A Few of My Faves and a Chance to Win a Kindle Fire!
It’s been a few days since I’ve posted. I have been in plotting mode for the next book and am happy to say that as of yesterday I now have a 16 single-spaced detailed outline and 50 pages on the new book (Haunted Hills). This one has some of the same kind of humor as a Nikki book, which for those of you waiting for a new Wine Lovers’ Mystery, you will be pleased to know that there will be Book #7 out in early July!
Today, I am giving some “Plugs” for a few things (favorite books, favorite blog, and new e-reader), so if you feel like I am trying to sell you on some stuff, well, fine. I am. The first things is for you writers out there. A friend called me this week as she is in the middle of writing her first novel. She told me that she felt stuck and that she isn’t sure where the book is going and that she keeps rewriting pages over and over. I asked her, “Do you have an outline?” She does not. My suggestion to her was to pick up any of James Frey’s book on writing. Each time I start a new book, I take a little refresher on writing with one of his books. The current one I’m using is HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD MYSTERY. I Love this book! Here is the link to it on amazon. http://tiny.cc/4o7pq . Frey has books on How to Write a Damn Good Novel, Thriller, etc. I now have his library on my Kindle Fire, which is definitely one of my most favorite new things in the world! I never thought I would say that as I figured I would remain a dinosaur and only read print books. I was wrong. I bought the original Kindle and liked it, but now with the Kindle Fire I can see photos in my cookbooks (Love any cookbook by Giada and Rick Bayless), it is light and easy to travel with. Because I love this book so much and because I would love to see my books hit the top ten Kindle Sales list this month, I am offering a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner if either COVERT REICH or DADDY’S HOME hits the top ten list (DH is in the top 30 for pyschological thrillers right now)! Just keep checking to see, and anyone who writes in the blog comment section that they bought a copy is automaticallly entered. This is an honor system, so I will trust you when you say you purchased it. I can’t say I got this idea myself. Actually my good friend and a huge supporter of my work Lori Gondelman from http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/ (for readers this a must blog to follow) gave me the idea as she so kindly surprised me this morning by offering an Ipod shuffle to her readers and touting Jessica Park’s amazing book FLAT OUT LOVE and COVERT REICH. If you have not read Jessica’s book, it is excellent and not one to miss. It has been on the top 10 Kindle Book Sales List for a couple of weeks now and it deserves to be #1! Check it out for yourself. http://amzn.to/tGQdWC. For those of you readers who Love humor, you can’t miss anything by my friend Gayle Carline. This lady is hysterical and also a horse lover like myself. Her Peri Minneopa Mysteries are fun, funny, and are excellent mysteries. Check her books out! http://amzn.to/vtHvFr. And for those of you who love Noir type of mysteries you can’t miss Jeff Sherrat. http://amzn.to/tGnijL. Anyone who enjoys to have the pants scared off of them needs to read a horror novel by my friend and for many years freelance editor Mike Sirota. http://amzn.to/ugE7Wg His book FIRE DANCE kept me turning pages and scared to death! And finally one last book of mine to plug :). For you readers of women’s fiction, check out a copy of HAPPY HOUR. This book has received stellar reviews and is the kind of book that will make you laugh, cry, get a little angry, etc. It is the kind of book that will remind you of what is really important in life. It’s a must read for the women in your life. And, for a very short time the publisher of this book ZOVA has graciously agreed to lower the price to .99 cents for Kindle and e-book readers. http://amzn.to/s3yjXF
So, there you go! A few of my favorite books and a cool contest. You in?
Enjoy your weekend.