Friday, January 11, 2013

Dead In Red ... Check it out

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

As many of you know, in addition to cozy mysteries, I also write a harder-edged series known as the Jeff Resnick Mysteries.  I'm thrilled that earlier this week Galleycat did a shout out of one of my books, Dead in Red, giving it the top spot on their Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Self Published Bestsellers List for January 2013.  (You can see it here.)

Dead in Red is actually the second book in that series.  (Murder on the Mind, book #1, is currently free for all e formats.)  It's been an amzing week for Dead in Red.  Amazon dropped the price to $1.99 and sales went through the roof.   To say I was pleased is putting it mildly.

The series traveled a very rocky road to publication.  Nobody but me, it seemed, had faith in Jeff.  I'd written four of the books before the first one had even seen print simply because I believed in him so much.

I'm in the process of having the book made into audio.  Wow -- you'd think that would be easy, but it's been really difficult.  More than 14 actors auditioned for the part. Can you imagine hearing 14 different voices reading the same lines over and over again, trying to pin down who most sounded like the voices in my head?

Yesterday I listened to the first five chapters.  There were a few glitches.  The actor I chose is from the west coast, and doesn't know the proper pronunciations for things I take for granted.  (He'd never heard of Sunoco gas.)  He delivers lines differently than I've heard them in my head, but he's done really well with the women's parts. (Especially Sophie Levin.)

When Penguin Audio did the first five Booktown mysteries, I had no say in the choice of reader, etc. (although I did get asked about pronounciations). The narrator did a great job, too.  In fact, I'm listening to Sentenced to Death in the car when doing errands.  I'm really looking forward to hearing the rest of the Jeff Resnick books on audio, too.  That is, if Dead In Red does well.

I hope to have a sixth Jeff Resnick book out sometime this year.  (I'm shooting for summer.)  If you'd like to find out more about Jeff, Richard, and Brenda, I hope you'll check out my LLBartlett website.

Meanwhile, if you're even a little bit curious about the book, ask yourself what that pretty shoe up above could possibly have to do with the plot.  Maybe you'll be hooked, too.