by Kirsten Weiss
Call it the age of Netflix.
It’s spoiled us for the wait – no longer do we have to hang on an aching seven days to find out what comes next on our favorite TV show. With shows produced by Netflix, we can now binge watch the entire season over a weekend. (And yes, I’m guilty of this – Longmire! Stranger Things!).
So when I heard about “binge reading,” I decided to take the plunge with my new Doyle Witch cozy mystery series. Fortunately, my patient editors at misterio press were willing to take this journey with me, because a lot ended up happening in a short span of time.
The concept is simple – launch all the books in the series at once.
As a reader, binge reading was nothing new to me. How many weekends had I spent curled up with a good book, closing one cover only to open and devour the next in the series?
My Kindle made the process easier. I didn’t have to go to a bookstore or wait for a book to arrive in the mail. Instant gratification! Push a button, and it arrives on my screen.
Now some people may not care for binge reading. They may prefer to savor a story a bit after finishing it, before plunging on in the series.
One of my editors at misterio reminded me about this old commercial:
But my witch cozy mystery trilogy seemed to fit the binge model well. Each novel in the Doyle Witch cozy mystery series is a self-contained murder mystery (and romance). But there’s a paranormal mystery too, which arcs across all three books, making the trilogy akin to a TV “season.”
(And if you’re one who likes “anticipation,” by all means spread out the reading of these stories. But they’ll all be there waiting for you when you’re ready.)
As a writer, the process of launching everything at once was more stressful than I’d expected. I was never one for keeping my powder dry. Having to sit on the first two books while waiting for the third to be completed was… irritating.
It also made the stakes higher. Many more months of work were riding on a single launch date. The only feedback I got on the books was from my editors – champions, to be sure. But what if readers didn’t like the series I’d spent so much time writing? (No pressure there.)
My launches are usually chaotic, but having the materials prepped for the first two books well in advance made this one smoother. I had teasers. I had quotes. I had covers.
But I also ended up spending so much time thinking about the launch, that I made more work for myself. A friend suggested putting spells at the back of the books (instead of the ubiquitous recipes).
I squeezed out a 5-day free Kitchen Witch course to promote the series.
I developed a supplementary novella that fits between books 1 and 2. I even wrote a companion book of poetry, Tales of the Rose Rabbit. This did not get launched with the other books because of a last-minute brainstorm to add illustrations, and is due out some time in December.
That said, I’m happy I did it all – I’m thrilled with the total package of books and supplementary materials.
What about you? Are you into binge-watching/reading or do you prefer to anticipate and savor?
Here’s a bit about the books themselves:
Bound: Book 1 in the Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery Series
Bound by magic, bound by love, bound by murder…
The Bonheim triplets live seemingly ordinary lives, hiding their magic from the neighbors in the small, mountain town of Doyle, California. But when a body is found in big sister Jayce’s coffee shop, Karin, the practical one, is determined to prove Jayce innocent.
A murder isn’t the only bizarre event in Doyle. Why are hikers vanishing in the nearby woods? Why are some people cursed with bad luck and others with good? And why is Karin’s magic the weakest of the three sisters’?
As Karin digs deep to uncover the truth and regain her magic, her family is thrown into peril. Will her power return too late to save the people she loves the most, or will it be the cause of disaster?
Spells included at the back of the book!
ISBN: 1-944767-15-0 ~ Available at: Amazon Kobo Barnes & Noble
Ground: Book 2 in the Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery Series
Her magic flows from the earth…
Jayce Bonheim is on the sheriff’s radar and not in a good way.
Always the reckless one of her triplet sisters, Jayce is trying to turn over a new leaf. No more wild partying. No more one night stands. But when someone leaves a dead body in her pickup truck, her resolve to become the sensible sister is sorely tested.
Caught in a web of love, murder, and magic, Jayce must clear her name and discover who is behind the curse that holds her family and town in thrall.
Spells included at the back of the book!
ISBN: 1-944767-18-5 ~ Available at: Amazon Kobo Barnes & Noble
Down: Book 3 in the Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery Series
The answers lie below…
A shamanic witch and a poet, Lenore Bonheim hides in the world of books to escape reality, which for her includes seeing ghosts and forecasting death. But when her employer and friend dies under suspicious circumstances, she must use all her skills – magical and mundane – to find the killer and save her two sisters and her town.
As the three sisters pull together to stave off a growing menace, Lenore must discover what it means to be in this world and of it.
Spells included at the back of the book!
ISBN: 1-944767-20-7 ~ Available on: Amazon Kobo Barnes & Noble
Spirit on Fire, A Doyle Witch Mystery Companion novella
What happens when a fictional character writes a romantic novella about a shaman and a fire demon? All hell breaks loose.
When fledgling witch, Karin Bonheim, began writing her paranormal romance, she never could’ve anticipated the world she created would bleed into her own…or the danger it would bring.
A companion novella of romantic suspense to the Witches of Doyle trilogy, this novella takes place between books 1 and 2 of the Doyle Witch cozy mystery series.
ISBN: 1-944767-21-5 ~ Available on:
And coming in December:
Tales of the Rose Rabbit (Poems)
~ preorder on Amazon now ~
Posted by Kirsten Weiss. Kirsten worked for fourteen years in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives. She is the author of the Riga Hayworth Metaphysical Detective urban fantasy/mystery series, the Sensibility Grey steampunk mysteries, the Rocky Bridges mysteries and the Witches of Doyle cozy mystery trilogy.
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Shannon EspositoNovember 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm
I’m such a binge-watcher & binge-reader! I’m still on the fence whether the speed I can do this on the kindle is a good or bad thing. Definitely bad for my wallet. 🙂 This series was worth the wait, though. The sisters have such a special bond and a special story! Glad it’s finally been let loose into the paranormal cozy world to gather other fans. (And speaking of fans, I’m totally fan-girling over that sparkly graphic above! Too cool.)
Kirsten WeissNovember 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm
Thanks, Shannon! And I used Glitterboo (which is free online) to turn my image into a sparkly gif.
Kirsten WeissNovember 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm
I also wrote a sister post on using email “challenges” for a book launch here: http://bit.ly/2fyJSq0 Basically, the jury is still out on it, but I’m going to do it again because it’s “evergreen” marketing content. Also, it was low-cost and fun.
Kassandra LambNovember 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm
I want me some of that glitter too!! 😉
I loved, loved, loved these stories! So glad they are now out in the world.
Kirsten WeissNovember 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm
It’s amazing that Googling “make glitter picture” will turn up!
Kassandra LambNovember 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm
K.B. OwenNovember 29, 2016 at 4:09 pm
Awesome binge package, Kirsten! (def have to check out the glitter as well, LOL. Ooh! Shiny!). So excited for your trilogy and all the goodies that go with it. Maybe you can relax now for a little bit!
Vinnie HansenNovember 29, 2016 at 9:51 pm
I’m binge watching The Americans–about ready to sit down to another episode or two. 🙂 This new series sounds fun, Kirsten. I am completely in awe of how prolific you are!
Kirsten WeissNovember 29, 2016 at 11:02 pm
Over the holiday weekend, I binge watched all 3 seasons of Granite Flats… And then I wanted to weep when I learned there’d be no season 4. They left a critical plot thread hanging! Augh! (But it’s still a great series).
Cynthia ReyesDecember 7, 2016 at 10:10 pm
Interesting approach. Thanks for sharing and my best wishes on your series.
Kirsten WeissDecember 10, 2016 at 12:42 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia!