Saturday, June 5, 2010

What's in a name? Quite a lot, actually . . .

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

My first book was published under the name L.L. Bartlett.  My (then) agent thought it would be a good idea to try to hide my gender so that men would be more likely to buy my first-person, male POV paranormal suspense/mystery (whatever) book.  It didn't work all that well, and the book didn't do all that well, either.  But then I sold the paperback and audio rights, and things worked out okay.  I CheatedBy_Death.sm mention this because all right wasn't good enough.  I wanted better distribution for the third book.  In between then and now ... I wrote cozy mysteries that have done quite well.  My agent felt that trying for a print publication for this series would be taking a step backward.  I'm not sure I believe that -- but I pay her to give me good advice, and so far she hasn't steered me wrong.

So, I'm self-publishing the third book in the series, and I guess you could say that Cozy Chicks is my first blog tour stop.  (Thanks, guys!)  So, if you use an e reader, I hope you'll give (the first book, Murder on the Mind, and) CHEATED BY DEATH a try.  There are descriptions on both KINDLE and SMASHWORDS.  (It's on sale on Kindle for $1.99 for the month of June.)

A_Crafty_Killing.smI also write cozy mysteries as Lorraine Bartlett (that's my real name, in case you didn't know.  Glad to meet you, too!) I'm really excited to have the Victoria Square Mystery series coming out where I can use my name, not hide behind initials or a pseudonym.  And a couple of days ago, I got my cover.  Isn't it pretty?  Of course A Crafty Killing won't be out until February 3, 2011 -- which seems like a million years from now, but will no doubt pop up before I am ready for it.

And part of the getting ready for it is to find a way to let my readers know that Lorna and Lorraine are the same person.  Okay, most of you guys get it . . . and I'm reaching out to my Lorna readers on Facebook and letting them know, too.  But that doesn't scratch the surface.  I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope the book finds a life on its own.  (Although it won't hurt that the first chapter is contained at the end of Chapter & Hearse -- so please look for it.)

And by the way, I'll be revamping both my L.L. and Lorraine web sites in the next couple of week, which should be lots of fun.  So if you think about it in a couple of weeks, stop on by.  My characters, Jeff and Katie, will be waiting for you.

And so will I.