Just because the typing is finished doesn’t mean the manuscript preparation is over.

But typing ended on January 5.

Then it was revisions (adding in and fixing things), corrections, proofreading and editing for typos.

After that, uploading to Amazon, waiting for approval and addition to their online store. and you can find it here.

The Key for Spies went live! on January 15.

January 15 will now become its official birthdate.

I created a series of Facebook posts (I’m never sure how much those help).  I will consider Amazon ads soon.

However, first comes the trailer . . . because I like creating them.

Here it is:  telling about the story and setting the tone.


M. A. Lee shares her struggles ~ 

I’m running far behind deadline on the Hearts in Hazard series.

Last year, I should have put out three HnH books:  The Key to Secrets and The Key for Spies made it to press.

The Key with Hearts is my current struggle.  Too many commitments that drag me away from the story.  Too many distractions that make it too easy to walk away when I do have time.

The story’s coming, though, and I love how it’s developing.

I plan my novels.  Then, when I write, I usually wind up gutting most of the plan and just following where the story leads.  That’s happening now.  It’s a joy–but also a struggle.

I could fall back on the plan, but I don’t think that would develop into the best book.

And we want the best book possible, don’t we?

For now, here’s the cover image.  It’s Grenville brooding in the maze of his great house.  My guiding mantra for this book:  A convenient marriage inconveniently causes murder.

The cover is by the wonderful people at Deranged Doctor Design.  I said “maze” and “big house” and “murder” and picked a cover model, and they delivered, as always, a fantastic cover design.

I have four more books for this year:  the last three in the Hearts in Hazard series, 12 full novels, all loosely connected to each other–after all, it’s a small world that we live in.  And the third Into Death mystery with Isabella Newcombe Tarrant, Portrait into Death.

I’ll have to wait and see how successful I am at putting out four more books in a year–five total.


Christianna Brand’s Death in High Heels

Actually, I just finished this book.  And I have to recommend it.  It’s well worth your time and money.

I love a good mystery.  A good snarky voice is not a must while an excellent puzzle IS.  I especially love a local well-drawn setting that is necessary to the story.

Last October I purchased a first book by one of our classic mystery writers Christianna Brand.  My mission for 2019 is to read the first outings by writers who became great.  Brand authored two dozen mystery novels.

I hope that reading the first outings by major writers will help me understand their career trajectory:  how they launched themselves into the marketplace, what set them as distinct from other books in the marketplace, how they developed their puzzle.  Soon I plan to read a later book for these successful writers, somewhere about 10 years into their career, to see how their writing and puzzle-making matured.

I keep reminding myself that the other writers currently in the marketplace aren’t my only competition.  I guarantee that my greater competition for longevity as a writer will be the writers with established names.

So, in my search for mystery writers, I stumbled across Christianna Brand.

Death in High Heels was Brand’s first mystery, inspired by an irritating co-worker that she dreamed about killing.  No lie!  It’s in the biography.

I didn’t get to this book until New Year’s, and I’ve just finished it.  And I was surprised–pleasantly so.  Why?

Well, for a book that was dreamed up as a fantasy about killing a co-worker, it was hilarious!

The puzzle was even better.  For most mysteries, I can figure out the puzzle before the first third of the book is complete.  I figured out this one, too, but I kept reading for the snarky voice of the protagonist.  Then Brand cleverly re-wrapped the puzzle before she unraveled it all over again.  Surprised me!

Here it is:  Death in High Heels, well worth the $7.99 price tag.  Enjoy!

Death in High Heels (The Inspector Charlesworth Mysteries Book 1) by [Brand, Christianna]

While the link takes you to Amazon, I don’t receive any monies or anything else from my recommendations.  I never do.  I’m just recommending what I enjoy.  Someday I might recommend against purchasing a product.  Not yet, though.

~~ Edie Roones

For an Afternoon Cuppa to Give a Bit of Winter Warmth

When the sun slides past its zenith, the day seems colder, and we all look for a bit of winter warmth.  With hours to go before I sleep (yes, that’s from Robert Frost), I need to keep my winter warmth non-alcoholic.  Coffee is the answer.

I brew my coffee (freshly ground, filtered water, slow perk) every morning and limit myself to 2 cups of caffeinated daily.

 Sometimes, especially in the cold of winter, with short hours of sunlight and long minutes before cuddling up in a comfy chair, I just want coffee. One cup, that’s all.

Prerequisites: Organic. Decaf. Quick. Good tasting. This hits those four marks, and the taste is better than good.

I like my coffee black, but sometimes a bit of cream is an indulgence. This stands up to the cream: the coffee flavor becomes smoother but isn’t overwhelmed.

It also is a great base on which to build Irish coffee (a spoon of whipped cream, a few crystals of turbinado sugar, a splash of Makers Mark, and this: now that’s Irish coffee!). The coffee flavor doesn’t get lost; all the flavors come together for divine relaxation on a winter’s evening.

This is a repeat buy for me.

If traveling and needing decaf (or caffeinated), Mount Hagen offers little convenience packets as well. Thank you, Mt Hagen, for making travel still organic!

~~ Edie Roones

While this links to Amazon, I am not associated and receive no money. Writers Ink, in any form, is not associated.  That is, it’s not an affiliate link. 🙂 

 Here we are, the second day of the year.  How are those resolutions coming?

Got the exercise in?  Check!

Got the budget set?  Check!

Resolved to get along with uour co-workers and your boss?  Check!  Brought doughnuts!

How about your dreams?  Did you take those into consideration when you were making your resolutions?

If you have a major dream about becoming a professional writer–and you have no

2 covers to choose from: beautiful flowers or the guiding lamp

trouble getting starting with a story, then we can guide you to a book designed to help you become the pro you dream of.

Think like a Pro is all about–well, thinking like a professional writer.

Seven lessons guide you through the process.  Try this link for more information.

And for a weekly planner to help you stay on track, track your word count, and count your progress, this link offers the Think/Pro planner for writers.

Think/Pro with your writing.  Eventually, you’ll be PRO.

And no, it’s not too late.  It’s never too late.  Just start.  And every time you think of it, start again.

That’s the beauty of the planner.  It reminds you to think of your dreams.

~ M. A. Lee