Time for Thursday Thoughts, Boughts, and Things Going On–

Hey there! Hope everyone is settling into the changing seasons. I know I’ve been enjoying the return of long sleeves to my wardrobe, and I have a fun new hoodie I just love. I’ve also ordered a gorgeous new scarf that I’ll try to remember to post when it arrives. I love autumn in America!

Speaking of fall, have you been enjoying the new television season? I recently subscribed to BritBox, and I am finding SO MANY shows I hadn’t seen before and love! That’s another “new bought” for me, along with a recent release from Nancy Atherton–I just cannot get enough Aunt Dimity and Reginald!

If you’ve liked My FB Author Page keep an eye on there and/or on your FB notifications tomorrow so you won’t miss out on another fun giveaway I have planned. For now, I’ll keep the details a surprise, but there will be multiple winners for Kindle ebook copies of a title in a wonderful series by one of my favorite author friends. So watch for it on My FB Author Page.

I’m currently putting a final polish on the manuscript for the next Bodies of Art Mystery, due out in 2019, and doing the same to the final version of the first Frugal Lissa mystery that comes out in a few weeks. But for fans of my Organized Mysteries series–or for cozy readers who’ve been meaning to try the books–the second book in the Organized Mysteries series, Organized for Homicide, is bargain priced at 99¢ At All Booksellers until the weekend —

The Organized Mysteries are each written as standalone stories, so you don’t have to have read the first to enjoy the second one. This time around, Kate & Meg are hired to plan the cross-country move of an executive father and his children–until the organizing duo finds a dead body and realize they have to make sure the murder is solved before a young woman’s future is ruined. Things get more challenging when Kate realizes the murderer is keeping tabs on her. Like the other books in the series, Kate shares organizing tips and timesaving recipes.

So what do reviewers and bloggers say? Here’s one–

“If you enjoy cozy type mysteries, I think you’ll enjoy this light fast read.” 
~ Murder Most Cozy

And for your convenience, here are the bookseller buy links if you’d like to purchase or want more information.

Buy Kindle edition at Amazon

Buy the Nook edition at Barnes and Noble

Buy the Kobo edition

Buy the iBooks edition from the Apple Store

Happy Reading, Everyone!

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What’s New Wednesday?

In the last few weeks, I’ve been polishing and adding new content to Organized for Masked Motives, which first appeared in the Halloween Anthology, Midnight Mysteries. The anthology was only available in fall 2016 & 2017 and is now completely off-sale, never to return again in that format. It was fun getting this title ready as an individual release because I could lengthen it a bit and give it the kind of extra content always included in the rest of my Organized Mysteries series–something I couldn’t do with the anthology.

This time, Kate & Meg are up to their costumed necks in trouble on Halloween, when they find ghosts, ghouls and witches are not the only ones to beware of on fright night. But our dynamic organizing duo are on the case, as they multitask their normal mix of mom chores and business scores, all with volunteering at a school carnival in the same week. Oh, and doing a little crime solving too.

This is the lovely cover of Organized for Masked Motives, and I think my designer hit a home run. There’s no murder this time, but there is a crime–so no blood on the cover. Organized for Masked Motives hit booksellers’ pages yesterday evening, and will be on sale for only 99¢ everywhere for a limited time. Then the book heads into Kindle Unlimited for a while and the price goes up to $1.99. So, if you want the bargain or you want a format other than Kindle, please purchase your copy soon, as I always want happy readers 🙂

Here are the links if you’d like to learn more about this title or want to purchase a copy —

Amazon link — http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H8P4P8T
Link to Kobo, iTunes & BN — https://www.books2read.com/u/4NGWZ9

Happy fall, y’all!

What’s New, Free or On Sale Wednesday?

Hey gang, I took part in a huge blowout event last night on Facebook to officially open up the Sleuthing Women Author group. What a blast. My head is still spinning from all the new readers I met, and I was so excited to pick my winner this morning. If you were a part of that event, all the winners will be posted on one big list about 5 p.m. EDT tonight.

But in the meantime, a lot of my friends are running great summer reads on sale or even free, and others have terrific new releases I want to make sure everyone knows about.

Cold Blooded Brew: A Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Series Book Four) by [Kappes, Tonya]Pick up Tonya Kappes’s Cold Blooded Brew this week at only 99¢  https://amzn.to/2LoYDrF

Kathi Daley is running a 99¢ sale this week on Fourth Victim (Writers Retreat Southern Seashore Mystery Book 4) by [Daley, Kathi]

Fourth Victim – https://amzn.to/2IPDKbD & Murder at Midnight – https://amzn.to/2GRDNhc

Today is the last day to get my Organized for Scheduled Sabotage at 99¢, as it’s price goes up at midnight  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B074MJJBWV

 

 

And then there are a bunch of fun new Summer reads out this week! Firework Fiasco (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 29) by [Daley, Kathi]

Kathi Daley’s Firework Fiasco – June 12 – https://amzn.to/2ILtdxd

Abby Vandiver’s Secrets, Lies & Crawfish Pies. http://amzn.to/2u9yDMcSecrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies (A Romaine Wilder Mystery Book 1) by [Vandiver, Abby L.]

Think Murder (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 1) by [Salem, Cassidy]

 

 

And Cassidy Salem’s  Killer Reputation is up for preorder but will be released June 15th
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DKB8WCH

 

 

Happy Reading, Everyone!

 

November Edition of What’s New and Free Wednesday

Yes, it’s been several weeks since I posted, but thought I’d pop in today and–before you get glassy-eyed from all the Christmas lights and carols appearing everywhere now that Halloween is over–I want to let you know I’ve added a free…Christmas story to Wattpad. Yep, it may not be a classic like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but if you like reading about Kate’s & Meg’s Organized adventures, here’s the one with the Christmas twist Organized for Christmas Wishes. No dead bodies, but there is a nice little mystery to get everyone in the mood for the holiday season. It will be available on Wattpad through New Year’s Day, so feel free to share the link with friends if you like the story and want to spread a little Christmas cozy mystery cheer.

Oh, and speaking of Dickens, be sure to catch the trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas coming to theaters this year. I was hooked the first time I watched the trailer, Yes, I clicked first because Dan Stevens plays Dickens, but when I saw the agony he showed Dickens going through as he tried to wrestle the classic story into shape and make the characters do as he wanted–well, let’s just say EVERY author is going to identify with this (I admit, I become irritated when my characters think they know better than I do, and Dickens got a good taste of that, too). So click the link in the first line above and watch the two-minute trailer. Bet you want to see more 🙂

And in a little bit of a London tie-in, I’ll probably add a Bodies of Art Christmas story soon, so check this space for more details 🙂

A friend of mine, Rebecca Barrett, has a free Christmas story available at all booksellers. She writes for the fun, new Familiar Legacy cat mystery series, and this story features the series characters The title is Trouble Under the Mistletoe (Trouble is the name of the cat in the series–perfect, right?) and it is available at all booksellers. Here’s the Amazon Buy Link. And check out the whole series–the first book Familiar Trouble was penned by Carolyn Haines, and is available free right now, it’s not Christmas themed but it will go back to paid status soon, so grab it fast. Here’s the link to the Familiar Legacy Series on Amazon, and click the cover there to download the book for free.

 

I’ve also added some new Christmas themed coloring pages to my web page with downloadable coloring pages. So if you have crayons or a set of colored pencils itching to be used, color yourself a holiday page. You can find these new holiday coloring pages at the bottom of Coloring Pages to Download link in the Newly Added section on that page.

Happy early Holiday Reading, Everyone!

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!

 

 

What’s New & Free Wednesday?

Organized for Homicide doesn’t go on sale for 99¢ very often, but that’s what’s happening now. But if you want a bargain, please grab a copy soon because it’s only on sale through the weekend. Here’s the link to all the buy links — Click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Peek at Upcoming Release

Since all of us in the U.S. have a holiday weekend coming up (so more reading time available, YAY!) I thought I’d add a freebie sneak peek of the first half of the first chapter of my October release ORGANIZED FOR SCHEDULED SABOTAGE. I don’t have the final copy back from my editing/proofing team yet, so there may be a few glitches I didn’t catch. But I’ve had a number of readers ask for a peek and this seemed like a fun time to do exactly that. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

ORGANIZED FOR SCHEDULED SABOTAGE-1st part 1st chapter

 

 

 

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