Wednesday, May 16, 2018


L. Barnett Evans' One Act play, Take My Hand enjoyed a successful run at the Indy Fringe Onyx Festival. Who knows where it will go from there.  Meanwhile,  Evans and Rhodes are  scouting locations for other exciting adventures  for the characters in our Grandmothers, Incorporated book series. 

Recently, we had the pleasure of visiting Mackinac Island in Michigan, a picturesque island that can only be accessed by ferry or boats and on which the only motor vehicles allowed are for emergencies.  The major transportation on the island is by horse drawn carriages, bicycles or foot.  It's quite a charming place and a perfect setting for our ladies from. Grandmothers, Incorporated to  relax and get into mischief.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

The Grand Hotel is a stately place for excitement to happen on the island.  Every year the hotel recruits employees from around the world to work for this impressive hotel during the summer season.  What an exciting place this would make for cozy mystery mayhem.  

In doing our research regarding using this island as a possible backdrop  for our next Grandmothers, Incorporated adventure, we took a horse and carriage tour of the island and the tour guide mentioned that there were places on Mackinac that were haunted.  Bingo!  That stoked the imaginations of Evans and Rhodes! Of course we went to the island library to find out more about the spots that might be haunted on the island and the librarians informed us that the whole darn island was haunted.  One of the librarians had even lived in one of the old haunted apartment buildings!  

What more is there to be said? The ladies of Grandmothers, Incorporated more than likely will end up invading Mackinac Island in the near future. We just don't know when!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Most of the readers of our Grandmothers, Incorporated book series may not know it, but L. Barnett Evans and C.V. Rhodes aren't only authors of one of the funniest cozy mystery series around, but both of us are playwrights.  If you check our website out at you will see that we've written two plays together.  The first one, Grandmothers, Incorporated, is a Two Act comedy based on the characters from our book of the same name, and it enjoyed a successful run Off Broadway.  The second play we co-wrote was Stakeout, a One Act Comedy.  It was one of the Top Ten Grossing plays in the 2014 Indy Fringe Play Festival.  

Evans and Rhodes not only write the book series and write plays together, but we also write plays and novels separately.  Last year, both of our individual plays, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin and Take My Hand, were selected to be read at the prestigious National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

During the month of April, L. Barnett Evans' One Act play, Take My Hand enjoyed a successful run at the Indy Fringe Onyx Festival. It was a hit!  Here is L. Barnett Evans below addressing an overflow audience!

So, the writing continues for both of us.  Look for the next Evans and Rhodes writing adventure.  Who knows what it will be!! 

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...