read More

Do you really live there?

My first mystery, Death al Dente, first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, is set in Jewel Bay, Montana, a small lakeside resort village in the northwest corner of the state, on the road to Glacier Park. It’s a delightful community whose residents relish good food. They love growing it, making it, scouting out great… Read More

1 It’s No Labor to Read September 2013 Top Shelf Author Releases

Sure, Labor Day 2013 has already come and gone, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of entertainment and relaxation ahead for you. After all there are six Writerspace Top Shelf Author releases to savor. Take for example. . . ANNIE’S SONG By Catherine Anderson Mass Market Paperback Released 8/27/13 – reissue from 01/96 Published by… Read More

7 Like Sand Through The Hourglass….

The characters in the latest book in the embroidery mystery series are going through a lot of changes, especially heroine Marcy. Although she has been living independently from her mom for quite some time now, Marcy experiences a little bit of a role reversal in this book because she has to be her mother’s protector…. Read More

6 Build It And They Will Come . . .

Or at least that’s the reason that I’ve been slowly creating the town of Snowberry Creek, Washington. All stories need a backdrop, the place where all the action plays out. For the characters to become real enough for readers to care about, the world they live and work in has to be three-dimensional and believable…. Read More


I’m on vacation! Actually, I’m on staycation. And LOVING it. Chances are good that after four days of spending a lot of time at home the thrill would already be gone if I wasn’t someone who traveled constantly with my work. As a result, there’s something almost unique about padding around my pad in barefeet… Read More

Hand Quilting: How Hard Can It Be?

I consider myself a crafty person. I can use a glue gun with the best of them, and I know the difference between a knitting needle and crotchet hook. So when I had the opportunity to write the Amish Quilt Shop Series for Penguin, I thought I could handle it. True, I hand never hand-quilted… Read More