You never know, when you write a book, what the reviews will be. I’d like to share these reviews with you. First, because I am grateful that my work is appreciated, and second because the reviewers got what I hoped that you, the reader, would also get. Thanks for reading Annie Tillery Mysteries, great teen mystery books.

Raymond Klesc at New Book Journal has included “Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys” in the collection. See it at:

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Simon Barrett at bloggernews.net gives all three books a lovely review.

For “The Madonna Ghost”


I first encountered author Linda Frank when I read her third book in the Annie Tillery series The Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys. Linda Frank assured me in an interview that while the books were indeed a series, each one was a stand alone work with Annie and her boyfriend Ty as the central characters.
I rather like the book, so I am not prepared to take the plot discussion any further. I will leave that for readers to discover by themselves. But I will make some observations, Linda Frank knows her stuff. She is a retired science teacher at both High School and College level. One popular class was ‘forensics’.

The Madonna Ghost is a great way to introduce Young Adult readers to the often convoluted world of science. It is easy to confuse a fictional TV show such as CSI with reality. Linda Frank does use an element of science to tell the story, but much prefers good old common sense.

For “Girl with Pencil Drawing”


Girl With Pencil, Drawing was the second in the series. In some ways it is also my favorite. Possibly it is because of the subject matter, stolen and forged art work. This is an area that I have spent countless hours researching. The book is fiction, but in true Linda Frank fashion, there is a huge amount of factual content. This is learning without realizing you are learning!
What jumped out at me while reading Girl With Pencil, Drawing was the close attention paid to detail. No art forger with his or her salt forges a well known work, Trying to sell a copy of the Mona Lisa, would likely not get very far in the art world. Forgers tend to go for lesser known artists. A good forger does not copy, he creates a new as yet undiscovered work by an artist. The master forger will even go so far as to weave a fictitious provenance for the work.

Linda Frank touches on all of these subjects and much more. Although billed as a YA (Young Adult) book I think it has much broader appeal.

For “Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys”


This is third book that Linda Maria Frank has published in her Annie Tillery series. People love to put books in genres and the publisher has deemed that Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys is Juvenile Fiction. I personally would have labeled it YA (Young Adult), but that is of no matter. It is the story that matters, not the filing cabinet it is put in.

I rather like the style that the author uses, she does not talk down to her young readers, rather she treats them as peers on a quest.
I had the opportunity to talk to Linda before reading her latest book. It is amazing how much you can learn about a book before you read it. “CSI meets Nancy Drew” was a comment that I rather liked. Indeed Annie Tillery is much more modern than Nancy Drew. The writing style is also much more modern.

Growing up I was a fan of Enid Blyton and the Famous Five, even the Secret Seven. Those books are now dated. The youth of today are looking for stories that they can relate to. iPhones and computers are the key.

Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys is a great read, what I particularly like is that Linda Maria Frank manages to weave a good deal of factual material into the action and adventure. One could call it ‘sneaky learning’ :) This actually should come as no surprise as the author was a school and college teacher before turning her attention to writing.

There is also a very interesting twist in the end of the book. It is one that I had not foreseen, yet makes perfect sense.

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After all the hard work of writing publishing and promoting the Annie Tillery Mystery series, it is pure joy to get a review that gets what I have been trying so hard for. Thanks Mindy.


I have fallen in love with spunky Annie and her mysteries. This is going to become part of the books I pass down to the children in my life.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.

And lastly from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Madonna-Ghost-Linda-Maria-Frank/dp/1491710624/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Linda Frank might as well be the next Carolyn Keene with her new age mystery luring readers from every angle–suspense, romance, and modern forensics. This is a perfect book for all ages, particularly young readers who might find Nancy Drew a bit old-fashioned. Written in a way where every chapter leaves you with a crisp, familiar image of each character and location. A great book to encourage summer reading, or satisfy the urge for a rainy day thriller.

Bravo to Linda Maria Frank! This third book in her Annie Tillery Mystery series is a stunner! Although written for a YA audience, even I as a senior citizen was captured by the mystery and intrigue interwoven throughout this story. And who could resist the element of romance embedded in the two oh-so-appealing main characters, Annie and Ty? But most compelling to me was an introduction to the history and topography of this country with its ancient Fairy Chimneys. Half way through this book, I began researching trips to this wonderland and have placed Turkey at the top of my bucket list for future travels. A beautifully crafted, impeccably edited work. Linda Maria Frank deserves many kudos and an equal number of followers. I know I will be looking out for more of her books to recommend to the young adults in my life, but not before I sneak a peak at them myself.
Lois W. Stern
Creator of the Tales2Inspire book series

With strong characters, flowing dialog and layers of mystery, soon everyone is caught up in a real who-dun-it that involves a long lists of suspects and hidden clues. Twists and turns with all the dangers that come into play when an International Art Fraud has been perpetrated.
Learn the ins and out of the art world that include how scientists tests for authenticity in original paintings by world renown artist like Renoir and the lucrative forgeries that make this underworld as treacherous as any international mob association.

Follow the clues, wait for the DNA evidence and sift through the ashes left by an arsonist. Inspire a young reader to discover the innate detective skills of Annie Tillery who is fast becoming the next Nancy Drew. This series should be placed on our schools’ summer reading list.

Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Girl with Pencil, Drawing’ and the Annie Tillery Mysteries by Linda Maria Frank. We received a PDF version of this book for review. Review completion date March 24, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press.


See an AUTHORS SHOW interview with Linda Maria Frank






Going to Book Expo America on Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, May 29, 2015 | Javits Center | New York City, NY?

Visit with Linda Maria Frank, author of Annie Tillery Mysteries, who will be signing and giving away her award winning mystery books. Find her at the Mystery Writers of America booth, #2657.

Frank’s mystery series for girls of all ages are:

The Madonna Ghost, winner of Rising Star from iUniverse


Girl with Pencil, Drawing, and

Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, winner of 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading.



WelcoBEA_logo_starburstme to the largest publishing event in North America—BookExpo America (BEA). This year’s event promises to give you access to what’s new, what’s next, and everything exciting in the world of books. To learn more about what’s going on at BEA this year, access this link.





Mystery Writers of America at BEA

Mystery Writers of America at BEA

Mystery Writers of America is the oldest and most prominent organization for writers of crime fiction and other professionals in the field. MWA-NY is a regional chapter that includes Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

MWA presents the prestigious Edgar® Awards each year to the most deserving works in the mystery field. The organization also monitors legal developments affecting writers and promotes networking and professional development. Check them out at this link.


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Where do you get your ideas from?

Thin air. Next question.

It is true. Any idea comes out of thin air.

You see, writing is the ultimate alchemy, creating gold, from nothing. To tell the whole truth of it, there is not a heck of a lot of gold in writing, certainly not enough to employ more than a handful of people to the point of sustenance.

The alchemy process, however, is extremely difficult. It takes: research, courage, a thick skin, patience, and many long hours at the keyboard, often late into the night.

So then, allow me to rephrase your question. HOW DO MY IDEAS COME TO MIND?

The process:

Bid Auf Wiedersehen to the wife and the cat.

Pour yourself some tea, sparkling water, or Irish Whiskey, as the time of day and mood of mind demand.

Retire to a quiet room, be it home office or library, or even lock yourself into the John if need be.

Boot the computer ( or Laptop of the Loo ) and waste an hour or so answering e-mail, checking what everyone else is doing on FaceBook, (Because they aren’t writing either), etc. etc. ad nauseam.

Now that your life, and mind are completely empty of any distraction, it is time to open up to “The Muse.”

“The Muse,” a fancy, artistic way of referring to the nine daughters of Zeus who watch over the arts. It is a term used by writers, mostly the poets, to describe the event of inspiration; the Genesis of the idea, the seed that grows into the story.

So now, follow me as I bring you into a Zen state. You don’t think of ideas, by thinking of the subject you want to write about. First you must think of … nothing. Empty your mind. Then think of a white dot on a black canvas. Look at the white dot with your third eye until it grows larger.  Now look inside

Ideas can come. And then, they can go.

Ideas can come. And then, they can go.

One of the most common questions folks ask authors is where we get our ideas.

Recently I received a packet of letters from a fifth grade class who had read my books as part of their book club/literary circle. The letters were truly a ray of sunshine as was the supportive letter from their teacher.

And, there was that question. Where do you get the ideas for your stories? My books are a mystery series for the young reader, Annie Tillery Mysteries.

Having spent many years in the classroom, I wanted to give the best answer I could, so I gave it more serious thought that the pat answers I could have given. Your motivation to writer might be just to tell a good story. That’s the easy one because you know the details of the story. I make up my stories. It’s pure fiction. How do you explain where that comes from to a ten year old.

Where, for instance, did the ghost come from in The Madonna Ghost? How did I come up with the solution to the scene on the Brooklyn Bridge in Girl with Pencil, Drawing? How did I fit the reality of Istanbul and Cappadocia with the plot in The Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys?

Annie Tillery Mysteries The Series

Annie Tillery Mysteries
The Series

My explanation involves the obvious. Most authors read a lot, do a fair amount of research, observe people and situations. All of this is stored in the file cabinets of memory. But then what provokes the combination of memories to coalesce into an idea?

This was my answer to the students, “When you write a book, you should write down all your ideas, your research and, pictures that might inspire you. And then all that stuff rattles around in your brain, and eventually something connects that really makes sense.”

Sometimes it’s an odor, or the weather that day, or a song you hear, and in some unexplained mysterious way the right synapses connect nerve cells and an idea is produced. We’ve all experienced it. You’re stuck. You’re stuck! Writer’s Block has taken hold. How to end that chapter? And then, while you’re staring out the window at the guy dragging out the garbage, BAM, it comes to you.


Here is an opportunity to market your books in an exponential way for FREE.

The point of this is to get your book on as many blogs as possible. You start by putting my information on your blog, and then sending your information to FIVE other authors and asking them to do the same, substituting my name and info with yours.

Using your blog, or a guest blog you use, follow these instructions.

1.Use what you see below as the headline of your blog.


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A Marketing Opportunity for Us All

I want to thank LOIS W. STERN for this neat marketing idea and pass it along to all of you. Here is a way to help market yourself while helping your fellow authors. The basic idea is to respond to ten questions about something you’re currently writing, a book or story you just published or are about to publish.

Would you like your newest book and URL link added to this AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME?


2. Put AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME as a heading in your blog. This is where you will put the authors name, photo of their book cover(s), and a link back to their blog.

3. Post your responses to the interview questions about your book on your own blog page.

4.  Add my name and my book cover montage (image) to your blog page and link them both back to the owner by whatever means they provide. A link to their blog, or for me, my email, lmf217@hotmail.com.

5. Send me the URL of your completed blog page after completing steps 1 through 4, above, along with an attachment image of your newest book or book montage. I will put it on my hall of fame.

4. Send this blog to five or more other writers.

5. Each time you forward this message to someone, start with: “I want to thank  . . .” sentence as seen above, substituting my name, Linda Maria Frank, for the one currently appearing in that first sentence.

4. Ask them to substitute your name for mine as they send out notices to their circle.

5. Tell them to post this same content on their website or blog, adding their book image and URL link, and to answer the questions below about their book.

6. Ask the writers you invite to answer the questions on their blog, substitute your name in the “I want to thank” sentence at the beginning of this posting and include a link to your blog.

7. They, in turn, link to five other writers, and the cycle continues.

For the review questions, and to see sample answers, use the two links below. 


See more at: http://tales2inspire.com/?p=1617


the next best1

A Marketing Opportunity for Us All

I want to thank LOIS W. STERN for this neat marketing idea and pass it along to all of you. Here is a way to help market yourself while helping your fellow authors. The basic idea is to respond to ten questions about something you’re currently writing, a book or story you just published or are about to publish.

Would you like your newest book and URL link added to this AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME?




Lois W. Stern's heart warming and inspiring stories from around the world.

Lois W. Stern’s heart warming and inspiring stories from around the world.














1. What is your working title for your book/story?

I write a mystery series aimed at girls of all ages, Annie Tillery Mysteries. The three books in the series are: The Madonna Ghost, Girl with Pencil, Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys.

2.Where did the idea come from for your books?

The idea to write a mystery series came from my experiences in my teaching career. I  taught forensic science, and I wrote case studies for my students to solve to pique their  interest in the course. I loved the Nancy Drew Mysteries when I was a kid. I combined the two ideas, took some writing courses, and I call my endeavor, Nancy Drew meets CSI.

3. What genre does you book fall under?    YA mystery.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is a very difficult question to answer. Since most of my characters are young, I would have to choose very young talent. Or someone who can look very young. I think Emma Stone could be Annie Tillery. Maybe Tristan Wildes for Cedric Zeeks. The most difficult one would be to find a match for Ty Egan, Annie’s boyfriend. Let’s try Kevin G. Schmidt. The twins I leave to central casting in Turkey.

5.What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

I’ll give you a one sentence synopsis for the Annie Tillery Mystery Series.  If you love a mystery, great forensic science or a ghost story, you can grab some pure entertainment by entering the world of “Nancy Drew Meets CSI”., where girl detective, Annie Tillery,  navigates her way through intriguing plots with a great supporting cast , narrowly escaping the dangers that keep those pages turning.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am an Indy published author.

7. How long did it take you to writer the first draft of your manuscript?

The Madonna Ghost and Girl with Pencil, Drawing took a year each.

Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys took two years.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Believe it or not, Nancy Drew still sells. A more modern mystery series is The Gallagher Girls.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was motivated to write this series by a combination of life experiences;

teaching forensic science, wanting to inspire my female students to aim for challenging careers, and my love of mysteries.

10. What else about the book might pique the readers interest?

My books have intricate plots with good forensic science and a cast of young, smart, and engaging characters. They are page turners, and just pure fun. If you like a FUN MYSTERY, try Annie Tillery Mysteries.





Follow Annie and Ty, and their new friends Cedric Zeeks and Ahmet and Yelda Atsut as they discover the secrets at  a mysterious archaeological dig in Turkey

Follow Annie and Ty, and their new friends Cedric Zeeks and Ahmet and Yelda Atsut as they discover the secrets at a mysterious archaeological dig in Turkey

These interviews are great fun. Check out http://www.authorsshow.com


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