What’s New and Free Wednesday–Giveaway Edition!

WN&FWMy posts have been on the lean side lately, I know, but I’m rounding the editing bend on the next to the last set of proof pages for FATAL FORGERIES. I received my cover last week, too, and will share it soon–probably around the time preorders go live in March (yes, March is almost here–unbelieveable). But in the meantime, I scooped up links for some freebies by my author friends, and have a giveaway of my own today (My giveaway at the end, so be sure to check it out and enter, or please tell all your friends if you already have a copy).

Ready? Here goes–

First up is one of my all-time favorite cozy series is Michele Scott’s Wine Lovers Mysteries series, which is set in Napa Valley and features Nikki Sands. The covers have been updated, and the first book in the series is free right now on Amazon. Grab it and see if you don’t like it as well. Just click the Murder Uncorked picture below.

designerdirtylaundryNext, my friend Diane Vallere is featuring the first book in her Samantha Kidd series, Designer Dirty Laundry, free right now on Instafreebie. You can sign up and request the freebie download at https://www.instafreebie.com/free/HgVY3

 

Just learned my friend Morgana Best has the first book in her Kitchen Witch series up for free at the moment. If you like cozy paranormal mysteries, grab a copy before this title goes back to full price. Fun read!

I haven’t read MA Comley’s JUSTICE series yet, but several people who read the same types of books I do have given it high praise. But if that’s not incentive enough to try it, the box set of the first two books in the series Cruel Justice and Impending Justice are free right now on Amazon. Yes, I downloaded my copy and will crack open the file as soon as my edits are completed. Pick up your own copy by clicking the picture below–

COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES coverIIFinally, I went out to Amazon this morning and generated a couple of coupon codes, and I now have two copies of Counterfeit Conspiracies available for giveaway. If you’d like a Kindle copy of Counterfeit Conspiracies, just leave a comment below and I’ll draw the names of the two winners on Friday and post the names. So if you don’t Follow this blog, please check back in case I’m trying to contact you.

Okay, that’s all, folks! Now back to my writing cave to work on proofing more edits. Have a great Wednesday  🙂

 

 

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Good Press & a Giveaway!

Been busy lately putting the final touches on FATAL FORGERIES, which is book #4 in the Bodies of Art Mysteries, so haven’t had time to blog lately, but found I’ve been getting great press while I’ve been “incommunicado.” Today, Kathleen Costa’s review of ABSTRACT ALIASES posted on the Kings River Life Magazine site and if you go there and read the review you’ll find an opportunity to enter for a free copy at the end:  http://kingsriverlife.com/02/18/abstract-aliases-by-ritter-ames/

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I also found out this week that Suspense Magazine printed a review of ABSTRACT ALIASES in their Best of 2016 issue, and the reviewer concluded the review with–“This author is sheer perfection when it comes to using descriptions and locations that are richly done and offer sharp details throughout the entirety of the story. Some of the mysteries are solved, some not, which lets readers know that they will have many terrific installments of this series to come. The twists in this story will keep you reading until the amazing end and, for those who fall in love with these as much as this reviewer has, I would recommend reading the entire series in order: ‘Counterfeit Conspiracies,’ ‘Marked Masters,’ and now this incredible, ‘Abstract Aliases.’ Have a great deal of fun while delving into the art trade filled with betrayal, old secrets, greed, and some extremely strange gifts. This author continues to produce 5-Star reads!”

So, if you don’t already have a copy, consider going over to the Kings River Life Magazine page via the link posted above and read this latest review and enter the giveaway 🙂

Happy Weekend, everyone

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It’s Time for a Friday Contest!

15-minutesIn my opinion, Fridays are good days for contests. Last week I gave away a bunch of my books, and this week I’m giving away books by my friend Larissa Reinhart. This is a great new first in series novel, and you’re going to love Maizie! Check out my Facebook Author Page for all the details on how to win. My neighbor’s daughter will pick two names tomorrow (yep, two winners). Here’s the link to enter, and I’ve pinned the post so it will be at the top of the newsfeed. Just look for the 15 Minutes cover shot and comment to enter to win! Click here and enter on my FB Author Page

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Flash Contest this Weekend Only!

CounterfeitConspiracies-on FireCONTEST!!! Let’s have a Friday GIVEAWAY! Amazon is running a giveaway for me on Kindle copies of COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES. The giveaway will only run through this weekend, but ends when the copies are gone. It’s a random pick–I have no control over anything and cannot give any hints on how to win. But here’s your chance to try for a copy of COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES. Just click the link below for your chance to win.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/f.html?C=RNOTE2AA1ZDP&K=A39KRCN3IZUGKN&R=HNH72WS1J0ST&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fgiveaway.amazon.com%2Fp%2F3fb11b40757b6826%3Fref_%3Dpe_1771210_134854370&A=R2JHYFAJP3MFIPYXGZKRZKF75FGA&H=X7AB7PJF1D305AXQJS58CGQOOYKA&ref_=pe_1771210_134854370

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Still Crossing Off My List

2016-out-and-2017-inBy this time each year I can hyperventilate a bit, worrying about all the things still on my current year’s list. And hubby’s no help. He just came in half-telling me about a tech sale he thinks I might want to check out, but he can’t remember exactly which store or what’s on sale except, “It’s supposed to be good.” I couldn’t help but laugh.

Instead, for the last couple of days I’ve gone through the house gathering up the last of the “giveaways” that hadn’t yet made it to the library or the local domestic shelter donation center. Those all go, no more delays. And what money is left in our bank account will go to pay our property taxes tomorrow too. Yes, I’ll be one of the many in line to pay my taxes the last day, which doesn’t sound very organized but it’s a great way to see a bunch of my neighbors and friends once a year. I could mail in my tax payment, but then I’d have to wait for a receipt, and I wouldn’t get to talk to everyone in the hall standing outside the overflow to the county treasurer’s office. There was a time when that would have driven me crazy, but now I see it as a benefit of being acquainted with a lot of people–and having the prospect of meeting even more.

Finally, I need to stock up on groceries tomorrow.

Since Christmas I’ve tried hard to stay out of stores, but the grocery store and I willblackeyed-peas-cornbread become best buds again. My dad always made us eat black-eyed peas at New Year’s, and though he’s gone now, I’ll keep up the tradition (but truthfully, I’m not a fan and would prefer to eat black beans). Just one more thing to help mentally close off one year and usher in the next.

The dog and I might be up for New Year’s–well, I’ll likely be awake and writing or editing, because I have a Jan. 10th deadline–and Honey will be closeby and snoozing on her rug because I’ve been working near the fireplace.

Long story short, I have to finish my assorted lists tomorrow, then plan for a homey means of ringing in 2017. A quiet one since hubby will be sound asleep. 🙂

And that tech sale he mentioned? I’m waiting to see if he learns any more details and how far I’d have to drive. So far, the “maybe-sale” is staying off my list.

Happy New Year Everyone! What plans do you have for the weekend?

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For a Little Christmas Fun

Because we’re all so rushed right now, I’m reprising an interview Kate McKenzie did a few years ago about the McKenzie Family Christmases and some of the things she does to stay sane during a very busy time of the year. Remember, until Christmas you can find a full Organized Mysteries Christmas story on the Short Stories page of this website–just look for Short Stories on the black bar under the banner above.

Interview on Christmas Tips & Organizing with Kate McKenzie

Interviewer: Hello, I’m here today with organization expert Kate McKenzie. Welcome, Kate.

Kate: Thank you. It’s nice to be here.

Interviewer: The holiday season is coming up. I always get excited about spending the time with family and curling up with a few good books. What is your favorite thing about the holidays?

Kate: Being able to share the time with family and friends. Before Keith and I married I was always the one who took the holiday shifts wherever I worked. My parents passed away when I was at college, and I’ve never really been close to anyone else, so working through the holidays was my gift to my coworkers. But as soon as I spent my first Christmas in Vermont, I knew this was where I wanted to be. And now that we live here, I get to decorate my own home with Mother Nature adding all the Currier & Ives touches outside.

Interviewer: The holidays are a great time to get cooking and eating lots of great food. Do you have a favorite holiday food you enjoy cooking or maybe one that someone else makes that you look forward to?

Kate: I love to have crockpot soup going all winter, and at Christmastime it’s especially helpful because I can just leave small bowls and cups nearby and people can serve themselves as they like. My pre-motherhood career was as an event planner, so I always recommend having some kind of “filling station” where everyone can serve themselves since appetites occur for different people at different times. But I’m not a chef, so I look to the masters for recipes–websites like Oprah and Martha Stewart Living. They’ve worked all the bugs out for me, and I just make minor modifications to suit the tastes and dietary needs of my family and friends. Right now, one of my particular favorites is at www.oprah.com/food/Soup-Recipes-Bisque-Recipes–Hearty-Soups/1 There’s more than a dozen soup ideas there, including a squash soup I hope to try with pumpkin, and one of my favorite standbys, chicken tortilla soup. But this site also has a number of recipes using seafood and salmon, and with our northeastern location I really want to try a few of those this year.

Interviewer: Where will you be spending the holidays this year? In the snow around a warm fire, or somewhere warm?

Kate: Keith’s mom and dad are coming to stay with us, so they can see the girls discover their Santa gifts Christmas morning. In years’ past, of course, we stayed with his parents when we just visited for the season. Now that they live nearby, though, they suggested this alternative and I quickly agreed. It just made things much easier for everyone. And on Christmas Eve, we’re joining all the neighbors in our little cul de sac who are home for the holidays in a kind of traveling block party, with everyone spending a little time at each others’ houses all day. We’re pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas, so this gives us a way to move and visit a bit and celebrate without feeling trapped in our own houses all day.

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie or a favorite Christmas song?

Kate: I absolutely love old movies, and my all-time favorite Christmas movie is Holiday Inn where Bing Crosby first introduced the Irving Berlin classic “White Christmas.” The movie has that touch of romance, the “oh, no, what did you do?” moment when the girl leaves with the wrong guy, and then everything works out just right at the end. I love happy endings.

Interviewer: It’s a great time to curl up and read. Will you be taking any mysteries along for holiday reading this year?

Kate: Oh, always. I love short stories by Eleanor Cawood Jones, so I’mdeath-is-coming-to-town saving Death is Coming to Town–Four Murderous Holiday Tales to read over the Christmas holidays. I always like novellas and short stories during busy times when I don’t have big blocks of reading time. And this book is on sale for only 99¢. What a holiday treat! (Note: this last is newly updated info because of sale price)

Interviewer: Sounds like a lovely holiday season coming your way, Kate. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us today and for sharing your holiday tips.

Kate: It’s been my pleasure. Thank you.

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What’s New & Free Wednesday–Holiday Edition

WN&FWWhile we’re all madly dashing through the snow or rain or 70-degree temps (depending on where everyone lives, of course) to get all errands done for this holiday season, I thought I’d offer some seasonal freebies that might help make the holidays merry–and possibly a bit easier and less expensive.

First up, if you haven’t already sent out Christmas cards, or your budget could use a freebie option, here are a couple of sites that offer a nice selection of holiday cards that can be emailed free of charge, or can be printed out and mailed if you prefer:

And while a lot of radio stations are playing all the standard holiday songs this month, AccuRadio is offering free holiday music on the web right now. Pick whatever kind of seasonal tunes fit your mood, from Elvis sings Christmas, to Upbeat Holiday Party Mix, to Country Christmas, to Celtic Christmas, and even Holiday Radio featuring a multi-genre mix of holiday music.

And if there’s still a little time left for holiday crafts, check out the AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com  page to find the perfect project (or two). There are also contests on this page to win crafting supplies and products.

And remember, if you have kidlings around for the holidays, or bored & stressed adults who like to color, you can find free downloadable/printable coloring pages here on my site. Just click on either of the Coloring Pages links in the black link line under my banner above, or click the link below–

https://ritterames.com/coloring-pages-to-download/

Finally, if you haven’t already heard, I’ve put several of my short stories up on my Short Stories page to read for free until Christmas–my gift to readers 🙂 You can click the Short Stories link on the black bar above or click the link below–

https://ritterames.com/short-stories/

 

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Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

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