This month I participated in #CozyMysteryMay, the brainchild of cozy author Rosie Pease. I know some folks are only on a particular social media thang so I thought I would reprint each day every ten days or so in case anyone wanted to peruse all at once.
Since today is May 10th, let’s get to it!
Day 1 – Introduce Yourself
I may have failed, but many other authors did not. Check out this Twitter feed of Day 1 introductions from all the authors far more on the ball than yours truly.
Day 2 – May Goals
I got more on the ball on Day 2, and yay for that. We were asked to share our May goals, and that one was pretty easy to come up with. Book 6 is done, and it’s not out yet. The book must get out.
Checking Twitter I noticed that there were a few more authors participating, which was awesome. And it also meant that I wasn’t the only one that flaked out on Day 1.
Check out the collection of Day 2’s from all the cozy authors participating on Twitter here!
I am a day late on #cozymysterymay – so my May goal should probably be to stop being a day late and a dollar short to everything. My actual goal, though, is to get the Magical Midway's Book 6 released. Thanks to @WriteRosiePease for organizing this! pic.twitter.com/76SrxkWwOS
— Leanne Leeds 👻 (@CozyLeanneLeeds) May 2, 2019
Day 3 – Book Covers
This one was super fun for me since I tend to brainstorm as I create the cover theme for the next series I’m thinking of working on. The more I like the cover, the more I tend to want to write the series.
The first cover I shared has actually morphed into a slightly different cover and a finalized weather theme. The crow is also now a small back cat—those of you on my mailing list will have already seen it, as well as read the story of its transition.
The second cover is for a proposed Fortuna Delphi series (which will be a spinoff of the Magical Midway). This one and the one above are currently being written interspersed with the Magical Midway books.
The third cover is probably the least set and settled. My husband is an avid poker player and I wanted to do a cozy theme that resonated with him. (I can play poker, I just wouldn’t call myself avid. My husband calls it going on tilt, but I just think it’s not wanting to sit and do nothing on a night out.) Anyway, I wanted to try my hand at a culinary cozy, as well. This one might be it.
It also may never see the light of day. We’ll see.
With @WriteRosiePease #CozyMysteryMay hitting Book Covers day so quick, I get to make an early confession – I make my own book covers, and creating them is really part of plotting the story for me. The three covers below are first-in-series for 3 new series ideas. pic.twitter.com/hb5OoVVXQa
— Leanne Leeds 👻 (@CozyLeanneLeeds) May 3, 2019
Find the rest of the first ten days down below!
Day 4 of #CozyMysteryMay hosted by @WriteRosiePease – current works in progress? Oh, goodness. I tend to work on 3 at a time, but one rises to the top as my "favorite". Currently, my favorite is the first of a new Tempest Witch series. pic.twitter.com/eRJ0LMw5xm
— Leanne Leeds 👻 (@CozyLeanneLeeds) May 4, 2019
Day 7 of #CozyMysteryMay by @WriteRosiePease – my daily schedule is pretty flexible, and that's mostly because I found that when I had a rigid one with hard targets I didn't enjoy writing nearly as much. I'm up at 8am, in bed by midnight. Everything else is negotiable. pic.twitter.com/1eC7QaACeZ
— Leanne Leeds 👻 (@CozyLeanneLeeds) May 8, 2019
Day 8 of #CozyMysteryMay by @WriteRosiePease – favorite Cozy Trope? Talking pets. If I had to pick one, talking cats. I don't care if they talk and only one person, they telepathically talk to the protag, they talk to themselves-just as long as they observe and report with snark. pic.twitter.com/QUuZK1Dumk
— Leanne Leeds 👻 (@CozyLeanneLeeds) May 8, 2019
(Yes, I see the typo. My bad.)
Day 9 of #CozyMysteryMay by @WriteRosiePease – cozy settings: my first series is a magical traveling circus. The second series will be small-ish Texas tourist town famous for some pretty bizarre weather patterns, ghosts, and a very sordid history. pic.twitter.com/PNU8Yzrw5F
— Leanne Leeds 👻 (@CozyLeanneLeeds) May 9, 2019
Day 10: Fav TV or Movie Sleuth
Dude. Just one? Are you kidding?
- Veronica Mars
- Sherlock Holmes as played by Benedict Cumberbatch
- Sherlock Holmes as played by Jonny Lee Miller
- Shawn Spencer from Psych
are my top favorites.
Thanks to reading everyone else’s Day 10 picks, I also apparently really need to watch Monk and Miss Fisher Mysteries.
Day 10 of #CozyMysteryMay by @WriteRosiePease : I tend to lean toward TV detectives (come on, like readers buy a stand-alone cozy? Pshaw.), and I cannot pick just one: Veronica Mars would be my #1. See the rest of the list on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/JLqlqRuaxB
— Leanne Leeds 👻 (@CozyLeanneLeeds) May 10, 2019