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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

Story Prompts: What's Broken?


Recently, our microwave kicked it. It was done. It wasn't popping the corn, warming the oatmeal, or defrosting the meat. Done. Like good little homeowners, we reached out for a repair man. The $1200 name-brand microwave that came with our house wasn’t just broke, but hella broke. Three parts needed replacing. Our microwave wasn’t worth the cost to fix it.


“It’s not just broke. It’s hella broke.” ~ Me, about my microwave, now my dish washer, and sometimes about other stuff, too (myself included)

There’s always something that needs fixing, and not just finicky appliances. For me, I’ve been hit with chips in my parenting, dents in my self-esteem, and the residual breaks of sadness that have worn me out lately. I’m not hella broke in an all-consuming way, but parts of me are in pieces, leaving me weary and searching desperately for Super Glue. Or Gorilla Glue. Duct tape. Or something that I can use to pull everything back together again. I am Humpty Dumpty, lying in pieces.

Broken Sand Dollar

Being hella broke is a human absolute. We'll all experience our Humpty Dumpty moments. So should your characters. When inventing the interesting, complicated, beautiful people that'll crank your storylines into forward motion, it helps to understand:

  • First, how they've been broken before, and what it takes for them to be hella broke.

  • Second, how you're going to mastermind pushing them off the ledge.

  • Third, how to put them back together again.


If you can answer those questions about your MC, you've not only solidified his internal conflicts, but you could have the outline for your entire plot. Seems simple, I know. But it's the foundation of a great story. The bones.


Don't let breaks in your confidence keep you from sharing your great ideas--either in your stories or on this blog! Looking for more ideas? Check out my caffeine-infused brainstorming at www.coffeebrained.com.

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