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Read Any Good BLURBS Lately?

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(This is an updated post from May 2021.) Has your schedule shifted in the past two years? Does less time commuting mean more time for reading? Gee, I hope so. If you’re like me, when you have a spare second, your thoughts naturally run to books. So many books and suddenly, a little more time, right? According to the website PublishingPerspectives.com, in 2020, trade book sales were up close to ten percent and audio books made a sonic leap in sales to over 16%. If you find yourself in the catbird seat of the reader with a little time to spare, how do you choose what book you’ll read next? Do you check out the online reviews, front cover, first page, or the back cover blurb first? Whether you head to the Amazon to search virtually or venture out F2S   (face to stacks,) most folks have a go-to routine for zeroing in on the next occupant of their e-reader or trusty nightstand. My style? I thought you’d never ask. My well-honed, Five-Step method is guaranteed to work in any venue-re

A New Thriller-Suspense from Three Points of View!

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What would you do if your grandchild went missing? What about your teenager? I’d like to welcome my fellow GUPPY and debut author Lis Angus to the blog today. Her debut novel, Not Your Child, takes these questions to the next level in a chilling story of loss and resilience told from the perspectives of three characters. Thank you for being a guest, Lis. I’m so happy for you and look forward to seeing Not Your Child out in the world on April 18 th .   You can read my review of this chilling novel here.   Back Cover Blurb Ottawa psychologist and single mother Susan Koss discovers that a strange man has been following her twelve-year-old daughter Maddy. She fears he’s a predator, but it’s worse than that. The man, Daniel Kazan, believes Maddy is his granddaughter, abducted as a baby, and he’s obsessed with getting her back. Susan insists on a DNA test to disprove Daniel’s claim, but the result is one she can’t understand or explain: it says she’s not Maddy’s mother. Then Madd

Thank You for Making 2021 Merry & Bright!

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Dear Readers, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022! I count your support among my many blessings this year. Without you and my fellow authors at  misterio press ,  ChainLinked  and the Moccasin Cove Mystery Series would not have been a success.  AppleJacked , book 2 in the series is slated for release this spring. I'll keep you posted on Ana and Mac and the happenings in Moccasin Cove. My best to you and your family for a holiday filled with warm memories.                                                                                                                                                                      Peace,                                                                                                                                                                     Liz 🎄

Guest Post: Lois Winston, Author of Stitch, Bake, Die!

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  I am so pleased to welcome author Lois Winston to the blog today. She has a new, tenth installment to her wildly popular cozy mystery series out, and I am excited to be able to interview her about her writing! Liz:      Tell us a little about your current project/release. Lois: Stitch, Bake, Die! is the 10 th book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series. It’s a semi-locked room mystery. Anastasia and food editor Cloris McWerther are presenting a series of workshops at a local conference but are forced to spend the night after an ice storm shuts down the roads. One of the conference attendees is found to have died in her sleep the previous night, but Anastasia begins to suspect foul play.   Liz:     Mystery series can run from three to dozens of books. How can an author keep it fresh-characters, storylines, setting, etc.? Lois: Throughout my series, I’ve introduced new characters who make occasional return appearances in other books. These include Anastasia’s previously unkn

Visit my guest post about crafting and writing!

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Happy Today, Readers!  I'm thrilled to divert you to a different website today where I am guest posting about art, crafts, and writing.  After pummeling my main character with problems, how do I allow her a breather so she can regroup to fight another day? Read all about it in my guest post at Lois Winston’s anastasiapollack.blogspot .

CREATIVES Make the Book a Reality!

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Have you ever noticed how expressing genuine gratitude and constantly saying, “thank you,” can wear you down after a while? Especially after you’ve repeated the mantra for months and years on end to all points on the virtual globe. Geez, can’t a woman just write the book and get it out there into the world, all on her own, in like, one click? Whatever happened to that big red EASY button? Sorry, I may need a nap for all the appreciation coursing through my veins, sapping my energy. But while I’m at it, I’m sure I’ll have sweet dreams about two of the folks who work quietly in the background, LABORING IN LOVE to ensure my work puts its best foot forward.  I’m talking about the CREATIVES: my cover artist DAR ALBERT and interior formatting designer DEBORA LEWIS. Did you hear the ethereal soundtrack kick in just now at the mention of their names? creative [krēˈādiv] NOUN creatives  (plural noun) 1.      a person who is creative, typically in a professional context.   Oxfor

Book Birthday Bash Afterparty!

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As promised, here is the photo of the CRIME SCENE I set up in my front yard to celebrate my book birthday. It did not get the gruesome reaction I imagined it might, since I've known most of my neighbors for a couple of decades. But it was fun. I put little cards in the baggie with the Amazon QR code and book title for those who wanted to order it when they got home.