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Monday, July 24, 2017

Contract: New Game, Start

I've signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for my short story, New Game, Start, to appear in their 2017 Advent Calendar anthology. I'm quite happy with this little tale about an introverted scholar named Edgar Royal, who has a crush on famous online gaming celebrity, Walter Chase. Christmastime turns out to be the perfect opportunity for Edgar to show Walter just how deeply he feels, but he's always been better with the written word over speaking. Will Edgar have the courage and imagination to come up with the perfect gift to pop Walter the question, or will he lose out on the opportunity of a lifetime?

The Advent Calendar will be released on December 1, 2017. New Game, Start will be available as part of the complete package, or as a short story on its own.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Audio, blurbs, and more!

And the projects just keep on rolling!

The audiobook for The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book 2), narrated by Derrick McClain, has been proofed and is now pending with Audible. Once it has been approved, it will also be available for sale at Amazon and iTunes. The audiobook should release within three weeks!

Southernmost Murder, my next standalone mystery-romance with DSP Publications, has an official release date of January 9, 2018. Pre-orders and the cover reveal are expected to occur in early October. I'm so excited to share this book with all of you. It's a fun, quirky adventure, and I hope you'll enjoy it!

Next Monday, July 24th, I will be sending out an exciting newsletter! It will include the blurb for Southernmost Murder, and a handful of little snippets from Snow & Winter 2 that never made it into the final book. If either of those goodies intrigue you, be sure you're signed up, which you can do so here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Short story poll!


In November I will have a free short story available, promoting my appearance as a guest author at Coastal Magic Convention in February! The theme is, my characters at the beach! Fun, right? But then I started wondering... which characters?

Instead of sweating over it, I decided to make a poll (go here!) for readers to share their two cents! The options are Gideon and Silas from Joy, Theo and Wes from Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage, or Max and Sebastian from the Snow & Winter series.

Who would you want to read about?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Goodbye, Zak

This morning I had to say goodbye to my sweet cat, Zak. He was rescued at nine months and was just shy of his eighth birthday. Zak had a lot of very serious medical issues during his time with me, but I was there with him through every surgery, shot, checkup, blood draw, and medication. It's still a bit of a shock, how sudden his health took a turn, and I wish this hadn't been the only way to end his pain, but sometimes animals just reach a limit.

I'll miss him a lot. We found one another when we both needed someone. He loved eating (and begging for more), sunbathing, his carrot and fishy toys, and had more nicknames than I knew what to do with. Mornings without Zak and his happy booty dance (don't ask) will never feel quite right, but he left me with a lot of beautiful memories.

I hope he knew how much I love him. And I hope he's living life to the fullest on the other side of the rainbow bridge.

Zak "Attack"
11/09 - 07/17

Friday, July 14, 2017

Translation: Snow & Winter en fran├žais

I was told last night by Dreamspinner that The Mystery of Nevermore and The Mystery of the Curiosities are both to be translated into French by Reines-Beaux! I am so, so excited to see how Sebastian's voice translates to another language, and that he will have a chance to find a home in the hearts of international readers.

I do not have an ETA yet, but once there is either a release date, or the book pops up for sale, I will definitely let you all know.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sebastian's voice is loud and clear

In between finishing edits for Southernmost Murder and beginning edits for Color of You, I'm writing Snow & Winter 3. And I'm not sure if it was a change to my morning coffee or what, but Sebastian is being particularly smart in this book.

"What did that sign say?" Calvin asked.
"I'm legally blind and it wasn't available in the large print edition."

Of course I love it. Sass and dry wit are some of my favorite storytelling tools. But Sebastian's voice is one of the most difficult to maintain of any character I've created. I think it's because he always has all cylinders firing. Always thinking, always talking about... something. When his voice flows like it seems to be doing, and I don't have to slam my head into the desktop, I get very excited!

Snow & Winter 3.
More murder. More mystery. More Sebastian.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Amazon Kindle Deal: Snow & Winter


The first two books in the Snow & Winter series have been picked up by Amazon as part of their July Kindle Deal! From now until the end of the month, Nevermore and Curiosities are only $1.99 each. If you’ve been looking to start a new murder mystery series with lots of sleuthing, colorful history, sexy romance, and a good dollop of New York City vibes, here’s a great excuse.

And for international readers, this Kindle Deal may not be available on all Amazons, but DSP Publications is offering the same sale if you use coupon code S&W at checkout on their website.

Happy reading!

C.S.
xo

Friday, July 7, 2017

Excerpt: Southernmost Murder



I’m wrapping up the final round of edits on my next mystery novel, Southernmost Murder, and thought I’d share an excerpt. As a side note, Sebastian Snow is the main character of the Snow & Winter series, and friend of Aubrey Grant, this book’s narrator. You certainly don’t have to read the other series to enjoy Southernmost, but hey, if you like sarcastic sleuths, then book one is Nevermore and two is Curiosities.

Southernmost Murder will be released by DSP Publications in early 2018! You can add it to your Goodreads shelf today and stay updated on a cover reveal and official blurb.


Sebastian grinned.
“Shut up.”
“I didn’t say anything.”
I rolled my eyes. “I was in the closet, getting ready to remove some wallpaper in the historical home. I found a false wall.”
He perked up and leaned closer to the screen. God, he needed some new hobbies.
“And, uh… a skeleton—”
“Skeleton?” Sebastian protested over me.
I shushed him, as if it really mattered. “A skeleton was there. I swear to God, I saw it. It scared the piss out of me.”
Sebastian raised his hands out, palms up. “And?”
“And—what?”
“You found a skeleton. What did you do with it?”
“You’re way too calm about this,” I said, removing the cigarette from my mouth. “I called the police. A detective showed up, I brought him upstairs, and it was gone.”
Sebastian raised an eyebrow. He looked like a dog who’d found a tire and was readying to chase it. “I assume by skeleton, you mean it was not… fresh.”
“No. It was old, but I can’t give it an age. I prefer dating nautical artifacts, not human remains.”
“Any idea who it might have been?”
“He wasn’t wearing a name tag, Seb.”