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Nonfiction for Writers

With combined experience in the writing and editing business of over thirty years, my partners, the Red Reines, and I are putting together a collection of nonfiction references for authors. The first one, Demystifying the Beats, is perfect for mystery writers or writers who want to add some mystery to their plot.

Demystifying the Beats

Demystifying the Beats book cover

Cozy, hard-boiled, or historical… Is writing your mystery novel a complete mystery?
Crafting a convincing mystery requires unique story beats—the keys to delivering a satisfying read.
This sassy chat (in book form) presented by award-winning authors reveals the secrets to help you execute a story that works. You won’t be handcuffed to a formula. It’s a guideline for assembling clues, criminals, and conclusions in your unique, “perfectly-poisonous” blend.

Whether your book is a carefully plotted caper, a crime of opportunity, or something in between, join our covert operation as we demystify the mystery beats.

Get your copy: https://books2read.com/u/3yVWxJ

Praise for Demystifying the Beats

“I wish this book had existed when I decided to write my first cozy mystery! It would have saved me so much time and research. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to try their hand at mystery writing.”

– Tamra Baumann, award winning author of Cozy Mystery and Romance

“A fast, fun read full of irreverent humor and keen insights. I’ve already thumbed through Demystifying the Beats to improve my next manuscript.”

– J.J. Cagney, author of the Cici Gurule Mystery Series

“Inspiring and entertaining, this book provides a useful guide to writing a well-plotted, well-paced, and well-twisted mystery both for beginners and the more experienced writer.”

– Dianne Freeman, author of the award-winning Countess of Harleigh mysteries

“A perfect how-to to write the perfect mystery! Even seasoned writers might learn a thing or two with this one. The authors lay out the beats and give writers a step-by-step guide on how to write/outline a mystery that will keep readers glued to the page. Highly recommend!!!”

– NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones