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Drive-Bye Available Today!


I’m excited to announce that Drive-Bye, book three of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, is out officially today! It’s tough to believe it’s been this long already, but time flies when you’re writing.

So for a limited time as a special release price, you can purchase Drive-Bye for $1.99 at the following ebook retailers:

Apple’s iBookstore
Barnes & Noble

If you’re new, you can start the series for free right now! (Visit the series’ page for links.) You can also learn more at the official Belinda & Bennett Facebook page, and you can find out about new releases first by joining my email newsletter.

Pre-Order Drive-Bye Today!


Book three of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Drive-Bye, comes out on March 20. But you can pre-order your copy now at Apple’s iBookstore and Barnes & Noble (and soon at Kobo) for the limited-time price of $1.99!

If you’re new to the series, right now book one, Cliffhanger, is free. Learn about it and get download links here.

Find out as soon as Drive-Bye is available everywhere by joining my email newsletter, and follow the official Belinda & Bennett Facebook page for availability updates!

2013 Summer/Winter Sale At Smashwords!

Well, July came fast. Here it is the first already and the start of the annual Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords. From July 1-31, you can find ebooks from 25% off to 100% off – free! I’ve enrolled all of my books in the sale this year. You can download them in basically any format you need, including Kindle, ePUB, and PDF. Follow the links below to download samples and purchase!

Auf’d (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book Two) – 50% off

Cliffhanger (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book One) – 75% off

Biohazard (A Mystery Novella) – Free

The Jester’s Apprentice – 50% off

Dead Locked – 50% off

Happy reading!

Auf’d Now Available!

The second book in The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Auf’d, is finally here! Here’s the scoop onaufd_final Belinda’s second (mis)adventure:

Lending a hand to a charity fashion show sounded like such fun. Now if only Belinda’s idea of a good time included a smothered designer and trouble with Bennett.

While Belinda balances opening a business and a house reno,
haute couture Portside-style lands her in one hot mess of runway intrigue and man drama.

It seems not everyone at this show is what they claim to be –
or even who.

You can buy Auf’d now as an ebook at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. It’ll be available on iBookstore and other retailers in the weeks to come. And I’m releasing a paperback edition later this summer.

Thanks to everyone for the support and feedback on the series so far! I hope you enjoy the second installment. 🙂 More to come soon!

Download Cliffhanger & Biohazard Free During Read an Ebook Week

Until March 9, download Cliffhanger and Biohazard free at Smashwords during Read an Ebook cliffhanger_kdpWeek! My other two mystery books, Dead Locked and The Jester’s Apprentice, are half off for the week too.

Things may stay a little quiet around here while I hammer out Auf’d, book two in The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. It comes out this spring, so I’ve got a lot of work to do! If you’d like to know as soon as it’s available, join my email newsletter.

Crazy Cozy BlogFest!

So what I’m contributing for the Crazy Cozy BlogFest is somewhat real. The characters and setting are part of a new cozy series I’m working on, and this plot may come to fruition at some point too! But it needs more work. 😉

For those of you looking for a new cozy mystery to read, check out Quilt or Innocence by Elizabeth Craig and Azalea Assault by Alyse Carlson, both just released!

Here is the breakdown of my cozy mystery idea:

Protagonist: A freelance writer who turns amateur sleuth after an event that hits close to home. She has the inside story on a lot of the wealthier people in Seaside (my fictional R.I. town), which comes in super handy as a lot of these individuals drop dead over the course of time.

Sidekick: The owner of an event security firm. He’s a former police officer with a meticulous eye and a weakness for puzzles. (And, oh yeah, he has a weakness for my protagonist too.) Conveniently, his BFF is a detective.

Theme: Uh…I’m not much of a theme person so I’d say my theme really revolves around the setting. Death in a vibrant coastal town, that’s my theme.

Victim: A young marina dock hand who is known to be a bit of a ladies’ man. He’s discovered strung up in the rigging of a sailboat, but he was actually stabbed to death.

Suspects: The family that owns the boat has a lot of secrets. The dead patriarch was kind of a controlling jerk and that’s left his wife and kids with some issues. The two daughters have secret love lives: one was involved with the dock hand and had seen him the morning of his death, and the other is secretly dating a guy who maintains boats for a living (and would thus not be approved by her family). The latter daughter originally found the body, but her boyfriend takes care of things, trying to shield her from dealing with it. As it turns out, the dock hand knew about their dating and had a confrontation with her boyfriend. The mother is still letting the dead husband control her life, but found herself attracted to the dock hand (she had no idea her daughter was seeing him).

Killer: I like the mother for this right now. She’s wound tight from her unpleasant marriage and hasn’t been able to let go and is vulnerable. So she becomes infatuated with the wrong guy, learns about his involvement with her own daughter, and snaps and kills him. It’s really not about him in the end, but he’s the poor unfortunate who happened to be there when she lost it.

And that’s all she wrote…for now. Be sure to check out the other participants in this blogfest by clicking here!

Via Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book » Cozy Wednesday with Ada Madison (Special Giveaway too!)

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! I found out last year Ada Madison was a pseudonym for Camille Minichino and we connected on Facebook very quickly. What did we do before Facebook and the internet? We would never have gotten to know our favorite authors and the only way we were able to tell them we loved their work was to send them a letter through the publisher. I am so happy to be able to send them messages, email them with questions, or just tweet to the world that we love their books. I am so glad I was able to connect with Camille and find out what a truly special woman she is and I am so happy she could take time to visit here today.

Read the entire post and enter to win The Probability of Murder at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book » Blog Archive » Cozy Wednesday with Ada Madison (Special Giveaway too!).