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July 2023

Okay, so July’s newsletter is late. There’s a good reason for that, and it has nothing to do with poor health or doggy disasters, which is kind of nice. I was waiting for the cover art for Hollywood Angels to be prepared so you can pre-order the ebook in any format you wish. And here it is! I love it. I may be poor as a church mouse, but at least I’ve had really good luck with book covers, and this one is no exception. Just click on the cover to get to the sites from which to order the book. How easy is that?

It appears I forgot to offer a book giveaway for June, so I’ll do one for July. How about more audiobooks? If you want to see which books of mine are available in audio, here’s a link: Audiobooks matching keywords alice duncan |

Please remember the only audiobooks I can give away are by me: ALICE DUNCAN. We’ve already discussed how Alice Faye Duncan and I have attempted unsuccessfully to get either Amazon or Audible to believe we’re two separate people, but we are. So if you choose one of Alice Faye’s books, I can’t help you. However, if you want one of mine, email me at If you already know which book you want, let me know. Thanks! Doug Hirt! You won an audiobook at the end of May, but you didn’t tell me which one you wanted. Want me just to pick one for you? Okay, so lemme see here. No catastrophes visited me in June! Poverty is an ongoing issue, so it doesn’t count (sorry to keep harping on my lack of money, but it hurts). However, somebody stole my neighbors’ car. We share a driveway, but I’m lucky to be able to park my own car in the garage. So the thieves nabbed their car. It was a crummy old car, too. My neighbors won’t mind me saying so, because they agree. Then, oddly enough (I’ll tell you why this is odd in a paragraph or two), the police found their car!

The person/s who stole it ripped out the radio and did a few more icky things to it, but the car was found. As it was operable, Mr. Neighbor drove it to work, where another motorist ran into it and ripped off the front bumper! Fortunately the motorist had insurance. Unfortunately, the car no longer starts. Evidently, the starter was knocked askew when the front fender was bashed.

So I don’t know what this proves, except maybe that when some of us begin to think the world is against us personally, something will happen to show us it ain’t just us. The world is against everyone. Well, maybe except Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. As ladies used to say in the olden days, “I swan.”

Oh, and the reasons I said it was odd that the Roswell PD found the neighbors’ car are multiple. Number one is that the ex-husband of a friend of mine disappeared fifteen years ago. Foul play was suspected, but no one was ever apprehended. Mosey along for fifteen years, and darned if the person who murdered my friend’s ex didn’t finally have a crisis of conscience and confess to the murder! He murdered Bill (the victim) with a screwdriver (ew) and buried him under the floorboards of the house in which both men lived. But the police were baffled. Mind you, maybe there was a good reason for their bafflement, but I should think the stink itself would have given the burial site away, and the logical suspect would be the only other person who lived in the house.

Forge onward several years. A person who owns a house a few blocks west of mine took a weekend off in order to attend a golf tournament. He allowed a friend to stay in the house during the time he was away. A couple of folks decided it would be a grand idea to burgle what they thought was an empty house. But the house wasn’t empty, and the two felons shot and killed the visitor. The police know who did it, but no arrest was ever made. Why? Probably they couldn’t find enough evidence. On the other hand, one time they searched a house for a missing lady and couldn’t find her, even though her body was in the bathtub.

A few years after the second (or third) murder, another incident transpired. My house sits on a corner lot. In the middle of one dark night, somebody ran into my fence, taking the fence out and leaving half of his or her car behind. The car that killed my fence was a 2005 blue Hyundai. No bashed 2005 blue Hyundais were ever found. As the owner of the car didn’t leave a note along with pieces of his/her car giving me his/her name, address, etc., I had to put in the new fence at my own expense. Sigh.

Roswell, New Mexico, is a crime-filled place. I read once a few years ago that we have the fifth highest crime rate, per capita in the nation, unfortunately. Also unfortunately, we don’t seem to have tippy-top law-enforcement officers on the job. Mind you, I wouldn’t want to be a law-enforcement officer, but if you take on the job, the least you can do is take it seriously, y’know? Hope I’m not casting unwarranted aspersions on anyone, but dang.

Anyway, those are a few examples of why I was dumbfounded when the RPD found my neighbors’ car. And can you blame me? My neighbors plan to get another car, as this one seems to be cursed. They need this expense about as much as I needed it when that lady killed my old car in January of 2022, which is not at all. But enough of this depressing nonsense.

Books! It’s time for book news! There isn’t much of it, except that I’m closing in on the ending of Library Spirits. And none too soon, I might add. There was a time in what I laughingly call my writing career during which my enthusiasm for writing never dimmed. Now it’s very nearly extinguished, but I can’t afford to stop writing. Not that I make a lot of money doing it, but I need what little I do make. Oh, stop whining, Alice! I beg your pardon. At any rate, feel free to order or pre-order any of the following books:

The next Mercy Allcutt book will be Celluloid Angels if I live long enough to write it, but it’s not available for pre-order yet. If you enjoy a book, it would be really nice of you to leave a review (or even a number) on Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes & Noble, or wherever else books can be reviewed. I’d appreciate it. Thank you. If you’re on Facebook, join Daisy Daze! It’s fun. The Daisy Daze Facebook page was founded by Iris Evans and Leon Fundenberger, both of whom like Daisy and Mercy. Daisy Daze is a great place for Daisy Gumm Majesty (now Daisy Gumm Majesty Rotondo) and Mercy Allcutt fans to hang out, as well as anyone who is interested in the “Roaring Twenties.” We try to post interesting photos and information about Pasadena and Los Angeles in the early days of each city. I’m personally having a great time going through the Pasadena Public Library’s digital history records and posting photos to Daisy Daze. Daisy Daze is entertaining, it’s educational, and if you’d like to be a member check it out here: If you’d like to visit my web page, here’s the link: . If you’d like to be Facebook friends, please go here: (20+) Alice Duncan | Facebook . Here’s a link to my author page at ePublishingWorks: Alice Duncan Author Page ( And what the heck, here’s the link to my audiobooks on Audible again. Don’t forget, Alice Faye Duncan and I are different people. Anyhow, here’s the link: Audiobooks matching keywords alice duncan | Thank you!

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Lyndele von Schill
Lyndele von Schill
Sep 16, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

LOVE the cover of Hollywood Angels!😍


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