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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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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 Prompt: Learn a Book

I love this SNL skit featuring Cecily Strong as The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with where she says, "Learn a book!" I often repeat the phrase to my fifteen-year-old daughter when she's bored. Like Cecily's character, my daughter rarely reads anything outside social media.

BUT, maybe your main character does. A person's library reveals a lot about them and what they're interested in, so what's your character reading? Try these quick questions:


  • Is your MC into self-help books? I'm a sucker for self-help books with curse words in the title, and last Christmas, I told myself I wouldn't buy anymore. What about your MC? If she's a sucker for self-improvement like me, what is she trying to improve in her life? Is it working? (Probably not)

  • Does she enjoy other nonfiction? Autobiographies, memoirs, tell-alls? Or is she learning about something, like infectious diseases, How to Read a North Carolina Beach, Investing for Dummies, Eat, Pray, Love.

  • Is fiction her jam? If yes, get as detailed with this as you can. There are so many genres these days: here's an awesome list to choose from. In other words, don't just say she likes romance novels... say she likes sports romances or holiday romances. I know someone *name withheld for obvious reasons* who enjoys dragon and shapeshifter romances. Yikes. Whatever your character reads, make it reflect who she is and what she wants in life.

  • What about magazines? They aren't obsolete yet! Besides, you can read him electronically now. If she has a shorter attention span or prefers pictures to text, she might choose Time or Good Housekeeping over a shapeshifter romance.

  • Go a little strange... maybe she likes reading technical manuals before bed or the police blotter in her local paper... maybe the obituaries.

So, what's on your MC's bedside table or on her bookshelf? What does it tell readers about her?


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