Saturday, August 12, 2017

Killer Party

by Lynn Cahoon

Genre: Cozy Mystery 

Pub Date: 7/11/2017

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .
After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

Scheduling time for your dream.

 Today, I want to talk about living the dream.  Sometimes people think the road to being published is easy.  Write a book, find a publisher, watch it sell on Amazon. 
But there’s so much more than that when you’re a working writer. 

First on the list is writing a good book. And if anyone out there is a struggling author, you know that writing a good book doesn’t happen overnight. Although I have heard authors who can do it in a little over a week. But they’re the outliers here. We want to talk about a more normal process.
I can’t count the number of people who have told me that they want to write a book. I always steer them toward a writer’s group. Misery loves company. And a writer’s group will hold you accountable to meeting your writing goals. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, it can be a page a day, but you have to set a goal. And find an accountability partner.
What’s an accountability partner? That’s the person that is going to ask, every day if you wrote your one page (insert your goal here). They are also the people who are going to ask you if you are really serious if you fail to meet your goal day after day.  
When I started writing, I had four different groups I reported to on goal achievements. This year, I cut it down to just one. My friend and accountability partner. Why? Because I was spending way too much time talking about my goals, and not enough time actually working toward meeting them

Someone said becoming a writer is like assigning yourself homework. Every Night. And it’s true. If you want to be an author, you have to finish a book. Then another one. Then do the edits and re-writing. Then edit again. And again. (And typos still sneak into the published version somehow.) 
Then you do your release activities, like designing and sending postcards to fans, posting the news on Facebook and Twitter and updating your website. And of course, there’s writing blogs. Like this one.
It’s a lot of work, but I love the career I’m building. And no one said life wasn’t going to be work. Especially building a life you love.

So what’s your dream? And do you have a plan to do something today to get yourself closer to your mountain?  (Mountain = Achieving Dream.) 
Another prompt I love (and is on my white board) is to do something important before 11am.  I love reaching out for dreams and I believe, no scratch that, I know I’m happier as I’m reaching for that brass ring.  

Feel free to comment about your dream. 
I’d love to hear what you’re working on.

When a group of old friends, who grew up together, went to high school and college together, and shared one major secret come to town for a reunion, Jill is the new kid in the crowd, thanks to her relationship with live-in boyfriend (and cop) Greg. when the seeming leader of this friends group, and the soon to be groom ends up dead in the pool, Greg can not investigate officially. He is too close to the case. Usually he wants Jill to keep her nose out of things that might result in her being put in a dangerous situation, but he knows she won't sit quietly and let another detective run the show. He agrees that they can quietly look for clues together. The trouble is, when Jill discovers what she considers interesting information, Greg doesn't seem to care. 
The victim, Levi, is soon to be married to a mysterious girl with an unusual accent.
Levi is a multimillionaire and something of a bully and manipulator. Did one of the friends have more than enough or was it a business deal gone wrong? The motives seem many and far ranged.

Besides Jill looking into clues, she has a business to run, civic duties she is involved in, and is starting classes at the local college, all while adjusting to having Greg living with her full time.
This plot includes learning about Jill's relationships with her friends and community, along with getting to know Greg's friends. A dysfunctional bunch with many layers but no one seems to have the big three - motive means and opportunity. Nothing sinister is lining up clearly.

The dangerous conclusion comes as a surprise both to the reader and to Jill.
When the dust settles, she is back in the mix preparing for whatever challenges will be thrown at her next.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader’s Crown award for Mystery Fiction.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! -Janet @ Silver Dagger Book Tours


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