In Moccasin Cove, it takes a village to raise a child, but it may also take your life!
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Liz Boegerexplored hidden beaches and unspoiled natural preserves while growing up amid the rattlesnakes in South Tampa. A veteran educator, she still lives in Florida, and she still prefers genuine snakes to the human variety. AppleJacked!is written for smart mystery readers looking for a literary cozy with a twist and an uplifting resolution. She invites you to meet new friends and fall in love with Moccasin Cove.
Image Credit: Christopher Hollis, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Christopher_HollisChristopher Hollis for Wdwic Pictures [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
"AARRGH! Vast Ye scurvy readers! 'Tis Gasparilla in Tampa and the city is ours for the takin'!"
Sorry for the horrible attempt at pirate-speak, but it's in my blood. Butchering the brogue is expected of Tampa natives. I love this annual tradition that starts with a pirate invasion on a grand ship bedecked with flags and booming cannon fire. The kidnapping of the mayor and an attempted takeover of the city follow. The festivities include parades, balls, and other charity events. It all culminates in a flotilla and then a traditional street parade and the downing of much alcohol. In my adult years, the wise organizers have added a children's parade, leaving the debauchery to the original event a week later.
I am pleased to welcome author, Lois Winston to the Moccasin Cove Mysteries blog. Lois is a fellow mystery writer and craft enthusiast who graciously allowed me to post a piece by my main character on her blog last summer. With the release of the sixth book, Scrapbook of Murder, in her fun mystery series, I thought I'd return the favor. Enjoy her post--Liz.
Welcome to the MOCCASIN COVE MYSTERIES blog where, "It takes a village..." Surely, you've heard this phrase before. As a writer seeking publication of my first novel, AppleJacked! I have learned that building my social media presence is high up on the to-do list for prospective agents and editors. The to-do before that to-do, though, is to build my writing tribe.
MY WRITING TRIBE As a rather private person the idea of "getting out there" was/is a bit daunting. To alleviate the related stress, I have enlisted legions of authors and industry pros through this fantastic network called the Internet. That’s where the “village” comes in. My tribe is the group of writing practitioners who, in addition to my dear family and friends, wake up each morning asking themselves, "Just what can I do to help LIZ today?"Really, they do! Starting with the great folks at the Florida Writers Association who offer among many things, the RPLA, (see photo and caption) and more …