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

10+ Winning Writing Ideas

Good things do happen. Yes, even to you and me. Not as often as we’d like, surely. But, they DO happen, and most of us out there must believe that, or else we wouldn’t have been waiting in the long lines to buy lottery tickets the other day.

The MegaMillions drawing had reached $1.6 billion--the biggest amount in lottery history--and for a chance, however small, people flocked to convenience stores for tickets.

Conversations around dinner tables were of the what-would-you-do-with-that-kind-of-money variety.

“My own writer’s retreat with an ocean view, cushy chairs, a robot-like assistant and, of course, an endless supply of sticky notes, fun stationary, and good pens… ah!” ~ Me, on what I’d do with the money, for starters. 

Everyone was talking about it. People were excited and ever hopeful. Good things do happen. Why not to me?

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And for someone in South Carolina--it did.

Good things can even happen to your characters. It can't be all murder and mayhem and bad dates and awful bosses, right?

Have you created awesome characters but don't know what to do with them? Overloading them with troubles is the usual kickstart to a story, but what if something really great happens instead? And that good thing causes the conflict?

The lottery craziness reminded me of an old movie--It Could Happen to You--starring Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda. In it, Cage’s character doesn’t have enough money to leave his waitress, Bridget Fonda, a tip, so he promises her half the winnings of a lottery ticket instead--a situation that actually happened in real life in New York. Cage wins $4 million, and keeps his word, splitting the prize with the waitress, no matter the trouble it causes. Yeah, his wife was pissed.

Anyway, the point is, good things do happen – even to down-on-her-luck waitresses who didn’t even buy a ticket.

A big win could be the thing that propels the MC into greater conflict. Any great prize comes with its own set of problems. Course, the stroke of good luck doesn't have to be the lottery. There are many things your character could win that would upend his life.

Here are 10+ "Winning" Writing Ideas to Prompt your Story:

Winning the HGTV Dream Home--I get obsessed with this every year. ...Only it's in another state, somewhere your MC has always dreamed of living, and everyone wants him to take the cash, including his wife. But...

An unexpected inheritance. A plotting favorite of Agatha Christie and perhaps many stories of that time, people's wills have inspired many murders. But it doesn't have to be the inheritance of an estate, title, or millions of dollars. What about inheriting a library? A strange collection? A family secret?

Getting away with a crime could be considered winning... a high-tech hacking robbery, a revenge plot, a gambling con. What if your MC is a successful villain, winning at crime until...

A new car--the Griswolds won four in Vegas Vacation. To most people, owning a car isn't a big deal. I've had one since I was seventeen. Living in a rural area growing up, a car was necessary to work or do anything, since no buses or cabs would come out that far. What freedom might winning a car represent for your MC? And what might the win pull him away from?

A political office. Winning an election means a new job and that's always bound to cause conflict, even if it's what the MC wanted. And the win doesn't have to be an obvious one like Mayor or Governor. There are many, smaller roles your MC could win. Start here for an office suitable for your MC in your story's setting.

A game show--Check out the episode of The IT Crowd where Morris Moss wins a game show. Hysterical. He did it just for street cred. But the winnings could be anything. The Griswolds won the trip of a lifetime in European Vacation. What about winning a lifetime supply of ______ (the second place prize) and then there's a worldwide shortage of it?


A spot on a reality show--there are soooo many of these now... take your pick! From dating to dancing to survival to cooking, there's a reason the entertainment industry keeps coming up with new ones--we love watching people win (and fail miserably). What's your MC so good at he could be featured in a reality show?

A major sporting event. For this, I think of Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction, promising to take the fall in a fight, but winning anyway. That's a win with consequences. How might an athlete's win inspire dire outcomes?

A spelling bee, debate, cheerleading competition, scholarship, singing competition, dinner with a celebrity, date via charity auction. Any of these wins could be the inciting incident that springboards your character to action... or despair if it's not all that she imagined it'd be.

A local prize from the radio station... free plastic surgery, braces, backstage passes, a chance to be a deejay, or meet the town's most famous person. Could someone's 15 minutes in the limelight bring about her undoing? Could it propel them into a new, better life?

What could your MC win? What problems could arise from it? What might your MC obsess over? Share your winning insights below!

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