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 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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Time for the Holiday Giveaway Train Again–YAY!

Remember the fun giveaway time we all had this time last year when Henery Press put on the Christmas Giveaway Train? Where a bunch of us authors and book bloggers posted prizes on our FaceBook Author pages and readers could hop from FB page to FB page to try to win the prizes given by each author or blogger?

Well, we’re all at it again. giveaway-train-2016

Yes, I’ll be giving away prizes at  My Facebook Author Page.  Read the instructions, sign up to enter the contest (very easy, I promise), then click the link given to go to the next author on the giveaway journey. And do the same for each succeeding stop along the way. So be sure and follow the links and loop around to all your favorite authors and their giveaways. And I promise, it’s easy to enter. Wishing y’all luck for this very special Holiday giveaway. Lots of authors–and lots and lots of prizes!

But the giveaways end at midnight so hurry and enter soon!

 

 

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What’s New and Free Wednesday

Cannot believe the week is half over already. But am kinda glad it is, because I have a handful of great contests, freebies, etc. to report on.WN&FW

The first is an Amazon giveaway going on right now for several free copies of Counterfeit Conspiracies. Winners are picked at random by the Amazon prize machine, and the contest runs through March 17th. Click here to try for a Kindle copy of the book

Another fun free thing comes via one of my favorite author friends, Jennifer L. Hart. The first books in two of her cozy mysteries series are free at the moment on Amazon: Murder al Dente and Skeletons in the Closet. Grab these bargains while you can!

Julie Mulhern is offering a Spring Break Contest on her FB page like the one she did lastContest Julie year for her Guaranteed to Bleed release. But this year the prize is a signed advance copy of Clouds in My Coffee. click here for the info. Look for the picture & post near the top of the page showing the bikini with the copy of Guaranteed to Bleed that references the contest so you’ll know what to do to try to win the new release.

Contest JennFor her Wednesday Giveaway, Jenn McKinley has a cupcake apron, book, and bookmark. check it out in the post at the top of her Jenn McKinley FB page.

And finally, a contest I’m running on my own FB Author page–pinned to the top for easy discovery–due to the generosity of a selfless fan. You can get all the details and enter to win a 7″ HD Kindle Fire if you Click here for my FB Author Page. Like my page (if you haven’t already) and you’ll get the announcement when I post the winning name on Saturday, March 12th.CounterfeitConspiracies-on Fire

Tonight! Tonight! Tonight!

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Fabulous FB Event tonight. Here’s the schedule for all 18 Henery Press authors for tonight’s fun, fun, fun event. Come chat with your favorite authors (hey! I’ll be up at 8:30 p.m. CST, remember), meet a few new ones, play games & enter for some great prizes (I have some good ones planned, and all the other authors do, too), and learn about a bunch of wonderful books. Bring your own hot chocolate, and feel free to show up in your PJs. Click here join in the fun, and check out the schedule below to see who’s up when 🙂

Schedule (all times are pm EST)
7-7:30: Gretchen Archer & Susan Boyer
7:30-8 Terri L Austin & LynDee Walker
8-8:30: Annette Dashofy & Wendy Tyson
8:30-9: Kait Carson & Art Taylor
9-9:30: Shawn Simmons & Julie Mulhern
9:30-10: Ritter Ames & Christina Freeburn
10-10:30: Nancy Silverman
10:30-11: Diane Villare & Cynthia Kuhn
11-11:30: Sybil Johnson
11:30-12: Cindy Brown

Yes, another editon of What’s New–and Free–and Made Me Smile Wednesday…

Ah, yes, we’re back for another edition of things I’ve found for free that I want to share with you mid-week. I’m focusing this time on free things that make me smile–hope they add a smile to the rest of everyone else’s week, too. So, here’s an animal story, an easy craft project, a way to stretch creativity, and a place to find free foreign language tools. Enjoy!

First up, this article about a golden retriever and his…well, let’s just say ‘offbeat’ friends. Click this Link to read the article, or you can just gaze happily at the picture–n-BOB-GOLDEN-RETRIEVER-large570

Bob the dog, and his eight bird friends and hamster buddy all live in Brazil, but his Instagram followers total more than 53K, and he has 12,000 friends on Facebook.

 

I’ve been in the middle of finding frugal tips–not just to stretch my wallet, but to help inDiet Coke Can Hacks developing a new character I have in a brand new mystery series (no more hints now, but will post on it soon). My series characters is more likely to recycle aluminum cans for the cash, rather than to create new things, but I wanted to share this video I stumble upon anyway. I’d suggest especially noting the last (tip#3) idea shown, as it could easily be the best and least expensive “quick gift” for a friend, mom, grandma, etc. All the tips are good, but I thought the last one really created “glowing” great potential. Click here to watch three clever ways to reuse soda cans–it’s only 3 minutes long & well worth the short time. Oh, and you’ll need to scroll down a page and a half to get to the video (I hate pages like this that pad the top, but this short video is worth hitting Page Down a couple of times).

For parents trying to find cheap and creative ways to help children stretch their imaginations during the summer months, take a look at The Amazon Free Storyteller. Click Here for the free tool that lets anyone upload a script they’ve written and bring it to life–so you might find it just as much fun as your children. Use the pre-designed characters, props, and backgrounds that Amazon includes at the site to create a storyboard or video. Yes, you can easily illustrate a story, and even incorporate music and sounds from Amazon’s free library. If you want more info on how it’s done, or how to share your/your kids’ mini blockbuster with others, there’s and FAQ Page to give you more info and even more ideas.

Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language–and for free? Sound interesting? Live Mocha is a website that gives you full access to lessons in more than 35 languages. You just have to create an account. Finish the lessons and submit your work, and you’ll receive personalized feedback from other community members, including teachers, native speakers and language experts. Even more fun, the feedback often includes cultural information and speaking tips. There’s a “paid” section of the website, too, if you find you want to learn more after the free lessons are completed, but you’re not on the hook for anything.

For a bit more foreign language fun, the website Learn a Language offers over 1,400 free interactive flashcards to help the most important vocabulary in 19 languages. Included in these flashcards are 350 verbs, slang terms, greetings, and all the necessary survival questions you need to know before you can find a bathroom or a bookstore during your global travels.

Okay, that’s enough for this week. Remember to sign up for the PaperWhite giveaway on the contest page if you haven’t yet put your name into the drawing. You’ll find all the details on this site’s Contest Page, so click this link, or click the link on the header above.

And while they aren’t free, two of my books are on sale right now for 75% off. Get Organized for Murder and/or Counterfeit Conspiracies for a limited time at just 99 cents.

Have fun and enjoy! Back soon with more freebies I’ve found and want to share.

For a Way to Get More News

Wanted to mention that I’ve finally taken the leap and started a Facebook Author Page at Ritter Ames Books. It has details right now about an FB event I’m participating in this Thursday, and how to enter for some of the prizes. And I’m planning a big giveaway by the end of the month to celebrate the new page–I’ll give the details once the Thursday Facebook event is no longer on the horizon. This is the page where I’ll post a fun or interesting thing I’ve discovered that relates to mysteries, as well as giveaways I learn that my fellow (and favorite) authors are doing at the moment. I’ll also be able to add first news easier there about my books too, just a brief post when there’s something my readers want to know. But I know Facebook isn’t for everyone, so I’ll still be posting info here–the blog process just doesn’t always have the brevity and immediacy options that a quick FB post achieves. Especially if it also relates to FB events, and there are more and more such events getting scheduled on FB all the time. So, feel free to like my author page if this sounds interesting. I promise not to swamp you with ads 🙂