Tuesday, January 29, 2013

One week and counting!

Weeeee!  Just one week stands between me and book launch day for ONE HOT MURDER.  The postcards will be going out on Wednesday.  If you don't receive one and want to for the next book out (which will be NOT THE KILLING TYPE in July), sign up for my mailing list.  You can do it right here on this blog (scroll down -- you'll see the sign-up form on the right) and join. 

I don't know about you, but it's been cold enough that I'm longing for summer heat -- and that's just when ONE HOT MURDER takes place.  To refresh your memory, here's a brief description of the book. 

One_Hot_Murder174-smAt the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smokescreen—for murder. Because a body is found among the charred wreckage—and the victim didn’t die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now Katie Bonnier is determined to smoke out a cold-hearted killer…

To pre-order your copy, click one of the following links:

Barnes & Noble ~ Nook
Amazon ~ Kindle
Books A Million
Indigo / Chapters
Book Depository (Free shipping worldwide!)

Happy reading!

Friday, January 18, 2013

And the winner is ...

Coffee mugIf you recall, a couple of weeks ago, I initiated a call for titles for Booktown Mystery #8.

Wow--what a great contest.  I had over 40 entrants and 155 title suggestions.  I like that kind of enthusiasm!

I picked out my 14 favorites and sent them to my editor.  We've disagreed on titles before, but this time we both picked the same one.

Booktown #8 will be call (unless the marketing department changes their mind at the last minute):  BOOK CLUBBED.

The winner of the Haven't Got a Clue coffee (tea, or cocoa) mug is:  Kate Towery

Having a title is a big step, and helps make the big push toward the novel's completion a lot easier.

Thank you everyone who entered the contest. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Looking for a title for Booktown #8

(This post was borrowed from the Cozy Chicks blog.)

And so I'm chugging along on my next Booktown Mystery which is currently titled:  Booktown Mystery #8.

Fred Holding Court IIOkay, I admit it.  I suck when it comes to titles.  (However, I do pick perfect names for cats.  This is Fred.  Doesn't that name just suit him to a T?)

It appears that my publisher doesn't care if titles match the story or not.  (Why else would we have Chapter & Hearse as the title for #4 in the series?) They like something that is bookish and crime-ish.  They really liked Sentenced to Death because it was wordy/bookish and mystery in three little words. (Thank you, Michele Fowler for that great title.  Michele became a character in the book, and I have no plans to abandon her in future stories.)

A few weeks ago, I couldn't sleep and came up with about six really good candidates for a title.  They were so wonderful, that I was sure I wouldn't need to write any of them down because I was going to remember them.


So ... I need a title, and you guys are so  good at it I hope you'll help me out.

It needs to have a great catchy "wordy" word (that has to do with writing ... as in Sentenced to Death) and it has to relate to crime.  (Sorry, Poisoned by a Preposition won't work in this case because the victim was squashed like a bug ... but something in that vein would work if the victim wasn't squashed like a bug.)

So, have at it.  I'll choose my favorite, and send the best of them to my editor.  The winner will get a very cool Haven't Got a Clue coffee (or tea) mug and, if you choose, will be a character in a future Booktown mystery (you get to pick whether you're a good guy or a bad guy).  The deadline is January 15th, and I'll announce the winner on January 18th.

PLEASE DON'T PUT YOUR ENTRY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST -- send them to contest @ LornaBarrett.com (and remember to close up those spaces in the email address). Please add your snail mail address in your entry so I have a place to send the prize. 


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

All wall full of holiday greetings!

Christmas cardsBack in early December, I lamented the fact that not as many people send out Christmas/holiday cards as they used to.  I may not receive as many as I used to, but I did receive quite a few from my readers.  (YAY!)

They came from as far away as the Netherlands and Australia.  A couple were beautiful handmade cards.

Some of them came after the holidays (or was it just that I didn't get butt in gear and get to the post office in time to get them before the holidays?), but all were a joy to receive.  Do you see your card among them?

My heart-felt thanks to everyone who sent me a card.  I love them all!