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

Fun Gifts for Writers

I can’t believe it, but Christmas is just around the corner, and you may need gifts for the writer in your life. Writers are complicated, considering all that’s going on in our heads (it’s a whacked soap opera carnival on most days), but we enjoy simple things—thoughtful gifts that support our creative endeavors. Writers are on a painstaking journey. Showing love and support is the best gift you can offer.


And positive book reviews...


But here are some cute ideas for holiday gift-giving that you can actually wrap. Oh, do they make bookish wrapping paper? Of course, they do.


The perfect mug.


I daresay most writers are fueled on coffee or tea. I enjoy both. So, mugs are a practical, inexpensive way to please your writer. One might say, “Ah, everyone already has enough mugs” and yes, that may be true. I have loads of mugs, but I’m always on the hunt for my next mug obsession. The one that fits my hand just so, holds my 10 ounces of morning coffee, plus creamer, and makes me smile upon seeing it.


Here are a few gifted gems from my collection. Joe gave me the apple mug about twenty years ago as part of a writer’s gift basket with pens, highlighters, and cute supplies. He scored it from Dollar Tree.



Best Coffee Mugs
The gang's all here...

Here are some adorable options….

Etsy is a great resource for cool writer mugs or any unique gift. Just allow more time for it to arrive.


Amazon.com has hundreds of fun options. Mugs aren't hard to find.


Add a gift of coffee or tea to the special mug you choose for some extra flair.


The perfect notebook.


Writers constantly brainstorm (during conversations, while driving, in the shower). Ideas are often lost if they’re not written down. Writers need notebooks. I carry one in my purse and keep them everywhere in the house. Even with the ease of computers, I find myself jotting things down and filling up spiral notebooks. Cutesy notebooks are easy to find. I get mine from Five Below because they’re cheap and have hard covers. And they're lovely, I think.


Five Below Notebooks for Writers

Um, I may be addicted.


Here's my writerly oasis (on a good day). How many notebooks do you see?


A Writer's Desk

I see eight, if you're counting... not including the planner. But there are a hundred more in the drawers and shelves.


A more discreet, scholarly writer might prefer Moleskins. These are a bit pricey but so well-made that it’s worth the extra money. They come in various sizes and colors.


To save more trees, your writer might love a Rocketbook. It’s a reusable notebook, and you can save your Rocketbook notes electronically with its app. It’s easy to use, and your writer will no longer worry about losing those brilliant ideas in the land of lost notes. Each plastic page washes off with a damp towel. It requires Erasable Pilot Frixion pens or markers, but they are easy to find and inexpensive. So, if you choose this for your writer, then make it a bundle and gift the pens and markers, too. Rocketbook offers notebooks of different sizes and colors, planners, and index cards.


Here are some other lovely options…

And, of course, gift your notebook with good pens. My favorites are Pentel Energels or Pilot G2s. These pens write well without breaking the budget.


The perfect books to inspire the muse.


This option may require some thought and perhaps nosing around in your writer’s bookshelves, but it’s worth the snooping. See what your writer is into and find related books to enhance their collection.


If your writer pens mysteries, like me, then buy them books on forensics, criminal behavior, police procedures, and true crime. I’m a sucker for books about the beach and ocean because those facts often feature in my Delilah Duffy series. I’m also excited for reboots of classics, like this new Miss Marple Mystery Collection written by twelve great writers.



Cat with books
Jimothy checks out some of my resource books.

Surely, you’ve read your writer’s work. Right? What books might inspire her ideas?


You’ll find a myriad of helpful books for any genre by simply searching for “How to write (insert genre).” Choose the highest-rated ones that your writer doesn’t already have.


All writers can use books on the craft, like Stephen King’s On Writing and The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Here’s a more comprehensive list, and yes, some of these will be going on my Amazon wish list.


Recent bestsellers in your writer’s genre are excellent gift ideas, too, especially if you say, “Your book will make the bestseller’s list one day” when you hand it over (or something equally sweet). Reading bestsellers is research into what readers enjoy.


Also, an Amazon gift card for books works—who doesn’t like a book shopping spree? But writers also love browsing quaint, local bookstores. A gift card to one near her will give her a fun outing along with the books she buys. Here’s where you can find them.


The perfect desk toys.


Writers spend an exorbitant amount of time at their desks, toiling away at their masterpieces. It should be a fun, inspiring place, lightly decorated with supportive reminders that they’re people rooting for us. Small framed pics are a great idea and easy to do. Here are other gifts that have brightened my workdays.


Desk Toys


The three-wick candle is from Bath & Body Works. Paris Café is my favorite desk scent, but they have boo-coos to choose from, including ones for energy or stress relief.


Groot and the sand dollar wine glass turned pen holder came from my son—Groot from Amazon, and the wine glass was hand-painted at one of those paint-on-pottery places. The paperclip dishes are also handmade, one by my daughter and the other from a farmer’s market. Little dishes and pottery knick-knacks like these are easy to find at local craft shows.


Fun desk toys are easy to find at your local GameStop, Target in the electronics or books sections or online at Amazon. Book lights and bookmarks are fabulous, too.


Here are some other cool desk trinkets…




The perfect t-shirt.


Writer-swag doesn’t get enough credit. I have only two writerly t-shirts. One says, “You’re never alone when you have a good book.” I love it, but it kinda sounds sad. The other one is Jane Austen’s profile with words from Pride and Prejudice etched in. No one gets what it is. Which is kinda sad, too.


Check out these options on Amazon. My favorites are Plotting a Murder and Get Lit. My Weekend is all Booked and Just One More Chapter are cute, too.


Amazon also has a Book Merch section because, well, of course, they do. My fav is the No Shelf Control hoodie because I love a good pun.


The perfect subscription.


For the gift that keeps on giving, try a subscription. Kindle Unlimited or Audible are useful choices for your writer.


What network, channel, or streaming service would most likely bring your writer's work to the screen? A subscription to that network or streaming service might make a thoughtful gift. Whenever I watch mysteries on Britbox or Acorn, I consider it research.


Monthly subscription boxes are also a fun choice to give your writer extra pampering. Try these made specifically for writers.


Solve-at-home mystery boxes could provide your writer with a brainy diversion. I’m keen to try the Sherlock Holmes one myself. Wish they made one with actual cold cases to see if the average person could unlock a clue... hmm.



The perfect escape.


Sometimes your writer needs to step away from the computer, so give your writer an excursion.


Let your writer create her own desk toy or fancy pen holder by visiting a paint-on-pottery store--it may be called something else where you live, so do a search. You don't have to be an artist to create something lovely, and painting your masterpiece is meditative, the perfect break from the keyboard.


Mystery writers might like your local escape rooms or niche museum, like The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA.


Horror buffs might like odd-ball museums or haunted tours. We’ve enjoyed our visits to our local Museum of the Bizarre in Wilmington, NC.


Romantics love beautiful gardens, beaches, and art museums. I love long walks at Arlie Gardens or The Arboretum near Wrightsville. Visits to my local parks have inspired many (murderous) ideas. Check out what's close to your writer.


Fantasy and sci-fi writers might like the nearest science museum, war museum, or aquarium, like our favorite at Fort Fisher where you can see story-inspiring creatures like these...




You never know where ideas might come from, so don’t stick to one genre. Any excursion could lead to good writing material.


But if your writer prefers to be a homebody, encourage a mental break with gifts like these.



Gifts like these stimulate the brain in new ways and relieve stress. Creating imaginary worlds and characters proves an even tougher challenge when a writer’s mind is overburdened. These meditative gifts might help.


The perfect gift idea.


Combine all these ideas into one mega-basket and give your writer some of everything.


For other ideas on essential tools for writers, check out my blog.


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Whew! This may be my most linked article yet with over 60 clicks! Soon, I'll celebrate another milestone... MY HUNDREDTH BLOG! Any ideas on how I should celebrate?


What writerly gift ideas do you have? Share below. I’ll gratefully accept any ideas for writer spouses, as they need the love, too.


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