Friday, July 18, 2014

Dane McCaslin, An American Author of Cozy Mysteries! **Book Blasts** first installment in the Augusta Burnette Series picks up with the dreaded Family Reunion looming over her head – and a broken heart to boot.
Augusta Josephine Burnette takes matters in hand and leaves her hometown for a job in a seaside resort. The setting is elegance incarnate, but the atmosphere says something else entirely. With her innate sense of adventure (and just plain nosiness), AJ sets out to unravel exactly what – and who -the Mirmar Resort is hiding. AJ begins to think that time spent with her crazy family might not be as lethal as the time spent at the Miramar, and she makes an effort to leave. Thankfully, her cousin Ellie, a self-described psychic, has come along for the ride, and between the two of them, a very underhand plan is brought to light – and a murderer is nabbed. There are a lot of legends about the Arizona desert. One which has kept people flocking there for a century is the tale of the ‘Lost Dutchman’ and his goldmine … but nothing has ever been found of Jacob Walz and his mysterious treasure. Until now …
A student from Phoenix comes across a cache of gold coins and an old journal in the desert – but is it the Dutchman’s gold, or something a lot more sinister? Soon the young man finds that he’s stumbled across more than he can handle – a conspiracy spanning decades and continents …

Louis Greywolf Bahe, a member of the Navajo nation, works for the state mining inspector and has therefore heard his share of myths involving the Lost Dutchman. Bahe investigates when the cache of gold is found. Together with Will Delgado, his biker gang associate, Bahe tries to track down the gold – and the perpetrators of some pretty nasty crimes – as he realizes that another ‘Dutchman’ entirely is wreaking havoc in Arizona …
 A murder mystery by Dane McCaslin.
Josephine Anderson, youngest of the immense Anderson clan, has an itch to travel and to put some distance between herself and Piney Woods, Louisiana, and she is determined to scratch it with a stint as a traveling actor for a murder mystery dinner show. With Beatrice Becklaw in the pilot’s seat, the troupe of four amateur actors hit the circuit – and hit the end of the tour when a real dead body stops the show. Jo’s fondness for Miss Bea is the impetus to find out just who ruined the tour, and the person she least suspects is the one she needs to watch. Set in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, Becklaw’s Murder Mystery Tour is proof that sometimes the confines of the family compound is the best place to be, nutty family and all.

About the Author: McCaslin, an American author of two 'cozy mystery' series and a soon-to-be-released suspense trilogy, resides in the state of Arizona with her very patient husband. She has been writing all of her life: poetry, short stories, journals, letters (yes, those old-fashioned epistles that require pen and paper), and now she brings her talents to the mystery genre.
In addition to being an author, Dane McCaslin is an educator. She currently teaches language arts classes for grades 9, 10, and 11; additionally, she teaches beginning writing classes at the local university. Being an educator is an important part of her life, and passing on her passion for reading and writing is one of her great joys.
Dane McCaslin is also the mother of three grown children and a grandmother of six. She is currently dog-less but is in the market for one that will put up with her penchant for walking in the nearby riparian.


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