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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Making a Clean Sweep with Ralph

by Judy Ann Davis

It's not easy to get back into the swing of things after all the excitement of the holidays, and I'm a writer who has procrastination down to a science. This Christmas, my children bought me an iRobot (Roomba) to help me get the housework done. I’ve named him Ralph, and he is adept at sweeping so I no longer have that excuse for not writing. Drats!   

I don’t make resolutions, but I promised myself to do more serious writing and marketing this year. I have a dusty manuscript that I’ve wanted to rewrite and edit for years because I love the story. It’s a historical romance about a young woman whose father owns a logging company in Pennsylvania in the 1856. Of course, her hero, from the Chesapeake Bay area, owns the shipping company that buys and ships the timber. He arrives to help her find the culprits who want to put the logging company out of business.

In December, I made a conscientious decision not to market my books during the holidays because I barely found time to read myself. But this month, I’ve set aside two weeks to price my two contemporary novels (both romantic mysteries) “Key to Love” and “Four White Roses” at $0.99, as well as my short story anthology, "Up on the Roof and Other Stories." The sale is now going on until February 1st.  

Here are blurbs from each of them:
      When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels. 
      Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s. 
      Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?
      When architect Elise Springer’s father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother’s death, and Elise can’t resist lending a hand.
      Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He’s back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew—and prove his brother’s death was no accident.
      As they unearth clues pointing to find a murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?

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Short Story Anthology
With January slipping away, and February nipping at our heels, I hope every one has settled into a routine that works and one that he or she can enjoy. Wish me luck with my manuscript rewrite. Why? Because right now Ralph is furiously beeping and has to be rescued by the damsel of the house. He’s either stuck, needs his dust bin emptied, or his extractors cleaned. So much for time-saving technology! 

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  1. I have the three above and look forward to your next book, Judy Ann. Best wishes.

  2. Tweeted your sale books! Now, big question. What model of iRobot did you get? *g*


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