Ritter Ames — USA TODAY Bestselling Mystery Author of the Bodies of Art Mysteries series and the Organized Mysteries series

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Because Counterfeit Conspiracies was on sale last month, and the sale on Marked Masters was this week, AND because a New Release in the Bodies of Art Mysteries is coming the end of next month–a la Bronzed Betrayals–I thought today would be a good time to open up the short story vault and pull out the short titles that fall in the timeframe between Marked Masters and Abstract Aliases. These stories have been posted here before, as I pull them out a time or two each year–usually around the holidays–and they will be returning to the vault again soon. 

You don’t have to have read the books to enjoy these short stories. Just like you don’t have to read these short stories to know what is going on in the novels. But reading all does give you a bigger picture of the series and characters, of course. Since both the Bodies of Art Mysteries short stories fall in the timeline after Marked Masters and before Abstract Aliases, they can offer a bit more info and fun in the months not covered in the novels. Plus, these stories are free–another win-win. Information in the Christmas story also alludes to facts that were used in the fourth Bodies of Art Mystery, Fatal Forgeries, which was released June 2017. The fifth book in the series, Bronzed Betrayals, has a June 26th release date and is currently available as a preorder from all booksellers.

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*****   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 page for a chance to win a $50 gift card–that will also automatically subscribe you to receive My Book Cave daily sale emails.

Happy Reading!

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Organized for Scheduled Sabotage
by Ritter Ames
$3.99$0.99

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Portrait of a Dead Guy
by Larissa Reinhart
$0.99
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First Touch
by Teyla Branton
FREE

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Sign Off
by Patricia McLinn
$4.99FREE

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Tales from Harborsmouth
by E.J. Stevens
$4.99$0.99

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Trouble at the Red Pueblo
by Liz Adair
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One Night in Tehran
by Luana Ehrlich
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Three Tequilas
by Tricia O’Malley
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Voice in the Wilderness
by H. L. Wegley
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The Case Of The Disappearing Corpses
by Alan Hardy
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Relative Evil
by Debra Erfert
$5.99$0.99

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Identity Crisis
by Debbi Mack
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The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet
by Jacqueline Diamond
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Case: 0
by May Freighter
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Justice for Katie
by Linda Crowder
$2.99FREE

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False Identity
by Jennifer Youngblood
$2.99$0.99

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The Forever Stone
by Gloria Repp
$3.99$0.99

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A Very Private Grave
by Donna Fletcher Crow
$2.99$0.99

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The Irish Inheritance
by M J Lee
$3.99$0.99

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Southsiders – That’s All Right
by Nigel Bird
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Texas Troubles
by N.C. Lewis
$2.99$0.99

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The Stationmaster’s Cottage
by Phillipa Nefri Clark
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FP&OF memeI 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.

Midnight Mysteries large web sizeAs 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 Time to Witch” (from The Kitchen Witch mystery series) Offering both a historical mystery and a paranormal flair, in this story Thelma Spelled must discover the mystery around a murder that entangles her and her husband. The tale is also a prequel to the novel Miss Spelled, and reveals more about the magic of the house, as well as about Australia in the early 20th century.

Karen Cantwell“It Takes a Ghost” (tie-in to the Sophie Rhodes mystery series) Newly promoted detective Brenna Sage wants to be taken seriously in her new position, but that’s difficult when she can’t solve a series of robberies in Stephens City. Until she gains a partner in the guise of Marmaduke Dodsworth. While Marmaduke might be better versed in decorum and refinement than forensics and interrogation, he has one decidedly clear advantage: He can walk through walls.

Carolyn Haines“Clacking Bones” (from the Sarah Booth Delaney series) When Jitty’s husband, Coker, goes missing from the Great Beyond, Sarah Booth Delaney, Tinkie, and all the animals sign on to find out why the spirit is AWOL. Sarah Booth has to dig deep into the past to find the answer to this puzzling mystery.

Eleanor Cawood Jones “Salad Days, Halloween Nights” (from the author of A Baker’s Dozen) A vegetable-loving chef finds he’s cooked his way into trouble when a Halloween treat leads to murder. If he wants a happy future, he must first make sure the police don’t have him down as the main ingredient in a recipe for a prison sentence.

Larissa Reinhart“The Vigilante Vignette” (from the Cherry Tucker Mystery series) Cherry Tucker can get herself into the worst predicaments without even trying. This time, a mercy call on a neighbor gets her roped into a quid pro quo deal—if Cherry recovers a stolen family heirloom that is both somewhat embarrassing and due to be discovered missing very shortly, the neighbor will use his family clout to help her with some zoning issues. But if she fails, the expression “someone’s got her goat” will take on a whole new meaning for Cherry. And when she discovers a thievery ring, illegal auctions, and some green-eyed emotions after spotting Luke where she doesn’t expect him—well, it’s just another hilarious day in Halo, Georgia.

Connie Shelton“Spellbound Sweets” (from the Samantha Sweets Magical Cozy Mystery series) It’s Halloween, one of the busiest seasons of the year for Samantha Sweet and the crew at her pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. The gang looks forward to a gala costume party at the neighborhood bookstore, but the evening takes a different turn when a guest is murdered, a rare book vanishes, and Sam finds herself in the midst of another mystery.

Maria Grazia Swan“Weeping Moon” (from the Lella York Mysteries series) Lella York has a way of getting herself into trouble, even when she’s doing volunteer work. Who is the mysterious storyteller, and what is going on at the senior living center? And will Lella find out before it’s too late?

LynDee Walker“Frightening Features” (from the Nichelle Clarke Mystery series) Nichelle Clarke is not a patient recovery patient. While she’s waiting for an injury to heal, all she really wants is a story to write and research—hard news to get her mind occupied, even if she can only work one-armed. Instead, her boss gives her a fluff piece. Not her idea of fun. But with Nichelle snooping around, it’s not surprising her soft story takes a decidedly hard turn.

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 projectMidnight Mysteries 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 graphic, but give readers as much information as we could when the cover was seen online. We liked having all our names on the front, so readers can tell at a glance whose stories are inside, but we also wanted a bit of whimsy to play a role. We sent our designer all our ideas–even preliminary designs Larissa graciously did on Canva (Larissa is doubly talented as an author AND an artist–I’m so jealous) as we all worked through our stream of consciousness ideas. Once our designer received all the info, she took on the challenge and the first cover came back like this first graphic at the right–>

Midnight Mysteries 2To clarify, the “shutterstock” watermark wasn’t going to stay–we knew that–and we liked the balance and placement of everything. But we were concerned if we used the first cover and it went down to the thumbnail size that appears for Amazon search pages…well, our names would likely become just one unreadable block of squiggly lines. And the more we looked and thought about it, the more we decided we might need to get rid of the subtitle, to give the cover a little cleaner look. So, our marvelous (and patient) designer went back to her computer and returned with the option seen at the left.

Nice, huh? We thought so. And we were almost ready to use the design as the final cover until we had one more idea. While the subtitle was great about telling readers more Midnight Mysteries large web sizeabout what was inside, and would still be listed on the anthology’s book page, now that it was gone from the cover readers couldn’t easily see what kind of mysteries the anthology contained. We lost our “cozy.” So, we again went to our very patient and wonderful designer and asked if we could get a tiny bit of the subtitle back onto the cover. This is the final work–>

Well, what do you think? We authors kind of love it ourselves. And since the designer sent it back to us on August 17th–which is Black Cat Day–the cute kitty seems to be giving her meow of approval, too. Okay, maybe her “look” of approval.

What do you think? Is it a “4 paws up” design?

 

 

 

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:

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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 whole scene ahead of this opener, so the line was now buried about a third of the way into the first chapter, the line didn’t even get to stay where it was. Instead, it was moved to the the balcony scene where Laurel and Jack had their interchange–and yes, by that time her wanting the gun was more because of irritation and concern about Jack, than over all the other irritations and concerns she had by that point.

It really is fun to think back on all the ways books evolve between original idea and publication. The blog post I mentioned in the first paragraph is focused almost entirely on all the different openers I test-drove before I decided on the final one for Abstract Aliases, and what I’ve changed those earlier openers into in the meantime. When my guest post goes live on the 26th, I’ll add a link here in case anyone would like to read it, too.

And just noticed a little while ago that Abstract Aliases is already up for preorder. I didn’t think it was supposed to happen until Monday, but an early start is always good news. I’ve built the page to start revealing the extras I’m offering to people who preorder Abstract Aliases ahead of the 10/11 release day. Look on the banner line above for Preorder for Even More! There will be additional details about the freebies coming next week. There will also be a cover reveal on the Girl with Book Lungs blog, and her review of the book–so look for that link here on Monday 7/18.

Have a great weekend. What are you reading?

 

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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.  Counterfeit_Conspiracies_final_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 man, Jack Hawkes, who is not only her equal with blue bloods, but also seems to know where all the bodies are buried. In Counterfeit Conspiracies, Laurel is racing against time to find the art object before the enemy, locate a missing art world compatriot with crucial information, and decide whether or not she wants to disentangle herself from this new male nemesis, Jack, who seems to know too much about her and her business.


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