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Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Ericka Scott

An Ode to Dame Agatha


Although my love of mystery stories started with Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie’s stories anchored my love of the genre. So, was it any surprise that when my husband asked me what was one of my “must-see’s” in London, my response was The Mousetrap.

For those of you not steeped in Christie lore, The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play that opened in 1952 and has run continuously since. The world's longest-running play of any kind, the play is now in its 58th year. It was a quick tube ride from our Kensington hotel to the bustling and brightly lit theater district. St. Martin’s Theatre was quaint and plush and exactly the way I’d pictured it in my mind. For two hours I enjoyed a peek into the plotting of a genius and was able to become a partner in crime with Dame Agatha as I swore not to share the secret of whodunit.

As a writer of Seductive Suspense, my own special blend of romance and mystery, the end of the story holds a bittersweet tang. The mystery is solved, the characters take their final bows, and the curtain falls. So ends my spotlight here at The Long and Short of It Reviews. But, before I bid you adieu, I’m going to ask you, dear reader, to be a partner in crime – or more correctly, a partner in preventing crime – with me. As e-books gain in popularity, so does the piracy of the electronic files. Every day, hundreds, if not thousands, of e-books are uploaded to file sharing sites where vociferous readers and collectors download the books of their favorite authors. What many of these readers don’t know, or don’t care about, is that those files are then redistributed over and over again, stealing rightfully earned royalties from the authors one pixel at a time.

So, please, don’t be a pirate. Pay for your electronic book files and ensure that your favorite authors can continue to provide you with many years of continuing enjoyment.
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Ericka Scott is a multi-published, bestselling author of seductive suspense. She's written stories for as long as she can remember and reads anything under the sun (including the back of cereal boxes in a pinch). She got hooked on romantic suspense in her college days when reading anything but a textbook was a guilty pleasure. Now, when she’s not chauffeuring children around, wishing she had more than 24 hours in a day, or lurking at the library, she’s spinning her own web of fantasy and penning tales of seduction and suspense. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

She also loves friends, so come friend her at http://myspace.com/erickascott
She's also on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ericka.scott and Twitter @ErickaScott

You can find out more about her books at www.erickascott.com

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