Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Murder In A Two-Seater by Billie Thomas

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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Make your creative space a place where ideas – not dust bunnies – flourish.

I’m not an interior decorator like my protagonists Chloe and Amanda, but I know the value of a well-lit, well-ordered space that honors the activity for which it’s intended. A gleaming, functional kitchen just begs to be cooked in. A cozy den with plush, squashy chairs invites you to kick back and relax.  And a dedicated creative space that’s reasonably neat, comfortable and private encourages – and yes, honors – your craft. For me, that craft is writing, but for you it might be painting, music, sewing or other artistic endeavor.  Whatever creative outlet brings your heart joy, relaxes you and re-energizes your spirit deserves a little space of its own.

Now this creative space doesn’t have to take up a whole room. I’m single with no kids, so I have the extra space. But a dedicated corner of your bedroom, out in the garage, on a card table in the den – these are fine, as long as you don’t have to break down the space every time you finish and set it up again when you begin. That wastes valuable creative time. Heck, Stephen King said in “On Writing” he used to work in his laundry room, so space shouldn’t be an issue.

Privacy, on the other hand, often is. If your kids, your partner or even your favorite furry coworker won’t let you work in peace, you’ll need to get tough, making it explicitly clear that when you’re in your creative space, you are not to be disturbed for anything short of projectile vomiting. This is a firm, immutable, non-negotiable rule by which your whole family will live and God-help the one who breaks it.

Or you can just create when everyone is asleep. Getting up a little early isn’t such a bad thing and can actually be the most creative part of your day. I find my inner critic likes to sleep in, so if I get up an hour early and really start writing as fast as I can (knowing I can edit later), my mind makes intuitive leaps it might not have otherwise when I’m fighting the distractions of the day.

As for the neat part, that’s a matter of personal preference. Some people thrive in creative clutter. Others need order and clean surfaces. But we all need inspiration, so make sure there are elements in your space that inspire you to stretch your imagination and push outside your comfort zone. This is where the magic happens.

I will submit to you setting up a creative space in your home is more than an aesthetic makeover. It represents an internal shift in which you acknowledge that your craft – even if your writing never gets published, your quilt sold, your music performed or your art seen in public – is worthy of a space of its own. Simply because you enjoy doing it. Simply because you deserve to honor that aspect of yourself.

I’d love to hear about your creative space or your plans to set up one for yourself.

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twoseaterSeries: Chloe Carstairs Mysteries, Book 2
Publisher: CreateSpace (September 25, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 1517531683
ISBN-13: 978-1517531683
ASIN: B0152IQRAQ
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, The Book Depository

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A cheating wife in a classic car drives someone to murder.

Interior decorators turned amateur investigators, Chloe and Amanda Carstairs have spent the summer transforming their client’s creepy old castle into a luxury hotel. But before the first guest checks in, the owner’s wife checks out – with the help of a bullet to the head.

When Chloe’s dad is accused of the crime, there’s no time for the ladies to drown their sorrows in the hotel’s mini bar. Instead, they have to contend with a sneaky blackmailer, an unsolved murder from the past, and a cunning killer with nothing to lose.

The second Chloe Carstairs Mystery is filled with the same clever twists and hilarious mother-daughter relationship that made Murder on the First Day of Christmas such a fun, fast-paced read for an appreciative readership. The mystery will keep you guessing, but as any good decorator will tell you, even a beautiful setting can’t hide the ugly truth.

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Thanks to the author, I have one (1) e-book of Murder in a Two-Seater to give away.

Giveaway open to anyone who can receive an e-book.
Giveaway ends on November 27th

 

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billieBillie Thomas is the pseudonym of a Birmingham-based author. After the real Billie passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2011, getting MURDER ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS,  the first of in the Chloe Carstairs mystery series, revised and published was her daughter’s top priority as a way to honor the mom who had given her a lifelong love of books. In her real life, Ms. Thomas works at an advertising agency, which might explain why she’s constantly thinking up ways to kill people without getting caught. She has a really cute boyfriend and an even cuter dog. Like MURDER ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, its follow up, MURDER IN A TWO-SEATER are both filled with mystery, romance, humor and decorating – because these are a few of her favorite things.

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November 1 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review

November 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight

November 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

November 4 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review

November 5 – Teatime and Books – Spotlight

November 6 – Frankie Bow – Interview

November 7 – Escape With Dollycas – Guest Post

November 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – Guest Post

November 9 – Back Porchervations – Review

November 10 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK – Review

November 11 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

November 12 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

November 13 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

November 14 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

 

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Comments

  1. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    Ms. Thomas, I was sorry to read about the loss of your Mom, but I think it is wonderful that you are carring on in her name.   I will be very pleased to read this series.  I have sent a friend request to you  on Facebook.  

    Wishing you great sales and much happiness with this endeavor.  I will pass the word to all of my reader friends. 

    Thank you,

    Cynthia Blain

  2. nicole belletiere says:

    plz enter me

  3. Heather Poindexter says:

    can't wait to read this!

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