Audio, My Miss Fancypants

Two More Audiobooks On The Way

I have recorded and submitted the audio files for A Buried Body and Barkery Bites as well as A Missing Mom and Mutt Munchies. (If you click on those universal links and scroll to the bottom you’ll see the links for some of the audio retailers.)

At this point I don’t have control over when they’ll make it to any specific retailer. Buried Body I submitted about a week ago so it’s made it to most of the major sites at this point except Hoopla and Google. I know a lot of you like to use Hoopla so it may be worth a nudge from your end if you aren’t seeing it. I know with ebooks they seem to prioritize processing books that have been requested. Not sure how it works with audio, though. Missing Mom I only submitted yesterday so that’ll probably be a week or so before it gets approved and starts to trickle through the system.

It was fun to revisit Maggie May, Fancy, and crew. And, of course, the end of Missing Mom is where Maggie and Matt first kiss, so that was a warm fuzzy moment to narrate.

It was also interesting to narrate these books because when I was writing them some choices I made seemed to have inevitable consequences. Like the fact that when Janice Fletcher died she left those parcels of land for sale that could jeopardize the barkery. And Ted Little being so scary and taking an interest in Maggie.

I happen to be a pantser as a writer, meaning it’s sort of coming to me as I write it. So the story adjusts as the events occur. And with those two items that I introduced I felt I had to follow them up. Which is why we get that one paragraph about Ted Little in the next book and also why the barkery has to be torn down.

But reading it back I realized I could’ve maybe just ignored both of those things and been okay to continue the story without incorporating them. In one sense, I’m happy I did follow those consequences through because I think the pet resort will let Maggie build an entire community around herself instead of just a business with her friend. So I like where that went. But I could’ve spared Jamie the Ted Little experience. (And also the reference to Ruby. She’s a character I want to write about someday who has a ghost dog companion but I could’ve kept her out of this series.)

Anyway. Sorry I don’t have news on a next book. It might be a while. I love this little world I’ve created, but money-wise if I want to keep writing I need to put some time in on a few other series that have far higher sales numbers and haven’t had releases in (six) years. Yikes! Although I may do a collaboration between two of my pen names which would mean the next book is the first in a contemporary paranormal romance mystery series. (Haha. My problem as an author is that I have too many ideas to every write them all.)

Also, my own Miss Fancypants is now 9 years and almost 9 months old and my vet said that statistically she doesn’t see dogs of her size/breed make it to 10 often. (I know some Newfs make it to 15 or 16 and a decent number make it to 12, but we are now up to eight pills every morning, pot drops with each of her meals, and another five pills each night. That includes three different types of pain medicines on top of lupus and thyroid meds. So as much as I can hope she’s with me forever, realistically I don’t think she will make it that far.) That makes it a little hard to write about Fancy right now.

Plus, I am happily spending as much time as she wants outside at lunchtime laying in the snow while I read a book. We only have our pups for so long, gotta spend that time with them while we have them.

Here’s my girl out on the patio clearly wanting me to put the computer away and pay her some attention:

(And, yes, there are two dog beds in that picture that she’s ignoring. Along with one more around the corner and two more inside…Spoiled? Nah.)

Hope you and yours are well. Take care.

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A Little Holiday Surprise

Not a new book, sadly, but…something else.

I just received notice that the audiobook of A Dead Man and Doggie Delights has been approved by the folks at ACX. Which means it is now available on Amazon, Nook, Google, Kobo, Audible US, Audible UK, Audible France, Audible Germany, Hoopla,, and probably more. If you listen to audiobooks, check your favorite store or library.

It was a big leap for me to do so, but I decided to narrate this series myself. (I worked my way up to it with about a half dozen non-fiction titles and about a dozen short stories, because it’s a lot to narrate a novel. All the voices!) I figured I knew Maggie’s voice best and I’m pretty proud of the result.

I expect to hear that A Crazy Cat Lady and Canine Crunchies is also approved very soon since I submitted them on the same day. I will post links when that happens on the series page and update that Books2Read link, too, to include audio.

In 2023 I hope to work my way through the rest of the series, but, you know, the better these do the sooner that will happen because my girl likes her treats and comfy beds and those are not free, so I sometimes have to prioritize the money-makers.

If you already read the book and don’t want to listen to it in audio, but do like cute holiday stories with puppies in them, maybe check out the Puppy Love Holiday Collection, which has four holiday short stories that involve puppies bringing people together. (Be warned that one story does have an injured dog, but all of the stories have very happy endings.) That one is available in ebook, print, and audio as well. And is me writing under the name C. Coal.

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. My girl and I are trying to get as much time hanging out in the grass as we can in winter in Colorado. (Which is actually surprisingly more than you’d think possible.) Not looking too shabby for a 9 1/2 year old lady is she?


A Few Quick Notes

First, if you ever notice a typo in one of my books feel free to send me an email about it. (aleksabaxterwriter at gmail) For the ebook version it’s pretty easy for me to fix and I do like to correct typos when I become aware of them. For print on Amazon I can also fix those easily. For print not on Amazon I may or may not be able to fix it.

But I do want to know.

The reason I bring this up is that it seems someone was kind enough to report a couple of typos to Amazon that I also found during my recent re-read of the whole series.

Amazon didn’t let me know about them so I didn’t know about those reports until I uploaded new files with those issues corrected and suddenly Amazon was like, “Oh, hey, way to correct those quality issues.”

So if you want me to know about the issues so I can fix them, email direct. Probably the same goes for other authors as well.

Also, it didn’t happen with me but I have heard of other authors getting books pulled or threatened to be pulled for a typo report. And for some authors who have things structured differently they may not have the ability to easily update their files like I do. So better to go direct and understand that it won’t always be an easy fix for every author.

Two, now through July 8th the ebook of book four in the series, A Missing Mom and Mutt Munchies is going to be free in celebration of the latest release. And I’ve put the ebook of A Dead Man and Doggie Delights to free and plan to keep it there going forward.

This also means that the two first collections for the series that include Books 1 through 3 and then Books 4 through 6 as well as the Halloween short story will be reduced in price during those same periods so no one is paying extra just to get the collection.

And, three, the ebook version of Books 7 through 9 and the Housebound short story is now live. Paperback to follow soon.

Oh, and also, when I re-read Salacious Scandal I realized that having two characters named Evan in the same book was confusing so I renamed Evan Browers to Owen Browers. He’s only mentioned in that book so it shouldn’t cause an issue unless someone refreshes the book mid-read and you had already started reading it. (So don’t do that.)

But if that is you, now you know what happened.

(And in general with my books at least you don’t need to update when I update a file. Usually it’s because I’m adding new books to the Also By section or making a minor correction like replacing a comma with a period. If it’s big, I’ll let you know here. And that’s probably true for other authors as well. My rule would be, don’t worry about updating unless you read something and think, “What on earth?” and then go look to see if the file was updated.)

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New Release: A Puzzling Pooch and Pumpkin Puffs

Book 9 in the Maggie May and Miss Fancypants series, A Puzzling Pooch and Pumpkin Puffs, is live on most platforms and should be live on all platforms very soon.

This is the last book in the series. If I write about these characters again it will be a new series.

It’s also murder-free and death-free. I just didn’t have it in me to write about anybody being dead right now so in this one Maggie is on bed rest (or at least her version of it) but she still gets involved in solving the mystery of a lost dog. Low stakes, high rewards.

I should have the collection for books 6 through 9 out probably by the end of the month if you prefer to read in collections instead of one book at a time. Also, within the next few days I’ll probably be setting book 1 and 4 to free so if you know someone you think would enjoy the series or fell off of it, it’ll be a good chance for them to try it out or come back to it.

And for those who read the large print hardcover version for now that’s only going to be available on Amazon, but the regular large print version should make its way to other platforms.


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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.)


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:

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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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.

Housebound Holiday

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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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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.