So You’ve Written a Book…Now What?

Check out my guest post as part of the book tour for Major Crimes, Book #4 in the Jersey Shore Mystery series.

So You’ve Written a Book…Now What?

MAJOR CRIMES by MICHELE LYNN SEIGFRIED (A Jersey Shore Mystery)

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Free Kindle ebook! Tax Cut, a Jersey Shore Mystery!

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January 4th – 8th, 2015

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Tax Cut front coverSynopsis:

A strong, yet vulnerable single mom, Chelsey Alton, lands a new job thanks to the recent murder of a government employee. More dead bodies, missing victims, and mysterious fires plague the quaint, New Jersey shore town and Chelsey’s determined to find out what’s going on. The deeper she digs, the more she puts herself in a frighteningly funny world of stalkers who sing serenades off-key and corrupt politicians cutting underhanded deals with sinister mobsters; but can she save herself when she becomes entrenched too deep in this Jersey Shore mystery?

A 2014 Beach Book Festival Runner Up!

A great read for anyone who likes a pinch of humor and a dash of romance in their mysteries!

What Others are Saying:

Tax Cut has everything – suspense, murder, romance.  Michele Lynn Seigfried has written a story that will make you laugh, make you worry, make you want to find out the conclusion as quickly as you can. If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum books, you will like the Chelsey Alton, Jersey Shore Mystery series even more. The characters are real and the story is fun yet suspenseful, all at the same time. I highly recommend this book and expect to see it rising quickly as a favorite series. Tax Cut will soon be the most talked about new book. Don’t miss out – read it today.  ~Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite: (5 Stars)

LOVED this book!  ~Leslie Storey, Storeybook Reviews: (5 Stars)

I really enjoyed the twists and turns this book took plus learning about the people in Chelsey’s life, it was great to have a single mom being a detective so to speak. ~Paula Ratcliffe, Community Bookstop: (5 Stars)

I find this series a real hoot. This is a great new cozy series. ~Kate Eileen Shannon, Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading (5 Stars)

Filled with suspense, humor, friendships, TAX CUT is fast paced.  Well written and engaging, it was hard to put down. ~Rosalee Richland, Darla King Series (5 Stars) 

What a great read this is!  Each character was vividly portrayed.  Chelsey is a strong heroine surrounded by a zany cast of characters.  Her sidekick Bonnie keeps readers laughing.  There are also stalkers, romantic interests and evil mobsters tossed into the mix.  The story takes a million twists and turns and keeps you guessing to the end.  I really enjoyed this well written mystery.  Who knew being a Municipal Clerk could be so dangerous? ~Yvonne Herring, Socrates’ Book Reviews: (5 Stars)

About the Author

10351731_808312012525849_7180028156337465183_nMichele Lynn Seigfried is an award-winning novelist, children’s book author/illustrator and public speaker who was born and raised in New Jersey. In her mystery novels, she draws from her personal expertise in the area of municipal government, in which she has served for over 15 years in two different municipalities. She holds a B.A. in communication from the College of New Jersey with a minor in art. She obtained the Master Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2010. She also holds the Registered Municipal Clerk certification and Certified Municipal Registrar Certifications from the State of New Jersey.  In combining her love of writing with art, Michele began writing and illustrating children’s picture books in 2013.

Michele is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime – Central Jersey, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the New Jersey Author’s Network.

Connect with Michele:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MicheleLynnSeigfried
Twitter: www.twitter.com/micheleseig
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/MicheleSeig
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/MicheleSeig
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/micheleseig
Email: MicheleSeigfried@gmail.com
Google+: www.google.com/+MicheleLynnSeigfried

Burnout by Teresa Trent, Free E-book, Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Teresa Trent visits my blog today!  I’m thrilled to have her here and to tell you a little about her new novel–Burnout.  Check out her guest post:

 

The Fickle First Draft

by Teresa Trent

I revise constantly, as I go along and then again after I’ve finished a first draft. Few of my novels contain a single sentence that closely resembles the sentence I first set down. I just find that I have to keep zapping and zapping the English language until it starts to behave in some way that vaguely matches my intentions.

~Michael Cunningham

I’m so happy to be here visiting Michele! Thank you for letting me come and talk about writing and my fifth mystery, Burnout. One of the sites I participate as a writer on is Wattpad. One of the things that amazes me is that people write entire coherent novels on that site week by week. I could never do this because my first drafts are incredibly different from my final manuscript.   If you had the opportunity to be with me from the beginning of my writing process to the final product, you wouldn’t believe it was the same book. I kind of think that’s the way writing should be. Your first idea is almost never your best idea.

Writing a book is like creating a sculpture out of clay. You may decide that you want to make a sculpture of your dog and it starts out looking roughly like a rectangle with four posts. You look over at your dog and back at your sculpture and realize there is absolutely no resemblance to your canine pal. So, you go back and you start to zero in on certain features that make your dog special. Slowly day by day that lump of clay starts to resemble Fido. When you finally get it to a point of perfection you might think to yourself what if I had stuck to the rectangle with the four posts? Writing is very similar in process.

Usually in the first draft of any book I write there is some idea that I think is terrific at the time, but then when I try to work it in there is a problem with it. It might be that the subplot or the plot angle that I thought was so fascinating really isn’t so hot. It might be that it is not a workable situation. I find in the process of writing that this is probably one of the most painful times for me. I have often invested time and brainpower into this part of my story and I find I have to throw part or all of it away.

When I finally get to the point where I realize I must edit out something important it can be difficult. Hours, day, maybe months worth of work … Delete, delete, delete. Many times I find when I have to make a painful cut, and I know I have to make it and don’t want to, I walk away. I get away from the book for the rest of the day. I take walk or fold laundry or work in my garden and just let it stew in the back of my mind. In the beginning the task almost seems overwhelming to me. Usually by the next day or the day after, I can do what needs to be done. Once I have taken out what is not working in the book, I find moving on is easier and even fun.

I have many ways of checking my books to make sure that things are working. Probably the most useful thing that I have done is to convert my books to Kindle and then listen to them start to finish with my manuscript in front of me. With the story flowing in my ears, I can easily pick out where there might be a problem. That seems to be the secret for me. If I write something in October, and then don’t go back and look at it again until December I will have no idea what needs fixing. I have to constantly keep going through the story and making sure that one scene links to the next one.

In my latest mystery, Burnout, I found my process was just about the same. I know that my first draft of this book was pretty close to the final product, but still I found myself going back, deleting, and moving scenes around. In the process of writing a story being able to make changes is essential. Just because you wrote it and spent time on it doesn’t mean that it’s going to work. You have to be flexible enough to write your story and then step back from it and make sure that all of your plot elements and characters and settings are in sync. When you can do that, you will find a much better story to tell at the end of it all.

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  Burnout (Pecan Bayou Series)
Cozy Mystery
E-Book File Size: 895 KB
Print Length: 202 pages
ASIN: B00ISDZK8S

Synopsis

It’s November in Pecan Bayou, Texas and while the town is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday a deadly fire breaks out at the newspaper office. When Rocky, the editor is nowhere to be found, Betsy refuses to believe he has perished in the fire. The entire town is coming down with the stomach flu and Betsy must deal with her husband’s new found celebrity as an on-air weatherman filling in for and under-the-weather Hurricane Hal . Leo loves all the attention he’s getting, especially from the sexy administrative assistant who works at the station. Is their new marriage in trouble already? Find out in the fifth book of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. All the characters you’ve come to know and love are back and you’ll find plenty of the Happy Hinter’s recipes and tips included at the end of the book.

About The Authorttrent

Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas. With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado. Living in Texas for the last 18 years she loves the people and even the weather. Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD. Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her. Even though she lives in the big city, her writing is influenced by all of the interesting people she finds in small towns and the sense of family that seems to be woven through them all.

Author Links:
Webpage: http://www.teresatrent.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teresatrentmysterywriter
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5219581.Teresa_Trent
Twitter: @ttrent_cozymys

Purchase Link – Get the Kindle Version for FREE on April 29th!

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Book Excerpt

An hour later, Tyler and I walked into the Harvest Dance with our arms full of every baked item we could get our hands on from the grocery store. The tables were already covered in sparkling autumn colored table cloths with tasteful pumpkin and scarecrow centerpieces. It was stunning, and I hated to plop a box of Tasteeo Cupcakes on top of it all.
Phyllis, dressed in a mustard turtleneck with a maroon silk scarf tied around her neck approached. “What is this?” Her face turned white, and then was replaced with a complimentary fall color of scarlet red.
“Uh…” I stammered. “I had a little difficulty with the pumpkin squares, but you know kids. They’ll eat anything sweet, right?”
I waited for her to reassure me, but she seemed to be at a loss for words.
“You want me to open up these boxes, Betsy?” Tyler asked.
“Yes, if you would. I’m sure Mrs. Hamlin has lovely plates for us to put these on.”
Phyllis gritted her teeth and turned toward Tyler. “There are some paper plates over there.”
She turned back to me and took hold of my arm squeezing tightly on my bicep with her tastefully manicured nails.
“I specifically told you to make the pumpkin squares. If I wanted a hodge podge of junk food I would have simply stopped down at the Circle K Convenience store.”
Another mother stepped by with her freshly groomed son in tow. “Lovely tables Phyllis,” she said with a little wave.
“Thank you Shelley. We work very hard to make it a wonderful experience for our children.” Somehow I knew she wasn’t including me in that statement.
“I tried to make the pumpkin squares, but we’ve had flu at our house, and … I lost track of time, and they burnt.”
“Then why didn’t you just make another batch?”
“There’s not a can of pumpkin left in the entire town.”
“Yes, there is. I have four cans of pumpkin in my pantry. All you had to do was call me.”
The principal walked by. “Beautiful job, Mrs. Hamlin. Don’t know what we’d do without you.”

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Tour Participants
April 14 – Traci Andrighetti’s Blog – Review
April 15 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
April 16 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
April 17 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Guest Post
April 18 – Books Are Life – Vita Libri – Review
April 19 – Books-n-Kisses – Review, Guest Post
April 20 – EASTER
April 21 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Guest Post
April 22 – Community Bookstop – Review
April 23 – readalot blog – Review
April 24 – Back Porchervations – Interview – Review
April 25 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Guest Post
April 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Guest Post
April 28 – My Recent Favorite Books – Review
April 29 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
April 30 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
May 1 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
May 2 – Little Whimsy Books – Guest Post

Free Kindle EBook – Everville, Book 1 & get Book 2 for 99 cents!

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Everville: The First Pillar – FREE KINDLE PROMO 8/25/13 – 8/29/13

Starting on August 25, 2013, Author Roy Huff is offering this first book in this series for FREE for the kindle.  To download your free copy, click here, beginning on August 25th:  http://amzn.to/16bQFuj

About the book:

Everville: The First Pillar is Amazon’s #1 international epic fantasy bestseller!

This is the first installment in the remarkable Everville series which combines elements of epic fantasy and young adult fiction in a form that nearly anyone will enjoy reading, young or old.

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between. With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

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Everville: The City of Worms

Everville:  The City of Worms was released on August 25, Everville11bNightBlue-12013.  The reviews from beta readers are already pouring into Goodreads with a 4.7 average rating.

Get your copy for only 99 cents for the first 10 days that it is available!

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More about the book…

College freshman Owen Sage has just started to understand the darkness that has tried to overtake Everville and the earthly realm. With the help of The Keeper and the Fron army, Owen has managed to buy some time, but new problems have already emerged, new secrets need to be revealed, and the race against time to stop Them from conquering both dimensions has only just begun. The Keeper, Owen Sage, and his friends at Easton Falls University must now battle threats from within.  To do it, they must reunite with familiar creatures and join forces with new ones as they navigate their journey to the truth that awaits them in Everville.

About the Author:

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Roy Huff

Roy Huff is a man of many interests including but not limited to science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff’s background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

Free! Red Tape Mystery Novel

Red Tape, the award-winning mystery, is FREE this weekend from Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th. (kindle version)

Red Tape is a mystery filled with crime, government Red Tapecorruption, natural disasters and a little bit of romance. It’s set in the quirky little town of Sunshine, a shore community on a barrier island in New Jersey. In this captivating tale, Municipal Clerk and single mom, Chelsey Alton gets more than she bargained for when she encounters an irate resident and loose cannon, Robert Triggers. He has been harassing the employees of the Town of Sunshine and becomes the prime suspect when multiple attempts to sabotage the municipal building are made. Chelsey begins to piece it all together and finds herself framed for a crime she did not commit. She narrowly escapes several attempts at her demise, only to find herself in a much more precarious situation. Will she make it out alive or end up a tragic victim at the hands of a madman?

* 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Finalist *

* 2013 Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention Award *

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About The Author

Seigfried photoMichele Lynn Seigfried is an award-winning novelist, a children’s author and illustrator and a public speaker who was born and raised in New Jersey. Her background as a communication major and art minor, and her 15 years of experience working in government mix together to bring you creative and fun novels and books. Connect with her on her website http://www.michelelynnseigfried.com and find her on Twitter @micheleseig

Everville Giveaway!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a very talented and creative author, Roy Huff. He graciously agreed to allow me to run a raffle for a free Kindle ebook of his bestseller, the first book in the Everville Series, entitled,  Everville: The First Pillar.

Click here to enter the free giveaway!

There are 10 different ways to win and you can enter the giveaway every day for more chances to win!

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Contest ends August 11, 2013 at midnight. You must have a valid non-Kindle email address. The winner will be sent a free Kindle ebook directly from Amazon. In order to enter you must reside in a country that allows Kindle downloads.

About the book:

Everville: The First Pillar is Amazon’s #1 international epic fantasy bestseller!

This is the first installment in the remarkable Everville series which combines elements of epic fantasy and young adult fiction in a form that nearly anyone will enjoy reading, young or old.

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between. With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

Can’t wait to for the raffle to end to read it?  Click here to purchase it now!

About the Author:

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Roy Huff

Roy Huff is a man of many interests including but not limited to science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff’s background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

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Also, be sure to stay tuned for details on the upcoming second book in the series Everville: The City of Worms, expected to be released in late summer!