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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 the Lunchbox

What does your MC pack for lunch? Though it may not seem to be a BIG or important question about your character, it could be a revealing one. And, at least, it's something fun and different to think about that might spark other ideas.


The best example I can think of where packed lunches reveal characters is the classic movie The Breakfast Club. Five teens are stuck together for a Saturday detention--a simple premise that inspires a funny, but touching look at teen angst and the social hierarchy of high school. If you haven't seen it, you must, must, must. While you're at it, add all of John Hughes' impressive movies to your must-see list. You won't regret it.


But, I digress... back to lunches.


In the movie, each character brings a lunch that reveals a lot about them. Claire's gourmet sushi meal, complete with chopsticks and dipping sauce, looks elegant when juxtaposed with Allison's crushed up cereal sandwich and straws filled with sugar. Nerd, Brian has the perfect Mom-packed lunch while his foil, the bad boy John Bender, doesn't have anything but cigarettes. Andrew, the jock, amuses everyone with his grocery bag lunch, which carries enough food for the entire room--he's in training.


Hungry yet? :)

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You can make little details reveal big things about your characters, too. Here's a list of questions you can ask about your character's lunch habits:


  • What foods does he enjoy?

  • Does he pack it himself?

  • Where does he eat it? At his desk? In the park? In his car? On the roof, staring over the edge? In an alley? In a stairwell? Or the bathroom? Yikes.

  • Does he remember a napkin? Hand sanitizer? Utensils?

  • Does he share his Cheetos with others?

  • Does he hover over it while he eats, like an animal with its prey? Or pick at it like a bird?

  • What does he carry it in?

  • Is he conscious of recycling?

  • What is his main motivation to pack his lunch? To save time? To save money? To have it his way? To spend lunch gossiping in the break room? To have an excuse to sit next to the pretty lady in the park? To get away from his desk?

  • Does he prep it at night or in the morning?

  • What would happen if he forgot it? Lost it? Ruined it somehow?


Yeah, I know. It's such a simple thing. But little details stand out. I remember my Annie lunchbox and the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or chicken noodle soup my Mom packed for me. What about you?


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