On Saturday, November 5 from noon to 2 p.m., the Winter Haven Public Library (Winter Haven, Florida) is hosting a book signing for the second book in the Compass Crimes Series. It debuts on October 16. North of the Killing Hand is a prequel of South of Justice.

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This book is a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards banquet on October 22nd. My friend Author Carol J. Post also has a finalist book. Thankfully we are not competing in the same category–because she’d trounce me. Her book is in the Christian Fiction category. Mine in women’s fiction. All prayers for wins for both of us are greatly appreciated.


Of course there will be books available for sale and signing on November 5th, but for those who want to help boost the rankings of this book–buy a copy online through Amazon and bring it to the signing. Why? I’m glad you asked. Pre-buys accumulate and count as sales on the release date (October 16). Even eBook sales ahead of the release date help raise the book in sales ranking. And higher rankings lead to more sales…you get the picture.


Oh, and puhleeeeze, please post a review online through social media because my books have to compete against so many others and readers are hesitant to buy a book from an unfamiliar author unless a friend recommends it. Amazon is a vast, tough market. It has changing policies about reviews. It can take down, yes, remove reviews if the review seems to be an acquaintance of the author or if it seems the book was given in trade for a review–so if you buy a copy on Amazon and later post a sentence or two reviewing it, then your review will be labeled a VERIFIED review. That means you bought a copy and did not get a copy in trade for a review.

A review simply means clicking on the number of stars you rate the book. You can add a sentence or two. A review isn’t a book report like the kind you dreaded writing in school. Readers tend to skip the long ones and the long ones often reveal plot surprises.

If you are also on Goodreads (a sort of Facebook for readers), then a review there helps also. As a reader, I love Goodreads because it has weekly giveaways of books. Soon it will have eBook giveaways, too!

The book signing in Albuquerque, NM went very well for me and for the many authors involved! I even met Kerry Lonsdale, author of Everything We Keep. She took a selfie of us to post on her social media. If anyone sees it, don’t tell me if I look starstruck. Let me pretend I appeared cool and calm.

South of Justice cover artBOOK SIGNING NEAR ORLANDO

For readers in the Orlando and Altamonte Springs area, I will be signing books at the Altamonte Springs Hilton on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. as part of the Florida Writers Association Conference. I will have copies of South of Justice and North of the Killing Hand. Just look for the grinning woman behind a table of books. Be warned, I’ve been known to hug readers. You are my people.



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