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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

10+ Writing Ideas on Scheduled Events

Okay, so these ideas might sound a little Hallmark-y, but I've been toying with plots centering around recurring events--anything that brings people together repeatedly. Sparking romance is the most obvious outcome of these event-springboards (hence, Hallmark-y), but clearly whatever you write, you make it your own--romance or otherwise. How about a suspenseful obsession story? A great mystery can be inspired, too.


Here's a list of recurring events as a premise for story building:


  • Check-ups, dentist appointments, scheduled routine car maintenance, any appointment that repeats. With my daughter's ortho appointments, I've noticed some of the same people in the waiting room, probably because the pattern of our appointments matched up for a time. It could be a way for people to meet.

  • Hot-tempered competitions, especially anything that keeps going, like regionals, states, nationals... battles, redemptions, championships... Food competitions come to mind (I watch a lot of Food Network)--BBQ battles, Chopped, Cupcake Wars--but those might be too obvious these days. Here's a list of actual food competitions around the country. What about a dog show or beauty pageant?

  • Festivals. We have many of those in the South. Coronavirus aside, during the spring and summer, there's a festival every weekend--Blueberry, Seafood, Azalea, and so on. Here's a list of wacky ones you might consider.

  • Conferences. An annual conference brings people together from all over the country with that profession, hobby, interest in common. With a year between them, much can change, too. Maybe Bob hit the cocktails hard, leading to an embarrassing scene involving pool tools, shrimp, and hotel security at one conference only to turn it all around and achieve MVP at the next.

  • Reunions--high school, college, family all provide innate drama. Unique reunions would be even more interesting. Childhood friends, disbanded clubs, victims and/or survivors of a traumatic event.

  • Campaigns & Elections. Tristan was devastated when his candidate lost the mayoral seat, but the results would be different this time. He'd make sure of it. OR. Serving on the board of elections seemed the perfect way to beef up Jennifer's community service on her resume. It's only one day, after all. How hard could it be? OR. Thomas stared at the threatening letter, unsure what to do. Showing the campaign manager would only put her and everyone else on high alert, forcing them to pull back instead of push forward, which was probably the author's intention. And they were so close. What's one menacing letter to a woman about to be senator?

  • Seasonal work. Christmas, other holidays, summers.

  • Death date in common. A little morbid, perhaps, but losing a loved one on the same day could bring people to the same place year after year.

  • Shooting a TV show that keeps getting picked up season after season despite predictions otherwise or a movie that continues to make sequels could bring the same groups of people together repeatedly (fans or actors or crew). It would also impact a location--like a small town that keeps getting put in the limelight because the show or movie is shot there.

  • Clubs. On my writer's to-do list: A moms' walking club steps out of their routine to investigate the suicide of a park regular. There can be a club for anything, which provides loads of opportunities. Weekly, monthly, quarterly... bring some odd characters together and watch the magic that happens. Oh, could be a magic club.

Another benefit to a scheduled, recurring event serving as a premise for a story is that the timeline is built in. Plotting becomes easier with a framework to build from, slightly easier, at least.

How about you? What recurring events could be the catalyst for your story? Share your ideas below.


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