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

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]I have two books coming out soon. The first, Organized for Homicideis another featuring organizational expert Kate McKenzie as chief sleuth and bottle organizer. To coincide with this September 8th release, my publisher has discounted book#1 in the series, Organized for Murder, to 99 cents for a short time in all ebook formats. And the rest of this week I’ll be posting excerpts of the new book, Organized for Homicideso everyone can get a sampling of that story as well.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]In my Organized Mysteries series, Kate and her sidekick, Meg Berman, find that starting a small business sometimes leads to having to do more than your mission statement implies. Sometimes it means figuring out whodunit when someone involved in their business contract gets killed, and law enforcement focuses on the wrong person as the murder suspect. In the first book, Kate is in the hot seat herself, so she is absolutely sure the state police are pursuing the wrong person.

If you already own the first book, thank you, and please come back by in the next few days to read excerpts from the new release. But if you don’t have a copy of Organized for Murder, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to pick up a copy while it’s on sale. I just love a bargain, don’t you? You can click here for the Amazon link to get a Kindle copy or check my Where to Buy My Books page to purchase Organized for Murder in any of the other ebook formats, and where you can also find links to pre-order copies of  Organized for Homicide. All the buy links will be there once it’s available at all booksellers next weekend. I can’t wait to share the excerpts with you this week! Hope to see a lot of you return soon.

One of my favorite things about this series is that I get to share terrific organizing tips I’ve figured out on my own or learned from others. Do you have any favorite things you do every day to keep life organized and running a little smoother? Feel free to tell us in the comments 🙂

 

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00028]Whenever I’ve had a chance these past few days, I’ve been reading the first book in a great new mystery series by Jennifer L. Hart. Murder Al Dente had an official release date yesterday in all bookseller venues, but Amazon jumped the gun and released the Kindle version last Saturday afternoon and I snatched one up right away–at the release week bargain price of 99 cents! While I may be on deadline for the next Bodies of Art Book, and for the Sept 8th release of Organized for Homicide, I still suffer from a reading addiction that makes me an absolute b*tch if I don’t get my fix. My family puts up with me for awhile, but I don’t like to push their patience, so I try to at least read a little each day (it’s truly the least I can do to save family harmony–I am the glue that holds my loved ones together after all–LOL!). However, this book is making it more and more difficult to stop reading when I just meant to “take a quick reading break” during deadline week. The book isn’t just funny, the author is clever in word choice and dynamite at creating believable and likeable characters. And while I’m not finished yet, I have to say the mystery is first rate. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, there are terrific pasta recipes between each chapter. Heaven!

The book topped the Amazon Cozy Culinary charts before midnight last night. So, if you haven’t dished up a serving of Murder Al Dente for yourself, do so soon. The special 99 cent price only lasts until the end of this first week of release, then goes back to the regular $3.99 pricing.

In the spring when my kid was in the third grade, she said she wanted to grow up to be Mary Englebreit. Not that she wanted to be an artist like M.E.–she wanted to be Mary Englebreit. After we explained the difference in terminology, she seemed okay with just studying to be an artist, and has always been unbelievably creative in her own right, but I’m not sure DD was every completely happy with the fact that she couldn’t just assume the persona of her favorite.

Her words at the time made me contemplate who I’d wanted to be at her age. In the first part of 4th grade I read Little Women, and for the first time realized I could grow up to be an author. Before that I’d thought books just magically appeared on library shelves. My daughter was obviously much brighter than I at an early age.  61VXY+ilQAL._AA160_

Just now, an FB posting from Mary Englebreit’s link reminded me of both DD’s early aspirations and my own, when a YouTube video A Day in the Life…Mary Englebreit was posted. It’s a very short video that shows Mary drawing the cover of her new book, THE BLESSINGS OF FRIENDSHIP. The book comes out TOMORROW, August 5th, 2014, and will be available at retailers everywhere. However, I learned if I order from http://www.maryengelbreit.com, I’ll receive an exclusive, signed print of the cover! I’m thinking a signed copy like this would make a very good birthday present for my kid. And maybe another just for me, to remind me that all those early dreams can come true with hard work and focus. Right?

Here’s the link if you’d like to watch the video yourself–just over a minute long. Enjoy!  http://youtu.be/P51mEy8hE7k


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