Okay, so several years ago my writing pal Edie Ramer and I got this insane idea to write a mystery. In emails. We weren’t the first writer to come up with this novel (pun intended) idea. Another very smart lady by the name of Roxanne St. Claire wrote a book titled HIT REPLY, which was written in emails. I read that book long before I met Rocki, and it’s still my favorite book by her. Very clever, my dear.
So, when Edie and I moved ahead with our idea, about an online crit group of mystery writers who were much more than CP’s (crit partners) we hadn’t a clue what or how we were going to go about it. So, we started with character first. Six CP’s all at different places in their writing journey and all six with very distinct personalities. Edie took three characters and I took three. Then we just started emailing in character. We wrote marathon IM sessions, threw in a few blogs and text messages and voila, almost a hundred thousand words later we had a mother of a whodunit. It was a blast. I loved writing this story.
When we were done with the story I missed my characters. They had become such a part of my daily life. And for the record, I think it took us two months to write the rough draft (it was so fun we couldn’t stop emailing!). In the end there was little that needed polishing.
We sat on the story for a while. Then we decided we wanted to go out with it. My agent took a read and loved it. But the market was changing, and, well, she didn’t feel it would have a broad enough appeal. Then about a year later, cozy mysteries became en vogue. And while YOU’VE GOT MURDER isn’t a cozy mystery per se, it is a mystery. A very cleverly written one at that! Knowing what I knew about the mystery market and what publishers are/were willing to come up with, Edie and I decided we didn’t want to hand YOU’VE GOT MURDER over on those terms, so, we decided to go the self-pub route. And now here we are! http://amzn.com/B006O5IIXQ
Now don’t let that cover fool you. This is a fun, clever, romp into the lives of six driven mystery writers who don’t let anything get in the way of their friendship. Most especially no stinkin’ murder/s. Each time I read YOU’VE GOT MURDER (and I’ve read it at least a dozen times over the years) I smile and nod my head congratulating myself and Edie on our cleverness and three dimensional characterization. It’s. So. Much. Fun! I loved writing it. I still love reading it. I hope you do too. http://amzn.com/B006O5IIXQ
Here’s the official blurb:
Murder follows the Shady Ladies mystery authors everywhere they go…
Six mystery writers who exchange emails, instant messages and texts discussing plotlines, sex and murder for their books, get a dose of non-fiction when one of their own is suspected of doing in a wife-beating killer.
The heat cranks up when another member’s crooked literary agent is killed, and their newest member’s husband is looking more and more like a serial killer.
Flesh-eating pigs, New York skyscrapers, quadruplets, a feisty grandma, a husband on Viagra and a sexy Italian detective are just part of the mix as the Shady Ladies plot like their lives depend on it… Because it does…
Doesn’t that sound like a blast?
So, here’s my offer to you today: YOU’VE GOT MURDER is free on Amazon to anyone who downloads it today. http://amzn.com/B006O5IIXQ You have until midnight tonight. After that it goes up to $2.99 (I think 2.99 could be 3.99, Edie is in charge of that). Be my guest to wait until after midnight to pay for the book. You won’t break my heart, but regardless, either way, free or pay, if you read the book between now and my next blog date here at MURDER SHE WRITES, Friday, February 3rd, and answer this question: Correctly guess which three characters I wrote and which three characters Edie wrote, you will win a live orchid from me (see my blog yesterday at www.magicalmusings.com to see just how serious I am about my orchids) and a $20 internet gift certificate from Edie. In the case of a tie, either between two commenters or a dozen, we’ll number them and pick one winner.
So, if you haven’t already, please go download your copy of YOU’VE GOT MURDER, read it in the next two weeks then come back here when I blog on the 3rd and tell me which three characters I wrote and which three Edie wrote for a chance to win some stuff! http://amzn.com/B006O5IIXQ
In the meantime, if you enjoyed YOU’VE GOT MURDER, please tell your friends and we’d love your review up on Amazon. http://amzn.com/B006O5IIXQ
Not in the states? Not a problem! 🙂
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I’m so excited for you to read this story! Let me know if you do and what you thought!