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Happy Book News, Happy October, and Happy Birthday to Me!
Yes, I missed sending out a newsletter in September, and I apologize profusely. But, hey, that meant one less email in your in-box! Plus, I was spending time writing the new book, which is the main thing, yes? (Besides the motherhood thing, I mean!) I’m actually making decent progress, too, with the 20,000-word mark in sight. So, I don’t think y’all are going to need to whack me with a ruler for slacking.
Two of my agents read the first 35 pages awhile back and offered some feedback. Good news: they loved where it was going! Bad news: they don’t want me to alternate POVs between the main character and the police detective. So, now I’m figuring out how to absorb the chapters I’d written from the detective’s POV into the rest of the book. I think they’re right about leaving the book in the main character’s point of view, though. It’s going to allow for much more creepiness about the secrets this family kept through the years. And it’ll make it more twisty with regard to who the bad guy is. In fact, even calling the bad guy a bad guy is a little murky. You’ll see what I mean!!!
Another 99-cent book deal from Thomas & Mercer: for the rest of October, WALK INTO SILENCE and WALK A CROOKED LINE are 99-cents on Kindle. I feel like I’m preaching to the choir here! But, if you haven’t read either or know some mystery-loving friends who’d be willing to shell out a buck for a book, spread the word, please!
What else is going on this month that’s important? Hmm. Maybe that today I turn double-nickels!!! Yes, this old chick is 55. I don’t drive 55, but I am 55. So, happy birthday to moi. Everyone must eat something chocolate in my honor. Yes, yes, I realize it’s a sacrifice. But it’ll ensure that birthday joy (and sugar) are spread far and wide on this momentous day (oh, I’m cracking myself up!).
Wishing all of you an optimistic October and a fabulous fall filled with pumpkins and treat-or-treaters and boo-tiful books!