A BookFunnel Promo

The Ins and Outs of a Promo

I’ve nev­er before joined a Book­Fun­nel Pro­mo, in fact, I think they are rather new. This one runs from Octo­ber 1 — 7, 2019, and is for cozy para­nor­mal mys­ter­ies. Hey, I can do that. I have a cou­ple of books with ghosts and one with an imag­i­nary cat. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there are only eight books signed up, so it prob­a­bly won’t be a big suc­cess. (Just how much can you make off of a 99 cent book? Some are even free.) But it does­n’t cost a cent (oth­er than the annu­al amount to use Book­Fun­nel). And, I get to play with canva.com to make a visu­al. Which I did, as you see above.

The title of the pro­mo is Witch­es and Wolves, but there are no books includ­ed with wolves. There’s a haunt­ed ship, a dog that sees ghosts, a psy­chic cat, and a col­lec­tion of both witch­es and ghosts. Oh, yes, if you want to take a look, here’s the link to these cozy mys­ter­ies.

I like to write my blogs for read­ers, but some­times I include some­thing for writ­ers. Okay, this could be con­sid­ered for both audi­ences, right? Tomor­row is my day to pro­mote this to my newslet­ter. (That’s for read­ers.) I’ll do the wrap-up after this is over. (That’s for the writ­ers.)

I’d love to hear any com­ment about my blog, or my stu­pen­dous, won­der­ful, took me all of 15 min­utes to make visu­al. Okay, it was fun, any­way!

Cozy Mystery Day

It’s Agatha Christie’s Birthday — Let’s Celebrate International Cozy Mystery Day

Did you know Sep­tem­ber 15 is Agatha Christie’s birth­day? Since Dame Christie’s mys­ter­ies start­ed the mys­tery genre now known as cozies, both Eng­land and the Unit­ed States cel­e­brate today as Inter­na­tion­al Cozy Mys­tery Day. Offi­cial­ly, cozies are all about mur­der in a small com­mu­ni­ty that is solved by some­one oth­er than the police. (Ama­teur detec­tive, please step for­ward!)

Eng­lish cozies can be quite man­ner­ly, with Lords and Ladies. Amer­i­can cozies often involved dogs or cats, and espe­cial­ly food, or a small shop that sells a vari­ety of things.

Cozy com­mu­ni­ties come in all vari­eties: small towns, fish­ing vil­lages, farm com­mu­ni­ties, the sea shore, and even aboard ship. The time zone may cer­tain­ly be cur­rent, but many cozies are set in the past. Some are even set in the future. There might be ghosts involved, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, or aliens, and even romance. Hol­i­days bring out a new batch of titles. (Noth­ing quite like a lit­tle mur­der for Hal­loween, right?) In fact, any­thing or any­one can be includ­ed in a cozy — except a tru­ly grue­some killing, a world-wide threat, or a pro­fes­sion­al crime solver!

I’ve illus­trat­ed a bit of vari­ety with twelve cov­ers. A cou­ple of authors answered when I asked for vol­un­teers. Some, I select­ed from a Gup­py post. (Gup­pies are Sis­ters in Crime mem­bers.) I’ve read some of the books myself. And, oth­ers I just hap­pened to have the cov­er copied to my can­va dot come file. (Made it easy.) Some of the titles are quite old, some brand new. (I’m enclos­ing the Kin­dle links I find at Ama­zon — one is only avail­able in print.)

What cozy do you love the most? Do you have a cozy series you can’t get enough of? One of my favorites is the series that includes Click Here For Murder by Don­na Andrews. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I must be in the minor­i­ty, as her pub­lish­er only want­ed four of them. There def­i­nite­ly was an over­all ongo­ing plot that nev­er hap­pened. (Oh, and the fact that the alpha­bet now ends at Y. But that one is under­stand­able.)

Death By Dis­ser­ta­tionChrist­mas Cocoa Mur­derDown in FlamesPor­trait of a Dead GuyClick Here for Mur­derCliff Hang­erA Souf­fle of Sus­pi­cionJudge Thee NotThe Fam­i­ly WayStran­gled Eggs and HamPlay It Again, SpamFat Cat at Large