L.L. Bartlett

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The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I always had stories swirling around my mind, but it wasn't until my late teens that I started writing them down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Writing the first four books in the Jeff Resnick Mystery series was a learning experience--and it was mostly learning who these characters were. I was writing the four books similtaneously, so that if something happened in the 4th book, I could go back to the first to lay the groundwork. I tried to understand why Jeff did some of the (rather odd) things he did. I was very unsure of myself as a storyteller, and a number of published writers in my local writing group were generous with their critiques. One of them really stood out. While reading Cheated by Death, I was asked, "How long has this man had an eating disorder?" A what?

And then she went on to point out several areas in the book where clearly Jeff's relationship with food is at odds. It was then I realized it was a thread through the previous books as well--something I hadn't even noticed. The idea fascinated me, and I wrote a short story to explore the issue. I wrote short stories to explore other areas of his past, too. I've told a number of readers about the stories, and they've encouraged me to publish them.

The stories in Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory are not mysteries. They're about a boy struggling to grow up, and the very rocky relationship he has with his older brother. They help explain why the two were estranged for eighteen years, and hopefully contain the seeds of their fierce friendship to come.
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Tales of Telenia: Treachery
Pre-release—available September 5, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Published by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Not all Telenians are happy for the Queen Amanda and King Paxdon and the upcoming birth of an heir to the throne. A palace coup, and a harrowing kidnapping are but two of the obstacles former astronaut Amanda Shelton must endure—but it’s the secret her husband has kept from her that will shatter her life forever.
A Basket Full of Bargains
Series: Life On Victoria Square, Book 2. Pre-release—available July 11, 2017. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Published by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Iris Drake is an odd duck who knows everyone at Artisans Alley arts-and-crafts arcade, but nobody knows her. When she walks into Gilda’s Gourmet Basket on Victoria Square, she’s a stranger there, too—but not for long. Yet she hasn’t to come to Gilda to buy her wares—she’s there to sell some of her own. All goes well until Iris’s secret is exposed.
Carving Out A Path
Series: Life On Victoria Square, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2017 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A young shoplifter not only swipes a couple of hand-carved figurines from Ray Davenport, owner of Victoria Square’s Wood U gift shop, but barrels into and injures another Square merchant. Upon his escape, the police are called, but before the ink is dry on the report, the boy’s grandmother drags the would-be thief back to return the purloined items. She’s got an agenda and great expectations.
Christmas At Swans Nest
Series: The Lotus Bay Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,010. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The holidays are fast approaching, and Kathy Grant is hard at work on the renovations of her soon-to-be bed and breakfast. An unexpected winter storm disrupts her friends’ plans, and it looks like her B&B will have to open a little early. And then there are the cryptic notes that hint of a treasure to be found somewhere in the house. Will Kathy and her friends find the cache of cash?
A Final Gift - A tale of Blythe Cove Manor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,740. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2016 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Friendship
Will anything heal the pain of a grieving daughter? When a trip meant to be a gift of a weekend trip together turns into a painful solo journey, can the magic of Blythe Cove Manor help heal Jenny Taylor's soul?
A Dream Weekend
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,610. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Serious life changes have pushed Paige and Alex Campbell to the brink of divorce. Still, they win a weekend at lovely Blythe Cove Manor and experience vivid dreams that take them back in time. Is there a chance this magical place inspires the nighttime fantasies that could help them fall in love again?
With Baited Breath
Series: The Lotus Bay Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,430. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Tori Cannon and her BFF Kathy Grant team up to find out who killed a customer at Cannon's Bait & Tackle. The victim had no enemies except for maybe the rich woman who wants to level his eyesore of a home, a resentful daughter, and friends who were anything but. Can they save the business and find a murderer or will they, too, sleep with the fishes?
Panty Raid
Series: The Lotus Bay Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2014 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Tori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl’s weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there’s also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid! This mini mystery introduces the two main characters of the upcoming Lotus Bay Mysteries.
Love & Murder; A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,970. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Love & Murder, a bargain-priced bundle of stories by New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Bartlett (and her alter ego L.L. Bartlett) explores the highs and lows of love and humanity. Each free-standing, complete story explores a different theme representative of the author's style.
Tales of Telenia: Journey
Series: Tales of Telenia, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,530. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Stranded astronaut Amanda Shelton leads the land’s women to self-sufficiency when she ventures to the capital city to face peril and life altering decisions.
Tales of Telenia: STRANDED
Series: Tales of Telenia, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,140. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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A female astronaut crashes on a strange planet and is threatened by the archaic inhabitants who demand she relinquish her advanced technology.
Blue Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
Christmas used to be a joyous time for Judi Straub, but that was before her parents passed away and her siblings became too busy to socialize with their old maid sister. Holidays spent with friends were a nightmare. Then Judi won an all-expense-paid trip to Puerto Rico where a handsome stranger swept her off her feet. Will her fantasy of happily-ever-after be derailed?
Recipes To Die For: A Victoria Square Cookbook
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,900. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Entertaining, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Recipes To Die For is a companion piece to the New York Times Bestselling Victoria Square Mystery series. 117 Recipes from the owner and vendors of Artisans Alley, Victoria Square, and McKinlay Mill, NY.
Love Heals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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A romantic short story. It's the most romantic night of the year and Diana Mason is alone. She broke up with her boyfriend because he wanted a playmate not a soul mate, but it's someone else who haunts her thoughts on the most romantic of holidays. Is there a chance he's thinking of her, too?
Prisoner Of Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,630. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Rhonda Roberts went looking for love in all the wrong places, and found it through an ad in the personals section of her local newspaper. Family and friends think she's crazy when she becomes engaged to a convicted felon, and the lengths she'll go to see him set free.
An Unconditional Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Children with special needs
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A one-night stand changes Leslie Turner's life forever when she discovers she's pregnant. Keeping the child means losing her business. Even more devastating, the baby is born with a disfiguring birth defect. Her carefully planned life falls apart . . . until years later when she once again meets her baby's father. Can they ever be a family?
We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2010 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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The Nichols family is all in a tizzy when it's discovered their penny-pinching Uncle Albert is worth millions, and decide he has overstayed his worldly welcome. But can they bump off the old man and get away with it?

Books

An Unexpected Visitor
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,500. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
All is quiet at Blythe Cove Manor as its proprietress, Blythe Calvert, anticipates a peaceful holiday along with her cat, Martha. But then a taxi pulls up and drops off a troubled, runaway teen looking for a safe haven. Can the magic of Blythe Cove Manor heal this young girl’s aching heart?
Shattered Spirits
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,050. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
If it weren’t for bad luck, Jeff Resnick would have no luck at all! While riding his new racing bike, Jeff is hit by an SUV, an accident which has a cascade effect on his life.But it’s soon apparent that his so-called random accident is anything but, and the murder of a close friend has a hobbled Jeff on the run. Can he discover who’s out to destroy his life—and threaten those he loves most?
Off Script
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,490. Language: American English. Published: May 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
It’s 1979. Before cell phones,computers, and the World Wide Web. LA Detectives Robbie Howard and Danny Wallace solve crimes the old fashioned way, by relentless legwork. Multiple deaths on the lot of a movie studio look like your average murder-suicide. It takes dogged determination for Howard and Wallace to write off a Hollywood killer.
A Jeff Resnick Six Pack
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,140. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
This collection of short stories bridges the gaps between the Jeff Resnick novels of suspense and intrigue. Contains ... When The Spirit Moves You Bah! Humbug Cold Case Spooked! Crybaby Eyewitness
Crybaby
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,460. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Children’s health
Jeff Resnick—babysitter? It wasn’t a reference that had ever graced his personal résumé, but when he’s entrusted to care for his brother’s most prized possession—his infant daughter—Jeff is tested in ways he could never have anticipated. With his girlfriend Maggie unavailable, Jeff has only one person he can turn to for advice when his tiny niece falls ill on his watch.
Spooked!
Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The trick-or-treaters have gone home and now it's time for the adults to celebrate All Hallows Eve. When Maggie suggests they consult an Ouija board, Jeff Resnick thinks it'll be anything but fun. And when they conjure up a ghost from Jeff's past, the game turns dangerous for the most vulnerable person in his life. (This short story directly follows Dark Waters.)
Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory
Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 1 · The Jeff Resnick Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,430. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
NOT A MYSTERY: A Collection of short stories chronicling Jeff Resnick's (and that of his brother, Richard Albert) back story. What forces molded these men into the people they are today?
Dark Waters
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,880. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
For Jeff Resnick, the trouble starts with a near-death experience. Brenda's family comes to visit and one of them reminds Jeff of the thugs who mugged him. His brother has taken possession of an expensive boat. The yacht holds a deadly secret, one destined to turn his world upside down. Will Jeff solve the puzzle before his vision of near death becomes a reality?
Room At The Inn
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,920. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Jeff and Maggie head to a Vermont inn for a working vacation, but when a guest is murdered, they must use all their wits to bring a ruthless killer to justice.
When The Spirit Moves You
Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 2. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 12,800. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Jeff Resnick's curiosity is piqued when he sees a sign advertising psychic readings. At first he's sure the medium is a fake, but then his funny feelings lead him to suspect that a murder has taken place in the dilapidated house where Madam Zahara holds her readings. Just who died and how? And why is Jeff compelled to look for bodies buried in the medium’s yard?
The Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Books 4 & 5 (Cheated By Death & Bound By Suggestion)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 156,990. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A bargain priced box set of the fourth and fifth Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Cheated By Death and Bound By Suggestion
The Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Books 1 & 2
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 144,720. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
The Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Books 1 & 2 Murder on the Mind and Dead In Red.
Bound By Suggestion
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,850. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
In exchange for helping her unlock the emotions of a disturbed young woman, psychiatrist Dr. Krista Marsh promises to cure Jeff Resnick's recurring headaches via hypnotism. Meanwhile, Jeff’s brother Richard is vying for a chairman seat on the hospital’s fund raising board. Two seemingly unrelated events that suddenly converge with deadly results.
Dead In Red
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,300. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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When a bartender at Jeff Resnick’s favorite tavern is murdered, psychic visions of a sparkling red high-heeled shoe and bloody hands linger in his mind--and hit too close to home. When Jeff’s brother Richard last helped him with an investigation, it nearly cost him his life. Still, Richard is determined to tag along as Jeff is drawn into the seamy world of fetishes an drag queens.
Bah! Humbug - A Jeff Resnick Story
Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
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It's Christmastime -- the day after Cheated By Death ended. Jeff and Maggie spend Christmas dinner with Maggie's family, who are not receptive to her new significant other. It'll be a Christmas to remember . . . but who wants to?
Cheated By Death
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,540. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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Jeff Resnick faces a new dilemma: someone is stalking his sister-in-law, Brenda, who fears that violence from protesters will escalate near the women's clinic where she works. Or could the threats against her have come from her abusive ex-husband? Meanwhile, Jeff grapples with meeting his estranged father and the sister he he never knew existed.
Abused - A Daughter's Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Child abuse
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Emily Miller knew her life was about to change forever the day her mother said, "I'm pregnant." She'd hear those words again and again--and with every pregnancy Emily's father changed from bad to worse. For years the Miller family suffered through his rages. It took a terrible loss for the family to regroup, and all the love Emily can muster to save her siblings.
Cold Case--A Jeff Resnick Mystery
Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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Psychic Jeff Resnick has no expectations when investigating the disappearance of a four-year-old, until he confronts the mind responsible--a shattering experience for all involved. --"A compelling mystery that will grip you tightly and not let go--even after you've finished reading." ~ Leann Sweeney, nationally best-selling author of the Yellow Rose and Cats In Trouble mysteries
Murder On The Mind
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 72,850. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense
(4.50)
A mugging leaves insurance investigator Jeff Resnick with a fractured skull, and graphic nightmares of murder. But when a local banker is found dead, Jeff believes the attack left him with a sixth sense, and finds himself probing into dangerous secrets that touch his own traumatic past. Originally published by Five Star/Cengage. "A tightly paced story with a good kick at the end."--RT Magazine

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