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So excited! My second story ‘Where There’s Smoke, There’s Trouble‘ was submitted a few weeks ago to my publisher Riverhaven Books in Whitman, Massachusetts.

In addition to editing and formatting, Stephanie has already created the cover, which I’m showing you here. She suggested a continuation of the 3-word title to coordinate with my debut mystery ‘The Uninvited Guest’. After consulting several trusted readers, I tend to agree. The full title will probably be spelled out on the inside cover and tops of the story pages.

I still owe Stephanie the map of Harbor Falls, the acknowledgements list, and the back cover blurb. All are in the works and simply need some fine-tuning before I send them along.

Fingers are crossed that the finished book will be available this September as scheduled.

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Looking for something to do this Saturday, July 15?

Come to the Ventress Library in quaint Marshfield, MA, to meet and greet seven local authors, including me!

Author Line-up:
R.J. Petrella              “Days of the Giants”
Elizabeth Bates        “History of Pembroke”
Kim DiLoreto           “Back to School with Mac”
Kevin V. Symmons   “Out of the Storm”, “Solo”, “Rite of Passage”,   “Chrysalis”
Robert Knox              “Suosso’s Lane”, “Gardeners Do It     With Their Hands Dirty”
Debi Graham-Leard   “The Uninvited Guest”
Robine Andrau          “Bowing to the Emperor: We Were C
aptives in WW II”

Each author will have the opportunity to speak about their story and their writing process. Books will be available to autograph.

This free event will take place between 2-4pm @ Library Plaza, 1837 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA.

Hope to see your smiling face there!

 

 

 

 

 

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As I finish my next story, set on the coast of Massachusetts, I’ve added a scene where two characters take a drive in a red Corvette. I thought a lighthouse would be a good destination. After climbing the steps, my characters could comment on the view from the top.

And so after writers group in Plymouth last Saturday, I took a drive to the Scituate Lighthouse to check out its details. To my surprise and disappointment, the only entrance to the lighthouse came through the private home sitting next to it. I approached two ladies in the parking lot and learned that climbing the lighthouse is possible only during the few open houses held during the summer. Since this story occurs in April, I’d never get away with faking the climb. Unfortunately, the area around the lighthouse was sparse with very few interesting attributes. Bummer.

When I arrived back home, I googled a list of coastal
lighthouses and checked their details. More disappointment…none of them are open to the public.

What to do? A different search brought up the Myles Standish Monument in South Duxbury. This looked promising! I convinced my husband to take me for a ride in… guess what? his red Corvette!… to check it out. As I suspected, the monument would not open until the first Sunday in July, Regardless, we parked at the lower entrance, walked up the steep road, and wandered around the outside of the monument. Although no climb was involved, I gathered terrific details to write into my story.

Research is not only required, but can be fun!

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Debi's Book Cover Collage

After taking a social media workshop at this year’s Cape Cod Writers Conference, then receiving tips and hints from my friend Elizabeth Butts, I finally felt confident to complete the set-up of my FB Author Page and publish it to the world.

As a follower of my blog, would you please click on the above link and ‘like’ my new page?

Watch there for photos of author events and news about my novel ‘The Uninvited Guest’ as I find new venues to place my story into the hands of mystery readers. I’ll also be posting interesting articles that are writing-related.

THANX!

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dighton-public-libraryI’m so excited to announce another venue for my author talk about the process of writing fiction!

This coming Tuesday evening, November 15, I’m scheduled to share my writing adventure at the Dighton Public Library, 395 Main Street, Dighton, MA.

If you’re interested in writing, come and hear about the process of creating a work of fiction, based on my debut mystery ‘The Uninvited Guest’.

This free program begins at 7pm.

Hope to see you there!

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kent-county-bookmobileYou may or may not be aware that I was born and raised in mid-state Delaware. When I was five years old, my family moved from the little town of Kenton to a house in the country on Massey’s Mill Pond outside Smyrna .

During the late 50’s and 60’s, when my mother, sister, and I owned pleasure horses or ponies, we would ride them to the end of our dirt road every few weeks and climb aboard the Kent County Bookmobile to check out a few stories and keep our young minds busy.

After college, I followed my heart to southeastern Massachusetts, and live there still.

I am so excited to share with you that I’m driving to Delaware next week to present my author talk titled ‘The Ins and Outs of Writing My Debut Mystery’. Not on the Bookmobile, but at the Kent County Public Library this coming Tuesday evening, Nov 1, at 6:30 pm. Address: 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE.

In addition to the Kent County Public Library, I’m scheduled at the following venues during the remainder of next week:

Wednesday, Nov 2, noon, Mamie A. Warren Senior Center, 1775 Wheatley’s Pond Rd, Smyrna, DE

Friday, Nov 4, 10 am, Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

Saturday, Nov 5, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, Dover Public Library Author Day, 35 E. Loockerman St, Dover, DE

Ending my talk with a brief reading from ‘The Uninvited Guest’, I’ll answer questions about writing my story and gladly autograph copies of my book.

I’m hoping that a few of my J.B. Moore High School classmates who still live in the area will join the audience at one of these locations!

See you there!

 

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plymouth-coaIf you live in Plymouth, Massachusetts, or know someone who enjoys the varied programs offered by their Council on Aging, I’m pleased to let you know that I’ll be the first speaker in their new series ‘Meet the Author’ beginning this Wednesday, October 26, 2pm-4pm.

My author talk is titled ‘The Ins and Outs of Writing my Debut Mystery’. From initial idea through research and writing groups to publication, I’ll include amusing anecdotes that happened along the way as I wrote ‘The Uninvited Guest’.

After a short reading from my story, I’ll answer questions, and gladly autograph copies of my book.

If you’re able to join us, I look forward to seeing you there! Bring a friend!

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