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mlouisalocke_bks_medWelcome to my Front Parlor, where I hope to engage you in some stimulating conversations about my journey as an indie author, the lessons learned about marketing, and the joys of writing fiction. The past eight years have been enormously rewarding, with the publication of five novels in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy SpiritsBloody Lessons, Deadly Proof, and Pilfered Promises, as well as two novellas, Violet Vanquishes a Villain, Kathleen Catches a Killerand a short story collection, Victorian San Francisco Stories, and the publication of a science fiction trilogy, Between Mountain and Sea, Under Two Moons, and Through Ddaera’s Touch. Do come in, look around, comment, and before you go, please leave a visiting card (url, twitter, fb address, etc) so I can return the courtesy and visit you next time.

Victorian SF Mystery and Caelestis Series News

Victorian San Francisco Novellas collection now Available

This collection brings together three novellas: Violet Vanquishes a Villain, Katherine Catches a Killer, and Dandy Delivers.These shorter works contain the light romance, humor, and suspense of the novels in her cozy Victorian San Francisco mystery series and are an excellent introduction to the gas-lit world of late 19th-century San Francisco.

Violet Vanquishes a Villain: In this novella set in August of 1880, Annie and Nate Dawson’s trip down the San Francisco peninsula to San Jose was supposed to be a pleasant romantic interlude and a chance for Annie to get to know Nate’s family better. When the visit takes a serious turn, Annie races to expose a criminal who could ruin a young man’s life, getting help from an unexpected quarter. The events in Violet Vanquishes a Villaincome right after Deadly Proof, the fourth book in Locke’s Victorian San Francisco mystery series.

Kathleen Catches a Killer: As 1880 comes to a close, the O’Farrell Street boardinghouse servant, Kathleen Hennessey, expects to spend a quiet week while her employers, amateur sleuths Annie and Nate Dawson, are off spending the Christmas holidays with Nate’s family. However, when she agrees to help out one of her friends, Kathleen discovers that a simple case of a servant being dismissed without notice has turned into a complicated and dangerous puzzle that she is determined to solve. The events in Kathleen Catches a Killer come right between those in Pilfered Promises and the third novella in this collection, Dandy Delivers.

Dandy Delivers: It’s January, 1881, and while the grown-ups in Annie and Nate Dawson’s San Francisco O’Farrell Street boardinghouse are busy with their own affairs, two boys and a dog find their own adventure. Ian Hennessey, a poor boy from South of Market, who is trying to shoulder a man’s responsibilities, gets in trouble, and his best friend, Jamie Hewitt, does what he can to help. But it is Jamie’s young Boston Terrier, Dandy, who saves the day.

Buy now for Kindle, and in all  major ebookstores. Print edition also available on Amazon.

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Changes in Availability of Paradisi Chronicles-Caelestis Series

This past year, the first book in my Caelestis Series trilogy (Between Mountain and Seahas been permanently free, and this book and the other two books in the trilogy (Under Two Moons and Through Ddaera’s Touch) and the Caelestis Series Boxed Set, containing these three books and a bonus short story, have been available in all major ebook retailers. However, next week I will start putting these books into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.

The good news is that these books will now be free to borrow for those of you who subscribe to the Kindle Unlimited program.

The bad news is that Between Mountain and Sea will no longer be permanently free and none of the books will be available through other retailers besides Amazon. I will still do frequent free and discount promotions of all these books––which I will announce in this newsletter.

I am making this announcement so that you have the chance to download Between Mountain and Sea or buy any of the other books while they are still widely available, a good opportunity to stock up on some science fiction reading for the winter holidays.

Between Mountain and Sea and Under Two Moons are now available as audiobooks now in a variety of stores, and the third book in the trilogy should be in an audiobook edition before Christmas.

And never fear, any new publications of books I write for the Paradisi Chronicles I will make widely available–at least for a short time.

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Meanwhile, I am hard at work finishing the first draft of the next full-length novel in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. Title is Scholarly Pursuit, it is set in University of California; Berkeley in 1881, which means it features Laura Dawson and her friends. I hope to have the book ready for pre-order around Christmas.

M. Louisa Locke

Fall Promotions

I have been very focused on finishing the first draft of Scholarly Pursuit, the next full-length book in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, but needed to pause to let you know about the a great list of historical mysteries that are free or discounted today, 11/4

Medieval-to-Modern-GenericJoin amateur sleuths, private detectives, and feisty female protagonists in a journey through time with this anthology of historical mysteries spanning nearly a thousand years, from Medieval Wales to 1940s Ohio. This collection of eight novellas and short stories is the perfect introduction to five award-winning series in settings ranging from the back streets of Elizabethan and Regency London to the steep slopes of Victorian San Francisco.
— Libi Astaire, the Jewish Regency mystery series.
— Anna Castle, the Francis Bacon mystery series and the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mystery series.
— M. Louisa Locke, the Victorian San Francisco mystery series.
— M. Ruth Myers, the Maggie Sullivan mystery series set in Depression-era Ohio.
— Sarah Woodbury, the Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries.

99 cents in all ebookstores  

Pilf_Xmas edition_800x1200It is November of 1880, and the future looks promising for Annie and Nate Dawson. Nate’s law practice is taking off. Annie has made the transition from pretend clairvoyant to a successful financial consultant, and as a couple, they are looking forward to spending their first Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays together.

For Robert Livingston, the owner San Francisco’s newest grand emporium, the holidays are shaping up to be a dismal failure if he can’t figure out how to stop whoever is stealing from his department store, the Silver Strike Bazaar.When he hires the Dawsons to investigate, Annie and Nate discover that behind the doors of Livingston’s “Palace of Plenty,” nothing is quite what it seems.

Pilfered Promises, by USA Todaybestselling author, M. Louisa Locke, is the fifth full-length historical mystery in the cozy Victorian San Francisco mystery series featuring Annie and Nate Dawson and their friends and family in the O’Farrell Street boarding house. Locke’s shorter works, found in Victorian San Francisco Storiesand Victorian San Francisco Novellas, feature minor characters from the series.

Free in all ebookstores

Other Great Historical Mysteries Discounts good, today, November 4, 2018

Libi Astaire:
Tempest in the Tearoom: A Jewish Regency Mystery (Book 1) Free
The Doppelganger’s Dance: A Jewish Regency Mystery (Book 2) 99 cents  

Anna Castle:
Murder by Misrule: A Francis Bacon Mystery (Book 1) Free
Death by Disputation: A Francis Bacon Mystery (Book 2) 99 cents  

Ruth Myers:
No Game for a Dame: Maggie Sullivan Mystery  (Book 1) Free  
Maximum Moxie: Maggie Sullivan Mystery (Book 5) 99 cents

Sarah Woodbury:
The Good Knight: The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries (Book 1) Free 
The Uninvited Guest: The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries (Book2) 99 cents  
The Fourth Horseman: The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries (Book3) 99 cents 

Happy reading,

M. Louisa Locke

Flash sale on Historical Mystery Anthology

Medieval to Modern: An Anthology of Historical Mystery Stories

99 cents for two days only, August 11-12

On all major online stores

Five authors, six series, three novellas and five short stories, this anthology (which includes my novella Katherine Catches a Killer and short story Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong) is the perfect introduction to these five authors historical mystery series.

 

Boxed set only 99 cents until July 15

Although I imagine most of you already have read the first 4 books in my series of Victorian San Francisco Mysteries, I did want to alert you to this sale of the Boxed Set, a $8.99 value for only 99 cents until July 15. In any event, you might think about what a nifty gift this boxed set would be to give to someone who could use some light summer reading. (Amazon and other retailers have made gifting books to others pretty simple.) You can get the boxed set at  Kindle  Apple  Nook  Kobo  GooglePlay

I also thought you might enjoy the post I wrote over on the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative page, entitled “Writing Historical Mysteries: What comes first, research or plot?”

M. Louisa Locke, July 9, 2018

New Historical Mystery Anthology

For over eight years I have been an active member of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, a group that now has over 52 members and  over 280 books in our catalog. One of the popular sub-genres that a number of us write is historical mysteries and five of us decided to put together an anthology of shorter works as a way of introducing our different historical mystery series.

This collaborative project was great fun, with everyone helping in choosing the content, coming up with the title, creating the cover, editing, formatting the interior, proofing the text, and writing the product description. And unlike the old joke that getting writers to cooperate is like herding cats, this was a very smooth and organized operation.

I am proud to announce that here is the result, a 495 page books filled with 3 novellas and five short stories (including my Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong and Kathleen Catches a Killer) for only $4.99.

Medieval to Modern: An Anthology of Historical Mystery Stories

Join amateur sleuths, private detectives, and feisty female protagonists in a journey through time with this anthology of historical mysteries spanning nearly a thousand years, from Medieval Wales to 1940s Ohio. This collection of eight novellas and short stories is the perfect introduction to five award-winning series in settings ranging from the back streets of Elizabethan and Regency London to the steep slopes of Victorian San Francisco.

— Libi Astaire, the Jewish Regency mystery series.
— Anna Castle, the Francis Bacon mystery series and the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mystery series.
— M. Louisa Locke, the Victorian San Francisco mystery series.
— M. Ruth Myers, the Maggie Sullivan mystery series set in Depression-era Ohio.
— Sarah Woodbury, the Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries.

Available on Kindle  iTunes  Nook  Kobo  GooglePlay.