My Books

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

Expand Your Entertainment for Writing Prompts

If you're looking for ideas to start or supercharge your story, then read, watch, or listen to something you wouldn't normally enjoy. Or maybe something you'd never, ever, ever pick.


I know, I know. We all have our comforts in entertainment. Mysteries are my go-to in books, shows, and movies. We love our genre-comfort-blankets.


BUT SNAP OUT OF IT. When we're stuck, searching for THE idea that'll get us started or transform our tangled ramblings into something cohesive, inspiration can spring from the most unusual places. Branching out with your entertainment creates a mental mood for new ideas.


For example...


I generally HATE reality shows. Ugh. But as a joke, really, and for lack of anything new and interesting to watch (Thank you, Covid-19), I started season nine of Married at First Sight on Netflix. I cringe, telling you that. The only reason I picked it was because the season took place in Charlotte, NC--close to home. If nothing else, I thought I might enjoy the familiar scenery.


Well, we got hooked. You can learn a lot about people (and your characters) from watching reality shows. I not only enjoyed the different personality types, but also how they meshed together. Conflict. Romance. Drama. Comedy. There were all those things--all ingredients for a good story, too.


So, it also gave me story ideas (of course, right?).


  • Like, a story about a reality TV star who must reassimilate into the real world after humiliating himself on TV.

  • Or like, a couple finding love on TV only for it to vanish when the cameras are off.

  • Or like, the reality TV asshole who ruins any chance for love, respect, and happiness because, well, everyone knows he's an asshole.

  • Or like, a story about how putting oneself in the spotlight could draw both good and bad attention. An obsessed fan. An old boyfriend/girlfriend. An applicant who didn't make the cut. There are soooo many ways reality TV could turn into a real-life mystery or horror show or murder.

  • Or perhaps, like a reality show's consulting psychiatrist who breaks all the rules by falling in love with a contestant. Or stalking. Or murdering.

Geez, these ideas are sounding more and more like Lifetime movies... which is fine. *shrug*


Even if you can't get a full-fledged plot out of it, you can at least get a few lessons on human nature, even the made-for-TV version, to develop your own characters.


Or you can step out of your genre-boxes to experience something abnormal for you. If you typically like romances, read a sci-fi. If you generally don't get into educational TV, watch a documentary. If you usually don't read scary stories, try some Stephen King (that's me right now, and I'm enjoying him). Get out of your genre-comfort-zone to inspire new thoughts and ideas for your stories and characters.


What are you watching, reading, or listening to that's inspired new ideas? Please, tell me! Need good entertainment. Yikes!


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