National Coloring Book Day 2018

Well, I almost did it again. I almost missed celebrating National Coloring Book Day–which would have meant a post for tomorrow instead with a few mea culpas to type. But this year, I made it! Well, by evening across North America anyway (if you’re already at tomorrow on your calendar, I apologize, as usual). But if you love to color with crayons or pencils or paints or pens…Today’s the Day. And besides my own page full of Free and Downloadable Coloring Pages at   https://ritterames.com/coloring-pages-to-download/  where you can always find famous cities, landmarks, and art-themed coloring pages, if you want more here are some other free coloring options I’ve noticed recently:

If you’re planning a coloring party today or in the future, get ideas and want to find links to clickable downloadable monthly coloring page samples, check out —

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-coloring-book-day-august-2/

 

And if you’d like downloadable coloring pages, puzzles and book excerpts to fuel your creativity, check out this page —   http://www.doverpublications.com/ds014/index.html

 

This free downloadable mini-coloring book is available through August —   http://www.coloringbookday.com/

 

A free 26-page downloadable coloring book showing current and historical landmarks in Oklahoma is at  —   https://okcfox.com/news/local/okc-releases-sketches-of-landmarks-and-neighborhoods-for-national-coloring-book-day

 

A couple of free Texas-themed coloring options are at   https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/celebrate-national-coloring-book-day-with-cbs19/501-579643940

Happy coloring, everyone!  

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Is There a Signed Book in Your Future?

Happy Thursday, everyone! No better way to spend a Thursday than telling my readers that Dru’s Book Musing interviewed Laurel Beacham today over on the blog. Fun stuff! And Laurel kept back nothing!

To top that, one lucky commenter on the blog will win a Signed Copy of BRONZED BETRAYALS too.

So if you want a chance at a signed copy of the book, be sure to CLICK HERE to get to the Dru’s Book Musing blog. Leave a comment, and you could be the winner of the latest in the Bodies of Art Mysteries. Good Luck!

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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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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So Much Going On

You know the old saying about how the best way to get something done is to give the job to a really busy person? I’m changing that saying to “This busy person’s office door is closed–effective immediately.”

Also need to give out the warning that this blog post is a little longer than I like, but it contains a lot of new information, and I hope it is more than a little interesting to boot 🙂

Earlier this week, ORGANIZED FOR SCHEDULED SABOTAGE hit all the online bookseller shelves. Hooray! More exciting is that I got it out despite the fact my workhorse computer died September 28th. The laptop had been acting persnickety for about a month but seemed to rally each time I sweet talked it and promised that rest time was coming soon. My family also had a big emergency during this same time and we had to do some unexpected traveling (and travel spending), so I just tried coaxing the computer into not being so ornery. It was only a couple of years old–much too soon to replace, I thought. The computer thought differently, and instead, I woke up the morning of the 28th and found the laptop was no longer in sleep mode, but rather in the Big Sleep. I had to resurrect from hibernation the older one it replaced–the really slow one that still ran Windows 7.0–update all the updates I’d let it ignore as it rested in the desk drawer, all to get the final version of the Organized for Scheduled Sabotage into all the formats I needed to get it available by release day (and you thought all authors did was write books and hang out on social media–LOL!).

Seriously, by about October 12th I felt more than a little like Jack Bauer in 24. I was looking for new traps everywhere.

Thanks to the help of a friend, this week a new Acer joined our household, and when I’m not cursing Windows 10 (I was really happy with Windows 8.1), I’ve been getting to know this little wonder, downloading all the subscription software I use on a daily basis, and adding new files from backups as needed.

In all of those misadventures, the book eventually got online at all the booksellers (yea!), but since all non-Amazon bookstores came on later, the special $1.99 pricing on the New Release has been extended until Sunday to make sure everyone has a chance to grab a bargain on this title. Here’s the Amazon buy link, and a second link–Books2Read–that will allow you to pick any of the other bookstores that carry this book–just click the bookseller’s icon on the page and the link will shoot you right out to the book page on your bookseller of choice. I love this idea, and it keeps your choice automatically so the next time you encounter a Books2Read link it will automatically direct you to the right store for your ereader. How cool it that?  Anyway, here are the quick buy links.

Amazon:  http://smarturl.it/O4SSnr

All other booksellers: https://www.books2read.com/u/mgrjWD

One casualty of the dead computer seems to be my newsletter. I found out in early September my newsletter mailing list was kind of scrambled and dropped by my mail service. They had no way to fix their problem, but I didn’t panic right away. I had it backed up…backed up on the computer that died, of course. Well, in pieces, anyway–but I hadn’t yet put the pieces together, and now that I need it to put out a newsletter, of course, I only have a couple of the pieces of the list. So if you don’t get a newsletter from me by tomorrow, please consider signing up again, as I did not mean for anyone to get dropped off the list.

Honestly, I would never go back to a time when I didn’t have my laptop as pretty much an extension of my right hand. But for the last 45 days or so, computers have created as much new work as they’ve saved me.

Now, I’m working on the initial edits of the next Bodies of Art Mystery. I would offer the title, but I’m still arguing with myself over that one, too. I’ve had a working title all along, but it’s one I think would better serve a book later in the series. So, for now, I’m still searching for the best option. I have one of the words, I just have to figure out the other to use. Who would think a two-word title could be so challenging? Right?

But the good news is that despite not having a firm title yet, book #5 of the Bodies of Art Mysteries is on the publishing schedule to debut the last week in June 2018. And at the end of Organized for Scheduled Sabotage is an excerpt of the next book in the Organized Mysteries series which will be released in February 2018. Plus, I have the first in a new cozy series drafted too, so there will be a third book with new characters coming out in 2018.

Finally, I want to give a little info on how Organized for Scheduled Sabotage came to be. A wonderful friend…I’ll call her Carolyn Haines (wink, wink)…thought it would be fun for Kate and Meg to be involved in a job where they had to organize an author who wrote yearly organization calendars, but who (just maybe) wasn’t as organized as her calendars implied. Well, since this good friend…Carolyn…has her own animal rescue, instead of the character being disorganized, I made the main character, Liz, just a very committed, very busy woman with a lot of irons in the fire–including an animal rescue farm where she took care of every kind of animal. I was even able to incorporate the four miniature goats my father used to raise (I miss those little cuties so much. I have so many goat stories I could share. Trust me). Being able to incorporate Kate’s minor phobias with the animals was a lot of fun, and I loved being able see Meg step up whenever Kate needed backup. This friendship is one of the things I love about writing the Organized Mysteries series. I also love writing the interactions between Kate and her husband Keith. The kids (both human and goats) are an added benefit. And I love watching Kate & Meg solve the murder each time. It doesn’t always feel like work. Can’t wait to get the next one polished up and out for everyone to read, but in the meantime be sure to read the first chapter that’s excerpted at the end of Organized for Scheduled Sabotage.

Happy reading, everyone!

 

 

Goodreads Giveaway Ends This Week

 

Interested in a signed copy of FATAL FORGERIES?  Henery Press has a GoodReads Giveaway going right now, but the contest ends the middle of this week. Sign up today! To enter, click this link —

GoodReads Giveaway on FATAL FORGERIES

Good luck, everyone!

 

 

 

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