Fall Retrospective

Dear Reader, I started this blog in December of 2009, nearly twelve years ago, when I published my first mystery novel, Maids of Misfortune. At the time, I had no idea if I was going to continue writing this blog, because I had no idea if this book was going to be the last book I published. I confess, my writing has been much more consistent than my blogging in the last few years, but both certainly out-performed my expectations. I am currently writing the eighth full-length novel in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, Entangled Threads, which explores the female occupation of woolen textile factory workers. If all goes well, the book should be published by January, perhaps up for pre-order before that. This book, along with 8 short stories and 2 novellas, brings the total books in the series Read more…

New Victorian San Francisco Short Story

Tilly Tracks a Thief December 1881, San Francisco: Tilly, the young O’Farrell Street boardinghouse servant, is determined to discover who’s stealing from houses in the neighborhood before the thefts ruin the holidays for everyone. This short story in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series comes after the short story Mrs. O’Malley’s Midnight Mystery and right before Lethal Remedies, the seventh novel in the series. 99 cents on Kindle, AppleBooks, Nook, Kobo, GooglePlay and Other Retailers   In addition to this Christmas tale, the audiobook edition of Kathleen Catches a Killer is only $1.99 on AppleBooks and Chirp for a limited time. Have a lovely and safe holiday. M. Louisa Locke December 19, 2020

How I have used my book titles to establish my brand

When a potential reader looks at a book product page in one of the on-line bookstores, the first two things they are likely to notice are a book’s title and its cover. A good title can not only capture a reader’s interest, but it can signal the genre and sub-genre of the book, the setting and time period of the story, and it can even reveal a little about the plot. In addition, if the book is part of a series, the title can help brand that series. I am going to discuss the titles of both my novels and my shorter works in my mystery series to demonstrate how a title can achieve all of the above. In 2009, when I published my first novel, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, I knew it was to be Read more…

Beatrice Bests the Burglars and 10th Year Anniversary

  Ten Years ago this month, I wrote my first blog post and published my first novel, Maids of Misfortune. I was also anticipating the birth of my first grandchild and about to turn sixty. Over all, a season of new beginnings. At the time, the self-publishing industry was in its infancy, and I had no idea whether or not anyone would ever read my blog or my book. But I had written the first draft of that book thirty years earlier, and just knowing that someone, other than my writers group and close friends, would finally get to meet Annie, the pretend clairvoyant, Nate Dawson, the handsome local lawyer, Dandy, the Boston Terrier, and all the other O’Farrell Street boardinghouse residents was enough. My plan, however, was to follow up that first book with a series of mysteries that Read more…

Taking Science Fiction Series out of Kindle Unlimited

Just a quick announcement that this is the last day my Paradisi Chronicles science fiction series (Between Mountain and Sea, Under Two Moons, Through Ddaera’s Touch–and the Boxed Set) will be in Kindle Unlimited. If you subscribe to KU, and think you might be interested in trying them, you will need to borrow them now because I’m not sure if or when I might put them in KU again. For those of you who don’t have Kindles and use other eReaders, watch here for announcements when the books show up in other retailers–which should be in a week or less. Thanks, M. Louisa Locke, November 24, 2019