Freebie & Bargain Fridays–Holiday Edition

Is everyone getting busy? No matter how busy we are, it’s important we find ways to relax in the middle of the rush. Personally, my favorite way is to kick back, put my feet up on my ottoman (or snuggled under a warm comforter) and read. Especially seasonal reads that writers have put out especially for the holidays and at a savings, to thank me for being a reader or to gift new readers so they can try new series at a discount–or free.

I’ll start by tooting my own horn since I added a free Bodies of Art Christmas story featuring Laurel Beacham & Jack Hawkes. Laurel does a little crime thwarting on Oxford Street in London in her own inimitable way. Short and seasonal. You can Read it Here.

Next, here’s a reader extravaganza, with some of your favorite cozy mystery authors either giving away or discounting about 70 books in their various series. Click the cover and you’ll be sent to the place to download for Free or 99¢. Check it Out Here.

This next holiday bargain also has a short fuse before the 99¢ bargain disappears. The 12 Slays of Christmas is a new novella anthology–about 3000 pages long–that brings 12 cozy authors together to not only offer seasonal stories that tie to their mystery series, but also help animal shelters overwhelmed due to the recent hurricane disasters in the U.S. All proceeds from the anthology go toward the ASPCA and shelters in Texas and Florida. But the 99¢ new release price only lasts through the first week, so get it before 12/12 to get this great price. After release week is over the price of the anthology goes up to $4.99–so if you get it then you’ll still be helping the animals, but at a higher cost to you. At either price, the book is a bargain! Click Here for the Amazon Link

Finally, in case you missed them earlier, there are holiday freebies on my November post that are still available. Check out this link if you didn’t grab them earlier.

Happy Reading, Everyone! And Happy Holidays!

 

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March Books, News, and Giveaway!

Happy Spring, Everyone! And with spring comes new events and fun news for readers–at least that’s what happens in my house 🙂 It’s been a busy month, and time to announce all the great news.

First Up, Here’s a Terrific Contest to Enter—but it Ends Soon!

If you’re one of my newsletter subscribers or follow my author page on Facebook, then you already know my publisher, Henery Press, has begun a new giveaway program they are running with me and more than 30 other authors. But I wanted to talk about it now so everyone else knows too. Entering means you’ll received the authors’ newsletters, but you can unsubscribe later if you aren’t interested in all the authors—there will be an unsubscribe link at the end of any newsletter you receive. Tomorrow is the deadline for entry, and there are 6 reading related prizes offered—1 Grand Prize, 1 First Prize, and 4 Second Prizes. These pictures give more details. The giveaway ends on Tuesday, so check it out if you want to enter. Here’s the link with a bigger pic of all the books and all the details: http://henery.pagecloud.com/bookmarkit

Next, I’m Finishing One Project and Jumping Back Into Another

I’m celebrating the end of final proofreads on FATAL FORGERIES. While the book is currently available in preorder, yesterday it broke the top 100 in the International Mystery & Crime category on Amazon. YAY! If you’re one of the readers who’ve already preordered this title, Thank You So Much, and for being a part of getting these book sales started so well. I truly appreciate all the help. Also, the wonderful Girl With Book Lungs Blog posted everyone an exclusive excerpt from FATAL FORGERIES last week that offered the first scene in the book. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, here’s the link to check it out now–

Exclusive Excerpt from Fatal Forgeries by Ritter Ames

And for All the Organized Mysteries Fans

Starting next week, I’m completing final edits/proofing on the next Organized Mystery—ORGANIZED FOR SCHEDULED SABOTAGE. I’ll send out more info on that title soon, but Kate & Meg have their hands full when they sign on to help a calendar author get organized for a publisher’s photo shoot for her next edition. I have the designer working on the final cover now, and it will be available in preorder next month and will be released in May.

 

 

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–

https://smile.amazon.com/Justice-Box-Set-Books-thrillers-ebook/dp/B06WD2R1CZ/

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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What’s New and Free Wednesday–Holiday Edition

Yes, here in the States we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving and a lot of turkey and pie. But I wanted to take a quick minute first and post some bargains and freebie books available right now in case you still need to load your ereaders for holiday reading. I’ll start with the bargains then move on to the freebies I’ve learned about. Be sure and click the links to get to the Amazon buy page–the book cover pics are just to make the page look pretty 🙂

One warningthese books were all free or specially priced at the time of this posting, but please double check the price before downloading as I don’t know how long the bargains will last or how soon you’ll be reading this post.

Christmas comes early and Christmas Crazy,three book #3 in the Zoe Donovan series by Kathi Daley, is on sale at 99¢.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GKPXU3S                              This book is regularly $2.99.

oneOn sale for 99¢, the first in series for Julie Seedorf, the Pendergast Puzzle Protectors  https://www.amazon.com/Penderghast-Puzzle-Protectors-Brilliant-Minnesota-ebook/dp/B01BDZWAE4        This book is regularly $2.99.

 

If you like my Bodies of Art Mysteries, the Lexi Carmichael series by twoJulie Moffett is another series you might want to try. The first in that series, No One Lives Twice is on sale until the end of the month for $1.99, then it shoots back up to it’s regular $4.99 price.  http://www.amazon.com/No-One-Lives-Twice-Carmichael-ebook/dp/B003U89RS0

fourOn the Freebie side of things, Summer Prescott’s Toffee Apple Killerbook #11 in the INNcredibly Sweet Series, is free at the moment. And it takes place at Thanksgiving, so what could be more timely? Regularly priced at $3.99.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N66STGC

 

This book intrigued me from the cover to the write up, sixso I can’t wait to dive into the pages. A Cunning Plan is the first book in the Sloane Harper series by Astrid Arditi, a new-to-me author. the book is free right now in time for holiday binge reading, but regularly priced at $3.99  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N8QUAEC

Book #4 in the Polly Parret Pet Sitting Cozy Mysteries, fiveSeeing Red, by Liz Dodwell is currently priced free too. Get it at  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N095AEW I’ve not read this author before, but the dog on the cover made me want to try the book.

A last reminder about Midnight Mysteries. amazon-imageWe’ll soon be taking our fall-themed anthology off Kindle Unlimited, and off sale completely as a bargain story group. So, if you want to read for free,  grab a copy before It’s Gone! Nine brand new fall-themed mysteries by nine bestselling mystery authors. Find more about the stories, the authors, and the 8 series tied to the collection in my preview post at https://ritterames.com/2016/09/02/friday-preview-midnight-mysteries/   #Free on #KU or buy for $2.99                           http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ41T7V/  

 

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Save Today with These Tuesday Budget Tweakers

Tuesday Budget Tweakers

Thought I’d share a handful of budget savers I’m using or recently heard about. The first is one that will go away this evening, but the rest are ideas that may save you some $$$ in the coming months.

Have a nearby Dairy Queen? Tuesday, March 15th is Free Cone Day at DQ, and everyone can get a small soft serve cone. At the same time, for anyone who wants to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the US and Canada, you can make your donation there.

Just noticed my closest Aldi store has avocados on sale for 49 cents each, bananas 39 cents a pound, gala apples 50 cents per pound, navel oranges 45 cents per pound, and 16 oz packages of fresh asparagus for $1.39–BUT, only until the new ad comes out tomorrow. That closest Aldi store is a 50-mile round trip I don’t have time for today, but my hometown Walmart will match those fresh produce prices. While most Walmart checkers will take my word on price matches, I always print out the online ad page to take with me when I shop. You can, too, if you go to Aldi online, and if you pick your nearest store’s ad you may find other great pricing that’s special to your location.

We’re always looking for ways to make extra cash in our house. Recently, a neighbor on a fixed income told me about the website  RealWaysToEarnMoneyOnline.com where she found a lot of good advice on ways to supplement her income using skills she already has.

This time of year I love starting container gardens. I grow herbs like peppermint, chamomile, rosemary and basil. My house not only smells terrific, but I save money pinching off the herbs I want to use for cooking and evening cups of tea.

A friend of mine was having trouble with her computer’s WiFi dropping out as she changed locations in her home. She didn’t want to have to buy a signal extender or a new router, so she tried a hack her brother suggested and found it worked perfectly. She used scissors to carefully cut off the top & bottom of an aluminum pop can, then sliced it down the side and unrolled it, placing it behind her router to create a freebie signal amplifier. Her brother said an aluminum cookie sheet would work just as well, but recycling the can for this use appealed more to my friend. She said Netflix is streaming better than ever!

Finally, I want to talk about the clothes dryer. I have one, but I don’t use it to dry everything all the time. I got so tired of cleaning out loads of lint whenever I dried towels and sweatshirts, and knew the fabric was wearing out a little more with each load. Also, all the athletic and yoga pants my family loves — their great elastic waistbands got a little less stretchy with each round in the dryer. So, about ten years ago I quit drying things so often. I use plastic hangers to hang each item straight (and help reduce wrinkles) and drying racks to let smaller items air dry. Then, once they’re dry, I pop the clothes into the dryer for just five minutes to soften them (makes a huge difference on towels and jeans and sheets) and to help knock out any wrinkles. While this helps my clothes buying budget, it also help reduce energy costs too–especially in summer months when the dryer would heat up the house and the A/C would have to work harder to cool it back down.

These are a few things I do or know that friends do to help the family budget each month. Would any of these ideas work for you? Or do you have some dollar stretchers you’d like to share? Feel free to add any info in the comments section 🙂