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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

15+ Writing Ideas on Giving Characters Security "Blankets"

One of my siblings *identity withheld for obvious reasons* carried a security blanket for more years than even Linus on Charlie Brown. Eventually, the blanket simply disintegrated from overuse, breaking into shreds until disappearing altogether. Even now though, blankets are a cornerstone of this person’s décor and comfort.


My mom’s comfort thing was flashlights. She bought them in bulk. Every drawer, tabletop, purse, car, and bedside had one and she could whip one out quicker than a gun out of holster.


We all have our things, don’t we? Things we carry. Things we check. Things we feel lost without.


Phones are an obvious choice these days, but for character development, think outside the tech boxes for other types of “security blankets.” Here are some writing ideas to get you started on thinking about character comforts:


Brownie the Dog
  • Pets—a popular but appropriate choice and, bonus, it seems like you can take them practically everywhere these days, support animal or not

  • Planners, address books, schedules, itineraries

  • Plants—I talk to mine, don’t you?

  • CBD Oil, gummies, teas—very trendy nowadays

  • Luck charms—rabbit’s feet, dreamcatchers, religious symbols, jewelry

  • Essential oils—sprays, candles, infused jewelry, lotions, plug-ins, diffusers

  • Notebooks & pens *raising my hand*

  • Chewing gum, Chewing tobacco, toothpicks

  • Wallet, purse, backpack, fanny pack, messenger bag

  • Favorite sweatshirt, ratty college t-shirt, bathrobe, PJs, fuzzy bunny slippers

  • Chocolate or any comfort foods

  • Music—Alexa, play a Post Malone station

  • Lip balm, Strawberry Chapstick, fire engine red lip stain

  • Umbrella—a la Father Brown

  • Teddy bears, dolls, puppets, ventriloquist dummy


What could your character rely on for peace of mind? And what could that thing reveal about him? Share your comforting comfort objects below! Let's brainstorm together!


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