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!  

Marked Masters — 99¢ through 5/3 in a Kindle Countdown Deal!

 

My publisher, Henery Press, discounted MARKED MASTERS to 99¢ this week in a Kindle Countdown Deal. Henery has only offered this book at this discounted price one other time. So if you haven’t read the book yet, or been waiting for another sale, grab this 99¢ offer while you can. The bargain price disappears in a few days!

Click Here to Buy Marked Masters on the Kindle Countdown Deal

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.

 

Armchair Traveling on a Chilly November Afternoon

Had the need today to page through some pictures that tie back with books in my Bodies of Art series, and thought I’d share them with anyone needing a little Armchair Traveling for the day. I’ve thrown in pictures I used for all four books written–but only 3 are available for sale right now. The fourth, Fatal Forgeries, will be released in 2017. Sit back. Enjoy.

For a bit of a picture legend to these shots–

The first two pictures are London, where all the Bodies of Art Books are at some point each time. Third is the hilly street of Le-Puy-en-Velay from Counterfeit Conspiracies, fourth-through sixth is Florence for Marked Masters, seventh is a picture of Cassie’s flat entrance mentioned in book #1 & visited by Laurel & Jack in book #4, with the eighth the artists restoration pit where Cassie worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum that Laurel used to get away from Jack in book #1.

The next beach shot is Barcelona from Fatal Forgeries, followed by the Raphael Sibyls featured in Abstract Aliases. The small church coming up next is the Rome’s Santa Maria della Pace where The Sibyls reside, then Baden-Baden one of the stops after Rome in Abstract Aliases. 

The bar scene beside the Baden-Baden shot is in the Bar at La Boqueria in Barcelona as in Fatal Forgeries. The two fountains are the Trevi Fountain in Rome (left with classical statues) and Font Magica in Barcelona (right-colorful). And the next two shots are additional colorful sights of Barcelona, Spain from my Fatal Forgeries notes–the first a market shot of Le Boqueria on La Ramblas and the second a view of the mosaics used in architecture by Gaudi. The final two are shots Cologne, Germany–both of which feature the amazing cathedral where the mystery continued for Laurel & Jack in Abstract Aliases.

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Terrific New Women Sleuths Giveaway!

I’m involved this week in a new giveaway with a couple of dozen other mystery authors, so wanted to give everyone the heads up. Go to http://www.authorsxp.com/giveaway and enter to win. There will be a couple of grand prize winners who’ll receive all 24 books in the giveaway, and another 19 entrants will receive random books from the giveaway group. Enter now–contest ends Sunday, August 14th. My prize is copies of Marked Masters.womensleuths

Could It Really Be a Year Already?

Yes, it is a fabulous anniversary, my friends. One year ago I signed my contract with Henery Press to publish my Bodies of Art Mysteries series. So with two books released and another available in preorder, how am I celebrating? By working all day on lovely book #4, of course–but that’s not all. In a surprising coincidence, I have a blog post today over on Club Hen House telling behind the scenes stories about writing book #3, Abstract Aliases, and there’s even a giveaway to one lucky commenter for a copy of Marked Masters.  The post isn’t long, but it was fun to write, and I hope that makes it fun to read too. If you like “story behind the story” reads, grab a cup of tea or coffee and take a break over at Club Hen House. And be sure to leave a comment on the Club Hen House blog so your name will be in the drawing. 🙂

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First of the Week Giveaway

I posted a fast contest yesterday over on my FB Author page. Winner will be announced tomorrow. Only criteria to enter is that you must LIKE or have already LIKED my FB author page and have a U.S. mailing address. See all the details here:

https://www.facebook.com/RitterAmesBooks/

 

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Contest and Giveaway this Weekend!

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Please note: This giveaway is over and the winner is posted in the comments section. Thank you!

See this terrific bag? I received this bag at the Left Coast Crime registration desk when I arrived at the Phoenix conference yesterday. The Hyatt hotel is amazing, the conference is so much fun, and I love meeting all the other mystery authors and fans, and reconnecting with friends I’ve already met on FB and at other conferences. I’m on a panel Saturday afternoon when I get to talk about writing my books, and I’m really enjoying the information coming from all the authors attending and telling me about their books and favorite mysteries. But while I’m having a great time this weekend, I thought I’d share the fun. Contest and giveaway!

Inside this bag–besides the camera and Kindle and stuff of mine that I’m carrying around–are several great mystery title authors here have given away, as well as bookmarks, postcards, an ink pen, and probably more swag I’ve forgotten already. If you’d like the bag and some great new mysteries, leave a comment on this blog and I’ll pick one winner Monday evening when I return home from the conference.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog. I’ll draw a name either Monday night or Tuesday morning (depending on how tired I am when I arrive home) and post the winner here on Tuesday. This contest is just for U.S. readers only (sorry, but books are heavy, and mailing costs overseas make it too prohibitive for this kind of giveaway. Good luck, everyone, and I hope your weekend is wonderful. Happy Reading. #LCC2016

Schedule Coming Up — Fun Excerpts and Ongoing Contest

WN&FSa memTo tie with the release of COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES and MARKED MASTERS, I’ve been doing guest posts and interviews all over the internet. My blog tour host has been fabulous at getting me stops at blogs I’m excited to read myself, so guesting there is double the pleasure. At today’s stop, author Barb Taub “interviewed” my character Laurel Beacham, plus has my favorite book excerpt up from Counterfeit Conspiracies.COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES coverII

I had so much fun with this format, and she put the whole thing together in a brilliant fashion. Absolutely love the graphics she added. Please check it out if you have a minute. If you’ve read these books–or even just the description–I think you’ll be wowed by the graphics too. Click here to shoot over to Barb Taub’s blog Writing & Coffee. Especially Coffee. 

MARKED MASTERS coverOn Friday, Feb 19th, I’ll be posting on the Jungle Red Writers blog, and a little birdie told me there’s a giveaway in the works for that stop. The next day I’m scheduled at Writers Who Kill, and I have my suspicions there could be a drawing for some type of giveaway there, too. But you’ll have to stop by and comment to win.

My blog tours runs into the first week of March–even while I’ll be at Left Coast Crime in Phoenix. There will be prizes sprinkled in at various stops–depending on what each blog host likes to do. And at most stops you’ll find a sign-up for a big Rafflecopter prize to be held at the end. One of the options for that drawing is to sign up for my newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, just sign up again so Rafflecopter will know you’re interested, or leave your name and email in the box on the Invent Your Own Contest option, and you’ll still get the same credit. No harm, no foul. I want everyone to have the best chance to win. If you’d like a list of those stops, Click Here for the Blog Tour schedule and clickable links.

Good luck, everyone!

 

Been Blogging and Previewing this Week

SneakPeakCounterfeitConspiraciesIt was release week for my Bodies of Art Mysteries, so me and my books have been blogging all over the place. My publisher, Henery Press posted a terrific Sneak Peak on their Club Hen House blog last Friday.

On the February 2nd release day, there was a release blitz for the series, and on Feb 3rd, I Heart Reading posted the lovely blog tour coming up for the series (yeah, I’m still writing blogs and finishing interviews for the dates near the end of the tour–LOL!).

Even more fun on the February 2nd release day, my fun post on how I research the Bodies of Art Books was also on Club Hen House, and I not only get to talk about my methods (and madness–LOL!) but I also get to use my pictures taken as we travel. Hint: the pics at the top of the post, showing the cloudy London panorama, were taken from the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral after hubby and daughter and I climbed every one of the 528 steps to the top. We stopped at the Whispering Gallery (a mere 257 steps) to take a look around and check out the eavesdropping possibilities. Then moved to the Stone Gallery (376 steps up), and finally on to the Golden Gallery (those afore mentioned 528 steps from the ground). Most of the climb was via spiral staircase as the dome narrowed near the top–never want to see another spiral staircase as long as I live. But the view was worth it!

And today, Arched Doorway posted my short guest post about creating my characters, Jack & Laurel. Fun stuff for me–hope it’s equally fun for readers. Check it out if you have a minute. FP&OF meme

So, what’s on your schedule this weekend? 🙂