Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Murder at the Marina - A Book Launch

The word summer brings on happy memories for a lot of people, and a generally positive reaction. I'm old enough that summer to me still means playing outdoors all day with my friends, whether we were riding bikes, putting together a game of kickball, hiding in the dusk while we played Kick the Can or Ghost in the Graveyard, or building a fort in the woods. What was important was being outside and playing with our friends. It didn't really matter what we chose to do that day.

As a parent, summer now means nagging the kids to follow my limited electronics rules and trying to find ways to get them outside. But it has its positive attributes, too, as it always will in some way. Summer means reading on the back porch after work. It means adventures with my kids (so far, we've gone to the Pioneer Museum, the Museum of Mining and Industry, Dinosaur Ridge, and Miramont Castle.) It means late night walks in the cool, crisp desert mountain air. It means outdoor concerts and drive in movies. And eating outside until the yellow jackets overpower us.

For Mollie McGhie, it means dealing with a murder at the marina...


A dilapidated sailboat for your anniversary—not very romantic. A dead body on board—even worse.

Mollie McGhie is hoping for diamonds for her tenth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband presents her with a dilapidated sailboat. Just one problem—she doesn’t know anything about boats, nor does she want to.

When Mollie discovers someone murdered on board, she hopes it will convince her husband that owning a boat is a bad idea. Unfortunately, he’s more determined than ever to fix the boat up and set out to sea.

Mollie finds herself drawn into the tight-knit community living at Palm Tree Marina in Coconut Cove, a small town on the Florida coast. She uncovers a crime ring dealing in stolen marine equipment, investigates an alien abduction, eats way too many chocolate bars, adopts a cat, and learns far more about sailing than she ever wanted to.

Can Mollie discover who the murderer is before her nosiness gets her killed?

A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery #1

Buy Links

Murder at the Marina—A Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery #1

Release Date: June 21, 2018

Print ISBN 978-1-7321602-1-7
eBook ISBN 978-1-7321602-0-0

Available at:


Author Bio & Social Media Links

Ellen Jacobson writes mystery and sci-fi/fantasy stories. She is the author of the “Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery” series. She lives on a sailboat with her husband, exploring the world from the water. When she isn't working on boat projects or seeking out deserted islands, she blogs about their adventures at The Cynical Sailor.

You can connect with Ellen on:

Now for some links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

Willow is seeking "uncommonly honest and stories and art" with the theme "Perfection." Pays $10-30 CAD. Deadline July 22.

NonBinary Review is seeking poetry, fiction, essays, and art based on The Wind in the Willows. Up to 5000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline July 24.

Splickety Havok is seeking stories with the theme "Skeletons, Slashers, and Succubi." Up to 1000 words. Pays $.02/word. Deadline July 27.

Jersey Pines Ink is seeking short horror stories for Crypt-Gnats. Up to 3000 words. Pays $5. Deadline July 30.

VQR is seeking non-genre fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Up to 9000 words for nonfiction, 8000 for fiction. Pays up to $1000. Deadline July 31.

Martian Migraine Press is seeking humorous stories about Cthulhu mythos fans for Innsmouthbreathers: Cautionary Fables of Mythos Fandom. Up to 5000 words. Pays $.03/word CAD. Deadline July 31.

Flash Bang Mysteries is seeking mystery/suspense flash fiction. 500 to 750 words. Pays $20. Deadline July 31.

Are you looking for a good summer read? What are some of your fondest summer memories? Have you read a Mollie McGhie mystery before? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.


The Cynical Sailor said...

I have such fond memories of summer as a child. We spent all day outside running around, playing at the pool, and generally getting up to no good :-)

Thanks so much for hosting me as part of the Murder at the Marina blog tour.

Cheers - Ellen

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I remember going to drive-in movies as a kid! Saw Psycho 2 at one of them. :)

There's an old episode of The Middle where the parents are trying to get the kids to go to a drive-in movie, and the kids are all confused and have no idea why they'd want to do that when they can just stay inside and watch TV. Hilarious!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Big congratulations to Ellen!
It's so hot and humid here, if I had kids I wouldn't have the heart to force them into the backyard.

Loni Townsend said...

Grats to Ellen!

I have to be thankful for my child care options, because the kids don't get any electronic/screen time when they're away from home. It does make me more lenient on the weekends, but at least they get out and play around during the summer time!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I grew up on a small farm and loved to be outside. Especially in summer when I could go graze the fruit and veggies.

Congrats to Ellen!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Thanks for the submission list Shannon! This book sounds like a fun adventure. If Mollie gets hurt that will be her husband's fault for pushing that damn bad luck boat.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Thanks to all for your kind words and congratulations :-)

The Cynical Sailor said...

I love The Middle - such a great show. I remember going to the drive-in too. We had a blast watching movies in our PJs in the back of the car.

The Cynical Sailor said...

It would be a bit cruel to make kids play outside where I am too.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Electronics and screen time is such a difference from when I was a kid. We just didn't have that as an option. It was play outside or read a book.

The Cynical Sailor said...

That sounds so idyllic :-)

The Cynical Sailor said...

For sure and if she does get hurt, I'm sure she'll make sure he knows it's his fault :-)

Erika Beebe said...

Great list Shannon! Thank you! And thank you for writing such a fun book Ellen :)