Titles and How They Came About

Me at Wok meeting

by Marilyn Meredith

Linda and I have both written about the importance of a title and ways to choose one. This time I’m going to concentrate on the titles in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series.

The first book I wrote in the series, Deadly Trail, was not the first published, so when it was published it was called the prequel – or when Mundania republished it, they called it #0. And of course, there is a most significant trail in it.

Deadly Omen came next and based on an Indian legend—something you’ll see I’ve done often. For a brief moment, I thought about including Deadly in every title. Sure glad I gave up that idea.

Unequally Yoked came from the Bible, and refers to the differences in Tempe’s and her husband’s beliefs.

Intervention refers to a divine intervention.

Another legend about what an owl crossing one’s path means gave the title to Wing Beat.

It’s pretty obvious why I called the next one Calling the Dead.

There are two significant fires in Judgment Fire.

Kindred Spirits refers to Tempe’s relationship with two of the Tolowa characters in the book.

Dispel the Mist introduces the Hairy Man—and the title comes from an Indian quote.

Because a lot of the action is on Bear Creek Indians Reservation land, there are more references to the Hairy Man in the Invisible Path. The title comes from another Indian quote.

Bears invade Bear Creek and create havoc; Bears With Us seemed like an appropriate title.

Raging Water was the obvious title when torrential rain caused Bear Creek to become a raging river.

Another quote provided the perfect title, Spirit Shapes, for a tale about a haunted house and the spirits who live there.

River Spirits came about from a scene near the end of the mystery—and with much of the story being on the reservation again, the Hairy Man once again appears.

In this mystery set over on the coast, Tempe soon realizes much of what is happening is Not as it Seems.

This latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Seldom Traveled, also got its title from a quote – and it refers to several seldom traveled roads and trails in the story.

And that’s how I came up with those titles,


Seldom Traveled Front Cover

Seldom Traveled Blurb:

The tranquility of the mountain community of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.

Mundania Press Buy Link: http://mundania.com/book (Directly from the publisher in all different formats).

Amazon Buy Link: Amazon Link


New Contest:

Winners will be randomly picked from those leaving the most comments on the blog posts. Each winner can choose one of the earlier books in the series as either a print book or e-book.

Tomorrow you’ll find me here: http://amymbennettbooks.blogspot.com/

Marilyn Meredith’s Bio:

Marilyn has had so many books published, she’s lost track of the count, but it’s getting near 40. She lives in a community similar to the fictional mountain town of Bear Creek, the big difference being that Bear Creek is a thousand feet higher in the mountains. She is a member of Mystery Writers of American, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, and is a board member of Public Safety
Writers of America.






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My Killer Nashville Panels Friday August 19, 2016

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Click Here for My KN Panelist Badge

Here’s the group from session 5 Building on a Network of Writers, Editors, Agents at Killer Nashville 2016:

Building Network at KN Linda Sands, Tom, Bryan Robinson, Kay Kendall

Left to right. Linda Sands, me, Tom Wood, Bryan Robinson, and Kay Kendall



I moderated Panel session 7, How to Write Effective Plot Twists. Below, to the right or my picture is Tom Wood, Sharon Potts, Ray Wenck, and Kris Calvin.



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The Black Madonna by Linda Kane – Book Excerpt and Slideshow

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The Black Madonna is a story about a group of people from the 12th century, the Cathars who fought for religious tolerance in Occitan, France.
It’s about a woman who lost all that she loved to find the last words conveyed to Thomas by Jesus Christ and the people who will stop at nothing from preventing her from bringing the words to light.

A Short Excerpt from The Black Madonna

The book had been a gift from her grandparents, but it was likely to get her killed…

Looking up, Luci spotted the monk standing on the third-floor balcony of the Center. He seemed frightened. He turned and looked behind him as if he was listening to someone. Then he faced back toward the railing, made the sign of the cross, and pitched himself forward.

“No!” Luci screamed.

He landed, arms outstretched, on some metal spikes jutting out of the concrete slab. Luci saw that, in his hand, he was still holding the tarot card. It was the card of Justice. Luci began to hyperventilate. She tore herself away from the horrible sight and scanned the crowd, searching for Janet. She couldn’t see her anywhere. The ambulance and fire truck were arriving. Too many people, too much noise. Luci could barely breathe. She saw Janet walking out of the library. Luci grabbed a sack of the birdseed that she always carried to feed the birds on her break. Dumping the seeds out she began to breathe into the paper bag. How could the monk have known about the book, and why had he wanted it enough to die? Her skin went clammy, as she fought for breath.

The paramedics raced over to the monk and immediately pronounced him dead. Someone pointed out Luci to the second paramedic. He saw that she was in distress, raced over to her, and slipped an oxygen mask over her nose. “Breathe,” he said.

She could hear people off in the distance. Someone said, “I think she’s having a heart attack.”

“Don’t go to sleep,” the paramedic said. “Stay with me and keep breathing.

The last thing she heard before the ambulance door closed was Janet’s harsh whisper near her ear. “Don’t think you’re getting out of going to France, Luci.

***Click on the Black Madonna link below for more on the history in the book always in the background behind this modern day mystery:

The Black Madonna

A Little About Linda Kane

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Southern Festival of Books Reveal Party


This year Humanities of Tennessee held the reveal party for the upcoming Southern Festival of Books at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 9th. Serenity Gerbman, Director of Literature and Language Programs announces the authors for this year’s Southern Festival of Books with more yet to be added to the list.ATT_1468112775045_20160709_182023_resized

There was a band, wine, beer, lots of food, friends, and a fun time.


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Goldstein and Terrell at Nashville’s Parnassus Books


Debra H. Goldstein, visiting from Birmingham, AL teamed up with local (Nashville) author, Jaden (Beth) Terrell, today to give quite an enjoyable presentation at Parnassus Books. They ended by signing their most recent books for local readers.
     Debra H. Goldstein was on stage for Should Have Played Poker  Parnassus Buy Link and Jaden Terrell for River of Glass. Parnassus Buy Link


Besides being an author, Debra has been a judge, which made for interesting conversation today. Goldstein’s debut novel, Maze in Blue, received a100_3013 2012 Independent Book Publisher Award and was reissued in May 2014 by Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries.  She serves on national and local boards including Sisters in Crime, Alabama Writers Conclave, YWCA of Central Alabama and the Alys Stephens Center and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Forum and Zonta. Goldstein lives in Birmingham, AL, with her husband. Her website is: debrahgoldstein home

Author Jaden Terrell was surfing the Internet in search of ideas for her third crime novel when she came across this sentence: “There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history” and further researched human trafficking for her third book in her private detective series featuring PI Jared McKean. Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist. The former special education teacher is a Magnolia Award recipient for service to the Southeastern Chapter of 100_3021

Mystery Writers of America and is also the Executive Director of the Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Literature Conference. She teaches writing workshops. Beth Jaden Terrell’s website is:  http://www.jadenterrell.com/


All in all, this was a fun time. The two authors signed books, talked to friends and we all packed our well-loved local Nashville bookstore, Parnassus Books.


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Blogposts and Me

If you’ve dropped by my blog, then hello, I’m glad you did.

My last post here, an author interview with Beth Fine, ended on May 31st leaving me with some free space for a time, so I’ve copied a recent post I published on Make Mine Mystery’s blogspot.

I’m a regular on two blogs right now, Make Mine Mystery and Novel Spaces. You can find me on MMM on the third Thursday of any month. Novel Spaces is a new gig for me. I start in July and will have a post on the 17th of every month. I have followed both these blogs for years and I’m proud to have been accepted as a regular on both.

I’ve been a guest on many other blogs: Buried Under Books (cnc books), Writers Who Kill, Killer Nashville, BK Stevens’ First Two Pages along with a number of stops on other authors’ personal blogs. The only regular monthly blog visits I’ll be making are Make Mine Mystery and Novel Spaces, which is enough right now considering I’m actively working to finish my second book while continuing to work a full-time day job. I also have other needed promotion activities.

Writing takes time like anything else you do in hopes of being successful. Here’s what I copied from my June 16, 2016 post on Make Mine Mystery:


About Book Titles

by Linda Thorne

If you follow suggestions for writing book titles, you will be discouraged from writing long titles (more than four or five words). The reasoning, keep them short so they’re easy to remember and easy to post anywhere. I talk about the exception to this, the one-word title, in the next paragraph. After you hear the lecture on size of title, the suggestions go on to include giving your title twists, humor, gusto, anything to find a way to make it memorable and provocative.

When considering short titles, one of the problems with the one-word title is the likelihood of it being duplicated by other people’s books. This is totally legal but many authors don’t want their books competing with a long list of the same title. Another problem is the difficulty of describing your book properly in a single word. Think about how much more defined a book title is when a second word is added. For example:

A couple of two-word titles in Marilyn Meredith’s Tempe Crabtree series are Raging Water and River Spirits. The words Raging and River are meaningless standing alone as would be Water or Spirits. The dual words need each other to make sense and give these titles “oomph.”

The same holds true of the debut novel by S.J. Francis, Shattered Lies. The two strong words, shattered and lies, would not mean much of anything if not coupled together. Either word as a single title would lose all its zest.

I could go on and on: Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

Now, having spoken on the negatives of titles too long and one-word titles, does any of this matter in the big scheme of things if you find that perfect title? Take a look at these exceptions to the popular advice:


John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden and Good and Evil.
Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Alan Brady’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie



I had the idea of writing a book long before I actually knew I’d really write one, so I was one of those people (annoying to some) who would occasionally tell others, “I’d like to write a book and I’d call it, The Termination of Jolene Cromwell. My lead character was a career human resources manager, so terminations were part of her job. This was the book in my head back then, in the years long before I started writing. The title is so, so, and rather plain. No oomph, no action, no underlying statement.

When I did start writing the book, the termination of the character named Jolene Cromwell was no longer the story. It was something that happened in back-story, something that gave motivation to my protagonist. The story starts when a no-call-no-show employee is found shot to death. My protagonist, like me, is a career human resources manager and regardless of how any employee leaves a company, they must be terminated. Then death itself is a type of termination. As writers, we’re told to stay away from the word just, but I thought it worked well in my title because it turns out to be anything but just another termination. The addition of the word, just also eliminates duplication of other book titles. When I Google Just Another Termination, I pull up one book and that’s the one I wrote.

The title of my second book, a work in progress, is A Promotion To Die For. My character gets a promotion that requires her to move to a place where she lived close to twenty-nine years earlier. She was in danger then and her move back puts her in danger again. This title is also a play on words. The promotion is a high paying “dream” job that could easily be referred to as a promotion to die for. In this case, the words could hold to their literal truth as well since someone plans to kill my lead character.

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Author Interview – Welcome Beth Fine

Beth Fine is here discussing her middle school mystery series, the Picaresque of Ímagine Purple. Beth has an interesting background. Besides this mystery series, she’s been writing most of her life. We’ll get to her more detailed biography at the end of the interview.DSC_0012_pp3 (1) (1)

I’m so fascinated by Beth’s whole concept of writing juvenile books about a young teacher becoming an amateur sleuth. She mixes education with mysteries. Unlike my murder mysteries, Beth lets real and attempted murders occur without capturing the storyline. I want to welcome you, Beth Fine, for the remainder of the month of May. Have a seat. I have a number of questions to ask.

Linda: Tell us about the genre.

Beth: Educational fiction…but shhh…don’t tell the kids. Pursuing after-school or summer reading can supply them with incidental, enriching knowledge useful in life and helpful at school. Each book’s front matter has a map of the story’s geography and a list of characters with one-line descriptions. The Appendices hold main character biographies, explanations of clichés/idioms/phrases italicized in the text, lookup suggestions, and definitions of PSAT level vocabulary also italicized in the text. But, I promise these extra features can be explored or ignored without losing the story’s thread because the series’ motto (Have Fun. Get Smarter. ™) encourages readers to choose a style that fits their own agenda.

Linda: I’ve looked at the list of all of your published books and noticed they were released fairly close to each other. How long did it take you to complete the first seven?FANFOLD - Imasodes-I-VIIPink ArticleADVERTISING - IMASODES-A2- Homeschool Mag

Beth: Living on the Atlantic in Newfoundland inspired me and made it easier to crank out ten manuscripts. Whenever back in America, I would keep seeking a publisher until finally landing two contracts in 2011. Gradually the publisher offered contracts up through IMASODE X. Each of the first two books stayed eight months in edit. Once I learned the editor’s point-of-view technique, she suggested I go to the “accelerated” approach which soon became the “Rush” method. That admittedly brought long queues if I missed a deadline.

Linda: Did you have a goal in mind when you began writing the series?

Beth: Yes, to keep my life on a roll!! Growing up in Texas, I loved kid-type adventures: riding horses, playing in the forbidden bayou, and looking at the world upside down from tree limbs. Eventually, I grasped how to have adventures by simply reading books. So, during the heat of the day, I sat in my treehouse and read Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Bobbsey Twins plus scores of biographies on our forefathers, early inventors, and great women. As a fourth grader, I wrote two novels and asked my teacher to let me read in class the one with 26 chapters. That took a month. Afterwards, the kids said they liked it because the story sounded like my life, confirming a writer’s primary premise: Write what you know!

After college, I began my own picaresque, moving around to have new adventures and living in every U.S. region except the Plains. I worked in advertising, theatre, and the marine industry. I taught fourth graders and young adults who read or wrote below 4th grade level. This broke my heart and made me wonder how I could combine my love of adventure with my desire to improve literacy. The dilemma birthed a new goal resulting in my mystery series.

Linda: There’s not enough time for you to go over each and every book. Would you pick one to discuss and tell us why you chose it?

Beth: That’s like choosing a favorite child, but my recent book Escapades in Estonia fits the bill.

Background: My daughter’s godparents are from Estonia and lived in displaced persons’ camps after WWII. Although quite young then, they still knew stories of family miseries and victories which they shared to enhance my story’s authenticity. I even appropriated scenes from the life of a relative, a Lutheran minister disallowed to lead worship or celebrate Christian holidays. He saw Russians seize the rectory and divide it into flats for bureaucrats and soldiers. In the 1960s, tired of tyranny, patriotic Estonians revived their “Singing Revolution,” to show resistance.

Storyline: Such a backdrop serves as a perfect setting for Ímagine Purple to solve a crime. Her childhood pal, Dr. Paul Kaminski, heads up an artificial heart project and is invited to Estonia to consult with the Tallinn Academy of Sciences. His medical equipment disappears, so he asks Ima to bring two more sets. When she arrives, Customs assumes the strange-looking apparatuses are bombs and instantly confiscates them. So that her trip will not be a total waste, Ima tries to find out when, why, how, and by whom the first sets got stolen. Her investigation lands her in a KGB jail.

Linda: I see that that Bethany Adams of Birmingham Christian Family Magazine (CFM) described your whole series’ concept in the article below. Since it may be difficult to read on my blog, would you tell us about the two “Summer Reading” articles you wrote for the Nashville CFM and we would could get a copy of the magazine?Beth Fine

Beth: I wrote from two perspectives: #1 encourages parents to let kids choose summer reading material (April) #2 describes a kid’s viewpoint and desire for other choices. (May) NCFM distributes to Nashville area businesses (e.g.beauty shops). I saw a stack at Logos Christian Bookstore. The articles can be found online: http://www.christianfamilynashville.com/cool-stuff-summer-reading-can-change-kids/

Linda: With your educational background, I certainly understand your choosing a teacher as a protagonist, but what possessed you to include a mystery in each?

Beth: You are right to call Ima a “protagonist” because everything does not always work out in her favor. Because a detective must understand logic from premise to conclusion, solving mysteries requires constant critical thinking. Since English classes usually introduce students to inductive and deductive reasoning, I had Ima Purple invent her own approach which she calls “reductive reasoning,” reducing details to a common denominator like in “fractions.” This activity keeps the story moving. Even so, roadblocks occur to build sympathy or bewilderment, both good hooks for the reader.

Linda: That makes perfect sense. Tell us about your character, Imagine Purple. What makes her a good sleuth?

Beth: Ima as a teacher-turned-detective is great at seeing details that others miss. DSC_0130_pp (1)However, she often struggles to turn mundane details or even curious facts into ”productive leads” that develop into clues, direct her to the culprit, or box her into dead-ends. Growing up studying Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Nancy Drew, Ima devised her own silly way to eliminate useless things: find a detail, throw it against wall, let if fall, and stomp on it to see if it “squirts” out a clue. But as an adult, she needed a more concrete way. Sherlock used opium, a foolish crutch he thought gave him insights; Poirot used “every little gray cell,” a method Ima respected; Miss Marple used “disarming comments” to induce unwitting responses; and Nancy used “Drewduction” to persuade friends to join her wild schemes. Ima had long used “supposes and what ifs,” a method of analysis that gradually evolved into what she called “ponder-and-pray” over loose ends.

Linda: One last question. Are you still writing book IX and X? Will this be an endless series?

Beth: I wrote IMASODES IX and X a few years ago. However, revising and formatting manuscripts per publisher’s standards have taken more time than I suspected. Fielding assignments to revise, suggest book cover ideas, or approve layouts after proof) has put IX and X in slow-cook mode. I’ve been trying to get IMA-IX in shape since last September. And though sent in February, VIII’s book cover still needs to gel. As you well know, on top of these tasks, book marketing is mostly left to the author. Marketing gets done as my time, energy, and pocketbook allow. So since my series has sixteen books from Newfoundland to New Delhi, this plan outlines my next few years. Whew!

Linda: Thank you again for the interview and sit down and relax as you’ll be my guest here for the rest of the month.


Author Beth Fine has long been a writer of plays, music, verses, and stories. She has master’s degrees in humanities and literature, both emphasizing composition. Her undergraduate work focused on theatre, sociology, and education. She moved from Newfoundland to Tennessee in 2012. For more information, visit picaresqueofimagine series site or http://bethfine.com/

Seven books in the series are in print so far, with more in the works:
IMASODE I: Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland *
IMADODE II: Scary Ferry to Nova Scotia
IMASODE III: Mary Jane of Canton, Maine
IMASODE IV: Mayhem in Manhattan *
IMASODE V: Anti-Belle of Antebellum Atlanta
IMASODE VI: Danger Starts in Detroit
IMASODE VII: Escapades in Estonia *
IMASODE VIII: Aunt Lottie’s London (Late Spring 2016)
IMASODE IX: Sovereign’s Sunburst, an Auction in Germany (Late 2016)IMASODE X: From Piraeus to Paris to the Pyrenees (2016-17)
Buy Link: http://picaresqueofimaginepurple.com/shop/
*Available B&N-Brentwood. All others at Amazon

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Kaye George AKA Janet Cantrell Interview

Writing under the name of Janet Cantrell, Kaye George has stopped by my blog with Fat Cat Takes the Cake. In this, her #3 book in the best selling Fat Cat mystery series, the pudgy cat Quincy stirs up trouble, messes with clues, but in the end still deserves to take the cake. Protagonist Chase Oliver knows she couldn’t have done it without her cat, Quincy.


When their former classmate Richard “Dickie” Byrd throws a high school reunion to gather support for his mayoral campaign, it drums up some not-so-sweet memories for dessert shop proprietor Chase Oliver and her friend Julie Larson. Julie would rather not reconnect with Ron North, the creepy kid who had a crush on her back in the day. His social graces haven’t exactly improved with age, but is he creepy enough to kill?

The next day, Chase is in the park testing a new cat harness for Quincy, who quickly proves that he cannot be leashed. But when his escape leads Chase to Ron’s body, the police wonder who else got away. Now, with Julie suspected of murder, Chase must prove her innocence before the real killer plans another fatal reunion.

                        Barnes & Noble Buy Link                   Amazon Buy Link

Welcome Kaye. Have a seat and stay a while. I have some questions for you.

Linda: I’ve lived in almost as many different states as you have and for varying periods of time. I lived in California twice. You credit some of your moves to your husband’s air force career. I’m curious. How or why did you end up in Knoxville, Tennessee and do you plan on this as your final stop?

Kaye: Since my husband is retired and I’m retired from everything except writing, we moved here to be near one of our children with young kids. We do think this will be where we settle down, finally, but you never know.

Linda: I’m used to hearing about authors who are or were in a profession such as lawyer, teacher, caterer or realtor. Your background is unique with a wide variety of unrelated past jobs. Goodness, you were a janitor, secretary, violinist, bookkeeper, computer programmer, nurse’s aide and a short order cook. I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it. What motivated you to start writing?

Kaye: Some of those jobs were what was available as I followed my husband’s career across the country. In hindsight, lots of menial jobs were excellent preparation for creating characters and for knowing about a lot of different situations. But I’ve been writing all my life, just not very seriously. When I retired from computer programming, I decided to do writing as a full time job. I had been doing contract work, mostly from home, so it was an easy transition.

Linda: I see you’ve written (and are writing) cozy mysteries under your true name of Kaye George. What prompted you to start the Fat Cat series and why did you use a pseudo name?

Kaye: The Fat Cat books are owned by the publishers and I’m writing them as Work for Hire, as it’s known. They had the initial germ of the idea and contracted with me to write the books. They own the copyright, not me, but I’m paid exactly the same as if I were getting a series that originated with me published by them.

Linda: How interesting. I had no idea such arrangements existed. Sounds like a win-win situation. No wonder you used a pen name for the Fat Cat series instead of your own. Since you wrote the books in their series, I’m sure you developed the characters, so I’m a little curious where you came up with your characters’ names? Were some taken from people you’ve met in the past or now know?

Kaye: I do adore creating names. I try not to use names of people I know, especially for unsavory characters. I collect names, jotting them down when I hear an unusual one, or one that I think would be perfect for a character I’m working on at the time. I have a whole file full of them.

Linda: How do you get so much written so quickly? Do you have a schedule or set deadlines?

Kaye: I didn’t always write quickly, but the Fat Cat books were contracted to come out every 9 months, so I learned. By the time I got this contract, I had written several other mystery novels and had gotten them published. I analyzed what I usually did to put a book together and wrote it down. I follow that for all my books now. In general, I sketch out the basic idea behind the murder, make up most of the main characters and a little bit about them, set down 8-12 major plot points that I think I’ll want to hit upon, and start in.

Linda: You’re also well known as a writer of short stories. Do you have a preference of writing short stories or novels?

Kaye: Yes, I do. My first love will always be short stories. If I somehow hadn’t gotten four different mystery series going, I would be writing a lot more short stories.

Linda: I saw on your website that you have another book coming out in a different series, Requieum in Red, written under your own name. Please tell your readers a little about this book project.

Kaye: This series rose out of a career path I might have taken, if my stars had aligned differently. I’ve played violin for many years and did a bit of composing, arranging, and conducting. But I loved creating a character who dove headlong into music as a profession, but also, of course, stumbles over dead bodies. Here’s the link on Amazon if you’d like to take a peek at it: Requiem in Red Information on Amazon

Linda: Well, Kaye, I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today and feel I know so much more about you and your successes. I have one more question that I think some of your readers would like to know coming from a bestselling author. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers just starting out?

Kaye: I think the things that have helped me the most are networking with other mystery writers. I’ve taken tons of classes and some weekend seminars that have given me guidance and even inspiration. The very most important thing about getting a book published, is not giving up. It may take 10 years, like it did for me, or it may taken longer, but if you don’t give up, keep improving your craft, and keep writing, you’ll get there. I’d also like to urge those who decide to self-publish to do all those things, too—have other writers read your stuff, take classes, read a lot, analyze what you read, and hire an editor, so that you’re putting out a story that’s as good as it can be.

Thank you again, Kaye. Now don’t leave. You may appear on other blogs, but you and your book, Fat Cat Takes The Cake have a solid place on mine through April 25th.

Please leave a comment below to win an autographed copy of FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE. Winner will be chosen after April 23rd.


Kaye George, national-bestselling and multiple-award-winning author,Kaye George
writes several mystery series: Imogene Duckworthy humorous mysteries,
Cressa Carraway musical mysteries (Barking Rain Press), People of the
Wind Neanderthal mysteries (Untreed Reads), and, as Janet Cantrell,
Fat Cat (Berkley Prime Crime cozies). The third cozy, FAT CAT TAKES
THE CAKE, has a pub date of April 5th, 2016. The second Cressa
Carraway novel, REQUIEM IN RED, also is published in April, the 12th.
The second People of the Wind, DEATH ON THE TREK, comes out June 13,
2016. Her short stories appear in anthologies, magazines, and her own
collection, A Patchwork of Stories. She lives in Knoxville, TN, where
she also reviews for Suspense Magazine. http://kayegeorge.com/

Note from Linda: This coming Tuesday April 26th, author Marilyn Meredith will be here with an interesting post: The Challenge of Coming up with New and Interesting Topics for a Blog Tour. She has yet another new release. This one, the twelfth book in her Rocky Bluff P.D. series, A Crushing Death. Hope you’ll stop back by then. Thank you for your visits.



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Barnes and Noble – Meet and Greet the Authors


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Sold four books at this two hour event March 18th at Barnes and Noble in Brentwood, Tennessee. Friends showed up and I met a new group of authors. All seven of us who participated are below.

BN3-16aIn the back is Anthony Boquet with Bill Peach to his right. Beth Fine is behind me and Mark Cornelius is to my right. Next is Cheyenne Reed, and closest to the front is Judy Gill.

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