Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Book Reading Giveaway

Hello dear readers. I don't see how I can follow up after Linda's great post on writing cozy mysteries. My life has been a roller coaster ride the last couple of months so please bear with my short post. I haven't even been able to focus to write any. I hope to get back on it soon. I've started a new series - the Skye Southerland Cozy Mystery Series. I sent the first book to an acquisitions editor I know and after waiting for a couple of months (seemed like forever) I got a reply. I need to do more editing and then she wants me to resubmit. I figure that is better than a flat-out no.

She mostly wanted me to work on Deep POV. What is deep pov you ask? Me too:) I've heard the term now for several years, but haven't gotten a good gripe on it yet. I'm going to research everything I can get my hands on and try to learn how to do this technique. This is what I found as an explanation of what deep pov is.

What is Deep POV?

* Deep POV is being so far into the head and emotions of your character that you write in her voice instead of your own. 
This goes beyond adding the occasional direct, italicized thought to the point where the narrative itself takes on the personality of the POV character. It puts the reader in the character's head instead of relying solely on action and dialog to determine the character's motives and opinions.
I'll keep you up-to-date on my progress and maybe even give some examples when I master this. In the meantime I'll have another book (book four) coming out in the fall in my Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series. The title is "Chilled in Chattanooga." I'm excited and anxious to hold it in my hands.
I'd like to offer a box-of-books giveaway for summer reading - even though summer is almost over:) Just leave a comment below (and your email address so we can notify you) and tell me something you've done fun this summer.  Maybe by the next time I post I'll have more about deep pov I can share. Have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was also nominated for 2011 and 2012 Georgia Author of the year in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads” since 2001.  She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson, as well as the “Christian Communicator.” She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Christian Author’s Guild, Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers.


  1. Oh!!! A new Trixie Montgomery mystery AND a new series!!

    Sounds great, Debbie!!

    ~Nancy Jill

  2. I just found this site, thanks to Nancy. I always love finding new authors. I didn't know about "cozy" mysteries before Nancy's books. This summer, I began an adventure into writing. My characters keep telling me about others, which means I'm in the middle of several books, not one. LOL I'm not certain how to describe what I'm writing. It's cloaked in Christian/Inspirational romance, but many of the books will deal with difficult issues. Does anyone else have several characters yelling for their stories to be written at the same time?

  3. The most fun I have had this summer has been reading, reading and more reading.

  4. I only went camping with the family this year; it has been a fun and relaxing summer.

  5. Yay Deborah! I'm learning deep POV also. It takes practice...glad you have an interested editor :)

  6. The most fun thing this summer was having our youngest grandson here for a week. He is 6 and this was the first time he was away from home. And we had a great time!

  7. Last summer my husband and I drove in an RV out west with friends. This summer we were going to visit our friends but both of us got sick so no vacation for us.
    Winning a box of books would make my day. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.

  8. We had a fun trip all the way from West Texas to Washington state to visit our son who is in the navy. We saw beautiful mountains, scenic deserts and the Olympia National Park. I never thought I would get to see all these places. It was a trip of a lifetime.

  9. Deborah--That kind of no from an editor is fantastic. That means you caught the editor's interest with your story, but it needs some work. Do the work and do it right and you might just snap up a contract, girl! Bless you!

  10. Deep POV, an interesting concept. Enjoyed spending a week in FL with friends from Canada that we haven't seen in over 10 years.

  11. The most fun I've had this summer is starting to read cozy mysteries! No, I'm not kidding...I just started reading them and am hooked! I am sure to be busy for some time to come.

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  12. I'm trying to get a grip on deep POV too. As I understand it, its almost like a first person POV, but in third person. For example: "She felt the kitten's fur tickle her cheek," would become "The kitten's fur tickled her cheek." We know she felt it because we're in her deep POV. I'll look forward to hearing more about it from you next time.

  13. And the winner is............Pat August. I'll be contacting Pat to let her know. Thanks for all of your comments. Can't wait to up-date you on Deep POV next time:)


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