A Publishing Update

Phew! It’s been a while since I’ve been here. I had hoped to get back to blogging on a regular basis, but that thing called LIFE got in the way (Rich sick for over a year, nearly died, made a full recovery … all is well).

I’ve been writing again, and I’ve recently published two of the three books I’ve been working on for over a year.

The first is number eight in the Two Sisters and a Journalist series – Murder Breaks the Bank. I’m still enjoying writing the antics of Jo and her family, and I don’t have plans to end the series.



Two weeks before Thanksgiving, a man hires the investigative firm of Two Sisters and a Journalist to protect him. Jo Wheeler accompanies him to the bank with disastrous results. Jo, Pepper, and Jackie must now scramble to find out who murdered their client before Sergeant Rorski sends the wrong man to prison.

A rash of car vandalism and a Brussels sprouts caper also keep the three women on their toes, and it doesn’t help Jo’s mounting headache that Mama is preparing a comedy routine for open mic night at a favorite pub.

The second book, Stanley Pearl, is a standalone novel written from a male point of view. Before you ask how I could write from this perspective, let me assure you that Stanley was easily cobbled together from my three brothers, my husband, my son, and four male dogs that used to inhabit our home … but mostly my brother who is some type of corporate auditor and fits Stanley quite well. I enjoyed writing this book and have billed it as “romance, suspense and a splash of humor.”


Stanley Pearl’s life has been turned upside down. His wife ran off with another man, leaving Stanley to raise his teenage son alone. He takes the summer off from his accounting position to stay home with his son and write the novel he always dreamed of writing.

When a wealthy client demands Stanley help her nephew with his less than legal accounting, he has no choice but to say yes. Before he can deliver the finished work, his client is abducted, and Stanley soon discovers he has something the captors want.

A waitress at the coffee shop where he has been writing offers to help Stanley by introducing him to her ex-CIA brother. There’s no denying the chemistry between Teresa and Stanley, but can he stay alive long enough to explore the possibility of a relationship?

The third book, Delicious Death, is in progress. It’s the first in a new cozy mystery series set in fictitious Appleseed, Ohio. I’d love to publish this book in July, but I suspect August is more realistic.

On a personal level, I’m still playing that silly Don’t Starve video game, but I corralled Rich into playing it with me, so we’re playing the Don’t Starve Together version – daily. It helped to distract him when he was sick, and we have fun together, so there you go. I can’t leave it alone, and Rich has become an enabler.

The motorcycle has been cleaned and prepped, and Rich took it out for a spin yesterday. I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to ride this year when I recently had a knee go on the fritz, but it has settled down nicely, and I think we’ll be meeting friends for ice cream at the horse manure stand soon.

Hope everyone who pops in here is well. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

35 thoughts on “A Publishing Update

  1. Yay! so excited to see you back. (and to hear Rich is well!) I was just thinking about you yesterday.

    So good to see your writing and I’ll be checking out the new books! As for * ice cream at the horse manure stand” – that’s sounds as gross as “tea at the Cigar shop” haha – glad to see you back!


    • Thanks, Kevin! I’d like to breathe life back into this thing, and I’d certainly like to start reading blogs again. I’m feeling nostalgic. Thanks for stopping by – it’s good to see you!

  2. Congratulations on the new books! As always, your productivity astounds me. Sorry the year was so difficult, but I’m so happy things turned out okay for your husband. What a scary time for you.

    • Thank you, Carrie. Several of his caregivers expressed amazement that he recovered so well with no residual damage. We are relieved beyond measure. I’m glad things are back to “normal” around here. 🙂

  3. Haha I’m glad to see you’re still playing Don’t Starve Together, it’s a wonderful game! Congrats on publishing more books, I look forward to reading them eventually!

  4. Yay you’re posting again! Once again, I’m glad your husband’s health problems are now behind you, and it’s amazing that you’re so productive! 😀

    You also just reminded me that I haven’t played Don’t Starve in foreveeeeer. I absolutely love that game.

    • We are glad, too. Rich rode the motorcycle to his doctor appointment this morning – about 50 minutes one way. He could have never done that a month ago. With every passing day, things get a little better.

      Don’t Stave – sheesh! It’s just so darn cute and so much fun. Rich and I have been trying winter starts as well as making our own bases and not sharing. 🙂 There’s always something to try.

    • Thank you, Steve. Hopefully, I will be able to post a bit more often and get back into the WP community as well. I miss reading blogs, and a person can’t play video games all day long. (Well, they can, but I have to stop that!)

  5. Your Murder Under Construction (permafree) is #3 in all of amazon on the free side!!!!! – how did you pull that off?!?! Wow! – highest I got when I promoted my top book was #20, you are doing something really right!! congrats – that’s looks like it’s leading to a lot of sales! very exciting….

    • I know! Isn’t that cool? I had a BookBub ad run yesterday and had over 30,000 downloads of MUC. I was surprised to see the rank carry over to today, but am thrilled it’s still holding. Other books in the series are selling, so the ad worked! … It is very exciting. 🙂

  6. Maddie!!!! Glad to see you here. I so look forward to reading your new books. 🙂 My mind is getting clearer every day so I hope I can get to them soon. Love ya! ❤

    • I hope things are well with you, Jackie. I want to publicly thank you for being such a great sounding board for me while the nightmare of the last year unfolded around us. Your support was monumental, and you are absolutely the best friend a person could have! Love you!!

  7. Oh, Maddie!!! I’m so happy to see you blogging adn still cranking out the books!! Sorry I’ve been such a lame friend. Work is just harder and taking more of my energy than I ever expected, but I hope to be dropping a book pretty soon. Still chasing that dream. 🙂

  8. Hey! Good to hear you’re still writing! I was writing a while back. I was also saying I’d get the novels publish soon too. Interesting you’re writing characters from the male perspective. most of the 1st person characters I write are female, Not sure why. I find them more interesting to write about, probably because I like the challenge of trying to get inside their heads and figure out how they think and hopefully come up with a believable character. Not sure if I’ve succeeded. I know how men think so there’s no challenge there! Keep it up!

    • Richard! Where do I go to find out what was in the briefcase?! Has your book been published?

      Women can be hard to write even when you’re a woman. 🙂 What are you working on now?

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Sorry, somehow I missed this reply notification! Ok, about that briefcase. I wanted to shoot my own cover art so I did for the Briefcase story but haven’t yet worked it into an actual cover. For another novel I wanted to shoot a very specific scene with two main characters for which I’d need to work with very specific models. So I’ve gone off to practice and improve my photography and also learn to work with real life models. It’s been an interesting journey I must write a post about some time. 😊

    • I’m so happy to finally publish these two books! Some days, I was lucky to write 50 words – if any. It feels good to be have so much stress relieved that I can write again. Hope things are well with you. I’ll try to stop by soon!

  9. So nice to see this in my email! I think of you often since you blessed us for so many years and

    ‘you” are all over our shelves. Glad to see a blurb into your world. God bless you and yours. Cathy

    • Cathy! What an absolute delight to see you here. I was recently thinking of all those years of crawling around under library tables on my knees and thinking it’s no wonder they hurt so bad now. 🙂 But those were good years, and I was happy to help so many families. I miss children’s books and should probably go read a Childhood of Famous Americans to scratch the itch. 🙂

  10. Blush, blush, said the red-faced man! I’da been here sooner, only I’ve been traveling around the country, erecting big eco-friendly billboards (the “wood” is plant-based) that proclaim: “Buy Breezy Books!! Murder Has Never Been Cozier Or More Fun!! From Famed Author, Storyteller, And Homicide Raconteur, Maddie Cochere!!” 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️

    Then, in slightly smaller print: “She dun need no help from big showoff James Patterson like some no-talent ex-presidents!!” 💣💥

    Hi, Maddie! Very sorry to hear about Rich’s illness– sounded like a very scary time for you both. How’s that knee? Hope you’re both up and running (well, maybe not running), and feeling A-OK.

    Huge congratulations on your two latest books!! You are a true publishing phenom, no joke. And judging from Kevin’s comment, you’re rackin’ up a heap o’ sales– that’s wonderful!! Nobody deserves that kind of success more than you.

    Don’t Starve?? Never heard of it, but it sounds like good advice. Think I’ll hop on my motorcycle and roar over to the horse manure stand! For ice cream, I mean, not horse manure… 🚜🐴🍦🍦🍦😋

    • Haha, you leave the BEST comments, Mark. 🙂

      With Rich not able to work for well over a year now, the stellar results of the BookBub ad really helped to make our lives easier financially. Gotta love good marketing – as you know so very well.

      Thanks for popping in. I always love to see your smiling face. 🙂 Oh! And thanks for erecting all those billboards. You are a good man!

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