Puzzling Ink, the first in my new Crossword Mysteries launches on November 3rd and I’m wiggly with excitement. Wiggly, I tell you! All the launch deets and how you can get your hands on a print copy (and win even MORE prizes) are here.
I hope everyone has joined the Facebook groups Becky’s Book Buddies and Cozy Mystery Crew because that is where all the launch action will be. I’m planning 24 (!!) hours of launch activities and giveaways, 12 at each venue, so if you’re not a member, get over there and answer the questions to open the secret doors and come celebrate with us. (You get tons of other stuff with your, ahem, free membership, including meeting new cozy authors, peeking behind the curtain into your favorite author’s lives, pictures of Nala, and just generalized fun.)
You don’t need to solve the puzzles in the books in order to solve the mysteries. They’re just little bonus bits like a recipe or instructions for a craft.
I understand that not everyone shares my love of crosswords, but for some of you, it may simply be because you don’t know the rules. So I’m here to metaphorically grasp tight to your widdle pencil-clutching hand and guide you through the deadly and treacherous* terrain of word games.
*not deadly or treacherous
I made a short video explaining some of the more common ways crossword constructors (like my protagonist Quinn Carr and by extension … me) try to trick you.
After you watch it, go to my website page where I’m beginning to post my puzzles. If you’ve never done a crossword before, I’d love it if you’d give one of mine a spin. If you already like crosswords, let me know what you think of this one.
If you’re just beginning to solve crosswords, use a pencil and erase as much as you need to. I go through and fill in all the answers I know, across and down. When you go back to the beginning, words will have begun to take shape. One thing I’ve learned not to do is take a wild stab and write it in because then that becomes all you can see for that entry. Hold back if you can until you get more squares filled in. If you have to walk away from the puzzle, do so! Your subconscious continues to work on the puzzle and when you come back, you’ll probably have more than one “Duh!” moment.
Be sure to post a comment about your attempt because I’m giving away a digital copy of PUZZLING INK to a random commentor who completes one of my puzzles before Wed, October 28, or at least tries to.
So, Best Beloved … do you like crosswords? Hate ’em? Never done one? Are you a member of Becky’s Book Buddies and Cozy Mystery Crew? Are you coming to my all-digital 24-hour launch party?