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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Amazon Deals for Black Friday 2017

So the holiday shopping bonanza known as Black Friday is just around the corner, and it has already started online! Here in the MRM household, we usually spend Black Friday decking the halls and smelling our after-Thanksgiving turkey roasting in the oven.  We will, however, take some time to check out (in our PJs, naturally) some awesome deals on Amazon devices, toys, electronics, and OF COURSE books.

One of the offers that excite us the most is the prospect of saving up to 80% on a selection of Kindle Books.  We expect to see titles coming in from every genre, and we'll be sure to highlight the best of the mystery deals.

We will definitely see some fabulous discounts in the Amazon device arena.  Of note to our MRM readers will certainly be the Kindle devices, including:

  • $50 off the Fire HD 10  (The lowest price EVER for this device)

If you're buying for little ones in your life, Amazon is offering $30 off one Fire 7 Kids Edition, and $40 off of two when you buy them together.  

You can save $40 on the Kids HD 8, and $50 on two.  If you're looking for the Kindle for Kids bundle, you'll save $30 on one.  

If you're looking for Amazon's new generation of devices including the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Cloud Cam, and Amazon Fire TV, you'll see these discounts:
  • $20 off the Echo Dot (The lowest price EVER for this device)

Deals on other electronics include lots of TVs, SanDisk memory products, gaming laptops, hard drives, and 3D printers.  Here are some highlights:
Toy deal-seekers will definitely find them! Select deals include: 

There are SO MANY more deals available in every department, including Pets, Video Games, Sports & Outdoors, and more

You will see some awesome deals on Amazon streaming services including three months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just 99 cents, and 40% off new release movies and TV seasons as well as best sellers available for instant streaming through Amazon Video.  

If you're not an Amazon Prime member already, you'll want to sign up now so you can take advantage of Prime Early Access deals as well as FREE 2-day shipping.  

We hope this round-up helps you plan your shopping week!  Happy, Happy Thanksgiving from the whole MRM clan!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Co-writing: 4 Eyes and 2 Heads, a guest post by Janet Elizabeth Lynn

Author Janet Elizabeth Lynn joins us on the blog today.  She co-writes the Skylar Drake mystery series with husband Will Zeilinger. 

Co-writing:4 Eyes and 2 Headsby Janet Elizabeth Lynn

My husband, Will Zeilinger, is also a published author.  We decided to come together and write a 1950s hard-boiled mystery, the Skylar Drake Murder Mysteries series.

We have different styles of writing.  I tend to write very edgy, and Will tends to be humorous with an edge.  Combining our styles makes for more interesting character dialogue and personality.  Our editor also noticed a very different style in the Skylar Drake series, yet neither one of us can imitate the style without the other.  We tried, and it came close but wasn't the same.  So it is important to value difference in the style each partner brings to the table.  

The results? Slivers of GlassStrange MarkingsDesert Ice and Spike Hill (to be released 2/2018)...and yes, we're still married.

For more information, visit www.janetlynnauthor.com or Janet & Will's blog at www.themarriedauthors.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dead in the Water Giveaway from Denise Swanson

We are so excited to bring you a giveaway from Denise Swanson celebrating the release of her new Welcome Back to Scumble River series. We all know and love her Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime Store mysteries, and Dead in the Water is sure to be a hit.  Congratulations, Denise!  Scroll down to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, and head over to Amazon to order!

From Sourcebooks:

The first book in the brand-new Welcome Back to Scumble River series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s beloved setting and characters, Dead in the Water, is a gripping mystery that won’t let you go until you’ve turned the last page.

School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd wishes she could click her ruby-red high-tops, chant “There’s no place like home,” and go back to life pre-tornado. With her house destroyed and a baby on the way, the last thing she needs is a dead body among the rubble.

But that’s exactly what she finds.

Zeke Lyon, the town’s mild-mannered bookkeeper, appears to have been a victim of the tornado—but some of the details don’t quite add up. When Skye starts to dig into Zeke’s mysterious death, her police chief husband, Wally, goes missing and she’s sure he’s been kidnapped.

Will she be able to solve the case and find her husband before it’s too late?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the Author

Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River Mystery and Deveraux’s Dime Store Mystery series. She has been nominated for RT Book Review’s Career Achievement Award, the Agatha Award, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Visit her at www.deniseswanson.com.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

1950s Slang: The Way We Talked, a guest post by Janet Elizabeth Lynn

Author Janet Elizabeth Lynn joins us on the blog today with a look back at slang in the 1950s.  A knowledge of the "lingo" is important to write the Skylar Drake mystery series she co-writes with husband Will Zeilinger. 

1950s Slang:The Way We Talked

by Janet Elizabeth Lynn

My husband and I write The Skylark Drake Murder Mysteries, a hard boiled 1950s series. To make this as authentic possible, we include the language used during that time period. Yeah, some people actually feel the 1950s is considered historical (Umm!)

It is fun looking up some of the slang that was used by the "younger generation" and for me, remembering some as well. For example:

  • Burn Rubber-when a car accelerates quickly
  • Shocker-a liar or cheat
  • Knuckle sandwich- a punch in the face
  • Get on the horn-to use a phone
  • Dullsville-a boring or dull person
  • Wig out-get agitated

So to make our characters real, we include some of the slang, dress them in period clothes (i.e. gloves and hats) and include current events of the time as a backdrop.

The results? Slivers of GlassStrange MarkingsDesert Ice and Spike Hill (to be released 2/2018)...and yes, we're still married.

For more information, visit www.janetlynnauthor.com or Janet & Will's blog at www.themarriedauthors.blogspot.com.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Excerpt of Room for Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman

Author Nancy Cole Silverman is joining us on the blog today with an excerpt of her newest Carol Childs mystery, Room for Doubt.  Check out the new book, and pick it up for Kindle today!

Nancy Cole Silverman

“Excuse me, miss? Are you a model?”

I was in the cereal aisle at the grocery store with a box of bran
flakes in my hand when I heard the voice behind me. It had been years
since I’d done any modeling, and I wasn’t feeling particularly
glamorous. My hair was in a ponytail, and I was wearing a pair of
sweatpants and a ratty old KCHC t-shirt with a cartoon of a dead
chicken on my chest. The words Radio Road Kill blasted beneath it.
Not exactly the type of thing one wears to make a good first

“Not in years.” I laughed and turned expecting to find a friendly
face. Grocery stores these days topped bars for places to meet men.
Despite the fact the line was an obvious come on, I was, unfortunately,
once again in the market.

Instead, the voice belonged to a nice-looking, well-built gym-rat
with a neatly cropped beard. He was about half my age, and worse yet,
he wasn’t talking to me. Not at all. He had cornered a young girl
directly behind me; a twenty-something darling dressed in a skin-tight
running outfit that looked like it had been painted onto her body.

I smiled apologetically and turned to read the label on the cereal
box. Not that they noticed. Lately, I felt as though I’d become the
invisible woman.

My name is Carol Childs, I’m a single mom, and I work as a
reporter for a talk radio station in Los Angeles. I was one of those
faceless voices on the airwaves people heard every day. Perhaps that,
and the fact I’d recently turned forty, explained why I was beginning to
feel I blended into the background like wallpaper paste. Few of my
listeners could identify me, and in LA, women over forty simply
weren’t on anyone’s radar. Out of the corner of my eye, I watched,
while I listened to their exchange.

Gym-rat, with muscled arms like watermelons bulging from
beneath his t-shirt, pressed a business card into Running-girl’s hand.
“You ever want to get into the club, just call.”

Gym-rat was making a big impression. Running-girl glanced at
the card, hugged it to her chest like she had just won the lottery, then
kissed Gym-rat on the cheek as she tucked the card into her sports bra.

At that point, I tossed the cereal box into my cart and started up
the aisle. I didn’t give it another thought.

Until the next day.

My bedroom was still dark when the phone rang. With my head barely
off the pillow, I squinted at the digital clock next to my bed: 5:55 a.m.
Dammit, Tyler, it’s not even six o’clock. New record. I fumbled for the
bedside phone—a requirement the station demanded of all its
reporters—and knocked it to the floor before grabbing the handle.
Nobody else, not even a phone solicitor, would dare to call before

“Please, Tyler, tell me this isn’t becoming a habit with you.”

“Sorry, Carol. I need you.”

On the other end of the line was my boss, Tyler Hunt, a twentyone-
year-old whiz-kid who referred to me as the world’s oldest cub

“No,” I begged. “Absolutely not. Please, Tyler, not today.”

Tomorrow was my son’s birthday, and Tyler had promised me the
day off to prepare. On Saturday, Charlie, my youngest, would officially
be sixteen, and I had planned a big surprise party to celebrate. My
daughter, Cate, was coming up from San Diego State. My best friend,
Sheri, her son, Clint, and fourteen members of Charlie’s football team
would all be here. Plus, my ex, Robert, planned stop by with the wife
and Charlie’s new step-brother. No way was I about to get caught up in
anything that would distract me.

“I need you to take this, Carol. There’s a body up on the
Hollywood Sign.”

I sat up in bed and pushed the hair out of my face. He had to be
kidding. The Hollywood Sign? Recently a prankster had climbed to the
top of the sign and with tarps and tape lettered it to read Hollyweed. A
pro-cannabis statement for sure.

“Tyler, if there’s a body on the Hollywood Sign, it’s got to be a
publicity stunt. Something one of the studios is doing for a movie

“It’s not a stunt, Carol. The police are reporting a man’s naked
body hanging from the sign. It’s for real. I need you up there. Now.

About the Author

Nancy Cole Silverman credits the fact both she and Edgar Allen Poe share the same birthday, along with her twenty-five years in talk radio, for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. After writing everything from commercial copy to news Silverman retired from radio in 2001 to write fiction. Today, Silverman has written numerous short stories and novelettes some of which have been produced as audio books. Silverman's new series, the Carol Childs Mysteries (Henery Press) takes place inside a busy Los Angles Radio station. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, four adult children, and thoroughly pampered standard poodle.

Monday, July 24, 2017

HUGE Berkley Prime Crime Sale!!! 7/24/17

Penguin/Random House has just put a bunch of bestselling cozy mysteries on sale for $1.99 or $2.99 for Kindle from the Berkley Prime Crime imprint.  The vast majority of the sale books are first in series titles.  These prices are unlikely to last long, so grab them while you can! Below we have summarized the books in sale alphabetically by author and title.  Be sure to scroll ALL THE WAY down...it is a long list, and we have some additional daily specials below the Berkley list:

Other Daily Deals
  • Libby Howard's The Tell-All, the debut of her Locust Point series 
  • Kathi Daley's Camp Carter, the 25th in her bestselling Zoe Donovan series
  • Holly Plum's Winning the Batchelor, the seventh in her popular Patty Cakes Bake Shop series. The first 2 in the series are also on sale for 99c
  • Zara Keane's To Hatch a Thief, book 1.5 in her Movie Club Mysteries series
  • Rita Mae Brown's Sour Puss, the 14th in her Mrs. Murphy series 
  • Nancy McGovern's Death at a B & B, the ninth in her popular Murder in Milburn series. On sale for pre-order for 99c for Kindle 
  • Each of the 3 books in GM Malliet's Agatha Award winning St. Just traditional British mystery series are on sale for $3.82 for Kindle: Death of a Cozy Writer, Death and the Lit Chick, and Death at the Alma Mater 

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Co-Writing: A Partnership, a guest post by Janet Elizabeth Lynn

    Author Janet Elizabeth Lynn joins us on the blog today to give us a peek at the intricacies of the co-writing with your spouse.  Check out the Skylar Drake mystery series to see the results of her partnership with husband Will Zeilinger. 

    A Partnership
    by Janet Elizabeth Lynn

    My husband, Will Zeilinger, is also a published author.  We decided to come together and write a 1950s hard-boiled mystery, the Skylar Drake Murder Mystery series. 

    When people learned we were going to write together, they insisted it wouldn't work, and they warned that it would ruin our marriage. Concerned, we took a business approach and set rules of professionalism, respect, and patience.

    The first thing we did was set deadlines and stuck to them. We use a calendar starting when the book will be released and work backward. Deadlines included: chapter completion, plotting, character development, public relations... and anything else pertaining to the health and welfare of the manuscript.

    The results? Slivers of Glass, Strange Markings, Desert Ice and Spike Hill (to be released 2/2018)...and yes, we're still married.

    A co-writer's marital bliss

    For more information, visit www.janetlynnauthor.com or Janet & Will's blog at www.themarriedauthors.blogspot.com.

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Prime Day Deals of the Day! 7/11/17

    Today is a big day on Amazon, with huge deals available for Prime Day.  So, SO MANY deals!  Here's a round-up of today's best deals on Amazon devices and for Amazon Kindle.  The special Prime Day deals are only available through 11:59 pm PST on 7/11/17. As always, be aware that when we include prices, they may not last and are subject to change. Please double-check before you buy.

    Special Coupons

    Kindle & Music Unlimited

    • Get up to 40% off 6, 12, and 24-month subscriptions to Kindle Unlimited.  You can use this discount to extend your current subscription, or you can send it as a gift to a friend or family member. 
    • Get 4 months of Music Unlimited for only 99c.  This is a great way to try out this service!  Listen ad free on all your devices, skip those annoying songs you have to suffer through on Pandora, and download songs for offline listening.  If you picked up an Echo or Tap today Music Unlimited would be the perfect companion service!  

    Reading Enabling Devices!  HAHA!

    Amazon Device Deals

    • Fire 7 Tablet:  The standout deal of the day is the Fire 7 tablet priced at only $29.99.  I don't ever remember them being priced so low.  They're available in four colors: yellow, blue, red, and the traditional black. Act fast to take advantage of this deal.  If you need a tablet and accessories, pick up a bundle with cover and screen protector here.
    • Fire HD 8 Tablet: The Fire 8 HD tablet is also available for only $49.99  Another great deal on a reliable, versatile tablet.  Get a 3-pack of the HD 8 Fires for only $119.97 - less than $40 each!
    • The Kids Fire 7 tablet is $30 off on Prime Day and comes with a no-questions asked replacement guarantee.  Buy 2 and save an additional $20 with promo code KIDS2PACK
    • The Kids Fire HD 8 is discounted even more at $40 off with a 12 hour battery and 32 GB of storage
    • Pick up a Kindle e-reader with glare-free touch screen at $30 off
    • The Kindle Paperwhite is also $30 off for Prime Day.  Need a case and a power adapter as well? Pick up the whole discounted package of Paperwhite, case, and power adapter at this link
    • The Kindle Voyage e-reader is a whopping $50 off today
    • Amazon Echo: This hands-free smart speaker connects directly to your Amazon account for playing all of your Amazon music and easy ordering.  It is available now at 50% off.
    • Echo Dot: This low-profile, inexpensive speaker makes it easy to add Alexa capabilities to any room.  Get a discounted case here.
    • Amazon Tap:  The Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth speaker is 38% off on Prime Day.  Get a discounted sling case here

    Today's Discounted Mysteries

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