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Red Letter Days for Writers — and a Cover Reveal for Murder in the Mountains

by Shari Randall

There are many special moments in the life of a book that are worth celebrating. Of course, publication day, the “book birthday,” is the day to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne. But there are other days that feel equally special to writers:

The day you type “The End” and finish your draft. Every writer knows that it’s really the beginning – second and third drafts, edits, editor’s letter, and copy edits are coming. It’s a hard won milestone. I don’t know any writers who celebrate this moment with champagne — we’re too exhausted.

Unboxing day: the day you receive the box of author copies and hold a book in your hands for the first time. Bliss!

And my favorite – seeing a book cover for the first time. For me, this is the moment a book feels real for the first time. I was thrilled when I saw the cover for my next project, a group cozy mystery story collection titled Murder in the Mountains. It’s part of the Destination Murders series. The first in series was Murder on the Beach and further adventures in exciting locations are planned.

This collection will include stories by Gretchen Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Karen Cantwell, Barb Goffman, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Tina Kashian, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Cathy Wiley, and I. There’s a special ebook preorder price of only 99 cents for a limited time. The book will be published February 1, 2022 and I hope you’ll plan to take a trip to the mountains with us!