Monday, April 12, 2010

Launching a New Series

By Ellery Adams

Launching a new series is like crafting the perfect paper boat and then placing it gently in a stream. It's a thrill to see that little craft bob along in the water. There are obstacles ahead - branches, rapids, shallows - but you wait and watch, hoping your vessel will make it to the open sea.

My paper boat, A KILLER PLOT, takes place on the shores of the Atlantic. The heroine, Olivia Limoges, is an independently wealthy and headstrong forty-year-old. With deep-sea blue eyes and hair the shade of moonlight, Olivia is a loner. Subsisting on the companionship of her beloved standard poodle, Captain Haviland, Olivia returns to the Oyster Bay, North Carolina, the town of her childhood, to exorcise the past. She may succeed in clearing the ghosts from the lighthouse keeper's cottage where she lived as a young girl, but when a murder occurs in this seaside paradise, Olivia realizes she must stop running and learn to trust in others.

Luckily, Olivia has become involved with a writer's group, the Bayside Book Writers. Allow me to introduce them:

Harris - this sweet computer whiz is a Peter Pan lookalike. He's penning a Sci-Fi novel.
Laurel - a frazzled mother of toddler twins, she's working on a romance book featuring a daring duchess.
Camden - the gossip writer from LA has flown to Oyster Bay to research an unauthorized tell-all.
Millay - this exotic bartender who dresses in mini-skirts and combat boots pens Young Adult fantasy
Olivia - her historical fiction project is about an Egyptian concubine living in the palace of Ramses the Great.

And yes, segments from the Bayside Book Writers works will be included in A KILLER PLOT, so you'll be treated to books within the book. Even the murders have a literary flavor, as the killer leave clues in the form of haiku poetry at each scene.

Intrigued? I hope so, because if you pre-order A KILLER PLOT over the next five days and send me an email telling me so, you could win one of five goody bags
featuring a signed bookmark, a memo pad, and a poodle cookie cutter. With this cute cutter, you could bake your own Captain Haviland cookies!

Just email me at elleryadams@comcast.net saying you've pre-ordered a copy - no other proof is needed - and I will put your name in the drawing. One winner will be chosen each day!

Thanks to the Cozy Chicks for letting me visit. Feel free to ask me any questions about A KILLER PLOT!




18 comments:

Jeanne C. said...

sounds great... can't wait to read it!

Lorna Barrett said...

Ellery, did you decorate those cookies? If so, please give lessons. My cookie decorated hasn't improved since I first tried it at age four.

Deb Baker said...

Love the cover and the concept - poodles, ocean, writers group!

Mare F said...

Really looking forward to this book. And I love the cookie cutter. LOL

Melissa said...

I've looked forward to this new series since you were first seeking a name for the poodle a couple years ago...can't wait for June to arrive!!!

Lover of Books said...

This sounds like a great series! I may have to check it out. :)

jbstanley said...

I love the cookies too!

If you all haven't seen this handy tool from Williams Sonoma, you might want to check it out:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/mechanical-pastry-bag/?cm_src=hero

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh, what a great idea! And this sounds fantastic..I hope you are having a wonderful time.

SO exciting!

Anonymous said...

The new book sounds just awesome! It definitely went on the TBR list! Good luck with it!

Dru said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Heather Webber said...

Congrats on the new debut! The book sounds really great, and those poodle cookies are adorable...and making me hungry!

Shel said...

This is already on my overflowing "new releases" list, I loved the description the first time I saw it (which was some months back on another blog, I think...). So I'm eagerly awaiting release, Ellery, and I'm so glad to "meet" you here on Cozy Chicks!

Andrea C. said...

Sounds like a great series..looking foward to coming out. Your poodle cookies are so cute (I don't think mine would turn out like that though!)

Vicki said...

What a great theme...I love the writers group part of the book. They always say, "write what you know" so that is a great idea. Can't wait to read it!

Leann Sweeney said...

This sounds like a great new series. I so look forward to the release! You go, Ellery!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I can hardly wait to read it.
Annette

Ellery Adams said...

Thank you so much for having me today! I love this blog!

Jan said...

Sounds great! I'll be a little confused though, I have always associated Oyster Bay with Billy Joel and Long Island, NY!