Embracing Technology

Apr 11, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Lynn Chandler Willis

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win ebook copies of all 3 of Lynn’s mysteries-Tell Me No Lies, Tell Me No Secrets, and Tell Me You Love Me. We also have a links to order them from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL and Lynn has a special offer for the first book, details alos below.

Could you imagine going through the COVID-19 pandemic fifty years ago? Twenty years ago? How about ten years ago? Our ways of communication has greatly increased in just the last ten years. FaceTime went live June 7, 2010. We’ve all seen the commercials and the pictures of people, mainly kids, on their various handheld techno gadgets and rolled our eyes. How many times have you said, or wanted to say, “get off your phone and go outside!”

FaceTime Reading with Grandson Casey

Who would have guessed that technology would be the thread holding our families together right now? I started using FaceTime several weeks ago, long before we had heard about the coronavirus. One of my grandsons is having trouble with his reading so we started FaceTime reading sessions. Although my daughter and her family only live 5 minutes away, my grandson was super excited every night to read to Grandma. He’d read his little 2-grade books like a champ. Sometimes only a page or two, but more often than not, the whole book.

We’ve taken the FaceTime reading sessions a step further. There’s a chance my son’s family and my daughter’s family have been exposed through different sources so we’re not taking any chances. We’re all self-quarantined a couple miles apart. We’ve started daily catch-up sessions to stay connected. The grandkids still think the school “vacation” is kind of fun so they’re excited to tell me about their assignments. It’s comforting to see their smiling faces and know they’re fine. Check back in a few weeks and we’ll see if the excitement is sustainable.

Another aspect of technology I’ve embraced is the Zoom meeting. Several times a month, I usually meet for coffee and some in depth writing time with fellow authors. We’d meet at the local coffee shop and over copious amounts of coffee talk plots, characters, and all things writing. Well, since the coffee shop is closed because of the virus, we were feeling the isolation of social distancing. So, we zoomed a virtual coffee meet-up. We spent over an hour laughing, chatting, and crying on one another’s shoulder about writing, our families, and this virus. We each had our own cup of coffee in our own private spaces, together.

Virtual coffee date with friends Micki Bare and Karen Fritz

Technology has kept me connected and I’m thankful for it. Especially right now. I’m also embracing ebooks. I’ve always had a full Kindle but many authors and publishers are putting lots of books on sale right now. I’m buying daily. With my own series, The Ava Logan Mystery Series, the first book is now on sale. Maybe now is your time to connect?

Tell Me No Lies: Ava Logan, single mother and small business owner, lives deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where poverty and pride reign. As publisher of the town newspaper, she’s busy balancing election season stories and a rash of ginseng thieves.
And then the story gets personal.
After her friend is murdered, Ava digs for the truth all the while juggling her two teenage children, her friend’s orphaned toddler, and her own muddied past.
Faced with threats against those closest to her, Ava must find the killer before she, or someone she loves, ends up dead.

To enter to win ebook copies of all 3 of Lynn’s books in this series, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “tell me,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 18, 2020. U.S. residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Lynn Chandler Willis was the first woman in a decade to win the 2013 St. Martin’s Press/PWA Best 1st P.I. Novel. She is a Shamus Award finalist and Grace Award winner. She lives in North Carolina with her loving border Collie, Finn, and an indifferent feline calico named Jingles. Visit her website at lynnchandlerwilis.com, or drop by her Facebook Author page.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.



  1. Interesting column! Count me in the drawing!

    • You’re in!

    • You’re in!

  2. I’m embracing technology – I
    just ordered a Nook. I’m not
    that computer-literate but I
    try. These sound like interesting
    reads. thanks for sharing

    • A nook is a start!

  3. I am not familiar with Lynn Chandler Willis and her books so this would be a great chance to become acquainted with her style of writing. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Glad to meet you!

  4. We have a winner!


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