Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Moment



Mystery author, Marja McGraw

There’s nothing more exciting than the day an author has a new book released. Okay, maybe there are a few things that are more exciting, but we’re talking about books, and the release date is The Moment for me. In my case I’m doubly excited because I’ve had two books released in a period of a few months, starting with “Choosing One Moment – A Time Travel Mystery”, and ending with “Having a Great Crime – Wish You Were Here, A Sandi Webster Mystery.”

The location for both mysteries is Washington State, my new home. The first book takes place in a fictional town, and the second is in a real and beautiful small town (where it rains a lot). Having moved from Arizona to Washington, I’m having to change my way of thinking and my habits.

One of the hardest tasks, at least for me, is coming up with a brief description for the back cover of the book. Today I’m presenting you with those descriptions, and I hope you find them enticing.


“Choosing One Moment – A Time Travel Mystery”

Mystery writer Carrie McFerrin has inherited an old family house and all of its contents from her Great Aunt Genny.

While taking inventory of the attic contents, she comes across an old wooden crank telephone. Thinking the old telephone would look perfect in her vintage kitchen, she hangs it on the wall by the back door, and an old, yellowed piece of paper asking for help falls to the floor.

The impossible happens when the disconnected old phone rings – three rings, a pause, and three more rings.

Carrie picks up the receiver, wondering what’s going on, and her life suddenly changes – forever.

Nothing will ever be the same.


“Having a Great Crime – Wish You Were Here, A Sandi Webster Mystery”

1936 – In the small farming community of Battle Ground, Washington, a scream is heard and actress Bonnie Singleton is found dead. With no evidence or suspects, the crime goes down in history as an unsolved murder. The only one who knows the truth is Bonnie Singleton, and her voice has been silenced.

That is, until many years later when Sandi Webster-Goldberg and her husband, Pete, go on a belated honeymoon to a new Bed and Breakfast in the small community.

Plenty of surprises await the couple when the proprietor of the B&B asks for their help. She doesn’t want her business to be known as the local haunted house.

Have Sandi and Pete ever been able to turn down a challenge? The request to find the truth has been made and once again they’re reluctantly on a cold case.

Writing is a job, and I’ve had more fun doing this job than any other. Now comes the hard part; marketing and promoting. I’m not a “born salesman,” but I’m learning, which in this case is an ongoing process.

I’ll just say this – for now. If you’re looking for two books that will keep you guessing and entertain you, these are two of them.

Pat, Thank you for allowing me to crow a little today.

Are we having fun yet? You bet!

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15 comments:

  1. Hi Marja and Pat,

    Actually, both new books sound very interesting, just the kind of mystery novels I enjoy. I like a bit of the paranormal.

    Like you both, I have a new mystery novel coming out soon. THE INHERITANCE is now available for pre-order from Intrigue Publishing. Fingers crossed for the success of your new novels and my own!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jacquie. I've read "Choosing One Moment" and I'm now reading "Having a Great Crime." Both are really good but I'm partial to Marja's Sandi Webster series.
      I'm looking forward to reading your new book too!
      You ladies are keeping me busy!

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    2. Thank you for commenting, Jacquie. I'm not sure how much of the paranormal is in my stories, but they're light reading with a touch of humor. I wish you much success with your new books, too!

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  2. Pat, Thank you so much for having me as a guest this week. I'm a Malone Mystery fan, too, and can't wait for your next book!

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    1. No. Thank you for being my guest. :)
      "Marnie Malone" should be out in January. Fingers crossed!

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  3. Tohse back covers work for me.

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    1. Thank you, Dac! It's difficult to abbreviate an entire story into a few paragraphs and entice the readers.

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    2. I loved reading The Moment and look forward to enjping Having a Great Crime in between packing boxes because I'm also getting ready to move a long distance, as you did. I'll be setting my future books along the Texas Gulf Coast, which may include the Cajun community.

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    3. Thank you, Jean. Moving seems to be a great inspiration. You should have fun with your new location and writing.

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  4. Best of luck, Marja. Sell them by the truckload!

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. From your lips... : )

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  5. I loved Choosing One Moment, the story, the time period, all of it. But you already know I'm a fan, Marja. Have Having a Great Crime waiting for that special time...keep writing, love your books!

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    1. Thank you, Madeline. I think you'll like this one. And you know I feel the same way about your writing and your books.

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  6. Haven't picked up Having a Great Crime yet. I'm still finishing the book I'm currently reading, but yours is next on my TBR list. Choosing One Moment was great and I'm looking forward to reading your new novel. Congrats on releasing two books in one year. I don't know how you do it, when I can barely get one out.

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    1. Thank you, Evelyn. I don't know how I did it either. A fluke? : ) Looking forward to your next book!

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