Reviews are starting to come in for Tell Me No Lies and they are good. I’m smiling.

“Well-drawn characters, a dash of romance, and enough logically constructed red herrings to keep the reader guessing right up to the end distinguish this tightly woven tale.”—Publishers Weekly

“The first in Willis’ planned series mixes murder and romance with enough suspects to keep you guessing.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“Lynn Chandler Willis writes with a voice as big as the Appalachians. TELL ME NO LIES is a compelling mystery and a spot-on depiction of newspapering in a small town. I’m already looking forward to more from Ava Logan.” – Brad Parks, Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Award-winning author of SAY NOTHING

“A well-wrought tale of the secrets concealed beneath the surface of small-town Appalachia…Willis is a seasoned professional who gives us just enough red herrings to keep us guessing to the end.” – Margaret Maron, New York Times Bestselling Author of Long Upon the Land

“A page-turning balance of small town life and an unsolvable mystery with characters we wish we knew for real. Tell Me No Lies is a mystery that will not disappoint.” – C. Hope Clark, Author of Echoes of Edisto

“Willis brings to life not only the beauty of the Appalachia, but also the crippling poverty that can and does cause people to resort to terrible things.” – For the Love of Books

 

Holly Jolly Hop

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Welcome to my stop on the Holly Jolly Hop! This hop runs from 13 – 20 Dec.

The Prize for this Stop ~ A $10 Amazon Gift card!

About Tell Me No Lies:
Ava Logan, single mother and small business owner, lives deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where poverty and pride reign. As publisher of the town newspaper, she’s busy balancing election season stories and a rash of ginseng thieves. And then the story gets personal. After her friend is murdered, Ava digs for the truth all the while juggling her two teenage children, her friend’s orphaned toddler, and her own muddied past. Faced with threats against those closest to her, Ava must find the killer before she, or someone she loves, ends up dead.

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Tell Me No Lies Now Available For Pre-Sale

It’s getting very real! Tell Me No Lies is now up on Goodreads, Amazon, and other on-line sites. If you’d like an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for an early review on Goodreads, drop me an email and let me know. The more reviews prior to release, the better.

If you’d like to go ahead and place your order so you’ll have a copy on release day, you can pre-order it here: Henery Press or directly at  Amazon

Busy, busy, busy…but fun, fun, fun!

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It’s Here!

So here we go…the cover to Tell Me No Lies (formerly titled Nobody’s Baby) Scheduled release February 7, 2017. I don’t know about you, but I love it!

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Ava Logan, single mother and small business owner, lives deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where poverty and pride reign. As publisher of the town newspaper, she’s busy balancing election season stories and a rash of ginseng thieves. And then the story gets personal. After her friend is murdered, Ava digs for the truth all the while juggling her two teenage children, her friend’s orphaned toddler, and her own muddied past. Faced with threats against those closest to her, Ava must find the killer before she, or someone she loves, ends up dead.

The Challenge

Finn and I did a two-mile hike in the woods today. It rained heavy this morning so the air was still thick with moisture. The ground was soft and wet from the morning rain. Every now and then, a sprinkle of leftover drops clinging to the overhead canopy of leaves fell and dropped with a chill on my arms. 13091943_10206381397355671_2672375750528954030_n

The trail Finn and I usually walk at the river, is an easy trail. It’s short, only about a mile in and out. Considering I “sit” a lot at the computer, a few weeks ago, even a mile walk took about 40 minutes. That did include stopping and smelling the flowers, watching the geese, and visiting with a squirrel we see at the same tree every walk. Sometimes, we venture out onto the rocks. Believe me, that works muscles that haven’t been worked in a while.

Now, if we’re walking with purpose and don’t climb the rocks, we can walk it in 15 minutes. So we’ve upped the game a little. Today, we took to the woods of a nearby park and two miles and thirty minutes later, we’re officially in training.

Our goal — Birkhead Mountain in Asheboro. It’s not a difficult trail but it’s 11 miles in and out.Capture

We can do it. Not next weekend. Or the weekend after that. But by summer end, we’ll do it. I know we can.

 

What is your challenge? Your goal?

 

 

Attaining clarity

20160417_092254Good things are happening in my little corner of the world. I recently signed a three-book deal with Henery Press for Nobody’s Baby, the first of the Ava Logan Mystery Series. I’m revising Wink and a Nod and getting it ready to send to my agent.  I’ve got several appearances scheduled where people actually want to hear me talk about the writing process. I’m outlining book two in the Ava Logan series and hope to start writing by June 1.  I’m doing guest blog posts and am helping the Randolph Writers group with an instructional series. I could go on and on about all this, but the point of the post is taking a step back and finding “that place.”

Overwhelmed with all the stuff that needed to be done, instead of becoming hyper productive and keeping my butt in the chair 18 hours a day, I got a dog. A high energy dog. A dog that would walk to the moon and back if I was game. 20160409_191105

And an amazing thing happened. The less time I spent at the keyboard, the more productive I became. A walk along the river with Finn (the dog) can work out plot holes better than sitting and staring at the screen for hours.

When I sit down to work, I know I’ve got about an hour, maybe hour and a half before Finn will want my attention. So I spend less time scrolling through Facebook and more time actually working.

I’ve also started noticing things—like flowers and the sound of the river and the color of the sky. Things that went unnoticed before when I spent 18 hours a day staring at the computer screen.

I found my clarity outside. Have you found yours?

 

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Goodreads Giveaway, eBook Sale, and Fun Events

Happy Anniversary, WINK OF AN EYE! Can you believe it’s been one year since the world was introduced to Gypsy Moran? Seems like he’s been a part of my life forever. Maybe he has and it was just last year I was finally able to share him <smile>

So to celebrate, we have several things going on:

  • eBook sale: St. Martin’s has graciously agreed to lower the price of all eBooks from $11.99 to $2.99 through Dec. 18 to help us celebrate. So if you’ve really wanted to read it but couldn’t swing the prices (I totally get that), here’s your chance to grab it on the cheap end.
  • Goodreads Giveaway: Two hardback copies are up for grabs at Goodreads beginning tomorrow (11/18) and ending 12/12. Go ahead and enter and if you don’t win, you still have time to grab the ebook at the discounted price. How’s that for planning?
  • On Nov. 23, I’ll be featured on Amazeballs Book Addicts blog and I’m doing an author take-over on their facebook page at 8:00PM est. I hope you’ll drop by the take-over and chat awhile, throw some questions at me and laugh awhile. There may be another giveaway involved. Just saying. Here’s the links: Author Take-Over on Facebook & Amazeballs Book Addicts Blog Spot
  • On December 15, at 10:30pm, I’ll be the sharing the spotlight at Colleen O’Felein’s Facebook release party for her new novel, Eerie. Q & A, chat, laugh, giveaway, repeat. This is going to be a blast so make plans to drop by. Here’s the link: Facebook release party / Author spotlight

And don’t forget to leave a review (on Amazon if possible) if you really liked the book, tell others you liked it, recommend it to your reading circle, and share, share, share on social media. It all helps.

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Happy Birthday, Gypsy Moran! photo by Patti Phillips