Violet Miracle by Christina Li was one of those temporary freebies on PixelsofInk. The first thing I noticed was that the writing was very
clunky. Well, hey, I think she's a fairly new author. But then there's the plot.
Our Heroine (OH) is a semi-successful author of e-books. Mary Sue, anyone? Then a couple chapters in, OH decides to start a new series. About an author who stumbles onto mysteries. So we have an author writing a story about an author who is writing a story about an author. Fortunately it didn't extend the chain any further, but maybe that was because it was just a novella.
Naturally, because OH is writing a mystery, she stumbles upon a mystery that bears striking resemblance to the one she is writing. The solution is similar too, except that it happens off-stage during the almost-year OH spends away from the place where all the action is happening.
And what is she doing all that time? OH took a break from the mystery series to write a little heartfelt book that is so amazingly wonderful and inspiring that it is picked up by a print book company for megabucks and she has to go on a publicity tour.
During which, she finally reunites with the Hero (and learns how her real-life mystery ended) and they all live happily ever after.