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Great Escapes Guest Post: Framed to Death by Christina Freeburn (@ChristinaFreeb1)

Framed to Death

Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery, #4
Christina Freeburn

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: April 26, 2016
Number of pages: 268

Available at the following retailers:
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Eden has turned into a hotspot of crime, and Faith finds herself smack dab in the middle of the flare-up. When a favor for a friend links Faith to the synthetic marijuana problem invading her town, no good deed goes unpunished becomes the title of her life. The town accuses the police of favoritism toward her, putting a strain between Faith and Ted, and a new officer is determined to prove Faith’s guilt.

When the criminal is outed, Faith’s relief is short-lived. A fire takes out the store—along with the suspected dealer—and she’s now number one on an officer’s suspect list. Faith sets out to prove her own innocence, and her digging sparks the truth to life. Instead of the truth setting the town free, Faith finds out it might destroy Eden, the friends she holds dear, and smother out her own life.
Guest Post: 

When the Muse Takes a Walk…

By Christina Freeburn

and forgets to invite me along it can derail the book I’m working on. Most of the times, the muse and I are compatible in our views of the book goals. We agree on how the plot will take shape and all the hows and whys of the story. Writing is fun. The words flow. The word count grows. I can see how everything will fit together at the end. Then there are the times when the muse forgets to bring me along and I find I’m lost in the world I’ve been creating.

From January to April 15 (18th this year), I work as a tax preparer so when the muse and I are walking along different paths it eats up a lot of my creative/writing time. I need us at least on the same path, even if we’re looking at different things around us. I want twists and turns that keep you on the edge of the seat, but not ones that zip around so fast you can thrown right out of the story…especially when it’s the author.

The muse and I have struggled over the shape of my next book for the last two weeks. My outline has been tossed aside as the story shifts to accommodate new ideas. Where did these scenes come from? I hadn’t planned them. They are not on the outline. I have the story mapped out and know what needs to happen to get the The End. But I find if I fight for control too much, the ideas come to a standstill and I find myself staring at the computer only to start pondering what needs spring cleaning.

I’ve found that my rule-abiding side (I wrote it in the outline it must be followed side), and my creative side work much better when I plan out the big picture moments for the scenes and allow the wind-to-take-me-where-it-will attitude control of the small details: the conversations, the description, etc. I’ve discovered it’s the unplanned twists that spring up that keeps me in love with the book, so I make sure to a destination, keeping in mind my timeframe, and allow some side trips to keep the story fresh and entertaining.

Author Bio:
The Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series brings together Christina Freeburn’s love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook room or at a crop. Alas, none of the real-life crops have had a sexy male prosecutor or a handsome police officer attending.

Christina served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and church secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines.

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