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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

7 Story Writing Prompts on Bed-Making

Does your character make her bed in the morning?

Maybe it seems like a dumb, unnecessary question... I mean, come on, you can't know EVERYTHING about your character, even if you created her.


To that, I say HOGWASH! Every little thing you know about her contributes to the bigger picture. Besides, whether or not she makes her bed says a lot about her! Geez!


The idea comes to me courtesy of a great book called, ha, you guessed it, Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven. In it, he explains the life lessons he's learned in his military career as a Navy Seal. The first one is to always make your bed because no matter how awful your day will be--and you'll have some very tough ones--returning to a made bed offers a small sense of accomplishment.


P.S. This book makes an excellent gift, so... and I'm not getting paid to say that.


Even before reading the book, I've been a bed-maker since adulthood. I hate the feeling of getting into an unmade bed at night. It makes me feel like I haven't met my most basic daily goals. Plus, an unmade bed feels messy, rumpled, and getting into it isn't as comfortable.


You might think that this pet peeve makes me an uptight perfectionist. There's truth in that. I like things the way I like them and that's it.


What could your MC's bedroom habits say about her? Let's unpack some questions...

  • Does she make her bed?

  • Is her bedding simple or complicated? I have sheets, pillows, and a comforter--simple. Some people like a lot of decorative pillows, bedskirts, matching curtains, etc.

  • If she doesn't bother with the bed but would like to, is it because she's always rushed? Is her unmade bed a symbol for her disorganized life? Is it shameful to her?

  • Or does she refuse to care? Maybe she has more important things in her life to bother with bedding. Or maybe she's too easy going to give herself a hard time about it.

  • What did her parents make her do? Maybe she grew up in a military household and her parents' strictness about bed-making has turned her into a non-bed-maker. Or maybe her household was disorderly, so she made her bed to have control over something.

  • How does she react to visitors who see her bedroom habits?

  • If she makes her bed, does that mean she's a neat-freak? If she doesn't, is she a slob? How does it reflect her attitude toward the rest of her home?

See? It's not such a simple question anymore. Examining your character's small habits adds texture to your story and builds a better relationship with your reader.


Here's more info on the psychological aspects of bed-making, perfect for amping up your character profiles.


Don't lie down on your writing job (get it?)... get to brainstorming, writing, and, sharing your insights below! Check out more of my coffee-fueled brainstorming at www.coffeebrained.com.

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