My Books

Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first 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

Writing Ideas on Characters & Horses

Horses are a lot like people. As my daughter advances in her love of all-things-equestrian, I’ve become fascinated by the many horse-personalities we’ve encountered. From our experiences, we’ve found horses to be:

  • Stubborn, especially when asked to do work they don't want to do

  • Sweet, most of the time, considering what's asked of them

  • Easily bribed with treats; Horses love peppermints! Who knew?

  • Tantrum-prone

  • Intelligent and sensitive to their environments. They notice everything.

  • Scared, often way-too-easily. Anything out of place, say a rope draped over a fence, can spook the hell out of a horse.

Funny Horses
  • Anxious, especially around crowds or unfamiliar places

  • Social, sometimes breaking out of their pens to be with their significant others

  • Vocal, especially with each other. Wish I knew what they were saying.

  • Mischievous—the first thing they do after a bath is roll around in the mud.

  • Oh, and they're funny, too.

Here's a great article on interesting horse personalities... I'm not the only one who enjoys a little animal/people psychology. *smirk

If you're struggling to capture your character's vibe, try assigning him a spirit animal, like a horse.

Stories featuring animals are popular, but usually dogs and cats make the page and screen the most, sometimes driving the stories themselves.

Have horses been left behind?

What about birds? Hamsters? Bunnies? Goldfish? Turtles?

It’s something to think about when creating characters. Pets reveal a lot about their owners. We all have predetermined expectations in regard to cat or dog people. What about horse people?

A horse owner doesn’t mind mud on her boots. There’s no quick walk around the block for her—no. Cleaning, brushing, tacking up, it all takes time. Horse owners love to ride; it’s like having fun with a friend. Horse owners muck out stalls, shovel manure, and go home dirty. Strangely happy, too.

Besides, horses are just damn cool. They're huge and beautiful; fast and powerful; they can jump over fences and transport, well, anything, and go to war and do tricks and grow wings and horns and... you get the idea.

Lately, I’ve wanted to pen a horse story. I imagine a middle-aged woman who’s spent the last few years caring for her ailing mother full-time. When the mother passes, she doesn’t know what to do with her life anymore. She remembers her mother’s love for horses and decides to learn how to ride.

** UPDATE: Rough Draft done. Working on the rewrite. The first of many, I'm sure. A writer's work is never done. *Smirk*

In my coming-of-middle-age story, the MC has to reinvent herself and her horse helps her do that. A young adult version of this could be awesome, too. Maybe a teen gets into trouble and is sentenced to community service on a horse farm. Angry and overwhelmed at first, the teen comes to change his or her perspective on life along with learning new skills.

Another fun idea—a story about the adventures of a mounted policeman and his horse—told from either POV. A mystery? A comedy? Both?

Edging into the darker side… *grin*

Midsomer Murders—one of my favorite British crime shows—has a murder-by-horse. The killer knocks the victim out, puts him in a stall with a horse, and then shoots a gun, spooking the horse into rearing up on his hind legs and crushing the unconscious victim. Elaborate, but creative.

Other sinister idea-nuggets…

  • Crimes are often solved by cat and dog hair. Horsehair could be a new twist on an old standard.

  • A bridle or lead rope could be used as a choking device.

  • Spur markings on a body could make for an interesting clue.

  • A horse could be instigated to kick someone walking behind it; such a kick could easily be deadly.

  • A horse could be used as unconventional transportation through the woods to and from a crime scene, especially in the country.

Maybe my coming-of-middle-age story will have to be a mystery….

So, it’s your turn for horseplay. What’re your thoughts on animals as props, characters, POVs? Share your awesome animal ideas below!

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