Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tidbits, giveaways and a NEW RELEASE

Yesterday, my long-awaited (well, long awaited for me, anyway) mystery Night Watch went live on Amazon as both a Kindle ebook and a trade paperback book. 

Night Watch has been a long time coming for me. Poor Em Ridge has been a part of my life for quite a while. Before I wrote six books for Harlequin, I wanted to write a series of mysteries which featured a female boat captain. Back when I was writing Dark Water and Black Ice, she was there. She was in my thoughts during the first Bouchercon mystery conference I ever attended. I had the idea for Em Ridge (a
nd her name and her backstory have gone through various permutations through the years) for a long time. She was there in my mind, begging to come out, asking me over and over to tell her story, get it down for you, the readers.

But a whole lot of other things got in the way and it’s only now – now that I’m an author/publisher, that I am releasing her to the world.

Em Ridge is a boat captain. She’s not a huge container ship captain taking goods and containers all over the world, nor does she helm ferries or tugboats (although she could – and maybe in a future book she will.). She’s not in the military or Coast Guard. She’s not a police force boat captain. What she does is deliver boats. She’s someone who gets hired by people to take their boats (usually luxury yachts) from Point A to Point B.

Normally, a fun job. You get to spend time on other people’s fancy boats! But in Em’s life, mystery, murder and mayhem always follow.

Night Watch is the story of her first captaining job after getting her Coast Guard license. Having the billionaire’s daughter go overboard on this first job is not a good sign. The sailboat is new, state of the art, her crew on this trip include two close sail­ing friends. But an unknown fourth, who can’t even tie a bow­line, and the unruly owner’s daughter turn the idyllic trip into an adventure not wanted.

Two years ago Em buried her husband, her soul­mate, her sail­ing buddy, and with him she buried a secret. As hours on the open seas slide by, secrets are res­ur­rected tying Em’s past to a present, awash with mur­der and deception.

In November - during NaNoWriMo I plan to write The Bitter End, Book Two in the series which will have Em wandering around the Bermuda Triangle with a crazy conspiracy theorist on a fast cigarette boat.

Anyone here joining me for crazy NaNoWriMo where you sign up to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days? Let me know and we can tear our hair out together. Right now I'm in the outlining phase on Scrivener. 

In case you want to listen to my voice, which I don't particularly, I was recently interviewed by Selaw Ministries about my spring release Strange Faces. This interview was supposed to occur early in the summer, closer to the May release of that book, but Arthur intervened. That's Hurricane Arthur.

Giveaways? Ah yes, that was in my title wash't it and I made you read all the way to the bottom to get to the 'good stuff'. However, giveaways are only for my Very Special Friends. I don't give away stuff to just anyone. But to join the ranks of the Very Special Friends, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter here.

Next week there will be a newsletter with details of how you, too, can win a trip to Hawaii. 

Well, I'm lying about the Hawaii part, but it could be something you might want to take to Hawaii. So, does that count?

Until next time - 


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