Tuesday, July 19, 2016


A Day in the Life of Carolyn Arnold

Writing is a business and every day I wear several hats: creative, public relations, marketing, sales, accounting, and traffic. The day normally starts out early—sometimes even before the sun’s up—but I work rather fluid hours. I never did well at the 8:30 to 5:00 job, and even self-employed, it’s no different. I rather work motivated by passion and going with the flow. This is not to say that I don’t have goals to reach. In fact, targets are set, such as release dates or marketing plans, and the steps are planned out in advance so I know what needs to be done and when. There also needs to be a degree of flexibility in life so I’m good about stepping back and making any changes to my schedule if I need to, as well.

In fact, no two days are the same except for coffee. Each day starts out with one and quiet reflection for all that I have in life. In the warmer months, I love to sit on my patio listening to my fountain gurgle and the birds sing. I just let my mind drift and relax, savoring the moment. In the cooler months, I sit in my front room. Some days I meditate or journal, but not every day.

Ideally, I start my day with writing or editing, depending on where I am with my scheduling. Usually, I try to allocate a time period for writing and the one following for editing so that my mind isn’t split between two manuscripts. The ideal day for me is when I can devote the bulk of my time to either of these two activities. But as I mentioned at the start of the post, there are a lot of hats I need to wear.

It’s also important to have a strong presence on social media, and I am a member of several Triberr tribes so every day I approve posts to share on Twitter. In addition, and depending on the week, it’s time to prepare the accounting paperwork for my bookkeeper. And the list goes on. However, I am so grateful for all I have in life and for being able to live my passion. One day, I hope to have more people work with me to lessen my administration workload so that I can fully focus on writing and engaging with my readers.

But in the midst of all this busy, I need to find balance, as well. Weather-permitting, myself and my husband will take our beagle Max for a walk or to the dog park, and our intention this summer is to
take an afternoon every week and go to a nearby lake. I just love the sound of the water lapping against the shore, and there’s nothing much more relaxing than floating in the water, looking up at the sky.

I think the most important thing to remember is balance, and if life seems to be getting out of control, we need to have the courage to step back and analyze what isn’t working and why. Don’t be afraid of making changes if it brings balance back into your life.

Anyway, there you have it—a day in the life of Carolyn Arnold.

by Carolyn Arnold

Published by: Hibbert and Stiles Publishing Inc.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-988064-37-6
ISBN (print): 978-1-988064-49-9

Approximately 159 pages


Black Friday should be all about shopping and discounts, but Sean and Sara get more than they bargained for. When they only have a few more items left to buy, screams fill the mall—and for good reason. A man has fallen to his death from the second level. 

But what exactly happened isn’t that straightforward, and normally, Sean and Sara would leave this matter to the police, but the widow was a childhood friend of Sara’s. While the police are leaning toward the belief the man intentionally took the leap, the widow is adamant her husband would never jump and asks Sara for her help. 

Despite the fact there is an unresolved past between the friends—in which Sara feels she let her down—Sara can’t turn her back on her now. Fueled by guilt and the need to find answers, Sara convinces Sean they should look into the man’s death. 

But the answers aren’t all coming quickly. Mall security has dropped the ball and there’s no seeming motive for murder. To find out the truth will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Jimmy. And if it all comes together, they just might have this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

McKinley Mysteries
Carolyn Arnold

Published by: Hibbert and Stiles Publishing Inc.

Number of books in series as of May 2016: 10

Sleuth around with murder-solving duo Sean and Sara McKinley as they do whatever it takes to unravel a mystery while romancing it up along the way.

Series Overview:

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: The Day Job is Murder, Vacation is Murder, Money is Murder, Politics is Murder, Family is Murder, Shopping is Murder, Christmas is Murder, Valentine’s Day is Murder, Coffee is Murder, Skiing is Murder.

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About the Author:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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