The chance to go to a high tea and see a Vintage Fashion show looked like a lot of fun. I arrived and was shown to my seat at a table. I happened to be seated with Tricia, a woman I used to work with, and her seventeen year-old daughter. Tricia introduced me to the other women at the table as a mystery writer. One woman asked me what my books were about and I started telling them the opening scenes to "One Dog Too Many," when another woman from an adjacent table called over. "Don't tell them any more please," she said. "I'm not finished reading the book yet!" I beamed.
I ran into Jerry. He and his wife dog sit in their home. They give the visiting dogs 4 walks a day. Jerry and Cathie drive to Arizona for the winter and she brought along the Mae December mysteries. She had all 5. She read them all the way there and back. Thank you Cathie! Love to hear things like this, makes it easier to get back to writing. I reminded Jerry that Book 6 will be out in less than a year.
Yesterday I met a man walking his dog in the 80 acre snowy field I normally use to exercise the dogs. I had met him before and knew his wife. He told me his wife had been reading the books on a recent road trip to Arizona and loved the idea of using Cheerios as dog treats. She thought it might cut their dog treat costs. I thought I should do a little research on this.
Here's the reason to try Cheerios. Some dogs will become quite set on only eating their treats because they have so much more flavor than their dog food. To avoid this, you can give them treats that are fairly bland in flavor, like Cheerios, so they enjoy the treat but still show interest in their food.
The Hallmark Mystery Channel is making a series of made-for-tv movies based on cozy mysteries. I've watched those based on the authors Charlaine Harris and Joanne Fluke. Both of these women are N.Y.Times best sellers. I thought the movies were very well done. Now if only we could figure out a way to have the Mae December series get chosen. Wow, would that be a thrill. One of the less well known authors is Susie Weinert. Since she only had 3 books out and the first one came out in 2013, I am going to pick up one of her books tonite. Just thought I'd read the competition!
Webmaster Will and Lia started playing around with the cover for "Six Dogs 'Til Sunday." Since Mae and Ben are getting married on St. Patrick's Day, they have been working with a medium green for the background color. They also did one in pink which looked pretty cute actually. This cover has to have 6 dogs on it, of course, and we are still thinking about what little red element we might use. Maybe a red champagne glass? Or red roses for Mae's bridal bouquet?
This is a true story! Lia's granddaughter had just added some new landscaping including laurels and rosebushes. Planning to water the plants the next morning she found them gone! Several other neighbors were also victimized. The police were called and were optimistic. Apparently a thief had been operating in the area; taking things from outside big lovely homes.
In order to be able to positively identify her plants, Lia's granddaughter put white spray paint on the leaves of several of them. The police called last night; the thief was in custody. They were told to go to the woman's address and retrieve their plants. When they got there, there was a line up of 10 cars! Now that the crime has been solved, we are all laughing. This crime is perfect for a cozy mystery and will no doubt appear either in Book 6 or in the new spin-off series.
I am finally learning how to use Facebook in a way to highlight Lia Farrell. I have my own personal page, a page for the Mae December Mysteries and a page for Lia Farrell. The multiple pages seem to be getting a lot of messages from friends. I also have cleared my Twitter page of all the old Tweets. That way I can enter new ones.
Amazon is also being a terrific marketing partner. They run a book giveaway that is far easier than the Goodreads one. Basically Amazon sends out the books for you, you don't have to do it yourself. I would like to learn how to do a book giveaway for electronic readers. Don't know if that is on offer from Amazon yet.
Hope all this adds to books flying of the shelves at our wonderful local bookstore, Schuler's in Okemos.
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