Saturday, April 9, 2011

Shhhhh! It's supposed to be a secret (until Monday, anyway)

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

A long time ago, before I found "success" (being relative that is) as a cozy mystery author, I wrote a mystery series (under the name L.L. Bartlett) about a troubled insurance investigator who got viciously mugged and became a teensy bit psychic.

(Okay, maybe not quite teensy, but the guy is in denial.)

Everything that could go wrong for the launch of that series WENT wrong.

The hardcover edition was a dismal failure and I cried buckets of tears to no avail.  The book found a second life (and a nice print run) in paperback, but only to a book club audience.  The second book came out and did well in hardcover, but the paperback publisher wouldn't buy it.  (Can you say sink like a stone?)

My big-name publisher wouldn't pick up the series.  "Niche audience.  We can't make enough money."  My agent advised me to self-publish the rest of the series.  And so I did.

Still, my cozy audience didn't seem interested in the books.  Why?

"It's paranormal!" many of them cried in fear.  To them paranormal ONLY means vampires, zombies, and werewolves.

Um, Jeff Resnick doesn't suck people's blood, he isn't "undead," and he doesn't turn into a scary creature when the moon rises.  Okay, he drinks a little too much, but he has a devoted brother, a cat, a girlfriend, and senses death.  And he relies on his background as a crack insurance investigator to solve crimes. (You can read more about him here.)

The books are: Murder On The Mind 
In print at Amazon / Barnes & Noble
E book:  Kindle ~ Nook ~ Smashwords

DEAD_IN_RED-Kindle-sm Dead In Red
In print at Amazon / Barnes & Noble
E book:  Kindle ~ Nook ~ Smashwords
Cheated By Death
In print at Amazon / Barnes & Noble
E book:  Kindle ~ Nook ~ Smashwords

BOUND_BY_SUGGESTION_sm Bound By Suggestion
In print at Amazon / Barnes & Noble
E book:  Kindle ~ Nook ~ Smashwords

Shhhh!  It's a secret.  Well, it was supposed to be . . . until Monday when the BIG reveal comes about. (But then Kindle jumped the gun.)

What's that?

Murder on the Mind will be on sale at Kindle, Nook and Smashwords* (with Coupon Code PN68D) for just 99¢ until the end of April.

If you've got an e reader, I'd appreciate you giving Jeff a chance.  Hey, it's less than a buck -- not much to lose, and you might find you like my slightly psychic, crusader for good (okay, he has no cape but his heart is in the right place).

The books are not cozy mysteries.  They're psychological suspense.  But if you like character-driven stories (like my Booktown and Victoria Square mysteries), and you don't mind an edgier storyline, I hope you'll give Jeff a try.  For e readers, it's cheaper than a cup of coffee.
* Wait!  I have a Sony E Reader/Kobo/Diesel -- I can't get the book at 99¢!!!

Sure you can--at Smashwords with the coupon code of PN68D.  They offer all e formats.  Just go to Smashwords, use the coupon code at check out time, select the file that can be read on your reader and the book will be yours for 99¢.


ev said...

It's 2.99 on smash words.

Anonymous said...

You have to use the Coupon Code to get the 99 cent price. You use that when you check out!

ev said...

Ah! Didn't know that. I haven't used them before.

It means I need to go to another computer as that is where calibre and my sony libraries are.

They do have it at Sony for $2.99 tho.

ev said...

And where do you find a coupon??

Sue said...

I've read Murder on the Mind and Dead in Red and am now reading Cheated by Death. I've also downloaded the sample of Bound by Suggestion to my kindle so I can read it when I'm done. Personally I enjoy a more intense mystery sometimes. Don't get me wrong I LOVE the Cozy Mysteries and all the other ones I read but these are just as good in their own way. Glad to hear they are getting a second chance and I hope they are as big of a success to others as they are to me.

Anonymous said...

The sale is only on at Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. (Smashwords feeds the other e stores for Sony E Reader, Kobo and Diesel--it takes WEEKS for them to even be distributed. Therefore, I use Smashwords and their coupon codes.)

The coupon code is above in the text of today's blog post. I'll post it here for you, too, though: PN68D

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Just got the first one off Amazon, which is a great deal and will help me with my Cozy reading Challenge, of which I am way behind in, but at least my 24 hour readathon today should help me knock at least one out of the park!

Good luck with selling a bunch of books, I'm looking forward to reading Murder on the Mind!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Kate and Sue, for taking a chance on Jeff.

Annette said...

This is a great series. Jeff is an awesome character. Give it a try if you haven't read one of these books. You won't be disappointed.

Katreader said...

I love Jeff's series and I'll have to get the latest for my iPad. The only problem is that I won't be able to share it with my mom.

Kuzlin said...

I love this series - read all of them so far!

Linda Leszczuk said...

I probably shouldn't admit this on the Cozy Chicks blog but I'm more of a psychological suspense reader than a cozy. In fact I looked (unsuccessfully) for one of Jeff's last time I was in my local book store. I've got my Nook and I'll download him today.

Victoria Hamilton said...

This sounds like my kind of series!!

~ Babs ~ said...

Jeff is a great character and I like reading the books. I will be getting some more books to see what Jeff and his family get into next.

Judy S. said...

Thanks for the heads-up! I looked at this just last night after seeing it on Amazon for 99 cents, but it was still 2.99 for the Nook, which is what I have. I just checked and it's now 99 cents there too! So I'm off to buy it--can't wait to read it!

Dru said...

I love this series.

For under one dollar Murder on the Mind is a sweet deal!

ev said...

Ah....finally the time of the day has come where I can relax, fire up the lap top and do some serious downloading of books. Will try Smashwords for the first time. I hope it works, I am such a techno dweeb when it comes to this stuff.

Vickie said...

I will get a Nook soon. I am using my activity money to get it, activity being paying myself when I work out. I will get this series. I love mysteries of all kinds, not just cozies/amateur sleuth. I adore suspense, thriller, sci-fi, cozy/amateur sleuth, horror, funny name it I will read it so long as it intrigues me. This series intrigues me.