A Sherri Travis’s Valentine’s Card

Margarita Nights coverSo, really, do you still believe in fairy tales? Not me. For me, Cinderella is dead and the prince is gay. I’m so over romance. These days the only men that I have relationships with are the dudes slapping down their money on the bar.
My name is Sherri Travis and I’m a bartender out at the beach in Jacaranda, Florida. And just in case you think my attitude is sour grapes, let me add that nature was kind to me, thank you very much. No, my cynicism is the product of my god-awful husband, Jimmy Travis’s, low down ways. He started cheating on me at the rehearsal dinner and as soon after the vows as he could organize. I can put up with the drugs and the gambling but the other women? Not likely. After I kick him out he keeps trying to sneak back in until his boat blows up and Jimmy’s gone. Or is he?
When I’m charged with Jimmy’s murder Clay Adams steps into my life. Dark and handsome, I would have sworn Clay was more interested in money than romance. Turns out I’m wrong. Cinderella may still be dead but the prince certainly isn’t gay. Mmmmm…mmm…mm, I’m so glad I got that wrong. Now if I can just keep from snooping in other people’s business, keep out of jail and stay alive, life will be good.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Phyllis Smallman’s first novel, Margarita Nights, won the inaugural Unhanged Arthur award from the Crime Writers of Canada after and was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger in the U.K. Her writing has appeared in both Spinetingler Magazine and Omni Mystery Magazine. The Florida Writer’s Association awarded Champagne for Buzzards a silver medal for the best mystery of 2012 and her fifth Sherri Travis novel, Highball Exit, won an IPPY award in 2013. The Sherri Travis mystery series was one of six chosen by Good Morning America for a summer read in 2010.
Before turning to a life of crime, Smallman was a potter. She divides her time between a beach in Florida and an island in the Salish Sea.
To read excerpts from her 6 published novels visit her website at www.phyllissmallman.com

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