Mar 12

The Case of the Faithful Frenchie Launches Friday, March 17

Book #6 in my new Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series is currently available for Pre-Order and will officially launch on Friday, March 17th. I had a lot of fun with The Case of the Faithful Frenchie and I think you’re going to enjoy it.

Here’s the skinny on the book:

Clay Bay is celebrating its annual Parade of Pirates festivities, and Suzy and Josie have all the dogs from the Inn involved. But when one of the local banks is robbed, and a mysterious man is found dead in the bank vault, a series of events unfold that brings Suzy face to face with the bizarre Winters family. And if dealing with the members of the Winters family weren’t enough to stretch her to the limits, the arrival of the dead man’s psychotic girlfriend along with Josie’s relationship problems have Suzy beginning to question her own personality and personal demons.

From the cantankerous matriarch to the obnoxious brothers to the Goth Geisha Girl, Caspian, an artist with a list of personal demons that leaves Suzy scratching her head and thanking her lucky stars, the Winters family proves to be a force to be reckoned with. Along with the newly installed chief of police, Suzy is determined to figure out what’s going on as well as find a home for the gorgeous French Bulldog who’s been forced to deal with a few demons of his own.

The latest installment in the popular Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series is a funny and often poignant tale about life and some of the choices people make while they’re trying to navigate their way through it.

Here’s where you can grab a copy: http://amzn.to/2mvPYaF

Enjoy and I’ll be in touch soon.

Bernie

Jan 15

Review of The Case of the Caged Cockers

Sometimes an author gets a review that is both incredibly positive and thoughtful that one feels the need to share it. The following is one of those reviews.

The reviewer was talking about The Case of the Caged Cockers, the third book in my new Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series, but makes a lot of references to the series as a whole.

I have no idea who the reviewer, Red Wolf, is, but I would like to thank him/her for taking the time to write such a wonderful review and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the new series!

Many of the typical elements of a cozy mystery with food and dogs are present. The medical examiner, the high ranking police officer who cannot quite solve the crimes without assistance from our favorite amateur crime solver(s), said amateur crime solver who somehow always has a job that somehow always allows her to have enough free time and money to investigate whenever, wherever, and however she needs to without interference from said job. Wonderful dogs with the necessary skills and personalities, mouthwatering food above what most of us can afford or find or create on a major special occasion as an everyday occurrence.

All this in spades.

But I do not feel like the author is making fun of any of the characters, neither good guys, bad guys, secondary characters, nor those whose roles are less clear at this point in the series. Nor do I feel that the author is making fun of me as the reader of this rather unlikely tale. The author does an incredibly skillful job of making clear that unlikely is not another name for impossible, by picking a setting and a cast of characters that make the plot just believable because it is such an unlikely thing to actually happen that if it did happen, this is exactly how it would probably have happened, and exactly who it would have happened to.

Real world events happen to unique individuals. No one else is exactly like your third-grade teacher or the first boy you kissed, and no dogs you had before is like your current dogs. So why do so many characters in cozy mysteries seem so similar? It is great to have a chief of police who is competent, loves his job, doesn’t want civilians getting hurt or in over their heads, but does accept that some people will tell someone else things that they would not tell him, or will not do things when he is around that they have no hesitation doing to impress a stunningly beautiful woman.

I have read some cozy mysteries that I like, but not many that impressed me. So far this series is a startling exception, just because all the elements seem so startling that the whole book actually feels as if it could have happened. If any characters could have succeeded the way that the good guys did, it would have been these unlikely good guys. If any bad guys could have made some of the mistakes these bad guys made, it would have been these bad guys. The bad guys are not all evil to the core. The good guys have weaknesses, but ones you could accept in a friend. These are not your typical friends and neighbors, but they do remind you from time to time of someone you knew. To me that makes this a memorable and enjoyable story.

I hope the author can keep this up for twenty-three more letters.

Dec 06

Great New Series from Dianne Harman!

My friend and best-selling author, Dianne Harman, has released the first book in her new Midlife Journey series that is focused on and, as the series progresses, will deal with many of the issues facing those of us who fall in the spectrum of what is considered middle-aged. I just finished the first book, Alexis, and thought it would be a great idea to have a chat with Dianne about her great new series.

BR

Welcome, Dianne. I really enjoyed Alexis. And thanks so much for taking the time to talk about your new series. You continue having enormous success with your books, especially your cozy mysteries, and I’m wondering why you decided to do something a bit different with your Midlife Journey series.

DH

Thanks for the invitation, Bernie. And I have to tell you that I’m really enjoying your new Thousand Islands Doggy Inn cozy series. I decided to write this new series because of the feedback I received from my readers. They told me they love my cozy mystery series because the main characters are people in midlife who have experienced things like the death of a spouse, divorce, health issues, children who have left home, career changes, etc.

BR

You’ve definitely focused on midlife and the issues people face in your other books so you are certainly well-placed to do a series like this. Could you spend a few minutes discussing how you’re approaching it?

DH

The vast majority of novels on the market are geared to a younger market, and there aren’t that many books for people of a certain age. What I intend to do with this series is to have one theme per book that deals with something a person in midlife may experience, and yet, often what people think of as a disaster is really just a chance for a new beginning or a different way of living. My first book, Alexis, deals with a woman whose boss gives her weight loss surgery as her Christmas bonus. It sounds silly on the surface and she’s very angry at first, but she’s forced to take a long look at her life and what really has held her back from relationships. With a significant weight loss and some therapy to help, comes a whole new life, one she never dreamed she’d be a part of.

BR

I have to admit that particular Christmas gift caught me by surprise when I read it, but it definitely grabs the reader’s attention right out of the gate. From an author perspective, I have to say that’s it a great opening hook. What are some of the other big themes you’ll be dealing with as the series progresses?

DH

Certainly, divorce has become commonplace in midlife and I just read a term “grey divorce,” because so many older people are getting divorced. Then what? I believe readers want books that reflect things they are experiencing rather than a twenty-five-year-old being seduced by a billionaire – particularly if you’re in your 50’s. That train left the station awhile ago!

BR

I never even heard the All Aboard call. I always pick up on the theme of how “it’s never too late” in your books. I know that doesn’t happen by accident so could you talk a bit about your perspective on that idea?

DH

In midlife one often has to face the fact that they’re not going to become the president of the company, that where they are and what they have may be as good as it’s going to get. So the question becomes -how does one deal with that? Finally, I want people to know that just because they’re in midlife, it doesn’t mean they still can’t do things. I wrote my first novel when I was 68 and now have over thirty in print, many of which are best sellers. To sum it up, just because there’s a little or maybe a lot of tread on the tires, it doesn’t mean one’s life is finished. Second chances and new beginnings can and do happen!

BR

Dianne, as always it’s been an honor and a privilege chatting with you. Your abilities and work ethic, along your genuine concern for people are an inspiration to me and countless others. I hope to have you back soon as well as celebrate the launch of your 100th book. The way you’re going, I’m pretty sure you’re going to get there.

DH

Thanks, Bernie. One hundred books would be nice. I love round numbers! Take care.

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Alexis
Midlife Journey series #1

When her boss gives Alexis weight loss surgery as an early Christmas bonus, it sets in motion a string of events no one could have foreseen. With the surgery comes the realization that anything is possible from losing weight, working out, a complete makeover, a new wardrobe, to men in her life for the first time. Each step is terrifying as time after time she’s forced to get out of her comfort zone because of all the changes taking place.

As the Alexis package becomes more appealing it brings with it an exotic sports car, a glamorous face and body, and a chance at love. But when the ex-wife of the man she falls in love with wants to reconcile with him, Alexis’ hard fought midlife victory becomes a nightmare, and she resorts to returning to what used to work for her when she didn’t want to deal with her feelings – food. Is she doomed to live a life of unhappiness or is there a happy ever after for her?

You can’t read about Alexis’ trials and tribulations without rooting for her every step of the way. Although her midlife journey forces her to come to terms with a lifetime of being overweight, her struggle of dealing with changes in midlife is one every woman will face in one form or another. This is Alexis’ midlife journey.

Dianne Harman, Author
Amazon: http://ow.ly/s6pN5
Web Site http://www.DianneHarman.com
Blog: http://dianneharman.com/blog/
Twitter: @DianneDHarman

Nov 12

Say Hello to Dianne Harman

Today’s post is a bit different in that I’m featuring Dianne Harman, an author friend who is having remarkable success with her various cozy mystery series. Dianne is rapidly approaching her 30th book and has received numerous awards for her work, including being named by Amazon as one of their most popular authors for the last six months. She’s also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

I first met Dianne through her Coyote Series which includes: Blue Coyote Motel; a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, a Goodreads Psychological Thriller and e-thriller Book of the Month; Coyote in Provence; and Cornered Coyote. Other awards include being finalists in the prestigious CLUE awards contest. Her love of cooking, food, and mystery led to the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. In both series there’s lots of food, recipes, and dogs!

Dianne has a fascinating background she incorporates into her stories and characters. She was the owner of a national antique and art appraisal business for many years. She left that industry and opened two yoga centers, where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She continues to travel extensively throughout the world, and lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, Tom, a former California Senator and their six-month-old puppy, Kelly.

In short, she is definitely an author I recommend you check if you haven’t already done so. Featured today is her latest book which is currently sitting in the Top 1000 of books on Amazon. Considering that there are millions of titles out there, this is no small accomplishment.

So it is with great pleasure that I present Murder at the Polo Club

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Award Winning Author

DIANNE HARMAN

Antiques, polo, and relationships. What do they have in common? Murder!

Why was the Palm Springs polo club owner’s fiancée, Pia, murdered? Things like old relationships, Mafia vendettas, and fighting over inheritances play a part in this cozy mystery. Jack Rutledge, the owner of a world-class polo club in Palm Springs hires Marty Combs, an antique appraiser, to evaluate Jack’s collection of art pottery and Pia’s recently inherited collection of art glass. When Marty and her husband Jeff, a Palm Springs Police Detective, attend a cocktail party at the Rutledge Polo Club, they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery.

Who killed Pia? Was it Kevin, the has-been polo player jealous of Jack’s success? Roberto, the reputed second-in-command of the West Coast Mafia who loved Pia? Gerta, Pia’s sister, who feels the art glass collection that was willed to Pia should be hers? Pia’s ex-husband, a felon newly released from prison? Jensen, Jack’s son, who’d been promised he would inherit Jack’s very valuable art pottery collection, or even Lupe, the polo club owner’s maid?

Join the group of friends who live in a high desert compound outside Palm Springs with Duke, Marty’s pink bootie wearing Labrador retriever, as they try to figure out who the murderer is before Marty becomes the next victim.

Another fast-paced mystery exploring money and relationships. As always, there’s plenty of food and recipes from Dianne Harman, a seven-time Amazon All-Star author.

Dianne Harman, Author
Amazon: http://ow.ly/s6pN5
Web Site http://www.DianneHarman.com
Blog: http://dianneharman.com/blog/
Twitter: @DianneDHarman

On a final note, I want to thank all of you for making yesterday’s launch of my new book,The Case of the Abandoned Aussie, such a success. It’s off to a strong start and I truly appreciate all your ongoing support.

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http://amzn.to/2fDuX9u

Nov 08

My New Mystery Series Launches Friday!

Hi folks,

I hope everyone is doing well and has survived the marathon campaign season. I know I’m glad it’s over!

Thanks again for all your support with the launch of The Duplicates. And I’m sorry I’ve been quiet since then but I’ve been working on the development of a new series; The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finished the first three books in the series.

The new series is different from my other books and I hope I don’t confuse too many of my current readers as I venture into this new genre for a while. 🙂 My other books are probably best described as adult crime thrillers and deal with a lot of themes that lend themselves to more of a global setting. And after seven books, I decided I wanted to take a bit of a break from that genre and do a wholesome series with a small town setting focusing on the characteristics and values of the people who enjoy living in a close-knit community.

As you know, I spend a lot of time on my characters and use a lot of comedy in my books. I thought my idea for the Thousand Islands Doggy Inn series would enable me to maintain my writing style while expanding into the mystery genre. Also, I’ve wanted to pay tribute to the Thousand Islands, the area where I grew up, for quite a while now. And I’m doing my best to highlight aspects of what it’s like to live there in a way so that the area almost becomes another character in the series. After I had decided to do a cozy mystery series that would pay tribute to the Thousand Islands, I wanted to include two other things I love; dogs and good food.

And soon the idea of having two female main characters with a love for the same three things was born. In short, Suzy Chandler, along with her best friend and business partner, Josie, own and operate the Thousand Islands Doggy Inn, a place they created to provide dogs with the things they deserve; which is the best of everything. As best friends, they share a lot of common interests, constantly bounce ideas off each other, and sometimes gets cranky with each other and bicker. I love writing Suzy and Josie’s characters and I think their relationship and reactions to the things that unfold around them is what makes the series so special. The Doggy Inn they own and operate is a combination full-service veterinary operation, boarding service, and a large dog rescue program. Since Suzy and Josie have a strict No Kill policy, the Doggy Inn is usually overflowing with rescue dogs, along with boarders and other dogs they consider part of their family.

The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn mysteries is an alphabet series, and one specific breed is featured in each book, and I’m pleased to announce that the first two books in the series are available for Pre-Order on Amazon. Book three will be launching around Christmas.

I think you’re going to enjoy the new series! And as always, I’d love to hear from you if you have any feedback or questions. And, of course, Amazon reviews are always greatly appreciated.

The Case of the Abandoned Aussie – Launches November 11th (Now available for Pre-Order)

The Case of the Brokenhearted Bulldog – Launches November 29th (Now available for Pre-Order)

The Case of the Caged Cockers – Launches Christmas

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The Case of the Abandoned Aussiehttp://amzn.to/2fk90Np

Suzy Chandler, along with her best friend and business partner, Josie, own and operate the Thousand Islands Doggy Inn, a place they created to provide dogs with the things they deserve; which is the best of everything. One morning while fishing, they hook a really big one; the dead body of a rich candy magnate who owns an island in the area. They also find Chloe, an Australian Shepherd puppy, swimming nearby and frantically trying to survive the trauma of being thrown overboard in the middle of the night.

A fast-paced and funny mystery unfolds that affectionately focuses on dogs, food, and the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands region as Suzy and Josie embark on a mission to protect Chloe as well as figure out who killed the candy magnate. And as the list of suspects grows, and the victims pile up, they find themselves dealing with a unique cast of characters and wondering if they just might be the next target.

With Suzy and Josie, The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries features two of the smartest and funniest lead female protagonists to hit the cozy mystery scene in a very long time, and their affection for food and boundless love and devotion to their dogs puts this new series in the Don’t Miss category. The Case of the Abandoned Aussie gets this fresh alphabet series off to a great start, and B.R. Snow promises that readers are in for a long, wild, and highly entertaining ride as the series moves forward.

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The Case of the Brokenhearted Bulldoghttp://amzn.to/2eiozIE

Suzy and Josie, owners of the Thousand Islands Doggy Inn, are attending an end-of-summer party and about to receive a sizeable charitable gift from one of their good friends, a local businessman with a love of dogs and a reputation with the ladies. A newly built yacht about to embark on a trip to Florida via the Inland Waterway is one of the party highlights, but when the engineer is killed, and Jackson, the Clay Bay Chief of Police, ends up in critical condition, the yacht becomes the focal point of the ensuing murder investigation.

In addition to trying to solve the murder, Suzy and Josie are forced to deal with a variety of other problems and distractions. Jackson’s bulldog, Sluggo, is despondent and not eating. And as Jackson fights for his life and attempts to recover from the attack, Suzy’s mom begins a new relationship she believes has the potential to go the distance. And if that weren’t enough, when Chef Claire threatens to take a new job out of state, putting a serious damper on the quality of food served at the house, Suzy and Josie are pushed to their limits.

The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries features two of the smartest and funniest lead female protagonists to hit the cozy mystery scene in a very long time, and Suzy and Josie’s affection for food and their boundless love and devotion to their dogs puts this new series in the Don’t Miss category. The Case of the Brokenhearted Bulldog is another fast-paced and funny cozy mystery installment in this series that affectionately focuses on dogs, food, and the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands region.

Aug 21

The Duplicates – Launch Date – August 31

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As a special thank you to all of you who generously supported my recent Amazon campaign, between now and when the book launches on August 31st, I’m offering The Duplicates for the extremely low price of $0.99. Yes, you read that right. For the next 10 days, The Duplicates will be available to you for ninety-nine cents. All you need to do is click the link below, Pre-Order the book, and on the 31st it will be automatically downloaded to you.

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I will also be sharing the results of my recent campaign with you shortly. Thanks to you the campaign produced some amazing results, and I have to admit that I’m still surprised that Amazon didn’t pick the book up. But the good news for you is that you will have it by the end of the month instead of later in the fall.

Again, I want to thank each and every one of you for your ongoing support. I truly appreciate it, and I hope you enjoy reading The Duplicates as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Be well, my friends.

Happy reading.

Bernie

Jul 10

The Duplicates – Amazon Public Campaign

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Good morning!

I hope you’re doing well.

I’m doing this post because I need to ask you for a small favor. And I promise it will only take a few moments of your valuable time.

My new book, The Duplicates, the 5th in my Damaged Po$$e series, is already generating a lot of interest. Amazon is considering it for one of their publishing subsidiaries, and I think it’s an opportunity I just can’t pass up.

In addition to the book itself, one of the things they consider when making their decision is the interest readers have in the book. As such, starting today and for the next thirty days, The Duplicates will be in a public campaign where people will have the opportunity to Nominate the book.

If you could take the time to click the link below and nominate The Duplicates, I will be eternally grateful for your support.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1RQV30RDEOB90

The good news for you is, if the book is selected, you will receive a free copy just for participating in the nomination process.

Again, I hope you’re doing well, and I look forward to catching up soon.

Be well.

Bernie

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Jul 07

The DuplicatesAnatomy of a Novel – Installment 1

The Question Before Us

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I get the question all the time.

“How do you write a book?”

My initial response always seems to confuse the person asking the question.

“One word at a time.”

Invariably, they think I’m making a joke, or worse, not taking them seriously.

But it’s the truth. That’s how it’s done.

And it’s a brutal, exhilarating process that isn’t for the faint of heart.

As all my colleagues know, if you’re an author, you better love the process.

But since I get the how do you do it question a lot, I decided to keep a journal and a tracking log as I wrote my new book, The Duplicates, Book #5 in my Damaged Po$$e series.

In a way, it was almost like writing two books at the same time.

One; the actual book.

The other; a chronicle of my activities as I went through the entire writing and editing process.

From the initial idea, through character development, into the Outline process, the writing of the first draft, and finishing with a detailed description of my four-round editing process.

So, 68 days after I started writing the first draft on April 5th, on June 10th, I put the final touches on the finished manuscript that is now with my editor and a select group of trusted early readers.

And here’s what I know:

The Duplicates is a thriller that deals with End of Days prophecies and near-future technologies colliding.

The final word count is 87,778.

The writing and editing process totaled 290 hours.

That translates into an average of 1,290 words per day; 303 per hour; five words a minute.

Yeah, I know, weird to look at it that way, huh?

And that’s not counting all the hours I spent on the couch wondering how the hell I was going to transition my Damaged Po$$e series into more of the traditional thriller genre without losing a lot of the elements that made the series popular in the first place.

How does one write a book that includes near-future technology without veering off into science fiction; a genre I respect a great deal but have no experience with or interest in writing?

How do I incorporate the End of Days prophecies of major religions without coming across as either preachy or disrespectful of other people’s opinions and beliefs?

How do I create a memorable villain who’s got the chops to pull the role off?

And wait until you see who I picked for that.

How could I even consider the possibility of killing off any of the Po$$e series beloved characters?

Uh, oh. Spoiler alert.

All these questions and more tormented me for months as I stretched out on the couch and tried to figure out what the hell I was going to do. My wife, Laurie, although she loves the book, still isn’t convinced that all my couch time met the definition of work.

And don’t even get me started on the Outline and what an arduous task that was. But both the couch-time and the pain and suffering I experienced getting the Outline right ended up being well worth the effort.

I love this book.

In my Not At All Humble Opinion; it’s my best book.

And since my personal goal is to make each book better than the last, I’m a happy man. Don’t get me wrong. I think my last book, Either Ore, was pretty frigging good.

I repeat; in my Not At All Humble Opinion.

The Duplicates is a timely page-turner; and readers will think and learn, laugh, maybe even cry.

And while the book does test the boundaries of where we’re at right now with the advancement of technology and as a global community, the themes I deal with in the book are a lot closer to being realized than all of us might believe possible.

So between now and when The Duplicates launches, I’ll be posting a six-installment review of the process I went through writing the book.

I think other authors will find it interesting and, at times, helpful. If it does give you a few useful ideas, please let me know.

And I think readers will enjoy taking a peek behind the curtain to see how one of these things gets made.

The process is nowhere near as disgusting as watching sausage or management decisions get made, but it does get ugly from time to time.

Don’t worry. I won’t be giving away too much of the story. I want you to read the damn thing, right?

But by the end of the installments, you’ll have a good understanding of how I went from 0 to 87,778 words in 68 days.

Stay tuned, the second installment, The Idea, is coming soon.

And if you’d like to receive each installment automatically, just Subscribe here on the site.

Be well, my friends.

Jan 27

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Dec 31

Happy New Year!

new years copyI’d like to wish all of you a fantastic New Year.

I hope 2015 brings you nothing but peace, prosperity, and joy!

Thanks, as always, for all your kindness and support this year!

Be well, my friends.

Bernie

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