Monday, March 23, 2009

Message From Stacey Wilbur

If you haven't taken a look at the new video about No Sanctuary please do. We of the Rocky Bluff P.D. are proud of how well we and the rest of the folks involved in this particular case are depicted.

It's fun seeing myself in the video even if I am pointing my gun at someone--something I've not done often during my career. In fact, I can probably count the times on the fingers of one hand.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Friday, March 20, 2009

New Review of No Sanctuary

The Valley Girl Musings http://valleygirlmusings. has spent the last few days interviewing me, the author of the Rocky Bluff P.D. and today she has a great review up and I quote:

The Real Hollywood Reviews No Sanctuary by Author F.M. Meredith

"F.M. Meredith’s novel reads like a “who done it” Agatha Christie novel with murder, mystery, intrigue and plenty of suspects. The small town of Rocky Bluff has a hard time coming to grips with the murder of the local pastor’s wife. It registers a shock for all townspeople and even more baffling for the Rocky Bluff Police Department who can’t seem to come up with any leads even though there are a lot of suspects. Secondary to the main story is a second crime taking place that the main character Officer Stacy Wilbur must handle delicately for all those involved. As a police officer, she often has to make quick decisions—usually they are the right ones, but sometimes she finds herself in a situation that will take all of her abilities to figure out an escape route.

As Officer Stacy Wilbur does her best to balance life between her son and work she has a hard time dealing with her apparent interest in Detective Doug Milligan, of which she vowed she would not let happen. In the end she makes a decision that is better for the benefit of her son and herself.

Apart from the fact that No Sanctuary involves a murder, a suicide and cheating spouses it deserves a PG 13 rating. It’s refreshing to read a book that can illustrate police work without gruesome violence, annoying car chases and snappy, clich├ęd comments. " Rebecca Camarena, The Real Hollywood.

Can't ask for anything better!

Thank you so much!

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Oh, Oh, Found Some Errors, Can You?

We found three errors in No Sanctuary after it was printed (thanks to a reviewer). They have been fixed now--anyone who buys the book from Amazon, orders it from a bookstore or the publisher will get the corrected version.

However, I bought about 75 books before the correction and still have them. Anyone who buys No Sanctuary from my website: and tells me what page the errors are on will be entered into a contest for Amazon gift certificates. (I have PayPal and a mail-in order form)

If someone bought the book from me in person and tells me where they bought it, they will be entered also.

Once you find the errors, use my email address to send me the errors.

Marilyn a.k.a.F. M. Meredith

(The photo is me setting up for the book launch in the church's fellowship hall.)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Barbara Strickland

Being a police officer's wife definitely takes a certain personality. You have to realize that you may not have your husband around for important occasions such as yours and the kids' birthdays, or on Christmas or New Years Eve. It's easy enough to celebrate on a different day.

I had three boys with my first husband, Al Bertalone. When we first married I had no idea the danger that he would be in every single day. We had a wonderful marriage. I loved cooking for him, taking care of his sons and his home.

Because so many of the wives had no idea what their husbands' jobs were like, I started the ride-along program and encouraged everyone to go with their husbands. I was in the police car when Al was shot to death. Horrifying!

You might think I would have avoided marrying another police officer. I really didn't have time to think about it. Chief McKenzie assigned Ryan Strickland to help me and he took care of so many things. The more I was with Ryan the more I realized I'd completely misjudged him. In the past, Al and I used to call Ryan a publicity hound. If he could figure out how to get his face in front of a camera he did.
(Ironic, because now his job is the p.r. man for the Rocky Bluff P.D.)

Ryan became very important in my life. Of course he didn't replace Al, he's a completely different man. When Ryan proposed, I didn't hesitate. I've never been sorry.

Really, I can't imagine not having a man in my life. I pray for Ryan's safety every day and night.