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Janet Lane-Walters: Murder and Mint Tea (Giveaway)
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

UPDATE: The winner is Jackie Wisherd!

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The birth of a series. Years ago, I was selling short stories frequently. Now this was in 1968 when my first short story was published. I wrote a story called “And So We Walk On Eggshells.” I sent it out to an editor who had bought several of my other stories. The mss came back with this comment, “This sounds like the synopsis of a novel.” I put the story in the file cabinet and forgot about it. The short story market went bust with many magazines closing or changing direction.

So I moved on to novels. The learning process took several years and many rejections of the same book. In 1972 the first novel sold. There were so many publishers in existence that this book had sixteen rejections before the acceptance. I was at that time writing what I knew, medical romances. I was a nurse.

Then I found that manuscript for that sounded like a synopsis. I had thrown out a lot of false starts during my striving to become a novelist. The short story and the comments by the editor were in a box in the cellar. I began the quest to turn this into a book called Murder and Mint Tea. I didn’t intend this to be a series but the book in the initial printing sold well and even ended up as a book on tape. Things happened and publishers closed down. This was at the dawn of electronic books when books were sold to be read on the computer. But another idea for my heroine to step into the limelight.

I wrote a second, third, fourth and fifth “cozy mysteries” with my take on the genre. Now it’s several publishers later and the books are live again. They’ve been updated from their earlier versions. Station wagons are gone. Cell phones are in, though my heroine isn’t used to using one but she’s learning. A sixth book is on the horizon. My new publisher has designed a series of covers that show my heroine’s “familiar” Robespierre, a Maine Coon cat.

He was once a living cat found by my sons in the wire hub of my silver car with red racing stripes. The vet said he was perhaps four weeks old. We fed him with a baby bottle and he grew to twenty-five pounds at his greatest weight.

The books, all but the first one have new titles except Murder and Mint Tea. They are Murder and Poisoned Tea, Murder and Tainted Tea, Murder and Bitter Tea, Murder and Herbal tea. I’m currently working on Murder and Sweet Tea. They’re all published by Books We Love LTD, my Canadian publisher.

Next year, I’ll be blogging about all the changes I’ve seen in 50 years of being a published author.  You can find me at My books are available from Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and other venues.


I would like to give away a print copy of Murder and Mint Tea. It will be a random drawing from those who comment of this post.

11 comments to “Janet Lane-Walters: Murder and Mint Tea (Giveaway)”

  1. Kathy
    · August 3rd, 2017 at 7:59 am · Link

    Sounds like a series right up my alley! Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. Lisa
    · August 3rd, 2017 at 10:26 am · Link

    I love a good murder mystery book
    Thank you for the chance..

  3. Debra Guyette
    · August 3rd, 2017 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Great post. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Jana Leah
    · August 3rd, 2017 at 9:11 pm · Link

    All the changes in publishing you’ve see over the years sound fascinating.

  5. Jackie Wisherd
    · August 3rd, 2017 at 10:51 pm · Link

    I have found a new author whose books I can read and report on for my mystery book club. Murder and Mint Tea sounds like a good one.

  6. Mary Preston
    · August 4th, 2017 at 1:16 am · Link

    Looks like so much fun. Thank you.

  7. Janet Lane Walters
    · August 4th, 2017 at 6:43 am · Link

    Thanks for all the kind remarks. I’ll be drawing the winner on Sunday

  8. Susan Davis
    · August 5th, 2017 at 6:32 am · Link

    Janet – love your mysteries. Nice post on how it all began for you. The covers are enticing:)

  9. Janet Lane Walters
    · August 8th, 2017 at 6:59 am · Link

    I’ve chosen the winner for an autographed print copy of Murder and Mint Tea. Jackie Wishard. I’ll need her to email me at shady L 717 @ aol without the spaces so I can learn her address.

  10. Delilah
    · August 10th, 2017 at 8:00 am · Link

    Congrats to Jackie! And thanks Janet for being a great guest!

  11. Joye I
    · August 13th, 2017 at 3:03 pm · Link

    I am always looking for new authors to read. You write the kinds of books I enjoy reading.
    I have added this one to my TBR list

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