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.
This week KILLER MUSIC will be released on Tuesday. To celebrate there is a Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon for the first and second book in the Hometown Harbor Series. Starting on April 9th and just for the weekend, HOME BLOOMS is 99cents and FINDING HOME will also be 99cents on April 9 and 10 (eBooks only). If you haven't yet read them, it's a great time to get started on the series and save some money. Tell your friends!!
I'm also on several blogs this month talking about KILLER MUSIC. I'll link them on Facebook when they're posted and live. Lots of fun interviews and features with the book. My thanks to the book bloggers for their hospitality and interest.
On April 15th I'll be in Carson City at Capital Coffee for a book signing and will have my new book with me. Stop by from 10:30-1:30 and say hello. I'm also working on a book signing in Fallon at Jo's Stillwater Tea Room in May. I'll have more details soon.
Let me know what you think of KILLER MUSIC~I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear from you. Remember to "like" my Facebook page to keep up with the latest news. Hope you enjoy the Easter weekend with family and friends.
The back cover copy for Killer Music is finished and I wanted to share it with you. I just received my manuscript back from my editor and she loved it! As soon as I have a release date, I'll post it. Let me know if this one sounds like something you'd enjoy.
When private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington meets record label mogul Grayson Taylor at a swank gathering of country music artists and politicians he never imagines he’ll be investigating his brutal murder less than twenty-four hours later.
The suspects are plentiful. More than a handful of people could have wanted him dead. Retained by Taylor’s widow, Coop works alongside his best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason. The investigation leads Coop and Ben to visit the luxurious mansions of recording industry magnates, navigate the murky undercurrents of the political world, and probe complicated family matters. Scandalous indiscretions, secrets, and hints of corruption swirl in the midst of their pursuit of the killer.
Coop’s faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle and his loyal golden retriever, Gus, both lend a hand during the investigation. Even his Aunt Camille mines the local gossip mill to unearth potential killers with motive. Yet the case seems hopeless until a crucial piece of evidence emerges that sends Coop and Ben on a race to catch the killer before someone else dies.
This past week I finished my new novel, Killer Music and it’s now with my editor. If all goes as planned, I hope to release it in April or May. It’s a different genre, with the main character, Cooper “Coop” Harrington, a private detective in Nashville. It was fun, but challenging to write in this genre. Part of the fun is thinking of how to kill people and what clues to leave behind. Thrillers are my favorite type of novel to read and I’d love to write one. What’s your favorite genre?
To celebrate, of course, I read a couple of books…The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross is excellent as is The Orphan Train. I’ve also been keeping up with Downton Abbey and a few of my other favorite shows. I think things at Downton are a bit boring this season and we’re almost at the end, so not much hope for livening it up this time around.
I’m working with my designer to come up with a cover for the novel, which is one of my favorite things to do when getting ready to publish. I’m also getting ready to attend the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference in April. I’m hoping to learn lots and meet some new authors while I’m there.
Don’t forget, April 15th (in honor of Tax Day-NOT), I’m doing a book signing in Carson City at Capital Coffee. They have graciously agreed to carry my books in their shop all the time, but I’ll be there to sign copies and visit from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 15th. Hope to see some of you there, especially my old friends from the Legislature!
I’ll be back in touch to reveal the cover soon and plan to start on the fourth novel in the Hometown Harbor Series. If you’re a fan of the series, I’d love to hear the character you’d most like featured in the fourth book. I also need some reviews to market the series, so if you've read the second or third book and enjoyed them, please leave a quick review for me.
Thanks to all the readers who attended my book signing at the Red Zinnia this past week. It was fun to visit with all of you and enjoy treats of the season.
I just learned something about Amazon I wanted to share. You can choose to “follow” an author on her Amazon Author Page and will be notified of new releases. Navigating to my author page is easy, just click my name and you’ll go to a page with all my books and you’ll see a yellow “Follow” button on the left side. So, please consider following me on Amazon and while you’re there I’d appreciate a review of the second the third books, if you haven’t done one yet.
I’m always looking for more “likes” on my Facebook page and that is yet another way to keep track of what I’m doing and when a new book will be released. I’m trying to learn to like Twitter and understand how it can be as useful as proclaimed. If you’re into Twitter, I’d love to hear from you and have you follow me. Facebook is easier and more useful to me, but alas, I do tweet occasionally. All the ways to connect with me are on my website~look for the buttons in the upper right.
I’m grateful for all of my readers and so enjoy hearing from you. I’ve had the excitement of receiving a few emails from readers across the country this year and each time I get one it makes my day! I took December off to enjoy the holidays, but plan to be back writing on my new detective novel in January. I’ve been reading lots of books during my downtime and my favorite is the new one from David Baldacci.
I also plan another release in the Hometown Harbor Series next year. I’d love to hear your ideas about the next book in the series. Here’s hoping you find some time for reading during the coming busy weeks of holiday celebrations. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.