A Day in the Life of Caro Layton-Browning as documented by Dane McCaslin

A Bird in the HandSince Caro only gets out of bed for coffee, she depends on her hubby to fire up the ol’ Keurig first thing in the morning. When that happens, she can begin her day semi-sane. Here’s a truncated look at how she begins her day.

Trixie, the spoiled dachshund, has taken over my pillow: I’m up already! If I can just navigate the hallway toward the kitchen, I know that today will be good. If, that is, Gregory has remembered to push the ‘on’ button so I don’t have to wait for the coffee machine to warm up. . .

Post-coffee: Off to the shower. No- wait! I see something happening next door. Better nip into my study and pretend to do some birdwatching. . .

Still in study: And still ‘birdwatching’. In the name of getting ideas for my next book, of course.

Back to kitchen for a post-spying cup of coffee and a delicious apple turnover: Unless the neighbor is bona fide CIA, there is definitely intrigue happening over there. Wonder if I can get Greg to help me figure this out? Strictly in the name of research for my book, of course.

Deciding not to wait for Greg and heading across the lawn to the neighbor’s house: I wish I had waited. I don’t do so well with dead bodies first thing in the morning. . .

About A BIRD IN THE HAND:

Caro Layton-Browning, an accomplished writer of mysteries, never imagined she would unwittingly stumble into a series of real-life murders good enough to be in her own books. But when the Cat Lady next door, who Caro is convinced is out to make life miserable for her, is found dead among her feline collection, Caro finds herself in trouble far more dangerous than her neighborhood HOA has ever dished out before. Suddenly she and her professor hubby, Gregory, find themselves on the trail of a murderer far more sinister than Caro’s imagination could conjure up.

As the bodies begin to pile up in picturesque Seneca Meadows, Caro sees the possibility of a plot for her newest book, and the killer sees someone who needs to be moved out of the way. . .permanently.


You can read more about Caro in A Bird In The Hand, the first book in the NEW “Proverbial Crime” mystery series, published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on June 5 for the chance to win a copy of A Bird In The Hand. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

Dane McCaslin, author of the new Proverbial Crime mystery series, resides in the state of Arizona with her very DaneMpatient 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 cozy mystery genre.

In addition to being an author, Dane McCaslin is an educator. She currently teaches advanced language arts classes for grade 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. Visit Dane at her website.

78 responses to “A Day in the Life of Caro Layton-Browning as documented by Dane McCaslin

  1. Barbara Hawk

    Sounds great! i completely understand about navigating to get to the kitchen first thing in the morning. Thanks for the chance.

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  2. I stumble around in my bedroom when I first wake up. It takes my a while before I can make it to the kitchen. LOL! Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  4. Thank you for the chance to win, it looks great.

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  5. Kathy Dunn

    Can’t wait to start reading this series. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  6. Nancy Roessner

    I’m already wondering who will take care of the cat lady’s pets. I have to read this book!

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  7. This sounds like it’s going to be a great series! Can’t wait to read it.

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  8. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds great, lol sounds like me in the morning . Can’t wait to read this

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  9. mary robinson

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

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  10. I have to have any book with a spoiled doxie. Mine is under my feet right now.

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  11. Barbara Tobey

    A book in the hand is worth two in the library.

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  12. Gee! I want this one, too.

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  13. I live too far out in the woods to do any “birdwatching”—-but then, no one can watch me either. I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the fact that the heroine is a mystery writer.

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  15. sallycootie

    This sounds like an interesting new series. And if I had to wait for my husband to start the coffee before I got out of bed I would never get up! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. Need to read this. Thank you for the chance.

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  17. A fascinating series which I would enjoy greatly. Thanks.

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  18. Gail Arnold

    Sounds interesting and I relate to the author as a retired teacher of junior college level language arts and writing. Now I have time to read as much as I want!

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  19. That is a well trained husband!

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  20. MaryAnn Forbes

    Sounds like another great read. Thanks for the opportunity
    to win it.📖📚

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  21. This book sounds great! We just moved to the country and I love bird watching. I love sitting on our deck drinking coffee and reading. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  22. Wanda downs

    Sounds like a good read

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  23. Cathy Serada

    Sounds like a good book!

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  24. Book sounds great, would love to win, ty for the chance

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  25. Yay! A new GHP writer to follow & a new title to hope to win. A double ‘Yay!’

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  26. Marilyn Watson

    Bodies first thing in the morning I don’t deal well with either.lol.. Sounds like a great Book..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  27. nhreader58

    I also need coffee first thing in the morning in order to function. Great new series. Will have to add it to my must read list. Thanks for the chance to win.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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    • Be looking for two additions to this series: A short story included in ‘Killer Beach Reads’ (July 16) called The Pen is Mightier as well as Book 2 called When the Cat’s Away (December).

      Thanks for joining in!

      Dane

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  28. Coffee, dogs, pastry and murder first thing in the morning–what could be better?

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  29. My doxie Oscar and I read together all the time. He said yes to this one. Coffee, dogs and good books bring them on with good bakery treats ..Yumm.

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  30. Sounds like my type of book.

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  31. kayekillgore

    Sounds like an interesting series.

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  32. Lisa Garrett

    I have to have that coffee first thing as well.

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  33. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!!!!
    Thanx for the giveaway!!!

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  34. I really like this author. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  35. I’m not myself until that first cuppa (a little British I’ve learned). I don’t have a bird but I am rather fond of books that feature them. Love to find new authors and a debut to boot. I like to read series in order, so look forward to Book 2. Thanks for the giveaway. I haven’t won any from anybody in too long, so my TBR stack is looking pretty short. 🙂 Judy D.

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  36. Christa Nardi

    Sounds like a good read!

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  37. Erin Nelson

    Thank you so much!

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  38. Sounds like a good read. Love to try it.
    thanks.

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  39. Thanks Dane for commenting and interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.

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