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Purr M for Murder by T.C. Lotempio (Cozy Mystery)

Welcome to my stop for Purr M for Murder by T.C. Lotempio.  The author will be awarding autographed copy of <i>PURR M FOR MURDER</i> (hardcover – US ONLY)to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  You can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2017/02/book-blast-purr-m-for-murder-by-tc.html

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GENRE:  Cozy Mystery
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Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

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We were in the doorway now.  A large desk was at the far end of what appeared to be an office.  The light was coming from a small lamp perched on the edge of the desk, and as we crossed the threshold, it flickered and then went out.  Kat shone the pencil thin beam of the flashlight around the room, letting out a sharp cry as it hit the wall nearest us.  “Lightswitch,” she squealed, and a minute later the room was filled with a harsh fluorescent light.

I glanced around.  Yes, this was definitely an office, and not a very tidy one at that.  There were several file cabinets pushed up against the far wall, and two of the drawers in the one on the left were half open. Papers were strewn across the desk, and some file folders had dropped onto the floor and were scattered across the Oriental rug.

“Good Lord,” my sister exclaimed.  “For someone always so fastidious about his appearance, he certainly likes to work in a mess.”

I frowned.  “It looks more to me like it’s been ransacked. Someone was searching for something. What do you think, Kat? Kat?”

My sister had moved over to the far corner of the room and was standing before a large wardrobe.  “Wow, this is beautiful,” she said, lifting a hand to run it over the smooth exterior. She balled her hand into a fist and rapped it against the wood. “Solid oak.  I saw a picture of one like this in a catalog.  French, dates back to the late 1800’s.  I wonder what it’s doing in his office?”

“Who knows? Maybe he keeps his suit jackets in it,” I said.  “Why do you care, anyway?”

“It’s such a beautiful piece,” my sister murmured. “Too good for that rotter. It seems out of place in this office.”

“Maybe it just came in and he’s got it here for pricing,” I ventured.

“Maybe.  I wouldn’t mind having something like this,” Kat said, running her hand once again across the smooth wood.  “It looks deep enough – I wonder if the doors swing out all the way? It would be great to put a TV in.”

I eyed the piece. “That thing looks hand-carved. He probably wants an arm and a leg for it.”

“Probably.” She gave the handle a tug. “Hm.  The doors seem to be stuck.”

I waved  my hand impatiently.  “Oh for goodness sakes, leave it alone. Must you examine it now?”

Her lower lip thrust forward. “Yes.  Who knows, I might not get another chance.”

I shot her a sharp look.  “You’re not thinking of buying this, are you?”

She sighed deeply. “I suppose not.  Littleton will probably want some astronomical figure for it.  But I might never get another opportunity to see such a finely made one up close.” She shot me an appealing look.  “Give me a hand, won’t you? You’re strong. Maybe if we both pull on the handle at the same time it’ll open.”

I knew my sister. Once Kat made up her mind about something she was like a pitbull with a bone. I knew when it was futile to argue with her. “Okay, fine. But if we get this open, one quick look and then we’re out of here.”

She nodded and I placed my hand on top of hers. “On the count of three, give it all you’ve got. One, two—three.”

We both tugged at the same time and suddenly the door flew open.  We went staggering backwards at the same time the body of Trowbridge Littleton, his eyes bulging almost out of their sockets, tongue lolling to the side, hit the floor at our feet.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM.   #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, is out this December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

Where to find them:

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Website:  WWW.tclotempio.com

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Drop Dead Handsome by M.K. Scott (Painted Lady Inn Mysteries)

BB_DropDeadHandsome_Banner copyWelcome to my stop for DROP DEAD HANDSOME by M.K. Scott.  The author will be awarding a prize to multiple winners such as $50 Amazon Gift Cards, $15 Target or Groupon Gift Cards and other GCs and books to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.  Follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/06/book-blast-drop-dead-handsome-by-mk.html

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Dilapidated Victorian house appears "haunted"

GENRE: Cozy Mystery

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The Painted Lady Inn is open for business and limping along in the B and B world. A high school reunion package assembles Donna’s least desirable classmates, including the backstabbing cheerleader, her narcissistic high school crush, and Arnie, whose cheesy poem had everyone calling her, hot mama. It’s all something she liked to forget. These are the normal guests.

An octogenarian self-proclaimed sleuth, Father Christmas, a dognapping couple, and a pair who is copying everything in the Inn to set up their own competitive establishment rounds out the group. Maria, the sister-in-law, has a matchmaking agenda for Donna. Daniel, her brother, finds himself serving as a referee with one guest’s multiple wives.

High school reunions can be murder. Detective Mark Taber is on the trail of the murderer, when he isn’t interfering in a smitten Arnie’s determined bid to woo the no nonsense innkeeper.

EXCERPT

“Hello. Welcome to The Painted Lady Inn. Thanks for choosing the Lady for your weekend getaway.” She held the smile in place, questioning her choice of a name for her bed and breakfast. Daniel remarked it sounded like something out of a horror movie, as if it would come to life.

The woman didn’t answer, but took two more steps closer, then placed her bag on the floor. “I’m glad to be here before the sun sets.”

“You made it.” Her cheeks were starting to ache from continually smiling. Well, that and acting like a genial innkeeper. Why couldn’t she’d just be normal Donna Tollhouse?

“Yes, yes, I did.” The woman glanced around the foyer that had several open doors to the front parlor, library, and dining room. Her lips pursed as her eyes flicked upward.

No dust anywhere and the floors gleamed where they weren’t covered by a floral runner.

“May I have your name, please?”

The woman gave a nervous laugh, which seemed out of place.

“Lorena, Lorena Fitzgerald.”

Convenient, since she was the first name on the list. Her hand gripped the heavy reunion basket and held it out to Lorena. “Compliments of the inn for your stay.” The woman’s French tipped manicured hand wrapped around the basket handle beside Donna’s. “Enjoy the reunion.”

Lorena’s eyes widened. “There’s a reunion? What type?”

Donna had relinquished the basket unaware that her guest didn’t merit it. Too late to take it back too, especially since the woman was now poking through it making pleasurable noises. With her luck, the couple out antiquing would hear about it and expect one too. Well, she did have a couple cases of Reunion Red.

“Ah yes, the local high school is having a reunion. Thirty-one years.”

Lorena fanned her free hand in front of her as if overcome by the thought of a reunion. “Thirty-one years. Goodness, I’ve only been out of school barely twenty years.”

Taking a page from Detective Taber’s book, she ran a hand over her face, hoping to hide her smirk. Okay, the woman looked good, but not that good. A woman in her thirties would wear something a little more playful, edgy, or even more casual. The shoes and sweater set declared her mid-forty. Once she recovered her innkeeper face, she dropped her hand.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links

M.K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands on approach. Morgan’s daughter who manages a hotel provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Murder Mansion is the first book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Overall, it is a fun series to create and read. Drop Dead Handsome is the second book in the series. Killer Review should be out in October 2016.

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Buy Links

 Amazon US  http://amzn.to/28VENoh

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01EQML0RO

Amazon Canada https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01EQML0RO

Amazon Australia https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01EQML0RO

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Forthcoming on KOBO, iTunes & Barnes and Noble

 

 

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Confessions of the Assistant Extraordinaire ( PI Assistant Extraordinaire Mystery) by Lotta Smith

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Book Title: Confessions of the Assistant Extraordinaire
Author: Lotta Smith
Genre: Mystery/Triller/Cozy Mystery/Woman’s Fiction
Release Date: March 1, 2016
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Get three PI Assistant Extraordinaire Mysteries in a bundle.
More than 100,000 words, humorous mystery books.

Welcome to the glamorous universe of Kelly Kinki—yes, really! Working as a personal assistant of Michael Archangel—the hottest and the wackiest detective in D.C.—her day never ends without dead bodies…

Ghostly Murder

A murder in a locked room…The faceless ghost… Throw in a cross-dressing detective plus his assistant extraordinaire in this new mystery series!

For Kelly Kinki, working as Archangel’s personal assistant was always an adventure, one that keeps her on her toes. As the resident consulting detective for the busy Washington D.C. Police Department and the FBI, Archangel took the confusing or unsolvable situations and spun a Sherlock hue over them, finding answers amongst the clues and closing cases even the most skilled law enforcement agents found confounding. Working as both his assistant and sounding board, Kelly has an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Archangel’s deduction, and of his fabulous closet. Not only is he a detective savant, he is also a towering specimen of a man with an appetite for women’s high fashion that could put a runway model to shame – a fact that leaves his less-fashionable assistant flummoxed, and slightly jealous.

It’s a classic ‘who-done-it’ with a not so classic answer.

Immortal Eyes

Serial murder with a sick ritual… The Dragon Lady…and the mismatched duo’s race against time…

Previously a socialite and a ‘real’ housewife, Kelly Kinki is now stuck with a dead-end job as a personal assistant to a private investigator. To Kelly, this translates as playing second fiddle to a guy who gets more cat-calls than she does.

Michael Archangel is his name, catching killers is what he does, and he does it in…well, a short skirt and high heels. As a former FBI Special Agent turned P.I., Archangel knows his way around a crime scene as well as he does the local Agent Provocateur. His game de jour is toying with Kelly, his assistant—just like cat and mouse. However, they’re a team, whether fending off rude paparazzi or manhandling the politicians, freaks, and other lowlifes roaming the streets of the nation’s capital, the two are hell-bent on finding a serial killer who is holding the city hostage.

Join Archangel, Kelly, and a host of oddball characters as they wind their way through a madcap crime thriller, with more twists and turns than a mind-bender roller coaster. Kelly’s story is filled with raucous humor and irreverent satire, so buckle up. Who’ll solve the crime, and who will take the credit? Perhaps all the investigators will get for their trouble is a full color splash on the cover of the Washington Post, “Latest Victims Discovered in Matching Frocks – One Male, One Female”.

Deadly Vision

A murder of a sweetie pie… A newbie, pathetic agent…and the reluctant mentor…

Voted #7 of DC’s Most Eligible Bachelors, now Michael Archangel—her boss—is officially the hottest PI in the neighborhood, and one of the most talented. Sought by clients and police alike for his wit and brain power, this is an American Sherlock with style – and a unique past.

The college girl was last seen at Tricky Sundae, a local ice cream shop, and then she turns up dead. This time, the case seems so normal, at first. The victim, a universally-loved college student, has been strangled. Well, maybe not so “universally” loved, since she’s dead—and that’s the weird part. Not a single person has anything bad to say about her.

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Excerpt from ‘Immortal Eyes—Book 2 of PI Assistant Extraordinaire Mystery’

When I walked to the poolside, he was in the lap pool, swimming in freestyle. He noticed me and came out of the water, and I had a seriously hard time ripping my eyes off him.

I’d never regarded Michael Archangel to be an eligible male, but believe me, with broad shoulders, Herculean chest, six-pack abs, and full of toned muscles, his body was purrrrfect. I needed a helluva lot of restraint to keep myself from drooling. In front of me stood Michael Archangel, wearing nothing other than black swim trunks. Mom was right. My employer was an alpha male, at least in the physical features department. Except I had no idea as to how she had figured out the presence of his … equipment. And frankly, I didn’t want to know.

“Hey,” he said.

For a couple of heartbeats—maybe several of them—my mind wandered off, thinking: Gosh, I want to jump his bone right now and Get a grip, Kelly. Having a crush on your employer is so awkward! It was like the moment of having an angel and a demon sitting on each of your shoulders spatting at each other. Words failed to come out of me. I was standing there like a total moron.

“Earth to Kelly.” Archangel stared down at me with a look that implied he knew what I was thinking. “Don’t tell me you’re hallucinating.” Droplets of water trickled from the knotted bun of his long hair, down to his shoulders and further to the south.

“Hallucinating? Oh no, it’s just…well, you know…looks like I zoned out a little. Maybe it’s just jetlag. Yes, it’s only jetlag. How strange! I used to fly all over the world, never having difficulties adjusting to local time, and now I’m having it for the first time. I mean, a jetlag. It’s been years since I’d last flown over the pond.” Thank God I was wearing a padded bra that worked perfectly to conceal my fully erected nipples.

A slight smile surfaced on his lips. “So what’s going on?”

meet the author

FotoFlexer_PhotoLotta Smith loves funny novels, TV series, movies, and L.A. hair metal bands. She was born and reared in Japan, the home of ninja, geisha, and Godzilla. When she was young she often witnessed hordes of Godzillas annihilating the city of Kyoto with fire breath.

After surviving a series of Godzilla attacks, she went to medical school hoping to see real corpses and sexy professors. She got to see the corpses, but sexy professors were nonexistent.

When she’s not writing, she’s making travel itineraries.

Email: lottasmith@excite.co.jp

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Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting (Missy Dubois Mystery)

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Welcome to my stop for Murder At Morningside by Sandra Bretting.  Sandra will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/01/cover-reveal-murder-at-morningside-by.html

 

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GENRE: Cozy Mystery

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Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana’s Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?

 

Excerpt:

Time rewound with each footfall as I began to climb the grand outer staircase at Morningside Plantation. The limestone steps, burdened with the history of five generations, heaved their way toward heaven.

At the top lay a wide-plank verandah supported by columns painted pure white, like the clouds. By the time I took a third step, the digital camera in my right hand began to dissolve into the sterling silver handle of a ladies parasol. The visitors’ guide in my left hand magically transformed into a ballroom dance card bound by a satin cord.

Another step and the Mississippi River came into view as it flowed to the Gulf, languid as a waltz and the color of sweet tea. Could that be a whistle from a steamboat ferrying passengers past the plantation? If so, a turn and a wave wouldn’t be out of the question once I reached the top of the stairs, and good manners would dictate it.

I was about to do that when I realized the whistle was only my friend’s cell and not a Mississippi riverboat. “Ambrose! Turn that thing off. Honestly.”

“Sorry.” He shrugged. “I always forget you were Scarlett O’Hara in a past life.”

The mood was broken, though, and the sterling silver in my hand returned to plastic while the linen dance card hardened to a glossy brochure.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract to the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.

Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debuts from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at www.sandrabretting.com and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandra.bretting.

Buy Links:

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-at-morningside-sandra-bretting/1122597549?ean=9781601837134

Amazon:  Murder at Morningside (A Missy DuBois Mystery)

 

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The Devil’s Hook by Pearl R. Meaker (W/Author Interview)

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Welcome to my stop for THE DEVIL’S HOOK by Pearl R. Meaker.  Pearl R. Meaker will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/08/vbt-devils-hook-by-pearl-r-meaker.html

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Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Jairus Twombly’s familial intuition is faltering and his new personal assistant seems to be trying to replace his wife, Amy.

On the Twombly College campus, someone is breaking into the dorm rooms of female students leaving things instead of taking things: red colored objects including a red golf ball, a red ribbon and a tiny red stuffed dog.

When a recipient of some of the red objects goes missing and is returned after being told, “You’re not her”, and the personal assistant turns up dead with Amy Twombly’s elegant Bloodwood crochet hook in her eye, things heat up for Emory Crawford and her chemist and forensic scientist husband, Dr. Jebbin Crawford.

Emory, along with the Twombly’s Nancy Drew-like daughter, Madison, once more turns to her amateur detective skills and intuition to solve the mysteries.

Excerpt:

“Get it out! Get it out! Get it out!”

Amy was screaming the words over and over, hands held to either side of her face like Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.”

There was a body on the floor at the far end of the table on my side. I heard doors sliding. I swung my head to look at the doors into the main hall.

“What on earth is . . .”

“Iga,” I yelled to be heard above Amy’s hysterics. “Get Amy and Madison out of here, now!”

I heard her rounding up the two Twomblys and taking them somewhere else. My attention was on the body on the floor.

A couple of steps closer and I could see what Amy was screaming about. There lay the display pedestal surrounded by mangled flowers and a porcelain vase in shards, some of which were resting in the blood on the floor as it bled into the water the flowers had been in. Despite knowing there had been an argument in here a short while before, despite the overturned furniture and broken vase that could have been knocked over for a very different reason than the one Amy gave us, even though Amy’s bloodwood crochet hook was protruding from Resie’s left eye, I knew with every shiver running through my soul that Amy hadn’t done this. And, since Resie wasn’t writhing in agony, I also knew she was dead. 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Where do you get your book ideas?

So far, I’ve been inspired by songs. My husband and I, like my main character Emory Crawford and her hubby Jebbin, play music and sing together. Music has been a part of my life my whole life. In this case, a particular song got me started for both The Devil’s Music and The Devil’s Hook. The song is “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” and you can hear it via the link below, sung by the artists that sang it for the movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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With The Devil’s Hook, I was also inspired by Emory and I both liking handcrafts and the idea of a beautiful crochet hook being a weapon.

Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

This is a big item of discussion these days in the writing world. I consider myself to be an Intuitive Plotter.

I don’t outline, but I do brainstorm. I use a program called “Inspiration 9” and do thought bubble diagrams and timelines. I always have the beginning and especially the end in mind before I start writing. Sometimes I have some of the middle too – and that really helps J, but at least the beginning and the end.

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

This is a bit awkward for me because I edit as I go. It’s a habit I developed when I wrote fanfiction and posted stories a chapter at a time.

I will write a while, then take a break and read over what I’ve written, and repeat that until I get to the end of the chapter.

Then I will send 2 – 4 chapters at a time to my editor for her to go over. By the time I get to the end, the manuscript has been gone over several times and is ready for my editor to do the revision.

The Devil’s Music took over a year to write and get in printing shape. The Devil’s Hook took a little over six months.

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I’m a mainstream author in that I have a publisher – Promontory Press out of Victoria, British Columbia.

That said they are an independent press, which I like. They did not buy my books and take all rights from me. I get to have a lot of input into how my books are handled. I got to approve the font used and I got to approve, I have had input into the cover designs, and I’m involved in the editing process. When something goes wrong with some facet of the publication process, which happens to everyone, they are very quick to get it taken care of. I’m happy to be with Promontory Press and proud to be known as one of their authors.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

I got my start writing fanfiction. In fact, all the stories I made up in my head my whole life up until I started taking a writing course were all fanfiction.

I didn’t think of writing stories at all until we got our first computer in the mid 1980s. I wasn’t interested in all the crossing out and having to re-write by hand (or re-type) an entire chapter just because I decided to change a large amount of text.

In around 1990 – 91 I wrote three novel length fanfics; two Dr. Who based and one based off a TV version of Zorro that was produced in Canada. In late 2002 I found out this kind of writing was called “fanfiction” and that I wasn’t the only person who wrote it. A friend said I should write something based on “The Lord of the Rings,” after I told her I’d been making up hobbit stories for years, and post it at fanfiction.net. I did and people liked the story so I kept going.

Around 180 or so stories later (4 were around novel length) and at the encouragement of several regular readers I decided to try writing original stories and took a writing course through Long Ridge Writers Group. I was recommended for and took the novel course they offered at the time (they no longer offer the novel course) and began The Devil’s Music as my work for that course.

I kept working with my instructor after I finished and Mary Rosenblum is now my writing coach and editor. When The Devil’s Music was finished she recommended a couple of publishers, because I didn’t want to go indie, I choose Promontory Press, they accepted the book and everything has taken off from there.

My suggestions:

Write stories. Short stories and long stories.

Post them at an online archive – there are archives for original fiction as well as fanfic. This is a great way to test the waters because you can get immediate feed back via reader comments/reviews. Are your stories good? Are people reading them? Are they not getting read or are the reviews mostly negative? This is a solid way to figure out if you write well and in a way that hooks readers.

If people are reading your stories and leaving positive comments, then consider taking a writing course to tighten up your work and to learn how to submit to online or print publications. During my introductory writing course, I had two stories accepted by a magazine publisher. That really inspired me toward taking on a novel.

Be prepared to work hard – before, during and after your book is written. This includes after a publisher accepts it or after you’ve released it as an indie. You will still have a lot of marketing and promotional work to be doing . . . while you’re writing you next book. J

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Pearl R. Meaker is an upper-middle-aged, short, pudgy homemaker, mother, and grandmother who in 2002 became a writer. Initially writing fanfiction she soon tried original fiction at the encouragement of her regular readers. She has been a life-long lover of mystery stories and automatically went to that genre for her first book, The Devil’s Music. She and her husband of nearly 40 years live in central Illinois. They both love bluegrass music, playing fiddle and banjo and singing. Pearl also does many crafts –  when she’s not reading or writing – knitting, crochet, origami, needlepoint, and cross-stitch among them. She also enjoys birding and photography and is a former fencer.

Visit Pearl here: pearlrmeaker.com

https://www.facebook.com/PearlRMeaker

https://twitter.com/PearlRMeaker

https://www.pinterest.com/PearlRMeaker/

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