Armchair Traveling on a Chilly November Afternoon

Had the need today to page through some pictures that tie back with books in my Bodies of Art series, and thought I’d share them with anyone needing a little Armchair Traveling for the day. I’ve thrown in pictures I used for all four books written–but only 3 are available for sale right now. The fourth, Fatal Forgeries, will be released in 2017. Sit back. Enjoy. For a bit of a picture legend to these shots– The first two pictures are London, where all the Bodies of Art Books are at some point each time. Third is the hilly street of Le-Puy-en-Velay from Counterfeit Conspiracies, fourth-through sixth is Florence for Marked Masters, seventh is a picture of Cassie’s flat entrance mentioned in book #1 & visited by Laurel & Jack in book #4, with the eighth the artists restoration pit where Cassie worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum that Laurel used to get Read more…

You Can Read Me Here, Or Hear Me There…

We used to have a neighbor my mother called “the gadabout” because the neighbor’s car zipped in and out of her driveway All Day Long. Seriously. Well, this week I’ve been doing a little internet gadabouting myself. Not anywhere to the level of our old neighbor, but pretty impressive for an author like me who tends to stay at her desk as much as possible. First, I made an appearance on Chris Syme’s Smarty Pants Podcast, talking about the many ways I work to market my books (hint, I spend about as much time marketing each day as I do writing). If you’d like to give a little listen into that world Click Here  https://cksyme.com/episode24/to get to the episode page (then just click the orangy-gold arrow to start the podcast). This interview was recorded during my release week for Abstract Aliases, so beyond being in the middle of that marketing circus, Read more…

Excuse Me While I Change My Hat

This has been one exciting week. Nothing like a new book release to have all my friends come out, send congratulations, and tell their friends about my new book. I am so very grateful for that. For authors, release week leaves us to the point of almost walking in our sleep–it’s exciting, but completely exhaustng. There are so many things for authors to do All At The Same Time, and trying to keep up makes us long for the kind of promo teams James Patterson and Stephen King employ. But most of us do not make the kind of revenues those bigname authors get, so we happily jump in and change hats to whatever other job(s) we have to do besides writing. Even more exciting, to celebrate the release of ABSTRACT ALIASES, my publisher has discounted COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES to just 99¢ until Sunday night. This is the first time Henery Press has discounted one Read more…

Could It Really Be a Year Already?

Yes, it is a fabulous anniversary, my friends. One year ago I signed my contract with Henery Press to publish my Bodies of Art Mysteries series. So with two books released and another available in preorder, how am I celebrating? By working all day on lovely book #4, of course–but that’s not all. In a surprising coincidence, I have a blog post today over on Club Hen House telling behind the scenes stories about writing book #3, Abstract Aliases, and there’s even a giveaway to one lucky commenter for a copy of Marked Masters.  The post isn’t long, but it was fun to write, and I hope that makes it fun to read too. If you like “story behind the story” reads, grab a cup of tea or coffee and take a break over at Club Hen House. And be sure to leave a comment on the Club Hen House blog so your Read more…

It’s Elementary

This week I have a half-dozen writing projects at all different phases of completion. So what will I spend my evenings doing? Well, it’s elementary…since PBS is rebroadcasting the Sherlock series this week on one of their digital channels–and I get to feast on double servings of the fabulous episodes the next few nights.  Yes, I know there’s some kind of party going on in Cleveland, with the planners there ready to offer me a front row seat to the festivities while the event plays out in prime time on the main PBS station. But really, I just prefer switching to digital channel two and follow along behind Benedict Cumberbatch as he so beautifully resolves crimes that he’s already shared the answers to before. I don’t watch a lot of television series reruns but Sherlock is one I cannot resist. And I hear there’s another big party coming to Philly soon Read more…

Check Out the First Review and Cover Reveal for Abstract Aliases

The newest title in the Bodies of Art Mysteries–Abstract Aliases–has a review and cover reveal today on the Girl with Book Lungs site. This book is the sequel to Marked Masters. Check out the blog for a first peek. The title is available for preorder now, and will be released by Henery Press on October 11th–but that’s not all! After you read the review and check out the fantastic cover, head to my Preorder for Even More page and see all the great bonuses coming to fans who purchase ahead of the official release date. And I’d like to thank Jenna for the fabulous review–Laurel & Jack are pleased too 🙂

First of the Week Giveaway

I posted a fast contest yesterday over on my FB Author page. Winner will be announced tomorrow. Only criteria to enter is that you must LIKE or have already LIKED my FB author page and have a U.S. mailing address. See all the details here: https://www.facebook.com/RitterAmesBooks/       –

Such Little Things Can Make Me So Happy

I’ve been trying (fruitlessly, for months) to get a particular Amazon service tied into my website. Now, I love computers, don’t get me wrong, and I love geeking out on all the new bells and whistles everyone makes available. But as a one-woman business I don’t have the luxury of sitting around and reading the masses of detail sent every day to help me “market” my business–if I want to get any writing done that is. What goes through quickly gets read and used. What makes me sigh in frustration gets set aside for when I have more time (you know what that means). So, when everyone kept talking about how authors could access the Amazon samples, tying early chapters of our books back to our websites so readers simply clicked from my webpage to start reading the first few chapters before they bought, I thought, “How cool!” Especially when I saw Read more…

My Litographs Reward

Confession time: I try to stay away from Kickstarter because I like just about everything that hits the site. While I love encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, I also like to eat and pay my electric bills (my laptop appreciates when I pay that bill too). So I tend to ignore a lot of the enticing emails Kickstarter sends my way–they’ve already pegged me as a soft touch. But when one of the guys at Litographs sent me an email saying they were starting another Kickstarter project earlier this spring, I opened it. And yes, I contributed (in about 0.5 seconds–told you I was a soft touch). I already adore Litographs. The company takes the words from a published book and creates a picture on a t-shirt using just the words. I’ve loved this company for many reasons: The shirts not only have great designs, but they’re high quality Read more…

Fun, Friday Giveaway

How about a Fun Friday giveaway? I set up a new one-day giveaway with a handful of copies of Counterfeit Conspiracies. Amazon will pick the random winners, and the contest ends within 24 hours–or as soon as the copies are all given away. So hurry to enter if you want a chance at a Kindle copy of Counterfeit Conspiracies 🙂 Click here to enter at Amazon