National Coloring Book Day 2018

Well, I almost did it again. I almost missed celebrating National Coloring Book Day–which would have meant a post for tomorrow instead with a few mea culpas to type. But this year, I made it! Well, by evening across North America anyway (if you’re already at tomorrow on your calendar, I apologize, as usual). But if you love to color with crayons or pencils or paints or pens…Today’s the Day. And besides my own page full of Free and Downloadable Coloring Pages at   https://ritterames.com/coloring-pages-to-download/  where you can always find famous cities, landmarks, and art-themed coloring pages, if you want more here are some other free coloring options I’ve noticed recently:

If you’re planning a coloring party today or in the future, get ideas and want to find links to clickable downloadable monthly coloring page samples, check out —

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-coloring-book-day-august-2/

 

And if you’d like downloadable coloring pages, puzzles and book excerpts to fuel your creativity, check out this page —   http://www.doverpublications.com/ds014/index.html

 

This free downloadable mini-coloring book is available through August —   http://www.coloringbookday.com/

 

A free 26-page downloadable coloring book showing current and historical landmarks in Oklahoma is at  —   https://okcfox.com/news/local/okc-releases-sketches-of-landmarks-and-neighborhoods-for-national-coloring-book-day

 

A couple of free Texas-themed coloring options are at   https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/celebrate-national-coloring-book-day-with-cbs19/501-579643940

Happy coloring, everyone!  

Is There a Signed Book in Your Future?

Happy Thursday, everyone! No better way to spend a Thursday than telling my readers that Dru’s Book Musing interviewed Laurel Beacham today over on the blog. Fun stuff! And Laurel kept back nothing!

To top that, one lucky commenter on the blog will win a Signed Copy of BRONZED BETRAYALS too.

So if you want a chance at a signed copy of the book, be sure to CLICK HERE to get to the Dru’s Book Musing blog. Leave a comment, and you could be the winner of the latest in the Bodies of Art Mysteries. Good Luck!

What’s New and Free Wednesday?

I realize it’s been a while since this blog has posted one of the Wednesday info blasts for new and free. It’s not from lack of trying, but rather from an extraordinarily challenging year that has seemed to derail my writing projects with a kind of focused consistency of a toddler walking through a shop filled with crystal.

Organized for Labor Day Foul PlayI’ll switch things up a little and start with What’s Free.  For anyone who hasn’t read the summer Organized Mystery short story “Organized for Labor Day Foul Play,” that was available for a short time in ebook, and later as a quick fun giveaway here on my blog, it’s available free again right now on Wattpad at  https://www.wattpad.com/story/118778329-organized-for-labor-day-foul-play?   You will have to be signed up to Wattpad, but membership is free and the story read is free. I’ll only have it available there a few more weeks, so don’t miss it.

Not free, but definitely a great bargain — a Halloween mystery short in the Organized Mysteries series is also included in the Midnight Mysteries cozy Halloween anthology we released for only a few months last fall during the trick-or-treat season. We’d all planned to use the stories later for our own individual marketing efforts, but we had so many fans ask us to put the anthology up again that we’ve put it back on sale at all booksellers in all eformats for another short run.  And it’s even available this time to libraries on Overdrive. So please feel free to ask your favorite librarian to order it. If you’d like more information on the nine cozy mysteries in this anthology, look to the preview post I added to this blog last fall at  https://ritterames.com/2016/09/02/friday-preview-midnight-mysteries/ . And if you missed your chance to get a copy of this 400 page anthology, or know someone who wanted one of their own, here’s a second–and probably last–opportunity. It will be available until the first week in November, then it will likely be gone for good.

And we’ll finish this Wednesday post off with what is new and in preorder at the moment. With all those challenges Life has been flinging my way over the past year or so, ORGANIZED FOR SCHEDULED SABOTAGE stayed in limbo all summer. I apologize to everyone who’s been waiting for this newest adventure for Kate & Meg. However, it’s just been set up for preorder and specially priced right now at only $1.99 until release day (then it goes up to full price). So if you have friends you know like this series of cozy mysteries, please feel free to share the news while the sale price is available. The Amazon buy link is live now, but the other booksellers will have the book up for preorder soon. http://smarturl.it/O4SSamz

I’ll try to start posting regularly again about What’s New and Free on Wednesdays. Hope you’re keeping cool this summer and finding lots of great books to read and reread!

Good Day for a Giveaway Hop!

It’s summertime around my house and the living is HOT! And the temps are even higher where my publisher, Henery Press, offices. So, to take everyone’s minds off the thermostat, how about another Giveaway Hop — this time with a summer theme. Really easy to participate, just go to my FB Author page and look for the post pinned to the top of the page that also includes this picture. Entering is easy, but there are some instructions, so read them thoroughly, then do what they say. After you’re entered for my giveaway, click the link in the post for the next author stop and hop on over there 🙂 Good luck, everyone! Here’s the link to enter on  My Facebook Page .

Freebie Friday — Travel Accessories for the Literate Traveler

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned a new group of authors I’d joined up with–The Passport Ready Writers-Readers Group–a group of authors who write mysteries that are set in far flung locales and readers who enjoyed these kinds of mysteries. Well, yesterday was the official launch date for the Facebook group, and what’s more fun than starting things off with a contest? Right?

I thought so too.

So, for that reason, I’ve posted a fun contest and prize, with the entry requirements easily found at the top of the group page. The post is pinned at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/PassportReadyWritersReaders/

All you have to do to enter is be a member of the Facebook group and tell an item you always take along when you travel.

And what is the potential prize, you ask? How about a brand new Bodies of Art Mystery canvas tote to help carry around all that stuff we actually take along whenever we go anywhere. Yeah, I know you do it too. Something big and roomy that looks like this–

If you’re interested, get over and enter. The winner’s name will be drawn tomorrow afternoon–June 3rd–when my neighbor’s grandkid comes by my house to pick a name from the ones collected by that point in the tote. Hurry and Good Luck!

Happy Travels 🙂

 

What’s New and Free Wednesday–Another Big Giveaway Edition

Would you like to win a new Kindle Fire & 32 ebooks from mystery authors writing Amateur Sleuth mysteries? Then head over to the Henery Press website & enter the giveaway for a Fire & all of the titles shown in the group graphic at the end of this post. Do it now–contest ends soon!

Here’s the link: http://www.henerypress.com/bookmarkit

This contest is only open one week (ends April 11th), so don’t miss out! There will be six (6) winners in all — one (1) Grand Prize winner of the Fire and all 32 ebooks, one (1) First Prize winner of all 32 ebooks, & four (4) Second Prize winners who receive eight (8) ebooks. To see all the titles, check out the group graphic below.

 

Weekend Excerpt Available for Fun Fast Mystery Reading

I’ve been talking a little lately about FATAL FORGERIES, book #4 in the Bodies of Art Mystery series. And for anyone who hasn’t yet had the chance to start the series–so you’ll be ready for the June release–Henery Press is running COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES on sale this weekend only for 99¢

Is that good timing or what?

But if you want to test drive the book before you buy the bargain, Kindle Nation Daily was nice enough to provide an excerpt today. Just click this link– KND Early Chapters Excerpt of COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES

But if you’re rather simply buy, go to my Where To Buy My Books page, and find all the buy links for COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES at all the different booksellers. Links for FATAL FORGERIES and the rest of my books are on that same page.

Happy Reading this Weekend!

 

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March Books, News, and Giveaway!

Happy Spring, Everyone! And with spring comes new events and fun news for readers–at least that’s what happens in my house 🙂 It’s been a busy month, and time to announce all the great news.

First Up, Here’s a Terrific Contest to Enter—but it Ends Soon!

If you’re one of my newsletter subscribers or follow my author page on Facebook, then you already know my publisher, Henery Press, has begun a new giveaway program they are running with me and more than 30 other authors. But I wanted to talk about it now so everyone else knows too. Entering means you’ll received the authors’ newsletters, but you can unsubscribe later if you aren’t interested in all the authors—there will be an unsubscribe link at the end of any newsletter you receive. Tomorrow is the deadline for entry, and there are 6 reading related prizes offered—1 Grand Prize, 1 First Prize, and 4 Second Prizes. These pictures give more details. The giveaway ends on Tuesday, so check it out if you want to enter. Here’s the link with a bigger pic of all the books and all the details: http://henery.pagecloud.com/bookmarkit

Next, I’m Finishing One Project and Jumping Back Into Another

I’m celebrating the end of final proofreads on FATAL FORGERIES. While the book is currently available in preorder, yesterday it broke the top 100 in the International Mystery & Crime category on Amazon. YAY! If you’re one of the readers who’ve already preordered this title, Thank You So Much, and for being a part of getting these book sales started so well. I truly appreciate all the help. Also, the wonderful Girl With Book Lungs Blog posted everyone an exclusive excerpt from FATAL FORGERIES last week that offered the first scene in the book. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, here’s the link to check it out now–

Exclusive Excerpt from Fatal Forgeries by Ritter Ames

And for All the Organized Mysteries Fans

Starting next week, I’m completing final edits/proofing on the next Organized Mystery—ORGANIZED FOR SCHEDULED SABOTAGE. I’ll send out more info on that title soon, but Kate & Meg have their hands full when they sign on to help a calendar author get organized for a publisher’s photo shoot for her next edition. I have the designer working on the final cover now, and it will be available in preorder next month and will be released in May.

 

 

What’s New and Free Wednesday–Giveaway Edition!

WN&FWMy posts have been on the lean side lately, I know, but I’m rounding the editing bend on the next to the last set of proof pages for FATAL FORGERIES. I received my cover last week, too, and will share it soon–probably around the time preorders go live in March (yes, March is almost here–unbelieveable). But in the meantime, I scooped up links for some freebies by my author friends, and have a giveaway of my own today (My giveaway at the end, so be sure to check it out and enter, or please tell all your friends if you already have a copy).

Ready? Here goes–

First up is one of my all-time favorite cozy series is Michele Scott’s Wine Lovers Mysteries series, which is set in Napa Valley and features Nikki Sands. The covers have been updated, and the first book in the series is free right now on Amazon. Grab it and see if you don’t like it as well. Just click the Murder Uncorked picture below.

designerdirtylaundryNext, my friend Diane Vallere is featuring the first book in her Samantha Kidd series, Designer Dirty Laundry, free right now on Instafreebie. You can sign up and request the freebie download at https://www.instafreebie.com/free/HgVY3

 

Just learned my friend Morgana Best has the first book in her Kitchen Witch series up for free at the moment. If you like cozy paranormal mysteries, grab a copy before this title goes back to full price. Fun read!

I haven’t read MA Comley’s JUSTICE series yet, but several people who read the same types of books I do have given it high praise. But if that’s not incentive enough to try it, the box set of the first two books in the series Cruel Justice and Impending Justice are free right now on Amazon. Yes, I downloaded my copy and will crack open the file as soon as my edits are completed. Pick up your own copy by clicking the picture below–

https://smile.amazon.com/Justice-Box-Set-Books-thrillers-ebook/dp/B06WD2R1CZ/

COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES coverIIFinally, I went out to Amazon this morning and generated a couple of coupon codes, and I now have two copies of Counterfeit Conspiracies available for giveaway. If you’d like a Kindle copy of Counterfeit Conspiracies, just leave a comment below and I’ll draw the names of the two winners on Friday and post the names. So if you don’t Follow this blog, please check back in case I’m trying to contact you.

Okay, that’s all, folks! Now back to my writing cave to work on proofing more edits. Have a great Wednesday  🙂

 

 

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Time for the Holiday Giveaway Train Again–YAY!

Remember the fun giveaway time we all had this time last year when Henery Press put on the Christmas Giveaway Train? Where a bunch of us authors and book bloggers posted prizes on our FaceBook Author pages and readers could hop from FB page to FB page to try to win the prizes given by each author or blogger?

Well, we’re all at it again. giveaway-train-2016

Yes, I’ll be giving away prizes at  My Facebook Author Page.  Read the instructions, sign up to enter the contest (very easy, I promise), then click the link given to go to the next author on the giveaway journey. And do the same for each succeeding stop along the way. So be sure and follow the links and loop around to all your favorite authors and their giveaways. And I promise, it’s easy to enter. Wishing y’all luck for this very special Holiday giveaway. Lots of authors–and lots and lots of prizes!

But the giveaways end at midnight so hurry and enter soon!

 

 

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