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The Good Old Days Weren’t Always That Good

by Bethany Maines

The pandemic has brought many things
surface, but as I work with my roster of usual clients (I’m a graphic designer)
I’m caught by surprise at the growing gulf between those who wish to return to
“normal” (don’t we all) and those who have pushed forward to embrace
technology in an effort to create “normal-ish”. Some of the
solutions that have come up during the pandemic are poor substitutes (distance
learning, I’m looking at you), but at least function.  Some of the solutions
work better than the original (Zoom with out of state friends!).  But what
I see is that the clients who are embracing technology to remain connected are
going to have an on-going and continued advantage over organizations that take
the “we’ll just wait for normal to come back” approach even after the
pandemic subsides. 
 

Honestly, I don’t believe that
normal is going to come back. That is not a negative prediction.  It’s an estimate based on what I know about
history and technology. Humans are always looking for “faster” and once we’ve found
a new faster way to do things, we don’t go back to slower.  So all the shortcuts we’ve developed are
going to stick with us. The organizations who think that everything will go
back to the way it was are going to be severely disappointed. And I think this
rule can be brought down to an individual level as well.

Which has made me ponder what “normal”
am I clinging to for the sake of familiarity?  Am I afraid of being a
different person tomorrow because it would require change today?  What
challenges have I been avoiding because they would require me to dig in, learn,
and potentially fail? Learning something new is hard, but results are clear — trying
new things keeps us connected, flexible and more likely to survive.  And as I stated slash possibly sang and danced to in my last Zoom dance party, I Will Survive. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Peregrine’s Flight – the next book in my Shark Santoyo series is almost here (print edition is already available!) and will be available 6/16.

Blurb: Peregrine Hays has always been able to see the angles and
fix any situation—but even she can’t fix the death of Shark Santoyo. All Peri
wants to do is finally move on, but when mysterious new player Hernan Arroyo
comes to town looking for Shark and digging up the past, he unwittingly puts
Peri in the path of the Reyes brothers, their hunt for a smuggler of stolen
Mayan artifacts, and a shadowy figure known only as the Mannequin. Peri is
struggling, but maybe with the help of her friends, she can learn to fly.

Learn more about the series: https://amzn.to/3aUhDuA 
Pre-Order Peregrine’s Flight: https://amzn.to/3eGyan6

Love & Treasure – Surprise it’s a novella! If you like sword fights, treasure-filled caves, and laughs, then you need Love & Treasure.

Blurb: Chase Regard is captain of the nearly-historically-accurate pirate ship Cupid’s Revenge, a pirate-themed restaurant and dinner show, and the mountain of debt that came with both. But Chase has an ace up his sleeve: his ancestor left a heap of treasure somewhere on the coast near Ashville, Oregon. All Chase needs to find it is the help of the red-headed, fiery, and occasionally forgetful, academic Dr. Jenna Mackenzie, the director of the Ashville Museum. But when Chase and Jenna team up they must face the town’s history-buff bully, accusations of theft, and an oncoming storm before they find out that X marks the spot for love and treasure.
Releasing: July 

Thriller Giveaway: Fellow Stiletto author A.B. Plum and I are part of a massive Thriller Giveaway!  60 series starting books AND an e-reader are up for grabs. Last day to enter is 6/10 so click that link quick! Enter for a chance to win here: : https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/june-2020/fast-paced-thrillers-series-starters/
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Bethany Maines is the award-winning author of the Carrie Mae Mysteries, San Juan Islands Mysteries, Shark Santoyo Crime Series, and numerous
short stories. When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some
serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing her
daughter or glued to the computer working on her next novel.
You can also catch up with her on Twitter, FacebookInstagram, and BookBub.

All the News!

by Bethany Maines

The last few years have been extremely busy for me in terms of writing and that means that in 2020 all of you will be seeing the results. So I thought we should do a little re-cap of everything that’s happening.  Here is an update on all things Bethany.


THE SECOND SHOT- Release Date: 10.24.19

My romantic suspense novel was named a Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association 2019 Finalist in the Romance category! Although, I have to admit, my love story shares it’s DNA with a mystery-thriller I’m extremely excited and proud of this award.  It was also featured in Frolic – the online magazine for people who love love-stories.  And it has made it onto the Goodreads “Most Anticipated Release for October” List.  This list is voted on by Goodreads readers, so if you’re on Goodreads, please go vote The Second Shot!  AND, last but not least, there’s a Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Giftcard.  Entering is easy, just go click a few things and follow me on social media and you’re entered!


COMING 2020!

An Unfamiliar Sea – Book 3 of the San Juan Islands Mysteries will be released in January.  
Tish and Tobias Yearly are back to business finding bodies, solving mysteries and delivering death pie to the bereaved.
Shark’s Fin & Peregrine’s Flight – Book 4 of the Shark Santoyo Series, along with a Peregrine Hays centered novella, will be released in late April of 2020. 
Shark and Peri are finally facing down mob-boss Geier and no one is safe.
The Cinderella Secret – Book 2 of The Deveraux Legacy will be released in October.
Aiden Deveraux has a secret – he’s not the Prince Charming he pretends to be and the Deveraux enemies are about to find that out.


PENDING

Short Stories – I have two out on submission – stay tuned for whether or not they get accepted into their respective publications!
Galactic Dreams Volume 3 – After taking a hiatus for 2020, Galactic Dreams, the Blue Zephyr Press Sci-Fairy Tale anthology, will be back in 2021!


Bethany Maines is the award-winning author of the Carrie Mae Mysteries, San Juan Islands Mysteries, Shark Santoyo Crime Series, and numerous
short stories. When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some
serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing her
daughter or glued to the computer working on her next novel.
You can also catch up with her on Twitter, FacebookInstagram, and BookBub
.