Gail Lee Cowdin

DID YOU SEE the article in this week’s Weekly Vista? I’ll be sharing my writing story and a reading from Dark Deceptions. All 3 of my novels will be available for purchase, too.

I’m so excited for this event! Join us!Gail


BELLA VISTA — The Bella Vista Arts Council will honor Gail Lee Cowdin as the February 2020 Artist of the Month. Cowdin will be honored at a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Bella Vista Country Club, 98 Clubhouse Drive.

Cowdin grew up in the small community of Janesville, Minn., and moved to the Minneapolis area after college where she taught English and English as a Second Language in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Upon retirement in 2003, she and her husband Theo moved to Bella Vista.

She is the author of two popular detective crime thrillers: “Deception and Redemption” and “The Final Deception,” both set in Minnesota. Her recently published third novel in the Deception series, “Dark Deceptions,” brings the action from the proposed copper mining protests in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota south to Oklahoma and Missouri and finally into Bella Vista and Gravette, Ark. Readers are introduced to a variety of scenery and several new characters along the way as they follow detectives Quay Thompson and his partner, Samantha Atwood Thompson, on another thrill ride down the highway of crime in the page-turning adventure.

Cowdin currently lives in Bella Vista with her husband and their golden retriever, Tilly. All three Quay Thompson Deception books are available on Amazon. Learn more at her blog: www.Gailleecowdin.com.

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The Bella Vista Arts Council, an advisory board to the city council, was created by the city council in February 2016 to help promote the arts in Bella Vista. The board established an Artist of the Month program, in which selected artists and their work will be showcased to the public. Three volunteers serve on the selection committee — Sara Parnell, Sara Bainbridge and Margaret Correll. The committee will choose each month from qualified artists, who must be residents of Bella Vista.

To submit your name or other nominations for consideration, contact the Art Council through the email artscouncil@bellavistaar.gov.

Community on 02/05/2020


This Shift

A QUICK WRITE FOR November 13th:
The shift has begun. Summer ends. Fall showers of leaves circle us with whirlwinds of color. Winter pushes at us with spits of sleet and fingers of cold. Throughout these days, it is the shift from daylight time to central time that is the hardest. I’m not ready for this shift.

Deception Titles Now Available

All THREE Quay Thompson Deception books by Gail Lee Cowdin are now available on Amazon. Look for Quay Thompson Novels to find:
Deception and Redemption    $14.95 paperback and $8.99 eBook
The Final Deception    $14.95 paperback and $8.99 eBook       and…
The NEW Dark Deceptions  $15 paperback and $8.99 eBook.

SEE Quay Thompson Novels on Amazon.com





Just running through some stuff I’d written about ten years ago. Found “Giggles”. Still makes me smile…Hope you will, too.

We were sitting in a restaurant last night having dinner when giggles erupted from a young child behind us. At first, it didn’t catch our attention. Then the giggles bounced out again in a longer string. And again. And again. And again.
It brought to mind the times in the past when we’ve been attacked by the giggles. Do you remember ever having a giggling fit?
They come out of nowhere sometimes. You can be perfectly serious, perfectly sane. Then someone says one thing that hits your funny bone just right. The giggle begins as a smile, expands to a small chuckle, then an outright laugh and finally expands into a long waterfall of giggles. And suddenly you can’t stop. You just have to laugh and laugh and laugh. Tears roll down your cheeks, you catch your breath for a moment, manage to put on a serious face, and then suddenly there it is again. That giggle just forces its way out! And you start allover again.
Our daughter was (and I think still is) a giggler. She began with that particular infection when she was about six-months-old. She’d begin giggling over a little tummy tickle. She has always had a deep, full-bodied giggle, so it would begin in her tummy and rumble out with a burble of laughter falling all over itself. She’d giggle so hard, she couldn’t stop. Before long we’d find ourselves giggling right along with her. Over who knows what?
Shelly continued giggling right into her toddler years. Our neighbor dubbed her Giggles. It was a fitting name. She giggled when he said, “Hi, Giggles.” She giggled when she made something cute. She giggled when she saw a dog or a cat. She giggled when she was tossed into the air. She was a giggler.
Laughter is so contagious. And it feels so good. It lifts weight you didn’t know you had right off your shoulders. It brings tears to your eyes. And unfortunately in the case of some people, it brings moisture to other parts of their bodies!
But isn’t it great to just let out a belly full of giggles? We enjoyed the giggler in the restaurant last night. We found ourselves giggling a bit, too. And we reminisced a little about all the great giggles we’ve had in our family. What a wonderful gift it is to laugh. Gail

Dark Deceptions:A Quay Thompson Novel is HERE!

The bubblegum chewing BCA detective QUAY THOMPSON is back in a new detective/crime mystery, DARK DECEPTIONS: A QUAY THOMPSON NOVEL. Travel down a thrilling highway of deceptions beginning in Arizona, and traveling from Minnesota to Oklahoma, Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas. You can purchase the paperback or eBook TODAY on Amazon.
OR You can order your SIGNED book from me personally at a discounted price of $14.00. Credit Cards. Pay Pal, checks accepted. Add $2.00 for shipping and handling. Private message me your information using the message button.Dates for AUTHOR SIGNINGS in Arkansas and Minnesota will be IN NOVEMBER and will be listed shortly.HERE’S THE LINK FOR ALL THREE QUAY THOMPSON NOVELS on Amazon:

It’s coming soon!

Are you ready? I just uploaded DARK DECEPTIONS: A Quay Thompson Novel to be ready on Amazon on October 15th. It’s a thrill ride for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension detectives, Quay Thompson and Samantha Atwood. This time the case brings them to the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas. The suspense begins, and the chase is on! I’ll let you know when it’s out!

From Dark Deceptions: A Quay Thompson Novel

I took a few days off for vacation, but the computer went with me. So I thought you might enjoy a little bit about some recreation time in Arkansas for Quay and Chip. #thetitleisset😀 #Itsgettingcloser #imstillworkingonit
–From Dark Deceptions: A Quay Thompson Novel–
The familiar quick tug on his line jerked him back to reality. The ensuing battle with the fish revived him. It turned out to be a good-sized bass. He smiled in satisfaction, dropping the fish into the live catch on board. He’d need a few more of those to make a good breakfast, he thought. He baited his hook again and cast the line back into the water.
It was just after seven-thirty when Quay nudged the boat back into its mooring spot at the dock. The sun was just edging into the morning sky.
Before he stepped out of the boat, he heard commotion up at the house, and looked up the walk to see Chip, just released by someone, and bounding down to the shore to greet him. Tail high, ears flapping, Chip made a fearless flying leap into the water creating an enormous ‘Moses parting the water’ splash. It was a perfect golden retriever dive, and his body dipped entirely underwater before his head broke the surface. He snorted once, and began smoothly paddling in a circle around the boat looking up at Quay all the time. Quay had to laugh at the dog’s pure delight.
“Good morning, Chip,” Quay said. “How’s my boy this morning? Are you having a good swim?” Quay stood for a moment allowing Chip to swim aimlessly in circles. Chip was in his element. He couldn’t take that away from him, and he let him swim a while longer. He tied up the boat and gathered up his catch. He had five good-sized bass. He left the rod and tackle box in the boat in hopes that he’d find more time later to fish. He climbed onto the dock, finally calling Chip to come with him.
Chip came up to the shore, and Quay waited patiently for the dog to thoroughly shake from head to tail, before he began the walk to the house. As he started up toward the house, he called again over his shoulder to the young golden who had become distracted by smells along the shore. “Let’s go, Chip. Time to go in. We’ve got breakfast.”


For those who ask, “How’s the book coming?” It’s coming along nicely! I’m writing for several hours daily. So far, Quay and Sam are married, and they (and a few new characters) have had some interesting adventures by the Boundary Waters along the North Shore in Minnesota. They’ve traveled south and have already been to Picher, Oklahoma, to the abandoned lead mine sites, to the Joplin, Missouri PD for meetings with FBI and DEA, and on to Bella Vista and Gravette, Arkansas, following the trail of–well, you know. 😁
They’ve even gotten into a chase through the Old Spanish Treasure Cave outside Gravette! Holy Buckets!!It’s a fun, wild ride, and it’s close to half done.
New title? Maybe The Foreign Deception. Not sure, yet.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read Deception and Redemption or The Final Deception, get them now so you’ll be ready for the third book in the series.
Just check out my author name or the book titles on amazon.com for paperbacks and ebooks. Now – Back to Work!

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