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Hip hip HOORAY, my new book is now available! It’s the fourth full-length Lexy Cooper mystery. You can pick up the eBook right now at Amazon, or you can wait for the paperback this summer. Any questions? What if I don’t have a Kindle? You’re in luck, cowboy. You don’t need the dedicated eReader to …

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I’m in the final stretch of writing the fourth book in my Lexy Cooper mystery series. Now, I’m certainly nowhere near as prolific as many writers, but by the time you get to Book 4, you’ve built up a pretty substantial cast of characters, a history, and a world. Here are some of the things …

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How much should you sum up the story and characters in each successive book in a series? This is something that I’ve struggled with and am not sure I’ve decided exactly where I stand. The first question is “Do people read a series out of order?” The answer that I’ve found is “Not usually, but …

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My first Lexy Cooper novel, Schooled, has been out in the world for almost two years. People read it, some like it and some don’t. That’s to be expected. What I’ve been flummoxed by, however, is that when people don’t like my book enough to take the time to write a negative review, they ALWAYS …

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Thinking of jumping into the world of Lexy Cooper? Feeling apprehensive? Well, let me help you. I’m going to provide you with some background and general information so you can get to know Lexy and her world a little better. Getting to Know Lexy First of all, Lexy Selina Cooper lives in an apartment in …

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Right now my most excellent Empress of Editing Marti McKenna is deep in the weeds of a second pass on my upcoming book Griefed, getting ready to hand off what we believe is final copy to Proofreader Princess Stacie Magelssen. This is our third book together, and we’ve definitely got a system that works for …

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My first book The Sleepless Nanny, was written in the first-person from the protagonist’s point of view. It’s basically the easiest, most natural way to write, and a good place to start for beginning writers. When I began writing my first mystery/crime novel I knew I wasn’t going to write it in the first person …

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It’s sort of a funny story–now–but at the time it stressed me out so much I was losing sleep over it. My cover artist was missing. I found Brett Parson by chance. I searched “book cover” on Deviantart and discovered his amazing work. I asked if he’d take a commission and he said yes. Two …

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I made Spotify playlists for each of my three Lexy Cooper novels— “Schooled” – Lexy’s Playlist, “Pwned” – Lexy’s Playlist, and “Griefed” – Lexy’s Playlist. I start creating the playlist while I write the book, so readers can follow along as it evolves. The music can provide clues to the book’s action. Some songs will be cut, and …

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