May 272016
 

Everyone has a story. Everyone has something good happen … and everyone has something bad happen. But I’ve known people who have everything – and they’re always complaining. I had a friend who was dying, and she never complained. Not once. Instead, she seemed to cherish every moment she had left.

Rose the Beagle

Rose the beagle

I’m not a saint. I complain. I judge. And then I catch myself and try not to complain or judge. It seems to me our reactions – what we dwell on – makes us either sad and angry or happy and looking forward to the next step in our lives. Through the years, my husband and I have had four dogs and one cat. Our dogs especially were spoiled. They loved eating, they loved us, they loved chasing balls, they loved naps. (Apologies to any men reading this, but doesn’t that sound like someone’s husband?)

If someone passed our yard, the dogs barked. Very territorial. (Like some men again, though all our dogs were females, and so is our cat.)

Sky, our English setter, field type

Sky, our English setter, field type

All our dogs were hunting dogs: two English springer spaniels, one English setter, and one beagle. They shared a lot of qualities: energetic, affectionate, loud, hating baths – every single one – and were often a source of laughter and joy.

Cats are different creatures. Our last two dogs passed a year and a half ago, a few months apart. At first, we were too sad to adopt another dog. We were grieving. Since we might move to another state next spring, we decided to wait until after we move before adopting again. We already had our cat, so we weren’t without a fur baby.

Belle is our first cat, and she has a lot of typical cat behaviors. She sometimes will come when we call her but only when she wants to come. I think she’s showing us that she’s the boss, not us. And she gets bored easily. Almost up to the end of their lives, our dogs were eager to chase a ball. That never got old. Not so for our cat. Cat toys lose their entertainment value quickly for her.

Belle is older now, but she's not much bigger.

Belle is older now, but she’s not much bigger.

Still, she can be very loving (when she wants). She does that kneading/massaging thing on my thigh. And she purrs. Her purrs make me happy. Other times, she pushes the top of her head into my palm, letting me know that she wants me to pet her. Because she’s so picky, if she shows the smallest sign that she wants some loving from me, I feel privileged and I love her more for it.

People are more like cats that way, though if my quest is for happiness, I should want to be a dog. Wanting to play. Wanting to run and cuddle and lick and sniff. Wanting total happiness, no matter how dopey I look. Yet a part of me still wants to be a cool and sometimes standoffish (but perfectly groomed) cat. On the other hand, I know the dogs are happier.

I guess this indecision shows my humanity. I want it all, and we humans complicate everything.

What about you? What animal would you prefer to be? 

Apr 142016
 

Raining Love and Murder-300x450So happy today! Raining Love & Murder (Love & Murder Book 4) is at my copy editor’s for a final read. After that, it will go to my proofreader. Even then, I won’t be ready to publish. I’m writing another book. In fact, I have summaries of plots for three books, and I wrote them all today. I’m on fire today!

I’m not waiting to finish all three before publishing Raining L&M. Not even one. My next book will be a Christmas book, and I’m going to write enough to include an excerpt in the back of Love & Murder. Sylvia, from Rules of Love & Murder and A Love & Murder Christmas will be a main character in Book 5.

I’ll be giving away e-arcs when the book is done. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll put you on my list.

I hope you’re having a great day, too!

Feb 222016
 

My first draft of Raining Love & Murder is done. But instead of dancing or celebrating, I feel drained. I need to sleep and watch TV for the rest of the night. Tomorrow I’ll try to catch up with my life. I’m the type of person that does one thing at a time, but my cat (who is purring on my desk now, and climbing on my lap – now she’s kneading my leg and playing with my mouse) seems to think that the ‘one thing’ should be petting her. She’s probably right.

Next week or sooner, I’ll start on my second draft. And that will be my ‘one thing.’ I will still pet the cat, because she’s pretty bossy.

What is your most important ‘one thing’? And who tries to derail you?

Feb 032016
 

I’m so happy with my new cover for my fourth Love & Murder book, RAINING LOVE & MURDER. Thanks to author and cover artist Elle J Rossi at EJR Digital Art for the wonderful cover.

I added a new plot element yesterday, and now the book will take a little longer to write than I planned, but I think readers will love it. I love it. Now, if only my cat (who is sitting in front of me, purring) would leave me alone to write, I would get so much more done… (My cat is probably thinking, Yeah, right, Edie. It’s not cool to blame the cat.)

She’s gone now, and here it is!

Raining Love and Murder-300x450

Jan 172016
 

My three-day sale for my 3 Love & Murder books is over. I didn’t do much advertising, and I’m happy that so many people bought the books and are reading them. Sue Peace wrote an insightful review on her Peaces of Me review blog for Truth About Love & Murder, giving it 5/5 Super Stars. I’m so very pleased!

These books have such a mix of emotion and laughter and romance – and then I throw in murder. They aren’t the typical romance or suspense or murder mysteries. In fact, one of the murderer never gets caught (though the reader knows). So thank you, Sue!

I’m working on the fourth book, and so much comes to me as I write. The main thing is always the characters, and the plot has to fit them. I’m finding out what they want now, and then I’ll have to figure a way to make bad things happen.

Sometimes it’s fun being me. Today is one of those days. 🙂

Jan 102016
 

For 3 days, from today through Tuesday, my Love & Murder books are on sale for only 0.99 each at Kindle – and FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download their free app, which works on every device. You can find the three books here:
http://amzn.to/1O0kYoR

Don’t forget to leave a review!

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“The Love & Murder series by Edie Ramer is heartfelt, edgy and genuine, with characters that jump from the page.” ~Michelle Diener, International bestselling author

Buy the books now, before the prices go up:
Truth About Love & Murder, Book 1: http://amzn.to/1MMS8Xa
Rules of Love & Murder, Book 2: http://amzn.to/1O1pFyH
A Christmas Love & Murder, Book 3: http://amzn.to/1MMSj4Y

Or see all threebooks here: http://amzn.to/1JCAeM5

Read more about my $50 Gift Card giveaway and join my newsletter to find out first about new releases, special deals and sales.

Dec 272015
 

I hope you all had a lovely holiday. If you’re like me, you’re already loading up your ereader with new books now. My first Love & Murder book, TRUTH ABOUT LOVE & MURDER is free through Dec. 30th on Amazon Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get the free Kindle app to read Kindle books. Though I have a Kindle – and a Kindle Fire – I also have the app. I sometimes use the app to read on my laptop. You can use it on your phone, too. And on all Apple products.

If you are a KU subscriber, RULES OF lOVE & MURDER and A LOVE & MURDER CHRISTMAS are on KU, too, and you can get all three books for free.

If you aren’t, I will be having sales on those books in the near future. When it’s on, I’ll be sending my newsletter subscriber details. So if you’re not signed up, now is the right time. And be sure to check out my $50 Gift Card giveaway details.

Wishing all of you a wonderful end o the 2015, and an amazing 2016!

Dec 042015
 

Hop over to Delilah Devlin’s blog where I’m giving away an ebook of A LOVE & MURDER CHRISTMAS to one commenter!

Also, Mary Hughes is giving away books on Facebook at Treat Yourself Right This Holiday Season. Check it out!

Also, check out Friday Finds at Magical Musings. Every Friday, we feature newly released books, 99 cent books, free books, etc. I’ve found great books there that I’ve read.

I’m starting my next Love & Murder book, titled RAINING LOVE & MURDER. Yay! If you’ve read the other Love & Murder books, Chuck (Sylvia’s son) is the hero. I love this series. I love all my books, of course, but this is my favorite series.

And if you haven’t checked out my $50 Gift Card page, now is the time to do it.

Happy Friday, and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Dec 012015
 

A Love and Murder Christmas-266x400I’m at Treat Yourself Right This Holiday Season, where author Mary Hughes is doing a lot of giveaways. My post is up, and I’ve giving away an ecopy or A LOVE & MURDER CHRISTMAS to 2 commenters on the Facebook page. Hope over there and give your word (and if you have more than one word, that counts, too).

I’m not sure how long before Mary closes the post, but she’s doing this all week, I believe, so you have a chance to win a different book. Lots of great authors. Lots of fun!