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Check Out the Smashwords End-of-Year Sale for Your Last-Minute Gifts!

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I've enrolled the entire Dreamslippers Series - all 3 books plus the boxed set - in the Smashwords end-of-year sale, with discounts of 25-75% off the ebook price across the series. If you already own copies of the novels, consider giving the ebooks as gifts. The sale lasts through Jan. 1.

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ABOUT THE SERIES

The Dreamslippers solve crimes using their psychic ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. 

"The launch of an intriguing female detective series" - Kirkus Reviews

Book #1 - Cat in the Flock - 75% Off!

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Cat McCormick comes of age both as a Dreamslipper and a private investigator in this debut. Following a mother and daughter on the run, she goes undercover in a fundamentalist church.

"Gripping, sexy, and profound..." - Jon Talton, author of the David Mapstone Mysteries

Book #2 - Framed and Burning - 25% Off!

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It was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persistent depression. But when her great uncle’s studio goes up in flames, killing his assistant, Cat must find out who’s really to blame.

"A brilliant, suspenseful whodunit..." - Qiu Xiaolong, Author of Shanghai Redemption, named one of the Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2015

Book #3 - Bound to the Truth - 25% Off!

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What happens when your client thinks she knows who the killer is, but you don’t believe her? Cat and Granny Grace don't believe Nina Howell fell under the spell of a domineering, conservative talk show host... until he starts to look guilty.  The case brings powerful new developments in Cat’s dreamslipping skill as she works to find the truth.

"A great mystery with lots of action." - JBronder Book Reviews

The Boxed Set + Bonus Story - 50% Off!

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Get all three books in this boxed set, plus a bonus novella prequel--Work of Light, Granny Grace's origin story--only available in the boxed set.

As always, thank you for your interest in this psychic detective series, and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!


'Cat in the Flock' Named Top 'Scary Mystery Read' for Halloween

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Blogger Susan Weintrob over at Expand the Table put together some scary reading recommendations of mystery/thrillers for Halloween, and Cat in the Flock is top on the list!

Expand the Table is a fun mashup of good reads and eats under the 'Foodie Lit' umbrella. Susan pairs author interviews and recipes, and for Halloween that means chocolate vampire cupcakes, jack o' lantern muffins, and Mama's ghost meringues.

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Ghost meringues. Photo courtesy Susan Weintrob.

Previously on Expand the Table, Susan reviewed Cat in the Flock, the first novel in the Dreamslippers Series, and she paired it with eggs Benedict, in honor of one of the meals depicted in the novel.

Happy Halloween!


Winners in Our Poetry Book Giveaway, Free Poetry Ebook, Twinkl Poet Spotlight

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By Lisa Brunette

You might remember back in April we ran a giveaway for a signed, paperback copy of the poetry collection pictured above. I'm pleased to announce the winners:

Marsha Pipes

Jolie Eason

Congratulations to both for the win! They're apparently too shy for a photo op here like we did with the wildlife gardening book earlier this year, but I can share some tidbits about both winners. Jolie let me know she's already lost the poetry book to her teen daughter, who can't put it down (yay, teens reading poetry), and it turns out that Marsha and I...

...used to dance together! I didn't realize it when her email address was chosen at random - her address doesn't contain her name - but we danced together at a studio in Centralia, Washington, called Embody. Marsha further made my day by telling me she actually had already purchased a copy of Broom of Anger from the brick-and-mortar bookstore in that area, Book 'n Brush, which sells them. I sent her a signed copy anyway and told her to gift the other one to someone who might like it.

And that's the story of our giveaway.

But you have another chance at nabbing a FREE ebook copy of Broom of Anger, as I've added it to Smashwords' Summer Winter Sale. So you can still pick up a copy gratis if you head to the Smashwords page by July 31.

Lastly on the poetry front, I want to share this great spotlight Twinkl (a resource for teachers) published in celebration of poetry and prose, including yours truly. It's nice to be listed among the authors there, and they also posted my poem, "The Eyes Have It."

Happy poetry-reading, y'all!

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The Dreamslippers Series Featured on the Foodie Lit Blog

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Lisa Brunette's award-winning mystery series, The Dreamslippers, is featured this month in the 'Foodie Lit' section of the Expand the Table blog. Author Susan Weintrob reads and reviews books, offering her review in tandem with a recipe on Foodie Lit. She chose to pair the first novel in the series, Cat in the Flock, with a recipe for eggs Benedict done three ways. It's a dish main character Cat McCormick enjoys on a date in one of the book's tragicomic scenes.

The Dreamslippers solve crimes using yoga and meditation, along with their special ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. Cat McCormick comes of age both as a Dreamslipper and a private investigator in this debut. Following a mother and daughter on the run, she goes undercover in a fundamentalist church.

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Susan writes:

Ethics are an important component of Cat in the Flock. As a victim of trauma, Lisa knows firsthand about those who psychologically and physically damage victims. The victims presented in Cat in the Flock are drawn with depth and sympathy and an understanding of the fear and distrust victims have of others.

Author Lisa Brunette has created a fabulous granddaughter/grandmother PI series who both have an unusual gift; dreamslipping, which allows them to dream others’ dreams—and solve crimes with the knowledge gained!

You can read more at Foodie Lit, and I know you can't wait to try the 3-in-1 recipe for eggs Benedict done with corned beef, smoked salmon, and veggie-style.

Blogger Susan Weintrob is a regular contributor to online journals and newspapers as well as a book reviewer and contributor to indieBRAG, a global independent authors' organization. They sponsor the indieBRAG medallion, which is awarded to the top 20 percent of indie-published books each year. All three books in the Dreamslippers Series have won medallions. indieBRAG president Geri Clouston and Susan Weintrob have also coauthored a cookbook; Eat, Read, and Dream is available via Amazon and Book Baby.

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Happy National Poetry Month! Welcome to Our Great Poetry Giveaway.

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As a welcome gift in honor of National Poetry Month, all new subscribers to our blog newsletter throughout the month of April will automatically receive a FREE ebook copy of Lisa Brunette's award-winning book of poetry, Broom of Anger.

Both new and existing subscribers will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two free signed print copies of Broom of Anger. Drawing to be held in May. The poems in the collection are themed on nature, yoga, trauma, and the healing process. The title is an homage to the writer Zora Neale Hurston, who famously said, "Grab the broom of anger, and drive off the beast of fear!"

So tell your friends to subscribe, and stay tuned for the results of our giveaway! You can also check out some of the poems from the collection as published here at Cat in the Flock:

Moving Away

August

The Open Door

The God in Me Salutes the God in Her

Noticing

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