My Next Book is Out!


My next book, Black Diamond Graves, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

I was honored to be invited to contribute to a multi-author series, Tawnee Mountain Mysteries, published by Short on Time Books. I am one of seven authors who were asked to place their main character in the same location, Northern New Jersey, in the fictional Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort. (I was born and raised in a tiny little town called Pompton Plains, NJ, and consider it my home town.)

I am still seeking First Readers. If you would like to receive free e-copies of each of my books before the official publishing date, and provide a review on Amazon, please let me know at You will be helping me tremendously! The more reviews an author has, the more publicity Amazon provides. In return, you will receive occasional newsletters from me with information about future books, character naming contests, book conferences I will be attending, my inspiration, and questions to readers for which you can provide feedback. And other miscellaneous info!

I deeply appreciate everyone who has already purchased and/or provided reviews. I hope my books will continue to entertain you, and you continue to provide me with feedback. ~ Wendy


My Next Book ~ Black Diamond Graves


Coming in April 2018 – I’m honored to be invited to participate in a multi-author series, Tawnee Mountain Mysteries, to be published by Short on Time Books April 19, 2018. Each author places their main character in the same location, Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in Northern New Jersey.

In my book, Black Diamond Graves, Cali May attends an Artists’ Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in North Jersey. She’s appalled to see a figure fall from the Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself standed at the top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive, and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.

I’ll let you all know when it becomes available for pre-sale! ~ Wendy

Two Steps Back

imageBack to paper and pen: So after seven years hard labor, my Mac book finally gave up the ghost. Luckily I’d completed three manuscripts. But the fourth is only half done! I was backing up (honest!) but only once a month or so.  Yesterday Tim drove me to the closest Apple store, we purchased a machine twice as fast and half the weight, and they promised to do their very best to recover my ‘stuff’ in 3 to 5 business days. “Never know with a vintage machine.” Vintage! I don’t know which is worse, being without my Mac, or waiting for the phone call to hear it’s well and truly dead!

Seeking First Readers

I’m now to the point in my writing and publishing process where I need your help. I’m looking for first readers, to whom I will email a free e-copy of my first book in the series Cali May Mysteries and ask that you provide feedback. As a First Reader you can email me with any typos you find and will receive occasional news about upcoming books, character naming contests, excerpts, and the inspiration behind my writing.

My first book, Death Remembers, is now on Amazon for preordering!

However, as one of my First Readers Team, you will have the opportunity to receive free e-copies of my books before the publishing dates and provide a review. Click the following link to sign up:

I appreciate your support immensely!

Thank you All, ~ Wendy


Image: Cali May’s Southwest Drawings, by Wendy Fallon

Looking forward to 2018!


My first Murder Mystery Series Coming in Spring 2018

My high school yearbook bears witness to my wish to be an artist and writer, and it’s happening!

My first Murder Mystery Series Coming in Spring 2018 – I’m excited to announce the tentative release dates for my first fictional paranormal murder mystery series with dashes of romance and urban legend published by Short on Time Books: Cali May Mysteries.

Recently widowed and retired Phoenix art teacher, California ‘Cali’ May struggles to start a new life without her beloved husband, and finds herself unraveling local murders with the dubious aid of her newly discovered talent for seeing ghosts. These aren’t just any  phantoms, but the spirits of murder victims and she soon discovers her husband may be among them.

Death Remembers 3/2018

Killing Rose 3/2018

Black Diamond Graves  4/2018 (Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Multi-Author Series)

Magnolia Murders 5/2018

Left Coast Crime, March 22-25, in Reno, NV will be my third LLC conference, and my first with at least three published credits. I’ve met so many nice people, writers and readers alike, at these conferences. Meeting established writers is like coming face to face with my favorite celebrities, and being able to swap writing and publishing stories with aspiring authors makes me feel like anything is possible. Thank you to everyone who has ever shared their own writing and publishing journey. You inspire me!

And to all the readers out there, thank you for giving me a chance. I write for you! I’ll be publishing more information about pre-ordering, and how to receive free e-copies of the first two books.






Black Diamond Graves, by Wendy Fallon Tawnee Mountain Mysteries

Perseverance pays off. If you write, keep writing! If you paint, dance, sing, make music or art, or do anything else you love, keep doing it. Eventually people notice.

In August 2017, a short story I wrote was chosen and published in the Desert Sleuths chapter of Sisters in Crime, Anthology for 2017. Entitled Elixir of Death, it follows Julia Ward, a woman of older years and modest affluence with a benevolent heart, as she searches for the missing homeless souls she’s fed in her free Kitchen in downtown Phoenix. When one of her guests turns up dead in a city canal, she worries no one will care enough to find out what or who caused this death. Stepping up her investigation she comes face to face with a self-righteous killer. One who justifies the death of the homeless because he believes they will not be missed.

In September 2017, I signed my first contract with publisher, Short on Time Books, to write a novella for a multi-author series. Each author is tasked with writing about their sleuth as they solve a murder at the Tawnee Mountain Resort, a fictional, luxury ski and golf complex set in Northwest New Jersey. Mine will be entitled Black Diamond Graves, and I’ve included a sneak peek at the cover.

And today, in October 2017, I signed a contract with the same publisher, Short on Time Books, for a three-book series of Southwest, paranormal, murder mysteries.

In book one, Death Remembers, California (Cali) May is a recently retired public school art teacher, a well-known Southwest artist, and a widow of one year. She’s feeling old, tired and obsolete, with no idea how to move her life forward. As she begins to experience strange, sometimes terrifying visions, she’s convinced she’s lost her mind with grief over the loss of her Phoenix Police Homicide Detective husband, Charlie, to cancer. When she discovers he was murdered, she enlists the help of acquaintance Daniel Silvertree, a Native American Arizona State Park Ranger. Unraveling a messy mystery that includes the death of two of her neighbors, a collection of priceless Native American, hand-carved animal fetishes, and corporate corruption, Cali finds herself attracted to Daniel. He seems to be the only one who doesn’t condemn her unusual new talent for seeing ghosts.

All three books in the series, Death Remembers, Killing Rose, Magnolia Murders, will be available in Spring 2018, along with my contribution to the Tawnee Mountain Resort multi-author series, Black Diamond Graves.

So keep on writing, painting, singing, sewing, or whatever you are passionate about. Not only is it good for your health and soul, but eventually you will reach whatever star you’re shooting for.

~ Wendy





















What do you do when you suddenly feel like you’ve lost control of . . . everything? It doesn’t happen often, but when it does I feel like I’m running around trying to balance too many plates in the air at the same time. My life is always changing, as it should be, but over the last year I’ve ventured into unknown territory.

At the end of 2017, my husband and I will be relocating to Florida, to be closer to the water. It is definitely something to be celebrated, and excitement abounds. In the meantime we need to downsize. A daunting task and the source of much unanticipated anxiety. Suddenly every item in my house is a family member.

In March, Tim and I attended the Left Coast Crime conference in Hawaii. The trip was far beyond anything I could have imagined. I’m still missing the sand, sun, resort atmosphere, bursts of color everywhere, and meeting fabulous authors I didn’t know, and many that I did. Tim sat on the beach, while I attended fascinating sessions about murder, and we ate dinner watching the sun set over the ocean.

I’ve completed my first murder mystery novel, Death Fetish, and am currently writing the last 1/4 of my second, Killing Rose. These are the first two of my Cali’s Kindred Spirits series of three books about a recent retiree, widow and Southwest artist, California (Cali) May who sees the ghosts of murder victims and thinks she’s going crazy. I’ve also been writing short stories. All of my writing is a learning experience, and I’m thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. Like all things, it takes time, practice, and patience.

On top of all this, I changed my email address, missed reminders from GoDaddy, and didn’t realize my domain name had expired and this site had been down for 10 months! For this I sincerely apologize to you, my readers! Definitely a plate came crashing down, slid right between the cracks in my amazing, but sometimes out-of-control life!

As you can see from this blog post, I’m slowly but steadily picking up the pieces. Eventually I fully expect:

  • to have a series of three Southwest murder mysteries published by next year’s Left Coast Crime conference in Reno,
  • my treasures sold through my Etsy site (Shore House Vintage) to patrons who will love them as much as I have,
  • our move to Florida completed and everyone, including the dog, settled in,
  • (our dachshund trained to do her business on a leash)
  • and all my media, like my website, up-to-date.

Too much, you think? The way I figure, if it’s not on the list, it won’t get done. Let’s shoot for the stars and expect the very best!

~ Wendy





Getting Together at Left Coast Crime 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 – Sunday, February 28, 2016
Phoenix, AZ

This will be my first year attending Left Coast Crime, an Author/Reader conference for anyone who loves writing or reading a good mystery. Several of my favorite authors will be there and I intend to visit with or meet, or even just listen to and worship, all of them. Among them will be Laurie R. King, Rhys Bowen, Simon Wood, Charles Todd and Catriona McPherson. Local authors and friends I’ve read and written with and who will also be there include Betty Webb, Laurie Fagen, Margaret C. Morse, Dane McCaslin, and Timothy Moore. It will be a great opportunity to meet so many more authors that I don’t even know. I can’t wait!

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Shake Up Your Six-Year-Old Inner Artist



Re-discover your Six-Year-Old Inner Artist by coloring my Road Runner and emailing him to me. You will receive a free e-book copy of Your Six-Year-Old Inner Artist Dream Journal, a Workbook, your artwork will be posted to this website, and you will be entered to have your piece appear on my next Workbook cover, Drawing the American Southwest (2016) along with an acknowledgment of your contribution.*

  1. Print out my Road Runner above,
  2. Color it in any medium you prefer,
  3. Take a photo of your finished artwork,
  4. Email it to me at

Discover, re-discover and strengthen your six-year-old inner artist by attempting an activity you never thought you’d try or enjoy, and surprise yourself!

* Visit my website,, for details and terms. Contest deadline 12/31/2015.

~ Wendy

Distracted Focus: Getting it DONE!

Backyard Mesquite (C) Wendy Fallon

Backyard Mesquite (C) Wendy Fallon

If what I do best is my passion and creative outlet, shouldn’t that be what I focus my life’s energy on? Shouldn’t it be EASY to give in to what I enjoy? It turns out that life is a balancing act, between what I want to do and what I need to do to support my life (work) and the endless interruptions and distractions. . . that IS (ARE?) Life.

I’ve been reading on the Web about the common characteristics of highly creative people. Not all of it is positive and some of it I reject, but enough of what I’ve read makes sense to me to know that I fall somewhere in the spectrum. (I believe EVERYONE falls somewhere on the creativity spectrum!)

Take one characteristic, that of being easily distracted and quickly bored because the brain is firing faster than the body can act. I believe we all suffer from this occasionally, due to a variety of factors. One cause might be the overstimulation from too much social or electronic media. Another could be today’s habit of multitasking. Either of these could disrupt the concentration of even the most dedicated thinker.

If you are a writer, an artist, or the master of your own specialty, how do you focus your best thoughts on creating something new or unique?

My own approach to this scatter-brained dilemma is as follows. What is yours?

  1. I commit to finishing my project on or within a deadline. Example: I will finish writing and illustrating my next workbook by the end of 2015.
  2. I consciously set aside recurring blocks of time, as consistently as possible, to writing and making art.*
  3. During these times I do not allow myself to read fascinating work by other writers. I am a voracious reader and can spend entire weekends reading a good book. I try to use this addiction to reward myself after I’ve completed a block of my own project.
  4. I turn off the TV and stay off social media (FaceBook, to which I am also addicted.)
  5. I do allow myself downtime in the form of meditation, walking or even short naps. This helps whatever ideas I have tumbling around in my brain to come together, make connections and mature.

*I often ‘show up’ to write or draw, only to find my mind is blank. Doodling or free writing helps me get started. I may struggle to get even the worst results down on paper, but often return later to find my efforts are not as bad as I thought. Even if I only retain a few words, or discard it entirely, it eventually moves the project forward and unblocks my thoughts.

How have you arranged your life to allow you to work at what you enjoy? Are you working at what you love? If not, how do you divide your time between work and ‘play?’ I’d love to hear from you, and would like to include your name and idea in a future book, or on my website.
~ Wendy