Like every actor, Ivy Meadows knows that Macbeth is cursed. But she’s finally scored her big break, cast as an acrobatic witch in a circus-themed production of Macbeth in Phoenix, Arizona. And though it may not be Broadway, nothing can dampen her enthusiasm—not her flying caldron, too-tight leotard, or carrot-wielding dictator of a director.
But when one of the cast dies on opening night, Ivy is sure the seeming accident is “murder most foul” and that she’s the perfect person to solve the crime (after all, she does work part-time in her uncle’s detective agency). Undeterred by a poisoned Big Gulp, the threat of being blackballed, and the suddenly too-real curse, Ivy pursues the truth at the risk of her hard-won career—and her life.
At the opening of this book you will meet Ivy Meadows. Ivy is the star of the show Macbeth and more than excited that she got the part.On the night of the performance on of the cast members is killed and Ivy is on the case to find out who the killer is and bring them down. With a cast of characters that will steal the show this whodunit will keep you reading until the final curtain call. Cindy Brown is the author of this fantastic read. Get this book today and enjoy hours of great reading.
Anatomy of a First Mystery Novel
Step one: Wake up with a great character in your head. Decide to write a novel. After all you’ve written over a dozen plays and screenplays. Writing a book can’t be that different, right?
Step two: Take first draft of the beginning of Macdeath to your writers group. They ask why it’s all dialogue and no setting or character descriptions. Realize that writing a book is different than writing a play.
Step three: Rewrite beginning of book and take it back to writing group. This time they say, “This is a murder mystery right? Shouldn’t there be a body by now?” Decide it’s okay to have the death happen later.
Step four: Go to a workshop where you hear that it’s a bad idea to use shifting first-person point of views (POVs) like you do in Macdeath. Maybe. But you like shifting first person POVs.
Step five: After much revision, you begin submitting your manuscript to agents. Some emails fall into the black hole of submission-land, some receive form rejections, but a few garner responses from agents who give you encouraging feedback and suggestions for revision. Like not having shifting first person POVs. Hmm.
Step six: While submitting Macdeath, you also start writing the second book in the series. You win kudos for this book, The Sound of Murder and wonder if you should give up on the first book.
Step seven: You decide you really like Macdeath and spend a year re-writing so that it’s in just one point of view. You begin sending it out.
Step nine: You hear Kendel Lynn ofHenery Press speak at theLeft Coast Crime conference. She’s funny and nice, and their books look great. You think she might “get” your book, so you submit Macdeath.
Step 10: Kendel e-mails you! She loves Macdeath but thinks it needs a major overhaul. You talk on the phone, and she asks if you can move the murder closer to the beginning of the book. Of course you can! And after resolving to listen more closely to your writing friends, you sit down and get to work.
About This Author
Cindy Brown has been a theater geek (musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright) since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered several awards (including 3rd place in the 2013 international Words With Jam First Page Competition, judged by Sue Grafton!) and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Though Cindy and her husband now live in Portland, Oregon, she made her home in Phoenix, Arizona, for more than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.
I am excited to be part of Diane Vallere's blog tour. Her book Masking for Trouble was released on October 4th and is another fun read for Halloween.
Series: A Costume Shop Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries.
Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the poli…
I am excited for this blog tour. Deadly Wedding is book two in the Deadly series by Kate Parker. Released on September 11,2016. If you would like to win a copy of this book, leave your email and a comment about the era that you love ,to be entered.
Series: Deadly Series
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: JDP Press (September 11, 2016)
Why murder a dying man?
Olivia Denis is hesitant to help an old family friend get ready for her wedding outside London. The so-called friend is a master at using people. As a young widow trying to find her way through a new romantic relationship, Olivia would rather avoid the large party.
She definitely didn’t plan to find the bride’s grandfather stabbed to death. The cruel, enormously rich aristocrat had changed his will only the day before, angering all his children.
As Olivia is forced to investigate the murder, she’s called away by her employer, the owner of an influential London daily newspaper. She must carry out another secre…
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