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  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Elizabeth Sims proves herself a true writer's friend."

    —Jamie Morris, Director, Woodstream Writers
  • The Actress

    "Sims' wry commentary on life in Hollywood is dead-on."

    Publishers Weekly
  • The Extra

    "an intelligent thriller."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • On Location

    "You just have to love Rita."

    Kirkus Reviews
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Packs a twelve-week writing course into 280 pages."

    —Julie Compton, author of Keep No Secrets
  • The Actress

    "Intricate and surprising, this is a gripping read."

    —Kristine Huntley Booklist
  • The Extra

    "The two leads, Rita and George, are engaging and believable."

    —Hallie Ephron Boston Globe
  • On Location

    "Sims orchestrates the action—and occasional comic relief—for maximum impact."

    Publishers Weekly
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "The spark of inspiration to get started writing a book."

    —Hallie Ephron, award-winning author
  • The Actress

    "A page-turner from stem to stern!"

    Kirkus Reviews
  • The Extra

    "Goes down easy, like a perfect cup of coffee."

    Crimespree Magazine
  • On Location

    "A fast-paced, atmospheric mystery. Sims shines."

    —Melinda Bargreen The Seattle Times
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "The approach is always positive and well worth the price of admission"

    —Ellen Hart, award-winning author
  • The Actress

    "The fascination will keep you up late."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • The Extra

    "An engaging thriller."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • On Location

    "As smart as it is compelling."

    —Michele Leber Booklist
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "It doesn't have the arrogant undertone found in other writing books."

    —The Book Depository
  • The Actress

    "Sims has a well-plotted and engaging winner here."

    —Melinda Bargreen The Seattle Times
  • The Extra

    "...and a lost beagle."

    Kirkus Reviews
  • On Location

    "Heart-pounding and page-turning."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "In-depth, comprehensive and witty, but never complicated."

    —the office of LETTERS AND LIGHT
  • The Actress

    "Exhilarating! Elizabeth Sims provides a fascinating tale."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • The Extra

    "Brisk prose, facile storytelling, engaging characters."

    —Michele Leber Booklist
  • On Location

    "Rita's best role to date."

    —Lynne F. Maxwell Mystery Scene
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "I found great little gems of advice."

    —L.J. Sellers, bestselling mystery author
  • The Actress

    "Rita is a strong and believable voice."

    —Roberta Alexander The Mercury News
  • The Extra

    "A perfect blend of mystery, comedy and romance."

    —Rosa St.Claire Miami Books Examiner
  • On Location

    "A fabulous novel."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Encouraging, practical and witty."

    —Gesa Kirsch, Ph.D., Professor of English, Bentley University
  • The Actress

    "A veteran mystery writer with a crackerjack tale."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Extra


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book group guide

The Extra is Rita Farmer Mystery #2



These questions don't have right or wrong answers—they're just things to think over and have fun with in your group discussion.


  1. Should Rita allow Petey to get a dog?

  2. Is Rita generous or a push-over to let Gina share her apartment?

  3. People who feel they can't call the police for help can be terribly vulnerable. What should they do?

  4. Have you ever witnessed a violent crime? Did you get involved?

  5. Is Amaryllis harsh not to give people more than one chance?

  6. Would it be better if street people with mental illness were involuntarily hospitalized? Should they be forced to take their medications?

  7. If you were Amaryllis what's the first thing you'd do with Khani's donation?

  8. Do Rita and George Rowe make a good team?

  9. Forgiveness can be very hard if the offense was terrible. How long do you hold a grudge?

  10. Have you ever wished you could change your appearance and pass as a very different person?

  11. Is Diane Keever a good person or a bad person?

  12. Was The Extra as exciting as The Actress? Was it funnier? More thought provoking?

Questions developed by The Logical Woman for ElizabethSims.com.


Book Group Dessert Suggestion

From The Extra: Peanut Butter Cookies served at the ABC Mission.


Amaryllis B. Cubitt's Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe


A Note to Book Groups

IN PERSON
Elizabeth loves meeting with book groups. If your group would like to have her for a visit, let her know. She now lives in Florida and sometimes travels across the country, so who knows, maybe she could coordinate a visit to your group with other travel. (She does not charge for meeting with groups reading her fiction.)

BY PHONE
Elizabeth has "attended" book groups by speaker phone. If you'd like to arrange a phone call for your group email Elizabeth to request a date and time.


Email Elizabeth: esims@elizabethsims.com

BOOK GROUP GUIDES:

    The Rita Farmer Mysteries

  1. The Actress
  2. The Extra
  3. On Location

    The Lillian Byrd Crime Series

  1. Holy Hell
  2. Damn Straight
  3. Lucky Stiff
  4. Easy Street


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