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Written Off Launch Party

Dozens of friends gathered at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura on November 14, 2017 to help me celebrate the release of my latest book, Written Off. Food, prizes and lots of fun. As she has for all my other releases, Debbie Mitsch of Mystery Ink drove all the way up from Huntington Beach to sell books at the Written Off launch party.

We had such a great time, I plan on doing it again when my next book, Proof of Life, comes out early in 2019.

Local author and buddy James Francis Gray also had a table with his books.

Sheila Lowe & author James F. Gray

Bookseller, Debbie Mitsch


James is the best-known author in Ventura. He belongs to every networking group there is and he’s the best person to know if you need the word spread about something you are doing. He touts the Latino Expo and has made Tatiana’s Coffee & Tea the most popular independent coffee house in Ventura. Tatiana and Diego display local vendors’ wares there, several of which are authors, including yours truly.

Everyone seemed to be having a great time. I gave anyone who brought a prize a 30-second commercial to talk about anything they wanted to. There were all kinds of prizes. My good friend Tracey Bolton, a phenomenal psychic medium, donated a reading. The person who won really lucked out. Everyone who buys books gets a free ticket for each one they purchase. Then I do a drawing free handwriting analysis.

Since moving to Ventura in 2004 I’ve made some great friends, many of whom became my readers. When I got published, they all came out and supported me. It’s warm feeling to know you belong to a community.

Hillside Book Club Halloween

hillside book club halloween

Amy and Jim Herron as Claudia and her FBI contact

Hillside Bookclub Halloween

Hillside Bookclub at Halloween

At the end of October, 2017, the zany ladies of the Hillside, Ventura, Book Club read What She Saw (a young woman with amnesia. For the second time, my friend Amy Herron invited me to attend their meeting as guest author. They met the night before Halloween and they dressed up as characters from the book. What a thrill to see my characters come to life that way! Almost as good as having it made into a movie (almost).

Irene Mefford (in mermaid green) hosted the event at her home in Ondulondo, a neighborhood in the hills high above Ventura. Imagine the view of the lights at night, the Pacific Ocean during the day. Irene went all-out with fabulous Halloween-themed food. She created claw-shaped meatloaf, witches head apples in cider, Jello shots in huge syringes. As you can imagine, by the time we got around to judging the costumes, everyone was in a great mood.

hillside book club halloween

Winner Teri Casey

Teri Casey dressed as Jessica Mack’s backpack! How’s that for creativity? She won a prize for that great costume.

Tragedy strikes the book club

Tragically, few short weeks later, Irene’s beautiful home became one of a thousand casualties of the Thomas fire, a heartbreaking loss. Other club members in the neighborhood were also evacuated. These terrifying experiences teach us a lot about what is really of greatest value in our lives.

The good news is, the book club continues to meet and I hope to be invited back again some time. How would they dress up for my upcoming book, Proof of Life, which is the sequel to What She Saw.

What She Saw, a young woman with amnesia. Imagine waking up on a train and realizing that you don’t know who you are, where you are going. or where you came from. Furthermore, something tells you that you can’t call the cops.

Book Clubs

If you have a book club and would like a visit, contact me  If your club is too far for me to drive, I’m happy to show up via Zoom or Skype.

Dead Write is book number three

Available in: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook

Dead WriteDead Write is book number three in the Forensic Handwriting psychological suspense series. For several years, I worked for a high-priced dating service, analyzing handwriting of the members. That’s where I got the idea for this book. Not that there were murders going on in the real-life service, of course (at least, as far as I know…).

In Dead Write, at the behest of an eccentric new client, Claudia Rose flies east to New York. Meanwhile, at home, according to Annabelle Giordano, Claudia’s young friend, Joel Jovanic’s new partner appears to have designs on him. Nothing like wondering what your partner is up to while you are across the country. Can Claudia trust him?

Dead Write

Dating can be dangerous, so clients who can afford the services of eccentric Russian “baroness”, Grusha Olinetsky, are willing to pay the hundred thousand dollar fee she charges for an introduction to their perfect mate. Claudia gets involved when Olinetsky hires her to come to Manhattan and uncover apparent screwups made by her nemesis. The assignment puts her at odds with her romantic partner, Detective Joel Jovanic, who suspects that Grusha herself is trouble. Drawn into the feckless lives of the rich and single, Claudia delves into a twisted world of love and lies fueled by desperation. But desperate enough to kill? Clues in the suspects’ handwriting might help Claudia save Grusha’s already dubious reputation before the names of more victims are scribbled into someone’s little black book.

Here’s what readers say

  • The characters are engaging the story moves at a quick pace. I look forward to the next book in this series. Beatrice
  • This book had me on the edge of my seat through out the book. This author has never disappointed me with this series. Tammy
  • I love how she educates and entertains using her talented skills as a handwriting analyst. This book keeps you guessing right up to the end. Jessie

Dead Write forensic suspense is waiting for you.

New Audiobook

Outside the LinesNew audiobook released!

Outside the Lines is the latest audiobook released in the Forensic Handwriting suspense series. We’ve been working backwards through the series and now, all but Poison Pen, the first book, are available through Audible. You can download this and others free with a trial membership at Audible.com or email sheila@sheilalowe.com. I may have a free code to give you.

Narrator Anna Crowe is a delight to work with. Her voice is like warm syrup. She takes on the challenging British accents that are an important part of this book and brought the story, and Claudia Rose, to life. This is her second narration for my series after Written Off came out earlier this year.

New Cover

Why are two different covers shown here? The fact is, after several years on the market, we thought the book could use a refresh. I conducted on my Facebook page And since much of it occurs in the UK, the Big Ben cover won. It was close, though. Here’s the other choice people voted for (it’s a mockup, so a final product would be sharper: OtL staircase

In Outside the Lines, what should have been a routine afternoon on the witness stand for forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose turns into a shocking assault that leaves her traumatized. A few weeks later, the getaway trip to the UK intended to help her recover, instead lands her in trouble with the FBI, New Scotland Yard, and her fiancé, LAPD Detective Joel Jovanic. Jovanic’s homicide case has followed Claudia to London where she finds herself unexpectedly allied with the chief suspect.

Audiobooks have become immensely popular as people spend more time in their cars. They are a wonderful way for uber-busy people to listen to a story while they’re busy doing something else. I like to listen while I’m doing eating or doing chores–makes them go faster.