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Christa Nardi

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance and scifi/fantasy are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to the Cold Creek series, Christa has joined many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. The series started with Murder at Cold Creek College; Murder in the Arboretum is the second in the series. Murder at the Grill is expected to be published in November 2015. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast who is well published in nonfiction and technical venues.

Murder at Cold Creek College

Book Blurb:
Murder at Cold Creek College
on sale 10/12-17/15
Sheridan Hendley is a professor and psychologist at a prestigious college. Although she is not a sleuth, when her colleague Adam is murdered, her department head assigns her to assist the detective and help gather information. Unfortunately, her close friend, Kim, quickly becomes the prime suspect. As Sheridan draws connections between the people in Adam’s life, she realizes many women have a strong motive for Adam’s murder. Slashed tires are the first indication that her involvement is making someone nervous. The next indication is not nearly as subtle.


From Chapter 1

I nodded and then checked the next open door. Unfortunately, it was Max’s office. I knocked. He swiveled around, his black hair somewhat uncontrolled and in need of a cut. I must have startled him. His brown eyes opened wide.
“Sheridan, you wouldn’t believe. I‘m ready to get this experiment going, and somehow the materials I ordered haven’t come in. Terra told me I didn’t have enough money in my account, and that’s not right! I don’t know what her problem is,” was his opening tirade. Max was the other experimental psychologist in the department. He was by far the one most interested in research .
“Yeah, well, Terra and Ali do the books. They would know. Maybe you didn’t figure right what you had in your lab account. I bet they can give you a full accounting,” I suggested. Max tended to have these tantrums a lot. He was relatively young and had come to Cold Creek straight from graduation the year after me. He had big dreams of doing enough research to get to a better university.
“You doing okay otherwise – you know with the rec center and all,” I asked.
“Oh, I gave up on the rec center last year. Too crowded. I joined a private club where I don’t have to deal with the students. At the rec center, they always tried to talk to me. Are you looking for a place to work out?” he asked, oblivious to the excitement on campus. But that was not unusual for Max. Unless it was going to directly affect him, he didn’t seem to know about it. Now, if he had wanted to work out today, he might have been more interested.
“Uh, Max, someone died at the rec center this morning,” I offered as gently as I could.
Jumping out of his seat, he proclaimed, “I knew it, I knew there were safety problems. I knew those students would wreck something! See what I mean?”
“Max, someone was murdered. It wasn’t an accident,” I added. I wondered at the fact that he hadn’t asked the obvious question of who? It was certainly the question I wanted answered.
“Oh. Well, it better not get in the way of my lab work. I’d love to chat with you Sheridan, but I have work to do,” he responded. With that, he sat back down and turned back to his computer. Good thing or he would have seen me shake my head in disbelief. It was also probably a good thing that he did research with rats or mice, examining their use of cues, learning, and such. He sure didn’t seem interested in people and didn’t always pick up on social cues. I made my way back to my office with a wave at Kim. I also quickly let her know that it wasn’t Jim, Doug or Max who was murdered.

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The Importance of Book Covers in her own words:

When I first decided to try the self-publishing route, the focus was on the book – the words, the plot, the characters. The time came to “publish” and I needed a cover, and for paperback (e.g., POD via createspace), the “stuff” that goes on the back of the cover. A colleague told me how she spent $900 for a custom cover for her ebook and I about choked. That would be a lot of books sold just to pay for the cover! The first covers were photographs entered into the createspace template with colors and fonts and looked okay. One of my friends liked them better than the new ones in fact. But the bottom line? It looked like every other createspace cover.

Marketing is critical to being successful in selling books. Several of the better avenues for getting your book out to potential buyers (e.g., Ereader News Today, Midlist, Pixel of Ink) use the cover of the book as one indicator of the level of professionalism. After rejections from both ENT and Midlist, I decided to “spring” for new covers, starting with MURDER AT COLD CREEK COLLEGE. No, I didn’t go for the $900 cover, but closer to $200 for the ebook and paperback combined. I submitted to ENT again and was accepted. I also sold 200+ books with that countdown deal and that ad – for me that was a lot of books! It certainly covered the cost of the cover. Then I got the new cover for MURDER IN THE ARBORETUM and submitted it to ENT again and was accepted. In August, with the ENT ad and a countdown deal, I again sold 200+ books so I covered the cost of those covers as well. The third book in the series? I’m skipping the createspace cover and going straight to custom.

The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t apply in marketing. The cover does make a difference. It is what catches someone’s eye – or not.

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Murder at Cold Creek College
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