Tuesday, August 19, 2014

And It All Hit At Once

Truly, it's not as bad as it sounds, but it seems the old saying, "When it rains, it pours" is all too true.

I've been working on my next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery and it's been coming along great. Words, plot ideas, characters just tumbling out. 

The edits for River Spirits, my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery arrived yesterday. Something like that I need to work on in the morning when my brain is fresh--but I also had a paid project that I needed to finish. That had to come first.

This a.m. hubby had to be at the surgical center in town by 8:15. Because he was going for eye surgery, I had to take him. I brought along my iPad. If I was going to be sitting, I planned to get some work done--and I did. I figured out what topics to write about on my blog tour for River Spirits and actually wrote four of them.

Because all I'd eaten was a piece of toast, didn't seem fair to eat much since hubby couldn't eat or drink, as three plus hours went by, I began to get really hungry. 

Finally, the came and got me to go in the recovery room. The surgery was a success. Hubby dressed and we were sent over to the surgeon's office to get more instructions. Of course I was the driver--and I'm starving. Once that was over we headed for Denny's. Something about hubby only eating soup made it seem like the logical spot and it was close.

He ate a huge bowl of soup, I had a cup of soup and we shared a big chicken salad sandwich. On the way home we picked up some prescriptions for him.

Arrived home and Great-grandson, Julius was there with his Grandpa--my son. Julius is three, talks up a storm and had many questions to ask. Seemed fascinated by the wrinkles in my upper arm. Why did they look like that? Because I'm old. The answer satisfied him, but the questions continued.

Daughter-in-law, cooked dinner, God bless her.

We ate, son fed the animals, and I'm done. No, I'm not done with what needs to be done, I'm just done for the day. Too pooped to do any intelligent work.

Just to add a fun picture, here I am with the latest addition to our family, Priscilla Rose, and when the photo was taken she was 2 days old.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Give Me Some Suggestions for Promo of Next Tempe Book

Since my next Tempe Crabtree mystery is off to the publisher for editing, it's time I got serious about the promotion.

I've always done some sort of launch party--but my last one wasn't as great as I'd hoped for. Of course I had a few loyal folks who turned up, served some delicious snacks, but I'd like to do something different for my next one. 

Because this one revisits the Hairy Man--what do you think about having homemade Hairy Man cookies? Maybe the Gingerbread variety? If you came to such a party, what would you like to hear about?

Another thing I've always done in the past is a Blog Tour. I'm wondering whether or not to do another one.
I do enjoy doing them and I have had an upturn of sales during and after--but it is really a lot of work. And if I do decide to do one, should I give a prize to the person who comments on the most blogs? In the past, I've given the winner the opportunity to be a character in the next book. Should I do that again?

Giving a way a previous book in the series on the GoodReads site seems to be really popular. I'll probably do that too.

What other things have you heard of that would be good promotion for River Spirits?

I'd love to hear from you.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Free Books in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series

The first three books in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series were published in mass-market paperback, long before the days of print-on-demand. Sadly my publisher died, and I received all the books. In an effort to downsize, I'm giving away copies of these books--I only ask that you send me $3 for postage for one and $6 for two or three.

It's easy enough to do, you can either send me a check to Marilyn Meredith PO Box 526, Springville CA 93265 with which book(s) you want with your name and mailing address, or you can use PayPal:

Book Review: Deadly Omen by Marilyn Meredith
The Madera Tribune
By Lee McKay

A teenage woman is murdered minutes before she is to be crowned Princess of the Pow Wow. The autopsy reveals that she was pregnant.

In this Native American setting, Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy of a small community in the southern Sierras, moves full speed toward finding out who killed the girl, until her sergeant and two detectives from the Dennison sub-station order her out of the investigation.

She becomes the unauthorized sleuth. In the tradition of Miss Marple and Agatha Christie, she returns to the case because she knows the detectives in charge are asking the wrong questions and that the real killer is about to go free.

The story is alive with characters such as wannabe Yanduchi stage mother dressed in moccasins and buckskin, two hormonal young Indian warriors with hidden agendas and a cranky old codger carrying a 45-caliber handgun in the pocket of his coveralls.

Like the intriguing pattern in an Indian basket, suspense is cleverly woven through clearly written scenarios of Native American regalia and traditions into a story that holds the readers attention until the end.

While Deputy Tempe, who is part Yanducchi, is solving crime, she is also learning about her heritage. Newly married to the pastor of the local church, she struggles to find enough time for him and her 18-year-old son.

The author, who lives with her husband in a foothill community much like the small community of Bear Creek, has written 13 novels and makes appearances at many book events. Her website is http//fictionforyou.com/.

After reading Deadly Omen, should you want to re-visit Bear Creek, you can do so in other Tempe Crabtree stories.

Tempe Crabtree’s twin roles of deputy sheriff and wife collide in INTERVENTION, the third book of the mystery series featuring the Native American luw officer. Part Yanduchi and just beginning to learn of her Native American heritage, Tempe knows that her spiritual involvement in that culture may cause disruptions in her marriage.  Her relatively new husband, Hatch, the minister of a local community church, talks her into going to a mountain lodge for the weekend so that they can spend time alone--away from her law-keeping duties and her tribal shaman.

Hutch, who loves his wife--but certainly doesn't understand her job--plans a romantic get-away for the two of them.  He didn't plan on a gaggle of disgruntled, disaffected movie people who all wanted something--and would kill to get it.  He also didn't plan on a howling blizzard, downed power and telephone lines and a corpse that disappeared into the white.

In his zeal to protect his wife, Hutch manages to interfere and intervene in Tempe's sleuthing, plays the "macho" man, and generally gets her dander up. He almost gets her killed.  When the ordeal finally ends and the physical facts of the case sort themselves out, Tempe finds herself confronted by a metaphysical mystery, one which compels her to search further for her own spiritual beliefs.

I don't suppose I need to tell you that I love the Tempe Crabtree books.  The characters are so real, so mixed up, so flawed, and so wonderful, that I find myself wanting so much for Tempe.  I would truly like to introduce her to the world, so if you haven't discovered Marilyn Meredith as an author, you might be cheating yourself out of some great reads.  Yes, she's that good.  The quality doesn't fade as this series progresses, it only grows stronger.”

--Patricia Lucas White for Crescent Blues Book Views.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series
By Marilyn Meredith
Unlike the rest of California, the fictional town of Bear Creek doesn’'t consider marijuana a safe drug. Deputy Tempe Crabtree, the Native American heroine of Marilyn Meredith’’s award-winning mystery series, may be consigned to patrol by her dismissive male counterparts, but she knows the law as well as she knows her pastor husband, Hutch. Or does she?
It seems that while some pot growers insist on stonewalling Tempe, citizens of the small community where she lives and enforces the law insist that Hutch is yet another man of the cloth gone bad. Could gentle, loving Hutch, who disapproves Of Tempe’s association with Native American shamanism, expose himself to schoolchildren? Tempe doesn’t think so, but her son Blair, a hotheaded firefighter, does. More to the point, even her boss suspects Hutch. Where’’s a peace pipe or a rain dance when you need one?
What else could go wrong? One of the marijuana farmers turns up dead, and to top it all off, she’’s actually the missing granddaughter of Tempe’'s friend Joe Seaberry, a retired cop. Did Seventeen Seaberry’s hotheaded, pothead husband kill her, or does Joe know more than he’’s telling? Tempe ponders the unthinkable once again, and though she wants to believe Joe, the case against him is nearly nil, unlike the case against Hutch.
Fortunately, Tempe’’s multiple roles, as Yanduchi-born woman, wife, mother, and deputy, give her multiple insights and eyes as powerful as the owl that foretells death among her people. And as her male chauvinist superiors cavalierly suggest, she has a woman’'s touch when it comes to dealing with wounded spirits. Also, at the end of the day, she has a strong marriage, held together by faith and true love.
Tempe and Hutch create a realistic portrait of an interfaith marriage held together by the values of love, commitment, trust, and sacrifice. Author Marilyn Meredith continues to be a strong voice for the Christian faith as well as for women in fiction, particularly female law enforcement officers rain-dancing as fast as they can to break the glass ceiling. Just say yes to Tempe Crabtree.
MyShelf.Com/Kristin Johnson

If you prefer reading e-books, you can get copies from http://mundaniapress.com/

And you  can also find a copy of Unequally Yoked, both paper and e book there.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Alas, My Camping Days Are Over--But My Memories Are Still Fresh

What brought on this topic, you ask?

This past week our church family, which includes several of my relatives, camped out in the mountains. There are several wonderful campgrounds not too far from where we live--once you've driven the winding road to get there. I know they had a wonderful time.

Was I envious? Of the fellowship and the good food, yes. Of sleeping on the ground in a tent with no shower or real bathroom, absolutely not. No, I'm not above all that--did it plenty years ago. My old bones would rebel--and making numerous trips to an outhouse in the dark in a place inhabited by bears no longer appeals.

Over the years, I've done all sorts of camping.

As a kid, I tent camped with my family three weeks at a time at Bass Lake. The food wasn't wonderful--my dad cooked and he liked to throw everything together in the frying pan. Sometimes it was edible, at others, not so much.

When I was a Camp Fire Girls leader, we tent camped a lot--in the mountains, at the beach, and once I went with another group and camped on Anacapa Island. We had to haul in all of our water. I back packed with my girls through the wilderness of the Sespe. Slept on the ground with no tent. Together we cooked great meals.

As a family, we tent camped a lot. With five kids, that was the only kind of vacation we could afford.

Our biggest adventure was tent camping all the way across the United States and back with three of the five kids. What an experience! And it was a lot of work. We did it in three weeks on $500. (That'll give you an idea of how long ago that was.)

After that, we decided to upgrade and bought a camper. By this time, we only had two kids to take along with us. (The others had grown up and left home.) We traveled along the coast of California and Oregon. Much easier than having to put up a tent every night.

With only one son, we went to Yellowstone and camped in many great spots long the way and back. Again the camper was a lot better than a tent.

Time passed and we sold the camper. We ventured out to other places by plane and stayed in hotels.

When our daughter and son-in-law bought their first motor home--we went with them to Disneyland. They upgraded and bought a snazzier motor home and we traveled with them from Omaha (we'd flown there for a conference) back home. We also went with them to Sedona AZ. And believe me, camping in a motor home is the easiest way to camp.

They've now downgraded a bit to hauling a trailer and they're off on a 7 week trip. (That's something that doesn't appeal to me at all.) I'll be anxious to hear all that transpires and see photos of the places they'll be.

We are still traveling, but mostly fairly close to home and by car. Staying in a nice hotel with a real bed and bathroom with shower is all the camping I want to do these day. 

As time passes, many things change--and this is just one of many.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Monday, August 11, 2014

What's Up Next for Me?

Though I can't really know exactly what's up next, but this month I went to the Nipomo Library and sold and gave away some books. Everything else on my calendar has nothing to do with the book business until September. 

On Wednesday, September 10, I'll be traveling to Burbank where I'll be on a panel about cozies at 7 p.m. at the Buena Vista Library. I've been to that library to do a panel once before and it has a wonderful meeting room. Anyone in that area, do mark your calendar, I'd love to see you.

So what will I be doing the rest of this month? I'll be working on my next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel. It's moving right along and as usual, I'm having fun finding out what is happening with the men and women who serve on the Rocky Bluff Police Department on the job and at home.

I'm also waiting for the edits of my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery which I've titled River Spirits and once again the Hairy Man is playing a substantial role. I don't have any date as to when that is coming out, but I need to start planning what I'm going to do for promotion. Whether or not I'll do another blog tour I'm not sure.

And that's what's going on right now as far as the book side of my life.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

If you aren't caught up with the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Spirit Shapes is the latest.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Jex Malone, A Review

Jex Malone is a YA mystery but a delight for anyone to read.

Jex is spending the summer in Las Vegas with her father who is a police detective and she is not at all happy about it. The prospect of a long, hot and boring summer begins changes drastically when Jex makes friends with three teens in her neighborhood. 

One of the reasons Jex’s parents divorced was because of a case of a missing girl that the detective became obsessed with and could never solve. When Jex and her friends find the case file, they decide to do their own detecting.

Their snooping takes brings an unexpected romance to Jex, and takes all of them on an adventure that could ruin Jex’s relationship with her father and be life-threatening to all of them.

What I liked best about this tale is how realistically the authors depicted the teen characters. Of course they would think they could solve a crime a seasoned police detective couldn’t. And they do, because they are foolishly brave, don’t follow the rules or consider laws, but move forward following erroneous conclusions.

This is a delightful story I would recommend to anyone.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Difference Between Interview and Interrogate

The simple answer is the one being interviewed can leave at any time, when being interrogated, can't leave.

The moderator of this panel was: Pete Klismet.

Panelists: Joe Haggerty, Frank Hickey, Dave Cropp, George Cramer, John Schembra

D. C. The techniques are similar. You interview witnesses. When you focus on a person or a subject, he/she is a person of interest.

J.S. You interrogate a suspect and interview people who can offer information.

P.K. In interview can be done anywhere, and interrogations is usually an effort to get a confession. An interrogation is raised to higher level of intesity.

J.H. Write the person's name done even if they say they saw nothing. When you interview someone on the street it is a conversation with a purpose.

J. S. When taking a statement, record everything in details so what the person said can be brought up in court. Be a good listener, be attentive. Listen to how things are said. Knowing when to clarify.

G.C. You need good salesmanship. Act like you already know what happened. Persistence is important, don't give up. Don't threaten, but remain firm. Be willing to give up your time.

D.C. Think about the attitude you're projecting--we're here to talk. Make sure you have the right person. Ask him to tell his side of the story. Tell why we arrested him. Stick with the word "We." "We need the information."

The person has probably been arrested before. Body language and threats don't work. Never put a hand on someone.

J. H. Be empathetic. The police officer needs to show he cares. In a sexual assault, be sympathetic to the victim. He or she will leave things out.

When interviewing a molester, make it sound like you can understand, you're wanting an admission--admit having a weapon, being in the area. etc.

Control your anger.

Other comments:

Once the person is no longer free to leave, mirandize them.

First 48 hours most important.

Interrogators are very low key.

Use an interpreter if the person speaks a foreign language.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith