Saturday, March 3, 2018

2018 - Month 3 - ANNUAL BOOK SALE

We're excited about the 9th Annual Read an Ebook Week Sale!  Starting March 4 - March 10, 2018 each of the books in the Grandmothers, Incorporated cozy book series will be on sale at Smashwords.

Grandmother's Incorporated, Saving Sin City, There's Something Wrong with Miss Zelda and From the Page to the Stage will each be on sale for only .99 cents!  Our latest novel Whose Knife is it Anyway will cost only $1.50.  Simply go to, and apply the coupon provided at checkout so that you can purchase your favorite titles.  Better yet, read the entire series!    

You'd better hurry, because the sale only last a week!  Until next time...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 - MONTH 2 and COUNTING!

Yes!  we're on top of this.  It's February and we remembered to post this month.  Just for an update Whose Knife is it Anyway is still rolling along.  The authors have a Book Club presentation in March and the discussion will center around Whose Knife is it Anyway?  We're looking forward to that.

The first draft of our mystery trilogy is finished, and it's a good story, even if we have to say so ourselves.  If we keep on schedule the first book in the trilogy is on point to be released later this year.  We hope to give readers of this blog a sneak preview of the heart pounding excitement soon.

The play L. Barnett Evans wrote and is producing titled Take My Hand:  A Blue's Man's Path to Gospel will open in March 2018.  As stated in last month's blog, Take My Hand... is the riveting story of gospel legend, Thomas Dorsey.  Take My Hand:  A Blue's Man's Path to Gospel enjoyed a reading at the prestigious National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August 2017 and received rave reviews.

C.V. Rhodes is still busy trying to get her latest play, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin, produced by theatres, however, she should be releasing Someone Like You, the second book in her Stillwaters Book Series, in 2018.  In addition, she should be releasing the third edition of her romantic suspense novel, Sinful Intentions this year.  February is turning out to be a good month.  Until next time...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Month 1 and Counting!

We're trying to keep our commitment to post every month in 2018 and although we barely made this month, we're here! Whose Knife is it Anyway is doing well. It's available on and However things have been crazy for both of the Grandmothers, Incorporated creators ! 

L. Barnett Evans and C.V. Rhodes have finished the first draft of the first book in the trilogy of new mysteries we're working on.  This trilogy will not be a cozy mystery series, or connected with the Grandmothers, Incorporated series.  It's heart pounding excitement this time, but we'll be posting more on that later. 

L. Barnett Evans is producing a play she wrote titled  Take My Hand:  A Blue's Man's path to Gospel.  It's the riveting story of gospel legion, Thomas Dorsey.  C.V. Rhodes is busy trying to get her latest play, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin produced by theatres and that's an ongoing process.  Finding time for all of this is a miracle, but we manage.  Until next time...

Saturday, December 23, 2017


Okay!  We confess!  We haven't updated our blog since July 2017 and it's now December.  Our bad.  We truly hope to do better in 2018!  We are still here and the latest installment in our Grandmothers Incorporated book series, WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY, is doing well.  Our three amateur sleuths are still kicking butt and solving crimes!  As the year ends we would like to offer Ebook readers another generous discount offer on the SMASHWORDS.COM book website.

The SMASHWORDS 2017 END OF YEAR SALE will run from Christmas Day, December 25 through January 1st, New Years Day.  Three books in the Grandmothers Incorporated cozy mystery book series, Saving Sin City, There's Something Wrong with Miss Zelda and Whose Knife Is It Anyway will be offered at 50% off.

To  purchase any one of the four Grandmothers Incorporated books in the series simply click on the book cover on this blog and it will take you  to  Starting December 25, 2017, use the special Coupon Code for the book you want to purchase at discount and receive 50% off your purchase!  The offer ends at midnight on January 1st.


Sunday, July 2, 2017


It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere, which can mean only one thing: It's time for the 9th annual SMASHWORDS SUMMER/WINTER SALE!

From JULY 1st through JULY 31st the following books in the Grandmothers, Incorporated Cozy Mystery Book Series: 

Saving Sin City
There's Something Wrong with Miss Zelda
and the latest release
Whose Knife is it Anyway?


Simply go to, look up any of the books above and type in the code SSW50 to purchase any of the titles above, and remember that the title, Grandmothers, Incorporated, can always be purchased on Smashwords at its usual affordable price.

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


We missed blogging last month.  It was a busy time for all, and these last few months since WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY was released have been very good ones.

Through WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY, The ladies of Grandmothers, Incorporated, have been introduced to very enthusiastic members of a Book Club who, to our delight, keep on ordering books.  Readers may not know it, but authors we know love to interact with readers.  This is how we know whether or not what we write works.   Book Clubs are particularly good at providing face to face interaction.  The questions asked, the analysis of the characters and the critique of storylines all enhance us as authors.  Our job as writers is to entertain the reading public.  Book Clubs let us know whether or not they have been entertained, and that's invaluable.

So, if you're a member of a Book Club and you would like to discuss the latest book, WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY, or any other book in our series--or all of them--drop us an email at If we can't come to where you're located, we'll see if we can make other arrangements to address you Book Club.  Meanwhile, WHOSE KNIFE IS IT ANYWAY is available not only, but on as well.  Until next time...    


Thursday, April 27, 2017


We almost missed our April post, but here it is.  The ladies of Grandmothers, Incorporated are at it again in Book #4 in the Grandmothers, Incorporated series, Whose Knife is it Anyway? now available on and  
Meanwhile, here's a review of an interesting mystery novel with a different twist that readers might enjoy.


Face of the Enemy

I like the old black and white, fast talking film noir mystery movies othe 1930s and 40s that I’ve occasionally run across on TV.  I like the sense of urgency, and the sense of style they convey, but rarely have I found a book that captured the feeling of that film genre, that is until I read Face of the Enemy, by Jo Anne Dobson and Beverly Graves Myers.

Set in December 1941, shortly after Japan bombed Pear Harbor, Face of the Enemy sheds light on America’s racial paranoia during that period of time, especially its bigotry toward people of Japanese descent.  Even more interesting is the fact that this novel doesn’t take place on the West Coast where there were mass government incarcerations of people of Japanese ancestry.  Instead, Face of the Enemy takes place on the East Coast, in the glitzy art world of New York City.

When the murdered body of an art dealer is discovered in his gallery, the authorities suspect artists, Masako Fumi, an avant-garde Japanese immigrant, married to a university professor, who is American and who is gravely ill.  Although there are other suspects and even a lead detective who is skeptical about her guilt, the FBI is anxious to turn the talented artist’s case into a political coup, especially since she’s the estranged daughter of a high official in the Japanese government.  It seems that Masako’s only hope for redemption is her husband’s nurse, an unassuming Southern bell named Louise Hunter, who fervently believes in the woman’s innocence and vows to help her.

The twists and turns in Face of the Enemy are a mystery lover’s delight.  The characters are vivid and the dialogue is snappy.  As for the storyline, it contains historic references about an era about which I knew little.  Face of the Enemy wasn’t merely entertaining, but educational as well.