Shift to New Blog and Newsletter Complete

Dear Reader, I have been delighted with the response to my decision to shift my blogs over to my new daily newsletter, An Author’s Daily Diversions, on substack.com.  I currently have over 360 subscribers, and I have enjoyed interspersing my general posts about my writing progress and attempts to maintain a good healthy balance to my life with little descriptions of the research I’ve done called Historical Tidbits, weekly posts of my father’s poetry, as well as periodic posts about my experience as an Indie Author. If you click link above, you can sample some of these posts and see if you would like to subscribe. If you are only interested in getting news about new publications, hearing about ebook and audiobook discounts, or participating in my Audiobook Raffle, then you should subscribe to Locke’s Promotional Newsletter. Sincerely, M. Louisa Read more…


A blog about why I am going to stop blogging

I have a number of promotional deals to tell you about for the month of April (see below), but first I would like to discuss my new experiment with a more efficient and effective method of communicating with other authors and fans of my work—by setting up a newsletter I’ve called An Aging Author’s Daily Diversions on substack (you might be familiar with this as the site hosting Letters from an American by historian, Heather Cox Richardson.) Currently, I have three primary methods of communicating with people—this blog, monthly promotional newsletters, and daily posts on my Author FaceBook page. There have been problems with all three. For example, this blog has become less and less effective. I used to post 2-3 articles per month, and many of my subscribers were other authors who were interested in hearing about my journey as Read more…


Going Wide with Audiobooks: Findaway Voices and Chirp Update

I am currently in the middle of a promotion of the audiobook editions of my Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 ($1.99), Pilfered Promises ($1.99), Scholarly Pursuits ($2.99) and Lethal Remedies ($3.99). I wouldn’t have been able to do this promotion if I hadn’t made the decision to shift my audiobooks from being exclusive to ACX (Amazon’s audiobook production and distribution arm) to being non-exclusive and distributing through Findaway Voices. This shift meant my audiobooks would still available on Amazon and Audible, but they would now be available on a whole host of additional venues. Findaway Voices currently distributes books to over forty partners, including Audible. Three years ago, I discussed the reasons for making this shift in this blog piece and this seemed like a good time to provide an update on how this shift has worked out for me. Read more…


Dandy’s Daring Deeds

As I finished writing Entangled Threads, my latest novel in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series that came out last week, I realized with some regret that I hadn’t found a way to bring Dandy, the Boston Terrier, into the story. At the same time, it occurred to me that a good number of people who read (or increasingly listen to) my full-length novels haven’t encountered my shorter works, which is where I have given Dandy the opportunity to play a more predominant role. So, I decided to put together the three shorter works that feature Dandy (and an excerpt from a longer work) in this collection (which represents a considerable discount from buying the stories separately). I hope you will take the time to get reacquainted (or acquainted for the first time) with Dandy and his young friends in Read more…


Entangled Threads Published Today

Entangled Threads, the eighth full-length novel in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, is now available to purchase as an ebook and in print on all major retailers. As most of you know, my goal in writing the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series has always been to feature those women who lived and worked in San Francisco at the end of the nineteenth century. I had done a statistical analysis of the 1880 United States manuscript census for my dissertation, and my intention was to illustrate the lives of these women through my mysteries. This was the reason I came up with a female protagonist who would have a reason to investigate crimes that occur in different occupational settings. At the beginning of the series, this protagonist, Annie Fuller, is a widow who owned a boardinghouse and supplemented her income as a Read more…