The Mystery of the Dancing Lights was sent out for reviews in May, and here are the responses:
The tropes we use in Crushing It and The Mystery of the Dancing Lights:
Crushing It by Jen Desmarais is available now!
Every book utilizes tropes, even if it’s to subvert them, and Mystery of the Dancing Lights is no exception. This book covers: Dual POV, Young Adult, time loop mystery, detailed worldbuilding, summer camp, urban fantasy, Hidden magical world, and time travel.
The Mystery of the Dancing Lights is set in 2015. If Elizabeth Coderre had an Instagram account, she might post something like this:
The Mystery of the Dancing Lights is a YA summer camp timeloop mystery with a timely twist.
Do you like summer camps, mysteries, and timeloops? This book has it all. Pre-order now!
Jen and I have been busy and we have 3 books between the two of us coming out in the next 12 months. They are being published by Renaissance Press and will be available at any place you buy books.
I hope you’re excited, because we sure are!
Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers
Release: September 15th, 2022
Authors: Jen and Éric Desmarais
When Kennedy Fairfield, a recent graduate (Class of 2002) trying to find her purpose in life, or at least a job in her field, saves Jason Johnson, the leader of a secret Community of supernatural people called Aetherborn, from an attempted assassination, they embark on a whirlwind epic romance and adventure.
For Kennedy to help Jason discover why people are disappearing in time to save her friends, they”ll have to navigate teleporting assassins, grumpy wizards, gossiping hags, mafia robots, and secret military groups, all in the city of Westmeath, Ontario, which has more secrets than residents.
Pre-orders for this books are available at all bookstores and ebook vendors.
Release: Spring 2023
Author: Jen Desmarais
When Tommy Fairfield, an ordinary science geek, meets Carter Batudev at the Door Tech March Break camp, chemistry isn’t only in the classroom.
After an epic grounding for some bad decisions with even worse friends, Tommy is lucky to even go to the camp. Thankfully, his mother still drops him off in Westmeath, leaving his sister Kennedy and her fiancé Jason in charge. With love and a renewed interest in STEM, Tommy returns home to Parry Sound.
Despite his parents’ worries, Tommy makes better friends and joins the STEM club, which goes to the province-wide competition in Toronto. Carter’s team is there, too. Romance, STEM, singing, and hijinks ensue.
Includes a novelette from Carter’s POV at the dinner theatre show Knights of Everdome.
The Mystery of the Dancing Lights (A Baker City Mystery Elizabeth Investigates Book 4)
Release: Spring 2023
Author: Éric Desmarais
Mysteries are Elizabeth Coderre’s life, and after wizards, hags, artificers, vampires, kobolds, genies, and killer kittens, she thinks she’s seen everything.
And when she goes to Riding Thorpe summer camp, which is build on an old government experimental facility, she discovers that there’s a lot she doesn’t know.
Can she solve the mystery of the dancing lights, save her friends, and escape a time loop? Or is she cursed to relive her friends’ deaths forever?
Includes a brand-new murder mystery novella by Jen Desmarais starring Kennedy Fairfield (from Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers) about her 1995 summer vacation in Baker.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
Yesterday was the 11 year anniversary of me finishing my first ever novel. Viridian Skies was poorly plotted, filled with contradictions, and the only thing more cringy than the sex scene are the fight scenes. Its very much written like a D&D game and not like a proper novel.
I’d like to revisit the core concept of the story someday, but for now it’s locked in my writing folder.
I have to give the novel credit though, it taught me a lot about how to write and helped me start to develop my style. It also taught me to avoid three-chapter fight scenes.
Most importantly it taught me that I was able to to finish a novel and that gave me the push I needed to do NaNoWriMo and write a novel called The Mitten Wizard (Available now from your favourite bookstore as A Study in Aether.)
Since 2010, I’ve finished another 6 novels on my own and co-wrote two.
One Wednesday, I reached a milestone of 2/3rd done in my current writing project. I started it in 2018 and I’m so close I can taste it. I’m hoping to have it done by mid-September to submit to my publisher for a spot in their 2023 catalogue.
So if all goes well, I should have another 2 novels completed by the end of the year. (Jen and I are writing the sequel to Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers in October and the last one took us 2 & 1/2 months.)
The world might be shit right now and I’m feeling like crap (I hate ragweed season), but I’m proud of the writing I’ve done this year.
I hope your creative endeavours go as well or better than mine have.
Stay safe and be kind,
Hello Imaginary Friends,
My next book, the third in the Baker City Mysteries, will be available May 15th!
Elizabeth Coderre loves mysteries. She’s faced down deranged Hags, killer kittens, wiley Artificers, and evil Genies, all with the help of her two best friends. Now she’s stuck in summer 1985, Jackie is in a coma, and Angela is quarantined. Can Elizabeth cope with her inner demons, the 80’s, and a new voice in her head? Can Angela save Jackie and the entire Bytown Memorial Hospital? This is going to be the least relaxing March break, but can they solve the mystery… in time?
Here’s the book trailer:
I’m ridiculously proud of this one. I love time travel and I love classic horror stories and this combines the two, I hope, in a fun and exciting way. Plus there’s poutine in it. (The story; the physical book does not contain any poutine or other food substances.)
I’ll let you know when the Ottawa book launch is scheduled.
Thank you for reading.