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October News: Sales, New Releases, and More

Just in time for Halloween, my stories “The Last Word” and “Murder in the Mirror” appear in two new anthologies from the Red Penguin Collection published by Red Penguin Books and edited by J.K. Larkin: Treat or Trick: Halloween Horror Stories and Until Dawn: A Supernatural Anthology.

Purchase Link for TREAT OR TRICK: 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09HJKS99F
Purchase Link for UNTIL DAWN: 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FD6PXQB 

Coming October 22-23: The Cat Writers’ Association’s Virtual Conference and Contest Awards Ceremony. See the CWA website (https://catwriters.com) for further details about the speakers and events and to register. Don’t miss this pawsome event!

My new cat poetry book, Meows and Purrs, will be on sale from October 24 to October 28. Keep an eye out on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter for the announcement. 

My Cobble Cove Halloween cozy mystery, No Gravestone Unturned will be on sale for 99 cents from October 29 to November 1. It’s a great book to read on the Halloween weekend featuring Sneaky, the library cat, and his gal pal, KittyKai, the calico inn cat, along with special guest cat, Salem. This book features a “ghost” and a murder in a cemetery. 

Coming soon . . . Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Cobble Cove story #5. A missing boy, a murdered teacher, and the COVID pandemic are featured in this Cobble Cove cozy mystery story. As in the previous stories and books of the series, Alicia’s four-legged friends help her solve the mystery. Keep an eye out for an October release. This book is in final edits as of this blog post.

Coming October 31, Clues and Culprits, an anthology of mystery stories by Indie Authors including my story, “A Piece of the Pie.”

Wishing you all an awesome October and Happy Halloween. 

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September Author News: Bookstore Grand Opening, New Releases, and Poetry Readings

I’m proud to announce that my books will be sold at the new Long Island Author’s Group Bookstore at the Westfield South Shore Mall on Long Island. The Grand Opening, originally scheduled for his Wednesday, September 1st, has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, September 8, starting at 6 p.m. The bookstore is located at the Islip Arts Council Gallery in Westfield South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Highway, Bayshore, NY, next to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Store. I’ll be there with my fellow LIAG members and hope some of you will be able to attend. Refreshments will be served.

On September 3rd, my paranormal short story, “Murder in the Mirror” will be published in the Red Penguin Collection’s supernatural anthology, UNTIL DAWN, that features chilling tales by some great authors. Check out the trailer below.

I’m also happy to announce that several of my poems are being read on Diverse TV and being recorded on YouTube. Some of these poems are from my new poetry anthology, MEOWS AND PURRS: A COLLECTION OF CAT POEMS.

The following poem, “We All Lost Something During the Pandemic” was dedicated to my friend Clare who passed away from COVID.

My last announcement is that my new Cobble Cove cozy mystery, BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE, has been accepted by Solstice Publishing. This story features all the quirky characters in my series with Fido, the golden retriever, in a starring role. Of course, Sneaky, the Siamese, who is the main pet of the series, will have his share of the action.

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August Book and Event News

I hope you’re all enjoying your summers. I’ve been working on some writing projects and taking day trips as well as planning a longer one soon. I’ve cut back on a few promos this month but I do have a few things scheduled.

On August 26 at 7 pm EST, I’ll be moderating and participating in a pet author panel with other members of the Cat Writers’ Association for my library’s summer reading program event. Since it will take place virtually in Zoom, anyone can attend. Click here to register.

I’m also happy to announce that my cat book of poetry, “Meows and Purrs: A Collection of Cat Poems” has been accepted by Next Chapter Publishing. While there is not release date yet, it should be out soon. Below is a sample poem from the book. The cover image may not be the final one for the published copy.

MINI PANTHER

Mini Panther

Dark as night

Golden eyes shining bright.

Tame yet wild

Stalking prey

On a string I wave.

Crouching low

Ready to spring

At the sound

Of the catfood tin.

Mini Panther

Sleek and slim

Sturdy body, long lean limbs

Tiny black kitten

Now full grown

My Mini Panther guards our home.

*This poem is dedicated to Harry, my handsome and friendly mini panther.

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July Book Sale, New Releases, and Author News

As July heats up, I have a “hot” offer for my award-winning psychological mystery, Sea Scope, about a murder at a lighthouse. Pick up a copy from June 30 through the Fourth of July for only 99 cents.

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she returns to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

Sarah hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope. Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home.

When past and present collide, Sarah must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?

Grab this book on sale here: mybook.to/SeaScope

Also, this month, I’m proud to announce that two new releases include my short stories. “The Pyramid Murder” is featured in Ernest Lived: and Other Historical Fiction Short Stories, and “Neighbors” is included in the 2021 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology. 

Ernest Lived …and other Historical Fiction Short Stories is a new anthology under The Red Penguin Collection that aims to celebrate the classic genre with over a dozen new entries. Travel across North America in the 1950s by train, sneak around the pyramids of Giza while they were first under construction, fight against the axis in the second world war—so many adventures await!

Featuring the works of the following writers:

Steven Alcott

Skye Ballantyne

Pat Black-Gould

R. J. Erbacher

Christina Hoag

Diane Kane

David Lange

Debbie De Louise

Valerie Ormond

Vaughn Roste

William John Rostron

Swati Singh

Jasmine Tritten

Minoti Vaishnav

Sarah Young

Pick up your copy of this book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1637770820/

The 2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology featuring the theme of moving and moving on, consists of thirty-give stories from twenty-five contributors across six different countries and five continents.

They are:
Thom Brodkin, Tammy Godfrey, Sue MacDonald, Steven McKenney, Richard Newell, Renee Pellegrino, Nina Heiser, Sunny Abernathy, Mustang Patty, © Maruschka Scott, Mackenzie M. Hebner, John K. Adams, Jessica Brimer, Jane Bradshaw, Ellen Eigner, Deidra Whitt Lovegren, Debbie De Louise, Cindy Myer, Christy Kunin, Chris Gibson, Charles Bucklin, C Alexis, Becky Crookham, and Astrid B. Blume

Pick up your copy of this book here: https://www.amazon.com/Indie-Authors-Short-Story-Anthology/dp/B0979M9V42/

In other news, an interview about my time travel novel, Time’s Relative, will be featured in the July issue of the International Thriller Writers’ Big Thrill Magazine. https://www.thebigthrill.org/ Did you catch the article about it in the summer issue of Mystery Scene Magazine?

On July 24, I’ll also be on a panel with other members of the Cat Writers’ Association presenting a Zoom program for the Broward County Public Library.

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Spring Author News: Blog Tour, Sale, and New Release

My new Cobble Cove cozy mystery is on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours from March 22 – March 28. Follow the tour at these stops and enter the giveaway for 3 free Cobble Cove cozy stories:

March 22 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, GUEST POST

March 22 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 23 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

March 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 24 – Maureen’s Musing – REVIEW

March 24 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 25 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 26 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

March 26 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

March 27 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 27 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 28 – Literary Gold – REVIEW

March 28 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

My medical mystery, Memory Makers, about a woman who volunteers for the trial of a new memory drug hoping to recall the face of the “shadow man” who killed her sister twenty-five years ago, is on sale for 99 cents from March 23 – 27. Pick up a copy here: mybook.to/memorymakers

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November News: Events, an Invitation, and a Monthly Giveaway

November has been summerlike here, and the leaves on Long Island are at their peak. The weather will be more seasonal soon, but my daughter and I have enjoyed the Indian summer. We attended the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze at the Old Bethpage Restoration this past weekend. This event is usually held upstate, but they brought it to Long Island this year, and it was lots of fun. How has the weather been by you? Did you do anything special for Halloween or to celebrate autumn?

After October’s blog tour for No Gravestone Unturned, which is still available to view here if you missed any of the stops, and all the other giveaways I participated in, this month will be somewhat less hectic, although there are a few events in the works, a podcast interview with the Cozy Sleuth on November 27 and an article on decluttering your cat items in Catster Magazine’s January/February issue that will be out in late November.

In October, I was involved in a panel of mystery authors during Virtual Bouchercon. I was a panelist on the “Keeping Secrets: The Past is Never Gone” panel where I discussed, with other mystery authors, the keeping of secrets in mystery novels. The playback for this panel is now available on Youtube and shared below:

Another panel in which I’ll be involved in this Thursday, November 12, as a moderator this time, is closer to home. It’s the Hicksville Library’s Virtual Local Author Panel featuring 7 local authors including myself. You’re invited to attend by registering in advance at the library’s website at this link.

You can read about the local author panel in the November 4th Hicksville News article.

My last bit of November news involves the monthly giveaways I’m now offering to subscribers of my newsletter. To be eligible to enter the December giveaway, you need to be a subscriber of Debbie’s Drafts by December 1. You can subscribe through the pop-up form on this site or contact me with your email if you’d like me to subscribe you.

I hope your November is safe and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, that you have a nice holiday with friends and/or family.

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October Author News: New Cozy Mystery, Cat Book, Sale, Blog Tours, and More

October is one of my favorite months. It also seems to be the busiest. My daughter’s birthday is this month, and I also adopted my two cats in October. This year, I have two new books releasing in October, two short stories in an anthology, and a sale on my psychological mystery.

As September closes, the 99-cent sale starts for Sea Scope, my mystery about a lighthouse and family secrets. It runs from September 30 to October 4. If you haven’t read this book yet, grab it at this great price.

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she returns to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

Sarah hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope. Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home.

When past and present collide, Sarah must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?

Also, on September 30, the Red Penguin Collection Science Fiction anthology, What Lies Beyond, will be released featuring two of my stories, “The Felindae Mission” and “Mirror Image.”

The 5th book of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, No Gravestone Unturned, will be published by Solstice Publishing just in time for Halloween. The blog tour and giveaway for this book will run from October 28 to November 8 on Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.

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?

Last but not least, I’m publishing a non-fiction cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats. There will also be a blog tour for this book in early November.

Ever wonder what cats are thinking? If your cats could write a blog, what would they talk about? In this collection, you’ll meet Debbie De Louise’s current cats and two from the past who share their everyday activities, health concerns, behavior issues, and more. Floppy relates his hospital experience, gives advice about taking pills, and discusses feline diabetes. His younger sister, Holly, talks about her weight issues, describes how she made the change from a feral to a house cat, and even writes a fictional story featuring her fur and human family members. Harry talks about the merits and perils of being a black cat, shares his bad habit of wire and shoelace chewing, and even gives tips about how to cope with a crisis. His sister Hermione reveals her fascination with high and low places, discusses how she mastered the cat flap door, and even reviews the Cat Writers’ Association conference. If there’s a feline in your home or you enjoy reading about these quirky, beautiful, wise, and inspirational creatures, you’ll find these fur-st person tails from the cats’ points of view a purrfect read.

Keep your eyes on this blog and on my social media sites for more information about my upcoming new releases and the blog tours.

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

All Author: https://allauthor.com/author/debbiedelouise/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debbie_writer/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise/

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debbiedelouise

Debbie’s Character’s Chat Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

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

Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://Sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

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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.