What’s New and Free Wednesday–New Website Edition

Happy Wednesday, everyone, and welcome to my new revamped website. I spent the last couple of weeks working with a fabulous website designer who gave my URL the full Elizabeth Arden treatment. What do you think of the new look? When you have a minute, feel free to check out the other pages using the top of page links and the Explore the Site links in the right column. And you can always return to my home page by clicking “Ritter Ames Mysteries” in the top left corner of the banner. That shortcut works on every page on this site.

Free & Bargain Book Friday–Big Mystery Sale This Weekend!

*****   This Event is over, but Organized for Scheduled Sabotage is still on sale until Feb. 7th at all booksellers. To find the buy links for each bookseller, Click Here   ***** All the books listed below are mysteries bargain-priced this weekend–from FREE to 99¢! And most are available on all bookseller platforms. No need to sign up for authors’ newsletters–just scoop up the bargain books you’d like to read. The books range from cozy mystery to edgier thrillers (yep, my author pals Larissa Reinhart & Linda Crowder books are in this grouping too). But don’t click the covers below–they’re just static pictures for this blog. Instead, Click Here to go to the event page and click on the cover(s) of the book(s) you want more info on. You’ll be taken to each Book’s Page for details about each title and the quick & easy bookseller links. You can also sign up on the event Read more…

Friday Preview–Midnight Mysteries

I thought today would be a good day for a sneak peek at the short stories coming in a couple of weeks in MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES: 9 Cozy Tales by 9 Bestselling Mystery Authors. As I already mentioned in an earlier post, this collection has All Brand New, Never Before Published Stories from favorite mystery authors and feature bestselling mystery series. The book tops 400 pages, and I’ll post the buy link in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, look forward to these stories– Ritter Ames – “Organized for Masked Motives” (from the Organized Mysteries series) Kate McKenzie never dreamed when she started her business, Stacked in Your Favor, that she’d spend nearly as much time crime solving as organizing. But with Halloween approaching, and too many items on the to-do list, she and Meg Berman find themselves in another puzzling dilemma—where every answer leads to another question. Morgana Best – “No Read more…

Evolution of a book cover

A few weeks ago, I offered a sneak peek here on the blog of a new Halloween Organized Mystery I’d written for an upcoming fall anthology that will be released the middle of next month. We authors have moved past the writing and editing stages now and onto the graphic portion of our program, so I thought I’d offer a little behind the scenes cover action. Sound interesting? There is nothing more fun than working with terrific author friends on an exciting project we’re doing for our fans, and this anthology has been a blast. All of the stories are brand new, all are 40 pages or more long–two are twice that length–and most of them tie to favorite mystery series we already love to write and our fans have told us they love to read. We wanted our book cover to not only translate that series fun into the Read more…

Friday Peek Behind the Scenes

I turned in a blog post recently on what I do with stories and scenes that don’t necessarily make it into whatever book I’m currently working on. That got me thinking about ways books and stories have changed. In particular, I thought about the original opener for Counterfeit Conspiracies. While most of the original opener still makes up over half of the first chapter, the whole “reclamation” scene that starts the book now wasn’t even an idea for a long time. The book originally started with this: This line is still in the first chapter, but the book was originally written to start with this line when she was in the castillo and trying to work through the party to find the contact who was supposed to give her the snuffbox. She was feeling ill at ease about the way things were going, and wishing she had some backup. But even after adding the Read more…

Welcome

This site is currently under construction. What that really means is I’ve been too busy writing to deadlines to post any blogs here. But I’m going to get better–I promise. First book in the Bodies of Art series will be available from Gemma Halliday Publishing in December 2013 – here’s the cover.   Is that cool or what? The book is a fast-paced mystery/suspense with a dash of humor for fun, and an art world protagonist who does everything in her power to make sure art stays in the public world where it belongs–not disappear without a trace. Laurel Beacham, grew up in wealth and society—until her grandfather died and her father gambled away the family fortune. Now with more pedigree than trust fund, she is the premier art recovery expert for museums that need to stay one step ahead of international thieves. Her latest assignment pits her against a mystery Read more…