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In the doldrums because your latest book (or poem or screenplay or article or play or essay) has been rejected by a publisher (or editor or agent or production company or magazine)?

Remember this: you’re keeping company with Dr. Seuss.

Yep. That Dr. Seuss.

According to this great blog, One Hundred Famous Rejections: “Who could reject Dr. Seuss?” it turns out, lots of people.

During his lifetime, Dr. Seuss won two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Peabody Award.

He sold over two million books including some of his most popular: “The Cat In The Hat,” “The Sneetches,” “Green Eggs & Ham,” “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

His first book, “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected 27 times before it was finally accepted.

One of his most famous rejection letter excerpts read: ‘This is too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.’”

Who else’s work was rejected at some time or another?

According to this same blog: F. Scott Fitzgerald. J.K. Rowling. John Grisham. Beatrix Potter. Ernest Hemingway. Ray Bradbury. And a lot more writers whose names you would recognize.

So next time you’re singing the rejection blues, remember you’re in truly GREAT company.
Maybe that’ll give you a little hope.
And drive.
Then momentum.
On to success!
Keep writing!

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Honored and excited to be selected to be on a panel at the World Mystery Convention, Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, NC (Choosing Your Voice in Mystery Fiction: 1st, 3rd or Omnipotent).

Looking forward to it! 

M.L. Rowland is the author of the Gracie Kinkaid Search and Rescue Mystery Series. “Murder on the Horizon,” the third book in the series, was released August 4, 2015. The first two books, “Zero-Degree Murder” and “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” were released in 2014. Available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, as well as Barnes & Noble and other local bookstores. 

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“Zero-Degree Murder” and “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” the first two books of my search and rescue mystery series featuring Gracie Kinkaid were released in 2014. “Murder on the Horizon” releases in August 2015.

What makes me qualified to write a book about a woman in Search and Rescue?

First, I’m a woman.

Hmmm.

Second, I was a very active member on a very busy search and rescue team for a dozen years, participating in hundreds of search and rescue missions and trainings, including technical ropes rescues, helicopter insertions and evacuations, and winter survival. I hold a California State certification in Tracking.

When I decided to try my hand at fiction and was trying to decide what to write about, I followed that old adage: “write what you know.” And since I love to read mysteries, mysteries about Search and Rescue seemed a perfect fit.

Happy reading!

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The second book of my Search and Rescue mystery series featuring Gracie Kinkaid, “Murder Off the Beaten Path, releases October 7, 2014.

MurderOffTheBeatenPath

As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie Kinkaid routinely volunteers to put her life on the line. But it’s at her new day job at a residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she finds her life is really in danger.…

Murder Off the Beaten Path: A Search and Rescue Mystery tells how Gracie responds to a Search and Rescue call-out for a car that’s gone over the side of a treacherous mountain highway. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events that lead her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder, and finds herself going head-to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.

Murder Off the Beaten Path contains all of the same ingredients that made the first book in this series, Zero-Degree Murder, such a smashing success—thrills, chills, break-neck pacing, and its quirky, fearless heroine, Gracie Kinkaid, on almost every page. Lots of new characters and some returning ones, an intriguing new setting—a residential camp high in the mountains, and an exciting new nightmare for Gracie.

Of “Zero-Degree Murder,” Library Journal wrote: “This exciting, seriously good adventure debut deserves a place in your book carts. With her spunky female leading the way, Rowland dishes out generous portions of adrenaline rush. …Her adventure writing style has real flair.”

“Murder Off the Beaten Path,” and the first in the series, Zero-Degree Murder” are available on my website, http://www.mlrowland.com, and at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

And don’t forget your local brick and mortar bookstore. If they don’t carry it, they can order it for you!

Thanks, everyone!

Happy reading!

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Here’s a first look at “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” the next book in this Search and Rescue mystery series featuring Gracie Kinkaid.

As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie routinely puts her life on the line to save others. But it’s at her new job a year-round residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she discovers someone is actively trying to kill her.

As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call-out for a vehicle “over the side” of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events which leads her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as the Youth Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder…and finds herself going head- to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.”

“Murder Off the Beaten Path” releases October 7, 2014, and is available now for pre-sale at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

 

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ZeroDegreeMurder

Only two more days until my first book, “Zero-Degree Murder,” featuring Gracie Kinkaid, is released by Penguin Random House (Tuesday, January 7)!

The book is available online at Amazon (www.amazon.com) and Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com) in both paperback and e-versions, but, don’t forget, you can request it from your brick-and-mortar bookstores as well.

Happy reading and a great big

Thank You!

to those who choose to read it.

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I use a Thesaurus.

There.

I’ve admitted it.

I’ve come clean. Bared my soul to the world.

Purists deride using the Thesaurus, branding its use cheating somehow.

I’m an artist at heart and love to paint pictures with words. Sometimes, when I’m in the mood and have the time (or when I’m stuck and just plain wasting time), I spend an inordinate amount of time searching for the right word. For instance, “rose” or “strawberry” conjures up a more vivid image than simply “pink.” So does “slate” or “gun-metal” rather than simply “gray.”

Enter the Thesaurus.

To be clear, I’m talking the good, old-fashioned twelve-hundred plus page Roget’s International Thesaurus, not the online thesaurus. While fast and convenient, the online versions provide you with maybe three or four synonyms, not whole paragraphs of words from which to select exactly the PERFECT word.

And they have no HEFT!

I once mentioned using a Thesaurus to a college-educated friend. She didn’t know what one was! GASP! I showed her mine. She patiently endured my explanation, inwardly rolling her eyes, I’m sure.

I have to say here that I NEVER (or at least try to never) use a word the meaning of which I am not absolutely certain. There’s nothing worse than being able to tell a writer has lifted a word from a Thesaurus without truly understanding what that word means. When in doubt, don’t use it! (I know that’s not how the ditty goes, but you get my point.)

So…in spite of the purists, I say:

Go ahead! Thesaur away!

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