Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Five Secrets With Cozy Mystery Writer Marilyn Leach




It's my pleasure to bring you Marilyn Leach and her newest book Enigma of Fire.  
While the book is in pre-order, I just found out that if you order it (and you know you won't be billed until launch day) and Marilyn gets 300 preorders she will go mass market.
THIS IS HUGE!  
So if you're interested, and I love her books, please pre-order.


Before I expose the clandestine features of my life, let me just say thanks to LA for this fun opportunity.  I had an entertaining rummage into some truths that here-to-for have been relatively unknown.

1.  If it was possible, I’d not go food shopping at a big box grocer for the rest of my life.  Door to Door Organics, Schwans, the ice cream man:  all represent my kind of food procurement. They deliver. I will admit to enjoying farmer’s markets, but that’s seasonal in Colorado.  Sadly, endless food delivery is not a viable option for me at the moment.  So I soldier on at Safeway.

2. I’m a fairly good dancer.  I’ve taken classes in tap dancing (now a lost art), ballet, hula, folk, and cowboy line boogies.  I enjoyed them all and have even been complimented.  I also like an occasional silver glistening ball and the party dances it inspires.

3. But then, I’m an incredibly poor dancer.  Anything that relates to being held and guided by a partner is the kiss of mortification for me.  Ballroom dancing lessons, as much as I fancied them along with the dream of effortlessly floating across a romantic flood-lit floor, found me stumbling about, apologizing with every step and turn, and sending dance partners from seventeen to seventy scrambling for the door.

4. I love an occasional flutter at the horse track.  That’s why I don’t go.  For me, it has “bad habit” written all over it.  Only once have I gone home with less money than I brought.  That’s why it spells dangerous.  I discovered a winning technique that worked.  No studying of statistics, odds, or insider knowledge, but a practical winning system none-the-less.  I didn’t take home thousands, but it bolstered the readies.  However, I think I’ll keep my method to myself.  After all, we all need to keep some secrets or we wouldn’t be interesting.  Right?

5.  I can tell you one thing that is clearly not a secret.  I love to write.  And at the top of the list are British cozy mysteries.  I thank God for the opportunity to story-tell and share them with the world.

Now, what secrets are you ready to confess? I invite you to leave a comment. 



Blurb:
When English village, Aidan Kirkwood, experiences an explosive fire, the entire parish is aflame with rumor and innuendo until Berdie Elliott, the scorching sleuth and vicar’s wife, can douse the flames with cold, hard facts that expose the perpetrator. A heroic dog, elusive book, and military champions come together to reveal the enigma of fire.

Excerpt:
“Cedric, Don’t chance it. Please,” Doug’s voice trembled as he shot out the command.

“Don’t what?” Berdie asked herself as much as Doug.

“Down, Mrs. Elliott.” Doug’s eyes wide, his breathing was short and rapid for the toil of making his wheels go toward them as fast as he could manage.

“Down? What are you talking about?”

Berdie suddenly experienced a jolt to her body that propelled her to the ground with such force it left her breathless. A stab of pain coursed through her while the reverberation of full-on colliding trains penetrated her ears. The horrific ache that shot through her knees focused her senses as she tried to gather her thoughts. Grass etched itself into her cheek, making it itch. Then the smell of acrid smoke assaulted her nose. She worked to catch a breath of air. What’s happened?

Endorsement:
Are you an Agatha Christie fan? Does the thought of an English village make you long to grab your passport and head across the pond? Are cozy mysteries your cup of tea? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you won’t want to miss Marilyn Leach’s newest release, Enigma of Fire.

Intrepid heroine Berdie Elliott, a vicar’s wife whose sleuthing skills were honed as an investigative reporter, faces her most challenging mystery yet when her husband’s former military comrades come to the sleepy village of Aiden Kirkwood for a sculling regatta. From its riveting prologue to the final resolution, this story showcases Leach at her best.

~ Amanda Cabot, CBA and ECPA bestselling author

To Buy:
Amazon.com

Bio:

Marilyn Leach is a dyed-in-the-wool British enthusiast who lives lakeside near the Colorado foothills. She enjoys viewing and reading mysteries that originate across the pond. From the Scottish Boarders to Devon, city buzz to rural church bells, she enjoys excursions throughout the beautiful isle that inspire her writing. Her dear friends, who have become like family, live in Reading, England.

Find Marilyn:
Website | Amazon Author Page | Facebook


23 comments:

  1. Welcome Marilyn. It's good to have you back as a guest. Dancing huh? I've always wanted to learn to move my body in graceful ways. Ballet was my choice, but I was way too young to understand the discipline. Now I so wish I'd kept up the lessons.
    Hugs
    L

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    1. Good morning, LA. I can just see you doing an arabesque turn. Well, we get to express our artistic creativity by writing, and that's much less demanding on the body joints. Cheers

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  2. I too love to dance. I was always an extremely shy youngster — a typical wall flower. To help bring me out, my mother put me in dance class when I was 13. My love of dance blossomed and I was invited on tour with a professional ballroom dance company. Alas…my mom said it wasn’t in the plans. I love your books Marilyn and can’t wait until Enigma of Fire is released! Karen

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Karen. What a dream-com-true to be able to dance so beautifully that you were going to go on tour. So many opportunities, you just have to narrow them down I guess. I can imagine that "boot" feels mighty heavy when you think about dancing. Cheers

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  3. Marilyn, you are a sly devil, but a delightful one! :) In all seriousness, a great article and helps us get to know you better. I look forward to reading Enigma For Fire. Thanks for sharing!
    Donna

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I also wish you the best in your writing endeavors. And may the rest of the week be bountiful for you. Cheers

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  4. Loved this little peek into who you are, Marilyn. Having been born in sad possession of two left feet, I sent every dance instructor I approached in search of a different career. Enigma of Fire sounds wonderful. Praying you reach that magic number to put it on the bookstore shelves!

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    1. Delia, thanks so much for dropping in. You seem so talented I would have never thought you'd have "two left feet." I wish you success in your wonderful writing as well. I'll always thank you for wiggle, wiggle.

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  5. Love learning these secrets about my fellow authors!
    Good luck and God's blessings to you Marilyn & Sartor!
    PamT

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    1. Pam, I'm so blessed that in your spinning of plates to help us all along, you had time to stop by. Thanks so much and blessings to you, too. Cheers

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  6. I loved the stories of your dancing, Marilyn. Will you demonstrate at our next meeting?

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    1. Amanda, clear the table! Here I come. Or, maybe not! Thanks for dropping in on a busy day. And thanks for all your support. Cheers

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  7. Hi Marilyn! Can't wait for the next book! Question: does Kindle pre-order count towards the big market?
    Twirl away! Connie

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    1. Hi Connie, Glad you visited us. Yes, if Marilyn gets 300 pre-orders, she will go mass market. So now is the time to buy.
      Hugs
      LA

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    2. It looks like LA answered your question. Thanks for dropping by. There's a few twirls left in me yet. Cheers.

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  8. I love being a dancing fool!!!!! Congrats on the pre-orders!

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    1. Good for you Neringa. Let that creative drive spin and whirl. Cheers

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  9. I admire your bravery, Marilyn, in admitting to loving an occasional flutter at the horse track--trifectas are my favorite bet! I didn't bet on either, but as I loved horses growing up, I was in my glory watching the recently run Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and I can't wait for the Belmont. Best of luck to you reaching 300 pre-orders. I'm heading over to Amazon for a peek right now!

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  10. Thanks so much, Lisa. I love to put on a big hat and watch the Derby on TV. I'd love to actually go to the race someday. But I'm happy to see it from my comfy arm chair, too. I appreciate your love for horses, amazing creatures. Thanks for taking a peek at the book. Cheers

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  11. LA, it has been so much fun today to interact with so many great people. Thanks so much. I'll keep you informed on the book count. Cheers

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  12. Excellent Job Med. I didn't know about the race horses. My dad had a system too. Next time we talk, we'll have to swap systems and see if they are the same. They may become our retirement plan. Ha!

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    1. Ohhhh, sorry, but you have to count me in as well :)

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