Friday, December 19, 2014

It might be winter outside, but I'm stuck in summer!

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

The first day of winter hasn't yet hit, but it'll be upon us in just a couple of days.  Meanwhile, my head is firmly rooted in early summer.

Writers usually have an inspiration before they start work on a new project. Here's one of mine.

Not the two boats in the foreground, but the buildings smack-dab in the middle.  Yup, that's what I call (in my new Lotus Square Mysteries) Cannon's compound.  There's a bait shop; a boat house, a regular house, and, in my made-up compound, a little 7-unit motel.

The stories feature two best friends forever.

During the course of their first big adventure, Tori and Kathy make a new friend, Anissa Jackson.  She's a construction worker whose father was murdered and found in one of the Cannon's motel units.

And in the course of their dealings, they meet someone else who's destined to be a good friend.

These women have one thing in common.  They all want to own their own businesses.  And where do they choose to do so?  On Lotus Bay.

Haven't yet met Tori and Kathy?  Their first mini mystery was Panty Raid.

Tori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl’s weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there’s also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid!

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Tori and Kathy's (and Anissa's and Noreen's) first full-length adventure begins in With Baited Breath, which debuts on January 6th and is now available for pre-order.

Tori Cannon and her grandfather return from her grandma’s funeral to find a body jammed in one of their derelict motel units. The victim had no enemies except for maybe the rich woman who wants to level his eyesore of a home, a resentful daughter, and friends who were anything but. Tori’s BFF, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the place and they are soon mixed up in the deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the business and find a murderer or will they, too, sleep with the fishes?

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Will you head back to summer on January 6th?
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