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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

Lightning Quick Writing Ideas

Tubing down the Cape Fear River on a beautiful Saturday promises a fun, relaxing time with family. But real life often breaks promises. Halfway through the slow-paced trek toward the end, clouds form overhead. Rain pelts the water. Thunder echoes and lightning strikes. Closer and closer still. Finally, lightning hits so close to the frightened tubers, the noise rattles their ears and electric shocks ripple through their bodies.


A fun, relaxing float down the river becomes a desperate climb up a muddy, steep riverbank to escape the next bolt and a race through the woods to get to safety again--not exactly the Saturday intended.


Not for us--yes, this really happened--or for the inebriated twenty-somethings whose party was so rudely interrupted. One guy called 9-1-1 when he thought he'd been hit by lightning.


Everything can change in a moment. If your story is floating along in a predictable way, it's time for some lightning bolts. Electrify your plot by giving your characters a hardship to survive. While Mother Nature offers many opportunities, your bolts can come from anywhere. A death in the family. A promotion. A break-in. A murder. A traffic jam. A hurricane (we're about to have one of those in the next twenty-four hours). A betrayal. A pandemic. Anything.


Think lightning bolts. What sudden strikes can you hit your MC with to invigorate your story? What can they survive that will provide depth and meaning to your overall plot? How does your MC react to life's lightning bolts? Does their reaction show strength or weakness?


Share your shocking ideas below! Looking for more quick story ideas? Try www.coffeebrained.com. Let's brainstorm together.

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