Posted in Mysteries, New Releases, Romances

A Freebie, Two new 99 cent Releases, and an Invite to an Eclipse Party

Don’t miss my free offer for my historical paranormal romance, The Seashell and the Stone. Free only on Friday, August 18. myBook.to/Seashell

After breakfast, Virginia changed into a sundress, donned her wide-brimmed straw hat, and chose one of her prettiest parasols for the stroll on the Boardwalk with Mr. Granger. When he met her downstairs, he still wore the same clothes but had added a beige cap that Virginia found quite stylish.

“Miss Vance, that outfit certainly becomes you. I hope you do not mind that I tend to some business matters during our visit to the beach.”
Virginia decided to play the role of a coy young woman as she batted her eyelashes and replied, “Not at all, Mr. Granger, as long as you spend a little time with me.”

He smiled, obviously happy with her comment. “Shall we, then?” He stopped as he reached the inn’s doors. “Does your father allow you to walk down to the beach alone with gentlemen?

Virginia’s laugh was not part of her act. She genuinely thought the statement funny. “Of course, Mr. Granger. I’m nineteen, an old maid by some standards.”

“If you’re an old maid, I must be an ancient relic at twenty-three.” He held the door open for her to pass.

On Tuesday, August 22nd, my romance, Saving Snow White, and my mystery, Dying for a Vacation, will be released for only 99 cents each.

When Amy comes home from veterinary school for the summer, she is reunited with her best friend, Tom. When she learns he has a girlfriend who is totally unsuited to him, she wonders if she has let her chance go by.

Detective Donald Jackson is preparing for a long-awaited vacation, but first, he must solve the case of a murdered librarian at the Flower Hill Public Library.

Here’s an excerpt from Dying for a Vacation:

The FHPL was one of the last holdouts of the New Hampshire library system to retain an un-automated system of checking library holdings.  I didn’t care much for the OPAC’s of the larger libraries, anyway, with their computer databases that always seemed to freeze when I was looking for the next book in Lilian Jackson Braun’s “Cat Who” series.  Braun is my favorite mystery author.  Like her character, Jim Qwilleran, I have a handlebar mustache that’s pretty sensitive, although it doesn’t help me solve crimes.  I love cats, too, but I only have one and it isn’t Siamese.  Tinky is just a stray Emily brought to my house one day about five years ago.  One of her daughters from her second marriage was allergic to it, so she thought I might like it to keep me company.  She knew I liked cats, although we didn’t have any when we were married.  No kids either.  All the time I spent on cases back in Boston probably made a girl her age pretty lonely.

Last, but not least, please join me and my fellow Solstice authors at Solstice Publishing’s Eclipse Facebook Party for giveaways, prizes, Q & A’s, and a scavenger hunt. This will take place on Friday, August 18 at https://www.facebook.com/events/453215681732436/.

If you are in the Long Island area on that day, please also join me at the Hicksville Library for my author talk at 1:30 p.m. 

Posted in Contest, Solstice Publishing

What’s New with this Pussycat?

I may be dating myself with that Tom Jones song title as a subject, but I wanted to post some updates for those of you who don’t subscribe to my newsletter (and I  hope some of you will consider doing that to keep up with my books and to enter my monthly contests).

Speaking of contests, I’m running a special end of summer one that started on August 1st and will end on September 15th when I choose a winner for an autographed paperback copy of my next Cobble Cove mystery and a $5 Amazon gift card. The winner will also have his or her name listed in the book along with the name they choose for the new female kitten who will be introduced in that book. To enter, email me the name and description for a female kitten. She can be one of your own cats or just one you make up. You should email the entry to debbiewriter@yahoo.com with the subject line: Name That Kitten Contest. The winner will be announced in my newsletter and on this blog, but you must be a subscriber to my newsletter to participate. To subscribe, complete the pop-up form on my website at https://debbiedelouise.com or email me your request to subscribe.

In writing news, my short New Adult Romance, Saving Snow White, will be released on Tuesday, August 22nd. It will be available for only 99 cents on Amazon.com as an eBook. Below is an excerpt from that book:

As I pulled into the driveway, I saw a young girl
sitting on her front step next door. She was holding
something white on her lap. I learned that our neighbors
had moved when I came home for the holidays, but I hadn’t
yet met the new people who’d bought their house. I decided
it might be nice to go over and introduce myself.
I walked to the fence that separated our yards and
called over. “Hi, there. You must be my new neighbor.”
The girl, who looked to be about seven or eight,
came over to the fence carrying what I now realized was a
cat.
“Hello. My name is Jenny, and this is Snow White.
She moved with us from New Jersey when Dad got a job in
Denver.”
“What a pretty cat.” I remembered Tinkerbell and
sadness washed over me.
“Thanks. Can you come over and pet her? You can
meet my mom, too. She’s friends with Mrs. Palmer already.
Are you her daughter?”
“Yes. I’ve been away at school. I’m studying to be a
vet.”
The girl’s big brown eyes lit up. “That’s what I want
to be. I love animals.”
I took her up on her invitation and went around the
fence to meet her at the gate. She handed me the big white
ball of fur, and the cat purred as I stroked its head.
“You’ll make a great vet.” The girl smiled showing
two missing baby teeth.
“I hope so. This summer, I’m getting some
experience by assisting Dr. Carter at the animal hospital.”

For Long Island folks or those who may be in the area on Friday, August 18, I will be appearing at the Hicksville Library for an author talk at 1:30 pm. No registration is necessary

On August 18, my publisher, Solstice Publishing, is also holding a big pre-Eclipse Party. My fellow authors and I will be participating with Q & A’s, giveaways, freebies, and some other fun activities. I will be posting further details and the link to join in closer to the date.

 

Posted in biography

#PimpMyBio – 2017

#PimpMyBio 2017

This is my first time participating in #PitchWars and #PimpMyBio. My name is Debbie De Louise, and I live on Long Island, New York, where I work as a librarian at a public library.  I’ve published several books with a wonderful small publisher, Solstice Publishing, including my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series featuring a librarian, newspaper publisher, and a library Siamese cat and pet Golden Retriever in the small fictional town of Cobble Cove, New York. I also write other genres and recently completed, Sea Scope, the psychological thriller I am hoping to publish with a larger publisher. Maybe the great #PitchWars mentors can help.

 

  1. I’m a Taurus (born in early May) which means I’m stubborn, but that’s also a good trait for an author.
  2. I love animals, particularly cats and have two of my own – Oliver and Stripey.  I also include pets in most of my writing.
    Oliver, my 17 year old Siamese who is the inspiration for Sneaky, the library cat in my Cobble Cove mysteries.

    Stripey, my 9 year old tabby cat who is a great writing assistant.
  3. I have a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Library and Information Science.
  4. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy walking, cuddling with my cats, and watching mystery/crime shows.
  5. I’m a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Cat Writer’s Association.
  6. I won a special award from Hartz Corporation for my article on cat grooming in the CWA annual contest in 2016.
  7. I won a journalism award in college for my work as features editor on the student newspaper.
  8. I’m the youngest of four in my family.
  9. I am married with a 12-year old daughter.
  10. My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, and Sandra Brown, although I enjoy reading lesser known and debut authors, as well.

About My Book – Sea Scope

When infertility threatens her marriage and her husband refuses to seek medical help, children’s book illustrator Sarah needs an escape. Sea Scope, the family-owned inn in South Carolina where she spent her childhood, seems just the place. It’s been twenty years since she’s set foot there, twenty years since she and her brother Glen discovered the body of a guest. Although ruled a suicide, Sarah always had her suspicions. Now she faces long-buried memories and ominous text messages from someone claiming to be her dead brother. A devout skeptic and seeker of facts, Sarah hunts the prankster, uncovering inconvenient truths and family secrets along the way, until that long ago “suicide” looks more like murder. And if Sarah keeps digging, the next body found by the lighthouse may just be her own.

 

 

Posted in Books, Monday blogs

My Author Talk at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library

On Thursday night, June 22, I presented an author talk at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library on Long Island. The program, sponsored by their Friends of the Library group, was part of their summer reading events. It was my eighth library appearance, and I will be speaking again at my home library, Hicksville, on August 18.

After being introduced by Jeannine Sharkey, a librarian at Plainview, I further introduced myself and spoke about how I started writing, my books including my Cobble Cove mystery series that include A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and my latest, Written in Stone, published April 2017 by Solstice Publishing.

The Lawrence C. Lobaugh, Jr. Memorial Award for Journalism Award I received for my writing on the Post Pioneer.

I explained that since I was a young girl, I’d always loved reading, writing, telling stories, and cats. My love of books brought me to the field of librarianship in which I’ve worked for 25 years. My love of cats started me writing articles for pet magazines such as Cat Fancy after I graduated from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island where I majored in English and Library and Information Science and also wrote for the student newspaper, The Pioneer, for which I received a journalism award for my feature writing.

I shared the history of my first published story and novel. My first published story was a mystery in the Cat Crimes Through Time anthology called Stitches in Time and was a time travel tale that involved Betsy Ross’s cat. In 2008, I self-published Cloudy Rainbow, my first novel, that was a romance with some paranormal elements and a cat named after my beloved Floppy who passed away that year at 15.

After Cloudy Rainbow, I told the audience that I stopped writing for a time while my daughter was young and I focused on my full-time library position. In 2015, after a patron who’d read my book persuaded me to write another, I took advantage of my library’s new Gale Courses online database to take several publishing courses and ease my way back into writing. Two months later, writing in the early morning before work, I had completed the first draft of what was to become the first Cobble Cove mystery, A Stone’s Throw. I sold that book to a small publisher, Limitless Publishing, and it was published in November 2015.

Not initially intending A Stone’s Throw to become a series or a cozy mystery, I decided to continue the story of a librarian, Alicia and a newspaper reporter, John McKinney, in the small, fictional upstate town of Cobble Cove, New York with a second book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. I changed publishers at this time to Solstice Publishing who now have published the three books in the series and also several of my short stories in anthologies of various genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and romance.

In February 2017, I related that I also published a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, and my story, Saving Snow White, appears in the latest anthology from Solstice, That Summer Day, that was published just a few days before my talk on June 21.

I pointed out that all my books and stories include at least one cat and sometimes a dog. The Cobble Cove mysteries feature a Siamese library cat, Sneaky, and Fido, a golden retriever.  The audience found it amusing when I explained that Sneaky has his own blog where he “scoops the shelves of cat litterature” and where he has interviewed a variety of other cat characters. His blog can be found at https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com. I also created a Facebook group called Cobble Cove Character Chat that is hosted by a different character from the series each month and where group members can enter a monthly contest for prizes that range from Amazon gift certificates to copies of books.

Although I had some technical difficulties with my Powerpoint slideshow, I was able to display some of my book covers and the newspaper articles that were written upon their releases. I also read some excerpts from my mysteries and the blurbs of my stories. In addition, I played the book trailers, short clips, to each of the Cobble Cove novels.

I ended my talk with information about my future publishing plans. I am currently querying agents for my psychological thriller, Sea Scope, and have completed a standalone mystery, Reason to Die, that I hope to edit and submit for publication in a few months. I may also start the fourth Cobble Cove mystery soon.

When I asked for audience questions, one guest wanted to know why I like cats so much. I explained that I like other animals but am especially fond of cats because they have unique natures, are quite intelligent, and can intuitively sense when you are sad and need comforting. I am far from alone in this interest for felines, as they are often characters in books, art, and online videos that go viral.

The evening wrapped up with a raffle for an autographed copy of Written in Stone. The winner posed for a photo with me.

Posted in Anthology, New Releases, Solstice Publishing

New Anthology Release: That Summer Day

A day where the sun seems to shine forever, spring gives way to summer and everyone is celebrating with picnics, playing on the beach, and just having fun. Stories about this day are yours from eight very talented authors.

https://bookgoodies.com/a/B072VTJKD7

Fun in the sun turns into a nightmare after a murder.

A summer reunion ignites romance.

City vs Country: which one will prevail?

Goldilocks and Baby Bear like you’ve never seen them before

A promise leaves them wondering about the future.

Summer Solstice on a distant planet provides adventure, romance, and mystery for two, star-crossed lovers.

Can a stranger save her?

The fate of the world lies with a conflicted angel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfdwG2q0LBE&feature=youtu.be

The longest day of the year. Fun in the sun. Renewing friendships. Continuing traditions. Adventures of all sorts. K.A. Meng, Debbie De Louise, Stephy Smith, Justin Herzog, K.C. Sprayberry, Candace Sams, Margaret Scott, and Alex Pilalis bring you stories to entertain on this very special day.

And a very special story…

In a split second, the future Keaghan Graham dreamt of shattered into a million pieces, along with the remnants of his broken heart.

He escapes in search of an end to the inconceivable pain he feels after an unimaginable loss.

Will a chance meeting with a triad of Magical beings give his life purpose again?

He learns that nothing happens, simply by chance.

https://bookgoodies.com/a/B072VSYCL6

Every twist in fate will reveal his destiny in the exact preordained moment in time it was meant to.

They are preparing Keaghan to become one of the twelve warriors of the Zodiac Illuminaries of Ravenokh.

Will he rise to the challenge and accept the call of the universe?

Enlightenment awaits just beyond the Cusp of Magic.

 

Posted in Podcasts

My Podcast with Yvonne Mason’s Off the Chain Radio Show

On Friday, June 16, it was my pleasure to speak with Yvonne Mason, the hostess of Off the Chain Radio, a podcast show broadcasted in 65 countries and heard by a following of 20,000 fans.

I spoke about my childhood, growing up reading books and dreaming of becoming a writer. We also spoke about my lifelong affection for pets especially cats and how I feature them in my books and articles. We discussed my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series including the third and latest title, Written in Stone, and my other books and short stories published by Solstice Publishing. I also described my goal of seeking representation by an agent for my psychological thriller, Sea Scope, that I’d like to publish with a larger publisher. 

The complete broadcast can be heard here on BlogTalk Radio:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yvonnemason/2017/06/17/author-debbie-delouise

and also on Speaker:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/yvonnemason/author-debbie-de-louise

 

Posted in New Releases

New Release: Never Again by Jamie Lynn Boothe

*** New Release! ***
Her faith is tested as she tries to survive the Hell her life has become.
#Inspirational #Romance #Newrelease #Contemporary #Fiction #Kindleunlimited
Blessed with a good life and the perfect love, Sam couldn’t be happier. On vacation with her adoring husband, she is convinced that everything is exactly as it should be…until it’s not. One accident sets off a string of events that forces Sam to watch her life fall apart piece by piece. Loss, grief, betrayal—and the revelation of a long-kept secret have Sam questioning whether she will ever be able to find the happiness she once had. She’s broken, her heart shattered, her trust ruined, and her faith is tested as she tries to survive the hell her life has become. Now Sam needs to decide if she’s brave enough to move on, or if she’ll never again find a love worth living for.
Jamie Lynn Boothe is from the south and will always be a southerner at heart. He currently lives in Connecticut. Jamie loves to write stories that will touch someones heart and soul to the depths and at the same time have them sitting on the edge of their seat. He is currently with Limitless Publishing and is excited about what the future holds. Along with writing he also enjoys reading, art, music, movies, cats, naps on occasion, coffee and time with friends and watching sports. His favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees.