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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

8+ Writing Ideas on Messy Homes?

A cluttered house is a cluttered mind. Or desk. Or whatever version you’ve heard. When developing characters for your future bestseller, consider how a person’s living environment reflects mental state and the character’s psychology.

1.) A messy, cluttered house could be an act of rebellion (even subconscious) against a parent/guardian who:

a. Used housework as punishment (nod to Cinderella)

b. Had white-gloved expectations and she’s never satisfied *singing Prince’s When Doves Cry*

c. Never let the child get dirty for fear of germs, acid rain, pesticides, ticks, whatever.

d. Had OCD.


2.) Or rebellion against an institution or workplace that enforces rigorous cleaning. Military school. Prison. Hospitals. Doctor’s offices. Laboratories. A cleaning service.


3.) Or a subconscious barrier put up to keep the world out. You can’t have guests if the house is a mess. Hello, self-alienation, loneliness, and social anxiety.


4.) Or, bless this mess! It could reflect a carefree, happy-go-lucky upbringing, an homage to parents who believed there was more to life than doing the dishes.


5.) Or, simply, a clutter-dome for a home could mean someone’s overworked. The character has no time to clean. Logically, the busier we are, the more likely to let some things, like housework, slide.


Time to think crime… yay!


Could a killer be caught simply by the way he keeps his house?


Ah, yeah. Remember Silence of the Lambs? When Agent Starling goes to the home of “Jack Gordan” for some background on Buffalo Bill’s first victim, she doesn’t realize she’s walking into the home of a killer. While the creepy vibe makes her uneasy—it’s not just cluttered, but dark, dreary, and gross—it’s not until she sees the moth land on a spool that she knows he’s the killer. Had he been a better housekeeper and kept better track of his pets, then perhaps Starling wouldn’t have caught on.


Try this... An investigator enters a victim or suspect’s home. What questions arise based on what she finds or how it’s kept? What could be something entirely eerie about it—like family pictures hanging upside down on the walls or a jar of dried worms in the spice rack or a collection of doll heads where the TV should be?


Okay, okay... it doesn't have to be sinister. Many unique house-finds could reveal characters. How about a pencil holder filled with Twizzlers or pretzel sticks? Or more cat furniture than actual furniture? Or stacks of mail with overdue notice stamps on them? You can say a lot about someone looking around their house... with fewer words than explaining.


Oh, here's another one...


What about a conscientious robber? She’s cased a home for weeks, followed the owners, knows their routines. Though she’s never been inside the home, her experience tells her that it’s a goldmine. Only she breaks in to discover the house is a freaking disaster! Junk and clutter everywhere! She can barely move around without stepping on something, let alone finding the good stuff. *This could easily be a comedy* Will the homeowners even notice they’ve been robbed? Or *being sinister music*… what secrets might our robber discover about her targets? And what might they do to her if they come home early?


Da, da, da.


Here's a great article on what your home says about you... some things I hadn't considered.


So, what’s your take on messy abodes? Share your junk drawers and story ideas below!


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