Thursday, September 3, 2015

I Think I Worry the Government

With: Julie Ann Lindsey

Congratulations to "Jo-Anne B.", the winner in Julie Ann's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Do you know about website analytics? Analytics are a great way to track who visits your website or blog. I keep a close eye (read: stalk) my analytics. I love to know how many people drop by each day and where they’re from. I enjoy seeing the variety of random places visits originate from, like local library systems, the Ford Motor Company and CBS. What I find especially fun is the number of regular hits I get from Alexandria. Yes. That Alexandria. I’m apparently a real attraction for the Pentagon, Department of Defense and US Army Intelligence Service Center. They visit my website often. Actually, all the big guys make regular rounds at my place. I assume some super-high-tech software sends them my way. I admit to having one or two red flags. The word murder, for example, makes a regular appearance in my text. I imagine that if I had one of those word clouds on my blog, it would probably look something like this: Murder, Murder, Death, Stab, Beat, Poison, KILL, KILL, KILL. I can see why that generates a little attention from Homeland. 

It’s not just me. Mystery lovers worldwide are bound to have some unique and possibly disturbing blog content from time to time. It’s a hazard of the job. Plus, we like it. We blog about what thrills us. We relish the details of high stakes investigation, the shocking reality of true crimes and the terror of knowing it can happen to anyone. 

I write cozy mysteries for Carina Press. Cozies are the upbeat, fun-loving cousins of romantic suspense, but even with a few more laughs, less sex, and no gore, there’s still a murder and plenty of terrifying moments for the heroine. I research everything to death, and in turn I think I worry the government. My obsessions may seem dark, but in reality I love a good thrill and a tricky puzzle, so mysteries are a perfect fit. Who knows? Maybe I’ll gain a few readers from DC. Whatever the outcome, mystery writers must waste a ton of the government’s time. I giggle every time I think about it. 

Giveaway: How about you? Does your love of mystery have you on the watch list? I’d love to know! Respond in the comments section below to win a digital copy of A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder.

A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder
The Geek Girl Mysteries, Book 1

IT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu's timing couldn't be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia's family's business relies on her presence.

Mia doesn't have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.

Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he's closer than she'd ever imagined.

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About Julie:
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multigenre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

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  1. I think I am safe from the government watch lists. I rarely ever have to search for words such as murder, poisons, knifes, or guns. I do know that many of my favorite authors are probably in the same boat as you since I read a lot of romantic suspense and cozy mysteries.

  2. I'm sure I'm not anyone's watch list let alone the government. The main thing I search for on the Internet is where the best sales are so that really wouldn't get the government's attention.

    1. Sorry, I forgot to leave my email. joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

  3. Luckily, I don't have an internet presence, so I'm pretty confident I'm off any official radar :) thanks for such a fun post and this book sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

  4. don't think so

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  5. Not as much as you I would think. I can only imagine the things you research. Watch out for men in black helicopters.


  6. LOL There are hazards to being a mystery writer. I've read good things about your current book, which I have on my wishlist, and 2 more in my TBR pile. :)


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