Two of my goals for the New Year is more blog content for readers and fans of my books, and also doing more to help my fellow authors. In trying to find a way to combine both goals into one, I stumbled on Kindle Scout submissions. My blurb for my finished novel Blindsided needed help (it needed … [Read more...] about My Kindle Scout Nominations: How I Chose Them
Doon Book Review
Occasionally, I get clobbered by non-medical critics because my nurse sleuth in my Text-A-Nurse Cozy Mystery Series, uses her 'nursing gut instincts" to solve crimes. Some claimed I'm inserting a paranormal element into my contemporary mysteries. What? You mean you've never experienced this … [Read more...] about Cozy Mystery: What are ‘Gut instincts’?
Among the many questions I've received about my Text-A-Nurse cozy mystery series, the majority are about the historical home she inherited from her aunt. Most wanted to know if Reece's blue house was made up or based on a local one. Reece's home is based on two local historical houses, but of … [Read more...] about Cozy Home: Text-A-Nurse Cozy Mystery Series
The Sleuth The sleuth in R. Marquez's first cozy mystery is Matty Cruz, a no-nonsense woman, with a strong sense of fairness and justice. She's introduced to the reader when she points out to a shifty cashier that he'd shorted the older man who'd just purchased a lottery ticket--one dollar. It's … [Read more...] about Doon Sleuth & Setting Review: Astray in Couper
On my last post, I described a few things needed to make a cozy mystery sleuth lovable. Someone recently asked me how I selected Reece Carson for my sleuth in The Text-A-Nurse Series. What? You want me to confess? Okay, the lone fan deserves an honest answer. Burnout. Here's what happened: One … [Read more...] about Burn Out!
This is the one rule to rule them all: If readers don’t love the sleuth, your cozy mystery is dead in the water No kidding, Sherlock? Okay, then what makes an amateur sleuth not just likeable but loveable? Answer: It’s not her designer shoes. Here are the sleuth’s basic required … [Read more...] about The Cozy: Lovable Amateur Sleuths