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My good friend and colleague from Avalon Books has recently published a new book, An Uncertain Path.

Here are a few word about the book from Sandra Carey Cody’s own writer’s blog, Birth of a Novel, also on WordPress.

A tragic accident links the lives of two young women, unrelated, unknown to one Cody Uncertain Path Coveranother, causing each to question things she thought were certain, and setting each on a path neither could have imagined.

Peace Morrow, abandoned as an infant, is about to meet the birth family she’s always longed to know. Raised as a Pennsylvania Quaker, she wonders what her Virginia aristocrat family will think of her. What happens when a careless action by one of them takes the family to the brink of disaster?

Rachel Woodard, longing to break out of the safe world she’s always known, takes a drastic step that results in the death of a young man and sets off a chain of events that swirls outward like a pebble dropped in a pool. Can she live a lie to preserve her own life and save everyone she loves from heartbreak?

An Uncertain Path is available on Amazon.

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sandracareycodyMy guest this weekend is Sandra Carey Cody, mystery writer and Missourian. She is the author of the Jennie Connor mysteries, published by Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group. These include Love and Not Destory,  Left at print-versionOz, Put Out the Light, Consider the Lilly and By Whose Hand.

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I  first ‘met’ Sandra when my debut novel was acquired by Avalon Books and I joined the group blog of many of their authors at Avalon Authors. Sandra is my guest this weekend to present her latest novel, Lethal Journal.

What About the Victim?

Writers love characters. We love creating them. We love forcing them to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds before they get to their happily ever after or, in some cases, get what’s coming to them.

Lethal Journal - ebookIf you write mysteries, as I do, the one character you really need to understand is the victim. Why? In a sense, everything in the book flows from some facet of this person’s personality or their history. Murder is a drastic act, way outside the experience of most of us. So it has to be believable that someone would cross into the ultimate forbidden territory and take a human life. What is it about the victim that would make someone want to kill him or her? More often than not, the reader never sees the victim alive. Their introduction to him/her is when s/he is found dead. So, how can a writer bring the victim to life for the reader? How does a writer make the reader care who killed him/her and want to see the killer get what’s coming to him/her?

Different mysteries use different techniques. In my latest book, Lethal Journal, I gave Jake Appleton, my victim, a journal. Jake’s a loner. No one knows what’s going on in Jake’s head. Ah, but he keeps a journal. When Jake is murdered and the journal can’t be found, we know where he kept his secrets and that’s where we begin our search for the truth about Jake.

Link to Lethal Journal on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1j7cXnW

http://www.sandracareycody.com

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311_Lethal_Journal_-_gold_letteringSandra Carey Cody, mystery writer, has agreed to be my guest this month. Her latest book, Lethal Journal, is a Jennie Connors mystery. Keep an eye out for Sandra here.

Sandra is one of my fellow bloggers at Classic and Cozy and has her own blog at Birth of a Novel here at wordpress. We’ve never met but we were both contributors to the Avalon Authors blog before Avalon Books was purchased by Amazon.

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Sandra Carey Cody has decided to take a short break from murder and has written a short romance – More Than Words Can Say. This story is available on Kindle and will be free tomorrow and through the weekend.

I’ve started reading already. If I hadn’t stopped to post this blog, I wouldn’t have put it down.

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As part of my Virtual Launch of Wait a Lonely Lifetime published by Avalon Books and now available on several online bookshops, Sandra Carey Cody posted an excerpt from the first chapter of the novel on her website: SandraCareyCody. Use the following link and click on the Guest Excerpt tab.

Sandra Carey Cody is one of my fellow writer colleagues at Avalon Books, writing in the Mystery genre. She has very generously offered to host this excerpt and I am happy to be able to share some of her books with you: Put Out the Light (2005); Consider the Lilly (2008); By Whose Hand (2009). Her most recent book for Avalon is Left at Oz (2011).

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As part of my Virtual Launch of Wait a Lonely Lifetime published by Avalon Books and now available on several online bookshops, Sandra Carey Cody has posted an excerpt from the first chapter of the novel on her website: SandraCareyCody. Use the following link and click on the Guest Excerpt tab.

Sandra Carey Cody is one of my fellow writer colleagues at Avalon Books, writing in the Mystery genre. She has very generously offered to host this excerpt and I am happy to be able to share some of her books with you: Put Out the Light (2005); Consider the Lilly (2008); By Whose Hand (2009). Her most recent book for Avalon is Left at Oz (2011).

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A quick reminder and an invitation to all of you to join me at my Virtual Launch on my Facebook Author’s Page, April 16th, 2012, 6PM toCavoer Artwork for Wait a Lonely Lifetime 9PM, Pacific Time. For some of you, that time slot will be very early in the morning or very late at night. Arrive when you can and stay for as long as you like.

If you are not on Facebook, all the the links will be available as they are announced on the FB page through my LinkedIn and Goodreads blog links as well as via email. And all of the links will remain ‘live’ so you won’t miss anything if you’re away from your computer, or even better, on a prolonged vacation.

Before all the festivities begin, may I thank everyone who has helped to bring this ‘ether-real’ event together: Sandra Carey Cody, Rebecca Miles, Osian Rhys, Adam Quill. There will be others as the event progresses and you will hear more about them all.

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