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Now enjoy visits with authors as they share their writing processes, strange research methods, weapons of choice, struggles, tips, and joys! And learn what weird things they keep on their desks.

Tricia Sanders image for blog tour on The Editing Pen

Murder Is a Dirty Business with Tricia Sanders

Tricia Sanders convinces us that Murder Is a Dirty Business! Thank you for stopping by. Make yourself comfy. I have ...
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Murder Mysteries, Interviewing Witnesses, and a Turtle

I recently met this sweet author in a Facebook group and just had to have her visit and talk about ...
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Inside the world of a paranormal romance- and a lamp.

Victoria Larque, author of the paranormal romance, Soul Reaver, visits ePen and talks about creating a consistent world for her ...
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R. J. Koreto

R. J. Koreto, Death at the Emerald, and Edwardian Characters

R. J. Koreto is the author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery series, set in Edwardian England. I had to ...
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Julie Christine Johnson

Musicality, Crows of Beara, Scones, and Muddy Laces

The Crows of Beara Enjoy this delightful visit with author Julie Christine Johnson as we chat about Ireland, The Crows ...
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Amy Reade visits the Editing Pen

Highland Peril, Scottish Toys, and Amy Reade

Welcome! Today I am pleased to host Amy M. Reade at ePen. Ms. Reade is the author of Highland Peril ...
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Tracy Buchanan

Notes, Plotting a Story, a Mansion, and No Turning Back

The lovely and talented Tracy Buchanan, author of No Turning Back, stopped by to tell us about her newest release ...
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Jeanne Blasberg talks about setting, Eden, and puppies!

Jeanne Blasberg strolled on over just in time for tea. What a sweet author! Settle in and take a look ...
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Internal Dialogue
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Point of View Promoting Your Book
Point of View Types Reference Lists
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Thriller Writing Self-Publishing Essential Info
Unnecessary Action Self-Publishing Tips
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What makes a cozy mystery?

  • An amateur sleuth. A protagonist who could be me or you, just a regular person.
  • A small-town setting. Community is key here. A local area where we can get to know the village or town citizens and take a visit to an interesting location. And inhale the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon scones from the main character’s kitchen… yum.
  • No graphic sex or violence. Sure there’s a dead body somewhere, but the focus is on the clues and suspects, not the gore. And romance? The protagonist can have a partner or romantic interest, but it’s just not the main focus or plot of the story. Give us red herrings, misdirection, twists and turns, and more puzzles to solve!
  • A cozy mystery is typically part of a series. We love to get to know the characters and follow them from one book to the next. I’m fond of themed cozies. Tea shop settings, coffee shop settings, British villages, and protagonists with interesting day jobs.
  • Examples: I love these cozy authors! Cleo Coyle, Laura Childs, Molly MacRae, C.A. Larmer, Julie Seedorf, M.C. Beaton, Lucy Arlington, Kate Kingsbury, Sandra Balzo, Cindy Brown

MRS. GRAMMAR PERSON ADMIRES ADVERBS Are you as fond of adverbs as we are? We have been waiting for months for Mrs. Grammar Person to return. Have you read her other posts? She is such a delight that we've created her own slideshow of posts. Click HERE for more grammar fun! And you say you want more? Well check out this adorable book full of grammar and tea treats: And now Mrs.  Grammar Person has a few things to say: Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person is here and intends to make adverbs perfectly clear. Adverbs are our versatile friends ...
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Mrs. Grammar Person’s Ode to Homophones When I give my assent, it means I concur, but my rapid ascent means I fly like a bird. (I just love homophones, don't you?) I compliment you when I say something kind, like your meal is superb and complements the wine. (Unless, of course, your food is talking to your wine, then you've had too much to drink.) News that is current is fresh and brand new, but if I give you a currant, I have a raisin for you. (Warm cinnamon buns with raisins—yum!) A cursor is the arrow on your computer ...
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Barbara Venkataraman is back with another sweet verse for our ears. Fear not, Gentle Writer, for Mrs. Grammar Person, hearing your sighs and seeing your furrowed brows, is delighted to offer her assistance once again. She knows the source of your consternation, the impetus for your aggravation; more absurd than an irregular verb is the mixed-up sound of an irregular noun. When mouse becomes mice and louse becomes lice--it's truly enough to make you think twice. These three nouns are also offbeat: tooth becomes teeth, goose becomes geese and foot becomes feet. But some nouns don’t change, and that is ...
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Mrs. Grammar Person would not abandon you to your own devices simply because the holidays are upon us. To the contrary, it is the time of year when Mrs. G.P. frets most about her devoted fans. During this, the gift-giving season, you must remember that, try as you might, you will never find the most unique gift for that special someone. Unique means one-of-a-kind; therefore, one gift cannot be more or less unique than any other. But, whichever gift you choose, Mrs. G.P. is sure that you will delight the recipient! In addition to gifts, the holidays provide us with bountiful treats. Everybody loves these treats ...
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Ms. Grammar Person would not abandon you in your hour of need--not when you face potential pitfalls at every turn: an avalanche of apostrophes, a mountain of misplaced modifiers, and a desert of dangling participles. The horror! In truth, Mrs. G. P. gets it, but fervently hopes that "get" is a word you choose to forget. Excellent writing, (the only kind that merits discussion) has no place for such a silly word, a word tossed about hither and yon, a word which is the first and last resort of a lazy lay-about. When Mrs. G.P. reads that it's time to ...
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Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person, heeding your cry for help, has returned, delighted to be of service once again. Like you, Mrs. G.P revels in the knowledge that, while fashions may come and go (both the tasteful and the tacky), exceptional grammar never goes out of style. It is her fervent hope that her words of wisdom serve to complement your knowledge so that you receive nothing but compliments on your writing. Mrs. G.P. marvels at the difference a single letter can make! She knows that the effect of her words deeply affect you. Especially once you come ...
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from the desk of Mz. Grammar Person Fear not, Gentle Writer, for help has arrived.  Rest assured that your grimaces and groans, your grinding of teeth has not gone unnoticed. And, because Mrs. Grammar Person abhors the grinding of perfectly good teeth, she has agreed to impart her timely wisdom to those afflicted with self-doubt. In a stage whisper, Mrs. Grammar Person explains that although she is your true friend, spell-check is not. Spell-check is fickle and delights in trickery. He will make you believe that it's morning when, in fact, you're in mourning, or that you should waver when ...
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