Month: August 2015

It’s Tag & Tweet Cover Reveal Contest time!

Exobia presents Tag & Tweet
Exobia presents Tag & Tweet

It’s Tag & Tweet Cover Reveal Contest time.

This is an event BEFORE the Cover Reveal in a few weeks, and your chance to win a free copy of Dial QR for Murder when it’s available for Pre-Order.

Mark Your Calendars and Tell A Friend!

Place your entry Now.

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You Have to First Dream It…

The Marjorie Gardens Mystery series. PROMO4-Mousepad

Think Hallmark’s Gourmet Detective, Aurora Teagarden Mystery, and Garage Sale Mystery in the Digital Age.

That dream has been in my head since I first decided to turn my original 2009 idea for Isis Ferrelli and the series into a cozy mystery. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries helped me realize something I could achieve with the book. How?

Well, Gourmet Detective, Garage Sale Mystery, Murder She Baked, and Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery are ALL TV movies based on BOOKS-Cozy Mysteries.

Dial QR for Murder, the first Digital Age Cozy in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series is in its next phase of publication. Am I jumping the gun, here?

Naw… It’s the perfect time to follow through on what was my dream since 2013. I want the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series to leap from the page… onto readers’ handheld devices…and onto the screen.

I can’t wait to bring the series to mystery readers and writers, and I hope I have your support in taking the Digital Age Cozy to the next level.

VOTE NOW TO TELEVISE THIS SERIES: http://www.iflist.com/stories/dialqrformurdermarjoriegardensmystery

Names and Places of Author’s Imagination. 

Readers have seen the short publisher’s statement that places, names of people (alive or deceased) and incidents within a book are fictional. Any likeness purely coincidental
Well, I was reminded of this when my publisher inquired about a drug name I used in my upcoming title,  Dial QR for Murder. I made a derivative of a name brand prescription medicine to avoid any claims of infringement. 

I know there are authors who feel it’s okay to kill off a character with an overdose of OxyContin or other name brand drug. After all, lots of writers and TV shows do it. 

But consider this. 

Successful writers with large publishing houses have a whole legal team behind them. With that comes readily established licenses and privileges not extended by law to the general public. And face it–we writers are still the general public despite our fanciful notions of being famous one day. 

Mystery/thriller fans appreciate seeing fairly common methods of murder and mayhem. Yet, I insist creators get creative. Don’t be a fibber and purposefully use name brands and sweep it under the “Purely Coincidental” rug. Why not make up your own poison and name it? 

In my short story series, The Colored Doors, an illegal substance called X-ibit is wreaking havoc on the city. Crime and death rate escalate. How does this drug work? Who are the people making it, and who are those using? 

Wouldn’t you be more invested in the story to find out, rather than if police were simply battling crack- and meth-heads?

I believe both authors and their readers can benefit more from establishing fiction doesn’t always have to rely on reality. Because at the end of the day, reality can land you in court for trademark or copyright infringement. 

What do you think? 

When is a Sequel NOT a Sequel?

When you’re a writer with a multiple-book publishing deal, you’re expected to follow through on your contract by delivering. Of, course. So, when is the sequel to your first book not a sequel?

In my case, the answer’s quite simple…but detailed.

I’d anticipated releasing my second book in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series in time for the holidays. But wait…it’s already mid-August. So how much have I finished? I plead The Fifth!

Okay, so it was becoming painfully obvious to me I was never going to finish in time to have the title released for the holiday season this year. But wait, my little creative mind screamed, there’s so much Christmas stuff in it. It follows in succession to Dial QR for Murder. It’s perfect! It was time to put the girl to bed…and start again.

Currently, I’m working on another title for next summer’s release–while I finish the Christmas one. This gives me time to make the best cozy mysteries I  can without rush or mistakes. It also allows me to create a nifty newsletter for MyThugShot.com.

Sneak Peek at page 3
Sneak Peek at page 3

Lesson for today. Take your time (however long it takes) and do it right!

An Oldie But Goodie-VIDEO GAMES!

Everyone who knows me is familiar with my career in the video games industry. And my writing!

Well, today I decided to clear out some space on the server…make room for all these wonderful books I’m working on. And what should I find? Take a look!

Here’s a video of the family’s 2008 Spore creature made within the game. 😀