Saturday, January 11, 2020

I'm in the Spotlight!

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

I feel a little like Marty McFly from Back to the Future. And why is that?  Because I'm in the middle of writing (with my co-author Gayle Leeson) Victoria Square #7 (A Murderous Misconception), and writing a prequel to the series at the same time.

It turns out that reviewing that first book for the prequel has helped me reevaluate some of the characters who regularly appear later in the books.

Everyone who's read the series knows what happened before Katie Bonner drove past Artisans Alley that brisk September morning and saw a host of Sheriff's Office cruisers with their lights flashing.

Or do they?

And why am I writing a prequel to an established series?

Because I currently don't own the rights to the first six books. When will I get them back? That's anybody's guess. But it doesn't hurt to have a prequel that can be used as a loss leader. Why would I need a loss leader? To attract new readers.

Every author struggles with finding new readers. We have giveaways, we post on social media, we send out regular newsletters, and on and on and on .... The competition is fierce and it takes a lot to stand out in the crowd. And if you're me, it's even harder because I'm writing under THREE names. It's very frustrating when your pseudonym is doing a LOT better than your real self. (My pseudonym is Lorna Barrett of the Booktown Mystery series.)

So, how can you support me?

First, read my series (I have four: The Victoria Square Mysteries, The Lotus Bay Mysteries, Tales from Blythe Cove Manor, and Tales of Telenia (action-adventure). If you like the books, please consider reviewing them on your favorite online review sites (think Amazon, B&N, Bookbub, Books A Million, Indiebound, etc.)

Subscribe to my newsletter. (Leave our address and I'll send you some bookmarks as a thank you for joining!)

Follow me on Bookbub and/or Amazon. They'll let you know if any of my books go on sale, or remind you when I have a new release.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. (I'm also there under my other two names.)

Join my Facebook group page (Lorraine's & Lorna's Perpetual Tea Party). There you'll meet fans of my books. It's a place where we chat about life and every subject under the sun. It's fun!

Visit my website and/or follow my blog. View my videos on Youtube! (Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!)

I've found that whether I'm writing as Lorraine or Lorna, I have the best, most considerate readers in the world. I'm so grateful that you have read (or listened) to my books and stories. Thank you.  You rock!

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