What’s Going On With Me….
Deception in Mariposa Beach
, the third book in the Mariposa Café Mystery Series was recently released in Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and Paperback.
I’ve been busy listening to the audio files of my books. It was a bit overwhelming the first time I heard my words being read to me. As I listen to the audio files, I’m creating a punch list of any mispronunciations, missed words, etc. I fill out a template that includes the chapter, time mark, and description of the issue. I also include the page number and location from the print book. Once the list is complete, I send it back to the narrator and producer who go back to the studio to make the corrections. DeeDee Scott of Let Love Glow Author Services is the narrator and is doing a fabulous job.
I recently launched a new website: https://teresamichaelwrites.pubsitepro.com
I hope you check it out and let me know what you think.
October 19th is National Kentucky Day. In honor of the state where I spent much of my childhood, my novella Indian Rock, will be free on Amazon on October 19th and 20th. Indian Rock is set in Eastern Kentucky near where my grandmother lived. If you haven’t read it, download it for free. Here’s a blurb and the link:
What really happened on that bright summer day upon Indian Rock? Was it an accident or was it murder? Childhood innocence is shattered for twelve-year-old Rosalie Weston when she witnesses a frightening incident at her favorite outlook in the lush Appalachian forest around the home where she lives with her mother, grandmother, and aunt. Past and present intertwine when Rosalie and her friend, Willis, uncover family secrets that will forever impact the course of their young lives.
I’ve started working on the next Mariposa Café Mystery. It’s tentatively called Hidden in Mariposa Beach but that may not be the final title. A private investigator shows up looking for Max Holden, but at the end of Murder in Mariposa Beach, he was supposed to be in the Witness Protection Program. You never know who might show up in that little Southwest Florida beach town. Stay tuned for more.
I’ve also started working on a new mystery series titled Harrington House Mysteries set in a bed and breakfast in southern Ohio along the Ohio River. A brother and sister inherit the old family mansion and instead of selling out, they decide to open a bed and breakfast. There’s also a resident ghost. This will be completed after the next Mariposa Café mystery.
What I’ve Been Reading…
What have you been doing during our self-isolation? I’ve spent a lot of time reading and I’ve read 71 books this year. If you've read any good books lately, let me know. Here are a few that I recommend:
If you want a twisty, psychological thriller, check out The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the Game of Books podcast where she was the featured author. That was loads of fun.
I enjoyed the Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult. I have always had a fascination with archeology and Egyptology and this book is about archeologists in Egypt. If you read this book, let me know what you think about the ending. It is one of those endings that you love or hate. I didn’t like the last sentence, but I truly enjoyed the other 400 pages.
If you are looking for romance, check out Middle-Ageish by Shirley Goldberg. It’s a venture into middle-age online dating. Shirley’s in my writer’s group. There’s a review of Middle-Ageish on my website. Also check out Jesse’s Girl by Tara September. It was a quick, fun read.
For heartwarming stories, I liked This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. It is set in 1932 Minnesota at an Indian school. It’s a Huck Finn adventure. I also liked Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
As far as series books – I love series. I’ve been catching up on Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series. I just started her latest, The Silent Wife. Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite thriller writers and she never ceases to deliver. Will Trent is one of my favorite characters. When I finish this book, I’m going to start her Grant County series. I should have started with Grant County but I got hooked on the Will Trent books.
I also read The Last Mrs. Summers, the latest Royal Spyness mystery by Rhys Bowen. She writes historical fiction and I’ve read all of the Georgie books. I was part of the 2016 Minerva Education Writer’s Retreat in Italy where Rhys was the teacher. It was a great experience and helped me move forward with publishing the first Mariposa Café mystery.
I’ve also been catching up on Elaine Viet’s Dead-End Job mysteries. They are a lot of fun and I also like her Angela Richman, death investigator series.
During my research for the new Mariposa Café mystery, I read WITSEC Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program by Pete Earley and Gerald Shur, the founder of WITSEC. Interesting!