Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Linger With My Guest Today, Marilyn Meredith, As She Tells Us About Lingering Spirit, Her New Novel

Meet My Guest, Marilyn Meredith
Marilyn Meredith is the author of nearly thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Dispel the Mist from Mundania Press.
Under the name of F. M. Meredith she writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, An Axe to Grind is the latest from Oak Tree Press.

She is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Internet chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com/ and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/.

About Marilyn's Current Release -

Nicole Ainsworth’s husband, Steve, has a premonition of his death and moves his family to a mountain community where he serves as a deputy sheriff. He is killed in the line of duty and his wife, Nicole, is left behind to struggle with the changes forced upon her life. While trying to cope with her grief, raise her two little girls, her husband’s spirit visits her on numerous occasions. She soon learns that someone else is watching over her too.
(Great concept and great cover, Marilyn -  Everyone, see below for order info.)

And Now, Here's Marilyn's Post:

A Change of Pace by Marilyn Meredith

Everyone knows me as a mystery writer, either as Marilyn Meredith writing the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series or F.M. Meredith writing the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. This time around I’m promoting my romance with a touch of the supernatural, Lingering Spirit.

Lingering Spirit was written a long while ago and first saw publication as an e-book. I parted company with that publisher and my romance languished.

When the Kindle came out, my Rocky Bluff P.D. publisher asked if I had any old books I’d like on Kindle and I suggested Lingering Spirit with the warning it wasn’t like any of my other books. She read it, said she loved it, and put it on Kindle. Every so often she’d tell me how much she liked that book.

While still actively promoting my latest book in my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, my publisher e-mailed me and asked if I’d like Lingering Spirit to come out as a trade paperback. Of course I said, “yes.” She put it on a fast track and it is making its debut this month. Interestingly, the launch is planned for the Public Safety Writers Association’s Conference. Not sure how a romance is going to go over with all those law enforcement officers. (This was written before the conference.)

So, guess what? I’m faced with the dilemma of promoting a romance—something I’ve never really done.
Based on a family tragedy, I now believe I wrote Lingering Spirit as part of my grieving process. Though there are similarities to the actual happenings, it is a work of fiction. The main characters are nothing like the real people who experienced what was the genesis of the story.
What I will be doing is much the same as I’ve done for all my books—I’m on a virtual book tour and I thank Acme Authors for allowing me to visit and talk about my romance. I’ll be selling the book from my website, the publisher’s website, Amazon, Kindle, etc. I’m talking about the book on Facebook and Twitter and in my monthly newsletter.

When I go the book and craft fairs I’ve already signed up for this coming summer and fall, I’ll be selling Lingering Spirit right along with my mysteries.

I’m anxious to see how my fans will receive this change of pace.

Have you ever dreamed of being immortalized in print? Well, here’s your chance! Award-winning author Marilyn Meredith is running a contest during her Lingering Spirit Virtual Book Tour, which runs from July 6th through July 30th. Marilyn will name a character in her next Rocky Bluff P.D. book after readers who comment at any of the blog stops during her virtual book tour. This book is currently scheduled to be released in 2012.

Leave a comment and get your name in Marilyn’s next Rocky Bluff P.D. book!


Morgan Mandel said...

Hi Marilyn,

Welcome to Acme Authors Link!

I for one am looking forward to reading your change of pace novel.

Morgan Mandel

N. R. Williams said...

Being a writer myself, I have often wondered how crossing from one genre to another would affect my readers. I'm not yet published, but I suspect I will find out someday. Good luck on your romance. It sounds interesting.

Marilyn Brant said...

*waving to Morgan and the ACME authors!*

Hi, Marilyn--it's nice to see you here as well as on the Stiletto Gang!! I enjoyed reading your post and learning more about Lingering Spirit. That kind of paranormal element is very intriguing to me!

~another Marilyn ;-)

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks for having me here today, Acme Authors. I do want to give one change in the contest, it's the person who leaves a comment on the MOST blogs who will be a character in my next Rocky Bluff P.D. novel. I could never use everyone who leaves a comment or the book would have way too many characters.

And thank you, Morgan, I love this blog.

N.R. I've written lots of different genres and actually began with historical family sagas that were romances.

Hi, Marilyn B. I've heard from readers already who shared some ghostly stories.

And I sold more of Lingering Spirit at the PSWA conference than the two mysteries I brought.


Helen Ginger said...

It'll be interesting to see if the fans you have move over with you to this new genre. I personally believe it's the writing that draws me to a book, not the genre.

Dana Fredsti said...

I'm with you, Helen. I'll read anything written by an author I like!

Congrats, Marilyn!

Debra St. John said...

Hi Marilyn,

I'm always impressed with an author who writes more than one genre. Good luck with yoru promotion.

I agree with Morgan, love the cover.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Helen, when I did my in-person book launch, all the same fans who buy my mysteries showed up--plus a few new ones. As for reviews, I'm getting them from people who have read my mysteries too.

I hope that you're right, Dana.

And thanks, Dana. I love the cover too, it really gets across the mood of the story.


Unknown said...

Any blog where Morgan Mandel hangs out is always one I check. Loved reading your post today, Marilyn, and your book sounds like a great read.

I believe a little of our own lives are woven in our stories, and sometimes I find my stress lessens if I have my character get angry and throw things around. *lol*

Love the cover, too. It certain fits the premise of the story.


Cheryl said...

Hello everyone,

Yes, I flubbed the wording on the contest. Sorry about the confusion. I guess my brain was on vaction before I was.

Thanks for hosting Marilyn today. So many bloggers have loved this book. I read it while we were away and I can see why it's such a hit.

I posted a video trailer for this book on YouTube this week. You can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3qYnNmzzAw if you're interested.

Thanks again.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

The video is fantastic. Cheryl made it. You can also see it on my website at http://fictionforyou.com


Margot Justes said...

I too agree with Morgan, love the cover and the premise of the story. I think it's terrifc that you're trying a new genre.
Margot Justes

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Actually, Margot, I began writing romance--historical family sagas. My first mystery was a much a romance as it was a mystery. I wrote this one about fifteen or more years ago. But I always have a little romance in all my mysteries.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

I enjoyed reading Lingering Spirit and will write a review once I finish the blog book tour class that I believe you took earlier, Marilyn!

Congratulations on all you are doing and on your book's success.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks, Monti. I didn't take the class you're talking about, I just paid attention to what others were doing on their blog tours.


Deb Larson said...

I just got home from vacation - we didn't have internet access - weird but fun too. I'm so glad to see you blogged with Acme Authors. Your new book is a new direction for you - exciting times ahead. Best of success for you!!
DL Larson