Monday, September 28, 2015

Get Eye for Revenge for .99 THIS WEEK ONLY!

My newest novel, Eye for Revenge, is .99 this week on eBook (regular $5.99). 


Something unusual is happening to Quinn Montgomery. Trapped inside her unconscious mind, the sound of her father’s soothing voice seeps through, and the past twenty-four hours comes flooding back. She wakes to find herself in the hospital. Her childhood best friend Evie is dead. But not just dead, murdered, and Evie’s four-year-old son witnessed it all. Traumatized over what he saw, he’s not talking. And when Evie’s cold-blooded killer goes into hiding, Quinn isn’t only out for justice, she’s out for revenge.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Featured Author: M.A. Comley

M.A. Comley, a good friend and fellow New York Times bestselling mystery author, is someone who knows the book business inside out. Her newest novel, Wrong Place, has received rave reviews, and its success has her sitting at the #10 spot in police procedurals on Amazon. 

When asked what advice she had for aspiring authors, here's what she had to say:

Thanks for hosting me, Cheryl, always a pleasure dropping by for a cuppa and a chat with a good friend. :) 

I’ve recently released WRONG PLACE the first book in my DI Sally Parker thriller series set in Norfolk in the UK. I’m hoping it will be as successful as my Justice series, fingers crossed anyway. The second book, NO HIDING PLACE is now with the editor and available for pre-order.

Enough about my books and back to the question in hand. What advice would I give to anyone starting out; well, the most important advice would be to ensure you get your work edited by a professional before putting it out there, you’ll seriously regret it if you don’t. I also think people should just knuckle down and write the next book instead of marketing the hell out of ONLY one book. If people enjoy your work they will be impatient to read more, bear that in mind during this process.

I found this out the hard way, but have made up for it since, in the past three years I have written over 20 novels and accrued a ‘few loyal fans’ along the way. We’re nothing without our fans, another fact to remember if you’re self-publishing or indeed a trad published author.

Thanks for inviting me, Cheryl. Good luck to everyone in their quest to become a successful author.

Here are the links:

Wrong Place
Barnes and Noble                      

Friday, August 21, 2015

Flirting with Danger is HERE!

Flirting with Danger
Sloane Monroe series novella #5.5 
(falling in between Bed of Bones and Hush Now Baby) 

A fancy hotel. 

A weekend getaway. 

For Sloane Monroe, rest has finally arrived, until the lights go out and her nightmare begins. 

(Formerly part of The Twelve's Flight 12 series) 



Get Bed of Bones on eBook for .99 This Week!


This week get Bed of Bones (Sloane Monroe Series #5) for .99
(a $4 discount from the regular price).



Sometimes even the deepest, darkest secrets find their way to the surface...

Summer 1956

Thirteen-year-old Willie Compton and his younger brother Leonard stumble upon a mine shaft while hiking the hills of Park City, Utah. The shaft is unsealed, abandoned. Leonard gets too close. He slips, then he falls.

Present Day

Up-and-coming filmmaker Melody Sinclair stirs in her chair, nervously awaiting the debut of her film at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on a true story, Bed of Bones tells the tale of murder, shining a light on Park City's tragic past--a past that's about to visit the present. 
"An intricately woven mystery that will have you turning pages faster than a force ten gale."
Mel Comley, Author of Justice Series

"Whether or not you're familiar with the works of Cheryl Bradshaw, or with the peppery Sloane, there's no better time than now to take a bite."
Janet Fix, The Word Verve

"The author does a wonderful job of blending the history or Park City into this fast paced, modern day novel that combines the best elements of both the mystery and the thriller genres."
Stephen Campbell, Murders, Mysteries, and Mayhem Radio Show

Monday, August 17, 2015

Featured Author: Joshua Graham

As a fellow member of the thriller group The Twelve, I have had the privilege of getting to know New York Times bestselling author Joshua Graham over the past year. His body of work is impressive, as is his talent for writing. His novels have received numerous accolades, including DARKROOM, which CBS News described as having "action, political intrigue, and well-rounded characters ...a novel that thriller fans will devour." 

Right now, all readers who sign up for Joshua's newsletter will receive a FREE book, THE FÜHRER’S DAUGHTER about Grace Drexler, who, after uncovering a shocking discovery, must flee her home in order to stay alive, and ultimately fulfill her destiny. 

When asked about his advice for aspiring authors, Joshua had this to say: 

Tools of the Trade

The one thing no one ever told me before my first book got published was how much time I’d have to spend on non-writing related work, if I wanted to have a long term career as a writer. Even if you’re a traditionally published author, you have to engage your audience through social media.
You might be thinking, “I bet those big-name, #1 New York Times bestselling authors don’t have to worry about that.”


Don’t believe me?  Let’s take Sandra Brown (since we’re talking about New York Times #1 bestselling authors) for example. In an interview I did with her on Thriller Radio, she spoke about how much social media work she had to do, and how it challenged her schedule. That’s right. Even someone whose publisher doesn’t exactly skimp on her publicity and marketing budget, has to work on this.

To that end, I’m relieved to find that I’m not the only author who has to perform this balancing act of writing, marketing, publishing, and managing the business end of it.

But what’s the secret to that balance? When you find out, please let me know.

Seriously though, we all have to prioritize our days and time to get both the creative and administrative tasks done. As for social media, one of the simplest way to reach an audience these days is facebook. Some writers use a fan page to post book information and other such things, and some also maintain a personal page for engaging their friends with cute cat pictures, what they had for dinner, and other things that bring a sense of connection to their readers. But one must take care not to allow it to become a fun excuse to avoid writing and other tasks. Sandra Brown quoted Amy Tan who called social media (probably facebook) is “The Devil’s Candy.”

Twitter is a great tool to share links to your blog or articles in which your followers might be interested.

If you want to automate the syndication of your blog posts through your social media outlets (facebook, twitter, etc.), there are tools such Networked Blogs. You can actually set it to automatically push them out to those other outlets. You can also use a tool called Buffer to schedule social media posts in advance.

As a blogger, you might actually have some content ready to go for a future date. You can use the scheduling feature to post it at a date/time in the future, and Networked Blogs will automatically push it out after it runs live.

The more you do as a writer—especially an independent or hybrid author—the more tasks you’ll find on your plate. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. I took a cue from my wife, who is a very successful businesswoman and my top advisor. In a word: LISTS! Make to-do lists every day and put them in priority order. If you are congenitally attached to your computer or smartphone, use a task app that you can organize according to importance level and due dates. Personally, I use Microsoft Outlook and a tool to sync it with my google calendar, tasks, and contacts called gSyncit.  On my Android phone I sync my tasks with an app called Google Task Organizer (GTO).
Without such tools, I would be challenged in meeting all my deadlines.
The challenge still exists, and for me that involves taking care of things in priority order. A typical day for me might look like this:

  1. Wake up
  2. Breakfast, Coffee
  3. Workout at the gym or run three miles
  4. Take kids to school
  5. Personal time (reading, prayer.)
  6. Check email for any emergencies
  7. Quick check of email, social media
  8. Quick look (to arrange or rearrange) tasks
  9. Implement tasks – writing, marketing, publishing, blogging, radio show, answering emails
  10. Lunch 
  11. Back to work
  12. Pick kids up from school
  13. Dinner with family

Have I mastered the art of balance yet? To quote someone much wiser than I: “I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”

How to you organize and balance your creative and business life?

Joshua Graham is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Visit his website at and sign up for his free newsletter here ( ) to be entered for giveaways and exclusive content, as well as the latest news and updates. You can follow him on facebook at, and at twitter .

Thursday, July 23, 2015

.99 eBook Sale on Stranger in Town -- This Week Only!

This week you can get Stranger in Town, book four in my Sloane Monroe mystery series, for .99. (Regularly priced at $4.99). Stranger in Town is a Shamus Award finalist, and 226 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Buy It Here: 


Six-year-old Olivia Hathaway tiptoes down the center aisle of Maybelle's Market, stopping once to glance over her shoulder and make sure her mother isn't watching. But Mrs. Hathaway is too preoccupied to notice her daughter has slipped away. Minutes later, a frantic Mrs. Hathaway runs up and down the aisles, desperately searching for her missing daughter. But Olivia is already gone. Will PI Sloane Monroe find her before it's too late?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Featured Author: Carol Davis Luce

My friend Carol Davis Luce is one of the first authors I got to know when I published in 2011. She's been writing for decades, and her talent shines through in her wonderful body of work. A perfect example of that is her novel, Night Cries, about a thirty-year-old woman named Maddie who has no memory of her adoption, and is haunted by her haunting past. With a 4.9 star rating, this is a perfect example of Carol's impressive talents. 

Carol has a lot of great insight into the writing industry, and she was gracious enough to share her thoughts on the writing biz below with all of you:

If the path of my writing career were a chart, it would resemble a picket fence. Extreme up and downs over a thirty year period. I wasn’t born to write, but when I did take it up later in life, I jumped in with both feet and wrestled the beast to the ground. After the success of five traditionally published novels, my career suddenly stalled. However, I didn’t give up. Just changed direction by becoming a novel writing instructor for the next generation of aspiring authors.      

Fast-forward fifteen years. My good buddy, bestselling author J. Carson Black, encouraged me to join the twenty-first century. I converted those five novels into digital format where they found a whole new audience of modern day e-readers.

The good times didn’t stop there. Last year, with the help of a group of smart and exceptionally talented writers (waving at Cheryl Bradshaw), I became a New York Times bestselling author. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Success Begins Where Others Quit. That was my motto through the years. Take your knocks and move on. Develop a thick skin. Take comfort in those good days of writing where everything falls into place. Associate with people who lift you up. The first check I received for my writing was $10 for 3rd Place in a magazine writing contest. It wasn’t much, but it validated me as a writer and was a portent of good things to come.