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Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Friends Are So Talented



It's the truth. Long before I put pen to paper, I devoured books like some devour chocolate chip cookies. The fact is, that love of reading never went away. I read every night before I go to sleep. It's my gift to myself after a long day of WRITING ALL THE WORDS and semi-forcing myself to stop dillydallying on social media. (I'm talking to you, FB.)

Last month I put out a call to my uber talented author friends, asking them to post links to their books. Some of those I'd already read and loved. Many others were new to me. Since then, I've spent many a night reading the new-to-me books and I'm anxiously awaiting soon to be released books. I'm excited to share those titles with you. Place these books on your virtual TBR (To Be Read) shelf today. You won't regret it!

In no particular order, here's the must-read list:


Oceanside Mysteries by CeeCee James:  It's time! It's finally time! I've waited forever to finally be able to introduce my newest series- Oceanside Mysteries. Books 1 and 2 are 99cents for a limited time. Maisie Swenson took a job as the manager of the Oceanside Hotel in Florida, to help take care of her mom. Being that the hotel is 5 stars, she knew she'd get some crazy requests. Snow in June? Check. Helicopter wedding? Check. But she never expected what happened next! Grab your copies here!





Mayhem in Jinx Cove by Savannah Mae:  Melanie Abney leads a seemingly normal life for a twenty-something-year-old who just lost her job. When she returns to Jinx Cove, she’s anything but thrilled, but soon realizes that admitting failure is the least of her problems.

Something is very wrong in Jinx Cove and Melanie is determined to get to the bottom of it. With her life-long best friend by her side, she goes on a hunt for answers, but what they uncover is the most disturbing news of all. 

In a town filled with tales of missing women, conniving con men, and the legend of the witches of Jinx Cove could what’s happening in her life have everything to do with witchcraft and nothing to do with a string of bad luck?




Picked to Death by Maggie West:  Antique pickers Sherri Green and her bff, lovable town gossip Carol O’Brien, search for treasure amid the trash in their small midwestern town of Paradise. 

What they find is more than they bargained for. 

When they score a box of antique vases at a local auction in nearby Round Bottom, it sets off a chain of events that makes a competing picker see red. But that’s not the worst of it. Someone in the tight-knit picking community ends up dead. 

Can Sherri and Carol discover the murderer from a treasure trove of suspects before the crime gets buried along with the the town's most hated victim?

Picked to Death is a clean and wholesome, short read perfect for lovers of cozy mysteries set in a small town that feature an amateur sleuth.

Picked to Death is the first short book in the Antique Pickers in Paradise Cozy Mysteries series, and is a complete mystery that you can read in an hour or two. As a clean read, it does NOT contain strong language or graphic violence. Just Sherri and her sidekick Carol. Oh and Sherri's husband Ralph and their sweet cat, Kitty Jo.

Be sure to check out all of the short books in the Antique Pickers in Paradise Cozy Mystery series, Picked to Death, Cotton Picking Murder, Picked On, and Pick a Letter, for more small town fun and crime solving in the close-knit community of Paradise.




Black Widow Valley by Frankie Bow:  Young men have been disappearing in Black Valley, New York--which now has the misfortune of being known as "Black Widow Valley." As it happens, Mary-Alice Arceneaux has a personal connection with the tiny community, and is called in to help. Mary-Alice is thrilled to be a part of the investigation--but by the time she arrives at the forbidding Kilmer House where she will spend the night, she realizes she may be in over her head. Fortunately (?), Sinful's Sheriff Robert E. Lee is on the case too!

This modern retelling of Lost Man's Lane takes the action from the sultry bayous of Southwest Louisiana to the rustic hamlets of upstate New York State. 

The Miss Fortune series has been described as Miss Congeniality meets Golden Girls, a lighthearted fish-out-of -water adventure with a dash of romance in Louisiana bayou country. Many thanks to Jana DeLeon for letting us write in her Sinful world!

In addition to writing in the Miss Fortune universe, Frankie writes the Professor Molly Mysteries. Get Trust Fall, a Professor Molly short story FREE at bit.ly/Trust-Fall




Witch Way Home by Danielle Garrett:  Holly’s faced some serious challenges following her banishment from the supernatural community but nothing quite like this… 

She’s fighting for her freedom but when her strongest ally is found murdered, everything is on the line—including her own life.

With her rag-tag band of supernatural friends in tow, Holly’s off to launch her biggest—and most dangerous—investigation yet. She must stop the killer without setting off the SPA’s alarms or else she can kiss her chance at freedom goodbye.

***

Grab a Lemon Cloud and come back to Beechwood Harbor with Witch Way Home, the fourth book in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries series of paranormal cozy mysteries where vampires, ghosts, shifters, and witches all work, play, and—mostly—get along.




Telling Thyme by Karny McFlynn:  It was just a little leak in the basement...

When Everly Thyme moved to her family's home in Bonhomme, Maine she was prepared for a few minor repairs.
Not this, nothing could have prepared her for this mess.
An unwelcome houseguest who refuses to leave and an Aunt who's MIA. Everly has no choice but to find her own solutions.
But when the questions start piling up as fast as the disasters, Everly has no choice but to plow forward with only her fraying nerves for guidance. There's not enough cupcakes in the world for this.
Will she manage to find the truth and clean up this mess before she loses everything familiar in her world?
Welcome to Bonhomme, Maine, where witches aren't born, they're kidnapped, cajoled, manipulated and otherwise pressed into service.

How much damage chaos can a little water cause?




Witch Cast by Sonia Parin:  Fool her once… fool her twice… This will be the third time... 

Lexie can’t believe she’s been roped into performing her coven duty. Literally. She’ll be on the stage, the one place she’s been avoiding all her life. If her abysmal acting skills don’t get her killed, surely mentioning the name Macbeth inside the revamped Garland Theater will. 

There’s a killer on the loose intent on becoming a serial killer doing away with anyone playing Lady Macbeth. Just her luck, she’s landed the leading role.

As the incoming High Chair of the American Continent and all Circumferential Domains Pertaining to the Mackenzie Coven, Lexie is still wearing her training wheels, and while her gifts are awakening they are useless against the threat lurking in the shadows. Something… someone has charmed her and she’s unable to detect danger.

It looks as if she is one performance away from playing host to a menacing shadow. It’s already killed once. Somehow, she must figure out a way to capture it. If only she could see it… 

Helping her deal with a ghost in denial, a shadow living vicariously, and a rogue witch is her new assistant, a super efficient Mackenzie Coven intern, but not everything is as it seems with her…

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language but lots of fun, quirky dialogue & characters.





A Second Coat of Murder by Cassie Page:

Olivia’s painter is dead.


Someone wrote a note on the wall in his blood.

Detective Johnson thinks Olivia did it (doesn’t he always) . . . and she has only hours to clear her name before Matt’s parents arrive.

Olivia came to charming Darling Valley, aka Billionaire Hollow, to make a killing renovating the weekend mansions of the tech giants of Silicon Valley. 

Quirky Tuesday just dropped in from LA . . . she’s Olivia’s fortune-telling sidekick, but her real gift is sniffing out criminals.

Download now and watch these two BFFs go to town on the saints and sinners of Darling Valley . . . before Olivia has to meet her future in-laws from a jail cell.



The Campervan Bushman Series by Alannah Foley:  An edge of humour, a sense of adventure, and a hint of romance. 



Murder at Sea of Passenger X by Anna Celeste BurkeWelcome aboard! Georgie Shaw and her handsome new husband, Detective Jack Wheeler, are living it up on Marvelous Marley World’s luxurious cruise ship when trouble strikes. "The screaming came in bursts followed by shouts of man overboard, just like in a movie." Who is passenger X? Did he fall or was he pushed? Does it have anything to do with the rash of jewelry thefts or the murdered man found near the spot where Passenger X went overboard? 

With a killer on the loose, Georgie and Jack are soon enlisted to help solve the case. It's a non-stop scramble to unravel the mystery before Georgie's eccentric boss, "Mad" Max Marley, arrives in Tahiti demanding answers. That won't be easy since Passenger X isn't the only one with a dubious identity as the list of suspects grows. 

That list includes Georgie's old friend Chef Gerard and his striking blond, blue-eyed Sous Chef, Paolo. Masters of five-star cuisine and wizards with chocolate, are they cooking up more than sumptuous feasts and banquets of desserts? How about the guy in the Perroquet suit or "Monster Marston," a standout in the fitness center? 

It's all hands on deck to figure out whodunit. Even Georgie's cats get involved in the action on board this cruise that comes with a boatload of mystery! 

RECIPES INCLUDED!




The Curse of Arundul Hall Book 2 by J New One ghost, one murder, one hundred years apart. But are they connected?

Ella has discovered a secret room in The Yellow Cottage, but with it comes a ghost. Who was she? And how did she die? Ella needs to find the answers before either of them can find peace. But suddenly things take a nasty turn for the worse.

Ella Bridges has been living on Linhay Island for several months but still hasn't discovered the identity of her ghostly guest. Deciding to research the history of her cottage for clues she finds it is connected to Arundel Hall, the large Manor House on the bluff, and when an invitation to dinner arrives realises it is the perfect opportunity to discover more.

However the evening takes a shocking turn when one of their party is murdered. Is The Curse of Arundel Hall once again rearing its ugly head, or is there a simpler explanation?

Ella suddenly finds herself involved in two mysteries at once, and again joins forces with Scotland Yard's Police Commissioner to try and catch a killer. But will they succeed?

'Miss Marple meets The Ghost Whisperer' - Perfect For Fans of Golden Age Murder Mysteries, Cozy Mysteries, Clean Reads and British Amateur Sleuths




Just in time for Mother's Day, Death at Egg Harbor by Alannah Rogers, features three generation of women, one family funeral business, two suitors, and a very fat cat. Available for $2.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

After living in Minneapolis for twenty years, forty-two-year-old Jamie Burger moves back to her hometown of Egg Harbor, Minnesota heartbroken and broke. Her only possessions: a small suitcase and her faithful friend Fat Bob the cat. Moving back in with her mom and grandma is hard enough, but she soon finds herself doing what she's always avoided—running the family funeral home.

Her first client: her best friend Duffy Davis, whose dad has just passed. But it seems like Mr. Davis had a few big skeletons in his closet, including a secret second family. As Jamie helps negotiate the ensuing court battle, she's also busy being romanced by her high school crush, falling for Duffy's brother, and trying to stay as far away from dead bodies as she possibly can.

This full-length novel is both funny and poignant, featuring the lovable small town characters, cat hijinks, adventure, and sweet romance readers have come to expect from Alannah Rogers, author of the #1 Amazon bestselling Beatrice Young cozy cat mysteries. 

This novel has no foul language, sex, or gratuitous violence, though there are some graphic details about the natural process of death and all that funeral homes entail.

**Please note that this novel was formerly titled "Nice Day for a Funeral." The cover and title have been updated.**



Happy Reading,

Ava









Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Queens of Crime Giveaway





     If you're a newsletter subscriber (and why wouldn't you be?), these beauties could be yours! This is my personal collection of Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer cozy mysteries. Like many of you, I collect books. They're everywhere! I can't help myself. I have to have ALL THE BOOKS!

     So, without further ado, here's how these babies could be yours:


  1. You MUST be a newsletter subscriber. If you're not, join here: Ava Mallory's Reader List
  2.  Email me (via my newsletter) the name of your hometown.
  3.  Tell me what ogenres you love to read.
  4.  One newsletter subscriber will be chosen at random to win all of these paperbacks! (I will announce the winner in the next newsletter.)

    Good Luck & Happy Reading!

    Ava Mallory

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Read Self Published Month!


     I'm honored to be a part of this month-long blog tour, showcasing Indie authors and their books. We are sharing our book worlds, hosting Facebook takeovers, running awesome giveaways, and so much more all throughout the month of April.

     Today, I'll introduce you to my book world. for those who don't know, I'm a Cozy Mystery author. My Mercy Mares series follows a bumbling traveling nurse as she moves from location to location, finding trouble every step of the way. Although she travels alone, a quirky cast of characters are never too far behind.

    The first book in my Mercy Mares series, Mercy & Mayhem, is FREE from your favorite e-book retailer.


Amazon: Mercy & Mayhem
Nook:  Mercy & Mayhem for Nook
Kobo: Mercy & Mayhem Kobo Link
Ibooks:  Mercy & Mayhem for Apple


     Today is my birthday! (I'm 27... again.) 😃 In honor of Read Self Published Month and my birthday, I'm giving away the first book in my new Cozy Mystery series. You can enter to win here: http://megancutler.net/read-self-published-month-giveaways/  Be sure to enter ALL the giveaways and get to know new-to-you authors.

     Follow this link to start the blog tour, meet new authors, find your next favorite book and celebrate Read Self Published Month with us: Start Here

Happy Reading!

Ava Mallory




Monday, April 17, 2017

Traci Sanders: On Indie Publishing







Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies. An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children's, romance, and nonfiction guides. Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.


 



TIP 264: How to draw a crowd at a book signing

 *The following tip, and many other marketing tips, can be found in Beyond The Book: Tips on publishing, marketing, and networking to build your brand, now available in digital and paperback format.

Beyond The Book

Once you’re at a book event, especially one that includes a multitude of other authors, how do you draw attention to your books?

One easy way to pull people to your table is to have a slideshow playing in the background. Many people are visual and respond to videos and pictures more than writing. So, while it’s great to post reviews or testimonials somewhere on your table, it’s also a good idea to either have a collage of photos (preferably one of you with some of your fans who are holding your books), or a slide show of events you’ve participated in.

If this is your first book event, you can always show images of your characters, setting, or other elements of your book, in a slide show. This gives potential readers an immediate visual of your characters, and the setting of the story. All these things set the tone for the book.

Here are a few other things you can do to draw some attention to your table: Stand to greet guests, and pass out book swag. Play music in the background, to set the tone in the room, or at least at your table. But, make sure it doesn’t overpower your voice. Have huge banners in front of, or on the wall behind, your table. Have a themed centerpiece on your table – something unique to draw interest.

If the event venue won’t allow a big slideshow screen, or you don’t have access to one, set up your laptop on the table, with a PowerPoint playing. Make sure it has sound. Essentially, it’s a mini slide show. Have several supporters, dressed casually, but professionally, around you for social proof. Not just one person, because you might have the urge to sit and chat with that person, and potential customers might feel as if they are intruding on your conversation.

Create a special hashtag for your books/event, print it out on a bright sheet of paper, and display it on the table. You might be surprised who inputs that hashtag into his or her phone and tweets about your event or books. Use nice, sturdy display stands to exhibit your books professionally, rather than simply laying them on the table. Raffles and giveaways work well to draw a crowd. Enlist a team of helpers to circulate the room and pass out raffle tickets or teaser cards (or to simply talk up your books) to visitors in the room, while you stay at your table to greet visitors and potential customers.

If you are the only author there, you can have those helpers visit local retails shops or restaurants to do the same, to draw customers in. Many authors think their only job is to show up, talk to customers, and sign books at an event. But people these days are busy and on the move. Sometimes, we must go to them, rather than waiting for them to come to us. Once we get them, we have to make sure they are enthralled enough by our presentation and personality to buy our books. A little extra effort can pay off in a big way at a book event.

 I’ve decided to give away two prizes during this tour:

*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Before You Publish– Volume I

*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Beyond The Book –Volume II

To enter, all you have to do is email me a proof of purchase of a digital copy of either of these two books during the tour. I will draw TWO winners total, at the end of the tour.

Please email your proof of purchase (can be a screenshot) to tsanderspublishing@yahoo.com.
 
GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Laptop Giveaway for Authors

That's right, ladies and gents. Pure Textuality PR is giving away a brand new Lenovo Ideapad 110s laptop. With an 11.6" screen, weighing less than 3 pounds, and less than an inch thick, it's the perfect little machine for any writer on the go. The system specs meet the requirements for many popular writing programs, including Scrivener., accesses Google Docs with no problem, AND it comes with a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft's Office 365. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO ENTER IS SIGN UP FOR THE PURE TEXTUALITY PR AUTHOR MAILING LIST. ENTER HERE https://goo.gl/xaQIv2 ★ ★ ★ TERMS & CONDITIONS ★ ★ ★ This giveaway is being hosted by Pure Textuality PR. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Rafflecopter, and HeadTalker are in no way responsible for this giveaway. This giveaway is open to US and Canada shipping addresses only. Giveaway ends on March 30, 2017 @ 11:59pm EST. Giveaway prize non-exchangeable. Should you have any questions regarding the terms, please contact Pure Textuality PR at jena@puretextualitypr.com. Visit Pure Textuality PR's website at http://puretextualitypr.com. ★ ★ ★ LAPTOP SPECS ★ ★ ★ Brand New Lenovo Ideapad 110s: White Case, 11.6" LED Screen, Windows 10 OS, Intel Celeron N3060 1.60 GHz Processor, Intel HD Graphics 400, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC Flash Memory, 3 USB Ports ((1) 3.0 and (2) 2.0), HDMI Port, Headphone/Microphone, Bluetooth Enabled, Built-In Webcam, Built-In Speakers, 2.53lbs, 0.7" Thin, 8 Hour Battery Life, 1-Year of Microsoft Office 365. Item is brand new in factory-sealed box. Comes with 1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty and Gift Receipt.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

25 Mysteries to Die For Release Day



It's LIVE and only 99 cents!

Attention all Cozy Mystery fans -

Killer Cozies is back again with a mega-bundle. 25 fun cozy mysteries in one collection.

Fans of Agatha Christie, Joanna Fluke, and Diane Mott Davidson will love the books in this collection.

Grab your copies today from your favorite retail site:

Buy Your Copy Here

Here's a sneak peek of what's inside:


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Meet Author Colleen Cross

                                                                Colleen's Office

1. Tell me about your writing process. Are you an outliner, a "pantser", or a hybrid of both?  
I am mostly an outliner, though I do tend to stray from my outline partway through the story. My characters take over, so I never really know what the ending will be like till I write it. I think that makes me a failed outliner, rather than a strict pantser.


2. What's your writing schedule like?
I write for 3 hours in the morning, then take my dog Jaeger out for a walk or run for 2 hours. Then I write another 3 hours before dinner, and usually another 2-3 hours after dinner.  I write 7 days a week, though I'm trying to take more time off on the weekends.  During my breaks, I also "power weed" my garden or do some yoga.

3. Do you have word count goals or chapter goals for your writing sessions? 
I try to write at least a chapter a day, ideally two. That's usually about 2,500 words.

4. Where do you do the majority of your writing? 
I have a lovely office that overlooks my backyard. My house is on a hill, so I kind of feel like I'm up in the trees. There are lots of birds to distract me in the trees outside my window. And squirrels, to distract Jaeger - when he's not sleeping on the job that is (see photo)  I can write anywhere, though. I always have paper and pencil with me wherever I go. 

5. Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really, other than getting my butt in the chair, as early as possible. With my extra strong morning coffee, of course.  I do writing in the morning and editing in the afternoon because my brain seems to be fresher and more creative first thing in the morning.

6. What programs do you use to work on your manuscript?
I've tried a few different programs like Scrivener, but have come back to Word. I also sometimes use Dragon Dictate, a speech recognition program that allows me to dictate my story into Word. I alternate between dictating and typing depending on my mood and which draft I'm working on. I only use dictation for my first draft, though. I'm a pretty fast typist, but I find my ideas come faster than I can type. so that's where the dictation software works great. 

7. What genres do you most enjoy reading?  
I like all types of mystery, but especially psychological thrillers and cozy mysteries.

8. How do you celebrate a completed book?
The biggest treat is starting the next book. I don't really do any other celebration. For me, starting a new and shiny book is the biggest reward of all. I'm kind of boring I guess.  I do treat myself with a brand new notebook when I start a new series, though. I outline first on paper, then on the computer.

9. Which of your characters is the most like you or someone you know?
All of my main female characters have parts of me, but they are much more daring than I am.  Cendrine West, from my Westwick Witches Cozy Mystery series, is probably closest in personality to me. I don't have any supernatural powers, though. That's probably a good thing, as I would almost certainly misuse them!

10. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Will you still be writing?
I will be doing lots of traveling, and writing as I go. I'll always be writing. I would feel a huge void in my life without it. 

11. Knowing what you know now about publishing, what advice would you give to new writers?
There are plenty of great books that just don't sell, simply because they aren't what most readers are looking for. You can still write the book of your heart, but just be aware that if you want to make money, you have to write what sells. That means studying the tropes in your genre and ensuring your book adheres to reader expectations. For example, a happily ever after ending in a romance novel is what romance readers expect, so if you don't provide that, most won't like it. Read the bestsellers in your genre, study the similarities. Add your own spin and voila, you will have the book you love to write, and that readers love to read!  






                                                         Colleen's Trusty Writing Companion

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