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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Organized for Murder--Ritter Ames--Review. Giveaway, and Guest Post

Release Date: February 24
Approximately 250 pages
The right business hook is the most important criteria for success, and Kate McKenzie thinks she’s found a perfect one.  As an organizational expert, Kate knows Americans are running out of space and money, and renting more storage units is usually not the best solution. Starting an organizational business, Stacked in Your Favor, in her new hometown of Hazelton, Vermont seems like an answer to her family’s budget problems and an answer to southern Vermonters’ prayers.  Business looks good when she snags collector, Amelia Nethercutt, as her first client, signing on to organize the wealthy woman’s eccentrically-filled mansion.  But things take a turn beyond chaos when Amelia is murdered and Kate’s fingerprints are found on the poison that killed her.

My Review:

This book really threw me for a loop!  I was guessing clear up to the very end, and was very surprised, I really like when a book does that.  I don't like to read a book that is really predictable and this book was not predictable at all!  The organization tips in this book are also great and will be really useful.  I also liked the characters in this book, and some of the characters surprised me also!  This book was just full of twists and turns.  I hope there are more in this series, as I am really looking forward to visiting Kate, her friends, and Hazelton, VT again!  Great job Ritter!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About This Author
Ritter Ames lives in a small town in the middle of America, but spends each day globe trotting the art world from her laptop, with her cat riding shotgun and Pandora blasting from the speakers. COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES is her first full-length fiction. A second cozy mystery series, starting with ORGANIZED FOR MURDER will be released by Gemma Halliday Publishing in January 2014. She tries to blog regularly at and uses her Pinterest boards at to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books.
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There is a rafflecopter form the author and she has also agreed to give away an e-copy of either this book or her other book Counterfeit Conspiracies (a different series), winner's choice.  Just leave me a comment, with your email address, about why you need to get organized and I will pick a winner around April 13!  Good luck.  Below is the rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Guest Post:

One of the best things about being a writer is getting to share information and entertaining ideas with others. Whether I’m writing my Bodies of Art series and adding bits and pieces gained through my travels in other countries, or writing my Organized Mysteries series and tailoring organization tips to blend with the story, I’ve found readers enthusiastic about the outcome. I’ve met so many new people through my blog and through Facebook and Twitter, simply because they loved reading my books. As a new author, that’s like an extra birthday, and getting a fabulous surprise party thrown in your honor where everyone shares in the gift-giving.


Even better, I have a wonderful, hardworking publisher who feels the same way.

Long before the release of Organized for Murder, my publisher, Gemma Halliday, connected with groups and individuals who love to read, appreciate cozies, and like discovering new authors. She offered ARCs of my book in PDF form, and only asked people to give honest reviews. I think she closed down the option at something around 500 requests, and we hoped at least a tenth of the readers would post a review the week Organized for Murder launched.


My publisher chose not to use a pre-order option with Organized for Murder, so readers had to wait for the link to go live to post. On the first day, over 100 Amazon reviews posted and the numbers kept climbing. By the third or fourth day the tally was over 400 unique and wonderful four- and five-star reviews, as well as enthusiastic feedback from each individual reader on the book sale pages at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Now more than month after release, more than 500 reviews are posted on Amazon alone.


Most gratifying for me were the emails from happy readers who loved the book, bought their own copies afterward because they wanted Kindle or Nook copies on their ereaders, and told friends and family about the novel. My publisher shared these messages of encouragement with me, after she and her assistant read all of the hundreds and hundreds of emails that poured into her inbox. As a new author this was unbelievably validating, and my heart swells again every time I think about reading those amazing messages of support and feedback.


I’ve read cozies almost my whole life. When I’m not reading this type of clean, comfy mystery I’m reading fun escapist fiction—again, usually mysteries—instead. This is what I love to read, and what I love to write. Life can be mean and painful. I like my reading fiction to bring the fun and balance back to day-to-day living, with the added bonus of a great puzzle to solve.


So, whether I globe trot across Europe with my characters in Counterfeit Conspiracies, or am in the middle of thinking up new twists to bring a little chaos to my organization expert’s world, I’m always writing with a smile on my face. Because I know in the end my goal is for every reader to have a good time, learn something new, and see justice prevail. I like win-win novels.


  1. Melina, thanks so much for showcasing my book on the blog tour, and also for taking the time to read my book and post this review. I truly appreciate you inviting me here today. Thanks again!

  2. Oh what can I say about getting organized?!? We've been in this house 10 months now, and I still have not even attempted to arrange the living room. I keep the blinds and door closed. The entry hall is overrun with mail (most needs to go to shed or trash), and the family room is cluttered with all our 'daily living' accumulation. I've still got boxes I've not unpacked because I don't know where to put stuff. Actually, I've got TOO MUCH misc stuff, but I don't know how to psych myself up to get rid of it. :) Besides, I'd rather read.

  3. This one is on my list.... I need every organization hint around... :)

  4. I need to get organized because I just retired---and I let things slide around the house for quite some time and it needs to be organized now so I can find things.