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.