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NEW Release from @TWDittmer ~ Five-Toed Tigress #mystery

I’m very happy to announce the release of a new book called Five-Toed Tigress by T. W. Dittmer.

Tim is a beautiful writer, and I’m happy to feature his latest book.

You may recall him as the author of The Valley Walker, a book I thoroughly enjoyed after I interviewed him on my blog.

If you missed the interview, feel free to read it now. Tim is both entertaining and informative.

I picked up my copy of Five-Toed Tigress and hope you will do the same!

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The Five-Toed Tigress stalks the night, gliding effortlessly through the canopied forests of Cambodia– the Tiger’s Dance Floor.

She is on patrol, her mission to protect the downtrodden from the power of the greedy. Her movements are so fluid and graceful that her prowl is a thing of beauty, a dance to the music of life and death.

The Tigress is a solitary hunter, and she dances alone on her mission. She gives herself wholeheartedly to her dance, but desires a dancing partner – a mate.

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 Connect with Tim

Tim W Dittmer

Website | Twitter @TWDittmer

Amazon Author page | Goodreads | Facebook

T. W. Dittmer’s full name is Timothy Watson Dittmer. His friends call him Tim.

He was raised in Gary, Indiana, the son of a steel worker who later turned to preaching the Gospel. After high school he joined the army and volunteered for service in Vietnam.

He started writing music and poetry in high school, and has carried the love of those arts through his life. That love shines through in his prose.

He lives quietly with his wife in Michigan, where he is busy working on his next book.

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New Release by @TammyLGrace ~ DEADLY CONNECTION #mystery

Author Tammy L. Grace writes in multiple genres and has a new release due out November 1st. It’s her sixth book and the second in a series.

Find out more about Tammy’s latest creation, DEADLY CONNECTION: A COOPER HARRINGTON DETECTIVE NOVEL.

You can pick it up now on pre-order! Also, don’t forget to connect to Tammy at all her virtual homes.

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Available for pre-order now! 

Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Coop’s case takes an unexpected twist when he discovers the dead body of his latest client.

A newcomer to Nashville with a troublesome problem requests an emergency meeting with private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington.  When she fails to keep her appointment, Coop and Annabelle, his faithful friend and assistant, become worried and go in search of their new client.  Their hopes for a quiet Sunday are dashed when they discover her dead body.

Coop and Annabelle find themselves immersed in the investigation, uncovering tenuous links to a handful of suspects. With the help of his loyal golden retriever, Gus, and meddling but well-meaning Aunt Camille, Coop works to untangle the web of connections to expose the motive and identity of the killer before anyone else is murdered.

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Connect to Tammy

tammy grace

Blog | Twitter @TammyLGrace

Facebook | Google +

Amazon Author page

Tammy L. Grace is an award-winning fiction author who brings readers entertaining stories that take them on an emotional journey, filled with complex relationships of friendship and family in her Hometown Harbor Series. Set in the picturesque San Juan Islands in Washington, escape with a close-knit group of friends and their interwoven lives filled with both challenges and joys that resonate with women. Each book in the series focuses on a different woman and her journey of self discovery.

Tammy creates compelling characters who readers love or love to hate. In her Cooper Harrington Detective Novels, readers will delight in the fast paced whodunits, featuring Coop and his loyal golden retriever, Gus. Set in Nashville, Coop, a snarky t-shirt wearing lawyer turned private detective, with the help of his dog and faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle, work to solve murder mysteries with plenty of twists.

Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing.

When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

Her new releases in 2015 include Pieces of Home, Book 4 in The Hometown Harbor Series and Killer Music, the first book in the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels. Tammy enjoys connecting with readers. Visit her website at http://www.tammylgrace.com or connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tammylgrace.books.

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15 #NEW Books join the #LeiCrimeKW family on @KindleWorlds

Along with 14 other spectacular authors, I’m proud to release my third book for the Lei Crime Series for Kindle World.

Charade at Sea follows A Snake in Paradise and SEAL of a Monk.

15 new KW books

Starting today, you can learn more about all the new books and its authors as we cozy up to Toby Neal who started the terrific series. She will host interviews with us over the next two weeks, and there will be prizes!

I’ll have the pleasure of being on Toby’s blog mid July and will announce it here on my blog. And of course I’ll have giveaways too! 

Speaking of prizes, you still have several days to enter the Rafflecopter on Book Rhythm’s page.  Don’t miss your chance to enter.

GRAND PRIZE:  Kindle Oasis and power adapter, Fintie Kindle Smart Case, Full set of LCKW books, Kindle headphones, Lei Crime Box Set, $75 Amazon Gift Card

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Charade at Sea is currently available, so grab your copy! Find out more from the summary below.

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Charade at Sea

A luxury cruise is ideal for a budding romance … or is it?

Lainey Lee and ex-Navy SEAL, Max Scott, shared an incredible experience when they met in Kauai. A romantic cruise around the Hawaiian Islands seems perfect for discovering if they can become more than just friends.

But mystery abounds.

Lainey meets a fifty-something newlywed on her honeymoon. The chatty woman speaks highly of her husband and his secret missions abroad. Lainey is intrigued but her intuition tells her something is not right.

Even while her feelings for Max grow, Lainey can’t help wondering about the charade being played at sea.

 

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Join a Facebook Party to celebrate #New #LeiCrimeKW books #Prizes

I’m celebrating the release of Charade at Sea – my third book in the Lei Crime Series for Kindle World.

Charade at Sea follows A Snake in Paradise and SEAL of a Monk. They are stand-alone books although I’d recommend you read them in order. It’s the best way to understand the symbolism woven throughout.

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Charade at Sea will be live on Amazon US shortly, however, there’s no time like the present to have a party!

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Join me with other Lei Crime Kindle World authors, including Toby Neal who started the terrific Lei Crime series.

When? June 27, 6 PM – 8 PM EST.

I’m giving away books and a $20 Amazon gift card.

Come by for your chance to win!

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Charade at Sea is a romance/mystery that tackles the important issue of stolen valor.

Find out more from the summary below.

Hope to see you at the Facebook partyJust drop by, say hi to authors, and have fun! Easy to win free books and great prizes!

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Charade at Sea

A luxury cruise is ideal for a budding romance … or is it?

Lainey Lee and ex-Navy SEAL, Max Scott, shared an incredible experience when they met in Kauai. A romantic cruise around the Hawaiian Islands seems perfect for discovering if they can become more than just friends.

But mystery abounds.

Lainey meets a fifty-something newlywed on her honeymoon. The chatty woman speaks highly of her husband and his secret missions abroad. Lainey is intrigued but her intuition tells her something is not right.

Even while her feelings for Max grow, Lainey can’t help wondering about the charade being played at sea.

 

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Introducing a new #LeiCrimeKW book ~ CHARADE at SEA

It’s been a while since I released a new title, and I’m so proud to do so with my third novella for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds.

Charade at Sea follows A Snake in Paradise and SEAL of a Monk. They are stand-alone books although I’d recommend you read them in order to understand the symbolism woven throughout.

Snakes and strength prevail in A Snake in Paradise, where I introduce the main character, Lainey Lee.

Dhamma and endurance weave through SEAL of a Monk, and introduces ex-Navy SEAL Max Scott.

In Charade at Sea, Lainey and Max meet again in Hawaii.  It’s a romance/mystery and tackles the important issue of stolen valor.

Look for its release end of the month, kicking off with a Facebook party June 27th.

Join me with other Lei Crime Kindle World authors, including Toby Neal who started the terrific Lei Crime series. Lots of books and great prizes to be won!

In the meantime, my other two books are only 99 cents. I don’t set the price so grab them while they are on sale!

And now … here is the cover … I love it and hope you do too!

As always, huge thanks to award-winning designer, JB Graphics for his vision and hard work!

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Charade at Sea

A luxury cruise is ideal for a budding romance … or is it?

Lainey Lee and ex-Navy SEAL, Max Scott, shared an incredible experience when they met in Kauai. A romantic cruise around the Hawaiian Islands seems perfect for discovering if they can become more than just friends.

But mystery abounds.

Lainey meets a fifty-something newlywed on her honeymoon. The chatty woman speaks highly of her husband and his secret missions abroad. Lainey is intrigued but her intuition tells her something is not right.

Even while her feelings for Max grow, Lainey can’t help wondering about the charade being played at sea.

 

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Join the #MysteryReveal – One Day Only ~ Sept 12 on #Facebook

I playfully refer to this as the Magical Mystery Reveal Tour! For one day only, Saturday, September 12th, I’ll participate in a Facebook event with other bestselling mystery writers.

Hit the graphic and join us 🙂

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Sept 12, 21015 ~ Join us on Facebook from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST

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Come by for exclusive giveaways, freebies, and purchase e-books for only 99 cents! My book, Stranger at Sunset has been reduced for the event but will go back up shortly, so take this opportunity to grab it!.

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Here are just some of the authors who’ll be attending and answering your questions. I’m available from 10-11 a.m. EST, and I’m excited to talk to you, so please join us!

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10-11 Perry Elisabeth, KJ Traynor, Eden Baylee and Duncan Whitehead
11-12 Mary Ellen Hughes, Zanna Mackenzie and Celeste Burke

PM

12-1 Sheila Odom Hollinghead, Vicki Vass,
1-2 Kathi Daley, Pamela Kelley, Elizabeth Lorraine and Tonya Kaypes
2-3 Susan Holmes, Amy Metz, Kathi Daley and Amy Vansant
3-4 Sylvia Selfman, Jb Hawker, Duncan Whitehead & Dianne Harman
4-5 Ritter Ames, Laurinda Wallace, Sherry Chamblee & Maria Swan
5-6 Stefania Mattana, Ca Larmer, Morgana Best & Dianne Harman
6-7 Karoline Barrett, Julie Moffett, Abby Vandiver & Grace Geyer

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Read an Exchange with Author Fiona Quinn (@FionaQuinnBooks)

I am so excited to have author, Fiona Quinn, on my blog. I’m a huge fan of her and her writing.

When I set out to write a mystery, her wisdom and experience were invaluable to me. In this interview, you’ll find out how she shares her knowledge with authors.

Now, let’s learn more about this fascinating woman and her book, Virginia is for Mysteries.

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Music Monday says You Can’t Always Get What You Want

I’ve been providing clues to my new book for weeks now, and guess what? This is the final clue.

You know what that means, right? I’ve finished writing the book! 😀

I’m excited, SUPER excited! Next steps: The manuscript goes to my wonderful editor, Annetta Ribken, and the amazing JB Graphics will design the cover and create a new book website for me.

It’s been a long haul. There is still so much to do, but for now, I just want to breathe and thank everyone who has been so patient, loving, and supportive during my writing process. I am thrilled with the book, and I hope you will be too.

Look for more information about my book in future blogs, including book title, release date details, marketing, and more.

As for this song by the Rolling Stones … it’s one of my favorites, and a perfect final clue.

Big love 

~eden

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” … I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practised in the art of deception
I could tell by her blood-stained hands

Oh, you can’t always get what you want
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime
You just might find
You get what you need …”

Here were previous weeks’ song clues:

The Tide Is High | Crazy | Coconut | Mad World

Something | You’re So Vain | It’s Probably Me

Windmills of Your Mind | She’s Always a Woman

If you want to read other genres I write: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

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Music Monday with She’s Always a Woman

There are a lot of women in my upcoming psychological mystery, and this song is one of my favorites about the diversity of a woman. Enjoy Billy Joel’s song as another clue to my book.

“… Oh … she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants, she’s ahead of her time
Oh … and she never gives out
And she never gives in, she just changes her mind

And she’ll promise you more than the garden of Eden
Then she’ll carelessly cut you and laugh while you’re bleeding
But she’ll bring out the best and the worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself ’cause she’s always a woman to me …”

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To recap, the clues so far are:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

You’re So Vain

It’s Probably Me

Windmills of Your Mind

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a wonderful week,

eden

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Music Monday in the Windmills of Your Mind

There are a lot of mind games in my upcoming psychological mystery, and this song provides terrific metaphors for it. Enjoy the dreamy Dusty Springfield and another clue in my upcoming novel.

“… Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon …”

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

You’re So Vain

It’s Probably Me

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

eden

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Music Monday says It’s Probably Me

Until my book is released, I’m featuring music to provide clues about its plot, characters, setting, mood, and more.

Sting and Eric Clapton in black and white, mysterious lyrics … all hard to beat.

“… When the world’s gone crazy and it makes no sense
There’s only one voice that comes to your defense
The jury’s out and your eyes search the room
And one friendly face is all you need to see
If there’s one guy, just one guy
Who’d lay down his life for you and die
It’s hard to say it
I hate to say it, but it’s probably me …”

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

You’re So Vain

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a lovely week,

eden

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Music Monday says You’re So Vain

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring music to provide clues for my upcoming mystery novel.

These songs can hint at: Character, setting, mood, plot, and more.

“You’re So Vain” is a mysterious song. Who is Carly Simon singing about? The speculation has ranged from Warren Beatty to Mick Jagger to David Geffen and others. Rumour has it the subject was whispered backwards at the beginning of the song.

I love these little puzzles that keep people guessing. Don’t you? 😉

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a lovely week,

eden

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Music Monday says Something with the Beatles

How timely that I’m featuring music to provide clues for my upcoming mystery novel, and it’s the Beatles’ 50-year anniversary to America.

It was Feb. 9, 1964 when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and made music history.

“Something” written by George Harrison (my favorite Beatle) is the only song he wrote while with the Beatles that topped the Hot 100 chart. It’s a beautiful song about the mysterious qualities of a woman that attract a man.

And we all know, there are so many things about a woman that can mystify a man. 😉

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a lovely week,

eden

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Music Monday starts with a Mad World

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring music that provides clues for my upcoming mystery novel.

These songs can hint at any part of the story: Character, setting, mood, plot, and more. This week’s clue is a good one, and it’s a great song, sung here by Gary Jules, originally by Tears for Fears.

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have an amazing week. 😉

eden

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Music Monday involves a Lime and a Coconut

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring songs that hint at my current mystery novel, and I’m using music to do it.

Why not?

It kills two birds … you know the old saying.  I get to share songs, which I do every Monday, and provide clues to peculiar elements in my book.

To recap, the  first two clues were:

The Tide Is High” and “Crazy.”

Enjoy “Coconut” by the late, great Harry Nilsson. It features three distinct characters (the narrator, the sister, and the doctor) all sung in different voices by Nilsson.

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a wonderful week, stay tuned. 😉

eden

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Music Mondays goes Crazy

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring songs that hint at my current mystery novel.

The first clue came last week with “The Tide Is High.”

This week, enjoy “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. His song describes more than a few of the characters in my book.

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a wonderful week, more clues to come. 😉

eden

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Music Mondays and The Tide is High

Over the next weeks, I will feature songs that hint at my current mystery novel. The clues have to do with setting, characters, and plot.

The Paragons was the name of a band from Kingston, Jamaica. Their most famous track “The Tide Is High”, was written by band member, John Holt, later remade by Blondie in 1980.

Music drives my writing so it’s a great way to share the inspiration of my work with you.

If you want to read the other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and other short stories, I’d love if you pick up a copy of any of my books.

Have a wonderful week,

eden

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The Best Laid Plans ~ An update to my mystery novel

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley

 ~ From “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns

Most of us know the line paraphrased as:

The best-laid plans of mice and men
Often go awry

Or simply: The best laid plans …

In layman’s terms, the meaning of the line is: No matter how carefully one plans, something may still go wrong, or the result may not be as expected.

If you consider I’m not a planner anyway, it is amazing how I accomplish much of anything, let alone write. In the writer’s world, I’m known as a “pantser.” I fly by the seat of my pants. I don’t plan my storyline—the ones who do are “plotters.” Some days, I envy them.

Up until now with writing flash fiction, short stories, and novellas, I’ve had the good fortune of not having to plan.

When I set out to write a novel in September 2012, a seed of an idea took root in my brain. It sprouted slowly, branched off in different directions until it began blossoming several months later. The story did not reveal itself to me in its entirety as did other stories I’d written, but for some ridiculous reason, I continued to think it might.

Given that, I committed myself to finish the novel by year-end 2013. I wrote a post in January called Scaling Back the Juggling Act to publicize it. I figured that if I wrote it down and announced my intentions, my deadline could no longer be a moving target. In other words, I had to follow through.

Fast forward eleven months …

People who know me well understand I’m private with my writing. I rarely disclose works in progress. I don’t lament when I’m struggling, nor do I announce any great revelations. Based on how I write, things can change, so there is no point giving away anything until the product is complete.

Why am I telling you this?

The main reason is that people have been asking me when my book is coming out.

And why shouldn’t they? I’m the one who said it would be ready by now.

Firstly, I’d like to say I am so honored and thrilled for the interest. The fact that my book will not be released this year obligates me to explain. Even though the deadline is self-imposed, I adhere to my own work ethics, and my word should mean something. I am disappointed in myself for not keeping it.

My inability to plan the release date is a big lesson for me. I set the fuzzy timeline but did not build in a buffer. Ultimately, I underestimated the steep learning curve of switching both genre and classification.

A few clues to my personality should have alerted me to the challenges.

  1. I am my own worst critic, and I’m anal—a deadly combination. I cannot release what I consider inferior writing just to meet a deadline.
  2. I’m fearful of my editor, Annetta Ribken, even though I absolutely adore her. That adoration compels me not to disappoint her. She knows I want to become a better writer, and that can only happen with hard truths, delivered in a way only she can.
  3. I edit and re-edit my work as I write. I know this is wrong on so many levels. For my next novel, I aim to write a crappy first draft and not worry about it. For this one, that ship has sailed.
  4. I’m not verbose in spoken or written conversation, and I’m no fan of wordiness. I’ve always admired authors who can write 100K and edit down to 80K. My style of writing is spare, so my difficulty has been to build up word count, not slash it.
  5. I love a challenge even though writing this book has frustrated me to tears. At times, I despaired as to whether I could sustain a novel.

As of now, the truth is: My book will not be coming out this year. It will come out in 2014.

I’d like to end with a quote that makes the hardships some of us go through seem rather trivial, but we can still take inspiration from it for whatever challenges us.

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It always seems impossible until it’s done.
~ Nelson Mandela

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