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

Quick Writing Ideas on Commercials

If your character was in a commercial, what product would he/she/they endorse? I'm not suggesting adding a commercial to your plot (though, of course, you could. It's your story. You can do anything!). Only it might be a fun way to get inside your character's head and learn more about her. Detailing the things they like stands out and makes your prose more interesting.

Robot for Coffee

If I were in a commercial, it'd be for coffee. Duh. This is CoffeeBrained, after all. Coffee pulls me--often kicking and screaming--out of bed in the morning. Sometimes, I think Folgers gets it right--it is the best part of waking up (though I don't drink Folgers). Coffee is a product I'd thoroughly get behind.

...And sticky notes.

...And Sketchers walking shoes.

...And Pilot G2 gel pens.

...And... you get the idea.

These details are more interesting than saying what they reveal: This person likes being caffeinated for writing and walking. Yikes! That sentence is a real snooze-fest.


I recently read a great book called Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. In it, the main character's shopping experiences at Tesco make me want to shop there, too, though I'd never heard of the store before. I could see Eleanor in a Tesco commercial. It's one of those tiny details I'll always remember about the book.


Glam up your writing with character details, like their must-haves. What would your character tell her friends they must have, buy, try? What does that list reveal about the person you're creating? How could you use it in your story?


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