I have a small, and I hope consistently growing, collection of short stories set in a post-climate-change future that I’ve taken to calling The Rising. “Keys”, written years ago for an anthology, belongs in that world, as does last year’s “Siryn” (Amazon || Apple || Barnes & Noble (Nook) || Kobo). So far they’re all retold fairy tales; “Keys” is a take on Bluebeard that I’m rather fond of. :)

“Keys”
a fairy tale of The Rising
Not so very long ago came the Rising, and the death of the world as it was. There are old tales to be remade in this new future, and echoes of the past that resonate through time.

Rich men survive in every era, and the wealthy baron they call Bluebeard is no different. He offers wealth and comfort and education to the youngest sister of a large family…but what price the keys to a kingdom?

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Picoreview: Spinning Out: ugh.

Ted suggested the new Netflix Spinning Out, which looked like a reverse Cutting Edge, with a young woman skater coming back after an injury to join a playboy pairs skater.

Readers, it is *not* like Cutting Edge. It’s a drama with no humor to alleviate the bitchy unhappy characters.

I watched all the way through the first episode for the express purpose of trying to make Netflix not suggest I finish watching it. It didn’t work, which is too bad, because if I’d known it wouldn’t, I could’ve stopped watching 10 minutes in. Poor Ted was in the other side of the room, periodically offering up apologies just from LISTENING to it.

It may be well acted. I couldn’t really tell, because I disliked every single character so much that I couldn’t tell if it was the actors or the writing. I suspect it’s the writing. I think the lead woman could be quite charming & the playboy pairs skater clearly can be. But ugh.

OH! I just found out the lead woman was The Girl in the Maze Runner movie, so yeah, she can be appealing (although I still want to know how a group of boys apparently raised with no women or female figures AT ALL even knew the word for ‘girl’, but I digress). And wait, no, there was a single character I liked. The playboy pairs skater’s coach was good. But I didn’t like anybody else.

And I don’t think they should have cast a 27 year old who looks like she’s about 27, as the daughter of 41 year old January Jones, because even though the story acknowledges that Mom got pregnant young, I’m pretty sure they didn’t mean AT AGE FOURTEEN. God, I hope not, anyway.

Anyway, IDK. Maybe if you don’t turn it on expecting something Cutting-Edgeish it’s fine, but it was clear within the first few minutes (after the interminably long credits, I mean) that it wasn’t, and I felt I was able to adjust my expectations accordingly, but I still found it *miserable*, rather than dramatically intriguing and compelling to watch.

OMG MES AMIS, LOOK! LOOOOOOOOOK! Today is the official release day for the first book in my new cozy mystery series!

In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, murder occurs at the feet of sweet Molly Malone . . .

Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything—except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone.

Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit . . .before another fishy death occurs?

DEAD IN DUBLIN is available now!
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The general idea for the Dublin Driver mysteries–a limo driver who drives herself in and out of murder mysteries–was my husband’s (as, for that matter, was the idea for the Walker Papers. Someone once asked me what I’d be doing if I hadn’t married Ted. Without missing a beat and without a hint of irony, I said, “Writing different books.” ANYWAY. :)). So a while back when an editor asked me if I had any ideas for cozy mysteries, I was like “LET ME STEP RIGHT UP WITH SOME THOUGHTS!”

Writing Megan Malone in this series (I’ve written 3 of them already, actually) has been great fun. She’s an American in Ireland, so I’ve gotten to use my personal observations and loads of funny stories about being an incomer to Ireland as part of the backbone for these books. I’ve tromped around parts of Dublin I hadn’t ever seen before, getting details right. I’ve harangued my local friends to make sure I’m using Irish slang correctly (Ruth, Susan and Sarah, particularly, have been SO PATIENT with me). I’ve written my favourite cafe into the series. It’s been great. :)

And also very excitingly, not only is this my first traditionally published book in several years, BUT ALSO if you’ll have a look at the by-line, you’ll see this is a book by CATIE MURPHY. I genuinely never thought I’d see my day-to-day name on the cover of a book–I write under CE because I never thought ‘Catie’ looked grown-up enough for a book cover, and I didn’t want people to call me by my full name (unless they were Ron Perlman. I have a whole fantasy built around Ron Perlman calling me by my full name. But that’s beside the point…), so I used my initials.

But when we were talking about what name the Dublin Driver mysteries should be published under, both my editor and I thought a break from CE Murphy was wise, because CE is so associated with SFF. And, as it happened, because cozies are, well, *cozy*, ie, familiar and comfortable, we thought that ‘Catie’, which is a quite informal name, actually worked really well for the author name for this series. And I’m RIDICULOUSLY CHUFFED about it!

So I’m overall VERY EXCITED about this new series, and I hope you all will enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it! ♥!

DEAD IN DUBLIN is available at the following e-retailers & at bookstores near you!
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I promised that I’d post pictures of Dublin to go along with the Dublin Driver books, so here are a few!

DEAD IN DUBLIN

In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, murder occurs at the feet of sweet Molly Malone . . .

Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything—except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone.

Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit . . .before another fishy death occurs?

DEAD IN DUBLIN is available aow!
Amazon || Barnes & Noble || GooglePlay || Kobo

We open–of course–with Molly Malone, site of the fatal first scene of DEAD IN DUBLIN!

Behind Molly is St Andrew’s Church, which has been repurposed as a restaurant in DEAD IN DUBLIN. :)

Moving south from Molly are the O’Connell and Hapenny Bridges on the River Liffey…

…and the General Post Office, shown here with all its holiday glory! :)

A glimpse at the interior of Accents, Megan’s (and my!) favourite cafe in Dublin!

And the Portobello Hotel, which, although not mentioned by name, is on Megan’s daily driving route on the way out of Rathmines into Dublin city centre… :)

Next year I’m going to start experimenting with Kindle Unlimited. I’ve been reluctant to do this, because some of my readers don’t use Kindle, but they’re about…15% of my monthly self-publishing sales. In theory, KU would make up for that loss of revenue by a *considerable* margin. Because, see, to be enrolled in KU, you can’t have your books available on any other platform. Amazon will crawl the web to make sure you don’t. It’s a bitch. But Amazon is already 85% of my sales. KU could potentially boost that by…IDEK.

I’m not delighted by that. I would really, *really* prefer to be able sell at the most profitable margin across all platforms. Obviously.

But real talk here. Every time we’ve gotten financially stable, we’ve had to move–7 times in 14 years–and it’s wiped us out. Rent keeps getting more and more expensive and getting our feet back under us has been harder each time. And there’s a real chance I’m cutting my own throat trying to make sure my readers can get books on the platform of their choice.

Believe me, I *get* the moral stance against using Amazon. I do not condemn anybody for it. I hate that cutting some readers out is a potential way to make more money.

But, and I think this is understandable, I also hate wondering whether we’re going to run out of fuel oil or be unable to pay the electricity bill.

So for the moment I’ve already pulled RAVEN HEART from non-Amazon platforms, and I have plans to release it through KU. I’m writing other paranormal romance to be released through KU. At the moment I don’t know how much farther I’ll go.

My understanding is that there’s a lot of value in regular releases of a long-running series there, but god, who has time to write another one? :} But I may try re-releasing the Worldwalker books thru it, just to see what happens. I can always pull them out, if it’s not worth it.

It’s clear to me that in an ideal world I’d develop a pseudonym *for* KU. It’d be Murphy Lawless or Cate Dermody, probably, depending on whether I went all-in for PNR or if I started writing a bunch of fast-paced spy stories like THE CARDINAL RULE (which, honestly, is probably my stronger suit, although PNR is huge fun to write).

This does play into the “who has time” problem, tho. If JUST releasing CE Murphy books with no particular rhyme or reason to them–not a long-running series, just a short story here, a two-book series there, etc–did the trick, honestly, I’d yank everything off other platforms.

Of course there’s kind of only one way to find out if it does the trick…