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Mid-September Author News: Stories, Books, and Cats

I hope you’re all doing well. During this pandemic, the focus is on health which reminds us how important it is to our well-being. I recently took a fall and received a minor if not aggravating injury to my rib cage. I have to limit my lifting and modify some of my other activities including my exercise and household tasks. I’m lucky that my accident wasn’t worse, but it made me realize how easy it is to become hurt or ill and that every day of health shouldn’t be taken for granted.

While I had some bad luck this past week, I’ve also received some good news. I’ve been elected an officer on the Cat Writers’ Association’s council. As a long-time member of this organization that supports and promotes all cat-related media, I am honored to have been elected.

STORY NEWS

Another piece of good news that I’m happy to report is that my two rescue cats, Harry and Hermione, are featured in the new release, Second-Chance Cats: True Stories of the Cats we Rescue and The Cats Who Rescue Us, that will be published on September 15. This book also includes rescue stories by several other Cat Writers’ Association members and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio, and eBook.My story about Harry and Hermione and other fateful experiences are included in Chapter 13 of Why People Believe in God: True Stories of  Encountering God by Reverend John H. Krahn. All 3 of my cats, Harry, Hermione, and Stripey appear in fellow CWA member Sandra Toney’s article about bedtime routines which can be read here.Most of my writing involves cats, sometimes mine and sometimes fictional ones based on mine. Although I write mostly mysteries, I recently submitted a science fiction tale featuring alien cats to the new Red Penguin Collection’s What Lies Beyond, a science fiction anthology. They are accepting submissions through September 15 for this anthology and will publish future anthologies featuring different themes. Check the website for more details and, while you’re there, check out the other exciting opportunities with Red Penguin Books including their author podcasts and new literary journal. https://redpenguinbooks.com/the-red-penguin-collection/BOOK NEWS

I’ve submitted my 5th Cobble Cove cozy mystery to Solstice Publishing and hope to have some updates about it in the October Author News. In the meantime, here’s a tentative blurb for No Gravestone Unturned.

It’s October in Cobble Cove, and Alicia is busy preparing for the library’s Halloween party when she learns that John’s aunt from Florida has died and that John’s cousins and their spouses are coming to town to bury their mother. The day after the funeral, the caretaker’s son is found dead by John’s grandfather’s gravestone, from a blow on the head. The only witness seems to be Sneaky the library cat, who, having left the library, turned up at Alicia’s door with blood and dirt on him.

As Alicia, Gilly, and Sheriff Ramsay investigate, a generation of family secrets is uncovered. Are one of the guests staying at the inn a killer? Will the humans solve the crime, and can Sneaky, Kittykai, and Salem, the inn’s guest cat, team up to help?

In October, I should also have more updates about Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, the non-fiction cat book that I’m self-publishing.Lastly, I would like to ask two favors. My new standalone mystery, Memory Makers, is in the running for the AllAuthor September cover-of-the-month contest. It has made it to the second round. To get into the third round it needs to be in the top 50 books. The last day to vote for Round 2 is September 14. If Memory Makers gets into the third round, you can vote again for it starting on September 15. If you like the cover, please vote for it here.

The blog tour for Memory Makers ends on September 21. Follow it here for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

The second favor is to vote for Harry and Hermione in the Remember Me Thursday contest. If you vote for my story, I could win a prize and the Golden Paw Society, Inc., the rescue from which I adopted them, would receive some money to support their organization. This contest ends on September 30. Vote here to support Harry and Hermione and the Golden Paw Society Rescue.

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August Author News: Events, Books, and Cats

This may be slightly early, but it’s only because I have a lot of news to share with you all. Including several events coming up this week.

On Wednesday, July 29 at 12 noon, I’ll be appearing on the Crimeless Cat on Facebook talking about my cats, cat books, and more. If you can’t make it, the video will remain up on that page to be viewed later.

On Friday, July 31, at 1 p.m., I’ll be participating in an author takeover on the Cozy Mystery Village where I’ll be sharing information about my Cobble Cove cozy mystery books and stories and also hosting a giveaway.

On Wednesday, August 5, I’ll be appearing on Stephanie Larkin’s Between the Covers TV show at 7 p.m. EST.

Adorable graphic courtesty of the Cat Writers’ Association

On Saturday, August 8, I’ll be attending the Cat Writers’ Association’s virtual awards ceremony where I and fellow members will learn if we’ve won muse medallions or other awards for our contest entries. I’ve already received three certificates of excellence for them. There will also be raffle prizes and special guest presenters. Everyone is welcome to attend. The event page for this pawsome event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/310318276778464/

Also, in August, I will be self publishing a non-fiction book called Pet Posts: The Cat Chats that include blog posts and articles “written” by my current cats and those from twenty years ago. The posts will include feline health, behavior, and humorous articles. I don’t have a cover to share yet, but here’s a teaser featuring the 4 cat “authors” of the book.

Last but not least, my new release, Memory Makers, will be on blog tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours from August 21 to September 21. It will feature a great giveaway. More details will follow.

I hope you’ll be able to attend, view, or participate in my July and August events and look for the publication of my forthcoming cat book.

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Mid-July Author News: 4 New Books Coming Soon

Hi, Readers. How are you all doing? I’ve been keeping busy with four book projects that I hope will be published this year. Two have already been accepted. I’m also back at work at the library, and we will begin admitting patrons again soon with some special rules regarding mask wearing and social distance. Have your libraries reopened yet? Are they taking safety measures?

I had a great time at the Cozy Mystery Village Facebook Group’s 1000-member celebration and gave away three of my eBooks to the winners of the contest I posted. I gave the winners a choice of which book they’d like to read, and they all chose A Stone’s Throw, the first book of my Cobble Cove mystery series.  This series currently consists of four books and two short stories. The short stories, Celebrating Christmas with my Characters and Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery are both available as eBooks and, like all my books, are free on Kindle Unlimited. I’ve recently submitted a third story, Sneaky’s Summer Mystery that I hope will be out this summer.

For fans of my standalone mysteries and those who enjoy more traditional mysteries with some cozy elements thrown in, my medical mystery, Memory Makers, is in the layout stage by my publisher, and I will share the cover as soon as I have it. This book features Lauren Phelps, a young woman who volunteers for a clinical trial of a new memory drug in the hope of recalling the face of the man who killed her sister twenty-five years ago. My real-life cats, Harry and Hermione, play a role in one of the subplots of this book.

For a change, I’ve also decided to self publish a non-fiction cat book. This book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, will contain the blog posts that Harry and Hermione wrote for the Kitty Korner column of Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog. It will also feature articles that were posted twenty years ago by two of my previous cats on a website known as Themestream that is no longer online. These illustrated cat posts, told in the points-of-view of my current and past cats, will cover feline health and behavioral topics as well as other issues.

I’m still querying the first book of my new Buttercup Bend cozy series, “The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady” to agents. If you’re an author who writes cozies and can recommend any agents who might be interested in the first book of a new pet-related cozy series, please let me know.

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June 2020 Author News and Updates

Hello, Readers. I hope you are all well, staying safe, and enjoying your “new normal” summer. At the beginning of June, I created a survey that I sent to my blog and newsletter subscribers. I also posted it on my social media sites. From that survey, I learned that many of my readers would prefer my publishing the first series of a new cozy. Although I just signed a contract for a medical, non-cozy mystery (but even my non-cozies feature cozy elements), I’m working on the final revisions for a new cozy that I’m hoping to submit in early July.

The survey also showed that readers want more of my author news and regular work-in-progress excerpts, so I’ve decided to post updates to this blog twice a month and updates to my newsletter monthly.

Here’s the blurb I’ve written for my forthcoming mystery, Memory Makers, that will be published by Next Chapter. Note that my publisher may edit this blurb when it’s published and that the cover has yet to be created.

Twenty-five years ago, Lauren Phelps and her sister Patty were kidnapped from their backyard on Long Island. Lauren escaped her captor, but Patty was killed. Ever since that day, Lauren has suffered from nightmares of the “Shadow Man.” In an effort to recall his face and avenge her sister’s murder, Lauren, now a kidnap investigator, enrolls in a clinical trial for a new memory drug.

Leaving her two kittens in her mother’s care and her partner Rick Dexter working on the case of a kidnapped boy, she travels to the offices of Memory Makers in California. As she receives the injections of the Memory Maker’s serum, she begins to experience flashbacks of repressed memories about her family and their neighbors. Along with these flashbacks, she receives threats from an anonymous source that point back to her childhood trauma. Suspecting that someone at Memory Makers is behind these warnings, she becomes involved with a fellow trial participant who seeks to recall what happened the night his wife was murdered. 

Will Lauren remember the face of the “Shadow Man” before her sister’s killer acts again and finishes what he started twenty-five years ago?

I’ve also compiled a tentative schedule of writing goals. Because life often gets in the way, these goals are subject to change, but I’m trying my best to meet them. Here’s a breakdown of my goals through 2022:

June 2020 Memory Makers (Medical Mystery) – submitted and signed contract with Next Chapter Publishers

July 2020 The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady: Rainbow Gardens Pet Mystery #1 – (cozy mystery) submit to agents/publishers

August 2020  self-published non-fiction cat book

October 2020 Cobble Cove #5– (cozy mystery)- submit to Solstice Publishing

January 2021  Supernatural mystery submit to publishers

April 2021 Rainbow Gardens Pet Mystery #2 – submit to publisher

July 2021 Time travel mystery – submit to publishers

October 2021 Rainbow Gardens Pet Mystery #3 – submit to publishers

January 2022 Second in series of time travel mystery – submit to publishers

While these goals don’t reflect any of my short stories and articles, I also plan to write them and would like to compile a collection of my short mysteries. I’m also hoping to write another Cobble Cove short mystery Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, later this summer and maybe another non-fiction cat book.

Among other news, I’ve received three Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association and am in the running for the highly prized muse medallion as well as prizes from contest sponsors. Winners are selected during their Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

 

For those of you who haven’t read my psychological mystery, Sea Scope, the ebook will be on sale for 99 cents from June 30 to July 4 and makes a great summer read.

In the next Author’s Update, I will post some excerpts from my new cozy mystery work-in-progress.