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  1. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your bad hair day series. I am getting ready to start “Died Blonde” and can’t wait to see what new adventure Marla will get herself into. I especially enjoy the stories because I lived in South Florida for 27 years and enjoy reading about places I am familiar with. I lived in Cooper City, Pompano Beach, and Margate. I had additional family members who lived in Boca Raton. I now live in Richmond, VA with my family, but so enjoy reading Thanks for taking the time to read this e-mail and look forward to your future work.

  2. I was just wondering when you will adding more books to the bad hair day series.. I just love your books!!!

  3. Hi Nancy – I like your blog design. It’s clear and accessible – you’d be surprised how many blogs I can’t seem to get on my old computer! I write historical mysteries with two nosy Puritans as detectives. Hetty is a mid-20’s wealthy widow and Creasy is a young minister able to ferret out the secrets of the guilty soul. (But he’s clueless where women are concerned.) I’d like to write a post for you on the various causes of the Salem Witch Trials. My last book, DEATH OF A BAWDY BELLE, delt with the trials. I have a new book coming out in the Fall; DEATH OF A DANCING MASTER, so I don’t mind when I am scheduled. (My books always have an element of true history in them.) Thanks for considering me. Marilyn aka: M. E. Kemp

  4. Hi,
    I’m sorry I forgot to leave my address! I can’t wait to get Perish By Pedicure and Dead Roots-they look great! I love finding new authors! I get so lost in the bookstore (which sounds ridiculous) but it’s as bad as being in Blockbuster to rent a video. Everything sounds good until you get it home. But I can tell just by the covers these books are going to be good!
    My address is:
    Linda Hopkins
    409 Suffield Street,
    Agawam, MA 01001

    Thank you for your time!!

  5. Thank you Nancy for your books” Bad hair day mystery” I love them alot!!!! Being a manicurist I first read “Murder by Manicure”now I am hooked to read the rest-just finished “Hair Raiser” Would you send me the order of the books?Thank you, Joanne Evans

  6. Hi Nancy – I like your blog design. It’s clear and accessible – you’d be surprised how many blogs I can’t seem to get on my old computer! I write historical mysteries with two nosy Puritans as detectives. Hetty is a mid-20′s wealthy widow and Creasy is a young minister able to ferret out the secrets of the guilty soul. (But he’s clueless where women are concerned.) I’d like to write a post for you on the various causes of the Salem Witch Trials. My last book, DEATH OF A BAWDY BELLE, delt with the trials. I have a new book coming out in the Fall; DEATH OF A DANCING MASTER, so I don’t mind when I am scheduled. (My books always have an element of true history in them.) Thanks for considering me. Marilyn aka: M. E. Kemp
    +1

  7. Hi Nancy,
    I absolutely love Bad Hair day mysteries! I am totally hooked! And after I read the last one i was dying to read more! Is there any chance you will be writing a #10 Bad Hair day Mystery?

    Thanks for writing AMAZING books!

    Sincerely,
    Olivia Olson

  8. Thanks for all your comments. I’ve tried to answer individually and hope I haven’t forgotten anyone along the way. Joan, it was great seeing you at the meeting, and I’m glad you find my tips to be helpful. To those of you who’ve asked, the tenth Bad Hair Day mystery, Shear Murder, will be a hardcover release from Five Star in January 2012.

      1. Wow. I’d be kinda curious as to what your process has been. Two years lapses between replies on posts? Why was that? Did you not know the posts were there?

        Heather
        wordwan

  9. You were a guest blogger on “KIll Zone” and I attempted to reply–I have a blogger account–but couldn’t get it to work. So instead, I’ll reply here to your Kill Zone blog, the link shown below:

    http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.ca/2013/04/multiple-book-releases.html:

    Hi, I am Heather. I am new here on Kill Zone. I should HAVE your problems. *grin* I haven’t published anything yet. I’m sussing out issues though.

    As I recently read, YOU are a brand. So don’t worry about your book titles so much as your brand. I’d do both at once. Especially if you already HAVE fans. They’re gonna care that they have to buy TWO of your great works instead of one? Sounds like a bonus to me.

    I’d find a way, presently, to communicate this to your regular readers. (Like any good manager, give out information as soon as you have it! Allow people to ‘buy-in’ to problems or change; don’t foist it on them.) So they’ll know, in the new age of digital publishing, they have a whole new lineup of SNAFUs to deal with. *grin* That’s all this is. And it’s to YOUR advantage, so far, from the sounds of it.

    Every chance you get to involve your readers in your process is a good way to create lasting relationships.

    Go for it!

    Success to you.

    Heather
    wordwan

    P. S. Something else I’ve noticed in my ‘hyperaware’ state of learning the ropes on all this: Amazon and other publishers appear to be offering ‘bundles’ of books; maybe you can get something set up like that. Have fun!

    1. I do have my Spring issue newsletter set to go out on Friday, and it mentions both releases. So I am promoting both at once there. I’m also alternating tweets, some with the romance and some with the mystery. But the main push is with the romance release since April 26 is the “official” release date. Thanks for your feedback, by the way. And thanks for visiting The Kill Zone.

  10. Hi: Love your books and the fact that we are Snowbirds who winter in Florida makes the reading even more fun. I just signed up for your blog etc but could not find where to comment on the blog site (could be me a non techo crat). Can you let me now how to comment on the blogs. Thanks and keep up the great work(s). Best warm regards Sylvia Reddom Ontario/PCB FL

  11. I enjoyed thoroughly the tidbits you gave us about Florida Escape and how you ended up with the edited story. My family and I traveled the entire width of the US, from Pacific Coast to Eastern Coast during the scorching heat Summer of 1988…in order to see the Smithsonian Institute, Williamsburg and other historical sites on the Eastern Coast. And wouldn’t you know it, we traveled the southern route to hit Texas and New Orleans…and yes, Florida! The humidity nearly killed us. We had planned on camping the entire trip but it was too hot to stay in a tent so we nearly went bankrupt staying in motels to stay cool at night! Trips like that are what make good memories, despite the discomfort during the trip. 🙂 Thanks for your post, Nancy. jdh2690@gmail.com

  12. Hi Nancy – I just finished your book, Writing the Cozy Mystery, for the second time in preparation for writing my first cozy during NaNoWriMo in November. So much great information in this book. Thank you! I have one question, though. I really don’t want to write murder into my stories. Is it possible to have a cozy mystery with crimes other than murder? Do you think they would have an audience? Thanks in advance for your answer.

    1. Jan, I answer this question in Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition coming out Nov. 12. Here’s what I say:
      Does the crime have to be a murder?

      You could get away with kidnapping, theft, or another apparent crime as long as you follow genre conventions. There must be a puzzle to solve, and children or pets cannot be harmed. You’ll want engaging characters and a whodunit-type plot even if it involves a missing object or person instead of a murder. The stakes have to be high enough for the sleuth so readers care about the outcome, but not so scary as to impart a sense of dread. Any hint of sexual abuse or child abduction may turn cozy readers off. It’s a delicate balancing act, and the lines between subgenres may blend. Keep in mind that cozy readers want a delicious tingle over danger, not a growing sense of impending doom as in a suspense novel.
      You may want to make it clear in your story blurb that this particular title does not contain a murder mystery, so readers won’t wonder when the body will show up.

      Order the second edition here. Also available at BN, Apple & Kobo: Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/2MHOZRH
      Amazon Kindle: https://amzn.to/2Pbmwoh

      1. Thanking you so much for getting back to me, Nancy. I’m down to the wire on planning the crime for my Nano novel, so your response is right on time! Off to order the expanded edition of Writing the Cozy Mystery now.