Costume Catastrophe

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It’s RELEASE DAY for Costume Catastrophe. I’m super excited about this book. For one thing Zak and Zoe really are my favorites and for another Halloween is my very favorite holiday. And the cover, isn’t it adorable? Jessica Fisher found the graphic and came up with the concept so she gets ALL the credit for this one.  So what have Zak and Zoe got going on this Halloween.

Well first of all there is a murder. Isn’t there always?

Ellie is struggling with telling her huge secret to Levi who is still quite clueless.

Alex goes on her first date and papa Zak has a coronary.

And much, much, more.


Here is an excerpt from the opening:

“We could still go with the chubby pumpkin costume,” I suggested to my best friend, Ellie Davis, as I tried to help her squeeze into a sexy vampire costume that was never going to fit.

“I’m not chubby,” Ellie insisted as she stood in front of the full-length mirror in the dressing room of the local costume shop, sucking in her stomach.

“I know, but you are three months pregnant. This costume isn’t going to fit no matter how much you suck in your stomach.”

“If I go as the chubby pumpkin people will know. It’s the classic costume for pregnant women.”

“No one will know.”

“They will.”

“Okay, how about a ghost? We’ll just grab a sheet, cut out some eye holes, and you’ll be good to go.”

Ellie started crying.


I knew it was the pregnancy hormones, but seriously? If I was going to cry at every little thing when I got pregnant I was going to go back on the Pill before it was too late. Of course Ellie wasn’t just pregnant; she had a secret—a very big, life-altering secret she’d already kept much too long.

“Don’t cry; we’ll figure this out.” I tried for an encouraging tone. “We’ll keep looking until we find the perfect thing.”

“It’s no use,” Ellie sobbed. “I look like a whale. I’ll just skip the party and stay home. It’s really the only logical choice.”

“You’re not staying home and you don’t look like a whale. In fact, other than the tiny baby bump you don’t look any different at all. Still, it’s not going to be too long before even the baggiest sweaters fail to hide your secret.” I took Ellie’s hand and led her over to the little bench that ran along one wall. I sat down, pulling her down beside me. “You know I love you and you know I’ll do anything for you, but it seems to me that your current dilemma might serve as a hint that it really is time.”

“I can’t.”

“You can and you should. Levi has a right to know.” I referred to the baby’s father, my other best friend, Levi Denton.

Ellie took a deep breath. Then she let it out slowly. “I know. I’ll tell him. I promise. I just need to find the right time.”

“Now seems like as good a time as any.”

“No. Not now. He has the big game against Bryton Lake this week. I don’t want to distract him. I’ll tell him after.” Levi was the head coach for the Ashton Falls High School varsity football team.

I gave Ellie’s hand a squeeze. “Okay. I guess it can wait another week. But we really do need to find you a costume for the party. You mentioned a whale. You know, a whale actually might be the perfect costume.”

Ellie started crying again.

Good going, Zoe.

“How about we take a break? We’ll go get something to eat and maybe we can try costume shopping again another day.”

“Okay.” Ellie dried her eyes with the back of her hand. “I guess I am hungry.”


Now for the giveaway. Comment below to be entered to win one of three copies of Costume Catastrophe. Kindle or Paperback – winners choice – NON US Kindle only.


83 thoughts on “Costume Catastrophe

  1. Vee says:

    Isn’t choosing Zak and Zoe as your favorites like choosing one of your children over another?? Just kidding, have to admit they are my favorites too, but Cait and Cody from Whales and Tails are sneaking up there!

  2. Millie Swank says:

    I love the cover! It is the perfect Halloween cover. I love October, November and December. Decorating for Halloween. I have this book on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win.

  3. Thanks for sharing with us and it sounds like a great book. This one should get us ready for cooler weather and fun decorations. Wishing you tons of sales on this Zak and Zoe adventure.

  4. servedogmom says:

    Now that we’re home with stable Internet (provided the storms don’t down our line again), I can’t wait to read this book. It downloaded shortly after power restoration.

  5. Marilyn says:

    So far this is my favorite of your covers and the Pumpkin ones and Christmas ones are my favorite and the best reading because those are my favorite Holidays…
    I would love to read it and love a Kindle…

  6. Yvonne Gilbert says:

    How exciting! I can’t wait to read Costume Catastrophe. Thank you for the opportunity to win. If I win I would love the paperback so I can share it with my non kindle friends.

  7. I am not going to comment to every comment this week as I am busy, busy, busy, trying to meet my deadline for Count Catula – A Whales and Tails. I have read all the comments and appreciate everyone so very much.

    The three winners of this weeks contest are:
    Dawn Holt
    Noah Patterson
    Amy Guillaime Linderman

    Please email me at Let me know if you want a Kindle or Paperback copy (NON US Kindle only) If paperback please provide a mailing address.

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