A Deal For YOU!!

I love working on cross over promotions with other authors.

It’s great to be included with writers working together to help each other get the word out about our books.

Even better the reader (YOU) benefit!

So today and tomorrow take advantage of some great books at a great price!  Just click on the link below and then make your selections. Don’t forget to pick up the newest Citrus Beach Mystery at this low price. Look for Tank full of Trouble.

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Investing in a Series

Reading a series of books and you can’t help to become entangled with the storyline!

I love reading a series of books, so maybe that’s why I’m dedicating myself to writing my own mystery series. I actually have the outlines for two series, in different genres. I’m excited to get my ideas and words down in book format, and am now currently writing book number three.

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But most people who like book series started reading them at an early age. How many of you “series readers” started out reading something like  Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys? Some of our younger readers right now maybe in the middle of their own favorites: like the Harry Potter series. The series that we read are different than what our children are reading. Book genres for young adult readers have changed over the years, reflecting the changes in our society.

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 I’ve even noticed that the type of series you read changes as you get older, often reflecting your own changes in lifestyles. Your reading selections may also change as you interest and activities change.  Seasonal series may influence your reading choices too.  During the Christmas holidays, I love to read short stories that reflect the season.

There’s just something about getting into a series; you feel like you’re part of it. You become friends with the hero, you hate the villains, you anticipate the storylines, and you cheer for the underdog. You discover that you have your favorite characters and you have the characters that you dislike so much that you can’t wait to see them killed off, arrested or just done away with & written out of the story.

Another factor that keeps you interested in a series could be the time period it represents. Or the location of where the series was written. I know my mother loves Regency Romances, but I personally am fond of an Alaskan mini-series. There’s something about sitting on the beach, reading about cold Alaska weather that makes me feel good.

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It’s interesting to watch where the writers mind is going and follow along as they develop the characters from book to book, hooking you in so that you can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

How far are you into the current series you’re reading? Is it a romance, a historical, or an investigative series?

So, what kind of series has you hooked?

 

 

It’s Not Just About Hearts & Flowers

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Valentines Day brings to mind romance: beautiful bouquets of flowers, heartfelt love letters, heart shaped boxes of chocolate candies, romantic get-a-ways…

But as a mystery writer, my mind goes in other directions.  MURDER. And what is the underlining factor in many murders-LOVE! (Oh, don’t get me wrong: I love the romance too and a box of chocolate just makes my day!)

I took three simple words and mixed them up to make 3 sub genres in the mystery category on Amazon Kindle Books and here is what I found:

Valentine Murder Mystery : 93 books are available

Valentine Murder: 321 books are available

Valentine Mystery: 300 books are available

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only writer thinking along these lines.  These books ranged from children’s mysteries to romance & cozy mysteries to outright blood thirsty murder thrillers. Personally, I tend to read and write in the cozy mystery range.

Think about it: passions are running high and something goes wrong.  Before you know it an act of violence has taken place.  OR…The night is set for romance and it’s the opportunity to carry out the plan for the perfect murder.  Will it be poison in the wine or a push off the ledge during a romantic walk?

So, now that I have planted these thoughts of mystery and murder, I wish you a normal & romantic Valentines Day!

 

 

 

It All Happened When…

Summer time down here is Florida is a time to regroup and plan for the upcoming season with gusto.  Since it is often slow business wise, it is also a good time for reflection. 

It was during a morning business networking group that I found myself faced with a challenge of my own.  We were all reveling a secret longing that each of us had always wanted to pursue.  When it was my turn, I found myself blurting out the words “write a mystery and see it published”.  Well, the person most surprised by this revelation was non-other than ME!! 

Oh, I knew I had always loved to read, and when I was in college enjoyed creative writing, but then life happened at that all got swept into the back drawer of my desk as I made room for a business and family.

And the years passed.

Now my son is getting ready to head off to college himself and I have just proclaimed to my friends and associates that I wanted to write a book.  Well, what was I to do?  Those words were not just a longing, but a dare to myself-a double dog dare.  I could just pretend that it was just a passing fancy, a whim OR I could do something about it.

And so I began to write. 

And once the words started to form sentences, then pages grew into chapters and by the beginning of fall, I had completed my first book!  Now I’m hooked.  I have started the second book in the mystery series and have the outlines for about ten more books in the same series.  Plus, I have the idea for another series in a whole other style and genre.

It hasn’t been as easy as it sounds (I’m horrible at spelling and my first book needed a lot of editing) and I still have a business to run and a family to take care of.  But, you know, I think I like this new direction my life is going in.