My first published writing appeared as “Letters from London” in The Grants Pass (Oregon) Daily Courier in 1963. I’d spent part of my college freshman year ther with a Peace Corps relative, The Experiment in International Living. A few years later my confession and romance stories were published popular magazines. This led to my leading a romance-writing seminar at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. My Western lifestyle stories appeared in Western Horseman.
As a Seattle Times reporter, columnist and critic from 1969 to 2001, I wrote 7,000 stories. I became The Times’ Dance Critic in 1974 after studying dance criticism at Mills College under a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Reviews, news accounts and profile obituaries written in the digital age may be read on the Web by typing key words “Carole Beers Seattle Times.” Be diligent –some are listed several screens back!
My first novel, Naked Came the Rogue, was a serial mystery published in 2011 by the Jackson County Library Services. It is short, sassy and slightly tongue-in cheek. I co-authored it with members of my Monday Mayhem writers group and a few others.
Published June 26, 2016: My lighter contemporary mystery/romance, Saddle Tramps, from A-Argus Books/W &B Publishers. Find the book in eBook or trade paperback — a terrific beach or fireside read — at online vendors, or at select local and regional bookstores. You can enjoy samples of the book with the Amazon “Look Inside!” feature, and also in its Kindle “Download a Free Sample” tab.
Published September 6, 2017: Over the Edge—Book Two of the Pepper Kane Mystery Series. The danger and romance escalate as our sassy, middle-aged cowgirl sleuth and her lover investigate a trio of crimes in Oregon and Texas. And try to keep themselves and their love alive!
Published April 25, 2018: Ghost Ranch—Book Three of the Pepper Kane Mystery Series. Pepper questions her deepest beliefs and desires while rushing to learn who killed a woman in the abandoned cabin of a famous writer. She and a fellow horsewoman had hoped to turn the riverfront property into a guest ranch. But unless she finds the killer, with the help of Sonny Chief, her dreams—if not her very life—will go up in flames.
Published March 20, 2019: Night Rides—Book Four of the Pepper Kane Mystery Series. Pepper and friends bring their horses from Oregon to a Seattle show to vie for jackpots that will kick up their plans for a Western Bed, Barn and Breakfast. On the eve of the show Pepper hears violence going down in a fairgrounds restroom, and learns someone was killed. Security is slow to help. Her Lakota-police partner is busy with another case. A transgender rider is threatened. When Pepper’s daughter doesn’t return calls and Pepper herself is threatened, she sticks the spurs to her sleuthing.
Published October 27, 2019: Shadow on the River—Book Five of the Pepper Kane Mystery Series. Pepper and her business partner, cowgirl poet Tulip Clemmons, have poured their life savings into The Best Little Bed, Barn & Breakfast in Oregon. Things look rosy until the hot new wrangler is murdered in a horse stall. Guests fear for their lives and the two friends fear for their future. The fright factor ratchets up when a pretty female guest turns up dead and police put the ranch on lockdown.
Pepper and Tulip have faced perils and betrayals before. But none this close to home. Pepper also must deal with crises involving her aging parents and her Lakota-cop partner. With everything on the line and her back to the wall, can she prevail?
In From the Cold (2019) – A Novella
A Holiday Tale of Hope and Redemption
Jack Pennington has a heart as big as Oregon’s Rogue Valley, where he’s delivered agricultural equipment and taken in foster children for years. Stalled in his marriage, dreading retirement, and making his final runs over the pass to Klamath Basin, he sees an old, abandoned horse that won’t make it through the coming blizzard. Carly Brown’s life with druggie parents changed for the better when she joined Daddy Jack’s family, and then had a baby with her fiancé. It crashed again when her partner assaulted her, and the baby had special needs. Now her struggles to make a better life for her and her son also seem doomed to fail. As Christmas draws near, can a despairing old man and struggling young mother find a way through cold prospects to a warmer, brighter future?
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