Fantastic Shorts

It’s time to stock up on Fantastic Shorts. No, I’m not talking about a hot new style in summer wear. They’re Short Reads: stories that are not novel length. Just like your cut-offs, despite their abbreviated length, they cover the essentials: riveting plots, engaging characters, and vividly-imagined settings.

From May 10 through May 12, you can grab these mini reads at mini prices: FREE and 99¢, including my own, eagerly awaited Lady Blackwing, which one reviewer called a “fresh and fun” light fantasy that left her wanting more. It launches officially as one of the Fantastic Shorts.

Lady Blackwing
by Devorah Fox


Lady Blackwing, A Fantasy/Sci Fi Mini, Kindle edition

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Launching: May 10, 2017 | ASIN B0724Z27VM: | 11 Pages | Price: 99¢

Mercedes is just trying to make her way through life: taking classes, working her shift as a barista, and writing short stories that she never seems to finish. After a minor accident, she finds herself imbued with startling powers. She projects future events and rewrites the past, with disastrous consequences. Her first attempts to use her strange talents incite a zombie attack and bring an Egyptian goddess to life. Stunned by awesome abilities that she can’t seem to control, Mercedes wonders if she’s been cursed. Can she be cured? And if she can’t, what then?


You may have a holiday weekend or vacation time coming up soon. This is your chance to fill up your reading device with bargain books to keep you entertained.

 

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It’s a Free for All!

May Free for AllIt’s the May Free for All. Find a new favorite cozy mystery author or download them all. They’re FREE.

Murder by the Book by Devorah FoxBe sure to grab Murder by the Book. Like all the other Free For All books, it’s free for a limited time, a way for us authors to thank our loyal readers. Plus, you’ll want to take this opportunity to get to know Candy Wadsen, because there’s a new adventure featuring this feisty amateur sleuth coming soon.

Be sure to enter to be in the draw to win a $25 Amazon gift card just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.

Not sure what a cozy mystery is? It’s a mystery story wherein the violence and sex are downplayed, or treated with humor. Cozies are usually set in a small, socially-intimate community. In Murder by the Book and my other cozy, One Bad Apple, the small, intimate community is the workplace, and you know how “cozy” that can get!

In her review of Murder by the Book, Laura of fuonlyknew.com stated that “I thought I had it figured out pretty early, but then I shifted to another suspect, and then another. The author kept me on my toes and the final reveal in this whodunit was a good one.” So give it read, for FREE. And don’t forget to enter that giveaway.

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Solving mysteries is “hard” work

Today I’d like to spotlight the mystery books of Debbie De Louise. The author and I have a lot in common: she has cats, she’s a fellow Sisters in Crime member, and she lives on Long Island, New York, where I grew up.

Cobble Cove Mystery Series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone
by Debbie De Louise

 

A Stone’s Throw
Solstice Publishing (March 8, 2017)
Paperback: 322 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1625265463
ASIN: B06XGNXQCS

Synopsis – Book 1

Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers…

After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past…

Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered…

When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…

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Between A Rock and a Hard Place by Debbie De Louise

Publisher: Solstice Publishing (October 12, 2016)
Paperback: 316 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1625264534
E-Book ASIN: B01M59PPBY
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Synopsis – Book 2

Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her…

Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.

Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged…

Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.
John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse…

When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.

Alicia faces her worst nightmare…

The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?

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Written in Stone

Alicia McKinney is confused . . . .

Was the strange email her husband received from the fictional detective in their mystery series a threat? Did the killer mistake the woman shot in the library for Alicia or the victim’s twin sister?

Cat vs. Dog . . .

After Sneaky goes missing from the library, will he turn up before a young girl becomes ill with worry over his disappearance? And will he return in time to outsmart Fido by being first to find the perpetrator’s smoking gun?

Alicia is worried . . .

While waiting for the killer’s next move, Alicia has other concerns. An old flame of John’s is in town and her friend, Gilly, has adopted the role of Miss Marple to aid her sheriff boyfriend in his investigation.

When all clues point to one of her co-workers, Alicia joins Gilly in searching for the answers to the mystery.

Will they survive . . . .

or is their ending written in stone?

 

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About The Author

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her published novels include Cloudy RainbowA Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Cobble Cove Mystery #2) has been on the Amazon bestseller list for cozy mysteries. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres and a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace. She is currently seeking agent representation for her psychological thriller, Sea Scope. Debbie lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Author Links:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page:http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-De-Louise/e/B0144ZGXPW/

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up:https://debbiedelouise.com

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May 5 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT

May 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

May 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

May 6 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 8 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT

May 8 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT

May 10 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

May 11 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

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May 13 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

 

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It’s #MysteryWeek

#MysteryWeekIt’s #MysteryWeek. Do tell, why do you like to read mysteries?

And, if you’re looking for a mystery to read, several of mine are available for a mere 99¢. Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxMurder by the Book by Devorah FoxTry Detour, A Big Rig Thriller. Or, Murder by the Book, a Mystery Mini.

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The world’s newest superhero is on her way

Lady Blackwing
by Devorah Fox


Lady Blackwing, A Fantasy/Sci Fi Mini, Kindle edition

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Preorder: May 1st, 2017 | ASIN B0724Z27VM: | 11 Pages | Price: 99¢

Mercedes is just trying to make her way through life: taking classes, working her shift as a barista, and writing short stories that she never seems to finish. After a minor accident, she finds herself imbued with startling powers. She projects future events and rewrites the past, with disastrous consequences. Her first attempts to use her strange talents incite a zombie attack and bring an Egyptian goddess to life. Stunned by awesome abilities that she can’t seem to control, Mercedes wonders if she’s been cursed. Can she be cured? And if she can’t, what then?

Devorah FoxDevorah Fox “What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series including “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and ”The Lost King,” awarded the All Authors Certificate of Excellence. She also wrote “Detour,” ranked in the Top Ten Thrillers in Preditor/Editors Readers’ Choice Poll and “The Zen Detective,” a finalist in the Golden Books Award Contest. She co-authored the contemporary thriller, “Naked Came the Sharks,” with Jed Donellie, contributed to “Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology,” and “Magic Unveiled: An Anthology,” and has several Mystery Mini Short Reads to her name. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats … and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com.

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The world needs a new superhero

Lady Blackwing, A Fantasy/SciFi MiniTimes are tough today and the world needs a new superhero. Someone who can right the wrongs.

Hang on, World. Lady Blackwing is on her way. (Just as soon as she figures out how this world-changing business works … )

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Two Heads Are Deader Than One

Today I’m delighted to spotlight a book by Elena Hartwell with a title that I’ll bet got you chuckling, and curious.

Two Heads Are Deader Than One
by Elena Hartwell


Two Heads are Deader Than One (Eddie Shoes Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Camel Press (April 15, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813136

Private Investigator Eddie Shoes is enjoying a rare period of calm. She’s less lonely now that Chava, her card-counting mom from Vegas, is sharing her home. She also has a new companion, Franklin, a giant dog of curious ancestry.

Hoping for a lucrative new case, Eddie instead finds herself taking on a less promising client: her best friend from her childhood in Spokane. Dakota has turned up in Bellingham in jail, where she is being held on a weapons charge. Eddie reluctantly agrees not only to lend her friend money for bail but to also investigate who is stalking her. Soon after Dakota is freed, she disappears again, leaving Eddie to answer to the local cops, including her ex-boyfriend Chance Parker. Has Dakota been kidnapped? If not, why did she jump bail? What are Eddie’s business cards doing on the bodies of two murder victims?

elenahartwellheadshotbAbout The Author

After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”

In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops.

When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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April 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

April 16 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

April 17 – Readeropolis – REVIEW

April 19 – Books Direct – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

April 20 – Omnimystery News – INTERVIEW

April 21- Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

April 22 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

April 23 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW

April 24 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

April 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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April 27 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

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Read My Mind

Read My MInd, The Blogger MagazineHere’s your invitation to enjoy a new publication: Read My Mind, a blogger magazine.

Read My Mind – The Blogger Magazine, is a collaboration of seasoned writers from across the globe bringing you common sense advice to brave the world of publishing. the magazine will offer fabulous writing contests with worldwide promotion and marketing as the prize.

This magazine is an entertain-and-educate project by Nassima Design about books, music, movies, real life stories, and much more. Read the magazine and learn more about the publisher here:

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Drop Everything and READ

When was the last time that you picked up a book? Remember how satisfying it was to submerse yourself in a different place,  a different time? How the characters got under your skin and made their lives engrossing and real? How it all made you forget your troubles and trials even if just for a little while?

Well, if you need an excuse to take a vacation from your world, here it is. Wednesday, April 12 is D.E.A.R. Day: Drop Everything and Read. Drop Everything and Read

Many years ago, Beverly Cleary introduced D.E.A.R. in her Ramona Quimby, Age 8 book. Originally intended to promote reading among children, D.E.A.R. Day has become a national event, the highlight of a month-long  celebration for readers of all ages. So drop everything and pick up a book. Cut out a little time in your day to get reacquainted with that book you started weeks ago, or get into a new one.

My Fantasy author friends and I are making it extra enticing, with a sale, a confab, and a giveaway. 

Visit the FSFNet Web site for a list of and links to discounted Fantasy and Science Fiction books.

Click here to go to the FSFNet D.E.A.R. Author Chat Event on FacebookI’ll be hosting at 10:30 a.m. EST so come and let’s share what we love about books.

And don’t forget to enter that giveaway for a chance to win a $20 amazon gift card, which you could spend on what? Oh I don’t know, BOOKS? plus a bunch of other stuff, like free books.

Tell your Mom, your spouse, you boss, that I gave you permission to Drop Everything and Read!

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Book bargains galore

The Brain to Books Cyber Convention is over until next year. If you attended, I hope that you enjoyed it. Winners of the contests and giveaways are being announced so if you entered something, be sure to check to see if you won.

If you missed it, you still have a chance to grab up some great reads at bargain prices, or even free, at these events.

April 9-10,  the Criminally Good Mystery Ebooks sale. Lots of bargains here for you readers of crime fiction, including my cozy mystery mini, Murder by the Book for just pennies. This sale ends today so if you see a title that you like snap it up.

 

Go Wide Sale and GiveawayApril 9-15, the Go Wide Sale. Scoop up all the cozy mysteries you want, from whatever online vendor you like best, whether it’s Kindle, iBooks, Nook, or Kobo. And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $30 amazon gift card.

You’ll find Murder by the Book here too and if you haven’t read it yet, you might want to get it now. I’m working on another Candy Wadsen mystery.

Drop Everything and Read 2017April 12, Drop Everything and Read. I’ll be taking over Facebook at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Throughout the day my Fantasy-book author friends and I will be hosting games, giveaways, chats, and more.

 

Happy reading!

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