Boxed Set 99 Cents and other Discounts

Sales: This USA Today bestseller brings together the first four books in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series: Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, and Deadly Proof. This boxed set of four cozy, historical mysteries, set in late nineteenth-century San Francisco, are appropriate for teens to adults, and it is a welcome companion to the Victorian San Francisco Stories Vol 1 and 2 and the Victorian San Francisco Novellas, which feature beloved minor characters. 99 cents on Kindle, Apple Books, Kobo, Nook, GooglePlay until 7/20 ********* For those of you who are into audiobooks, Maids of Misfortune is permanently discounted to $3.99 – $4.99 on most retailers, and for the rest of July the Victorian San Francisco Novellas collection of Violet Vanquishes a Villain, Kathleen Catches a Killer, and Dandy Delivers is only $2.99 on Apple Books and Chirp. ********* A reminder that Read more…

Boxed Set 99 cents

Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 This USA Today bestseller brings together the first four books in the romantic and suspenseful Victorian San Francisco Mystery series: Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, and Deadly Proof. Maids of Misfortune (over 3400 reviews, 4.2 stars) introduces Annie Fuller, a young widow who runs the O’Farrell Street boardinghouse and supplements her income by giving financial and domestic advice as Madam Sibyl. When one of Madam Sibyl’s clients dies in mysterious circumstances, Annie goes undercover as a domestic servant to find out the truth about his death. Against his better judgment, Nate Dawson, the Voss family lawyer, finds himself drawn into helping in her investigations, alternatively fascinated and frustrated by Annie’s independent nature. Uneasy Spirits (over 1000 reviews, 4.4 stars) finds Annie Fuller and Nate Dawson, assisted by the boardinghouse maid, Kathleen, delving Read more…

Victorian San Francisco Stories: Volume 2

Over six years ago, I put out a collection of the four short stories I had written in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, and since then, despite the fact that I give away this first volume of stories to anyone who signs up for my newsletter, I’ve sold over 4000 copies of the collection. At the time of publication, I wrote this post about why I enjoyed writing short stories. If anything, the reasons I listed are even more true now, when I have put out a second volume of short stories. The stories in this second collection come between the events in my last two full-length mysteries, Scholarly Pursuits and Lethal Remedies. As with my other short stories and novellas, they feature secondary characters from the series. The first story, Beatrice Bests the Burglars, finds Mrs. O’Rourke, the O’Farrell Read more…

Pilfered Promises and other Holiday Promotions

Now that the presidential election is over, and at least half of the American public is feeling relieved, it seemed a good time to turn my attention to the holidays and let you know about some promotional deals that are currently available. First, I have made Pilfered Promises, the fifth book in my series that is set in during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 1880, free. In addition, for the month of November, the audiobook edition of the short story, Mrs. O’Malley’s Midnight Mystery, is only 99 cents on Chirp. Finally, I’ve included a description of Murder by Misrule, a historical mystery that is set during the winter holidays in Elizabethan England, which I think all of you might enjoy. Pilfered Promises: It is November of 1880, and the future looks promising for Annie and Nate Dawson. Nate’s law Read more…

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…