Totally Self-Promoting Tuesday & Happy Book Birthday to Me!

I believe in truth in advertising, hence the blog title, but I hope someone out there is as excited as I am today to say “It’s Here!” Preordered copies of Bronzed Betrayals hit e-readers around midnight last night. I’m assuming print copies have been mailed out too. This is the fifth book in the Bodies of Art Mysteries, and once I get enough coffee inside me we’re going to be doing some partying about this all day on My Facebook Author Page. So if you have a minute, join me over there for fun, trivia, giveaways, and all the kind of stuff that makes days like this one worthwhile 🙂

If you haven’t yet checked out Bronzed Betrayals, here’s what some of the early reviewers have said–

“Bronzed Betrayals is a sophisticated and intelligent contemporary suspense novel with a classic feel.  The book is riveting from the first page; the combination of high-intensity action, intricate plotting, and witty characters held me enthralled throughout the book.  A little lethal danger, a little romance, a little witty repartee, what more could we ask for? …Although there is connecting storyline for the series, each book has a self-contain plot, and Ritter Ames interweaves the backstory in such a way as not to confuse or distract from the current tale. While I think any reader would draw greater enjoyment from getting to know the characters as they are revealed through the series, I also believe that Bronzed Betrayals can be read as a standalone novel.” — Jeanie J, NetGalley reviewer

“I love the Bodies of Art Mystery Series by Ritter Ames and I always say the same thing:  I love the action, I love the suspense, I love the “gadgets”, and I love Laurel and Jack…and Nico and Cassie, too.  While there is a great mystery to solve in this story, I think the heart of it is really all about Laurel and her own, let’s call them demons.  She spends time in her own head – trying to navigate all that has happened to her, when she was young, when she was a teen, and now that she works as a…Ms. Ames writes her as an “art world socialite representing the Beacham Foundation.”  But oh, she is so much more…Whenever I read one of the stories in this series, I know that I will be carried away to whatever faraway place Laurel and Jack end up…the descriptions by Ms. Ames always blow me away because it truly feels like I’m right in the thick of things, in whatever country these two take their work, and I sometimes feel like I’m hanging from a ledge, just as Laurel would.” — Gale S, NetGalley reviewer

Sound interesting? You can find the description, of course, on the booksellers’ book pages for Bronzed Betrayals, but I thought it might be more interesting to include what readers said instead. You can get to the book description and more by clicking your favorite bookseller’s buy link at the Where to Buy My Books page. Bronzed Betrayals is right at the top of the page.

And if you’re still reading the earlier books in the series, the third title, Abstract Aliases, is on sale right now (but only a few more days) at only 99¢. Yes, it’s that price at all the booksellers, so just scroll on down to that title on the page in the link above, or head over to my On Sale Now! page, and you’ll find it is all about the sale and includes “quick to see” bookseller links to Abstract Aliases. Here’s the review on Abstract Aliases that appeared in Best of 2016 issue of Suspense Magazine in case you need more information–

Okay, that’s all from me. Be sure to drop by my FB Author Page today and say hi, maybe make a comment and win a prize! And if you’ve been meaning to buy Abstract Aliases, please remember to do so soon. I love when my reader get lovely bargains. Happy Reading, Everyone!

 

 

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What’s New, Free or On Sale Wednesday?

Hey gang, I took part in a huge blowout event last night on Facebook to officially open up the Sleuthing Women Author group. What a blast. My head is still spinning from all the new readers I met, and I was so excited to pick my winner this morning. If you were a part of that event, all the winners will be posted on one big list about 5 p.m. EDT tonight.

But in the meantime, a lot of my friends are running great summer reads on sale or even free, and others have terrific new releases I want to make sure everyone knows about.

Cold Blooded Brew: A Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Series Book Four) by [Kappes, Tonya]Pick up Tonya Kappes’s Cold Blooded Brew this week at only 99¢  https://amzn.to/2LoYDrF

Kathi Daley is running a 99¢ sale this week on Fourth Victim (Writers Retreat Southern Seashore Mystery Book 4) by [Daley, Kathi]

Fourth Victim – https://amzn.to/2IPDKbD & Murder at Midnight – https://amzn.to/2GRDNhc

Today is the last day to get my Organized for Scheduled Sabotage at 99¢, as it’s price goes up at midnight  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B074MJJBWV

 

 

And then there are a bunch of fun new Summer reads out this week! Firework Fiasco (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 29) by [Daley, Kathi]

Kathi Daley’s Firework Fiasco – June 12 – https://amzn.to/2ILtdxd

Abby Vandiver’s Secrets, Lies & Crawfish Pies. http://amzn.to/2u9yDMcSecrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies (A Romaine Wilder Mystery Book 1) by [Vandiver, Abby L.]

Think Murder (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 1) by [Salem, Cassidy]

 

 

And Cassidy Salem’s  Killer Reputation is up for preorder but will be released June 15th
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DKB8WCH

 

 

Happy Reading, Everyone!

 

Friday Sneak Peeks — Bronzed Betrayals Chapter 3

Happy Friday, Everyone! Ready for some weekend reading? I’ve put the third chapter of Bronzed Betrayals up on Wattpad, and it’s ready a sneak peek, just Click Here

If you missed either Chapter One or Chapter Two, you’ll find links to those on a Previous Blog Post–click here  Hope everyone enjoys the sneak peek! Happy Weekend Reading, Everyone!

 

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What’s New & Free Wednesday — New Group Edition

Have you been looking for a place where you can get to know your favorite mystery authors, meet a few new to you authors, and have a behind the crime scene tape view of their worlds?
Then come join me in the Sleuthing Women…Read, sleuth, solve, repeat community on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Sleuthingwomanauthorcollective/

I’m excited to announce my involvement in this collection of amazing women authors focused on female sleuth mysteries. The collective includes authors from various genres including cozy, private detective, police procedural and paranormal, so, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

In the Collective you’ll have access to not only me but thirty-plus other authors, many with highly acclaimed best-selling books!

Join Abby L. Vandiver, Anne R. Tan, Ava Mallory, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Carolyn L. Dean, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, CeeCee James, Gina LaManna, K.E. O’Connor, Kathi Daley, Jenna St. James, Larissa Reinhart, Madison Johns, Nancy J. Coco, Patti Larsen, Sheryl Babin, Stephanie Damore, Tara Ellis, Tara Meyers, Teri Woods, Tonya Kappes, Tricia Sanders, Wendy Meadows, Wendy Roberts, and me (of course) and go behind the crime scene tape with each and every one of us. Sleuthing Women…Read, sleuth, solve, repeat. Join our new community and come celebrate our grand-opening party on June 12th from 7 PM – 9 PM in our group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Sleuthingwomanauthorcollective/

You can also subscribe to the group’s newsletter and you will receive a free e-book when signing up, as well as behind the crime tape access to the collective group of authors. The sign up link is: https://mailchi.mp/cc95873f1055/sleuthing-women-author-collective-newsletter-sign-up

Travel Tuesday–Heist Edition

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!

What’s New and Free Wednesday Edition–

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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An Artistic Approach to My Personal Word Doodling

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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