Sunday, July 17, 2016

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees




I love to read a mystery series from the beginning because it isn’t just about an intriguing plot for me; it’s about the lives of the characters. In a series, we get to know the characters and care about what happens to them. I always want to know what happens to them next

But, sometimes, it doesn’t work out that way. Sometimes, a book by an author I've never read will attract my attention (it's often a new release) and I'll order it and read it. If I really, really like the book and want to spend more time with the characters, I then go back and read the whole series, starting with the first book. Here are two examples (there are so many more) that come to mind:

I read Old Murders Never Die by Marja McGraw and I loved it. So, I went back to the beginning and read the four novels that preceded it. I'm so glad I did. What a great series! A Well-Kept Family Secret is the first book in Ms. McGraw’s Sandi Webster Mystery Series for those of you who would like to start with Book One. (And, a little birdie told me the author is currently working on the next book for her series.)

Another example: The Rocky Bluff PD series by F.M. Meredith. After reading No Bells, the eighth book in the series, I knew I wanted to read all of her books. I read Final Respects, book one, and went on to read the other novels. I look forward to a new book in the series every year!

But, unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees. I'm an avid reader and, because I live on a budget, I often buy books in eBook format when I’d much prefer to read a paper copy.

I’m offering a chance to win a paper copy of the Malone mystery of your choice to someone who leaves a comment on this post. (By the way, the fifth book in the series will, God and my publisher willing, be out before the end of 2016.)

Book 1 – Mixed Messages
Book 2 – Unfinished Business
Book 3 – Desperate Deeds
Book 4 – Mistaken Identity

Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.

Happy Reading!

19 comments:

  1. Now what writer would pass up a chance like this. I recommend Pat's books to anyone who enjoys a good story.

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    1. Thank you, John! I appreciate your kind words.

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  2. I already have all of your books and loooved them. Anyone who wins a copy will be very pleased. And thank you so much for mentioning the Sandi Webster series! The book I'm working on with be #8 in the series. By the way, I also enjoy F.M. Meredith's two series.

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    1. Thanks, Marja! I'm really looking forward to your next book. I can't wait to see what Sandi is up to.

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  3. I have read and loved your books ! I would love to win a copy to add to my shelves. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent .

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by, Joy, and I thank you for your comment.
      I'll draw a name on Saturday and, if it's yours, I'll be in touch. :)

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  4. I've read all your books, too, and have enjoyed every one. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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    1. Thanks, Evelyn! The fifth book is taking longer to write than I anticipated due to some personal issues. But I'm working on it and it shouldn't be too much longer. :)

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    2. I know what you mean. I'm having the same problem.

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    3. "Life" throws us some curve balls sometimes but we'll both get there, Evelyn. :)

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  5. Hi Pat,
    What a lovely offer. I'd love to have the chance to win the fourth book in your wonderful series.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. Consider yourself entered to win a paper copy of "Mistaken Identity." :)

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  6. Patricia, I'd love to win and I'm famous for reading series out of order. And we're POSSE friends, so you know how to contact me.

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    1. Maggie, if you haven't read any of the books in my series yet, I'd suggest starting with "Mixed Messages" - if your name is chosen. :)
      Thanks for commenting!

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  7. Oh, me, me, me! I'm just over from Reade and Write and loved your interview with Amy. I agree with what you said: if the first book of a series 'grabs' me, I eagerly read the entire series. My favorite 'mystery' author (I think she belongs in that genre) is Louise Penny. Her first book is Still Life. I'm now going to try out the authors you recommend here. And I'd love to begin your books - starting with the first one. pam.wight@colettawight.net

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    1. Pam,
      I'm headed over to Amy's blog now. I'm glad you enjoyed my interview and I'm thrilled that you want to read my series. Best of luck!

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  8. Great idea to offer a free book. HOpe you get lots of comments and lots of new readers. Please add my name to your contest. I'd love to read your latest book.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elaine. Consider yourself entered! :)

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  9. I'd like to thank everyone who left a comment this week.
    I put your names in a hat and the winner is Pam Wight.

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