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The Detective Blanchette Mysteries series by Marguerite Ashton is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis with a guest post from the...

The Detective Blanchette Mysteries series by Marguerite Ashton is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis with a guest post from the author. She shares her thoughts on attending writers' conferences. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the swag pack or $10 Amazon GC giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


I’ve had writers ask if I think it’s important to attend a writer’s conference. All I can say is it depends on what you want out of your writing career.

For me, conferences help to keep my brain fresh with the constant changes going on in the publishing world. I try to attend a conference once a year. Even if it’s online. This gives me an opportunity to connect with other writers, sharpen my skills, and prepare for the battle of getting to my final manuscript.

One of my favorite conferences is conducted by veteran police officer, Lee Lofland. It’s called the Writers Police Academy. At WPA, participants get a chance to see into the world of public safety officers. From shallow grave work to actual range time with firearms, writers can get a hands-on experience or visit classrooms and learn from an instructor.

Another thing that I’ve found helpful is going on a writer’s retreat. It helps me to avoid getting burned out. My latest one was the Write2TheEnd rustic retreat.

The May 2016 invitation to escape for three days in rainy Michigan couldn’t have come at a better time. I’d almost lost my mom to cancer twice, and the stress of worrying if my mother would be around for the holidays had taken its toll.

Even with the, “treat your writing as a business,” motto, my seven hours a day writing habit had stalled. I’d decided that if I couldn’t write, I’d at least make notes. Finally, after talking to Mom who promised me she was getting better, I decided to leave. The trip turned out to be the best thing for me. I loved everything about it. The food, the scenery, the quiet time and the workshops. It gave me a chance to recharge my batteries.

Not only did I consume more sweets than I should have, but I managed to finish two chapters.

Her Final Watch
A Detective Blanchett Mystery Book 2
by Marguerite Ashton
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Speaking second-hand truths can be deadly …

Detective Lily Blanchette will stop at nothing to solve a murder. Her current case involves the killing of an undercover cop working to bring down the mob for prostitution and drugs.

But Lily's usual laser-like focus on the case has been disrupted.

Two weeks earlier, she learned she was pregnant by her murderous husband whom she'd killed in self-defense. Unsure whether to keep her baby or place the child of this cruel man up for adoption, Lily keeps the pregnancy a secret from her colleagues.

Under mounting pressure to solve the case, Lily arranges a sit-down with a local mob boss only to find out her suspect is also wanted by them. But before Lily can warn her team, she and her new partner, Jeremiah, are shot at, and another body is found.

When she discovers Jeremiah has a connection with the underworld, she is pulled into a conflict that swirls around the boss's son who's hell-bent on revenge.

To add to the complexity of the situation, Lily learns that her victim might still be alive if it wasn't for opportunistic Assistant District Attorney, Ibee Walters, who has a twisted vision of justice.

As Lily gets closer to finding the killer, she unravels ugly secrets that point to Ibee and Jeremiah - placing Lily's life and her unborn child in danger.

**On sale for .99 cents!**

Promised Lies
A Detective Blanchett Mystery Book 1

Detective Lily Blanchette has a lot on her plate…

Her sister Celine has recently been murdered and her parents are on the brink of divorce. Now she’s lead on a multiple murder investigation.

Six months after Lily’s sister’s death, the bodies of two young women are discovered. One look at the way the bodies have been posed and Lily knows her sister’s killer is back.

And she’s determined to get him.

When Lily visits the family of victim Tanya O’Neal, she learns the woman had arranged to meet a man going by the handle CtryGeek23 on the social networking site Scatter.

Lily thinks finding the man behind the account is key to solving the case.

But CtryGeek23 is very clever, and Lily has her work cut out for her. As she digs around, clues point her to a local brewery where she discovers the body of another young woman.

The more Lily digs, the more she thinks there is more than one murderer at work, and CtryGeek23 is the mastermind.

But who is he?

And how will they catch him?

As the investigation comes to life, death hits closer to home, and Lily discovers she may not be who she thinks she is at all.

Filled with plot turns, suspense and mystery, Promised Lies will leave you wondering how well anybody knows anyone…

**On sale for .99 cents!**

When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.

She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe. 

A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible. She can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. Thank you, Mayor, for hosting me on your blog!

  2. I was wondering what the author has planned next?

  3. What are your interests and hobbies?

  4. How long did it take you to write this book?

  5. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


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