It’s funny being a writer. You work for months, sometimes years on a manuscript, and then within a few days, the first readers will read your novel and have an opinion.
How wonderful a moment it is when a reader expresses that opinion so soon after you published your book.
Within a handful of days of publishing the paperback version of The House With the Wraparound Porch, I got a review.
I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next By Kathleen Creary on August 10, 2016
Just spent the past 2 days doing nothing but reading MaryPat’s new novel. It was truly “you cannot put this down until you finish it” kind of book. I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next one.Similarly, Just a few days after the Kindle version came out, this review was posted:
A happy discovery By Lindsay Edmunds on August 22, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Curse of the Strawberry Moon is above all a LOCAL book, written by an author who knows the finger lakes region of New York inside out. Mary Pat Hyland knows plenty about the complexity of small town living and the way that lives and events intertwine. The book feels real in all its details: wine-making, book selling, massage therapy, clubbing, drug trafficking, police procedure, the lifestyle of aging rock stars, the hardscrabble edges where people move from job to job, the natural beauty of the lake country. The Caviston sisters seem like real sisters. It is a full portrait of a place and the people who live there. The incredibly complicated events that led to the murder are consistent with the complexity of life in this place, but solving the murder was the least important part of the book for me.The pleasures of the table are also featured. The precise, sophisticated descriptions of good wine and good meals are by themselves almost worth the purchase price.This easy-going, well-written novel is a discovery in the way that finding a great local restaurant, seeing a brilliant production by a regional theater company, or hearing an outstanding concert by local musicians are discoveries. I am looking forward to reading the next Caviston sisters mystery.
So glad to read these reviews and know that the novel is capturing their imagination.
The Curse of the Strawberry Moon is now available at Amazon and CreateSpace.
Here’s a description of the novel, the first in the Caviston Sisters Mystery series:
A full red moon rises over a wedding at a Finger Lakes winery as fireworks explode unexpectedly above the celebration. Was it a timing accident, or were they set off early on purpose to cover up the murder of ’80s rock star Jeremiah Redfern nearby?
Across Keuka Lake, the Caviston sisters watch the show from their deck on a warm June evening, unaware of how their lives will soon become entwined in the unfolding mystery. Curiosity about a Seneca Indian curse draws them deep into the investigation before they realize their own lives may be endangered as they help Detective Tyrone Kane decipher motives tangled tighter than a grapevine.
The Curse of the Strawberry Moon‘s riveting plot delves intimately into the Finger Lakes wine industry with a touch of rock-and-roll attitude.
Here are some details about the paperback version:
ISBN/EAN13: 1530532639 / 9781530532636
Page Count: 396
Size: 6″ x 9″
Genre: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
List price: $19.99
Filed under: Indie Summer Reads
, New Release
| Tagged as: cozy mystery
, finger lakes
, mary pat hyland
, rock and roll
, summer read
, the curse of the strawberry moon
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In a blog post yesterday at PublishingTechnology.com, Jane Tappuni writes that trade publishers in the UK predict the year 2012 will be the “tipping point” for e-book sales. A third say that 10 percent of their income will be from e-book sales that year. In her report, Tappuni also writes of trade publishers that “81% think that the majority of new books they publish will be available in both e and p format by 2016.”