Sunday, October 20, 2013

Making Progress on All Fronts

It's been a busy week.  Marketing a book is a new experience and it is hard to figure out how to best go about it.  I have posted to get reviews in multiple venues since that is really the best advertising for any book.  I was able to find some time for writing this week, and have the first 20,000 words of Cold Creek #2 drafted and a plot map developed.  Given the importance of reviews, I am making a concerted effort to catch up on reviews of books I have read...  Also have signed up to be part of a blog tour on a romantic suspense, Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayalla on November 7th.  Then another blog tour for a mystery, Deathbed and Breakfast by Bart J. Gilbertson on November 20th.

For this week, I finished my first holiday themed book:  Sherlock’s Home: The Adventure of the Contentious Crone (Finn Sherlock) by Pamela Rose. 

The story is about twins, Finn and Echo Sherlock, who own the Sherlock’s Home Mystery Bookstore & the 221b Bakery. They live above the two stores with their Uncle Oz. Beginning with Halloween and ending with Christmas, Finn, along with Echo and Uncle Oz cover the holidays in baked goods and theme-named drinks.  Halloween brings a little extra though in the form of Odds Bodkins, dead in a secret passage behind the fireplace in the bookstore. No one knew the passage existed or how Odds Bodkins managed to get in there without being seen. Finn and Echo work hard to find out who killed the so-unliked Odds Bodkins much to the annoyance of Sheriff Wavy Davey. The characters are quite quirky and the names, even for the two hairless kittens, are creative and descriptive at once.  This was a fun read with a lot of twists and turns, conflicting motivations, and romance on multiple levels.

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