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Fatality By Firelight; Review

Fatality By Firelight by Lynn Cahoon

fatality-by-firelight-lynn-cahoonWhen I think of a retreat, I think of relaxation, good food and learning about whatever it is I have gone there to learn. Dealing with a murder investigation is not something that is usually on the agenda. For Cat Latimer, it’s becoming a normal thing on the agenda at her Warm Springs Writing retreat.

While trying to solve the mystery of her ex husband’s death, starting a new relationship with her high school sweetheart and trying to keep herself sane, Cat finds out that the town she lives in isn’t quite what she thought it was. With a missing signed Hemingway book, someone stalking one of her guests and a dead local man connected to one of her guests, writing retreat number two is going the wrong direction fast.

I feel for Cat. All she wanted to do was set up this amazing retreat for writers like herself in a beautiful historical house in this amazing small town. Much like people, the town shows it’s dark side. I kept screaming a the book to give her a break. I mean, she lost her husband in a divorce when she thought he didn’t care for her and now that may not be the case? For someone to grow up around a town that had a dark a side as Warm Springs and not know, they would have to for sure be naïve. Cat is finally waking up in Fatality By Firelight and seeing the people and town for what it is. And no, I don’t believe she will be getting a break anytime soon. That is bad for her, but so good for the series. She really needs to secure her home better though. I don’t know how she sleeps.

Lynn doesn’t keep us in one place for very long in this book. She has us bouncing from scene to scene which, for me, is a good thing. I don’t like to stay in one place for too long. I want to get up and “look around” if you know what I mean. Lynn does this for the reader. We’re going around the house, into the town, the bar, library and other places. I never get bored reading with the change of scenes.

Some questions I had in book one were answered in this one, but I still have more.   Not only does the book have a mystery, there is an ongoing mystery throughout this series, which keeps me reading the series. This makes me as a reader need to read the next book to know what is going on and figure out what happened to Michael. I won’t say if that is answered in this book, but I will say that I need to read the next one and soon. A mystery is afoot and I need more coffee and that third book. Cat Latimer has become one of my favorite characters. Now, if she can only get some time to write and stop having people die around her…..

About Lynn:

CahoonLynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of the Cat Latimer series, with the first book, A STORY TO KILL, out in mass market paperback now. Two more Cat Latimer books will be released in 2017. Lynn started her career writing sweet contemporary romances with heroes ranging from cowboys to warlocks. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. 

Buy Fatality By Firelight

Other Cozy Mysteries by Lynn:

tea cups and carnage-The Tourist Trap Mystery Series-

Guidebook to Murder

Mission to Murder

If the Shoe Kills

Dressed to Kill

Killer Run

Murder on Wheels

Tea Cups and Carnage 

Hospitality and Homicide (May 2017)

Killer Party (July 2017)

 

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A Story to Kill 

Fatality by Firelight

Of Murder and Men (December 2017)

Author Links:

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What do you think?  Do you enjoy Lynn Cahoon’s books?  Which series have you enjoyed the most?  If you’ve met Cat, what do you think of her?  If you have questions for Lynn, leave a message and she’ll stop by and answer them. 

I know I have enjoyed getting to know her over the past year as well as her fantastic menagerie of characters. 

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It’s Difficult Being an Author

Honestly, I had no idea being an author was such a difficult thing. You write your stories when you have a publishing company and you’re gold, right? Right? Apparently not. It seems that writing the book is the easy part and the struggle starts after that.

Let me first list my assumptions as a non-writer. You writers can IM amongst yourselves and snicker over my naivety. It’s okay, because I’m still going to buy your books. I like your characters too much…darn you. Then, I will let you know what the authors have told me we can do as readers to help them out. Ready? Get your IM windows ready authors.

Assumption One: All Authors Go on Book Tours

Nope. The publishing companies only spend the big touring bucks on their big names. A lot of the smaller names have to do what they can to spread their name. This involves a lot of “footwork” of their own in stores, online via blogs and holding contests and such to get the word out that they are about to have a release. Who knew!

Assumption Two: Authors Get Paid Often

Most authors only get paid twice a year. What? I thought getting paid once a month was hard to deal with but only getting paid twice a year could for sure be hard to deal with. Can you imagine making a budget and then not knowing what the income was going to be? Between paychecks, you’re working the book to get your name and the title out and hoping it works.

Assumption Three: You Can Get Any Book At the Library or Bookstore

I went looking for my favorite authors at the library and could only find two of the eight that I absolutely adore. They hadn’t ordered anything since 2011 from these ladies either. How frustrating it must be. I live in a pretty small town and I know that the people in my town would adore these books. I could tell by the amount of times the books were checked out. So, you cannot find everything at the library.

Also, not all the bookstores stock the latest from the authors. Luckily our bookstore did but many other states did not. The bad thing is, these authors have no clue who is stocking what where. They rely on word of mouth from their avid readers online to let them know. There should be a system to this to make it easier for them to know.

Assumption Four: Authors Own All Rights to Their Books

Authors own the copy right, but not the publishing rights. So if the publishers let the books go out of print they sometimes they won’t give over the printing rights of the books to the authors even if they (the printing company) never have plans to print the book again. Crazy, huh? Then, if they do decide to let the author buy the rights it becomes a long process and they make it complicated.


So, that’s the assumptions that I will go over for today on World Book Day. I have learned so much about authors and am astounded at what they have to go through to birth their creation. There truly are labor pains involved. The question now is, what can the readership do to help to aid the writing artists? On release week of a new book, buy it. This helps “vote” for the book and helps gauge the sales. Yes, money talks and if you want to help your favorite authors buying theirs books is the way to go. If you can’t afford their books then go to your library and request that the library order the book when it comes out. You know they are releasing the book because you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads and such. Go visit and see if you can get that nice librarian to order a few copies or even the entire series.

The last piece of advice I will mention is to leave a review on the major sites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon. These are where people are ordering the books and a reader’s review is honey to the author if it’s a good one. And of course, you being a fan will leave a good review…right? Thought so.

Happy World Book Day. Now, go buy that book!