Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Off The Books by Lucy Arlington


When I first started writing, literary agents were an enigma to me–mystical creatures, who I imagined spent their days reading inspiring works, dining with editors in fancy New York restaurants, and jet-setting off to Hollywood to negotiate lucrative film deals for clients. And sure, some of that really does happen. But when I was fortunate enough to land one of those agents, I quickly came to realize that a typical day for a literary agent includes much less glamorous activities:  Reading query letters from hopeful authors includes sending them a disappointing “No thank you.” Editing book proposals demands hours of word-smithing. And matching a prospective book project with the right editor at the right publishing house takes networking, persuasion, finesse, and lots of just plain work. In short, a literary agent is like a tireless gatekeeper to the world of publishing, a writer’s travel partner along the bumpy road to publication, a dream maker.

That’s exactly why I enjoy writing the Novel Idea Mysteries featuring Lila Wilkins, literary agent and amateur sleuth. Lila sees herself as someone who helps authors realize their dreams.  I depict her working life with both the glamorous aspects she enjoys and the tedious efforts her career requires. More important, I get to show the thrill—for her and the writer—when a publishing contract lands on her desk. By creating Lila’s adventures, I can live vicariously through her and experience a bit of what it might be like to open the publishing door for aspiring authors. Of course, along with finding amazing authors, Lila also happens to discover her fair share of dead bodies. (Something I have no desire to do in real life.)  But in the end, she always gets a publishing contract for her author… and brings the killer to justice.

post-divider rightoffthebooksSeries: A Novel Idea Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Berkley (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425276678
ISBN-13: 978-0425276679
ASIN: B00X5938VG
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Literary agent and amateur sleuth Lila Wilkins is back to seal the deal in the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mystery series.

Lila is showcasing some of her biggest authors at a bridal expo. But when the joyous event turns deadly, she’ll have to figure out who penned the perfect crime…

The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating not only North Carolina’s best vendors but also some of the agency’s most popular bridal books. The fact that Lila can use the event to plan her own impending nuptials is just the icing on the cake.

But wedding bells turn to warning bells when Lila finds a dead man facedown in the frosting. Soon it’s discovered that the victim was connected to several Novel Idea authors, all of whom quickly become suspects in the case. It’s up to Lila and her fellow agents to find the real killer before one of their clients winds up scribbling stories from behind bars…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Off the Books to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on February 16th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

post-divider rightLucy Arlington is the nom de plume for the writing team of Ellery Adams and Sylvia May, two friends who collaborated on an idea that became A Novel Idea Mystery Series. Both are authors in their own right.

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elleryEllery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia. She currently writes the Books by the Bay Mysteries and the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries.

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sylviaSylvia May was born in The Netherlands and has lived in Canada, the US, and currently resides in Bermuda. She’s been writing since she was a child; however careers in computer programming and music education, and raising her children, kept her too busy to pursue it as a serious vocation. She is delighted to now be able to write full-time, in between scuba diving, golf, painting, photography, and riding her scooter. She lives with her husband and has three grown children. Her first novel, The Unraveling of Abby Settel, was inspired by her relocation to Bermuda several years ago, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Reader Views Literary Awards.

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  1. Gloria Walshver says:

    I like the title  of the book I will certainly look for this book.

  2. That was a great post. My copy is already on its way; can't wait to read it!

  3. Della Williamson says:

    Great post.  Love the cover.  Hope to see Lila victorious soon.  Anyone who'd ruin a batch of frosting deserves a long, long, time in jail

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