Posted in Books, Cats, Freebies and Special Offers

Celebrate Harry and Hermione’s First Birthdays with Two Free Books

To celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get two of my books free, Love on the Rocks, my latest Cobble Cove cozy mystery, and Reason to Die, my mystery thriller. Both will be free Kindle ebooks on Amazon from Friday, July 19 to Monday, July 22.

Love on the Rocks
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It’s February in the small town of Cobble Cove. Love is in the air . . . but so is murder!

When Alicia helps plan a Valentine’s Day Party at the Cobble Cove library that also includes a surprise for her newlywed friend, Gilly, things go wrong when a mysterious box of chocolates addressed to the director turns out laced with poison.

Clues Lead to A Dead Suspect

Although Alicia promised John she’ll no longer meddle in crime investigations, she and Gilly set out to find the person threatening Sheila who murdered the courier of the deadly candy. The three people they suspect include the professor from California who’s been romancing Sheila while she assists him with research for his book; the obnoxious patron Rhonda Kleisman who threw coffee at the director after refusing to pay for a damaged book; and a visiting widow staying at Gilly’s inn who’s unnaturally curious about Sheila and earns the nickname of Madame Defarge for her interest in knitting.

New Cat in Town

While Alicia and Gilly are trying to solve this new Cobble Cove mystery, Sneaky is introduced to Gilly’s new kitten, Kittykai, a calico she brought home from her honeymoon in Hawaii. It’s not like at first sight, but the two cats eventually become friends. They also both play a part in foiling the killer’s murder attempts, but will Alicia and Sheila survive unscathed?

Reason to Die
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Someone is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut. Detective Courtney Lang and her ex-partner and ex-lover, wheelchair-bound Bill Thompson, are paired up again and put in charge of the investigation. During the course of their search, Courtney uncovers information that points toward a connection between the murders and an unsolved series of muggings by a masked man, the same man who shot and disabled Bill a year ago on the night he proposed marriage to her.

Complicating matters for Courtney is her guilt about Thompson’s shooting, her affair with her new partner, Mark Farrell, and her unresolved feelings over the deaths of her mother and sister who perished in a fire while she was away from home.

As the deaths accrue and the “Handicapped Strangler” as the killer is coined by the press continues to rampage the town adding victims of different ages, sex, and disabilities to the murder count, Courtney discovers a clue that could crack open the case but may put her and Bill’s life in jeopardy.

I hope you enjoy the books.

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser is running through July 24. It would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

In addition, one of the winners of my recent Kitten Day Contest operates a rescue that is greatly in need of help. Any amount you can donate to her GoFundMe campaign will be much appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lynnes-kitty-rescue

Due to some personal issues, this blog will be on hiatus until further notice starting August 1. However, special promotions, offers, and important notices will be posted on an occasional basis. Thanks for subscribing and for your support. 

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Posted in Cats, Contest, Kittens

Kitten Day Contest Winners, Important Info About Wet Cat Food, A Giveaway, and 2 Fundraisers

National Kitten Day was celebrated on July 10. On that day, on behalf of my cats, Harry and Hermione, I posted a contest for free coupons good for 12-count variety packs of Purina Fancy Feast® brand wet cat food, any variety (up to $11.99 value) as well as a photo op for the winners’ cats. The coupons were provided by Purina along with information on the advantages of including wet food in cats’ diets.

Although many cats prefer dry food, wet food is an important part of a cat’s diet. Here’s why according to nutritionists at Purina:

Water makes up 60 per cent of a cat’s body, so it’s important for them to stay hydrated. The moisture in wet food gives them additional hydration because each lap from their water bowl only gives them about 3/100 of a teaspoon.

Wet food is also high in protein which helps maintain the muscle mass that they lose as they age.

Wet food is available in many different varieties and flavors that may appeal to even finicky felines. It is also easily digestible and contains all the vital nutrients and elements for a cat’s diet.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Below are the winning entries.

Karma and Kash
Skipper
Una
Jake
Copper

Also, mark your calendars for my two free book giveaways from July 19 to 22.  During that time, to celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser has already started, and it would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

Also, one of the winners of the Kitten Day Contest operates a rescue that is greatly in need of help. Any amount you can donate to her GoFundMe campaign will be much appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lynnes-kitty-rescue

Posted in Cats, Contest, Kittens

Last Chance to Enter The Kitten Day Contest for Free Cat Food and A Photo Op for Your Fur Baby

National Kitten Day was celebrated on July 10. On that day, on behalf of my cats, Harry and Hermione, I posted a contest for free coupons good for 12-count variety packs of Purina Fancy Feast® brand wet cat food, any variety (up to $11.99 value). This Sunday night, July 14, Harry and Hermione will paw five random winners for these coupons from everyone who sends a photo of their kittens or cats to me at debbiewriter@yahoo.com  with the email subject: Kitten Day Contest Entry and follows me on any or all of the following social media sites. The winners will be contacted on Monday, July 15. Winners must be U.S. residents. In addition to winning the coupons, each winner will have their kitten or cats’ photo posted on this site in the future.

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://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise

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

Also, mark your calendars for my two free book giveaways from July 19 to 21.  During that time, to celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser has already started, and it would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

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Author Spotlight of Sharon C. Williams, Children’s and Multi-Genre Author

I’m pleased to have author Sharon C. Williams from Cumberland County, North Carolina here to chat about herself and her writing.

Nice to have you here, Sharon. How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher: Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

I was first published in Spring 2013 so I just celebrated my sixth year as a published author.

My books:

a- “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure” was published in 2013 by Fountain Blue Publishing. It is being re-released by Creativia Publishing under the title of “A Rainforest Adventure (Jasper – Amazon Parrot Book 1)” The paperback is out as of June  23, 2019 and the ebook will be released July 9th , 2019

b- “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: Rainforest  Friends and Family” was released in 2015 by Fountain Blue Publishing. It is being re-released by Creativia Publishing under the title of “Rainforest Friends And Family (Jasper – Amazon Parrot Book 2)” the paperback released June 25, 2019 while the ebook will be released on July 23, 2019

c- “Squirrel Mafia: Black & White Edition volume 1” by Sharon C. Williams  was released on March 2015 by Peaceful Musings Publishing

d- “Everyday Musings: Anthology”– This was released on September 30, 2016 by Lysestrah Press; 1rst edition

e- “The Wedding Bouquet”- an ebook short story that was self published on May 2015

f- “Root Canal”- an ebook short story that was self  published and released on May 2013

g-I also have 6 short stories in three anthologies

Wow! You certainly are prolific.

Tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

1-“A Rainforest Adventure (Jasper – Amazon Parrot Book 1)” is a children’s book and is a series. The 2nd edition of this book was released on June 23, 2019 and the ebook will be released on  July 9, 2019.

Synopsis :

Jasper, the Amazon parrot, is no ordinary bird. He lives in the rainforest, which secrets he’s eager to explore. He loves his life, his home, and his family – grateful for the blessings he’s discovered.  He’s also in charge of his younger brother Willie, a responsibility Jasper takes very seriously.

Learning how to fly, he learns to appreciate the world around him. When he meets a spider monkey with a penchant for food and a laid back attitude named Charlie, he realizes he’s in for an adventure he never thought possible.  Even if this means getting into danger and worrying his mother to no end, Jasper is happen to have made a friend in his home.

Exploring the boundaries of the forest, Jasper soon understands that there is more to the world around – especially the strange new creatures that have come to live there. Are they safe? The young parrot doesn’t know. But with Willie and Charlie by his side, he will soon find out.

2- “Rainforest Friends And Family (Jasper – Amazon Parrot Book 2)” is volume two of my Jasper, Amazon parrot series.  It is a children’s book and the paperback was released June 25, 2019 while the ebook will be released on July 23, 2019

Synopsis

Jasper, Amazon Parrot: Life in the jungle is never boring.

From the moment he was born, Jasper’s curiosity has consumed him. With his brother Willie, they’ve made new friends and learned more about the jungle. In their eyes, the Amazon is everything they could have imagined and more.

The youngsters have grown close through the course of their short lives, intent on making the most of any situation they find themselves in. Jasper’s main job, however, is to make sure his brother comes to no harm. But that’s easier said than done: the jungle is full of many obstacles, and if they’re not careful, things will quickly get out of hand.

New dangers are always around the corner, a fact they learn through the course of their travels. Determined to make his mother proud, Jasper vows to protect himself and his friends. If they’re to make it home in one piece, they’ll need to trust in one another, as well as those they come across. It never hurts to give someone a helping hand, either.

The Amazon is vast, piquing their interest every step of the way. Its secrets must be discovered, and each new experience opens their minds to new possibilities. New friends also make their unexpected trips worthwhile. Though trouble tends to follow them, Jasper and his friends do their best to overcome the adversities coming their way.

3- “Squirrel Mafia” is a humorous and adult novel.  It was released on March 2015. It is as of now part of a series. Volume two is being revised with plans for a third volume

Genre: Adult, Humor

We tend to think of squirrels as cute furry creatures that scamper around playing while looking for nuts. Yet I’ve a different outlook on these rodents from Hades.

As an animal lover, one who’s owned by eight birds, I’ve had the opportunity to observe a group of squirrels around my home here in the suburbs for the past year. The experience I’ve gained gives a whole new meaning to the words ‘little darlings’.

I offer you a unique perspective of the furry friends entangled within our everyday lives. Their antics and shenanigans have earned them the name, the Squirrel Mafia. This book chronicles my ongoing battle with these pesky little critters.

4- “Everyday Musings” was released in September of 2016. It is anthology of short stories and poetry. The genre is anthology and short stories.

Synopsis

The little things in life are worth remembering.

There are moments in life that stir the senses. Moments of joy, moments of surprise, and moments that can cause great fear. Moments that cause us to reflect on the experiences we’ve encountered.

Dive into various worlds of the author’s own making. Everyday Musings is full of tales of the unexpected, heart-warming stories, and bittersweet poetry. Come in and turn the page. Discover the little things that make everyday worthwhile.

5- At the moment I have a few WIPs.

– “Lost Faith” is base in the future where religion is not allowed. Our main character is 16 and determined to fight  back.

– “Woman of Color” is based on a true story in the 1980’s of racism at a college campus.

– “Distorted Reality” is about Molly, a woman who has just woken up from a coma, to find out someone has attempted to kill her.

– “Squirrel Mafia 2”  is the working title to the follow up book to volume one. It is a continuation of my war with the squirrels in my back yard.

– “Jasper, Amazon Parrot book 4” is the working title to the continuation of Jasper, his friends an their adventure in the rainforest.

Those all sound excellent. I’m sure children will love them.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

My goals is to expand on my genre writing. At the moment I am known as a children’s writer even though I write in more than one genre. I have a book that genre one could call comic relief while another is an anthology that has a range of topics and themes. I have at the moment three  WIPs that need my attention on them so they can be completed. This is my fault since I told people about the substance of them and now I am being asked repeatedly when the books will be finished. The subject matter on them are a true story on racial tension, mystery and the last one being drama.

What do I hope to achieve?  I hope to have a stronger and larger fan base. I would love to be able to have my books in a book store. This is a hard feat.

How do I plan on doing so? I do have a variety of WIPs, that I mentioned above, and I am hoping to finish these projects and give them the same around of light and promotion that I have done for my children’s series.

I understand your dilemma about choosing a genre. I prefer mystery, but I have written a paranormal romance. I seem to be known for my cozy series, although I have two mystery thrillers. I also understand your desire to enlarge your fan base and get your books in bookstores. These are also two of my goals.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

My children’s series are chapter reader books. It is based on my rescued parrot, Jasper, whose heritage is from the rainforest. I am hoping to attract kids who are learning to read at this level. Also, children who are interested in nature, animals, learning about the rainforest and the problems they face. My comic relief book, Squirrel Mafia which is for adults, is well to make one laugh at something that we see everyday. It is more making fun of myself when it comes to the squirrels in my backyard and their way of frustrating me. Those who have read it have enjoyed the humor and it has given them a time to just laugh. So, anyone who wants to take time from stress and just laugh at the mundane and every day life of the squirrels and myself. As for my anthology it is a mixture of genres. I am hoping it will appeal to a wide audience who might like poetry, fantasy and all in between.

Sounds great.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published? I would say to get your manuscript in the best shape possible. That includes having beta readers and a critique group that can go over your work. Publishers get so many submissions. They just need one small thing to toss your work into the trash can. Try to make sure they pause as they read your manuscript instead of an easy no. Be persistent. I know an author who stopped querying after a handful of rejections. You will get rejected. Period. But you have to keep at it. And lastly, if you don’t love your manuscript deeply why would you expect others to?

I agree. Great advice.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

One of my first challenges was having people read my WIP and critiquing it. As we all know our manuscripts can end being our children and to let someone see it and tear it apart is not easy. But it is necessary. Another struggle was submitting to publishers for the first time. I had filled out the online submission form and all I had to do was hit submit. I must have walked around my office at least a dozen times and I tried to convince myself to hit submit. I would sit back down in my chair and soon after be back up pacing. It took me easily 30 minutes to hit send. But once that first one was done the rest was much easier. Another struggle was convincing myself that yes I was an author.

Those challenges sound very familiar.

Have you taken any writing or publishing classes? If so, please provide information about them and if you feel they helped you further your professional skills.

I have taken a character developmental class at a local community college as well as a creative writing class. Once I was done the character developmental class I went home and all the projects  I had at the time I redid. I learned so much and I knew I had to put the time in to revise if I wanted them to be successful. It showed me different ways to make my characters more complete instead of just a outer shell and just a bit of the inner shell.

The creative class was really fun. It showed me how to write outside of my genre, how to think outside the box, and how to be more confident of myself as a writer.

Sounds like you found it helpful.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

I’ve been an avid reader from an early age. I also love to sketch, take photographs, walk, exercise and go to the movies. I also love music,  sing and dancing even if I am lousy at the last two. I knit and do calligraphy. I’m a huge sports fan of basketball, hockey, football,  baseball and now rugby.

My gosh, it’s amazing how you can fit in writing, too.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

I  love to write. I love how the stories in my head make me literally force me to write.   I tend to write longhand. For me the creative juices work better than by  typing. Having the story line unfold and seeing other avenues gives me a buzz. There is such a great feeling as your manuscript unravels. I also love to mingle with other authors. Writing is such a solitary profession so when I am able to hang out with writers and talk about writing that is another buzz for me.

Anyone that knows me will know the least thing I like about being an author is editing. It is tedious, boring, unless of course a new idea creeps up and I get more words down on the paper, and I rather just write.

My toughest challenge is marketing. But it is a necessary evil. I promote myself and other writers as much as I  can. It is not always fun to do. Also, I am a strong belief that writers need to help other writers. After all we didn’t do it alone. If you think that you did you are seriously mistaken or you feel your book is 100 % golden after the first draft. To add to that is when writers want you to help them but they don’t want to return the favor. It’s frustrating to say the least but I continue to do it. Plus, speaking out in public is tough. I have been given really nice compliments after I have done a talk but still the butterflies never go away for me.

I feel the same way about meeting other authors both online and in person. It’s a great way to network, and authors are such friendly people. I also love the creativity of writing, but I’ve trained myself to compose as I type. I’m a fast typist, so that wasn’t too difficult to do. I don’t mind editing, although I’m with you about marketing. It takes so much time away from writing but is necessary to sell books.

Please list your social media links, website, blog, etc.

 Amazon author page and where to purchase:
http://tinyurl.com/pulyvg2

 Book review website:

http://www.mainemuse.wordpress.com

 FB:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Sharon-C-Williams/195232693863109

Twitter
https://twitter.com/NewEngland_Muse

 Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/newenglandmuse/

 Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7078132.Sharon_C_Williams

 LinkedIn:

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 iTunes

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 Newsletter Subscription:
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 Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/NewEnglandMuse/videos

You are quite well connected. I wish you the best of luck with your books. Thanks so much for the great interview.

 

 

Pictures of covers of my book can be found here:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-C-Williams/e/B00CSAFL8Q?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1561576742&sr=8-1

Posted in Contest, mystery

Help Sea Scope Win 3 Awards – Thankful for All Votes

My new release, Sea Scope, has been nominated for three awards. Below are the voting links and information about each contest. Every vote is greatly appreciated.

There’s a direct link to vote for Sea Scope in the AllAuthor cover contest. It’s in the last round and in need of votes. https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/5140/

Sea Scope, has also been nominated for an Author Academy Award. All votes are appreciated. Please scroll to the bottom of page 10 where my book is listed in the mystery category. Thank you so much. (link: http://AuthorAcademyAwards.com)

Sea Scope is listed on the bottom of page 10 in the mystery category of the Reader’s Choice Awards.

2019 Reader’s Choice Voting Page

 

 

Posted in New Releases

Spotlight for The Spirit of The Age by David Melville Edwards

The Spirit Of The Age is a satirical metaphysical literary contemporary fantasy mystery.
Non-halal and non-kosher sacred cow slaughter is the order of the day as Probationary Police Constable Skandi Khan, transplanted from
famously decaying multi-cultural Hounslow, cuts a swathe through rural Dorset, grappling with a crime wave whilst struggling to get her
arranged marriage back on track.
It’s idyllic rural touristy Jurassic Dorset as you have never seen her before. Monumental statues disappear, and bodies turn up in the ocean.
There’s murder, mystery, mermaids, music, Muslims, marriages, mages, mayhem and mirth, all served up with lashings of sex and cricket.
Praise from readers:
★★★★★ – “One of the most unique novels I’ve read in years. Hugely
imaginative, very entertaining, and has plenty of humor to boot.”
★★★★★ – A beautifully crafted tale that forces the reader to face the
stark realities of country life in modern Britain one minute, then

suspend belief in reality the next. Thoroughly enjoyable reading.”

The Spirit of the Age Excerpt

“You know, you’ve never written a single poem for me. I’ve obviously
been too easy!”
“A sin of omission soon remedied. Watch and be amazed!” James focused
intently on his laptop screen, and typed rapidly.

The sun bursts through the gloomy banks of cloud
And all is bathed in glorious golden light,
The sky a canvas framed by trees whose might
Is dwarfed by shafts of sunshine now allowed
To tear fierce rents in the purple shroud.
The sunbeams bear angels they burn so bright
Though no prophets wait for them to alight
By quiet waters whose reflections crowd
The rippling river, its ducks and moored boats
Scarcely moving. The church appears to mourn
The short grass carpet munched by cows ignoring
The walkers amongst them, bare-armed without coats
Who stand admiring an image of dawn
Though suffused with the colours of evening.

Your peasant hovel stands where once the monks
Set off across the causeway to the church,
Plainsong inspiring floods that can’t besmirch
Their feet, because the ditches and the chunks
Of stone stand proud, now screened by gnarled trunks
Of trees, whose leaves and branches give a perch
To silent birds, above us as we lurch
From embrace to warm embrace, like chipmunks
Snuggling up against autumnal chills such
Are finally banished in your kitchen.
I traced your hourglass form. What folly this,
I see your face transfigured by my touch
A blazing fire flared up to enrich
My heart; yet still I left your lingering kiss.

“There you are; not one but two poems in your honour!” He beamed at her.
Sireen examined them suspiciously. “Do they rhyme and scan?”
“Oh yes”, said James, feigning a confidence that he did not feel.
“They are Petrarchian Sonnets. Ten syllables per line De-Dah De-Dah
De-Dah De-Dah De-Dah, rhyming scheme ABBAABBACDECDE. And to paraphrase
Dorothy Parker, ‘If you say my verse don’t scan, then I get me another
woman’. And if you doubt that I wrote them, see if you can find them
on the Internet”
Sireen entered a couple of searches, and they turned up blank. So she
had a closer look at the verses themselves. Certainly, she doubted
that Byron or Shelley would have rhymed ‘trunks’ with ‘chipmunks’. And
Fondlesham Abbey was just up the road, which would explain the
reference to monks. But there were definitely no cows in the
churchyard, and no rippling rivers anywhere hereabouts; she’d have
found them on her bicycle rides. Realisation dawned, and she picked up
a cushion, and whacked him.
“Ouch, gerrorff!” said James, shielding his face with his forearms.
“You wrote these for somebody else!” she accused, and whacked him again.

David Melville Edwards Author Bio

David Melville Edwards boasts a Cabinet Minister for a cousin, and as a sister-in-law he has a woman who used to entertain Princess Margaret when she sloped off for discreet weekends with Roddy Llewellyn, so only the REALLY posh wouldn’t consider him posh, but as the grandson of a miner at University he realised that he wasn’t. Whilst by some accounts he wasted three years wasted, he had at least the wit to recognise that there were Old Etonians more ready to overlook his comparatively humble background than he was their lives of privilege.
After University, a Management Training Course beckoned. At one place he was accused of being a Trotskyite infiltrator, whilst he turned down the opportunity to participate in the collapse of the British car industry after being told his job would consist of ‘Taking a document from A, making notes and passing it on to C. Actually, the document could probably go straight from A to C, but you’ve got to start somewhere’. Finally offered gainful employment by someone who talked sense, he learned how to stand with a clipboard and stopwatch whilst watching other people working, and to bore for England on the subject of corrugated fibreboard containers (sorry, cardboard boxes).
But now the boot was on the other foot. In a satanic mill at England’s periphery David Melville Edwards was the posh interloper. One evening he was called in to see the Shift Manager, who brandished a page excised from a glossy magazine showing a woman having sex with a dog. It had been pinned up inside the locker of the girlfriend of a fellow caver, a woman who had hated him on sight, consumed by a rage so visceral she could scarcely say a civil word in response to simple work-related questions. On finding the picture, she had marched off to Management and accused David Melville Edwards of putting it there. When asked how the locker could have been opened (the clue is in the name) the Shift Manager responded ‘But aarrhh, you visit London at weekends’. However, there were good times, and he tried his hand at writing poetry.
Told by his erst-while cloth-cap boss there was no future for him motivating cloth-caps, he left cardboard box manufacturing for computing, and found his metier. He looks relatively impressive amidst scenes of chaos, so he’s spent most of the intervening decades being parachuted in to small-scale Information Technology disasters round the world. Thirty thousand re-deployed employees about not to be paid at the end of the month? The Christmas peak, and only 24 hours in every day? Robots running amok in a robot warehouse? The office of the future staying there? Banking systems taking tea-breaks? Prison systems, council systems, housing systems, probation systems, police systems, accounting systems? All on his C.V., all great fun in hindsight, and sometimes at the time. Going in to work at weekends wearing a Batman T-shirt, and feeling like a super-hero …
He learned to write writing software.You’re taught to break things down into manageable pieces, but at the heart of every computer system there is always something large and over-arching that you have to keep sight of; the reason why it was decided to automate it in the first place. So likewise novels. Chapter by chapter within the the overall structure of the plot.
After three score years, the world has changed out of all recognition. Yet the UK’s rulers are still a patrician clique harbouring delusions of grandeur. It’s a funny old world, changing yet changeless, and David Melville Edwards hopes to long continue having fun fantasizing about it.
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Author Spotlight of Maddie Day, Author of Strangled Eggs and Ham, A Country Store Mystery

I’m pleased to have author Maddie Day from Amesbury, Massachusetts here to chat about her writing and her cozy mystery, Strangled Eggs and Ham, A Country Store Mystery, that’s on blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Nice to have you here, Maddie. How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher: Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

Speaking of Murder, my first mystery (written as Tace Baker), came out in the fall of 2012. It and its sequel were published by Barking Rain Press. I had a few short stories published before that (as Edith Maxwell). As Maddie Day, Strangled Eggs and Ham is the sixth Country Store Mystery from Kensington Publishing, and there will be at least three more plus a novella. Maddie also writes the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, with Murder on Cape Cod as the first.

I have five Local Foods Mysteries, also from Kensington, out as Edith Maxwell, and Edith writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, which were from Midnight Ink through Charity’s Burden, book four, and are continuing with Beyond the Page Publishing with Judge Thee Not and at least two after that. I have self-published the rerelease of a number of my short stories, which originally appeared in juried anthologies, as short ebooks.

Excellent. You are quite prolific.

Tell us a little bit about your books — if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

My Country Store novella “Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse” will be out in September in Christmas Cocoa Murder. After that will be Nacho Average Murder next summer and I just finished writing book eight (title TBD). Murder on Cape Cod rereleases on all platforms in January, and Murder at the Taffy Shop will be out in a Barnes & Noble exclusive in April.

Those sound great. I love the title of the Christmas one.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

I aim to meet my contractual deadlines for three-plus books a year in three series. My writing is my full time job and I treat it as such. I also like to stretch myself by writing short stories that are a little darker or which feature the villain as narrator, and I’m playing around with ideas for a new historical series. Stay tuned!

That’s quite a schedule, so it’s good that you can devote all your time to it. I also like to write short stories in addition to my books, but I work full-time, so it takes a bit longer for me to write.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

I’m looking for readers who love a compelling, well-told story in which characters have strong bonds, the protagonist is a smart strong woman, and things get put right by the end. My readers won’t see violence on the page, read obscenities, or see romance get too hot (lovers close the bedroom door just in time).

A great “recipe” for cozy mysteries.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Plant your butt in the chair and your fingers on the keyboard to write the best book you can. You can’t fix what you haven’t written. Find your tribe of writers, such as Sisters in Crime, and learn from them. Revise and polish and hone your book, then get someone with a critical eye to do the same. Persist! Early on I told myself, “Somebody is going to get published, and it might as well be me.”

Very motivating. I’m also a member of Sisters in Crime and find them very helpful. I’ve published 7 novels (4 are part of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series), but I’m still seeking an agent and to publish with a large publisher like Kensington.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

I gave up on finding an agent after more than fifty rejections, but then an agent came to the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime looking for authors, and we worked out a deal. I was also writing around the edges of a full-time job, which isn’t easy.

That’s my issue. Glad it worked out for you.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?

Sisters in Crime, including the New England chapter and the Guppies, and Mystery Writers of America. I also belong to a local cross-genre group, the Newburyport Writers.

As I said, I’m also a member of Sisters in Crime and also Guppies, but there’s not a chapter near me, so I connect with them mostly online.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

I like to garden, cook, do crossword puzzles – and read, of course.

A nice variety of hobbies.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

I love when I hear from readers that my book got them through a tough time, whether sitting with an ill relative or their own hospital stay. I also delight in the times when I feel like I’m channeling the story, when my characters surprise me and I have to keep typing to find out what happens next!

The middle of the book is a challenge for me every time, but now that I’m writing novel #22, I know I will get through it if I persist. Promotion is also a challenge – figuring out how much and what kind is enough and effective, and how much puts readers off.

Although I’ve had some wonderful comments about my books, I haven’t yet been told it’s helped anyone through a hard time. I would love that. As far as my characters surprising me, they do it all the time. Regarding promotion, I think most authors struggle with that whether you self publish, have a small publisher, or a large one.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?

I love that I can set up a community of returning characters and, after some mayhem, restore justice to the community in the end.

Yes, that’s a lot of fun but also a challenge.

Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?

Here’s a tidbit from Strangled Eggs and Ham:

Adele faced me, fists on her waist. “So you’re not going to help me? A little old lady who’s done so much for you?” Her tone was plaintive, but a smile played at the edges of her mouth.

“Hey, Jordans don’t guilt trip, right?” I lowered my head and gave her the look my mom used to give me. “And you’re hardly a helpless old lady.” On the contrary, my aunt was one of the most competent women I knew.

She chortled. “I’m pulling your leg, sugar. That said, I mean to stop this Fiona if it’s the last thing I do.”

I shivered. If this conflict led to another murder, it had better not be Adele’s. “Promise me you’ll be careful?”

“Girl Scout’s honor.” She held up three fingers.

Except her other hand was behind her back, and I was willing to bet my month’s profit she was crossing her fingers back there.

Well written.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your books?

Please find me! I love to hear from readers. You can sign up for my author newsletter on the home page of my web site, edithmaxwell.com. And, as always, a short positive review on Goodreads, Bookbub, and Amazon goes a long way toward helping the author. Also, come visit the Wicked Authors blog and join our Facebook group. We are six New England authors who have built a community of readers. We host giveaways, a book club, guests, and so much more.

Wonderful. Thanks so much for the interview, Maddy, and best wishes on your new release. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.

Strangled Eggs and Ham
(A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day

About the Book


Strangled Eggs and Ham (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711254
ISBN-13: 978-1496711250
Digital ASIN: B07HW1D15K

Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!

While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

About the Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at http://www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 24 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, EXCERPT

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June 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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June 26 – Author Teresa Watson – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 27 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, EXCERPT

June 27 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

June 27 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

June 28 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

June 28 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 28 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

June 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

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June 30 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

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July 2 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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July 3 – Curling up by the Fire – REVIEW

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