I’ve had an exciting week as an author. I found out this weekend my new mystery novel, DEADLY CONNECTION, is a finalist for a huge prize package of the costs associated with publishing and marketing the book. I’ll be heading to Denver in September to find out if it’s a winner. Here’s hoping the judges are big fans of Coop.
Late that same day I received the news that the first book in the Cooper Harrington series, KILLER MUSIC, had been awarded the GOLD MEDAL in the mystery category for the Global Ebook Awards. Very exciting weekend!!
If DEADLY CONNECTION doesn’t win, I’ll be working with my team to get it published as soon as possible, hopefully by November. If it is a winner, the process will probably take a bit more time, since I’ll be working with a new publishing group and will have less control. I’ll keep you posted.
While I’ve been waiting to learn more about the fate of DEADLY CONNECTION, I started the fifth Hometown Harbor novel. I’m only about 5,000 words into it, but enjoy returning to the island and visiting all of my old friends. I just received three new reviews on Amazon for the series and the new reader said how much she loved the feeling of friendship and family in the series. She wants to live there! I’ve heard that same sentiment from several readers…I agree—it would be a great place to live.
I’m looking forward to cooler weather. I’m not sure why, but I find it easier to write on cloudy days. It’s difficult to focus right now due to my excitement surrounding the anticipation of DEADLY CONNECTION being a big winner. I’m trying to keep my expectations low and concentrate on my new project.
Fall will be a busy time. Along with the contest, I’m coordinating a local author tea and book sale on October 22nd. If you’re in the Fallon area, I hope you’ll stop by and visit with ten local authors. We are all discounting our books for the day and there will be opportunities to win raffle prizes of our books. I’ll post more as the event nears.
Until next time, I hope you carve out time to relax and read a few books.
It's been way too hot where I live...over 100 this week! I'm ready for something much cooler.
My second mystery is done, but will be delayed. I was asked to enter it into a contest and I'm restricted from publishing until the contest concludes. I'll know if I'm a finalist in early August and winners will be announced in September. Winners are awarded a package of marketing and publishing for the book...so keep your fingers crossed for me.
In the meantime, I've created a FREE prequel to my Hometown Harbor Series. It's called HOMETOWN HARBOR: THE BEGINNING and includes excerpts from Sam's personal journal. You'll get to meet her before she debuts in FINDING HOME. Download the e-book from Amazon, Kobo, or B&N. If you enjoy it, please leave a review on Amazon (they really help).
I also created an exclusive FREE interview with all the canine companions from the series and will send you it as a thank-you for signing up for my mailing list. Follow this link to visit my webpage and subscribe to the list.
Wishing you a fun-filled Fourth of July...enjoy the day as we celebrate America's birthday!
A view of the three Sisters in Oregon
Just in time for Mother's Day, my first book, FINDING HOME (e-book) will be 99 cents from Thursday through Sunday. It's a great way for readers to start the #HometownHarbor Series. Please pass the word to all your reader friends and any special moms you know. It's the perfect series for women looking for a bit of an escape. Amazon
makes it very easy to send e-books as gifts, and this series is an ideal affordable gift
for a book-loving mom.
My mom and I took a road trip this past week and visited beautiful central Oregon. To pass the time, we read my work in progress. It's the second in my Cooper Harrington Detective Series. We met friends and each night I read them a few chapters to get feedback and look for mistakes. Reading a book aloud is the best way to "hear" words or sentences that sound awkward. My favorite part was hearing the gasps from my audience during exciting scenes in the book. I spent today updating my manuscript with all the changes I wanted to make after hearing it and now need to wrap up the remaining part of the story.
As usual, whenever I visit a new place I get some ideas for stories or characters. Central Oregon was no exception. Fun to people watch and search for new story lines in such a beautiful area. Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day and if you're a mom I hope you spend some time relaxing and reading.
My favorite tulips to celebrate spring
I’ve been working on the second Cooper Harrington novel and plan to have it out this summer. Our lovely spring weather vanished this week, so it has been easier to be inside writing. It’s fun to spend time with Coop and AB and I’m about 60% done. I’ve booked my designer to work on a cover for this one, which is one of my favorite parts of the writing process.
I’m excited about a special deal I’m planning for Mother’s Day weekend. I’ll have more information soon and would appreciate your help in spreading the word to new readers. It’ll be a perfect time for them to start the first e-book in my #HometownHarbor Series, FINDING HOME.
Not sure how many of you spend time on Pinterest, but I would love to get your feedback on my pages. I’ve picked some images that relate to my books and are fun to share. I’m new to using Pinterest, but have lost several writing hours wandering around and looking. I can only imagine if I become addicted!
Thanks to so many of you who have taken the time to leave a review on Amazon. Reviews are critical for authors and I so appreciate your help. If you haven’t yet left a review, please consider it and tell your friends. I enjoy connecting with readers and utilize Facebook more than any other social media. If you “like” my page, you’ll get updates. For my non-Facebook readers, visit my webpage to contact me anytime.
Hope you squeeze in some time for reading this spring!
I’ve been enjoying the Christmas season. I've watched all the new Hallmark movies, baked dozens of cookies, shopped (mostly online), and wrapped gifts. My favorite thing about the season is the tree. I love having it be the only light in the room and often get up early while it’s dark to experience it. I cheated a little and opened a present early—a new Amazon Fire device and so far I like it. I had an old tablet that was getting slower and slower and couldn’t resist the price point on the Amazon devices. It’s taking a bit to get used to it, but I’ve found it does everything I need.
As I look forward to 2016 I’m determined to increase my exercise regimen. I had been very faithful until the last six months or so and need to get more serious. Zoe is excited to have us get back to our long daily walks. I’ve been working on a reorganization project and have gotten rid of some junk and need to continue this process. I’ve taken a break from writing for the holidays, so in January I’ll be immersed in my new mystery novel, which will be great fun.
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and hope you get some time to relax, enjoy family, and sneak in some reading. I’ve enjoyed a few Christmas novels lately and also watched a great film, The Age of Adeline. If you haven’t yet seen it, I recommend it. Let me know what you’re up to, any books or movies I need to squeeze in before I start back to work, and your best intentions for the New Year.
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us. I enjoy this time of year and love to eat the traditional meal. I like to put my tree up the day after Thanksgiving and start getting ready for Christmas. This past month I’ve enjoyed watching all the Hallmark Christmas movies. It’s been a welcome reprieve from the scary and harsh world we live in. Watching the news is overwhelming and depressing, so I prefer to read the news rather than subject myself to the constant cycle on television. I appreciate the escape of a good book or movie as a refreshing break from reality. I’ve got a new Lee Child book I’ve been saving and will be diving in soon.
I had a fun book signing this past week and met some wonderful new readers. It’s always fun to chat with people about my books and writing. I added some new people to my mailing list, so forgive the reminder, but readers may want to follow me on Facebook (Tammy L. Grace, author) for the latest updates. I usually blog once or twice a month, but update Facebook more frequently.
I also started using Pinterest (Tammy L. Grace) and recently added to my Hometown Harbor Series board. Check out my picks for actors and actresses to play the main characters in the series. Let me know if you approve. I’d love to hear what you thought of the latest book, PIECES OF HOME. As always, if you enjoyed it or any of the books, please consider leaving a short review on Amazon (no need to have purchased the book from Amazon to leave a review).
Wishing you and your family a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to remember all we cherish and are thankful for in our lives. Thanks for reading and enjoy the upcoming holiday.
#HometownHarbor Book 4 release 10.14.15
It finally feels like fall is in the air, which makes me happy. I’ve been busy over the past week with the release of Book 4 in the #HometownHarbor Series, PIECES OF HOME. I’ve had fun doing interviews and guest posts for book bloggers. Before I became an author I had no idea how many book bloggers existed and all that they do to promote books and authors. I am so thankful for all of those I’ve met on my author journey.
I post the links to interviews and features on my Facebook page. I think it's the best place to stay up to date with my work. https://www.facebook.com/tammylgrace.books
. Here’s a list of my current and upcoming events:
- Wednesday, October 21st, 6:00 p.m. Author Panel at the Churchill County Library. Come and learn about writing, publishing, and books from local authors.
- Tuesday, November 17th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Book signing to celebrate the new release, PIECES OF HOME. I’ll be at Jo’s Stillwater Tea Room, so stop in and visit.
- Special e-book price on Book 3 of 99 cents—expires Sunday, October 18. Get in the holiday mood with A PROMISE OF HOME available for 99 cents at Amazon. Share the deal with your reader friends.
I’d love to hear what you think of the new release and Ellie’s story. If you enjoy the books, please consider leaving a review on Amazon—they really do help authors!
I’m doing some plotting on my next book—a new mystery in the Cooper Harrington Detective Series, but when fall arrives, I get in the mood to bake. I’ve seen some incredible pumpkin recipes and want to try a new brownie. What are you baking these days? Wishing you the best of the season and happy reading!
Fall is perfect time to read PIECES OF HOME
October 14th is the official release day for PIECES OF HOME. I'm trying to rank high in the Amazon rankings (which change every hour), so if you intend to buy an E-book, please pre-order now at Amazon. It will be delivered on October 14th. Print books will also be available and will probably be listed earlier than October 14th, but I'd like to ask that you buy on October 14th to help boost the rankings. It's an Amazon algorithm thing!
To celebrate the new release, A PROMISE OF HOME (Book3) will be on sale from October 15-18 for 99 cents (E-book only). It's the story of Regi and has a touch of Christmas. Perfect to get you in the mood for the holidays or as a great gift for someone who loves to read. It's easy to gift an E-book on Amazon.
I'm excited to be part of the Fall Festival Literary Event where I'll join other authors at Lattin Farms on September 26th. Pumpkins, a giant corn maze, baby goats and books!! Hope to see you there starting at 10am.
I'm also looking forward to participating in the Churchill County Library Fall Author Panel on October 21st. If you're in town, stop by from 6pm-7pm for a great conversation. I'm joining two other authors that night and it promises to be fun and interesting.
If you enjoy any of my books, I would appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Indie authors need reviews to promote their books and I'm always looking for more. Please take a minute and leave a short review on Goodreads or Amazon-even if you purchased the book elsewhere. You just have to be a customer of Amazon to leave a review. I'm grateful for all the readers who have already done this--THANK YOU! I'd love to hear what you think of PIECES OF HOME after you read it!
Just received the cover for my new women’s fiction book, PIECES OF HOME. It will be released in mid-October. Here’s a preview of the cover blurb:
A story of long ago secrets revealed and the strength of one woman’s journey to overcome the pain of her past.
Ellie hasn’t seen or spoken to her parents in twenty years—since she came to live on the island with her aunt and uncle. Ellie’s all grown up now and runs the popular family bakery, Sweet Treats.
An unforeseen plea for help forces Ellie to reveal a secret she’s kept hidden from even her closest friends. Her innate kindness and desire to help propel her on a turbulent journey. The pieces of her past she’s worked so hard to escape resurface and bring her face to face with heartache. In the midst of unearthing her long buried pain, she faces challenges that threaten her livelihood and those she holds most dear.
When newcomer Blake Griffin arrives, he frequents the bakery in the early morning hours and over fresh cinnamon rolls they develop a friendship. He renews a sense of hope and joy in Ellie, but she’s hesitant to trust him with her heart. Instead of letting her past define her future, Ellie must summon the courage to recognize an unexpected path may be a welcome gift.
To celebrate the new release, A PROMISE OF HOME (Book 3), will be featured for 99 cents (ebook) for a few days in mid-October. It’s a great time to read it or gift it to someone who loves to read.
I’ll have more details on specific dates soon, but wanted to share the cover and upcoming release with you. Hope you’re enjoying September and the first feel of fall in the air.
I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Vancouver Island. While there I visited Victoria and was reminded of the inspiration for including such a trip in my second Hometown Harbor book, HOME BLOOMS. The Butchart Gardens are breathtaking and full of gorgeous colors. If you don’t have it on your bucket list, you need to make room!
I even had dinner in the famous Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel, which was yummy and fun. The trip on the ferry brought back memories of my trips to the San Juan Islands where the idea of the Hometown Harbor Series and Sam’s story came to me. I was so close to the San Juans I could see them!
The last month has been packed with busy activities. In April I attended a great writing conference in Las Vegas and learned so much. This past week I had a fun book signing event at Fallon’s newest hot spot~Jo’s Stillwater Tea Room. We had a huge crowd and sold out of my new book, KILLER MUSIC!
Now it’s time to get back to work...no more conferences, fun trips, or events. The good news is, I’ve started my fourth book in the series and while on my Canadian excursion, I figured out Coop’s next case for the second book in my private detective series. Now, I just need to find time to write them both.
If you’ve visited Victoria or Vancouver Island, I’d love to hear some of your favorites. I think the gardens are definitely mine!
Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day and in the rush, please remember those who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.