Mitzi Szereto Announces New Release

Normal for NorfolkAuthor Mitzi Szereto is pleased to announce the release of her new mystery novel, co-written with celebrity bear Teddy Tedaloo, Normal for Norfolk.

Pub landlords are being murdered in Norfolk! Thelonious T. Bear, ursine photojournalist, leaves behind the big city life of London to take an assignment in the Norfolk countryside, where he hopes to find the real England. Instead he stumbles upon gastro-pubs, crazed Audi drivers and murder. As the hapless Thelonious keeps ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time, he attracts the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Horatio Sidebottom of Norfolk Constabulary CID, who’s determined to tie Thelonious to the crimes. Add in a pair of hoods from London’s East End, celebrity TV chef Paolo Louis Black, and plenty of oddball local characters and it all adds up to a madcap journey through England’s most quirky county, where everything is normal for Norfolk!

Normal for Norfolk was released on July 1, 2012, published by Thelonious T. Bear Books. It is available on, Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble as an e-book and in print.

Writing Is a Lot Like Fishing – Encore

[JD Mader is taking a break today to enjoy some time with the his family. Enjoy this Encore Presentation until his return next week. – The Editors]

Writing is a lot like fishing, both of which I enjoy very much.  Both are hard work.  And a lot of times you get skunked.  But if you keep trying, eventually you catch something.  I have always been drawn to activities that require far more effort than they offer reward.  I don’t know why this is.  Masochism?  Low self esteem?  Perhaps I’m a bit of a simpleton.

Featured Author: Jerrye Sumrall

Jerrye Sumrall lives on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay with her husband. Formerly an elementary school teacher and counselor, she is now a full-time writer, homemaker and office manager for she and her husband’s business. She has two books in her middle-grade mystery series, The Bayshore Mysteries. Both books, Intruders On Battleship Island and The Secret Graveyard, are available at Createspace and She plans to add a third book, The Mystery of Wragg Swamp, very soon.

Jerrye says she never thought about writing mysteries as a child but knew she had a driving spirit of adventure and a fascination with the unknown. Whether it was watching horror flicks on television, reading Nancy Drew books or exploring her surroundings, the quest to solve a mystery was always there.

The Eastern Shore region of Mobile Bay, an area rich in Civil War history and small town culture, serves as a springboard for Jerrye’s first book, Intruders on Battleship Island. The Beatrice and Monroeville, AL, setting, found in The Secret Graveyard, brings to life new mysteries and secrets from the past. Jerrye has also drawn from her years of teaching and working with kids to develop a series that incorporates historical fact, age appropriate mystery, and lessons in friendship and courage. Learn more about Jerrye at her Amazon author page and her website. You can also find her on Facebook.


Intruders On Battleship Island
Something strange is happening on Battleship Island!

At first, strange lights flickered on the island. Then they were gone. Two men carrying flashlights appeared. Then, they quickly sped away in their boat. A few days later, the men came back. What were they doing on the island? Could they be hiding a secret?

Jeff Douglas and his pals are plunged into a series of scary adventures as they discover the truth about Battleship Island. An old shack with a secret underground room, hidden treasures, a spooky house, dangerous thieves and several narrow escapes, reveal the island’s secret past and teach the boys a valuable lesson in friendship, courage, and determination.

Intruders on Battleship Island, the first book in The Bayshore Mysteries, will entertain and fascinate readers, aged nine to twelve, with suspense and intrigue. Be sure to check out the second book in the series, The Secret Graveyard.

Download “Intruders” for FREE on 8/23 and 8/24 at Amazon!

Reinventing Success

Are you tired of laboring in obscurity? Maybe you’ve been following some bad advice. A lot of authors will tell you, “Don’t write for an audience. Write the book you want to read.”

That’s great advice if you don’t want an audience. If you want one, you have to write for them. Wake up, Skippy. Writing is a business.

It’s a long standing tradition in the business world to take two things that already exist, slap them together and call them something new. Both steam and boats had already been invented by the time Eli Wallach got the idea to put them together to invent the airplane. Continue reading “Reinventing Success”