Going FREE on Amazon

Pegasus Quinn mystery series, Death in Copper TownAs an Indie author, I wear a lot of hats. Not only did I write the book, but then I had to learn about ePubs and Mobi formatting and hard-copy edit, e.g., does the title or the author come first on the spine?

I’m now at the stage where Amazon says, you can offer your book FREE for five days, any five days during the next 90. Now why, you ask, would any self-respecting author do that? And the answer is that a quotation that I’m particularly fond of, “There is no free lunch,” does not apply to bread on the water. You just have to bring your own peanut butter.

I’m writing more books–the next in this mystery series will arrive in October this year. I’d like to give a few more folks a chance to sample the wares.

Therefore, my gift to you: Download the eBook version of DEATH IN COPPER TOWN, at no charge for the next three days, 7/12, 7/13, and 7/14.


How I developed the character of Pegasus Quincy for DEATH in COPPER TOWN

Usually I begin a new novel with setting. In the case of Death in Copper Town I was fascinated with the history of copper mining in Arizona. It started in the late 1800s, but continued until the 1950s, and even now companies are exploring ways to recover yet more minerals from the earth.

Next, I since I was writing a series, I needed to develop characters to people this setting. I wanted to write a police procedural, but one from a feminine viewpoint, and particularly that of a beginner. Enter Pegasus Quincy. I determined she needed to be a beginner,  experiencing all that a cop learns for the first time, unjaded by patrol work in a grungy inner city setting. She had to have a sense of humor and a deep sense of caring for others in her world.

She wouldn’t know a lot about police procedure, since she was young and just out of the police academy; therefore she would view death like most of us do, something that happens out there, to somebody else.

Peg had recently moved from Tennessee to Arizona, trading lush green hills for the sometimes harsh high desert plateau. While she would know copperhead snakes, encountering timber rattlers would be unnerving. Javelinas would be a new experience for her as would dramatic summer monsoon thunderstorms in the southwest.

Oh, and since characters never operate in a vacuum,  let’s give her a grandfather she can’t get along with, and a mother with early dementia, and a boss that rues the day he ever hired her.

Add bright red hair, a stubborn personality, and a six-foot height. Yes, that’ll get her started.

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How do you view the world?


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hatred can’t drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.