Posted in Blog Tour, Freebies and Special Offers

My Birthday is Coming and My Readers Get the Gifts

To celebrate my birthday, I’m giving away free copies of my first Cobble Cove mystery, A Stone’s Throw, and also offering the second book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, for only 99 cents. Both these offers are good on my birthday, Tuesday, May 9, and the day after, Wednesday, May 10. In addition, both books including my latest, Written in Stone, will be on tour with Great Escapes Book Tours from May 5 to May 13.

A Stone’s Throw

Free on Amazon 5/9 – 5/10

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Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers…

After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York. She hopes to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past…

Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. Her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered…

When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…

Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

99 cents on Amazon 5/9 – 5/10

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Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her…

Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.

Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged…

Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.

John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse…

When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.

Alicia faces her worst nightmare…

The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?

Check out the tour schedule for my Cobble Cove Mystery series on these blogs for spotlights, reviews, interviews, and guest posts:

May 5 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT

May 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

May 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

May 6 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 8 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT

May 8 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT

May 10 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

May 11 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

May 12 – deal sharing aunt – INTERVIEW

May 13 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

 Bio

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her Cobble Cove mystery series by Solstice Publishing includes A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. Debbie has also written the romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, along with articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Social Media Links 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DebbieDeLouise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ

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

 

 

 

Posted in A Stone's Throw, Blog Tour

Have you Entered my Blog Tour Giveaway for $15? Tour Ends March 22

I hope you’ve all been following the stops on my new release book tour  for the first book of the Cobble Cove mystery series, A Stone’s Throw. The tour runs through Wednesday, March 22. Those who enter the rafflecopter giveaway are eligible to win a $15 Amazon gift card and e-copies of my new book.

The tour starts here at the tour host’s blog: Silver Dagger Scriptorium

I am thankful to the following blogs that are part of the tour:

 

Posted in Blog Tour, Solstice Publishing

Guest Post by Dark Romantic Thriller and Suspense Author CJ Warrant

culhane-cyndi-2-1-2Today’s guest post and 4th stop on the Solstice author’s publishing winter blog tour is with CJ Warrant, a dark romantic thriller and suspense author. It’s great to have her here and learn more about her and her writing.

First and foremost, I want thank you for having me. It’s a great pleasure being here and to take over your blog.

There is some much I want to say, but mostly, I would like to introduce myself.

My name is CJ Warrant, and I write Dark Romantic thrillers and Suspense. I’m half Italian and half Korean—and yes, I do eat kimchi and pizza, and sometimes both at the same time.

I was born just outside of Seoul Korea, and my first language was Korean. But when I came to this wonderful country, I had to learn English—side by side with my mother and siblings. Through out the years, and meeting so many diverse people, I have picked up on some other languages.

I was army brat through and through, and had the privilege to travel with my family, and meet so many great people and see different parts of the world.

One of the places that stuck with me to this day is Wisconsin. Yes, I said Wisconsin. We only lived there for a year, but it was a year to remember.

Reason being, I learned not everyone is mean because of my nationality or how my eyes looked. My connection with my family grew stronger. But then our family dynamics shattered when a driver, who wasn’t paying attention to the road, killed my younger brother. And the house we lived in was, or still might be…haunted. (More of a playful ghost, from what I remembered anyway.)

Anyway, my debut novel, Forgetting Jane was developed from that experience from living there, but of course, the plot has a more sinister side to the story than how I lived in that farmhouse.

As for my writing,

forgetting-jane-001-2My first novel, Forgetting Jane is published through Solstice Publishing and is available at:

Amazon: myBook.to/ForgettingJane

I currently have several stories in the works. Two series, and another couple single titles. All Dark romantic thrillers.

I also have Forgetting Jane coming out in audio book and it’s in near completion. If you would like more detail, please subscribe to my newsletter to get more detailed news about my books. Just follow the link below.

http://www.cjwarrant.com/contact-cj.html

You also can find me at:

www.cjwarrant.com

www.facebook.com/cjwarrantauthor/

www.twitter.com/cjwarrant

www.instagram.com/cjwarrant/

http://www.pinterest.com/cjwarrant/

www.tumbler.com/cjwarrant/

www.goodreads.com/cjwarrant/

If you would like to come by and say hi to me, I’ll be at the La Grange Public Library with some of my author friends. We’re doing readings and some giveaways on February 7th, at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you again for letting me introduce myself. It was fun being here!

Posted in Blog Tour, Guest Post, Solstice Publishing

Guest Post: When Writing All Those Little Details by Rachael Tamayo

downloadIt’s my pleasure to feature fellow Solstice publishing author, Rachael Tamayo, on the third week of the Solstice Publishing Author’s Winter Blog Tour. Rachael addresses the all important details that make writing come alive in a reader’s mind. With no further ado, here’s Rachael:

As a reader, or a writer, have you ever read something that just seemed to be….missing something? Can’t put your finger on it? Grammar looks good, plot seems okay….but…..just not quite feeling it?

This has happened to me when I’m working on my own books or reading the unfinished manuscripts of others. Occasionally I’ll see it happen in published works as well.  So, what on earth am I talking about?

Those missing details. That’s what I’m talking about. The things that give the scene life.  They make the blood flow in the veins of your characters and the heart beat in your plot. Don’t ever underestimate a well placed little nugget, even something simple.

Example one: He swerved to avoid the car that veered into his lane.

OK, it’s to the point. Nothing really wrong here, tells us what is happening, right? But does it draw you in? Does it make you feel what the driver is feeling? If you can make you reader feel what the character does…you’ve succeeded.  You will have a reader that will turn the page to see what happens.

Example two:  The headlights shone into his face on the too dark country road. Is this car in my lane?  Gripping the wheel with two large hands, his knuckles went white as he swallowed and jerked his car to the left. Gravel flying as his heart slammed into his ribs.  The vehicle speed by, oblivious to the fact that they were in the wrong lane.  Picking up the phone, he dialed 911.

See the difference? Details. Add a couple of sentences and suddenly you are there, in the car. Your heart is pounding and your mouth is dry. The detail of the headlights, his internal thought coupled with the action puts you in the scene, in his head.

This is where you want your reader.

I’ve heard writers say that they have trouble with this.  Personally, this is what I do. I sit and imagine myself watching this happen…or maybe it’s happening to me. What’s the first thing you might notice? How is your body reacting? What is your thought? What sounds do you hear? Is there a smell?

Of course, then there is the issue of character development.  The same method applies. In order to create people that are real living breathing beings in your books, you have to think this way. What kind of personality does he have? How does he react in an emergency, or when he’s angry? How does this play off of the other characters?  What flaws does he have? Writing the perfect man or woman won’t get you far. People want to read about people that make mistakes because they are real. They want to relate to your story. They want to see themselves in your characters.

However, remember one thing. Don’t take it to far.  Being overly descriptive of every little nuance gets old.  Page after page of little details just won’t due. You must trust your reader to use their imagination. Be descriptive, but vague. Let them carry themselves there in their minds, TRUST THEM!  Otherwise, they will find themselves skimming and flipping pages to get past this never-ending description of a bedroom and back to the plot.

And there you have it. Now that you know what’s missing…take a breath and open that laptop.

Rachael Tamayo is the author of the Friend-Zone series and several short stories all available on Amazon. Her Newest release, Claim me (Finale to the Friend-Zone trilogy) will be available February 14th.

Website: www.Rachaeltamayowrites.com

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/RachaelTamayo

Twitter https://twitter.com/rtamayo2004

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

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Tamayo

 

Posted in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Blog Tour, Facebook Hop

Don’t Miss My Tours, Giveaways, and Holiday Promotions

correctedtourbannerThis has been a very busy week for me. I’ve been involved in a Facebook blog hop and will start another tomorrow. I’ve also had a week-long blog tour on Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book and presented an author talk at my local library. Because I want everyone to have a chance at the prizes and promotions I am offering, I have summarized them below. Most are ending very soon, so hop to it and enter a few or all of them. Good luck, and thanks for your interest.

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48 eBooks ! 2 swag packs ! $10 Amazon gift card! & an eBook gift of YOUR choice up for grabs! Today, December 11, is the last day to enter for all prizes that will be awarded on Monday, December 12, by all participating authors including myself. Don’t miss out. Check my Facebook author page for details and how to enter: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

41gkohndn5l-_sx300_Newsletter Contest for a silver locket. To participate, you just need to subscribe to my author newsletter by filling out the pop-up form on my website at https://debbiedelouise.com. One winner will be announced on Thursday, December 15. I am giving away a duplicate necklace through the rafflecopter in my blog tour with Escape to a Good Book with Dollycas that ends today, December 11. Below are all the stops the tour has made. Each stop features a chance to enter the giveaway:

December 5 – Books, Dreams, Life – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

December 6 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

December 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

December 8 – Omnimystery News – INTERVIEW

December 9 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

December 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

December 11 – Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

holiday-hop-graphicStarting tomorrow, December 12, I am one of over 100 authors participating in the Aurora Publicity Holiday Hop. Check my Facebook author page on Wednesday, December 14, for information on how to enter my contest and the prize I will be offering. https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author.  For more details and to enter all the other author contests and giveaways going on the entire week, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1101537709967416

Thanks to the local folks who attended my author talk on Friday, December 9. Here is a photo from the event.

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Posted in Blog Tour, New Releases

New Release: Canoples Investigations Exposes Space Dodger Release Tour

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Welcome to the Canoples Investigations Exposes Space Dodger release tour. This is the third novel and fourth story in this series. Strap on your restraints and be ready for an exciting ride… oh, once you have the book in hand, you will discover there’s a special added attraction—the first chapter of Secret Society: A Canoples Investigations Novella!

http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01N0OBRS6

space-dodgers-001Blurb

There’s a carnival on the station, with all kinds of “legally” cloned animals, more than a few zero-G acrobats, and miniature clowns. BD’s ever present suspicious mind latches onto one thing when the advance team for Galactic Carnival arrives to begin preparations for a weeklong visit. The ringmaster looks familiar, but the man swears that he has never been to Canoples Station before. Even worse, children five and under are disappearing. A bit of investigating on BD’s part clues him in to the fact this has happened on every station Galactic Carnival has visited so far. He’s determined to uncover the true identity of the ringmaster and solve the mystery of the missing children, but at what cost. Is BD willing to lose his lifelong friends to solve this case? Will they prove Jenna Rock, Wade’s girlfriend, isn’t involved?

About K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

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It feels so good to have Mildred close. I can’t think of her as Jenna, even when she has on her trademark wig and is wearing stage makeup like she is now. Granted, she’s the premier space grunge/rap artist in the whole galaxy. Everywhere she goes, people want to touch and possess her, but here on Canoples Station, I do my best to give her the room she needs to wind down.

That is, until I got a message late last night from her. I still can’t believe what she’s done. That my girl, who has absolutely no investigative training, has stumbled onto and taken control of a situation that is potentially explosive and might endanger her life without consulting Security on any of the stations where she’s performed until now just boggles my mind.

“You know.” She giggles. “I dream about moments like this.”

Her comment startles me. Here we are, stuck near the space dock with so many people around that it’s hard to keep an eye on everyone, and she says that. Sometimes, I think Mildred is a lot like BD.

“What do you mean?” I take my gaze off the crowd to look at her.

Interview with the Author

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

I read. Of course, I read. I’m an author and reading is vital to what we do, but I also have certain books that draw me back. Action/adventure, science fiction, and fantasy top the list. Also, real life crime books are very intriguing. I’ll also cook—as in I take over the kitchen and without a recipe of really anything more than some ingredients, create new dishes. The most recent one was a pasta salad that was nothing more than tossing the pasta with leftover ham, whatever veggies were in the fridge, and then adding a great natural balsamic/olive oil vinaigrette. Everyone loved that. Or my tacos in pasta shells, which was created one night when I forgot to pick up taco shells. That’s an often requested family favorite. My biggest relax and recharge my batteries is to grab my camera and go out into the country, just taking pictures of whatever I find interesting.

What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?

The story motivates me. I have to hear the characters and be able to visualize the scenes in order to write my books. Often times, I am writing with my eyes closed, thinking about the whole scene as it’s unwinding in my head, and getting down the small details that make the book important.

Where do your ideas come from?

For the Canoples Investigations series, the story began on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Writing that day had become impossible, just like many people found they couldn’t function after the devastating news struck. My youngest was about two months away from his sixth birthday and once we got home from kindergarten, he asked me why bad people want to hurt so many other people all at one time. This child needed to understand why his nice safe world didn’t feel that any longer. All I could tell him is that was a time when we looked for heroes, for people who stand up against injustice and put the world right again. He sadly said that it was too bad there weren’t any kids around who could do that. That moment was when the characters of BD, Carl, Cassie, and Terry began to fight their way to the surface. It would take another ten years before I could write their tales, but once I started, they have never let me release them for long.

https://youtu.be/eZgtik2flEM

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What is your most marked characteristic?

I am devoted to my job, my duty. Nothing stands in the way of ensuring the residents of Canoples Station safe from whatever threatens us. But I don’t rush madly into a situation. I go by the rules, always. That goes back to when my dad, Tom Bradford, disappeared. He is the former Chief of Security. Everyone thought he’d been attacked and killed, but I knew better. Only I couldn’t tell anyone what was only suspected at the time, not even my younger brother. To make matters worse between us, I was thrust into the position of his father, a job he didn’t want me to have and one I took on reluctantly. That has caused more than a few problems between us.

When and where were you the happiest?

I’m happiest when Mildred is around. She’s the love of my life. Most people know of her as Jenna Rock, the space grunge/rap singer, but they don’t realize that’s only a persona she adopts to hide her true feelings. Mildred is a wonderful, loving, caring woman, even though her parents abandoned her on Mistlich when she was little more than a toddler. That she survived and became a galaxy wide success is a miracle.

What is it that you most dislike?

People who break the rules. We have rules for a reason. They are there for the citizens of the space stations to have an orderly, normal life. Lawbreakers, those who think the rules are for others and not themselves, always upset the balance. This is why I take my job as a Security officer so seriously. Our lives would be madness unless people like me are there to ensure order.

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K.C.SprayberryAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kcsowriter

Blog: http://outofcontrolcharacters.blogspot.com/

Website: www.kcsprayberry.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5011219.K_C_Sprayberry

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005DI1YOU

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KcSprayberry/posts

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kcsprayberry/boards/

Manic Readers:

http://www.manicreaders.com/KCSprayberry/

AUTHORSdB:

http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/5230-k-c-sprayberry

Posted in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Blog Tour, Freebies and Special Offers

Blog Tour, Xmas Hop, Newsletter Contest, and More

I am participating in a lot of special events and giveaways this week. Here is a rundown of them and how you can enter.

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48 eBooks ! 2 swag packs ! $10 Amazon gift-card! & an eBook gift of YOUR choice up for grabs!

All details are listed on a pinned post at the top of my FB author page located at: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author

A WINNER will be chosen on 12 Dec. Good luck!
Please note that Facebook and WordPress are not responsible for this giveaway.
Each individual author is responsible for delivering their prize.
*Entrees must have a Kindle address.

correctedtourbannerToday is the 3rd day of my tour with Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book. Today, I am featured on Christa Reads and Writes. http://christanardi.blogspot.com/

The tour will run until December 11. Below is the schedule, links, and what each blog will feature. There will also be a special rafflecopter giveaway to one lucky winner of a silver locket that is featured in our recent release, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.locketDecember 4 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – REVIEW, EXCERPT

December 5 – Books, Dreams, Life – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

December 6 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

December 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

December 8 – Omnimystery News – INTERVIEW

December 9 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

December 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

December 11 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

I hope you will follow the tour to learn more about me, my cozy mystery series, my latest release, and my future writing endeavors.

I also have a newsletter contest for the same silver locket that I will give to one lucky, random winner from my subscriber list on December 15. To participate, you just have to be a subscriber. To sign up, just fill out the pop-up form at https://debbiedelouise.com or send your email address to me at debbiewriter@yahoo.com with a request to join my newsletter.

librarianauthor_113016_a-1If you’re local, you can also hear me talk at the Hicksville Public Library on Friday, December 9 at 2 p.m.