9 Ways to Help an Author

The holiday season has begun. Today is Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday is fast approaching. If you like a book or an author, here are some quick ways you can spread the news and help your friendly neighborhood writer. 1. Leave a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or other book sites. It doesn't have to be a long, detailed literary analysis. It can be a couple of sentences. Book retailers use the number of reviews for ad placement, author ranking, and marketing. 2. Tell your friends about the book and the author. Word of mouth is the best endorsement. 3. Share the link to the book or a book review on your social media sites. 4. Request that your local library purchase the

The Appeal and Hazards of Mystery Series

As I write this, I am distracted because what I want to be doing is reading Maggie King’s new release Murder at the Moonshine Inn, Book #2 of the Hazel Rose Book Group Mysteries. This distraction, luckily, feeds into my subject, the appeal and hazards of mystery series. Maggie’s book serves as an example of the “appeal”; I’ve had a recent read that I’ll put in the “hazard” category. I find Hazel Rose an engaging sleuth, so I want to know what she’s up to in this new book. Yes, I am interested in and care about what happens in the life of this fictional character. The redneck flavor to the new novel interests me also, and I had to laugh when Maggie King described at her book launch party how

Who has jurisdiction?

There are different branches of law enforcement including, Tribal, Federal, task force, State Police, Private Security, Sheriff, Local Pol

Those Mysterious Writers: A Reading List

Hazel Rose, the amateur sleuth in my Hazel Rose Book Group series, is a romance writer. She joins an impressive list of fictional writer sleuths. Here are just a few: Jo Bannister Dr. Clio Rees is a physician and mystery writer Ray Bradbury’s unnamed writer and amateur sleuth operates in Los Angeles, California Agatha Christie Ariadne Oliver is a mystery writer, friend of Hercule Poirot, and fan of apples. Here’s a list of the Christie novels where she appears. Natasha Cooper Willow King is a romance writer in London, England Robert Harris The Ghost Writer Susan Kandel Southern California-based Cece Caruso is a biographer of dead mystery writers and fan of vintage fashions Susan Kelly Liz Co

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