Return to Drew-Land

Last year I returned to Nancy Drew mysteries—Nostalgia-Land—rereading books I loved as a kid.

Before the holidays (pressie to self), I ordered a box set—1 through 10—and had a chance to read a few.  Given the ol’ stress level, the revisit to Nostalgia-Land/Drew-Land was a welcome break . . . and much needed escape.

Here are reviews for the first three in the long-established series.

The Secret of the Old Clock

This story was first written in 1930 and then rewritten in 1959.  Nancy aged two years, going from 16 to 18, and received a personality readjustment. WPNancyABB

Our young sleuth is asked to help the Crowley family, courtesy of her fondness for a young girl being raised by the not-in-their-prime Turner sisters, Mary and Edna.  The snobby and snotty Tophams, who took in Josiah Crowley during his later years, are certain they’ll inherit everything . . . but, as Fate would have it, there’s a new will.  It leaves money to some very much deserving people.  Enter Nancy.  Will she be able to locate the legal declaration?  Where will she look?  In an old clock that Edna said Josiah had once mentioned?  Which one!?

Best friends Bess and George aren’t on the scene yet, but Helen Corning is.  She seems a bit flat, but maybe it’s because I like the cousins; they have personality.  It receives a 2.5. out of 5 because Nancy is on her own a lot and there’s way too much “thinking”.

The Hidden Staircase

WPNancyABCGood friend Helen Corning, now engaged, asks Nancy to help solve the mystery of Twin Elms, her grandmother’s supposedly haunted house.  Before she and Aunt Rosemary arrive at Nancy’s home, a man arrives and advises the pretty detective that her father is in danger because of the railroad case he’s working on.

Despite a dangerous incident, Mr. Drew tells his daughter to go to Twin Elms.  Once there, Miss Flora tells Nancy about a ghost, how things are disappearing and strange things are occurring.  Music plays suddenly, a chandelier swings on its own accord, and a mask appears at a window.  Yup.  Bizarre goings-on indeed.  Intrigued, Nancy investigates the house inside and out . . . and eventually discovers a hidden staircase.  I won’t share where; you’ll have to read the book.

There’s also the subplot where Mr. Drew disappears and it’s feared the famous lawyer has been drugged and kidnapped.  This new and urgent mystery demands Nancy’s attention.  This one gets 3.5 out of 5 (I like “haunted” places).

The Bungalow Mystery

WPNancyAmazonDOTcom2The third story in the fun series starts with Nancy and good friend Helen on a boat during a storm.  A very ugly storm.   They capsize, but are rescued by Laura Pendleton, a fellow boater.  The trio row to a cove and head to a bungalow that Laura had noticed earlier.  They find food in a pantry; how lucky is that?  As the threesome dry off and warm up, they get to know one another.  Young Laura tells them she will be meeting her guardians—Mr. and Mrs. Aborn—at a local hotel, and then live with them in their home on Melrose Lake.

The Aborns are not the nicest folks and soon Laura calls Nancy to ask for help.  She escapes the room she’s been locked in and finds herself at the Drew house.  Fortunately, she took her mother’s valuable jewels with her . . . but that won’t stop the Aborns from trying to get them.  Whatever the cost.

Our resolute sleuth gets caught up in chases and explosions, and discovers the truth about the Aborns.  Missing money and securities are located, and crooks nabbed.  I’d give this a 2 out of 5 (it had some snoozer moments).

Definitely nothing wrong with visiting Nostalgia-Land or Drew-Land.  Enjoy(ed) them both and looking forward to doing so again!

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To 2020!

A few thoughts flowed through the ol’ noggin re writing the final post of the year.  The one that persisted was about purging . . . cleansing feelings and sharing truth/life. 

Then I thought, given what I’ve been going through for [too] many years, that would be quite depressing.  Who wants to start a New Year on a negative note?  Not I!  Not this time!

So, here is a simple heartfelt post—and here’s to a truly wonderful, inspiring New Year. 

  May our dreams and aims become reality.    ♥  May the bad/adverse/harmful and hateful be things of the past.    ♥  May we grow as individuals and embrace the good in one another.    ♥  May we forgive.    ♥  May we stand tall and not allow others to topple us.    ♥  May we find the ability to be assertive without being aggressive and do what’s right (and recognize that which is wrong).    ♥  May we be supportive and giving, without being overwhelming or overpowering.    ♥  May those of us who are weak find the strength to [finally] take stands.    ♥  May those of us who have lost our faith once again find it.

Happy 2020 everyone . . . may it be your year!!! 

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T’is Time for [Writing] Resolutions

Given we’re a few days away from a new year (and, with any luck, a better one), t’is time to record resolutions . . . maybe?   They’re great for keeping us focused, not so great for keeping.  Am I right?  . . . Maybe?

Let’s focus on writing resolutions—as in resolutions for writers/bloggers.  There are way too many to consider, so we’ll keep ’em sweet and simple, and fairly straightforward.

The first one has to be, to quote Nike: just do it!  Write, write, write.  Post, post, post.  It’s the blessing, and sometimes the bane, of our existence.

Ensure you write every day; set a schedule.  If you were doing this professionally—and, hopefully, one day you will—you’d have to commit to a timetable.  Arrange one that works with your daily routine.

Challenge yourself this coming year.  Write something outside your comfort zone.  You don’t have to go for a novel; aim for a short story.  If you hate sci-fi, give it a go!  You may surprise yourself.

Learn to embrace—and love—editing.  You can leave it to a professional if you like (and have the $$$), but it’s a skill that can be picked up.  Just apply yourself.  Practice makes perfect.  Am I right?  No maybe this time; it’s a fact.  <LOL>

If you haven’t published or set up a blog yet, do so.  Find a publisher.  Publish an e-book. Create a blog; they’re easy and fun, and can look as professional or arty as you want (just consider your ultimate goal when you design it).

Mingle.  Meet other writers/bloggers.  You can do it on-line or via a real group.  Make sure you’re on social media so that you can connect—not only with fellow authors, but readers, and possible customers (who may partake of your writing skills or blog offerings).

Read.  Learn from others.  Study styles and approaches.  Get (don’t steal) ideas.  See what makes for “success”.

Support your colleagues.  Wouldn’t you want (and appreciate) encouragement in your quest?  Give back . . . always.  It’s a good thing.

Share.  Writing/blogging for personal interest is great.  But if no one reads your stuff, are you getting anything out of it?  . . . Okay, maybe.  Nothing wrong with personal satisfaction.  It depends on your ultimate aim, doesn’t it?

On that note, my aim is complete for today.  But I may be back with more.  We can never have enough resolutions, can we?  WPresolution1

A Title is Everything – So Have One (!)

It’s JJ and I’ll just keep this post short and sweet (it’s clean-up day at the agency)

Coco’s Nuts is [still] available today through the 17th for a $0.99 and free promotion.  T’is the season: perhaps you’d like to give?

This mystery, the third in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series, revolves around our second case as professional private eyes.  The three of us—Rey, Linda, and I—endeavor to prove that our client, Buddy Feuer, once-socialite-Vassar-grad-turned-trucker, didn’t commit two murders.  The evidence is vast, but we’re sure that Buddy’s been set up.  There’s also Coco Peterson, who’s been MIA since the murders went down—this nut plays a major role in all that’s transpired.  We love challenges and Coco’s Nuts sends several our way.

Please check us out at:

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2

NOTE: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores. FREE promotions are active in all Amazon marketplaces.

Plugging the Coco’s Nuts’ Promo (again)

You’ve got Linda today.  I’ll just stick to the “message” on this lovely Monday.

Coco’s Nuts is available today (through the 17th) for a $0.99 and free promotion.

This cozy with grit (as the Boss likes to describe it ) revolves around our second case as professional P.I.s.  The three of us—Rey, JJ, and myself—endeavor to prove that our client, Buddy Feuer, once-socialite-Vassar-grad-turned-trucker, didn’t commit two murders.  The evidence is stacked against her, but we’re certain that Buddy’s been set up.  There’s also nutbar Coco Peterson, who’s been MIA since the murders went down; he plays a chief part in all that transpired.  We enjoy challenges, as you know, and Coco’s Nuts sends a few tests and trials our way.

Please check us out at:

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2

Nuts for Coco’s Nuts’ Promo

The three of us flipped a coin (don’t ask) and I won—hey, it’s Rey again!  You know, I’m actually enjoying this.  Maybe I’ll become a blogger one day.

So-o, my friends, Coco’s Nuts is available today (through the 17th) for a $0.99 and free promotion.  Considering it’s so-o close to the holidays, why not think about stuffing a few friends’ stockings?

You may be wondering what this cozy (with grit) is about . . . ?  It’s our second “official” case, where the three of us—Linda, Cousin JJ, and me—intend to prove our client, Buddy Feuer, once-socialite-Vassar-grad-turned-trucker, didn’t commit two murders.  Despite what the evidence suggests, we’re positive that Buddy’s been set up.   There’s also super nutty Coco Peterson, who’s been MIA since the murders went down; he certainly plays a major part in all that went down, but man he’s a hard dude to find.  But we don’t give up, nope, not us; we’re as persistent as ants at a church picnic.

Linda says begging doesn’t become me, so I humbly ask that you check out Coco’s Nuts on Amazon . . . uh . . . plea-ease:

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2

Last Day for the Forever Poi Promotion . . . the Second for Coco’s Nuts

Ho-ho-how about a cozy (with a wee bit of grit) for the holiday stocking?  How about two?  Hey, it’s Rey again!

So, today I’m posting about two promos.  It’s the last day for Forever Poi and the the second for Coco’s Nuts.  Both feature three pretty private eyes—me, Cousin Jilly, and my best friend, Linda.

I’ll keep it short and sweet.  Both books are available for a $0.99 and free promotion.

Forever Poi has the three of us trying to figure out who set two trendy Chinatown art galleries on fire, and left a couple of corpses in the rubble.  There are a few suspects—like a self-absorbed gallery owner with a dicey past, an art consultant who’s as beautiful as she is dangerous, a risk-loving photographer, and an art manager with a shady past.

Coco’s Nuts has us aiming to prove our client, once-socialite-Vassar-grad-turned-trucker Buddy Feuer, isn’t responsible for two murders.  She didn’t kill her boss, an infamous entrepreneur, any more than she murdered her best friend.  Despite what the evidence suggests, we’re sure that Buddy’s been set up.  Then there’s super nutty Coco Peterson, who’s been MIA since the murders went down.  He’s a central piece in this knotty puzzle.  The cast of curious characters sure keeps us on our toes.  But we’re good at what we do, even if we go about things a little, hmm, differently from our fellow P.I.s

You’d sure make my-uh-our day if you’d give one or both a read.

Please check us out on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2

NOTE: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores. FREE promotions are active in all Amazon marketplaces.

Friday the 13th Double Whammy – LOL – Plugging the Forever Poi Promotion (Day 4) & Publicizing the Coco’s Nuts Promotion (Day 1)

It’s JJ today.  Like my colleagues, I’ll stick to the Boss’ post re the current promotion featuring Forever PoiBut I also have to tell you about Coco’s Nuts!

Let’s start with the ongoing promo first . . .

 The fourth book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series, Forever Poi—which features Rey, Linda and me—is available for a $0.99 and free promotion December 10—14.

To give you an idea of what transpires, here’s the Boss’ summary:

Novice P.I.s JJ, Rey and Linda have stumbled and fumbled [hmm, not sure about that], through two major cases with surprisingly stellar results.  Now, the trio has to discover who set ablaze two happening Chinatown art galleries, which left a couple of charcoal-broiled corpses in the rubble.  Any number of persons in the local art world could be responsible.  A cast of curious suspects includes a haughty gallery owner with a questionable past, an art consultant as treacherous as she is beautiful, a risk-loving photographer, and an aspiring manager with a dicey history.  Perhaps determining the reason will help: a major insurance pay-out, the ugly break-up of a long-term relationship, out-and-out evil vengeance, or a cover-up for felonious transgressions?

If you have family and friends who enjoy cozies with a little grit, then Forever Poi would make a nice little holiday gift.

And Coco’s Nuts is available for the same deal, starting today through the December 17, for $0.99 and a free promotion.

Here’s the Boss’ sum-up:

The Triple Threat Investigation Agency private eyes must prove their client, once-socialite-Vassar-grad-turned-trucker Buddy Feuer, isn’t responsible for two murders.  She had no motive to kill her boss, an infamous entrepreneur, nor did she murder her best friend.  Despite what the evidence suggests, JJ, Rey and Linda are convinced that Buddy has been set up.  Nutty Coco Peterson, who has been MIA since the murders went down, appears to be a central piece in this perplexing puzzler. As the rookie P.I.s strive to uncover a killer amid yet another cast of curious and unconventional characters, they meet up with old acquaintances who may not have their best interests at heart.  Exploding bombs suggest they’ve ruffled feathers by asking too many questions.  Hopefully, they’ll obtain legitimate answers before something significant blows up—like the Triple Threat gals.

Coco’s Nuts blends mystery, mayhem, and humor . . . and could serve as the perfect little festivities’ break.

Please check us out on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2

NOTE: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores. FREE promotions are active in all Amazon marketplaces.

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The Forever Poi Promotion (Day 3)

Linda here.  Like Rey, I think I’ll stay true to the Boss’ post regarding the promotion of our fourth adventure.

 Forever Poi—featuring Rey, JJ, and myself—is available for a $0.99 and free promotion December 10th through the 14th.  You have a couple more days, but who’s counting?

The summary, per The Boss:

Novice P.I.s JJ, Rey and Linda have stumbled and fumbled—like Rey, I don’t think we did either, but to each his or her own—through two major cases with surprisingly stellar results.  Now, the trio has to discover who set ablaze two happening Chinatown art galleries, which left a couple of charcoal-broiled corpses in the rubble.  Any number of persons in the local art world could be responsible.  A cast of curious suspects includes a haughty gallery owner with a questionable past, an art consultant as treacherous as she is beautiful, a risk-loving photographer, and an aspiring manager with a dicey history.  Perhaps determining the reason will help: a major insurance pay-out, the ugly break-up of a long-term relationship, out-and-out evil vengeance, or a cover-up for felonious transgressions?  [We did have our challenges.]

If you know someone who likes cozies with a little grit, then Forever Poi would make a lovely little stocking-stuffer.  You could treat yourself, too.

Please check us out on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2

NOTE: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores. FREE promotions are active in all Amazon marketplaces.

Promoting the Forever Poi Promotion (Day 2)

Hey, it’s Rey!  I’m gonna stick to the Boss’ script regarding the promotion of our fourth exploit-uh-escapade-uh-case.

Forever Poi—the fourth Triple Threat Investigation Agency book featuring us fantastic female private eyes (that’s me, my cousin JJ and my BFF Linda) is available for a $0.99 and free promotion December 10th through the 14th.  Coo-ool, you’ve got a three more days.

As The Boss tells it: novice P.I.s JJ, Rey and Linda have stumbled and fumbled [hey, I beg to differ] through two major cases with surprisingly stellar results.  Now, the trio has to discover who set ablaze two happening Chinatown art galleries, which left a couple of charcoal-broiled corpses in the rubble.  Any number of persons in the local art world could be responsible.  A cast of curious suspects includes a haughty gallery owner with a questionable past, an art consultant as treacherous as she is beautiful, a risk-loving photographer, and an aspiring manager with a dicey history.  Perhaps determining the reason will help: a major insurance pay-out, the ugly break-up of a long-term relationship, out-and-out evil vengeance, or a cover-up for felonious transgressions?  They certainly had us going!

Perhaps you know someone who likes cozies with a touch of grit?  Yeah?  Then Forever Poi is the perfect little stocking-stuffer (stuff it in yours, too).

Please check us out on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2

NOTE: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores. FREE promotions are active in all Amazon marketplaces.