My faithful readers will know that I'm always looking out for great character names. After penning three crime series littered with amateur sleuths, their family and friends, beaus and foes, it's very tricky concocting new and original monikers. Like most authors, I tend to steer towards the same old same old… without even realising I'm doing it!
That's where you come in…
Last year, I asked you to donate your favourite names for use in my latest Ghostwriter Mystery, and boy was your response overwhelming (you can read the related blog here).
Well, I'm doing it again! This time I need names for a brand-new mystery I have just started writing. While I can't give too much away yet about the plot, I'm hoping this story turns into a whole new series. It will feature not one but FIVE main characters—a mix of genders, ages and ethnicities—and I need to find them all suitable names.
If you'd like to donate your own name, a name you heard of, or the name of someone you love or loathe (because not every character can be loveable!)—then get in touch. I need first and last names, nicknames, strange names, and even rather ordinary names—whatever you've got. If I end up choosing your suggestion, you get a FREE paperback copy of the book when it's published, not to mention seeing your chosen name over and over in print. Gotta love that! (If you sent names last time, don't worry, I've still got the list and will be dipping into that, too.)
Check the Ts& Cs**, below, and send your suggestion/s to:
Drum roll, please, for this week's winning subscriber who gets a chance to win a FREE copy of one of my mystery novels. This time I'm offering the winner the eBook of their choice from my selection of 15 crime stories—see full list at Amazon here.
And the winner is…
Apologies, 'Crossroads', I don't have your full name but I do have your email address (which contains that word) and I'm looking forward to sending you your prize. I'll be in touch shortly. Thanks again to everyone else for your loyalty and support and keep reading my fortnightly newsletters in case your name comes up. Not a subscriber? Just sign up to my newsletter at my official author website: calarmer.com.
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by Ric S. @ US Amazon
"Love book number 4! The best of the series so far. Great characters, twists and turns, an excellent cozy mystery. I’m hoping it won’t be long before book number 5 appears!
REMOTE LYLE'S LODGE: Deep in isolated rainforest, the Agatha Christie Book Club gathers to meet four new members, each one hiding a secret from the group…
ONE IS AN IMPOSTER. ONE HAS BEEN HERE BEFORE. ONE IS HUNTING FOR BLOOD. AND ONE WANTS REVENGE.
With membership now at nine, the club settles in to discuss Christie’s best-selling mystery—the one about the madman bumping off his isolated guests.
VERY SOON, LIFE BEGINS TO IMITATE THE BOOK.
First one person is murdered, then another, and then a mighty bushfire ignites in the forest below, cutting them off with their own "madman" on the loose. Employing the wisdom of Poirot and a trusty bushfire survival plan, they must unravel each new member's secret to unmask the real killer and survive the book club from hell.
But this time not all of them will get out alive.
ONCE THERE WERE NINE… SOON THERE WILL BE SIX… BUT WHICH BOOK CLUB MEMBERS WILL SURVIVE?
NB: This ebook has not been endorsed, licensed or authorised by the estate of Agatha Christie or by Agatha Christie Limited.
**Naming Competition: Terms & Conditions
This Naming Competition is open to all my subscribers and all types of names are welcome. By emailing me name/s you infer direct permission to use that name/s or an adaptation of that name/s. The winning name/s will be chosen at a future date and winner/s informed via future newsletter and/or email. Due to the overwhelming nature of these pleas, no correspondence will be entered into but I appreciate your suggestions and thank you in advance.