Friday, April 20, 2012

Guest Evelyn David AND a free book!

I welcome Evelyn David to my Travels today. Evelyn is, as you'll see below, a two-person team, writing the Brianna Sullivan cross-genre mysteries--8 of them now! They have just launched a new series, too. The new Maggie Brooks stuff keeps their humor, but without the paranormal of the Brianna books. Please leave a comment for a chance to get a free copy of Zoned for Murder!

Taking Risks
by Evelyn David

President Jimmy Carter once advised, "Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is."

It's all about taking risks. The danger of failure is real; but the rewards of success are so sweet. And it's all a learning process in any case.

Neither half of Evelyn David was a mystery writer when we decided to pen, Murder Off the Books. We both were avid fans of the genre, but to actually write one; find an agent, a publisher; risk the heartache of rejection (or laughter) for our efforts? It was scarier than the memories of seventh grade dances and not being asked to cha-cha even once.

But the joy of selling the book; hearing from readers who liked (nay, even loved it) – and then writing the sequel, Murder Takes the Cake, emboldened us. We learned that we survived rejection – just like we had survived seventh grade. In fact, while we loved the characters of Mac Sullivan, Rachel Brenner, and Whiskey, the adorable wolfhound, we decided to create a whole new world – or maybe even two. So we invented the town of Lottawatah, Oklahoma, unexpected home to psychic/reluctant sleuth Brianna Sullivan, and cranky, digestively-challenged bulldog, Leon. And we developed an alternate universe, one in which Brianna can chat with ghosts who need her help to solve what is tethering them to this mortal world. The Brianna Sullivan mysteries were born, and we've just completed the eighth one!

Again, we were so thrilled that readers embraced this new series…that we were once more emboldened to try something new. Zoned for Murder is our newest whodunnit, the first in the Sound Shore Times series. It has the Evelyn David trademark humor, the right blend of romance and mystery, but the story is a little more serious than our earlier works. We're going out on that proverbial limb, but we're hoping that the fruits of success will be worth the risk. Early reviewers have loved the book, and once again, we're grinning from ear-to-ear (or ears) because we adore the feeling of creating a killer story that can capture a reader's imagination (and make them laugh too).

Here's the synopsis: Former Newsweek reporter Maggie Brooks has two kids, a dead husband, a mortgage to pay, and a lot of competition when she tries to get back into the shrinking newspaper business. Landing a job with a local paper, she's bored to tears covering bake sales and Little League games. But when a developer tries to build an outlet mall in a neighboring town, what starts out as potentially a great clip for her resume, suddenly turns dangerous and ugly. Someone will do anything to block the mall's construction. Dirty money, nasty politics, and shady land deals abound as Maggie pursues the scoop that might jumpstart her career. When murder is added to the mix, she realizes that meeting her deadline might be the last thing she ever does. Read Maggie's byline as she rebuilds her career, dips her toes into a shark-filled dating pool, and investigates a small New York town Zoned for Murder.

Climb out on that limb with us. Enjoy!


Win a Free Copy - Leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win a free download of Zoned for Murder from Smashwords (all e-book formats are available there). One winner will be picked at random. Be sure to leave a contact email in your comment or drop us an email at so we know how to send you the 100% off coupon code for the download.

The author of Murder Off the Books, Murder Takes the Cake, Riley Come Home, Moonlighting at the Mall and The Brianna Sullivan Mysteries e-book series, Evelyn David is the pseudonym for Marian Edelman Borden and Rhonda Dossett.

I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries  

Murder Off the Books

Zoned for Murder


  1. I'm one of those authors who believe that change is good, so I applaud you for trying something new.

    Great plot. Developers can be good guys or bad guys depending on prespective. They can offer jobs, yet also malls take away from mom and pop stores business.

    Morgan Mandel

  2. Thanks so much Morgan. You are right about developers. Like any other profession, there are good and bad ones.

  3. Publishing may be a little harder than seventh grade--but not much. So glad you hung in there!

  4. Morgan and Jenny, thanks for stopping by! You're in the running.

  5. Thanks to Kaye for hosting us. Thanks also to Morgan and Jenny for your kind support. Evelyn David

  6. The synopsis sound great. Lots of fodder for mischief in the real estate and construction businesses, and poor Maggie has her work cut out for her just making a living, it seems. Good luck with the new series!


  7. Thanks for posting, Cindy. Yes, Maggie is in for it!