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Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery) by Madeline McEwen, guest post, giveaway and blog tour

Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery)
by Madeline McEwen

About the Book

Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Imajin Qwickies, An imprint of Imajin Books (December 11, 2017)
Print Length: 85 pages

An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella

Big mysteries often come in small packages…

When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?

As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?

Guest Post


How to improve your writing skills?

Whether you’re typing letters, emails, or a best selling novel, it is often the little things we miss.

Both publishers and agents want a fabulous story and a well-polished manuscript, without those elements you’re heading for the slush pile. Your job as a writer is to vault over the first hurdles and break through the barriers to publication. Alternatively, when you’re writing to a friend or business colleague, you want your message, tone, and content communicated effectively.

Even the greatest authors make an occasional error.

It may be a minor typo, a grammatical blip, or a misspelled name, but it gapes at the reader like an open wound.

Worse yet, spellchecker won’t save you from yourself. Spellchecker is not infallible. After all, spellchecker is a program made by fallible humans.

Sometimes reading the work aloud helps catch those mistakes, but not always because we read what we think we see, not what is on the page.

What we all need is another pair of eyes, readers who spot the blinking obvious to which we, the writers, are blind.

So, here is a useful tip you may not have come across to date. My laptop has a “speech” feature, which I ignored/couldn’t use for many years. It allows me to highlight a section and have it read aloud by a robot—male or female—either way they’re not so easy to dismiss. I find that monotone voice invaluable.

However, for me as a British/English writer, the biggest thrill of all is hearing my words spoken in an American accent—it always gives me a fit of the giggles.



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About the Author

Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer’s. In her free time, she walks the canines and chases the felines with her nose in a book and her fingers on a keyboard.


Author Links

Website  http://www.madelinemcewen.c








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