Archive for July, 2018

Another great giveaway.

Every few months Kindle authors may trade royalties for reaching new readers
from the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands,
Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, Japan, and Australia.

And it’s come that time again for the Ellen and Geoffrey Fletcher Mysteries.

Free for the taking, download to any Kindle-enabled device,
all Kindle readers, of course, but computers and tablets and smart phones,
even to a few of the newest ice-makers and gas grills.

The deal runs from Thursday to Monday,
the 5th to the 9th of July, 2018.

A click on either of the first two covers below
will take you to directly to Amazon,
and a free novel.

Clicking on the lower cover images
brings up a free sample chapter from the newer books.


SONY DSCComments from readers, culled from favorable reviews:

    Fit to Curve is a skillfully written mystery with complex characters and such a fascinating plot that I’m way behind on my chores.

    This series is a favorite with interesting plots and wonderfully drawn characters. Wish the author would write more of them. The type of book you don’t want to end.

    A bed-and-breakfast mystery. Super characters, well developed. You’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. A mouth-watering, good read. Love the old lady with the sharp wit. I’d like the recipes, too.  The plot builds very slowly. But once I got into it, I was hooked. I liked the characters, and you get a lot of insight into them.

    This is too fine a novel to be mired in the mystery/suspense ghetto. It’s a good mystery, with a complex plot, all the mystery trappings, but the characters are rounded and attractive. The theme seems to me to be a consideration of morality – not just sexual morality (or immorality), though there’s some of that too, for those who like to read such descriptions, but all kinds of morality: for how high a price might you sell your soul?

    I think the characters, subtleties, and philosophy make it much more than “just a mystery” or “just a novel”, though the mystery is fine for people who only want that, and the characters and their individual voices or patterns of thought are most thoroughly entwined with with the mysteries, necessary to the story.

    Heart Attack is a great read!

    This couple are a great addition to the mystery genre. Sharp and interesting with a bit of humor and spice.

    Snappy dialog. Geoff and Ellen are a great team. He has a definite intuitive method of assessing info and arriving at conclusions that baffle and irk his cohorts. Ellen is more conventional and together are a great team. Unusual mystery not easily solved.

Ready, but also waiting (the 3rd & 4th titles):

The Atlanta story.


The Charleston story.

Fifth and sixth books in the series:
Drosselmeyer Chronicles
 (finished, first draft), the Roanoke story,
Just Rewards (current work in progress, ~70%), the Caribbean story.
Sample chapters available right here,

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Sometimes I have a great notion.

Goodnight Irene

Lead Belly
Irene, good night, Irene, good night
Good night, Irene, good night, Irene
I’ll get you in my dreams
Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I have a great notion
To jump in to the river and drown
Irene, good night, Irene, good night
Good night, Irene, good night, Irene
I’ll get you in my dreams
Stop rambling and stop gambling
Quit staying out late at night
Go home to your wife and your family
Sit down by a fireside bright
Irene, good night, Irene, good night
Good night, Irene, good night, Irene
Songwriters: Huddie Ledbetter / John A. Lomax
Goodnight Irene lyrics © T.R.O. Inc.

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The solstitial thickness of peak green.

There are flowers, of course, in all colors,
all around, in pots, and planters, and plots,

but it’s green when you look out or look up,
high in the temperate rainforest
of Western North Carolina.

Drastic escalation this year
in the battle over blueberries,
the outnumbered humans versus the birds,
the jays, the catbirds, especially the thrashers.

We won by draping mesh cages over the bushes
and over ourselves while picking,
four nets 25 foot square,
scheduled to amortize against berry value by 2028.

Meanwhile, on basically the same amortization plan,
but now with a vegetable patch behind it,
our rockwall garden thrives
and we can dial up the sun anytime we want.

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