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Large Print Editions Now Available

For those of you who read in print, just wanted to let you know that there are now large print editions of the Maggie May and Miss Fancypants mysteries and the Nosy Newfie Holiday Shorts available in both paperback and hard cover.

The hard cover version is mainly for libraries, it doesn’t have a dust jacket like you’d normally see on a hard cover, but hard cover stand up better to the wear and tear of multiple readers. (And for the record I am thrilled and delighted every time a library buys my books so never ever hesitate to read my books through a library if that’s what works best for you.)

But the paperback versions are there for anyone who likes a little bit of an easier read.

There are lots of quirks to large print books, including that all italicized text is bolded instead. Also the font used is different.

To give you an idea of the difference between the regular books and the large print ones, this is what page 1 of A Dead Man and Doggie Delights looks like in large print:

Compare that to what page 1 of A Dead Man and Doggie Delights looks like in regular print.

Clearly much easier on the eyes, even for me. But the books are a little larger in size and about 50% longer because of the size of the text which means slightly more expensive as well.

Going forward I should have large print editions available at the time of publication. Sorry they weren’t before but I just learned a new formatting software and this turned out to be a fun project that let me use what I’d learned to create these new versions.

Anyway. If that’s something you’re interested in, Amazon has the paperback version for $14.95 USD or the case-laminate hard cover version for $24.99. Barnes & Noble also has the paperback version and the hard cover version. Most stores and libraries should be able to order it for you even if they don’t have it in stock.

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Finally, Finally, Finally

A Fouled-Up Fourth is FINALLY available on Nook. You can find it here.

Sorry for the delay but this one was completely out of my control. The Barnes & Noble website was hacked last month and it took them this long to get everything working right again. They were able to get customer access to their books within a few days but reporting to authors took longer and publishing new titles as well as any book updates took until now, almost a month later.

Crazy to realize how much we rely on technology to work well, but we do.

Anyway. If you’re a Nook reader you can now get A Fouled-Up Fourth in either print or ebook through B&N. (Print was published but not showing on their site so that’s what’s up with the publication date there.)

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Status Update

At some point someone on Facebook commented on an ad I was running for the Maggie May and Miss Fancypants series and said they loved the books and wished there were more. I, foolishly because I like to jinx myself, responded that I was working on the next one and thought it would be out by September 30th.

Well, as you may have noticed, it’s October 1st and the next book is not out.

But it’s on the way. The first draft is done and the story is solid and I’m well on the way to getting it into shape for release. So it’s coming. I even think I know how soon, but, having learned from my earlier mistake I’m not going to tell you an exact release date. Just chalk it up as coming soon.

In the meantime, Kobo for anyone who likes to read ebooks, is running a buy 2, get 3 sale on cozy mysteries right now, at least in the US and Canada. (Books 1 through 4 of the Maggie May and Miss Fancypants Mysteries are included, but it’s also a great chance to read other cozies, too.) The sale lasts for the next couple of weeks, so if you want something to read in the meantime, check it out.

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A New Release And A Warning

Yesterday I hit publish on a new Maggie May and Miss Fancypants story. It’s not a new mystery (although there is a bit of a mystery involved), but instead a short story about how Maggie and the crew are handling current events.

It’s called A Housebound Holiday and will be available on all major retailers in the next few days. (Print is approved and will be making its way to your favorite store soon, Apple is still not up yet. Ebook on all the other major retailers looks like it is available already.)

I mentioned when I published A Poisoned Past and Puppermints that I hadn’t decided at that point how to handle current events in Maggie’s world. I thought about ignoring them but I think they’re too much a part of our world right now and will continue to be so for at least another year. Also, Maggie being Maggie, she had thoughts and reactions to all of it that I thought were worth sharing.

So, much like the Halloween short story was my chance to get all the ooey-gooey lovey-dovey feelings about Matt out of the way before writing the next mystery, this short story is my way to get all of the oh dear, what kind of chaos is this feelings out of the way.

Here’s where the warnings come into play.

We are experiencing events that, depending on who you are and how you’ve been impacted personally, are traumatic. And serious. People have lost loved ones they didn’t expect to lose this year.

But there are aspects to what we’re experiencing that are humorous. (I can’t be the only one trying to find more room in my freezer every time I panic-buy more meat.)

I’ve included some of that in the story.

I did this because I grew up with a terminally-ill father who was in the hospital or the ER most every year at least once. And to survive that constant feeling that I might lose him, I learned to see the humor and the bright spots in the darkest moments.

Not everyone will handle dark situations the same, so this story will not be for everyone.

If you think that seeing someone joke about aspects of what we’re dealing with will cause you pain, do not read this story. I’ll include in the next novel anything you need to know.

There are also aspects to what we’re experiencing right now that are stressful and scary and some of that is also part of this story. (You know Maggie’s grandpa wasn’t going to be one to want to sit home because he’s old, right? No one dies in this story, but Maggie’s concern is real.)

Also, sadly, this whole situation has become very political. So the way Maggie and her family talk about events may be upsetting to those who don’t share those views.

Maggie, like me, thinks this is serious. She thinks this can harm the ones she loves. And she wants people to take it seriously. If you don’t share that view, maybe skip this story.

Because of what I did in this story, the next novel shouldn’t have to deal with any of this. The Baker Valley is going to be sealed off for however long this continues.

If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it. If you don’t, I completely understand.

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And It’s Here!

Book six in the Nosy Newfie Cozy Mysteries series, A Poisoned Past and Puppermints, is here and live.

(Amazon Ebook, Amazon Print, Apple, Kobo, Nook, Google, Universal Link)

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As normal, the paperback is trailing a bit, but is available on Amazon already. Although I will warn you that from what I’m seeing on my end Amazon is at least five days behind on shipping any books. Paperback sales I’m seeing reported as shipped today were ordered at least five days ago.

If I did my job correctly you should happy cry at the end but I will warn you now that it’s a little more dark in a few places than the other books.

(Not things that happen on the page so much as things that happened in the past. Mostly I’m thinking of my mom reading these and what points she’s going to ding me on. So, for example, she wasn’t happy when Hans was injured. There’s something related to motive in this one that I also know she’ll mention to me in a not happy sort of way.)

So, basically, not 100% light and fluffy, but a lot more light and fluffy than our current reality.

I had been planning on waiting until April 3rd to release this book because that’s the 25th anniversary of when my dad passed away and I’m weirdly superstitious in ways like that, but I figured it was better to just get it out to you guys as soon as I possibly could. And, of course, some of you have already found it, which is crazy but impressive.

Also, this may be the last on for a little while. I don’t want to introduce a pandemic into that world and it’s really a struggle to write about a world where life is carrying on as normal when this one isn’t. In addition, this one ends at a really good place so I’d like to let Matt and Maggie have that happy moment for a bit.

I will probably be changing up the covers in a month or so. I didn’t want to do it yet because some people (like my mom) really like the current ones and as a reader I really hate when a series changes covers on me midway through. So for those of you who buy print and where that matters to you, probably best to buy sooner rather than later. For those of you who buy print and didn’t like the covers, well, you’ll have a new choice sometime down the road so may want to wait.

Take care of yourselves out there. Stay home, read lots of books, and make your furry friends happy.

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Good News…

Right now it feels like the world is on fire and not in a good way. (At least for me it does.) So I thought I’d drop in and share a little good news.

First, I am very close to having book six done. I never like to commit to set publication dates because you never know when a pandemic will come along and wreck all your plans, but I’m hoping to get it finalized and out this week. Right now I’m re-reading books one through five right to make sure it all flows together. It’s something I should do before every release, but I don’t always. But this one wraps up a big arc of Matt and Maggie so I wanted to make sure of things before I go through the final draft of this latest book.

So, hopefully a new book in a week or so.

In the meantime, because reading books is how I cope with life and you may be the same, I’ve put a lot of my other books on sale. (Dead Man is also now on sale for 99 cents and Crazy Cat Lady for $2.99, but I assume you’ve read those already.)

Keep in mind that there is a reason I use pen names. Some of these other books have cussing in them. Or darker themes. But if you read a wide variety of titles, then you may want to check them out. There are also some non-fiction books I put on sale including a cookbook for beginners and one on budgeting that may be useful.

I could only do the ebooks because the print have underlying costs I can’t get around, so sorry to you print readers. (I’m one myself.)

Take care of yourselves out there. Mentally and physically. Hug your dogs. Virtually hug your family. It’s going to be hard, but we’ll get through.

(Click on the images for a page with links to the various retailers or you can just look them up on your favorite retailer. Only Erelia is exclusive to Amazon.)

Fiction:

Riders-Revenge-The-Complete-Trilogy-GenericThe Rider’s Revenge Trilogy: ($4.99 USD) A feminist YA fantasy adventure trilogy about a young girl who sets out to avenge her father and finds herself caught up in much bigger issues.

 

 

Erelia blue flame 20151222v5Erelia: (Available on Amazon Only, $2.99 USD and in KU) A dystopian utopia. Life seems perfect on the surface, but the reader sees just what horrible actions create that perfection. Also has a pandemic subplot. (I had unpublished this one just because I thought it needed a sequel and I wasn’t sure when I’d write that sequel, so be forewarned.)

 

A-Dead-Man-and-Doggie-Delights-KindleA Dead Man and Doggie Delights: (99 cents) First in what will soon be a six-book cozy mystery series set in the Colorado mountains. For lovers of Newfoundland dogs, Colorado, and quirky characters who like a little murder on the side. (Book 2, A Crazy Cat Lady and Canine Crunchies is also reduced to $2.99 USD.)

 

Something-Worth-Having-KindleSomething Worth Having ($2.99 USD): Contemporary romance bordering on women’s fiction. About a woman facing a breast cancer diagnosis who goes on a road trip with a man she is absolutely not allowed to fall in love with. (A related but standalone title, Something Gained, is also just $2.99 right now.

 

Non-Fiction ($2.99 USD each)

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Excel for Beginners: A guide to Microsoft Excel for those who need to master the basics.

 

 

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Budgeting for Beginners: A book that will teach you how to figure out where you are financially, judge what that means, and give tips for how to improve. Especially helpful right now for those who are finding themselves without a steady paycheck, because it covers how to approach irregular income like that. (Also available in audio as the Juggling Your Finances Starter Kit.)

Quick--Easy-Cooking-for-One-KindleQuick & Easy Cooking for One: Exactly what it says. A guide to cooking for yourself for the absolute beginner. More concept-based than step-by-step, but it does include recipes.

 

 

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Writing for Beginners: An overview of what a beginning writer should know to get started. Includes discussions of point of view, tense, as well as agents and publishing paths. (Also available in audio under the title The Beginning Writer’s Guide to What You Should Know.)

 

Dont Be a Douchebag PC version 20160803v10Don’t Be a Douchebag: Online Dating Advice I Wish Men Would Take: A snarky guide to online dating for men who aren’t doing so well at it. (Also available in audio. Some retailers may have a different cover.)

 

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Happy New Year! Happy New Release!

First, I hope your new year is off to a great start. One week in and I’m so far cautiously optimistic about it. The weather has been nice enough that the pup and I have managed a walk every single day so far. (She’ll walk in anything if it isn’t too hot. I draw the line at snow, rain, or temperatures below about 25 degrees Fahrenheit.)

I tried to find her a new doggie daycare last week and that did not work well. I don’t trust any place that smells that badly. So we will continue with her walking the neighborhood, toy in mouth, looking for dogs to bark at her.

But enough about us. Time to let you know that cozy #5 in the Nosy Newfie Cozy Mysteries series, A Sabotaged Celebration and Salmon Snaps is now out. I tried very hard to get the paperback and ebook versions out at the same time but ran into a bit of a snafu with the print version, so it may take a day or two for it to get to all the locations it needs to. (It was either that or release a print version with random chapters that had no page numbering.)

I’m pretty sure this is my favorite cover yet. Hope you enjoy it!

Amazon Ebook, Amazon Paperback, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google

And updated for B&N Print.

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A New Holiday Short

I started writing cozy #5 and realized that Maggie just needed a little break to be in love with Matt and have some fun. So while the next mystery is in the works, I wrote a short story involving Maggie, Matt, Fancy, and a crazy Halloween pet parade. When Jack and Sam are responsible for the contestants you know there’ll be a few surprises…

Note that there is no mystery in this one, so it’s just for those who love the dog and people side of the cozies.

It’s out today and just 99 cents in ebook. ($5.99 in print. Sorry for that but that’s about as cheap as I can get a print book given my printing options.)

It should be up everywhere in the next day or so, but in the meantime here are the Amazon US links for ebook and print.

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Fact Vs. Fiction

When I published the fourth cozy I almost put a disclaimer at the beginning of the book to tell my friends and family who are still reading the series that while Maggie and I have a lot in common that we are not in fact the same person.

I like to joke with friends that these books are just basically me and my dog if we were living in the Fraser Valley where I grew up and stumbling across dead bodies. But it’s not really true.

In the same way that the grandpa in the books shares some backstory in common with my real grandpa but my real grandpa is much less gruff than the grandpa in the books. (And also married and living in Alabama now. He also never killed anyone.)

The books absolutely borrow heavily from real life and real experiences I’ve had. My mom likes to read them because they remind her of when we lived in the mountains. But have things changed in the thirty years since we lived up there? Oh, certainly. The setting is inspirational not factual at this point. I drove through the area before I wrote the first book, but I wasn’t measuring distances and plotting out town maps. It’s also why the valley name and cities are made up instead of using the actual names.

The fact is that real life is usually much more boring and tame than what makes for an interesting novel and if I ever have to choose between absolute accuracy and writing a fun story I’ll choose the fun story every time.

I mean, think about it. In real life no one finds more than one dead body, ever, if that. And if they do they certainly don’t go off and investigate on their own. The whole genre of cozy mystery requires a certain suspension of disbelief…

Anyway. I meant to write something a few weeks back because book 4 has a reveal about Maggie’s backstory that is absolutely not a part of mine. So, just for anyone who knows me who was wondering if that’s where my own relationship issues come from…No. Sorry. Haha.

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Cozy #4 Is Out!

Alright. Took me a little longer than I’d wanted, but Maggie May and Miss Fancypants are back and solving mysteries yet again. Well, Maggie is. Fancy has a bit of a bunny obsession going on.

Ebook is already up on the main sites except Apple/iTunes and that should happen sometime today. It’s also on its way to all the other sites as well.

Paperback should hit Amazon today but it probably won’t be linked to the ebook for a few more days so you’ll have to just search for it to find it until that happens. The paperback version will also be rolling out to all the other fine places that carry paperbacks over the next few days.

Click on the image below to be taken to your preferred store. If that doesn’t work, here’s the Amazon US link.

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