With an entire week of distraction-free writing lined up for this week, there was no way I wasn’t going to have a finished a first draft of The Midsummer Murders (Maid, Mother and Crone Series, Book Three) in my hand by now. Last Thursday, I was only a few long days away from finishing the book, and my vacation from the pesky paying job to push myself across the finish line started on Saturday. It was gonna be sweet!
Nope. Ended up in the hospital on Friday with a serious abdominal malfunction. Survived it, though, so there’s that. I’m calling it a win.
Sadly, I didn’t get any writing done for the five days I lay on my back in a hospital bed. I could have. The laptop was there. After the first couple of days, I felt well enough physically. It would have been a nice distraction. But my creativity was completed sapped. I lazed around catching up on all the stuff in my Acorn TV queue instead.
However, I did collect some excellent anecdotes during my stay that will be AMAZING for Natalie’s experience when she is hospitalized in the final book. Never say I don’t do my research, nosirree bob. I had some excellent could-be-paranormal-if-you-want-to-believe experiences while there that I’m already designing scenes around.
But never fear, dears, Natalie is way too tough to stay down for the count for long. As am I!
I did rough out the first book of the Grace Stone Paranormal Mystery Series in my head while I was there, so it wasn’t entirely time wasted. That series is going to be darker than my other books based on how it’s shaping up, but I’m pretty excited about it. Then again, The Familiar was supposed to be a dark book, and look what happened there.
And I do have another week of vacation and absolutely no excuse for not writing since I’m back home now. Feel free to beam good thoughts at me to keep me focused.
9/22/2017: Gettin’ witchy with cozy mystery…
So, I wrote another book in the Witches of Giles Universe to start off the brand new Maid, Mother, and Crone Mystery Series. You probably already know I write stories with a bit of quirk, a bit of action, and a laugh or two. If you’ve enjoyed any of them so far, I think you will like The Innocent Dead: A Witch Cozy Mystery, too. The stand-alone mysteries feature the three main witches of the Bad Tom Series: Natalie, Cassie, and Gillian. Even though the ladies are featured in this one, there are also tasty servings of Tom, Robert, and several new characters (including new villains!)
I developed a real affection for the character of High Priestess Natalie Taylor, the 74 year old curmudgeon with a hero’s spirit, when I was writing Nine Lives, the final book in the Bad Tom Series. In fact, I enjoyed writing about her so much, I had to significantly rewrite the story during the editing process because I had let her take over by the end! It was enormous fun to bring her to life again as she embarks on a career of crime-solving.
What the critics are saying
“Natalie isn’t your typical witch or crone. She not only sees the dead, but it is also her duty to help them move on if she can. William Stanford is one very persistent ghost, who also happens to be the love of her life, and a murder suspect. The character of Natalie in the form of a grumpy old woman who never seems to smile or laugh with any real happiness is unforgettable. She is mean, bossy and outspoken, yet she also knows when to keep her mouth shut and when to help someone, living or dead. ~ The Cozy Review
“As a fan of Charlaine Harris and a few other paranormal mystery writers, I am glad I have found a new author to add to my reading list. The main character is a curmudgeon with a secret soft heart. She also made me laugh! You’ll see. A good mystery with enough witchcraft, shapeshifting, and ghostly goings-on to also be a good fantasy read. ~ SB, Amazon.com
Where and how to get The Innocent Dead
The Innocent Dead is a Kindle Scout winner and is published on the digital only imprint Kindle Press, which is exclusive to Amazon. However, my own publishing imprint, IndieHeart Press, has picked up the slack and published the paperback and audiobook versions. It was exciting to work with a professional narrator for the book, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
You can grab your preferred version at the following links:
Audiobook only: iTunes,
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me at moc.k1527453418cajon1527453418llij@1527453418llij1527453418 with any questions, criticisms, complaints, or proposals of marriage. I’ll be here awaiting your correspondence, hovering over my keyboard, killing a few innocent bystanders, and chortling with glee.