First, thank you to all who have emailed, tweeted and otherwise let me know how much you are looking forward to reading the new Sparrow Falls Mystery novel. Book #4 (title and cover art to be revealed soon!) will be ready for preorder within the next few days, and more information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
I offer my sincere apologies for making y’all wait so long for this one. As some of you know, I was a caregiver for my father during a long terminal illness, and after his passing I found myself overwhelmed, not only with grief, but with all the exhaustion and delayed emotions that happen to those who are blessed with carrying their loved one’s burdens during that most difficult phase of life. Thank you, genteel readers, for your patience with me during this past year. I hope you will check this website often for updates on the new novel, sign up for notifications on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and I sincerely thank you, again and again, for your interest, wonderful feedback and thoughtful encouragement! It does a writer’s heart good to know that her wee books are making such a heartwarming impact on the lives of readers across the globe.
Second, while you are waiting to see what happens next in the lives of Tilda, Addie and Pearce Allen, I hope you will enjoy reading a little book that I put together and released simply as a heartfelt “thank you” to the genteel readers who have been so supportive and encouraging while the Sparrow Falls series was finding its wings. Merry Mishaps: a lighthearted life began as a collection of humorous human interest stories based upon my life in the small southern towns in which I have lived. Some articles were originally part of my newspaper column, some are short fiction that never saw the light of day, and there are even a few wee stories written simply to amuse my friends, who later urged me to share them with the world because “everyone needs a good laugh, or a reason to keep smiling and make it through another day”. And so I did a little rewriting, put this short book together (100 pages of wholesome LOL fun!) and re-released it as an Amazon paperback and a Kindle exclusive, and I hope it tides you over until the new novel is available. Please let me know if it brightens your day. I love to hear from my readers! (Click the smileys to see the Amazon page.)
Thank you again, and happy reading!
There must be a way to share other writer’s blog posts on my page, but I’m still new at this and have yet to figure out how to do that. So I’m just going to include a helpful link for those who are interested in contests for writers, and I hope it will show up as a nice, pretty blog post from one of my favorite sites on the web, Cozy-Mystery.com, featuring Danna’s post about the 2014 Nero Awards and the current Black Orchid Novella Contest. If it doesn’t show up here, don’t worry, it’s all my fault…but at least the link is included, or you may choose to google it and find out for yourself. :-) Here goes:
Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear by Sharon Dunn gets five stars from this reviewer for two aspects of a genuinely good novel: a solid mystery in the classic tradition, and humorous elements that really are laugh out loud funny. Clues and red herrings are skillfully placed, providing a fun challenge to those genteel readers who enjoy piecing together the puzzle, and I am happy to say that this book does not follow a typical “ACME Mystery Writing Formula” that is easily spotted and used by far too many cozy writers today.
Best of all, there really is a six-foot teddy bear in the book! Thus, not long into the story, the genteel reader begins to encounter such delightfully zany sentences as The bear nodded at her, crossed his legs, and picked up a newspaper. The characters are people we would love to spend time with, inside the book and out. The Bargain Hunters Network, as they call themselves, are four genuinely nice ladies with real quirks and endearing traits that may remind you of someone you’ve known in the past, or the kind of friends you have today.
There are a couple of smaller storylines on the side, but these do not distract from the mystery at all. Kindra, youngest of the bargain hunting gal pals, has an interesting romance with a fascinating character, and the conclusion of this part of the book provides for some interesting insight into what real love is, or at least what it should be. Spunky senior citizen Arleta does some soul searching and comes to a surprising, but satisfying, conclusion on the direction her life has taken. Ginger, the real heroine of the bargain hunter novels, has many hilarious misadventures, a few heartbreaking ones, and finally discovers that her priorities may need some slight readjustments. These sidelines are brief but enjoyable, and add to the cozy friendship feeling of the novel.
Sharon Dunn has written two other novels in the Bargain Hunters Mystery Series, and this reviewer hopes to read many more. Her most recent series is the Ruby Taylor Mystery Series.
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