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Murder in Seattle
by Dianne Harman

$ 0.99
Kindle Edition published 2017-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 445

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From USA TODAY bestselling author and seven time Amazon All Star author, another page-turning cozy murder mystery!

What would you do if your sister's husband of twelve hours, Clark, was considered a suspect by the police in connection with his rich Uncle Vinny's murder? And the rich uncle just happened to be a member of the Mob?

DeeDee has no choice but to enlist the help of her boyfriend Jake, a private investigator, as well as Al, Uncle Vinny's scary bodyguard, to help her find the murderer and clear Clark's name.

It could have been a number of people, but which one? Was it Uncle Vinny's cousin or his wife? Uncle Vinny had a lot of money, and although he hadn't come by it legally, the color was still green. Or the rogue cop whose father had ended the prostitution rings in Seattle, but was certain Uncle Vinny was the person who had resurrected them. Or perhaps Clark'...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would a first sentence like this turn readers off
« Last post by Vale on Today at 12:15:37 AM »
As a reader, it's off putting to me to know that the main character is going to die. I mentally prepare myself to know that if I like the character, there's nothing next chronologically after this book. And if they do survive, I'll be annoyed. But it isn't fatal to every story I've read. Someone pointed out Green Mile, and I don't remember disliking that story.

I also don't mind if there's a line of omniscience in a close third person PoV story as long as it's there there in the beginning. Actually, if it's right at the beginning, I don't even mind if the narrator lies to me. (Hello, Kelly Link: http://www.johnjosephadams.com/the-living-dead/free-stories-excerpts/some-zombie-contingency-plans-by-kelly-link/ ). I guess there's a lot you can get away with at the start of a story when the reader is still acclimating.
Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Oasis out of stock
« Last post by Husker84 on Today at 12:12:02 AM »
I just looked and in US, Black without ads is available now for $309. Black and Merlot with ads will be in stock August 31.

Wher do you see that them will be avalaible on August 31st?
I just checked it and it sais "Out of stock" and you cannot select them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would a first sentence like this turn readers off
« Last post by Nic on Today at 12:04:48 AM »
But yeah, there are readers that want to be spoiled. I have heard from some readers that always read the last few pages first. Some I think want to know that whatever ending there is will be one they can enjoy reading the book leading towards. I just shudder at such things.

Spoilers ruin everything for me.

I don't mind being spoiled and I never understood why people would hate this, particularly in romance where the end is a given anyway. I read for the journey and for the characters, not for a surprise ending. I don't even mind knowing who is the culprit in mysteries.

Thanks for mentioning this author, I hadn't heard of him, I'll have to check him out. Sounds like he's doing well.

The list of authors who have written epic / heroic fantasy and been picked up by traditional publishing is surprising.

Bloodsong by Anthony Ryan - this is maybe the most famous self-published fantasy novel. Mr. Ryan is now a major fantasy author and has (I think) released two trad-pubbed fantasy series.
Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan - the other big name who has crossed over. He and Mr. Ryan are two of the biggest names in epic / high fantasy to emerge in the last ten years (I think Mark Lawrence and NK Jemisin might be the other two biggest names, and they both came up through trad publishing)
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan
Weight of Souls by David Daglish
The Shadow Of What Was Lost by James Islington

On top of that, at least three books spotlighted in Mark Lawrence's Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off have been offered (and have accepted) trad publishing deals:

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung (now back to self-publishing, I believe)
The Gray [illegitimate persons] by Jonathan French
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

The five writers mentioned first can be found on the shelves of your local Barnes and Noble. I'd be really curious to know whether the other superstars of fantasy indie publishing like Jonathan Renshaw (Dawn of Wonder), Will Wight (Unsouled) or Lindsay Buroker (The Emperor's Edge) have been approached by publishers.

It seems like there's more crossover in epic / high fantasy than in other genres . . . or maybe this is the only genre I'm really familiar with, and it's happening elsewhere as well.

Sorry, a little off-topic but you seemed interested in the fact that James Islington was picked up by a trad-publisher, so I thought you might like to know a few more examples. 
Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX University announcement
« Last post by MladenR on Yesterday at 11:55:57 PM »
And I saw the title and hoped they were going global  :(
300K words that would be near, if not over, 1,000 pages, right? You do what you gotta do, but it's a big ask for readers from a new/unknown author.

What would you charge for it?

I write epic fantasy that's big on world-building, magic systems, environment, fantasy races, etc but I would never write those huge books. Much better to break them up and make them easier for your readers to digest. Also gives you a backlist and a place for customers to look next. Wow! Four books or....one long book. I'll take the series  =  )
Writers' Cafe / Re: Please motivate me to start writing. I'm extremely lazy!
« Last post by UK1783 on Yesterday at 11:47:28 PM »
In my day job, I recently joined the marketing organization, a new thing for me. In marketing terms, what you're talking about is a Call To Action (CTA). Basically, every marketing piece should have a CTA. In the case of a newsletter, as you've found a question is good, but also including a link to some new material on your website could drive traffic to the website, or a link to a new blog post. Really, you want to end the piece with an invitation for the reader to take some kind of action to further engage with you (and your brand).
Writers' Cafe / Re: Would a first sentence like this turn readers off
« Last post by Nic on Yesterday at 11:39:28 PM »
And that is why I will never read some authors. Because I want to trust the author to tell me a good story, but can't if I'm constantly worrying that I'm being emotionally manipulated, or toyed with so the author can feel good about messing with me.

Absolutely this. I hate it when authors try to manipulate me emotionally. That's a reason why there are certain tropes practically guaranteed to make me stop reading or rating very low, such as fridging the love interest, killing the dog, and so on.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Would a first sentence like this turn readers off
« Last post by Nic on Yesterday at 11:33:43 PM »
Written well, it could also set up a unique tension and bitter-sweet quality to the book, where the readers are loath to let themselves care about the MC who they know will die, but can't help it, and they're hoping in vain that somehow it won't come to pass, but knowing that it will... It's all in how it's written.

The problem with this for me is that it will keep me at way more than arm's length from the MC. If the blurb can convince me to read it at all.

I'm not very interested in tragic death stories per se. They don't engender anything positive in me. So I'd really have to be intrigued to even start reading one (people dying left and right is one reason why I never read anything GRR Martin). But even if I read then, it is the story which would intrigue me, not the character. I'd try to stay disconnected, because I know ahead of it, that this character will die. I don't want to be caught up in the emotions that would cause, if I invested myself in the character.

That said, I liked "The Green Mile" quite a lot, despite knowing that Coffey would die at the end. But the character I smpathised with wasn't Coffey, it was Paul Edgecomb.
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