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A Fouled-Up Fourth Is Out!

Or at least I’ve done my part to get it out there and now I’m waiting on the various sales platforms to do their part. Which most of them have, but as usual the paperback version is running a little bit behind the ebook version.

Here’s the universal link that should take you to your store in your country: https://books2read.com/fouledupfourth

And here’s the blurb.

Lucas Dean is dead and, honestly, Maggie May Carver couldn’t be happier. So when the cops can’t figure out who did it? Fine by her.

But when a second person turns up killed in the same unique fashion, Maggie’s interest is piqued. Sure, her cop husband will probably solve it without her help, but what’s the harm in asking a few questions here or there? After all, if the cops don’t want her help, they could always solve the case themselves.

As you can see, the blurb shows a certain mood for 2020, but hopefully it will be a good entertaining diversion as we head into the U.S. presidential voting watch. If you haven’t and can, please vote and make your voice heard. And then, escape with Maggie, Fancy, and the crew as they track down yet another killer.

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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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Checking In

Hope you’re all doing well in these crazy times. I decided to go ahead and try something I’d thought about doing at the beginning of the year before things really went crazy, which is that I started a Facebook page for pretty pictures and tied it to the cozies.

If you’re on Facebook you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/Miss-Fancypants-Mysteries-100154095055634/

My goal is to post pictures of my Miss Fancypants probably once a week and of pretty places or babies or other eye-catching images on a regular basis. I don’t expect to talk a lot there, just share beauty.

As I said in the pinned post, social media is not something I’m very good at because I’d rather be out spending time with my pup and reading. But I do think it would be nice to have a “safe” space to run to this year, so we’ll try it and see how it goes.

Other than that…

I spent most of the time since the last release doing administrative work on my non-fiction titles. It was something I could be productive at without having to be creative. I still want to write more Matt and Maggie and Miss Fancypants stories and I’ve definitely been having Maggie-esque thoughts about things the last couple months, but it’s tricky to write humor about a serious situation. I’ll probably do it because there is so much humor to be had in the midst of this. (Am I the only whose friends suddenly became master bakers when they were forced to stay home?)

But it’ll be a little bit still. And it’ll be a new series so that those who just want the happy pre-crazy story can get it, complete with “and they lived happily ever after.”

I did think of the last book the other night when I was heating up pinto beans my grandma had made me and my dad’s green chili my mom had made me for dinner. I’m lucky compared to Maggie because my mom and my grandma are actually still here for me. No tortillas, though. Haven’t been able to get my mom to make those for me in at least a decade and I’m horrible at making them myself. Ah, family. Treasure them.

Anyway. Hope you’re all well and taking care of yourselves and spending quality time with your dogs and family if you can.

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New Covers Are Here

Almost. Amazon and ebook retailers should have them. All the other print sites will have them in the next couple of days.

And I have to say that I’m in love.

Because these covers fix an annoying issue that I at least had noticed with my print versions, which was that the blue color of the spine and back didn’t always match. One of the two printers I use seems to print the color as a more purplish-blue than the other. So I have six books on my shelf and they aren’t all the same color but they’re not different enough either.

So these new covers fix that issue. Because each one is its own color now and a distinct enough color you can’t mistake one for the other.

I also took the opportunity to change the font used on the spines and back cover to a font that I think works better.

And obviously the front cover images have changed a lot as well. This solved another issue with the print books. Because the printers print a book each time someone makes an order there can be variance between copies in how much space is cut off at the top, bottom, or side. Yesterday I received two copies of the old cover for the latest book and one had a 1/4 inch border at the top whereas the other had no border at the top. With these newer covers that should be much less noticeable.

I will miss having Fancy on the cover of each book, but that had to happen, too. There was a certain subset of readers that thought she’d be the one solving each mystery not Maggie May and were disappointed when that wasn’t the case, so this hopefully helps with that as well.

Anyway. Probably TMI, but there you have it. New covers but hopefully those who liked the old ones had a chance to buy all six before the switchover.

Hope you’re all doing well during these crazy times.

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Paperback of Poisoned Past on B&N

Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know that the paperback version of A Poisoned Past and Puppermints is now available on B&N. AND, as they do with new releases, it’s on sale, so for however long this lasts you can order it for $5.85 instead of $7.99.

As I mentioned before, Amazon is delaying shipments of books right now, so for you print folks this will probably be the faster option.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-poisoned-past-and-puppermints-aleksa-baxter/1136739509?ean=9781950902668

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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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Barnes and Noble…Gah

My mom likes to buy my paperbacks on Barnes & Noble. And usually that isn’t an issue because the book is up within about two days of my publishing it and since she buys her books every Tuesday (new release day for most trade publishers), it’s always there when she’s ready to buy.

But not this time. Almost two weeks after I’d published the book it still wasn’t showing on their website. So I published it direct with them. And they said it was published, but it still wasn’t showing on their website. So I emailed them.

And they sent me a link as if it had been there all along and I was just missing something obvious.

So I don’t know if you can find it via search now or not, but here you go. A direct link to the product page: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sabotaged-celebration-and-salmon-snaps-aleksa-baxter/1135985083?ean=9781078766548

If you buy in print from Barnes & Noble the latest release is finally available. Sorry for the delay.