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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

15+ Story Ideas on being Stuck in Place

Mid-pandemic and stuck at home, I'm thinking about stories that revolve around characters forced to stay in one place. A single setting may seem, well, kinda boring, a situation for many of us right now, but it doesn't have to be. Written well, a stuck-in-one-place story can be exciting, dramatic, scary, funny, or whatever you want it to be.


In Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, the children were locked in an attic for over a year as their mother attempted to win her father's love again. Though a large space filled with stuff to play with that they made the best of--which made for fun reading--the attic turned more and more sinister as time went on.


Speaking of sinister, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie corralled a group of strangers in a gorgeous house on a secluded island, where Agatha picks them off one by one.


Along the same vein, the movie Clue--another all-time fav--does the same thing, but with much more humor.


The Breakfast Club--one of my fav stuck-in-one-place stories--brought together five unlikely high school misfits for a full day of Saturday detention.


A book I wrote in high school featured a popular jock and a bullied poor girl getting accidentally locked in an art supply closet overnight. I never really pulled that story off, but it was a fun, romantic concept.

Other stuck-in-one-place places that might make for fun stories:

  • Escape Rooms

  • Elevators

  • Prison/Jail

  • An island, a la And Then There Were None

  • Any type of underground shelter

  • Trains, planes, automobiles

  • Boats, ships, subs

  • A bank or jewelry store... during a robbery or a hostage situation perhaps

  • A hospital or doctor's office

  • Labyrinths, lairs, caves, dungeons, catacombs, corn mazes

  • Stores, malls, schools

  • Museums, art galleries, zoos, aquariums

  • Sky rides--yes, this actually happened to me once; the ride malfunctioned leaving me and my future husband stranded at the highest point for almost an hour. That's when I learned that he was scared of heights

  • Secluded cabins with crazy people, a la Misery

  • Really, anywhere with crazy people, like in a house with your family during a pandemic


Just because we're all temporary stuck doesn't mean your story has to be. How could your MC be stuck-in-place? Share your ideas below and let's start a conversation.


Want more story ideas on COVID-19? Check out my other blogs. Looking for more general writing ideas? Visit www.coffeebrained.com.


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