Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Ghost and the Muse is live!

the-ghost-and-the-muse-300For those of you who didn’t pre-order Book 10, The Ghost and the Muse, you can get it now at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo. Find the links here!

Perhaps Danielle’s first clue should have been—Hillary’s muse is male.

He brings with him restless spirits and murders to solve—if Danielle dares.

She has already been warned to stay away.

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The Fitbit Challenge

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Writing can be a sedentary life. If I’m to believe those articles always popping up on my newsfeed, sitting for long hours can be as damning to one’s health as smoking.

I have a treadmill desk, but I discovered I’m not one of those people who can walk while crafting a story. I can surf and walk, which is okay for 30-60 minutes of daily cardio exercise, but it doesn’t address the other 23+ hours a day.

I also have a jogging trampoline, which I bounce around on periodically throughout the day. That is of course, when I remember to take a break. I need something to remind me throughout the day to get up and move.

This all brings me to the Fitbit.

I’d been toying with the idea of getting an Apple Watch. At one time, I declared they were the most ridiculous gadgets. That was of course, until I started coveting one. I first started considering an Apple Watch when trying to deal with caring for my mother, and worrying about missing calls from her when I was out, and failed to hear my phone ring in my purse.

Since I’m not immune to gadgets and the lure of apps, I started saving my Apple rewards gift cards from my credit card, to put toward an Apple Watch.  But then mom needed a new iPad, so I donated my Apple gift cards to her purchase.  It wasn’t long until I accumulated a few more gift cards—but then my wireless router went out…I had to be practical.

In the meantime, my daughter had just received her new Fitbit, and urged me to get one, so we could do daily challenges. While the Apple Watch also has a fitness app, I rather liked the idea of having someone to nudge me along each day.

After pouring over the Fitbit and Apple websites, I went with the Fitbit. Fact was, if I got the Apple Watch, I would probably spend more time fiddling with the non-fitness apps, while destroying my eyes and forgetting to walk.

Today is day three with my Fitbit. Elizabeth and I have been doing the 10,000 steps challenge each day. I didn’t quite make it the first day—blame it on doctor appointments with my mom and the fact it was almost noon before my new Fitbit arrived in the mail that day.

Yesterday was a hoot—Elizabeth and I were neck in neck all day, and the little stinker reached 10,000 steps about 10 minutes before I got there.

But today is another day….

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Haunting Danielle, now available in paperback!

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Gourmet kitchens, home theaters, exercise rooms, sewing rooms, man caves, supersized garages—those are the types of spaces homebuyers often think about when imagining their dream homes.  For me, it was always the home library.

In three of our houses that we either built or added onto, I made sure they included built in bookshelves. Our current home has a study where two walls are lined with oak bookshelves. While I never got my deluxe home library—the one with the ladder that slides along the bookshelves so I can reach the high placed novels—I gave notable home libraries to two of my series. In Haunting Danielle, Marlow House has a home library, as does the Coulson mansion in The Coulson Series.

While I love my Kindle and iPad, and the fact I can literally carry around hundreds of books in my purse, sometimes I want the paper version of a book or a series. For some readers, it’s not that they necessarily want to build a home library—they simply prefer a paper book over reading from a tablet or other device.

To those readers or collectors looking for paper versions of the Haunting Danielle series—they are now available from Amazon.

Each book in the Haunting Danielle series is available in regular print and large print.  Here are the links to help you find them!

The Ghost of Marlow House, Book 1

The Ghost of Marlow House, Book 1 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Loved Diamonds, Book 2

The Ghost Who Loved Diamonds, Book 2 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Wasn’t, Book 3

The Ghost Who Wasn’t, Book 3 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, Book 4

The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, Book 4 (Large Print)

The Ghost from Halloween Past, Book 5

The Ghost from Halloween Past, Book 5 (Large Print)

The Ghost Who Came for Christmas, Book 6

The Ghost Who Came for Christmas, Book 6 (Large Print)

The Ghost of Valentine Past, Book 7

The Ghost of Valentine Past, Book 7 (Large Print)

The Ghost from the Sea, Book 8

The Ghost from the Sea, Book 8 (Large Print)

The Ghost and the Mystery Writer, Book 9

The Ghost and the Mystery Writer, Book 9 (Large Print)

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Do you want more backstory?

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The Ghost and the Muse (Book 10 of the Haunting Danielle series) is ready for its debut on September 30, 2016. It’s currently available for preorder at Amazon, yet by the end of the week, it should also be available for preorder at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. I’ll let you know when.

For those of you who’ve stumbled on this blog and are curious about the Haunting Danielle series, let me suggest you begin with Book 1—The Ghost of Marlow House. That book only cost 99¢ and Book 2 is currently on sale for 99¢, yet will return to its regular price at the end of the month.

While each book is a standalone story, the storyline moves along chronologically as it progresses from book to book, which means characters evolve and secrets are revealed. It’s possible to randomly pick up any book from the series and read it without reading the previous books and still manage to figure out what’s going on, yet I believe it will be a more positive reading experience if the books are read in order.

We’ve made it easy for readers to figure out the order in which to read the series—the book number is clearly displayed on each book cover and on each copyright page.

However, one beta reader did suggest I consider adding more backstory to each book. I’ve been hesitant to over-rehash from previous stories. I’ve read reviews on other series where the readers complain about excessive info dumps from previous books.  For me, I’ve been walking a narrow line—trying to add just enough, yet not too much.

I have decided to ask my readers—those of you out there who have been reading the Haunting Danielle series—do I need to add more backstory? Let me know in the comment section on this post. I would love to hear what you have to say.

 

 

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