The Wednesday W.Ink offers a glimpse of Digging into Death, a post-WW I mystery set on the island of Crete.

Chapter 1 :: Saturday, October 4, 1919

If ever a maiden needed a hero, Isabella did.

Crete was the famed birthplace of Zeus, the god who granted supplicants’ prayers. Standing on the steps of the Heraklion Hotel, Isabella hoped her hero appeared before a blood sacrifice was necessary.

She plunked down her suitcase on the hotel steps and fanned her wide-brimmed straw hat.  In ancient Crete the rulers had offered shelter and protection to strangers.  Yet in the closed faces of the passers-by, intent on their errands, she did not see any hospitality offered to a foreign woman alone.  She needed a recognizable and friendly face.  She didn’t see one.

Men talking, engines sputtering, horns blaring, dogs barking, donkeys braying:  after the hotel’s quiet, the cacophony assaulted her ears.  Men poured past the steps with scarcely a glance at her.  Most wore the dark Cretan jacket and loose breeches, although a few suits testified to modern Europe’s inroads on island culture.  A few women in unrelieved black walked along the dusty road, but they ignored the lone foreigner on the hotel steps.

Isabella saw no one familiar and definitely no one who looked like the reincarnation of a protective god and certainly no one who could rescue a stranded governess.

Continue reading “Free Fiction: ch 1 of Digging into Death”

October is a major celebratory month for M.A. Lee.


First, it’s her launch month.

(To follow the month-long celebration of everything published, visit M.A. Lee (

Back in 2015, she began self-publishing with her first three novels in the Hearts in Hazard 12-book series.

As a rapid release (a term she now understands much better), on October 21 she published

  1. A Game of Secrets

    Cover by Deranged Doctor Design
  2. A Game of Spies
  3. A Game of Hearts

Purchase or View A Game of Secrets at these links:


Find A Game of Spies at these links:


And A Game of Hearts is here:


These are bundled together in an ebook A Trio of Games ~ the bundle published in the summer of 2020.

available here:


One year later / 2016 / M.A. Lee Starts a 2nd series.

Digging into Death with Isabella Newcombe, artist at an archaeological dig on the island of Crete in 1919. Isabella confronts thieves and murderers.

Digging into Death published on the 1st of the month. Links are here:


The bundle Into Death with the first three books is here!

The Into Death bundle, ebook only,

In 2019, M.A. Lee Pubbed the 5th and Final writers’ guidebook in the Discovering series.

The Discovering series offers specific information in crucial areas every writer needs to understand.

The last book in the series, Discovering Sentence Craft, works at the base levels: sentences and words.

Cover offers the A to Z options!
  • Need to understand irony?
  • Or allusion?
  • Or implied metaphor?
  • What about rhetorical structures like asyndeton, auxesis, and zeugma?

This book explains the concepts and structures that help a writer shine, wax lyrical, or strongly present a debatable point.

With DiscSentCraft, M.A. Lee reached over 2 million published words in a five-year period: 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019.

Check out this link to find the individual book.

Also available is the paperback of the bundled Discovering Your Writing, for every writer’s shelf.


Let’s all Celebrate an auspicious beginning!