I Love Spring Bargains

Since I write the Organized Mysteries, I guess I should be doing a Spring Cleaning post, but here’s a twist instead on how to bypass clutter by filling your ereader instead of bookshelves. I’ve been talking lately about the 99 cent sales on Organized for Murder and the International Cozy Mysteries anthology, but there are so many other wonderful ebooks going on sale at the moment that I had to give a sample. After all, a Kindle doesn’t weigh any more when it’s digitally filled than when it’s empty, right?

Here are some great buys you can check out–but these 99 cent sales only last a few more days, so hurry while you can grab a bargain! The links below will shoot out to the Amazon pages, but they’re on sale at all booksellers. I just didn’t want to clutter things up with ALL the links :)

Here’s a free one that may make you think of herb gardens & spring:

Murder & Moonflowers (the Herbalist Book #1) by Leslie Leigh

Two new books in a brand new Danger Cove Mysteries series–

Secret of the Painted Lady: A Danger Cove Renovation Mystery by Christina A. Burke

Murder and Mai Tais: A Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery by Sibel Hodge now specially priced for preorder

Then there are some recent favorites–

Murder at Castle Rock (Amelia Grace Rock & Roll Mystery by Anne Marie Stoddard

Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy by A. Gardner

Remote Consequences: Working Stiffs Mysteries #1 by Kerri Nelson

30 First Dates: a romantic comedy by Stacey Wiedower

Bird in the Hand (Proverbial Crimes Book #1) by Dane McCaslin

Murder Al Dente (Southern Pasta Mystery #1) by Jennifer L. Hart

A Cereal Killer (Sibyl Potts Cozy Mystery Book #1) by Morgana Best

Spicing Up Trouble: a romantic comedy by Mary Jo Burke

Well, that’s a Baker’s Dozen of Bargains starting with the two books I’m in at the top, but you’ll likely find a lot of other bargains at the booksellers right now as authors and publishers offer “tastes” of their series. All of these ebooks are set to go back to regular price soon, so if you see one you like it’s time to scoop it up–your ereader will love you for it and your budget with smile and clap in delight :)

Have you seen any good book bargains lately? If you have, feel free to list them in the comments section of this post. Thank you!

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Another Giveaway Day & Fun Trivia

Thrilled to say the International Cozy Mystery Bundle is out and a hit on the charts, and we’re over at Laffeinated Ink today talking trivia about the featured books and giving away copies of the bundle! Best of all, my book, Counterfeit Conspiracies is smack in the middle of books by three of my favorite authors! The four-book mystery bundle includes:

International copyFashion, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries book #1) by Sibel Hodge

Counterfeit Conspiracies (Bodies of Art Mysteries book #1) by Ritter Ames

Death Under the Venice Moon (Lella York Mysteries book #2) by Maria Grazia Swan

Chasing the Dollar (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries book #1) by Ellie Ashe

Here’s more great news, while it’ll be a steal at the $6.99 regular price next week, Get it This Week when it’s on sale for only 99 cents!

So drop by the Laffeinated Ink blog if you have a minute and answer the easy question to enter the giveaway, and celebrate our bundle that’s already at #2 on the Amazon Anthology Bestseller charts. And tell all your friends while the anthology is on sale–the 99 cent price is only going to be around the first week of release!

 

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Bargain & Giveaway Day

Short and sweet post to tell you I’m giving away a signed copy of Marked Masters  today at Dru’s Book Musing blog, and I let Nico do all the talking since Laurel never lets him :) So go check out the blog and leave a comment if you want to enter.

Also, Counterfeit Conspiracies is included in a great new anthology titled International Cozy Mysteries that includes full-length books by me (of course), Sibel Hodge, Maria Grazia Swan, and Ellie Ashe. To look at this sweet cover you’d never imagine gun play and murder is involved in the stories, would you? International cozy mysteriesBut even sweeter than the cover is the price the publisher set for the release–only 99 cents for now, but it will go to the regular $6.99 soon. So grab the bargain while you can! It’s on sale at all booksellers, but here’s the Amazon link where you can find more details on the anthology (and I’ll stop typing-lol).

Have a great day

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Picture Me Organized

Juggling…Organizing…Wearing a lot of hats…It’s all kind of the same thing in the life of an author. Earlier this week I blogged about locating camping/life hacks for my characters to use in my next Organized Mystery, but that’s just one sample of how I have to change task hats all day. I never imagined when I penned my first story that I would eventually have to balance my writing work with such daily tasks as comb research sites and flag them for later use, file tax records, discover marketing options, network with advertisers, find fabulous clothes for my characters to wear, locate spy and tech stuff for my characters to use, figure out group activities for my characters’ children…and still find a way to write and have some fun in the middle of this publishing circus. One social media invention that helps me keep on top of all my treasured data is Pinterest. Yes, Pinterest. I know, a lot of people say it’s a time waster, but for me the site is an organizing sensation. Here’s why–

London Horse statue in streetSince I write two mystery series, I can have multiple boards about the endless number of things that relate to each series. I have fabulous European sites and travel tips for my Bodies of Art Mysteries series (and yes, this is where the spy and tech research comes in), and organization, parenting, and money saving tips for my Organized Mysteries series. The pictures are fun to find, easy to post, and a snap to locate later when I need to describe a scene or how to do something in one of my character’s lives. The site also allows me to create boards for each of my series, so I can add new covers as books are readied for release.

Horse statue in FlorenceAnd you can learn some really unique things. Take a look at these shots of London, England and Florence, Italy, for example. Who would have thought that you could get similar shots with a horse statue anchoring the street scene in each city, with the premier landmark of the city centered in the background of each shot? Sure, it isn’t an earth shattering fact that will make or break a mystery novel, but it is an interesting factoid I can have one of my characters mention to another. Little things like these that I can’t necessarily catch in a week-long vacation are some of the greatest attributes of Pinterest.

Even better, others can see my boards and follow the ones that interest them, giving us a connection we never had before. And the people who follow me often pin things on their boards I’m interested in, too, so I discover new places and tips without the time consuming searches. You can probably imagine how much help I find with these specialized boards when I’m writing my Bodies of Art series and needing to describe these fabulous settings. My boards are kind of Florence-heavy at the moment since so much of the action in my latest release, Marked Masters, took place in that glorious Renaissance city. London was more heavily featured in Counterfeit Conspiracies, as well as areas in France.

Does it all sound intriguing to you? If so, feel free to wander over to my Pinterest site at http://www.pinterest.com/ritterames where  I have a couple of dozen boards up now, and I welcome everyone to come and browse. And if you follow me, you’re likely to find I’ve wandered over to check out yours as well. Happy reading and pinning, everyone!

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Blogging Great Tips Today

burning crayonI’m over at Laffeinated Ink today blogging on some of the great tips I’ve found for the next Organized Mystery–Organized for S’more Death. And while they’re useful in camping, most can be of everyday help, too. If you have a minute, Check it out. And yes, I used the most dramatic one for the photo. LOL! Come by if you have a minute–and feel free to comment with any tips :)

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New Excerpts Page

Worked up a new page a few days ago, and did a little consolidating but I hadn’t yet had a chance to mention it. Look under the banner above, and you’ll see a new Take a Sample option that shoots you over to a page that offers first chapter samples of all my books. I’m not trying to get all salesey here or anything, but I thought it was a much neater and more organized way to offer samples to anyone wanting to check out a bit of my writing before buying the book. That’s all. Hope y’all have a fabulous week. I’m back to revising the next Organized Mystery :)

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We’re Going Into the Home Stretch…

Duomo complex with Giotto bell towerDo you know how writer’s whine? Well, let me tell you I’ve been happily whining up a storm lately because I’m having such a difficult time staying focused. I’m supposed to be finishing up the third cozy in my Organized Mysteries, which now has an official title of Organized for S’more Death (yes, it’s a camping trip for the McKenzie and Berman families–how fun, right?). But all the promos are starting on Marked Masters, the second book in my Bodies of Art Mysteries, and that makes me think of Florida and Florence, Italy–the two places Laurel & Jack focus their own attention in the book. The picture at the right shows the Duomo complex in Florence (you can see a hint of the exquisite dome on the far right edge) and the Giotto Bell Tower in the background plays a key role in the book. So… I’m having some difficulty staying in one point of view each day, and my cozy deadline is looming, and I have to keep reminding myself to get out of Laurel’s smart mouth POV and back into Kate’s much nicer and more dedicated one. However, Girl and Her Ebooks did a lovely chapter excerpt of Marked Masters over Valentine’s weekend, along with the synopsis of the noveland readers who received pre-release ARCs of the book have already started posting reviews of Marked Masters on Goodreads. So, I alternate between whining and grinning all day every day. And writing, of course–I seem to never stop writing :)

Giotto bell towerThe fun will continue in the next couple of weeks. As I posted here last week, I did a giveaway of a Bodies of Art large canvas tote bag at Laffeinated Ink on Wednesday, and plan to do another very soon. I’ll also be giving away copies of the book in March when I guest post at a couple of blogs, so stay tuned for information on those prize ops–I promise to post all the information here in case any readers want to enter. And if you haven’t yet subscribed to my newsletter, there will be more giveaway tie-ins offered with the next issues, so feel free to sign-up for my newsletter here.

I’ve also been putting some finishing touches on a short story that features Laurel Beacham doing one of her “pro bono” retrievals. I’ll post when it’s available for viewing soon. It will be on the Short Stories page whose link is along the banner at the top of this page, and which currently contains the link to my Organized Christmas story.

Moonrise over the Arno in FlorenceHope your February is going well, and you’re staying warm. We just had four inches of snow last night, and expect another couple overnight tonight. So my agenda for the next few days is to stay in, keep dry, and don’t stop writing. And to view wonderful pics like these of Florence to take my mind off the cold. If things get too difficult, I’ll have a little wine with my whine. Sounds like a good plan, right? Florence at Night

In the meantime, here are a few more wonderful shots of Florence that tie in with the events in Marked Masters. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Now, I have to get back to my Organized camping trip. I can almost taste the s’mores–David by Michelangelowhen I’m not helping Kate solve the murder of course!  Buonasera!

To purchase Marked Master in print or ebook, you can find the links on my Where to Buy My Books page. The book will be released in all bookseller outlets March 2nd.Florence at Night

 

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