Sunday, April 29, 2012

Off the Top of My Head

Hello everyone. Whether you've looked up my blog  intentionally or stumbled across it by accident, thanks for dropping by. I hope you'll stick around long enough for us to get acquainted.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Marjorie Doering ... Marjorie Swift Doering for writing purposes. I'm totally winging this. I figured I might as well admit it because you've probably guessed as much already. Since this is my debut blog, dipping a toe in the pool seemed smarter than jumping right in cannonball-style. If I write a second, I promise to tackle something more interesting than a "Hi. Howdy" note.

Meanwhile, observant or not, by now it's likely you've noticed the book cover to the right. Being intelligent, discerning individuals, you've probably decided it doesn't belong to a romance novel ... and you'd be right. It's the book cover of the first in my Ray Schiller murder mystery series.

Having already acknowledged your intelligence, and powers of observation and deduction, I find myself wading through waist-high concerns. Will readers think I misspelled D-E-E-R? Will the bloody axe have everyone thinking the novel is the equivalent of a slasher movie? Good grief! Heaven help me!

Actually, referring to the betrayal of loved ones, the title is a play on words--the "dear" referring to the term of endearment. As for the bloody axe... Well, it is what it is, but the story is far from being graphically violent. If you enjoy mysteries, I'd love to have you to read it and check that out for yourselves. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to any comments you'd like to make. In fact, how about adding your thoughts on book covers ... your own or others.

Thanks, everyone! See you around.

Marjorie Doering


  1. Hello, just been reading your non blog Enjoyed it no end. We 'met' via Morgen Bailey if you recall....possibly not! Anyway, I thought I would look you up and see how you here I am. Enjoyed our 'chat' before and so perhaps if time allows you might pop across and visit me again. Love to hear from you. Enjoy your week.

  2. Just finished Dear Crossing and was sad it ended!!! One of the best mysteries I've read in quite some time. More twists than a mountain road, and just as thrilling!
    When I read the post-script, it said you were working on book 3 in the Ray Schiller series so I zipped over to Amazon for #2... and it wasn't there :(
    I have to know what happened with Paul.. and Gail! Ack!
    Please keep us posted on the release of #2. I'll be anxiously waiting :)
    Thanks for the great read. I plan to recommend it to my friends and on Goodreads as well.
    Now, get back to work!

  3. I'm smiling ... broadly. Thanks for that, Laura! With any luck, I'm planning to publish the second in the Ray Schiller series (Shadow Tag) this winter. It picks up right where Dear Crossing left off, so you'll definitely get the lowdown on Paul and Gail. That's a bonafide promise!

    I really appreciate you telling other readers about Dear Crossing. Having people enjoy what I've written is what it's about for me. I'll definitely keep everyone posted when Shadow Tag is available.

    Laura, thanks again!