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Here is a little break from reviews with an answer to a question that I often get, how do you find new books?

I know what it is like, you have found a new series of books and if you are lucky, there are quite a few to read, but what happens when you finish?! Dun dun duuun.  I hate not having a stack of books ready and waiting for me (is this the sign of an addiction?) and as I suffer from chronic pain, I can’t pop down to the bookshop and browse the shelves, so I do it all on the internet.  So here are six ways to find new mystery titles.

1. The publishers

Many books have excerpts in the back of similar titles.  This is often a great way of finding out whether you like an author.  You can find more details and get updates about new titles from the publisher and if you pop onto their websites you can sign up to their mailing lists.  One of the larger publishers of cozy mysteries is http://berkleysignetmysteries.com, which has monthly updates, but be careful – they often have spoliers dotted about.

2. Blogs, Facebook and Twitter

There are several group blogs where a different author posts every day.  At the http://www.cozychicksblog.com/  there is Leann Sweeney, Kate Collins Maggie Sefton, Deb Baker, JB/Jennifer Stanley, Heather Webber, Lorna Barrett, Dru Ann Love.  Then there is http://killerhobbies.blogspot.co.uk/  featuring Joanna Campbell Slan, Monica Ferris, Linda O. Johnston, Mollie Cox Bryan, Chrystle Fiedler, Betty Hechtman.  Both of these sites have daily updates and competitions.  Don’t forget there is Facebook and Twitter too.

3. Author Websites

Some authors have their own websites which are regularly updated.  These can be a great way to get more information on books, maps of towns, even background information on the characters.  Here are some examples of author websites

http://www.haileylind.com/ – The awesome Art Lover’s series

http://www.julietblackwell.net/ – The Lily Ivory Witchcraft series as well as the Haunted Home renovation series

http://victorialaurie.com/ – Victoria writes both the Psychic Eye and Ghost Hunter books.  She is in my Top 3 author list and if there was ever a series of books that should make it to TV, it is these.

4. Sample Chapters

Sometimes, authors have the first chapters of books on their websites. I have found so many brilliant books this way, where the characters wheedled their way into my head and I had to read them straight away!  The following authors have been particularly great.

Angie Fox with The Accidental Demon Slayer

Kalayna Price with Grave Witch and Once Bitten

5. Other customers recommend…

If you buy your books online, both Amazon and the Book Depository have an ‘other customers recommend’ list of books which is on the whole very useful.  There are also review websites like Good Reads and blogs like mine, but you have to be aware that you might come across some spoilers.

6. Free eBooks

I’ve recently started reading ebooks thanks to my new ipod.  In fact, I haven’t read a single regular book in a month because I have been downloading dozens of free books. Why did I not know this sooner!  Anyway, most of these are hidden away in Amazon and if you are based outside the US like me, it is a little easier to find the free books on the US site.  The best thing about this, is that you discover books that have not been published in the traditional sense.  I loved Witch Way by Heidi Hall and a few pages in I was buying the next two books.  Of course there are always some iffy books, but as they are free, or at the most under £2, it is not the same as spending £5.99.

So those my secrets for finding new authors to read.  Happy Reading!

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