Remember ‘Mother Lode’?


I’ve never done much with publicity, and most of my sales have occurred when I do readings, at book stores, etc. And I’ve been a penny-pincher when it comes to spending money on publicity, but recently I’ve hired someone to do a barrage of tweets that will be released in a short period of time, in hopes of making Mother Lode a bestseller! Apparently this system works–or your money back! Keep watching, and I’ll let you know when to look for the tweets.

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After much ado,  I have completed my new novel, A SLEUTH IN SAN RAFAEL. I use the word ‘completed’ loosely; it still needs editing. Five beta readers are tackling it now. I finally discovered a text to screen program that is most useful. It helped me discover many typos and missing words that I didn’t catch reading it. If you’re a writer I strongly recommend it.

The book is in the Gwen Harris series. Remember A SLEUTH IN SAUSALITO? My new book follows that one. If you enjoyed the first, you’re sure to like this one.

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Hi everyone,

I’m almost finished with the first draft of my fourth novel–another mystery. So I don’t think it’s too soon to start telling you about it. If you read A SLEUTH IN SAUSALITO, you know Gwen Harris, the reluctant sleuth. Well, she’s here again in A SLEUTH IN SAN RAFAEL. This time she gets involved with murders in a retirement home, where her old friend Megan (now widowed) is living.  Narrow escapes, a wretched co-worker, a new romance and trouble with the law are some of the things she has to deal with. I hope when it comes out you’ll be eager to read it!

Happy Holidays,

Carol Sheldon


Christmas Party 

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Take the Show on the Road!

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SALLY STANFORD is a supporting character in

“A Sleuth in Sausalito”.

Sally in 1947 —’When you’re married, it’s a duty’
Sally in 1980—
Public honors came in her later years

 Many people know her as her as the famous madam of an upscale brothel in San Francisco. That’s a story in itself. From humble beginnings, and through five marriages, a couple of stints in jail,  Sally rose to occupy one of the finest buildings in San Franciso, on Pine Street. It had the prettiest girls in the finest gowns, and served a very elite clinentele. In 1950 she gave that up and moved to the quiet town of Sausalito, where she set up a new establishment in the restaurant business, called the Valhalla. It was a great success. Sally liked to sit high on a barber chair with a parrot on her shoulder, watching carefully over the cash register. Damned by some and celebrated by others, there’s no denying that this entrepeneur left her footprint in San Francisco and Sausalito.

In my book, Sally is one of two real people in an otherwise cast of fictional characters. She is befriended by the protagonist, Gwen Harris, who helps her campaign for city council. To discover more about this famous lady, get a copy of  “A Sleuth in Sausalito.”

Sally in 1947 —’When you’re married, it’s a duty’
Sally in 1980—
Public honors came in her later years


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100_0942-001I love words, but sometimes those words have to be changed. Lots of writers hate re-writing, and indeed it can be a challenge, especially if you are making seismic changes–turning your story inside out, or changing the character of the character. Yes, you read that right. My recent attendance at the Mystery Writers Conference inspired me to do some major re-writing. It’s both scary and exciting, because now I have some wonderful new ideas which I can weave into my mystery. Stay tuned. I’m sure the final effort will be worth it.



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Four the past four days I attended the Mystery Writers Conference in  Corte Madera, which is a little north of San Francisco. It’s the third time I’ve attended in about six years. I always find it so inspiring. There are many well-known authors who form the faculty of this event. The conference covers every possible subject from plotting to polishing your manuscript. Although much of it was not new to me as I’ve been writing for some time and have won awards, there are  always some take-aways. The biggest for me was that I was advised in a consult with my favorite agent to revise the sequence of the book. I may do that, and that is huge, but will make the book more exciting!

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