New Release Mondays: The Inheritance by Jacqueline Seewald

Author Name: Jacqueline Seewald

Book Title: The Inheritance

Book Genre: Romantic Mystery

Release Date: December 1, 2016

Synopsis: Jennifer Stoddard, a thirty-five-year-old widow with an eight-year-old son, receives a surprising letter which will change her life. Jennifer’s grandmother has passed away and named Jen as sole heir to her estate. To claim her inheritance she must return to Bloomingvale, the town in the Midwest where she grew up. Jen is informed by her grandmother’s attorney that to inherit she must meet the condition of living in her grandmother’s house for two years. Since the estate is substantial, she agrees. However, there are those who will stop at nothing to make certain that Jennifer does not inherit.

Jennifer is forced to call on old flame Police Chief Grant Coleman for help and protection.

Excerpt: Late that afternoon as Jen left the house and started to drive away, a strange sound whizzed across the open front car windows from the driver’s side through the passenger side. She was startled by the sound. Her heart began to pound. Jen glanced over at the thicket of overgrown shrubs and trees to the side of the grounds that led back into woodlands. Had the sound been a bullet? If so, it had nearly hit her. Her hands shook on the driver’s wheel as she took off at high speed.

One block away she heard the police siren and saw the flashing lights. She groaned. Not again! He signaled with his hand, pointing his index finger for her to pull over. It was all she could do not to burst into tears.

Grant Coleman approached the car like a gunfighter in a spaghetti western. “I thought you learned something the first time,” he said. “Guess I was wrong. License and registration.” He held out his hand with a bored, impatient gesture.

“I have a very good reason for speeding.”

The smile was more of a smirk. The man was infuriating! “I’ve heard them all, but you can try.”

“As I left my grandmother’s house, a bullet passed through my car. I had the windows rolled down. So they weren’t broken, but it just missed hitting me.”

He stared at her. “Maybe it was a kid with a Beebe gun. Are you certain it was a bullet breezing by you? How familiar are you with weapons?”

“Not familiar at all, but I know what I heard.” Jen swallowed hard. “I think someone might have intended to shoot me.”

He let out a loud laugh. “In Bloomingvale? I doubt that very much.”

“So you’re not taking this seriously?” She folded her arms over her chest.

“Admit it. You’re just looking for an excuse to keep me from writing you another ticket.” His intense gray eyes bore into her like the steel blade of a dagger.

Jen raised her chin and stiffened her spine. “You are so wrong. Why don’t you check the area near the house, just to see if you can find anything.”

“Waste of time.” He leaned toward her and she felt his breath on her cheek which caused her to shiver. “Tell you what I will do though. I won’t write you a ticket this time because that’s the most creative excuse I’ve ever heard.”

“So glad I managed to amuse you,” she said.

Jen watched him drive off. He was probably still laughing, the sexy jerk. Several people had come out of their houses and were staring at her. Jen managed to restart her car and drove off before others gathered. She certainly didn’t want to make a spectacle of herself. Letting out a shaky breath, Jen wasn’t certain now if she’d really heard what she thought she had. A professional law enforcement officer didn’t think anything of it. She supposed it might have been nothing at all. Maybe it was a child with a Beebe gun as he suggested. But try as hard as she might, Jen couldn’t convince herself.

About the author: Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Seventeen of her books of fiction have been published to critical praise including books for adults, teens and children. THE INHERITANCE, a romantic mystery, is her latest novel. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies such as: THE WRITER, L.A. TIMES, READER’S DIGEST, PEDESTAL, SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE, OVER MY DEAD BODY!, GUMSHOE REVIEW, THE MYSTERY MEGAPACK, LIBRARY JOURNAL, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. She’s also an amateur landscape artist and enjoys listening to blue grass music. She loves hearing from readers. Her writer’s blog can be found at: http://jacquelineseewald.blogspot.com

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16 responses to “New Release Mondays: The Inheritance by Jacqueline Seewald

  1. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks to you Jacquie, I found out there was something called a cacheing problem with my website (basically old stuff would block new stuff). It was fixed by SiteLock, who do my security/firewall. Yay!

  2. Jacqueline Seewald

    I switched to Internet Explorer on my husband’s computer and got to read all the lovely comments. Thank you all!

  3. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Susan!

  4. Ah, love Midwestern stories.

  5. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Earl for stopping by. Jacquie is having difficulty reading the comments. Not sure why. Can you read the other comments?

  6. Sounds like another good one from you, Jacqueline. It has mystery, suspense, drama, and I suspect some romance with that infuriating but sexy jerk. Best wishes for many sales.

  7. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Susan! Jacquie is having computer problems and can’t seem to comment. We’re working on it.

  8. Susan Oleksiw

    Congratulations on your new book, Jacquie. I hope it does well.

  9. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for stopping by Sheri! Happy New Year!

  10. eightpawswriting

    Thanks for sharing, Judy! Congrats Jacqueline on another book. It sounds super and it is fun to read and support other BRP authors!

  11. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for stopping by Jude! Happy new year!

  12. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for stopping by Pamela! Happy New year!

  13. pamelasthibodeaux

    Great excerpt Jacquie
    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

  14. Enjoyed the excerpt. I will need to check out the book. Thank you.

  15. Judy Penz Sheluk

    You are more than welcome, Jacqueline. It’s on my TBR list. Your premise is very similar to mine in Skeletons in the Attic. Happy New Year to you!

  16. Jacqueline Seewald

    Judy,

    Thanks for spotlighting my new mystery novel! I hope readers will discover this book.

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