Books by Melissa Bowersock

Monday, February 17, 2020

Milestone! Book 25 and ALL on Sale!

I actually never imagined this day would come. Didn't plan on it, never considered it when I started on Ghost Walk over three years agoBut here it is. Book 25 of the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series, Dead Sea Walk. And it's a humdinger of a way to celebrate this milestone. This might be Sam's most amazing walk yet! 

In 1947, the first Dead Sea scrolls—parchment containing 2,000-year-old versions of Biblical text—were discovered in caves above Qumran, Israel.  Archaeological study of Qumran suggests it was a community of Essenes, ascetic monks whose teachings influenced the earliest Christian thought. When medium Sam Firecloud is invited to walk the ruins to connect with a spirit there, he wonders what—or who—he’ll find. The executive director of Qumran has a guess; he believes the soul who dwells there could be no less than the ghost of Jesus Christ.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I'm putting ALL 25 books in the series on sale for just 99 cents each through February 29, 2020. If you need to catch up, now is the time. If you haven't taken the plunge into Lacey and Sam's adventures, now is the time. And if you're worried about running out, I've got Book 26 in the hopper and working on 27.

All my books, as always, are Annie-approved. Below, she's saying, "What's that blue thing? Oh, it's an award! Cool!" (She would have thought it was cooler if it was something to eat.)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Typos in My Manuscript — Betrayed by My Own Body

Cheeto, the typing chimpIt’s really nice to have support when I write. My entire body supports me. My spine keeps me upright in my chair. My butt anchors me there (sometimes too long), and of course my hands and eyes connect me to my computer via the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Obviously, I could not write without the aid of my body, but sometimes it takes that support too far and ends up causing me trouble with typos. How so?
Fast typingFirst it’s my fingers. They’re very helpful. I should provide a little backstory and say that I learned to touch type in high school — home row, QWERTY, and all that. I never have to look at the keyboard to type, just keep my eyes trained on the screen and go. Because of that, I type fast, and my fingers know whole words after so much repetition. I rarely have to think about typing H-E-A-D, I just think about head and my fingers do the rest.
Unless they don’t. Sometimes my fingers think they know what word I want, and they type heat instead. Or hear. And the trouble with this is that spell-checker won’t catch it. It’s a good word. It’s just not the right word.
Then, to compound the problem, my brain gets into the act. My brain is also very helpful. It knows what words I want to write. After all, they start there, right? So as I’m reading over what I’ve just written, my brain scans the words via my eyes and says, “Yep, looks good. A-Okay here.”
Except it’s not. I’ve just written, “She blushed from her neck to the top of her heat.” Lovely. Paints a picture, doesn’t it? And these parts of me, my fingers and my brain and my eyes, are all just glowing with giddy pleasure because they’ve helped me write my magnum opus. Or maybe that’s right my magnum opus. At any rate, while I appreciate the effort and the thought, it’s just not enough. This is why I have to call in more eyes. Fresh eyes that don’t have expectations based on what’s in my head. Fresh eyes that will actually see what’s on the paper instead of thinking they already know what should be there.
All I can say is, thank god for beta readers and editors. When my own body conspires willingly against me, I need all the outside help I can get.
We’ve had lots of articles on this topic at Indies Unlimited. The Evil Mastermind wrote about the dreaded Typopotamus. Our Fearless Leader lamented about letting a book sit. Even world-renowned reviewer Mr. BigAl wrote about why proofreading is important. No matter which won of us ewe listen too, getting another set of eyes on your work is paramount.
Originally published by Indies Unlimited on 9/8/2015.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Start the New Year with Monster Walk!

Nothing like starting out the new year with a brand new book, right? I'm happy to announce that I've released Book 24 of the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series, Monster Walk

Two recent murders have rocked the small town of Chinle, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Navajo Tribal Police have found no connection between the victims even though both were killed the same way and brutally mutilated. Lieutenant John Stoneburner has no choice but to call in medium Sam Firecloud and his partner, Lacey Fitzpatrick, to see if they can make sense of the grisly facts. When it becomes clear to Sam that the murders are related to ancient Navajo mythology, he enlists the help of an elder, his grandfather Ben, who leads them all into the perilous realm of gods and monsters.

Two things many of my readers have particularly enjoyed are the fascinating traditions of the Navajo, and Sam's grandfather, Ben. The positive comments inspired me to look deeper into the Navajo's mythic past, and who better to lead the way than Ben? If you enjoyed Skin Walk, Blood Walk, and Bordello Walk, you'll like this one. I guarantee it. Just to sweeten the pot, Monster Walk is available for just 99 cents now through January 12, 2020.

Meanwhile, if you haven't plunged into the world of Sam and Lacey yet, let me remind you that Ghost Walk, Book 1, is always only 99 cents for the eBook. 

And, in addition, Books 1 through 7 are also available as audio books