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Making Progress

Posted on April 25, 2020 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm letting the 3rd draft of The Lost Valentine marinate for a few days before putting the finishing touches on the final draft. I hope it doesn't need too much more work. I really want to finish this.  Still aiming for mid-July to get this published. Wish me luck.

The Lost Valentine

Posted on March 15, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

For those readers wondering when The Lost Valentine will be finished, know that I'm aiming to have it out before mid-July. It will be the last book in the Carol Karuso Mystery trilogy. Matty Cruz will be teaming with Carol and you'll get an update on what she's been doing in Madrid, Spain. Getting into trouble, of course. I hope you like how it all ends.

The Lost Valentine

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I know this last book in the Carol Karuso Mystery series has been a long time coming, and I apologize for that.  I've heard from readers asking why it is taking so long. I've had some physical roadblocks, and my health had to come first. Life is settling down and I hope to be writing more steadily soon.

I'm determined to finish it in 2020.  I'm halfway through the second draft.

Hang in there and I promise to do the same. 

It's Coming Along

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't ask me how I did it, but I completed the preliminary outline for The Last Valentine. I had most of the beginning and ending in my head, and the middle chapters just flowed out of me. I'm very happy about this, but as I make a more detailed outline (lots of research needs to be done), I know I'll find plot holes that might send me whizzing in a different direction, but it 's a start. Here we go again, book number nine coming down the pike. Whee!

The Lost Valentine Outline Progress Report

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been working on my preliminary outline for The Lost Valentine, and I'm liking it so far. That redheaded gal is fun to write about. Plus I get to write about Matty Cruz again. Close to half way done. Wish me luck.

The Lost Romeo Published

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The second book of the Carol Karuso Mystery trilogy, The Lost Romeo

is now published and available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo,

iBooks (Apple), and Google Play.


Lower Prices for Matty Cruz Adventure Series

Posted on January 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Matty Cruz Adventure series has been repriced for 2018. The first three adventures are now 99 cents each, and the subsequent novels and box set are $2.99 each. Enjoy it while this pricing lasts.

Merry 99 cent sale on Google Play

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The first Matty Cruz Adventure book, Astray in Couper, is always $0.00 cents, but for the 2017 Holiday Season, get the next two books, Killer in Couper and Redhead in Couper, for $0.99 cents each on https://play.google.com/store/search?q=Matty+Cruz+Adventure&c=books&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play

Have a great holiday. Ho, ho, ho..

The Lost Romeo Cover & Mini-Blurb

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After going back and forth with titles and covers for the next book in the Carol Karuso Mystery series, I finally settled on both. I think it goes well with the first book cover, don't you? Now I just have to hurry up and finish the book. Shout out to Cover Quill for their excellent work.

Mini-Blurb: Carol Karuso has made more than her share of mistakes when it comes to picking lovers and boyfriends. When a particularly heinous womanizer from her recent past disappears, she could care less. That is until her best friend guilts her into helping his daughter look for him. Will Carol's developing skills as an investigator be enough to find this lost Romeo before he becomes a dead one?


Paperbacks are $7.99 on Createspace

Posted on July 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Print on Demand is expensive, especially when you sell through multiple channels. To make the paperback versions of my longer works more affordable, I've made them exclusive to Creatspace (https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=R.+Marquez&sitesearch_type=STORE). They are offered in an an easy-to-read 11-point font and in an also easy-to-hold 5.25 X 8 inch format. Tell your friends.