Showing posts from November, 2015

Book Review of Carol J. Perry's Look Both Ways

Genre – Cozy Mystery
Series: A Witch City Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (October 27, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733734
Look Both Ways by Carol J. Perry is the third book in Witch City Mystery series. Lee Barett teaches television production during the school year so to keep busy for the summer; she has volunteered to locate props for the drama program. With the reconstruction of her apartment after the fire complete, Lee is looking forward to furnishing it. She finds a bureau identical to one she loved as a child, complete with hidden compartments in a local antique store. The bureau comes from the estate of Helena Trent, a socialite presumed to have been killed by her husband.

Not long after purchasing the bureau, she returns only to discover the body of the shop keeper. Turns out the bureau comes complete with a mystery. Helena was known to possess a priceless pink diamond, but it disappeared upon her death. This prompts the question, do either of the m…

Ready to Murder Some Words: Join Our Critique Group Starting Mid November

Calling All Writers in the Peterborough, Hasting & Campbellford area! I'm opening my home to a writers critique group that will begin Tuesday November 17th. Please drop a line if you are interested in joining on a biweekly basis. We are looking for supportive writers who can take and deliver constructive criticism, focusing on the things that work while making suggestions to strengthen and improve the piece and ultimately the writer.

Writing Circle: The Whodunnits: Writing To Kill For
City: Norwood
Location: Second Empire Victorian Home Meeting day: Tuesday Start time: 7 P.M
Meeting frequency: Bi-weekly (possibly weekly in the future)
Openings: Yes
Format: We currently have 3 members but we're open to a few more. Looking specifically for more mystery writers (cozies, historical, traditional). The plan is to send out a chapter (3500 words or less) for review a week ahead of time. This chapter will need to be printed and toted along for Tuesday's meeting where we will tak…

Vote Now: Who Should Be Solstice Publishing's Author of the Year?

Solstice Publishing will choose the Author of the Year, and they want to know what the readers think. Cast your vote for the author you most enjoyed this year. Click Here and scroll through the authors. Hope I make the cut.

Much Love,

Rachael Stapleton

Celebrating 11:11 Make a Wish!


I once read that when you see 11:11 you should simply stop, and recognize the significance of the moment. So here I go.
In February Solstice published the second book in my TEMPLE OF INDRA series and for the first time since it was published I spent some time crunching numbers only to realize that as of August I hit the most magical number in the Universe.

I distributed 1,111 copies of CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE through Amazon. (Not including paperbacks sold through myself, stores or via the book launch.) Can I get a hell yeah!
These Canadians are not just celebrating the Toronto Blue Jays magical 2015 season, they are celebrating 1111 copies of Rachael Stapleton novels going out through Amazon. (Stay with me here.) I know what you’re thinking: “Holy Cow! Over a thousand books! You must be rich!” That’s what I was thinking, too! I'm no accountant but I’ve run the math and sadly I'm not. Still… it’s a milestone all the same. The fact that I’ve ha…

Meet Joyce and Jim Lavene: This Week's Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip Travellers

Five Places We Would Like to go and why By Joyce and Jim Lavene
What a fun way to say something about our new book, A Dickens of a Murder! As writers and readers we can travel places many people can never hope to visit. It’s as easy to go to Mars or explore under the seas as it is to go down the block to the grocery store. We’ve indulged our imaginations to travel around the universe which makes it hard to choose five places we’d like to go. But we’ll give it a whirl!

Note from the bloghost: It is with great sadness I report the passing of Joyce Lavene. She died Oct. 20th at the age of 61 not long after writing this post. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Joyce, I was honored that she stopped by my blog. It is a common sentiment that she was an intelligent, funny, talented woman born to write. My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Jim, her children and grandchildren. Please feel free to leave a message below and please enjoy some of her final thoughts and words.
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