Sunday, May 15, 2016

Announcing a New Book--A Mystery Novel!

I've been working on publishing my first fiction novel. And after so much editing that I think my eyes might be permanently crossed, it's ready! Hip, hip, hooray!

The caving mystery is set at the National Speleological Society Convention in Ely, Nevada. The NSS Convention really will be held in Ely this July, so it was good to have a deadline to make me finish the book!

The premise of the book is that Dr. Elena Jackson, a cave biologist, finds a body at the Convention. Her twin sister Maribel is accused of the murder, and Elena works to clear her sister's name. Along the way she goes caving with her son, hangs out with interesting cavers, and sees sights in and around Ely. She only has a week to solve the murder before the suspects return to their homes in far-flung places.

I wrote the first version of the book during the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2011. I set it aside and never got back to it because it needed too much work. Two years, I wrote a new version during another NaNoWriMo. Then I set it aside. I sent out queries to some agents, but getting no bites decided I was going to self-publish. That involved reading and editing it, finding beta-readers to give me comments on what would improve the book, hiring a copy editor, hiring a graphic designer to make the cover, editing some more, proofreading it, formatting it for the paperback version, and formatting it for the electronic version.

Now the book is out and it's time for the promotional time! Visit my Facebook Author C. A. Cox page, like, comment, and share the post, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a free autographed copy. :)

You can find the paperback version of the book at CreateSpace.com and Amazon.com. The electronic version is also at Amazon.com.

I've written this book under the pen name C. A. Cox. Why? Well, I thought it might be good to separate my fiction and non-fiction writing. The pen name also has a special relation to caving. And that's all I'll say on that matter; you can figure it out!
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If you missed my other books, here they are! And as a special thank you for being blog readers, I'm having a Kindle Countdown discount on The Great Basin for Kids. Usually the Kindle version is $6.95, but starting May 16 at 8 a.m., the Kindle version of the book will be just $.99 for 53 hours. Then the price will bump up to $1.99 for another 53 hours (5/18 at 1 p.m. PST to 5/20 at 6 p.m.). Then the price will go to $2.99 until midnight on May 22.

The Great Basin for Kids is also available in paperback from Western National Parks Association bookstores at Great Basin National Park; the Border Inn in Baker, NV; the Art Bank in Ely; Economy Drug in Ely; the California Interpretive Center in Elko, NV; Indie book stores, Barnes and Noble,  and Amazon.com.

My first published book is Great Basin National Park: A Guide to the Park and Surrounding Area. It was published by Utah State University Press in 2012. It took two years to write and five years to publish! Since I'm not the publisher, I have no say in the book cost. The book's gotten great reviews, and I'm glad it's helped so many people find their way around this beautiful area better.

It's available in paperback from USU Press, Western National Parks Association bookstores at Great Basin National Park; the Border Inn in Baker, NV; Economy Drug in Ely, NV; Indie BookstoresBarnes and Noble; and Amazon.com.


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4 comments:

Amanda B said...

Congrats!!! Oh my goodness, I didn't expect to see this when I checked out your page today. I am so excited for you! Maybe one day you can do the same thing for our co-authored book! :) Probably not, but it is fun to think it anyway. I hope everyone enjoys your caving adventure. I can't wait to read it!

Amanda B said...

Read the first chapter. I am hooked!

g said...

This is a fun read. Not only a mystery but lots of caving and local info. Loved it and can't wait for the next book.

Bonny Armstrong said...

I love the cover and am happy to see it is the first --- of a series!!!
Congratulations!

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