Sunday, September 25, 2011

Liz's Lair: Trust me!

Yesterday, we celebrated my son's birthday, and everyone came here for one of his favorite meals. My son and daughter-in-law have two girls, Ellie, who is 2½ and Alice Elizabeth, was is six months old. They use the Ferber method to get the kids to sleep on their own at night. It involves setting a bedtime routine and following it religiously. Although I'm not sure I could do it myself, I am amazed at the results. The girls go down without a problem for naps and at bedtime.


Today, Alice wasn't feeling 100%, and she managed to get herself so tired, she wouldn't cooperate. When I went in to console her, I lay down on the bed beside her, and she immediately stopped crying and turned on her side, close enough to touch me. As I patted her bottom, she stared into my eyes for a few minutes before going to sleep.

I can't even tell you the way I felt with that beautiful child's hand on my face. It dawned on me, even at the early age of six months, this baby trusted me and felt secure with me beside her.

Caden, my daughter’s 3 ½ year-old, had severe colic and milk allergies when he was a baby. It was so bad we had to make a schedule for his round-the-clock care because nobody could do it longer than eight hours. On my shifts I held him nearly the entire time. And I had a certain way I would hold him that would calm him down. Fortunately, with the help of a special formula, the colic disappeared when he was 3 months old. But even today Caden and I have a special bond. He trusts me implicitly.

Thinking about what to blog about this week, I decided trust would be a great topic in light of what I just shared with you.

This week, MORTAL DECEPTION will make its debut on Amazon, and a lot of people have been waiting patiently for it. (It was a whole lot more involved than I could even imagine!) Although MD is a great mystery with a plot that might bring a tear or two to your eyes, it's not a cozy.

I've said before I write two kinds of mysteries, straight and cozy. For those who might not know the difference, cozies are usually set in a small town with an amateur sleuth who just happens to fall in the middle of a murder. Usually, they are theme based "Coffeehouse mysteries by Cleo Coyle, Fortune Teller mysteries by Kari Lee Townsend, Mind Over Murder mysteries by Rochelle Staab.) If there is sex in a cozy, it's very little and behind closed doors. IXNEY on bad language and gruesome murder scenes, although the new cozies have a few "naughty words."

Straight mysteries, on the other hand, have no such rules. Anything goes. So, in order not to confuse my cozy readers with the mainstream mystery lovers, I decided to write the cozies and only the cozies as Liz Lipperman. My mainstream mystery/suspense novels will be written with my pseudonym, Liz Roth, which is actually my maiden name. Look for another of my mainstream mysteries, SHATTERED DREAMS, next February.

MD is a straight mystery, and as such, has sex and language, but it's a great plot with characters I adore. To celebrate the release of my cozy, LIVER LET DIE, coming Tuesday, October 4, I'm offering MD for $.99 throughout the entire month.

Cozy readers can trust when they pick up a Liz Lipperman book that they will not be surprised. On the same token, readers of Liz Roth will know they are getting a mainstream mystery that isn’t PG rated.

So, now I want to know what are some other ways writers can gain the trust of the reader? Or if you are a reader, I'd love for you to tell us why you stay loyal to certain authors. One lucky commenter will receive a download of MD when it comes out this week.

To tickle your interest, here's the trailer. Disregard the Liz Lipperman.


Cassy Pickard said...

Liz: I am looking forward to both your releases!! I know I'm going to love them.

And, my parents were critical in the early years for my girls. We never would have the same wonderful, smart, caring daughters without the participation of their grandparents.

Lindsay said...

If only the 3 1/2 yo knew you like we know you then she'd never have gone to sleep.
From the way you describe cozies, they sould similar to sweets I do, no foul language and sex only between spouses behind closed door. The only difference, you have an ameteur sleuth, I have a professional.
I've read a couple of cozies and really enjoy them as Kari can attest to with my review of hers.
I can't wait to buy, cause that's the only way I'll ever get a copy of MD. Sounds totally fantastic and can't wait for your first book next month, which is on preorder from Amazon.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Love it Liz!!! Babies are so sweet. And I always let my kiddos cry it out, too. It wasn't easy, but it did work.

I cannot wait for MD to come out and I especially can't wait for Liver Let Die. So close now!!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Cassy, I don't remember much about my grandparents as they were already feeble when I was a kid. So, I go out of my way to be a big part in all 4 of my grandkids lives.

Like I have to work at it!!!!!!!!

Welcome home.

Liz Lipperman said...

Lindsay, your sweets do sound a lot like cozies--without the dead bodies!!

I hope you enjoy LLD as much as you liked Kari's Tempest in the Tea Leaves. And sending smooches for the preorder.

Liz Lipperman said...

Kari, I was always a rocker mom like my own mom. There is a certain melody (no song, really) that she always sang to her grandbabies, and I do, too.

IMO, all babies should be rocked to sleep....but I can't argue with my granaddaughters' bedtime ritual. Now my grandsons are a whole other story--remember the three Pigs blog a while back???

VICKI BATMAN, a sassy writer of sexy and funny short fiction said...

I did precisely the same thing to put my kids to bed and it worked for bedtime and naptime. No grumpy babies. No grumpy mom. LOL

I am so excited about your books. You are an awesome person and deserve all your success. Congratulations from your PP friend. oxoxox

Anita Clenney said...

Liz, I loved hearing about your grandkids. Trust is a beautiful thing, and readers do need to trust their favorite writers, that they'll get a good story every time. I can't wait for your books. I know they're all going to be great reads. I TRUST you. :)

Rochelle Staab said...

I can't wait to read MD, Liz. What day will it be up? I'm in.

And next Tuesday—WOOHOO! I can't wait to see LLD on the actual bookshelves. Can you imagine? I'm so excited for you.

Lindsay said...

Liz, Oh I do have dead bodies. What's the fun of writing a mystery if you don't kill someone off now and then. It's also a great way to get rid of people I hate.
And I know I'm going to LOVE LLD

Liz Lipperman said...

Ah, Vicki, you say the nicest things. I even used your review for LLD on my website since it,too, was so sweet.

Liz Lipperman said...

I love your enthusiasm, Anita. Here's hoping you're right!! Thanks for the pep talk.

Liz Lipperman said...

Rochelle, I'm still working on MD. It is way harder than I thought. For sure, next week. I promise--you'll know!!

It is getting scary about LLD's release. There is no way I will ever get any new writing done next month. In November, I can breathe easier...and watch you sweat bullets.LOL