Waiting for the One-Stars—and a Giveaway!

Lauren Carr 2Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Each installment of Lauren’s hit mystery series, starting with It’s Murder, My Son which was released in June 2010, has made the best-seller’s list on Amazon. Twelve to Murder, the seventh Mac Faraday mystery, was released in February. The eighth installment, A Wedding and A Killing, came out in September.

Also receiving rave reviews, Dead on Ice, released September 2012, introduced a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates. Real Murder is the second installment in this series. The third installment will be released June 2015.


The Less Traveled Path of Authorship

A couple of weeks ago, I won a bet with myself. Actually, truthfully, there’s no way you can lose a bet with yourself because when you bet yourself, then you have to win. You also have to lose, but I’m an optimist, so I don’t think about that.

On September 13, 2014, my eighth Mac Faraday Mystery, A Wedding and a Killing, was released. Within twenty-four hours, it was number three on Amazon under police procedurals and cozies.

That wasn’t my bet.

Also, within twenty-four hours, it had its first one-star review.

A Wedding and a KillingThat was the bet I had won.

Yep, I knew while writing the latest Mac Faraday mystery in which a murder is committed in a church that some readers would rebel at the setting.

Anyone who is not living under a rock in today’s society knows that there are certain words and subjects that, if you want to be loved by everyone, that you simply must avoid uttering.

This first one-star (of a total of four at this point) states:

“There was such a strong Christian undercurrent to Ms Carr’s writing and intolerance (bordering on hatred) of those who don’t conform to some narrow-minded point of view that it totally spoiled the story for me. I ended up deleting this book from my Kindle.”

Yep, I knew that there were some readers (former fans at this point) who would be shocked that I would dare to take my readers into a church—even though I have never made an attempt to hide that I am a middle-aged church lady.

Some of you readers may ask, “Why would you knowingly place a murder in a setting where there is going to be such a strong reaction from certain sections of our society?”

Answer: Because I am not narrow-minded.

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