Ritter Ames — USA TODAY Bestselling Mystery Author of the Bodies of Art Mysteries series and the Organized Mysteries series

Due to some unforeseen computer problems last week (thanks so much Microsoft), I had a couple of days when I had to work at simply getting my laptop up and running correctly again. Which meant I lost two days of actual worktime and didn’t get to post a Friday Freebie highlighting the Chapter Two excerpt of Bronzed Betrayals on Wattpad. So, since versatility is my middle name anymore, I’m posting the link here to the excerpt and calling it a Travel Tuesday offering because the excerpt lets readers follow behind Laurel as she journeys to her latest “reclamation” destination. Today’s location is the Knightsbridge area in London, and you can Read the Excerpt for Chapter Two for free on Wattpad.

If you missed reading the Chapter One excerpt, you can Click Here to read from the beginning on Wattpad. If you start with Chapter One, at the very bottom of the excerpt is an orange Continuation bar that you can click to shoot over to Chapter Two and keep reading. And yes, I will be posting Chapter Three soon so keep an eye on this blog space 🙂

In the meantime, don your black catsuit, grab your electronic gizmos, and follow Laurel Beacham on this Travel Tuesday–Heist Edition to see if she can reclaim the stolen art!

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If you want to read the early chapters of BRONZED BETRAYALS while it’s still in preorder, just stop by Wattpad ahead of the title’s release date. This week, I’ve added an excerpt of Chapter One on Wattpad, and in the coming weeks I’ll be adding Chapter Two and Chapter Three. Stop by and see what kind of trouble Laurel and the gang get into this time. BRONZED BETRAYALS on Wattpad

 

 

 

 

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I’ve often said that I don’t always know what I think about anything until I write about it. Oh sure, I talk a good game, but there’s something about sitting down with paper and pen or balancing a laptop on my lap that allows my thoughts, feelings, fears, frustrations, joys, and–yes–a little intelligence to finally seem to coalesce in the way I truly need it to. I doodle with words, there isn’t any other way to describe it, and those doodled words help me understand everything much better. But I’ve found as I wait for all my thoughts to come together, I tend to doodle with pen and ink as well–drawing (badly) and shading in different shapes and angles. But I’m no artist, and I need all the help I can get.

Last year, I received a daily devotional book created by S.E. Foster that I posted about on one of my Facebook pages. This gifted artist not only created a daily devotional book for people like me to write in, with prompts to use as springboards to inner thoughts but as a bonus, the book also included images to color–to let the inner creative out in another way. I truly enjoyed taking my own meditative moment each day to stop and breathe and write about what I personally needed to say to myself. Some of it was slightly religious, a little of it was decidedly humorous, but all of it was deeply personal to me and my life. None of what I wrote would mean much to anyone else–but it was what I needed to hear myself say through ink on the page. 

So when I discovered S.E. Foster just published her second book, I ordered a copy, and Amazon notified me this afternoon that it and the other item I ordered at the time of purchase have been shipped. I have a feeling a lot of my Christmas shopping will be completed early this year, as I plan to give copies of this book to several people on my list. But everyone better keep their hands off mine–my ink pen is ready and my colored pencils are on hand for backup!

If you’d like to check out this new release for yourself, here’s the Amazon Link

 

 

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Because Counterfeit Conspiracies was on sale last month, and the sale on Marked Masters was this week, AND because a New Release in the Bodies of Art Mysteries is coming the end of next month–a la Bronzed Betrayals–I thought today would be a good time to open up the short story vault and pull out the short titles that fall in the timeframe between Marked Masters and Abstract Aliases. These stories have been posted here before, as I pull them out a time or two each year–usually around the holidays–and they will be returning to the vault again soon. 

You don’t have to have read the books to enjoy these short stories. Just like you don’t have to read these short stories to know what is going on in the novels. But reading all does give you a bigger picture of the series and characters, of course. Since both the Bodies of Art Mysteries short stories fall in the timeline after Marked Masters and before Abstract Aliases, they can offer a bit more info and fun in the months not covered in the novels. Plus, these stories are free–another win-win. Information in the Christmas story also alludes to facts that were used in the fourth Bodies of Art Mystery, Fatal Forgeries, which was released June 2017. The fifth book in the series, Bronzed Betrayals, has a June 26th release date and is currently available as a preorder from all booksellers.

 

My publisher, Henery Press, discounted MARKED MASTERS to 99¢ this week in a Kindle Countdown Deal. Henery has only offered this book at this discounted price one other time. So if you haven’t read the book yet, or been waiting for another sale, grab this 99¢ offer while you can. The bargain price disappears in a few days!

Click Here to Buy Marked Masters on the Kindle Countdown Deal

Hey, everyone, my friend Larissa Reinhart has a terrific new book in a terrific new series. The Cupid Caper is the perfect book to escape into (which I’ve been doing this particularly trying week), and it’s perfect for a Friday Giveaway. I have 5 Kindle copies I’ll be giving to 5 lucky readers. Just head  My Facebook Author Page to  comment  with your favorite sleuthing duos–from books, movies, or television–and you’ll be entered to win. The winners will be drawn at 10:30 EDT tonight and I’ll post the winners on my FB Page. Good luck!

If you have a minute, head over to Dru’s Book Musings where Dru is showing off the new cover for the next Bodies of Art Mystery — Yay! Only in preorder now, but the book will be available June 26th. Also, feel free to comment on Dru’s blog and thank her for sharing this information for authors and readers! 🙂

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