CJ Carmichael has been one of my best friends for almost twenty years. We met before we sold, and CJ was the first author to agree to launch Tule Publishing with me. Her Carrigans of Circle C have been a big reader favorite and now she launches a brand new series, not romance, but mystery. And CJ does mystery so very good.
Welcome back to my blog, CJ. And readers, I hope you’ll love hearing all about her new series, Twisted Cedars.
C.J. Carmichael on writing her new mystery series…
While I’ve written over 45 romance novels, my first love as a reader and aspiring author (if you can call a twelve-year-old that!) was mystery. I devoured the Trixie Belden series as a kid, then went on to enjoy Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and pretty much everything Agatha Christie wrote. Nowadays, my favorite mystery authors run to the like of Liane Moriarty, Kate Atkinson and Laura Lippman.
What appeals to me most as a reader, is what I’m trying to do now as a writer. I’m not into gory details, or clinical forensics. It’s the people—characters—who fascinate me. Their motivations and secrets, their past and hopes for the future. I also love the psychology of small towns, the idea that every knows one another’s business—or at least they think they do!
In writing Buried, the first of my Twisted Cedar mysteries, I wanted to create a town and characters that felt real and interesting to both me and my readers. And I wanted multiple mysteries, some that are solved in each new book of the series, but others that carry on until the final novel. When I hear from readers who say they couldn’t stop reading and that the ending shocked them—that makes me feel I’ve achieved my goal.
A BURIED TALE
Justice is overdue in the coastal town of Twisted Cedars where two unsolved mysteries lay buried in the past.
Over thirty years ago a series of murders targeting Oregon librarians was never solved. Now someone with inside knowledge is feeding clues to true crime writer Dougal Lachlan, promising him the best story of his career. Pursuing the leads means returning to Twisted Cedars, where his sister Jamie, is about to marry a man he deeply dislikes.
Local Twisted Cedars librarian Charlotte Hammond prefers her mysteries—and her romances—between the covers of a good book, especially since the disappearance of her older sister, Daisy, eight years ago. But then the dark and tortured soul who is Dougal Lachlan walks into the Twisted Cedars Library asking for her help.
Before long Charlotte realizes there is no safe zone. Not even in libraries…and especially not in Twisted Cedars.
Forgotten (book 2) will be available May 21
Exposed (book 3) will be coming Fall of 2015
Thank you, CJ, for sharing with us! Readers, do download and order a copy of Buried. It’s available in print and ebook and such a gripping mystery for your keeper shelf!
To help celebrate this wonderful release, I’ve got a I Heart CJ Carmichael prize that includes a $15 Canadian Starbucks drink card, $10 Amazon gift card, CJ Carmichael books and much more. For a chance to win, leave a comment and tell me if you’re a mystery fan and what you love most about reading them. Or just talk to me and share what you’re reading right now. Contest ends Tuesday, April 14th with winner announced on Wednesday!