It’s finished . . . My second book is finally finished and ready to be turned loose . . .


I have simplified my insanely worded sentences . . . (My mother stopped pouring the coffee she had been in the act of pouring and got up from her seat on the sofa to bustle over to me.)

I have untangled the copyeditor’s imponderable . . . (and further Gabriel charged into the room He clambered up, and smothered.)

I have gone through 7 galleys.  A ‘galley’ is what you get back from the copyeditors after they ‘fix’ it for you.  You, then, have to go over your whole manuscript and implement their changes.  Then you send it back in for another round of ‘fixing’. 

It’s like giving birth to the same baby 7 times until you get it right.  Or the Doctor gets it right.  After a few times, you find yourself beginning  to detest that ‘baby’.  A few more times, and you find yourself  fantasizing about shoving that ‘baby’ in the Doctor the next go around.  Let’s see HIM give birth . . .  

And then, as with new mothers, you see its little face, all red, screaming, looking so much like your own at that moment, and you forget all about the pain.

Well, I’m still in that stage right before

I have yet to see the finished product.  But as of now, I have finished giving birth.  My second book, The Doll In The Wall, has passed it’s final galley with flying colors and is ready for publication. 

The Doll In The Wall is the second book in the Bella Wildeve series.  In this mystery sequel, Bella discovers a shawl-wrapped bundle that had been secreted in the wall cavity of a now-defunct pub.  In the bundle is a cache of children’s toys, one of which is a rag doll with a cracked face of glazed porcelain.  Hidden among the toys is a macabre note that begins with the words: ‘Checkmate to the black king…‘   This is bizarre enough, but when Bella discovers the clothes of a small child secreted along with it, her curiosity drives her to ferret out the doll’s old secrets . . . secrets that leave long shadows.

Since November is a good time to bundle up with a hot drink and a good mystery, I will hold a drawing November 7th to give away 3 signed copies of The Doll In The Wall – one each to 3 brave winners.  The winners will be chosen from those who had registered on my Web-site – either to leave a comment on one of my blogs, or to comment in the community forums.  If a winner has already purchased a copy of The Doll In The Wall, I will give them the choice of a second book, or a refund.  

You can find the place to register on the Community Forums on the right side of my Web site.  Then just follow the directions.  To register using the blogs, all one has to do is click on the blue circle at the end of whichever blog you want to comment on. A Response Form will come up.  All you have to do is type in your name and the e-mail address you want to be contacted at (e-mail addresses will remain confidential), then feel free to leave whatever comments you would like.  If you have any questions, just drop me a quick e-mail at Thea@TheaPhipps.com and I will get back to you.

It’s very easy.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


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  1. Pepper Smith says:

    Now’s the time for a hot bath and an iced mocha. Enjoy some down-time.

  2. Joshua Moore says:

    I like the idea of cuddling up with a nice cozy mystery sounds like fun

  3. Julie McClain says:

    Congratulations! You are flooding the market, I love it!

  4. junkjunkie says:

    We at the West Fork Library are so very proud of how well you are doing!


  5. How exciting. and fun. Thanks for doing this.

  6. thea says:

    You’re welcome. :)
    I looked up your site and I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your blogs.
    … very fun, very expressive …

  7. Sabrina says:

    Read your first book and loved it!! Can’t wait for the next one…keep them coming!!

  8. thea says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!