Topping the list

                                You Called It!

The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

Your votes got The Zen Detective named #34 of The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller. Over 500,000 books were self-published this past year – and The Zen Detective ranked in the top 0.01% of that number. I really appreciate your support.

I’m being urged to write another mystery with Will Mansion. Wouldn’t ya know, I do have an idea for one. So, maybe in 2018 … Meanwhile, if you need to get acquainted with the story, The Zen Detective along with my thriller Detour, is on sale Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxThe Zen Detective by Devorah Foxas part of the 12 Days of Indie, with other books at sale prices, $2.99 or less. Plus you can enter a giveaway. Hosted by owsink.com, the promotion showcases indie authors. Hurry, the sale ends December 12.

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Time is running out

Time is Running Out

You have only until December 4 but why wait? Your nomination put The Zen Detective on the shortlist for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller, and it’s up to you to make it a winner. Just click the badge below which will take you right to the ballot.

The Countdown Has Begun

Several authors are counting down to Christmas by putting their books on sale. It’s a great time to grab the newest titles from authors you love, take a chance on a new one, or even pick up some gifts at bargain prices.

Fantasy Reads

The Lost King by Devorah FoxBook One of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, The Lost King, is part of the holiday ebook sale held each year by author Alesha Escobar. You’ll want to check out this promotion for a chance to not only get books at bargain prices, but also to enter the giveaway. Three lucky readers will receive a “Holiday Reader Box” filled with paperbacks, gourmet tea bags, a journal/notebook, and cards with links to download free ebooks.

Lady Blackwing by Devorah FoxLady Blackwing is just one of several books that you can enjoy for mere pennies. All the books in the Super SciFi and Fantasy Sale. All the books in this sale are All the books in the Super SciFi and Fantasy Sale. All the books in this sale are 99¢ or free on Kindle Unlimited.

 

 

 

 

Mysteries and Thrillers

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxThe Zen Detective by Devorah FoxYou’ll be able to get my thriller, Detour, and my mystery, The Zen Detective,  as part of the 12 Days of Indie promotion, December 1 through December 12, along with other books at sale prices, $2.99 or less, and a giveway. Hosted by owsink.com, the promotion will showcase indie authors.

 

Almost Here

Chosen, A Fantasy CollectionChosen, A Fantasy Collection, will launch on January 31, 2108 but you can put in your order now. That way you’ll have it the minute it’s published.This collection of five complete stories contains a vareity of fantasy fiction stories, and not all of them are about zombies or wizards.

 

 

I Did It Again 

At the very last minute, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo challenges us to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  This year, I was a NaNo Rebel. I didn’t write a novel, I worked on two short stories. An Ill Wind is a Fantasy story inspired by Hurricane Harvey. Yes, I am now well qualified to write post-apocalyptic fiction! An Ill Wind is slated for publication next year in the Fantastical Shoppe anthology coming in 2018, so I had better finish it. My other project is Gilda, Wrangler of the Wild West. A Fractured Fairy Tale, it has cowboys, a little romance, a little mystery, and includes some paranormal characters, so it embraces just about every fiction genre, and comes with a side order of animal rights.

 

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More to enjoy

You’re in luck!

I have a series, The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, literary fantasy for you to enjoy. And you can get Book One, The Lost King, at a special price during this Holiday Ebook sale. So get started knowing that the story continues.

And while you’re checking out the sale, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a delightful Holiday Reader Gift Box.

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Your vote counts

Thank you so much for nominating The Zen Detective for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017. Your nomination helped to put the Mystery/Thriller novel on the shortlist.
Now it’s time to vote for the win. Just click the badge below which will take you right to the ballot.

Last year, your votes named The Redoubt, Book Four of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam literary fantasy series as #35 out of 50 books in the entire international contest. You can do it again for The Zen Detective.The Zen Detective, a novel by Devorah Fox

I so appreciate your support. These last few months of recovering from the disaster wrought by Hurricane Harvey have been stressful but your support and encouragement have kept me propped up. Let’s end the year on a high note and get The Zen Detective named as The Best Indie Book of 2017! Vote now! And thank you so much.

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Halloween treat (no tricks)

Just in time for Halloween, here’s, Dream Hardware, a short story that I wrote about an emergency run to the hardware store. Or is it?

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Cold as ice

Author Julie MulhernI’m Dee-lighted to give you a chance to know Julie Mulhern, author of Cold as Ice.  Welcome, Julie.

What’s the story behind your book title?

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and been transported back to a moment in your past? First kiss? All I need do is hear “Black Coffee in Bed” by Squeeze and I’m there. “The Year of the Cat” makes me think of Susan Cooper’s wonderful children’s books—the song was on the radio A LOT the year I read them.

Writing a mystery series set in the 70s, it seemed only natural to incorporate 70s music. “Cold as Ice” was released in 1977 and seemed like the perfect title for a book in which someone is murdered by being locked in a freezer.

I totally get that! For me, “Black Coffee in Bed” happens to be evocative of a specific moment in my life, and I often feel that I could get an entire novel out of “On Every Street.”
What’s the basic plot of your book or series?

I try so hard not to be repetitive but I do write murder mysteries. In each book, someone is murdered. In each book, my unlucky heroine, Ellison Russell, finds a body (or two) (or three). In each book, Ellison’s mother, Frances Walford, bemoans her daughter’s propensity for finding bodies. And, in each book, Ellison unmasks a killer.

Along the way, Ellison has juggled two suitors (she’s down to one), a teenage daughter (with all the angst and fun that goes with that age), and a coffee addiction (and who says writers don’t put parts of themselves into their characters?).

Which is your favorite character and why?

Mr. Coffee, because I’m a sucker for the strong, silent type. And coffee. I’m a sucker for coffee.

Oh, me too. If Mother Nature hadn’t invented coffee, I would have had to.
Have you used any real events or places as inspiration for your writing?

 I write the Country Club Murders and in Kansas City, Missouri, where my series is set, there is a Country Club District. Ellison makes frequent trips to the Country Club Plaza. She runs her dog in Loose Park (which used to be a country club golf course). And, she visits real hotels, restaurants, and theaters.

In Clouds in my Coffee there is a scene with a mouse. It might be the funniest scene I’ve ever written and it happened. Sure, I changed a few things but the basic story came from a manager who saw the mouse leap at a patron. It was too good a story not to use.

In Cold as Ice, Ellison’s daughter, Grace, has a party that gets out of control. That too was inspired by actual events (giving you the stink-eye, youngest daughter).

What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on book seven of the Country Club Murders—almost done. The book is at the stage where I’m not sure if it’s the best thing I’ve ever written or absolute drivel.

After that, I’ll be finishing up a short story told from Ellison’s housekeeper Aggie’s point of view.

When the short story is complete, I have an idea for a new series I’d like to play with for a few months before I start work on the eighth Country Club Murder.

Ah, the First Draft Terrors. I know them well. 
What do you do when you have writers’ block?

 If I am stuck (and sometimes if I’m not stuck), I write long hand. The act of putting pen to paper usually gets the creative juices flowing.

These days I do almost all my first-draft writing in longhand. Sometime ago I read about a study showing that writing longhand forms different connections in the brain than keyboarding does. Works for me.
Quick quiz:

Favorite food: Toast (I mean it) and coffee.

Silliest saying: I don’t think I have one.

Best holiday spot: Anywhere as long as my family is there.

Favorite song at the moment: I listen to a lot of seventies music. A lot. And jazz. Recently I had the station set on Sirius jazz and heard “Forest Flower Sunrise/Sunset” by Charles Lloyd. I arrived at my destination, sat in my car, and listened to every note. Together, “Sunrise” and “Sunset” are eighteen minutes long—so I sat for while. Right now, they’re my favorites.

With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? Is both a viable answer? I like to know where I’m going but I don’t require a road map to get there.

Number one thing to do on your bucket list: I don’t have a bucket list but it is so tempting to say I’d like to spend a summer writing in an Irish cottage, or spend a year in Paris, or climb some mountain. Maybe something more exotic (my children say I’m boring) like sail across the Pacific or follow the Nile to its source (neither of which is remotely appealing to me). I think I’ll go with the Irish cottage.

Cold As Ice by Julie Mulhern

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Henery Press (October 17, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1635112672
E-Book ASIN: B07481MPV2

Author Links

Webpage – www.juliemulhernauthor.com

FB – https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern/?ref=hl

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

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Ancient secrets and present-day intrigue

The Ninja’s Illusion (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)
by Gigi Pandian

The Ninja’s Illusion (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)
5th in Series
Supernatural Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (October 3, 2017)
Paperback 257 pages
ISBN13: 9781635112511
E-Book ASIN: B073R141MQ

A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial era in India when international supremacies vied for power. A phantom trading ship lost over 200 years ago. And a ninja whose murderous intentions in present-day Japan connect the deeds of a long-dead trader who was much more than he seemed…

When Jaya travels from San Francisco to Japan with her stage magician best friend Sanjay—a.k.a. The Hindi Houdini—for his Japanese debut, she jumps at the chance to pursue her own research that could solve a tantalizing centuries-old mystery.

With the colorful autumn leaves of historic Kyoto falling around her, Jaya soon loses sight of what’s real and what’s a deception. A mysterious ninja attempts sabotage on Sanjay’s trick, along with Japan’s most controversial magician, Akira. Ancient folklore blurs the lines between illusion and reality when a magician’s assistant appears to be a kitsune, a mythical fox spirit. As tricks escalate to murder, Jaya and her friends must unravel secrets hidden in the ancient capital of Japan, before one of their own becomes the next victim.


About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi’s fiction has been awarded the Malice Domestic Grant and Lefty Awards, and been nominated for Macavity and Agatha Awards. Sign up for her email newsletter at www.gigipandian.com/newsletter/

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Secrets revealed

Indie Author MastermindI finally had a chance to dig into the Indie Author Mastermind course and took the first lesson in the BuzzBuilder Bootcamp. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the amazon author page and Author Central but I learned new tricks and found out about a helpful resource.  And, secrets of the ever-mysterious topic of Categories were revealed.

I’m looking forward to the next lesson.

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Trouble brewing

My mom was from Pittsburgh, so I just had to share about Joyce Tremel’s book, set in the that Steel City.

A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
by Joyce Tremel


A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (October 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277713
E-Book ASIN: B01NCUHX14

It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max’s friend, is acting suspicious… Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend’s innocence. To make matters worse, Jake’s snooty ex-fiancée shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she’ll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max.

JOYCE TREMEL

About The Author

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew was nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Amateur Sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series, Tangled Up In Brew was released in October 2016 and chosen as a “Top Pick” by RT Book Reviews. It was the winner of the 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. It was also named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kings River Life Magazine.

Author Links

Webpage – http://www.joycetremel.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JoyceTremel/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JoyceTremel

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13746162.Joyce_Tremel

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Blown away

Hurricane HarveyA few days after my end-of-August post, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the south Texas Gulf Coast. I had to evacuate. It was weeks before the area was deemed safe enough to return. Roads had to be cleared of debris and fallen power poles. Power, water, and other services such as the Internet had to be restored.

Over a month later, the city of Port Aransas and I are struggling to reemerge. Some areas of the city were devastated and face many more weeks of debris removal and rebuilding. My home and office sustained damage. Most of it was exterior and unlike so many others, I was able to regain occupancy and begin the slow process of returning to normal.

My cats are doing a much better job than I. Once they found themselves in familiar surroundings, they resumed napping in their favorite spots and turning up their noses at their food if I failed to offer the correct flavor. All’s right with their world.

I, however, am finding it difficult to resume my routine. I may have returned from sojourning in various temporary housing arrangements but my Muse has not. The 134-mile-per-hour hurricane gusts seem to have blown out my creative flame. Many have suggested that we’re all suffering from some degree of post traumatic stress disorder. As my sister put it, “Of course you are. Your city was attacked.”

I’m exploring a variety of techniques to rekindle my creativity and syllable by slow syllable, they seem to be working. Although I have several works-in-progress that I’d like to get back to, I started two new short stories inspired by recent events, and I’m kicking around ideas for a National Novel Writing Month project. I hope to have enough energy to participate in NaNoWriMo this November. It would be my 7th writing marathon.

Over the weeks that I’ve been out of touch, I feel that I’ve lost connection with the readers who have enjoyed my work. It’s almost as though I have to start all over to form those links. To that end, I’m going back to school. I’ll be taking the Indie Author Mastermind courses which offer a simple, actionable plan to restart my promotional efforts and help me to reestablish my presence in the book-loving world.

IAM was developed by none other than Alesha Escobar, an Amazon bestselling author with over 10,000 ebooks sold, as well as a bestseller at B&N, Kobo, and iBooks. Alesha’s learned what to do and what NOT to do when publishing and promoting books and is sharing that expertise through the IAM courses.

I’ll share my experience as I work through the course material. I always was a good student and I like to learn, so I’m excited to get started. Meanwhile, you can check out the curriculum and see what I’m getting into here.

 

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