Marketing Strategies — Help!

Just a short post to let you know I am trying to upgrade my marketing of “In the Rafters.” It seems mysteries, which are self-published, have a harder time reaching readers than Pride and Prejudice Variations, which have a built-in readership. (As you know I have two P&P variations out there, just waiting for more readers–”Mr. Darcy and the Lady with the Fine Eyes” and” Mr. Darcy’s Foreboding.”)

The problem is a good one though. Mysteries are the most popular form of fiction (next to romance) and my mystery is also a romance. Hence if I can just bring it to the ATTENTION of all those readers, I am good-to-go. What is problem then you may ask? Well, it seems that mysteries are also published in great numbers every month. So it is hard to get one’s own mystery the ATTENTION it needs.  Please read “In the Rafters” and write a sparkling review.

That is step number one, I think, and a good one…asking my blog readers to READ and REVIEW my novel, In the Rafters.” Help!

Please read In the Rafters and write a good review. I need help with exposure.

Help, all you mystery readers out there. Selling my P & P Variations was not too difficult. However, I have now put the first (“In the Rafters”) of my six mysteries up on Amazon and am getting almost zero sales. It seems that so many mysteries get published every month that it is hard to get an audience. So please read about Millicent and Lute Girard and their lovely life of amateur detection in the world of  bucolic central Kentucky horse farms. Then write me a glowing review. I thank you in advance.

“In the Rafters” introduces my heroine (Millicent) and her discovery of a handsome hero (Lute) and their subsequent love at first sight romance. The first half of the mystery centers on the solution of the theft of seventeen thoroughbreds, obviously a major catastrophe in the Bluegrass of Kentucky. This eventually leads to an even more serious crime–the murder of an English professor of Eastern Kentucky University. The victim, Dr. J J Carstairs, is not only a neighbor of Millicent’s, but also a fellow professor, whose office is across the hall. Millicent, whose specialty at the university is Mystery Fiction,  cannot rest until she solves this conundrum as well. Before it’s over Millicent actually finds herself hung “in the rafters” of a tobacco barn. I promise you will enjoy the mystery and the romance. Give the novel a review on Amazon, so I can get the other five out there for my readers.

Hope your Christmas was merry

My son and I spent a harrowing ten hours driving from Kentucky to North Carolina, four of the hours in a torrential rain storm. Perfect timing. The end of the trip was worth it though; we visited my daughter and grandson, his sister and nephew. I got to ride bikes and play basketball with my athletic seven year old Keith Harris Glenmore Duncan. We all played board games and listened to Christmas music and saw a video or two–seven year old style. What did you do?


I have a confession to make. The evening that my son Dodd and I put In the Rafters on Create Space to “create” a print edition of my first mystery/romance for you my readers, my son noticed that I had given my main character Millicent the last name Mason. Of course seven years ago when I began the Millicent/Lute mystery series I had no idea that when I published my novels I’d use a pen name. I am Glenna Mason Pope Harris. I just assumed I would use the name Glenna Harris as author on the front of my books.

Then I decided to use Glenna Mason, but I was publishing Pride an Prejudice variations, so I thought nothing of the future problem with that particular pen name. My son had no idea what name I had chosen for my main character in the mysteries–that is until we were in the process of publishing In the Rafters and there was Millicent Lee Mason on the first line. Dodd decided the main character’s last name had to be changed. So through the magic of the computer world, all the Masons became Webbs.

I didn’t see any problem. However, there was one slight one I had forgotten. Millicent, as I hope you know by now, is a college professor with a specialty in Mystery Fiction. Hence often in her everyday life she considers what fictional detectives, professional and amateur, in the world of literature would do. Miss Marple,  Hercule Poirot, Adam Dalgleish, Lucas Davenport, Tommy Linley, Richard Jury and several others–they’re there in Millicent’s mind. Okay–no problem. None of them have the name Mason. BUT can you now think of one who does? You got it. Perry Mason was mentioned in passing. I didn’t even remember the reference until I got the print edition and read it through. Perry Mason of course inadvertently became Perry Webb.

I have, therefore, corrected the error, along with a minor number of comma errors and sent the novel back to print. Thus if you did not buy the print or the kindle version by Saturday, eight days after its first exposure, you are good to go. Perry is back to Mason now. SORRY!

In the Rafters can now be purchased on kindle or print from Amazon

In the Rafters is finally published. Go to Amazon and get your copy.

The life of Millicent Lee Webb, a college professor, with a specialty in mystery fiction, who also happens to be  thoroughbred horse farm manager, takes a bizarre turn when seventeen thoroughbreds are kidnapped from farms throughout the central Kentucky bluegrass. Millicent, a lover of the mystery, has always wanted her own to solve. This is her chance. Two of the valuable horses are stolen from her next door neighbor and special friend, Simeon Stanton.

You’ll have to get the book to learn the rest. However, just a hint  . . . solving a mystery isn’t as easy as Millicent assumed it would be. When she finally puts the clues together and finds her man, she also mysteriously falls in love. And guess with whom?  Complications galore! And suddenly a more serious inquiry lands in her lap when  her good friend and fellow professor is killed by a hit and run driver. Another mystery to solve and a new lover to assist in the caper? You’ll have to read to find out.

The most interesting mystery of all is one you’ll need to solve. Why is novel this called In the Rafters? Why is the Kentucky bluegrass depicted as so somber and–well– mysterious on the cover?


In the Rafters should be up in November

Seventeen kidnapped thoroughbreds! Two from the farm next door! What a chance for my heroine, Millicent Mason, to realize her dream to become a real-life detective–amateur style!

And romance–is it in the offing too? Will a handsome hero ride over the horizon right up to Millicent’s barn door? Or perhaps she’ll ride Gypsy to his fine farm instead.

And will they then together solve the crime of who murdered Millicent’s fellow professor, Dr. James Joyce Carstairs?

In the Rafters is on its way

In the Rafters is a mystery/romance that takes place in central Kentucky horse country. It is the first of six Millicent/Lute mysteries that I have already written. Who knows how many more are in the future?

This novel introduces Millicent Mason and Lute Girard, not only to the reader, but also to each other. In the process of trying to solve the theft of a thoroughbred mare and her foal from the farm of her fellow breeder and neighbor, Simeon Stanton, the effervescent Millicent  is led to suspect the handsome Lute Girard, himself the owner of standard bred horses, which he races at the famous harness racing track, The Red Mile, in Lexington and similar venues throughout the country.

Lute is the owner of a beautiful horse farm and is reputedly independently wealthy. He makes a poor suspect. But nonetheless he may be guilty. However, he may innocent. You’ll have to read In the Rafters to find the solution to this puzzle. I can’t say more. Why give away the mystery?

As Millicent is trying to make sense of the thoroughbred horse thefts, her good friend, neighbor and fellow English professor at EKU, Jimmy Joyce Carstairs, is brutally run down by a hit and run driver on the country lane, where Millicent, Simeon and he have farms. Outraged by this atrocity, Millicent, professor of mystery literature and fan of mystery fiction from childhood, investigates and soon determines that J J’s death was no accident.

Millicent now has two mysteries on her agenda, as well as her teaching duties and her breeding farm to supervise. However, due to her lifelong desire to solve a real mystery and her friendship with Simeon and J J, she cannot ignore the facts in front of her.

Hence it becomes fortunate that Millicent and Lute have one significant thing in common–the love of horses.  They just naturally gravitate to camaraderie. Lute joins Millicent in the effort to try  to solve the brutal murder. In the process, Millicent finds herself in extreme jeopardy, “in the rafters” of an old tobacco barn.

This is only the first of many crimes the two and their friends take on in novels of the future. They are the cozy mystery personified, with amateur detectives always ready to get involved, ironically set in the supposedly bucolic bluegrass of Kentucky. If you enjoy mystery, romance, and horses, you’ll really enjoy this series of Millicent/Lute adventures. Incidentally all are titled with a prepositional phrase, from the first, In the Rafters, to the sixth, After the Allegro Express.


Mr. Darcy’s Foreboding is on Amazon

Mr. Darcy’s Foreboding is ready to read. Amazon has it on kindle and in print edition. Just type in the name and voila! I am very pleased with the story personally, but would like your feedback.

I just love Darcy, and this time he, the colonel and Bingley get several chances to extricate the Bennet sisters from the clutches of the normal suspects. Yes, you guessed right: Wickham and Caroline. Of course Lydia and Mrs. Bennet cause a ruckus or two also. And everyone’s favorite, Mr. Bennet, is there to monitor the whole scene.

Oh, and In addition to  tuning in to Darcy’s prescience so the trio can solve a crime or two, Darcy, Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam reserve plenty of time for falling in love.


Hallelujah! One more week and my new novel will be on Amazon

“Mr. Darcy’s Foreboding” is ready to publish on Amazon and Create Space. Thursday, August, the 13th is the  day. If you liked “Mr. Darcy and the Lady with the Fine Eyes”, you’ll love this one. Number one it is much shorter and concentrates primarily on Darcy and Elizabeth. Don’t worry! All the Jane Austen characters are there. Bingley and Jane, Georgiana and the colonel. And what Pride and Prejudice variation would be complete without Caroline and Wickham.  In fact this variation is a mystery. Caroline and Lydia and Wickham are prime suspects of course. Darcy and Bingley exceed themselves in solving the crimes. And to top it all off, Darcy has a second sense, which warns him when danger is near. You’ll love it. Check Amazon after August 13 and get your copy.

Mr. Darcy’s Foreboding is ready to go to Amazon

My latest JAFF novel, that is my Regency Romance about Pride and Prejudice‘s Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, is about ready to go to print. I am waiting for the drawing for the cover and it is a go.

This one is different from Mr. Darcy and the Lady with the Fine Eyes. It is shorter, and takes a distinctly different twist. My first venture into Pride  and Prejudice What If fiction  is essentially a series of love stories. Many of the original’s characters find love, not only Elizabeth and Darcy, but also Anne, Mary, Georgiana, and Kitty . . . and of course Jane.

In this version of the world famous story, love and romance still abound, but a series of mysterious happenings keep Darcy and Bingley on their toes.

I have written six mysteries, which I shall begin publishing in the autumn. Since it is my favorite genre, I couldn’t help but insert a little of it into the lives of my favorite characters. I won’t give away the mysteries. You have to buy the novel, Mr. Darcy’s Foreboding.