Posted in Anthology, Freebies and Special Offers, Mysteries, Solstice Publishing

New Mystery Anthology Print Edition Goodreads Giveaway

Enter to win! That’s all you have to do. Solstice Publishing is celebrating Plots & Schemes Vol. 1 becoming a best seller in Germany during its release by giving away three autographed copies of the print edition of this fabulous anthology.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/237966-plots-schemes-vol-1

All you have to do is click on the Goodreads link between May 26 and June 9 and enter. It’s that simple. Once the contest ends, Goodreads will notify us of the winners names and you will receive your copy.

 

Her child vanishes in a puff of smoke.

When Murder is on the Itinerary

An eavesdropped comment leads to an impossible scheme!

Mysterious events pull Dana into danger.

A rock star’s murder leaves Emlyn Goode questioning everything she knows about herself.

Murder most foul puts this cop to the test

One murder, one plan, two possible outcomes.

Losing your mind is scary…

If you’re not at the beach, the Tough Luck stories will take you there.

Trail Town Texas leans heavily on their sheriff

Murder, kidnapping, mysterious events, and more are our treat to you in this wonderful anthology from Solstice Publishing. Discover the talents of K.C. Sprayberry, Debbie De Louise, Donna Alice Patton, E.B. Sullivan, Susan Lynn Solomon, Johnny Gunn, K.A. Meng, Leah Hamrick, Lois Crockett, and Stephy Smith.

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Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find inside this intriguing book!

A smile was on his face. Despite the fact that he was supposed to connect with the egg donor of this lovely child, he had no thoughts of doing that or returning the kid at the appointed time. His timing was perfect. The child—Lanie is such an idiotic name; I’ll have to come up with another one—would be five in a few days. In time, she would forget there had been his loser ex in her life. She—Sheila will regret divorcing me—had battered through his training, all he’d gone through to make her a compliant and complacent wife. She’d run away after he ordered her to get an abortion.

Good thing the bitch ignored me. I wouldn’t have this gorgeous child to raise to be like me.

Granted the child was weak now, but he would fix that, as soon as he made sure they vanished forever. No one would stop him from raising his daughter as he saw fit, and that meant keeping her away from her weakling of a mother.

Quietly, Mark Jannson, scion of the globally famous Jannson family, whose assets numbered in the billions, removed anything he considered important from his lavishly furnished thirty room mansion located in the mountains above Denver. His mother’s jewels were carefully packed into a leather satchel, to be given to his daughter, if she remained true to the Jannson name. The woman who called herself his mother had been consigned to a hovel in the southeast somewhere, once she showed her true colors by attempting to take him from his father.

“Let the bitch live in poverty the rest of her life,” he whispered.

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Starting May 26, 2017, simply click on the link provided and enter. If you aren’t a member of Goodreads, you can join easily. This is a great place to discover books by new and exciting authors and be in on the fun of all sorts of entertainment!

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 Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Contest, Cozy Mysteries, Freebies and Special Offers, Short Story

Holiday News, a Contest, and Gift to Readers

auroraholidayhopI hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. I wanted to share with you a few updates. If you haven’t participated in the Aurora Holiday Hop in which 100 authors including myself are giving away prizes, you should do so before it ends today, December 18. You can find the details on the post on my Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/. The main hop page is located at https://www.facebook.com/events/1101537709967416/.

coming-soon-written-in-stoneI also have some good news to share with those who have read or would like to read my Cobble Cove Mystery series. Following A Stone’s Throw and Between a Rock and a Hard Place, I have completed the first draft of a third book that I hope to call Written in Stone. I will be sure to include more news about this new mystery and some excerpts as it gets closer to a release date. The best way to keep updated about all my author news is through my twice monthly newsletter which you can subscribe to at https://debbiedelouise.com by filling out the pop-up form. I also feature a  monthly prize contest for my subscribers.

celebrating-christmas-001As a holiday present to those of you who have not yet read my second mystery or would like to give it as a gift to someone, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, will be free on Amazon.com on Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21. I also have a Christmas story for only 99 cents that features the Cobble Cove characters. Celebrating Christmas with my Characters.

I am also up for Best Author of the Year. If you’ve enjoyed this blog, my newsletter, and/or my books and would have a moment to vote in the next few days, please visit the polls at http://solsticepublishing.com/vote-for-author-of-the-year/ I truly appreciate your support.

The final piece of news is that I have just created a Facebook group that will be hosted by one of the Cobble Cove characters each month. The host will answer questions about their role in the mysteries and anything people would like to ask about the books excluding spoilers. The host will also offer a contest or giveaway and may post some interesting trivia about themselves and/or the series. The current host until January is Alicia, the main character. Even while she is host, readers are welcome to post questions to any of the characters. For more information, to post a question, and to join the group, please visit the Cobble Cove Character Chat at https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/.

cobblecovehcaracterchatThe Cobble Cove characters and I wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday.

 

 

 

Posted in Freebies and Special Offers

Necklace Giveaway Ending; Free Autographed Book Offer Starting

41gkohndn5l-_sx300_For those who haven’t yet signed up for my author newsletter, I am choosing the winner of the silver locket pictured here from all subscribers tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 14, and will announce the winner in the newsletter that will be emailed on Thursday, December 15. The prize will make a lovely gift for yourself or someone special for the holidays. If you want to participate and are also interested in keeping up to date on my monthly contests, book and other news, please subscribe by filling out the pop-up form at https://debbiedelouise.com. If you have any difficulty, simply email me at debbiewriter@yahoo.com with your email, and I can manually subscribe you.

auroraholidayhopIf you like autographed paperbacks, I am also offering a copy of my first Cobble Cove Mystery, A Stone’s Throw, in the Aurora Holiday Hop. There are over 100 authors participating in this event who are also giving away prizes. My contest will be up tomorrow morning, Wednesday, December 14, and will run through Sunday, December 18. For details and how to enter, read the post that is pinned at the top of my Facebook author page starting Wednesday, December 14: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

I wish you luck in any or both of these contests that you enter. Happy Holidays!

 

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.

hopgraphicXMAS HOP!
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.

Posted in Author Spotlight, Freebies and Special Offers

Author Spotlight: Margaret Egrot

authorspotlightWelcome to the Literary Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors. Today, I am chatting with  Margret Egrot from Coventry, UK.

margaret-egrot-1limitlesslibrarylounge Thanks for joining me, Margaret.  Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable.How long have you been published? What titles have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

and-alex-coverI have had short stories published in magazines or anthologies for the past six years or so. These have been almost exclusively written with adults in mind. In 2015 I had a YA novel published by Solstice – And Alex Still Has Acnewhich is free as a download from Amazon on the 6th and 7th of December. In 2106 I had a second YA novel published – Girl Friends. Both novels have been in the best seller sales rankings on Amazon at least once. Other publishers include The Pigeon Park Press – for my story in Festive Treats, currently free on Amazon, and Greenstream Publishing for two anthologies I have stories in. I also write regularly for the theatre, and have had a number of short plays produced or read in rehearsed performances in theatres around the country. festive-treats

That’s excellent, Margaret.

 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.

girl-friends-coverMy two YA novels are contemporary adventure stories. There is humor in them but they also deal with some of the difficult issues young people can face as they grow up. And Alex Still Has Acne deals with a boy coming to terms with his father coming out as gay (as well as adoption, anorexia, alcohol – and acne … just the stick with the first letter of the alphabet). Girl Friends is about friendship, boyfriends, broken families and sexual exploitation.

I don’t write YA, but I have a 12-year-old daughter, so I can relate to the challenges of that age group. Both those books sound like they handle difficult topics well.

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 don’t have a grand plan. I would like to sell more books and get more plays performed, but I keep finding writing (and stuff) gets in the way of properly marketing what I have already done.

During 2017 I hope to complete my ‘Shakespeare project’ which is to write 12 short stories about some of his female characters (basically what they are thinking or doing when not in front of us on the stage) Four of the stories have already been published by Solstice – The Ghost Queen (The Winter’s Tale), Chains of Magic (Othello), Journey to the Fair Mountain (Hamlet) and A Midsummer Day’s Dream. I have another six in the can, and I should soon have enough for an anthology.

On the drama side I will be working on turning a different short story (Sleeping Beauty) into a film script, and ‘by popular demand’ (well four separate people) I am looking to turn a one act play I wrote about England just before the outbreak of the second World War, into a full length play that encompasses the War.

I can also relate to the problems of finding time to both write and promote your material. You have some great ideas for the future.

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

With the YA books I am catering primarily for the teenage market. And Alex Still Has Acne has two male protagonists, so I am hoping it will appeal to boys as well as girls. I think they are good reads for adults also, especially Girl Friends which deals with an issue a lot of schools and parents worry about.

The short stories and plays are primarily for adults, but older children should be OK with them. One or two of the plays contain a few rude words – parents you have been warned!

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

They could start by reading my blog dated 23rd November 2016, where Fellow Solstice author, Diana Rubino talks about the merits of the small presses for the aspiring author: www.writingandbreathing.wordpress.com.

Nice article. Thank you.

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

My particular challenge was trying to get Girl Friends published a few years ago. Publishers told me they liked the story, but felt the secondary story-line about child sexual exploitation was too controversial for them to take the risk. So I wrote And Alex Still has Acne and, after several attempts, this was accepted for publication by Solstice.  

In 2016, by which time there had been several court cases re child victims of sexual exploitation reported in the British press, the topic was no longer so controversial. I approached Solstice again, and they agreed to publish Girl Friends.

Persistence certainly pays off in the writing field.

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 did a correspondence course with the Writers Bureau. The tuition was good and I found it helpful in establishing a disciplined approach to writing.

 What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

Reading (of course). I also swim regularly, walk the dog, go to the cinema and theatre, help with a local community theatre, and sit on the boards of two local charities.

Very nice.

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

The toughest challenge is actually seeing myself as an author. I never admit to spending time writing – just say I have some paperwork to do. I am surprised – and flattered – when people approach me in the street to talk about something I have written, or ask my advice about writing. However, it hasn’t happened that often – yet!

I’m sure it will. I’m approached almost every day by a different library patron complimenting me on one of my books. I’m like a local celebrity – lol. I just wish people would buy the books instead of borrow them from the library.

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

My blog includes links to all my published work – as do my Amazon Author pages.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00RVO1BHO

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00RVO1BHO

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Margaret-Egrot/1374506486178952

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meegrot

Blog: http://www.writingandbreathing.wordpress.com

Wonderful! Thanks so much for the interview, Margaret. It’s been a pleasure to learn about you and your books, and I wish you much luck on your future writings.

 

 

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