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Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first love...how about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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My Vella Story

Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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  • Jessica Sherry

10 Ideas for Character Development & Writing Prompts Inspired by Childhood

To help in character development and your story in general, consider childhood. A person's beliefs about themselves grow from childhood experiences. Even setting aside life-altering events, there's value in the small things. How a character plays, for example, can reveal a lot about who he is.


Growing up, I had many sleepovers, but two stand out. First, the night Carrie and I made a Polly Pocket water globe in a Pepsi bottle. And second, the night Rachel and I found a poster-sized piece of cardboard and constructed a collage of things we liked from magazines, things we hoped to have someday (I realize now, this was a vision board, but I didn’t know that then). Using our imaginations produced something really, really cool. Not only did we fill the time, but we made memories together.


Here's our teenaged vision board, recently salvaged from my childhood home.



In Rachel's defense, I believe I was the boy-crazy one. :)


These memories serve to inspire writing prompts. The more we know our characters, the better we can push them forward, even if our plot has little or nothing to do with their childhoods.

  • A vision board could spark ideas about your main characters. What would you clip and paste to represent who your character is and what she wants?

  • Did your story's main character create things as a child? If so, what? Did that object become trash or treasure?

  • Was she big on toys or more interested in the boxes they came in? What did she play with most?

  • Did your character host or attend sleepovers? What's her best and worst sleepover-related memories?

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” ~ Thomas Edison, inventor

 Of course, the man who invented the lightbulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture (just to name a few) probably wouldn’t have thought much of our water globe and collage, but two friends creating something out of trash, I think Edison would agree that’s an evening well-spent. 

  • Is your character a screen-fiend? Or does she prefer turning the pages of a book or taking a walk to trolling Facebook?

  • What would she do with a pile of junk?

A night spent creating anything yields a better payoff than one spent in front of the TV or phone or computer or whatever. Putting the screens away leads to sparking creativity and engaging our imaginations--a good reminder for us writers and for our characters. Just don't put your screen away until you spend some quality time on my blog. *smirk.

  • Has your character ever created something out of nothing?

  • Is she creative, or does she struggle to think outside the box? How does this personality trait impact her life?

  • What's something your main character would invent to make her life easier?

  • What's an invention she couldn't live without... perhaps something created by Edison?

Come up with some spectacular ideas to drive your story forward. Join (or start) the conversation below...I'm here. Waiting. Also, check out more story writing prompts on my blog: www.coffeebrained.com.



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