Posted in Books to Travel By, publishing

Free RVing Book

This year my husband and I mark our ninth year as full-time RVers. It’s been an amazing ride! And, writer that I am, I’ve been making notes for years about the experience. While a more in-depth book is still percolating, I did settle down long enough this past winter to pull together some A-to-Z thoughts about what full-timing can involve.

It’s not really a how-to book (plenty of those for folks who want to ditch their sticks and bricks house for one on wheels), and not really a travelogue or essay collection. Instead it’s an oddball collection of insights, I guess you’d say.

RVing Alphabet covers some of the normal stuff (like — how full-timers get their mail on the road) to the more unusual (why not being a xenophobe is a good thing for RVing), to the kinds of things most RVers don’t discuss except among themselves (like dealing with the Lords and Ladies of the Laundry Room).

RVing Alphabet is free via Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/736824

 

Yep, I’m still working on the Rollin RV Mysteries, but I’ve been curious about Smashwords, eager to offer something free, and this seemed the perfect combination for that.

I hope you enjoy it!

 

Posted in behind the scenes, reviews, Yuma Baby

Fundinmental Reviews!

Many thanks to Sherry Fundin for her wonderful review of Yuma Baby! I did my little happy dance to see how much she relates to Betty and Walt Rollin, and to see a comment from a reader who remembers the characters — a goal of every writer 🙂

If you’d like to see what Sherry has to say, here’s the link to her Fundinmental blog.

Don’t forget to follow her blog or subscribe to e-mail alerts so you won’t miss her reviews on all kinds of terrific books!

[Curious about Yuma Baby? Click the “About Ellen’s Books” image on the right or the “Books” link at the top of the page for more info on this and all of Ellen’s books.]

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Escapees with a Good Book ;-)

“She’s done it again. Ellen Behrens has created a can’t- put-this-book-down mystery,” writes Marcella Gauthier in her review of Yuma Baby for the Escapees Magazine.

This review means more to me than most because it’s by a fellow RVer for fellow RVers. The Escapee RV club has (so I’ve heard) about 50,000 members all over the country, and I’m happy to be among them. But when Marcella called me “a favorite author of the RVing community,” in her column, I glowed.

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Writers are advised to imagine the ideal reader while we’re writing, and it’s helped me. Several readers have told me they feel as though I’m Betty (I’m not, though we’re pretty similar in some ways) and that I’m “talking” just to them (I am). RVers have sent notes and posted reviews saying they appreciate the details of their RVing lives finding a way onto the page, because so few other novels do this, so few other characters in fiction are RVers.

All of this is to say that I’m humbled every time someone sends an e-mail, stops me at an RV park, or writes a review saying they enjoyed reading about Walt and Betty and their Rollin adventures.

It’s easy to lose heart when you spend so much of your energy inside your own head, wondering if anyone will understand the words the come out, much less enjoy them.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Click here to read the first two chapters or click the “Books” option above, then “Yuma Baby” for more info on the book.

Posted in writing life

“Traveling in Mystery” Review

Many thanks to Sherry Fundin at Fundinmentals for her review of “Pea Body”:

If you are looking for an adventure, Pea Body by Ellen Behrens, is a fun and entertaining cozy mystery that shares the wonders of nature, the characters of a small, seasonal coastal town on the outerbanks of North Carolina, the danger of greed in the hands of those that will do anything to get what they want and the freedom and drawbacks of a home on wheels.

You can read her full review here.

And there’s a review of Yuma Baby in the current issue of Escapees magazine (for those of you who are Escapees members) — I’m bravely letting you know about it, not having seen Marcella Gauthier’s review yet….!

Would love to  know what you think of either book — and where you’d like to see Walt and Betty land next!

Posted in writing advice

Old Ladies and Murderers

Holidays were the highlights of the year back in my little hometown, and summer days were long and lazy. As a kid, it never seemed as though much happened.

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But some remarkable things did happen.

I can’t claim The Mystery of the Little Old Lady was what propelled me into writing mysteries of my own, but this real-life event stayed with me for years, and I still wonder about who the woman with the white hair might have been. You can read my personal mystery over at the GottaWriteNetwork blog come February 16. Here’s the link to Denise Fletcher’s terrific blog.
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As if that weren’t enough excitement for the little Ohio town, it’s had its share of murders. They’re pretty few and far between, but back in 1999 a woman was killed by her son — and I knew them both. If you haven’t read about The Murderer I Knew at the Motive Means Opportunity blog, you can find it here.

Your turn! What odd mysteries have you experienced in your life?