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Sunday, September 1, 2019

New releases by two Gulf Coast authors

cj Sez: TODAY'S POST PUTS a spotlight on a couple of my favorite Gulf Coast authors who have recent book releases waiting for you on Amazon.

   Miranda James, the alter-ego of author Dean James and the New York Times bestselling author of “A Cat in Stacks” mystery series, released THE PAWFUL TRUTH (book 11 of 12), on July 19, 2019.
"Humor and plenty of Southern charm...Cozy fans will hope James will keep Charlie and Diesel in action for years to come."--Publishers Weekly

   Check out more reviews at

   (P.S.: James also wrote the Deep South mysteries.)
   Prolific author Carolyn Haines is reissuing earlier books in her Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series and many of the novels are available free with Audible trial as of this posting.

  GAME OF BONES, launched on May 14 this year, is number 20 in the series, and THE DEVIL’S BONES, is due to be launched in May 2020.

"Distinctive characters and an atmospheric setting elevate this paranormal cozy. Series fans and newcomers alike will be satisfied."―Publishers Weekly
   Besides the lighter Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries, she also launched her paw-sitively entertaining Familiar series featuring Trouble, the Sherlock Holmes of cat detectives. There are ten books in the series, written by different authors.  

   But wait, there’s more…there is a darker side to Ms. Haines’ story telling—horror stories, including THE DARKLING and THE SEEKER (which was released on June 19 this year).

   An excerpt from one of the 5-star reviews for THE SEEKER: “I love old fashioned suspenseful storytelling without the gore and graphic death scenes that is prevalent in today’s horror stories. Ms. Haines is a masterful storyteller and writer that is hard to dispute in this reader’s opinion.”

   The novels above are enjoyable reads, and that kind of excellence doesn’t happen overnight.

   These two Gulf Coast authors have honed their craft over the years and continue to work hard at putting out their very best effort for their readers.

   One of the blogs I follow is that of author/editor/chief-cook-and-bottle-washer, C. Hope Clark.  Her “Funds for Writers” blog has been on the Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers list every year since 2001. Anyway, to quote Hope: 
“Writing well takes time. It isn't an instinct. You are not born with it. You do not accidentally write a stupendous tale. You develop this talent with hard work and a crazy number of hours invested in making your craft better.”
   That means all writers, but especially aspiring writers, need to participate workshops, critique groups, conferences, and READ in the genre you write. Before a writer can develop his/her own writing voice, (s)he must read the good work of other published authors.

   Now, to inspire you to continue working on your own WIP, here’s marvelous first line hook:  
"It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not." —Paul Auster, City of Glass (1985) 
   By the by, as the masthead of Lyrical Pens says, if you have a book you want to promote, let me know. We can arrange a blog date…the only caveat is that this site is PG 13.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. See you next week?


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