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New Release Mondays: Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar

Author Name: Jennifer Soosar

Book Title: Parent Teacher Association

Book Genre: Psychological suspense

Release Date:  June 24, 2017

Synopsis: Fresh out of a mental hospital, Lizanne Demeter is thrilled when she’s hired as a schoolteacher in a backwater town.

But hopes for a peaceful life are ruined when ‘helicopter mom’ Naomi pushes Lizanne to the brink.

As Lizanne unravels the secret behind Naomi’s agenda, deadly clues emerge.

With her life teetering on chaos, Lizanne risks everything to expose the truth. But first, she must prove herself a more dedicated teacher than anyone dared imagine—the kind who makes ALL the difference.

Excerpt: There hadn’t been a letter back from Clint in a while. The window of time between previous back-and-forth letters had passed. And then some.

Lizanne knew she needed patience with the prison system, and the speed at which mail travelled within it, but she couldn’t help feel more and more anxious each day nothing arrived from him. There should have been something by now. It wasn’t unreasonable to expect something, in this long time.

All she wanted was a fresh letter from Clint to luxuriate in. Confirmation that her romance was growing—expanding—and that he still needed and loved her. Lizanne Demeter needed it now desperately.

What if he didn’t like the tattoo?

Had she gone too far with that? Had it scared him off?

Yes, it was a bit crazy, a bit impulsive. But it was romantic, too. Plus, he had wanted a gesture, had asked for one and left the door open to interpretation. No, the Clint’s Girl tattoo couldn’t be the reason he hadn’t written back yet.

What if some other woman is writing to him? What if he’s busy with her? Falling in love with her?

Then Lizanne logged onto Clint’s profile on LockUpLink.com. Mother of pearl, it was still up! Even though they were a couple, he hadn’t bothered to take his listing down. Anybody could still write to him—any woman out there in the whole world!

Maybe he has no control of it. Just ask him nicely to take it down next time he gets computer privileges. He’ll understand. He will.

But would he? The relationship was still young. What if he got offended at being told what to do? Men didn’t like that. But the profile needed to be removed. It wasn’t an unreasonable request. They were boyfriend/girlfriend—they were in love.

It was of utmost importance to Lizanne that she maintain her position of control here. Clint Hubert was a gorgeous, intelligent, decent man—a prize catch—and any dumb skank trolling the LockUpLink website would recognize that for herself.

No, no, no, no, no. This needed to be rectified immediately.

About the author: Jennifer Soosar watched too much America’s Most Wanted’ growing up and has been writing about shady characters ever since. She was born and raised in Toronto and has a degree in anthropology. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. To find out more about Jennifer and her writing projects visit her website www.JenniferSoosar.com

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New Release Mondays: The Hatbox Murders by Jennifer Berg

Author Name: Jennifer Berg

Book Title: The Hatbox Murders

Book Genre: Historical mystery

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Synopsis: Seattle, 1956. Inspector Riggs doesn’t believe in “women’s intuition.” But when a sharp stenographer keeps insisting that her friend’s death was no accident, Riggs agrees to have another look. The more he investigates, the more he realizes the dead heiress was leading a mysterious double life. His former partner, Victoria, agrees to go undercover, but when the murderer strikes again, Victoria will have to play a leading role in order to catch the killer.

Excerpt:  Riggs raised his eyebrow. “So, how long had you known her?”

Sylvester gulped down a bite of meatloaf. “About ten months. I met her at the Blue Bay Tavern. She was new in town and I bought her a beer. By the end of the night, she gave me her telephone number, Eastlake 243.”

Riggs poured some milk in his coffee. “What did you argue about that night?”

“I don’t know,” Sylvester groaned. “Ruby was short on cash, as usual, and she was all excited about this crazy scheme to come up with some dough. It was something to do with her friend, Ann Marie.”

“What was her plan?”

“I told you, I don’t know! Ruby was always inventing crazy stupid plans.

Something with her friend, or she was going to be able to use her friend to pull it off. Ah,

I don’t know, I don’t listen to that sort of junk. I’d already had a couple beers and I wasn’t paying attention. I told her if she was hard up for cash, she should just go ask her rich uncle.”

“Is that when she left?”

“Yeah, I guess so. Maybe. She told me I could go to hell, and she grabbed her purse and left.” He looked down and whispered, “I never saw her after that.”

“You stayed in the bar?”

Sylvester leered at Riggs. “Yeah, I stayed in bar. I ordered another beer if you want to know. And another one after that, and if you don’t believe me, you can go ask the bartender ’cause he was there all night. He can tell you that I stayed ‘til closing. So I couldn’t possibly have killed Ruby Pike.”

Riggs sipped his coffee and said, “Mr. Finnegan, Roberta Pike committed suicide.”

About the author: Jennifer Berg grew up on a small peninsula on Puget Sound where she dug for clams, built her own rafts and camped in a tree house, a tool shed, and a teepee. She attended the University of Washington where she majored in History. When she’s not concocting new mysteries, Jennifer spends her time painting watercolors, gardening herbs and succulents, and knitting odd creations. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and their Appenzeller Sennenhund. Visit Jennifer at https://jenniferberg.me/

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New Release Mondays: Aftermath by Marilynn Larew

Author Name: Marilynn Larew

Book Title: Aftermath

 Book Genre: Thriller

Release Date: Feb. 17, 2017

Synopsis: It’s February, and Baltimore PI Anne Carter has a lot of work. EMT Charlie Magee says somebody is trying to kill him. Because he found a man on Hollins Street? And Vivian Rowlandson, whose husband Glenn, a retired lieutenant colonel of Special Forces, has disappeared, and she fears he may be having a blackout. Plus somebody’s trying to kill her, but she knows who that is.

 Excerpt: Mother! Jack wants to get married!”

Elizabeth’s message on the answering machine sounded increasingly anguished after the tenth repeat. Didn’t she know I had been out of town? Wasn’t it enough that I had spent the last twelve hours being very polite to a suspicious Philadelphia cop? That is bad enough to cause permanent colic; I do not have to practice marriage counseling at midnight as well. I fast-forwarded over Elizabeth and heard Jack’s voice.

“Pay no attention to her, Annie. We’ll work it out. You may hear from a buddy of mine from Viet Nam named . . .”

The doorbell shrilled over Jack’s exasperated voice.

“. . . Charlie Magee. He thinks somebody’s . . .”

The doorbell shrilled again insistently. . . trying to kill him. I told him you’d give him a price.”

Maybe if I turned off the light and crept up the stairs whoever it was would go away. I turned off the light, and the bell shrilled again. I was halfway up the steps when I heard a car backfire. Whoever it was quit ringing the bell and began to pound on the door. I slipped the 9 mm automatic out of its holster and went back down the steps cautiously. I looked at the silhouette on the glass in the top half of the door. It was a man, tall and slender. He heard the car return before I did and flattened himself against the area wall. A neat hole appeared in the glass just where his shoulders had been and not a whole hell of a distance from where my head currently was.

Bio: Marilynn Larew is a retired historian who taught for many years in the University System of Maryland. Besides American history, she taught the history of the Vietnamese war and the history of terrorism, topics she uses in her writing. She lives in southern Pennsylvania in a 200-year-old brick farmhouse with her husband Karl. She has also written The Spider Catchers and Dead in Dubai.

She belongs to the Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and the Chinese Military History Society. Find her at www.marilynnlarew.com

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New Release Mondays: No Rest for the Wicked by Martha Reed

Author Name: Martha Reed

Book Title: NO REST FOR THE WICKED – A John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery (Book 3)

Book Genre: Traditional Mystery

Release Date: February 23, 2017

Synopsis: When state archaeologists lift the lid on a suspicious steamer trunk buried in Nantucket’s landfill, Detective John Jarad’s world explodes. DNA holds the key to the island’s most notorious cold case crime, the Baby Alice Spenser kidnapping of 1921. Myriad family scandals emerge from the Spenser’s privileged and gilded past. Modern day events flare white-hot when a copycat kidnapper snatches a second child.

Excerpt: The fog had burned off at dawn, and the bright mid-morning sunlight streamed through the library’s mullioned windows. John was surprised to see that several of the cracked diamond-shaped panes had been mended with Scotch tape so old the vintage tape had yellowed. He resisted the urge to pick it off.

Moorhaven was a beehive of tension and forced inactivity. Jamison had cleared an antique partner’s desk to use as their command center. Extension cords snaked across the floor from every overburdened wall socket, powering their laptops, tablets, and phone chargers. A plastic drip coffeemaker sat on top of a mahogany lowboy chest of drawers pressed up against one wall. An hour ago, Jamison had glided in on silent feet to deposit a Nantucket basket filled with warm cranberry-orange muffins. Paper wrappers and buttery crumbs littered the desk. It seemed odd to John now, after learning about Moorhaven’s history that Jamison was the only staff member left in a house that used to hold dozens.

John felt wound up tighter than a clock. He shook out his hands to release the tension. The initial adrenaline rush from the kidnapper’s text message had evaporated, replaced by the steady hyper-awareness of a developing and active case. Addison had texted back confirmation that he had received the ransom message. Now they were waiting on a return response from Libby Spenser’s captors. John knew that suspense and delay were two psychological tactics criminals used in their toolkit, but knowing that didn’t help to curb his restlessness. He started to pace.

“Patience, Detective Jarad.” Chief Nunn looked up from her laptop. Her dark eyes glittered from under her half-closed lids. “I’ve been through this before, twice. It’s a waiting game. They’re working our nerves on purpose.”

About the author: Martha Reed is the author of the award-winning John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery series. Book 1, THE CHOKING GAME, was a 2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion nominee for Best Traditional Mystery. THE NATURE OF THE GRAVE, Book 2, won an Independent Publisher (IPPY) Honorable Mention for Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Fiction. Book 3, NO REST FOR THE WICKED launched in February of 2017. Martha recently completed a four-year term as the National Chapter Liaison for Sisters in Crime, Inc. Visit her web site www.reedmenow.com for more detail. You can also follow her antics on Facebook or on Twitter@ReedMartha.

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New Release Mondays: I Wish You Missed Me by Bonnie Hearn Hill

Author Name: Bonnie Hearn Hill

Book Title: I Wish You Missed Me

Book Genre: Suspense

Release Date: April 1, 2017

Synopsis: Farley Black, Kit Doyle’s former radio co-host, is missing. When Kit and her friend, former street person Virgie Logan, head north to California’s redwood country in search of the truth, a series of menacing incidents convinces Kit that she’s being watched. Someone is tracking her every move. As her unknown pursuer grows bolder and more reckless, Kit realizes she isn’t just looking for Farley – but running from a killer.

Excerpt: Megan puts on the large, white-framed sunglasses, even though it’s starting to get dark out. The dress Will insisted she wear is too low cut for an evening in a pub and too sexy, even for her. She ties his red bandana around her neck and makes a double knot, turning it into kind of a cowboy kerchief.

‘You ready yet?’ Will calls from outside the cabin. Then he walks inside and his boots squeak to a stop on the wood floor when he sees her. ‘Nice.’ He circles her slowly and then stops so they are eye to eye. ‘Very nice. But take your hair down, will you?’

‘I thought a ballerina bun would look better with this dress.’

‘You’re not paid to think.’ He grins and swats her on the ass. ‘Come on, beautiful. Time’s a-wasting.’

She shakes out her hair, pulls it behind her ears and over one shoulder. The cracked bathroom mirror makes her look as if she has five eyes. Megan blinks all of them and says, ‘Let’s go.’

He’s promised this will be the last one and she believes him. Will is many things but not a liar. Not to her, anyway.

They pause at the top of the stairs and the sound of the creek in back, combined with the redwood scent of the deck after a morning of rain, reminds her why she came here with him and why she stays. Not that she needs reminders.

‘What are you thinking?’ he asks.

Just like that, she remembers something. ‘I was supposed to help Priscilla and the other women make blueberry jam tonight.’

‘Like she will care if you don’t show up?’ He starts down the stairs. ‘Priscilla. Michael. I’ll never figure out these people.’

‘Good people,’ she reminds him. ‘They took us in with no questions.’

About the author: This is the third in the Kit Doyle series and Bonnie Hearn Hill’s seventeenth novel. A California native, Bonnie is passionate about how conflict changes us and both allows and forces us to discover new truths about ourselves. A mentor to numerous writers, Bonnie has appeared on a Central California television stations’s book segment for fourteen years. www.bonniehhill.com

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New Release Mondays: Barn Shadows by Laura Wolfe

Author Name: Laura Wolfe

Book Title: Barn Shadows (Dark Horse, Book Two)

Book Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Release Date: March 14, 2017

Synopsis: A year after her tumultuous exit from the prestigious Foxwoode Riding Academy, Brynlei returns determined to win Foxwoode’s Top Rider Award. When she accidentally unearths an antique doll, a series of inexplicable occurrences force her to question whether her condition as a “Highly-Sensitive Person” is to blame or if something more sinister is at play. Could a decades-old tragedy and the dangerous happenings at Foxwoode be more closely entwined than she ever imagined?

Excerpt: A jolt of anxiety rushed through her as she held the doll, her chest heavy. She gulped back a feeling of overwhelming sadness. Who used to love this doll? How long had it been buried underground? Surely it had been special to someone. The abandoned toy seemed to have an energy all its own. Although it was silly, Brynlei felt as if she had saved it from something. If she hadn’t tripped on its hand, the forgotten doll might have been lost forever under the cement foundation of the new barn.

“Looks like an antique.” Brynlei brushed more dirt off of the dress, the fabric so thin in spots that she could almost see through it. Rebecca had a knack for finding discarded items at garage sales and later selling them on eBay for hundreds of dollars. This doll could be worth something, especially if she restored it.

“Dolls creep me out.” Anna took a step back. “Get that thing away from me.”

“How old do you think it is?” Brynlei ran her fingers over the molded hair. “1920s or ‘30s?”

“Dude. I have no idea, but she looks like she’s seen better days.”

The sound of laughter and chattering erupted from around the bend. Brynlei hid the doll between her arm and her body, darting to the safe side of the construction tape. She didn’t want to explain her rare find to anyone else. Anna bolted after her and they resumed their journey toward Cabin 5. They passed the wiry construction foreman and the heavy-set driver of the bulldozer who now sat on a bench eating egg sandwiches, nodding at the girls as they passed.

“Don’t tell me you’re keeping that thing,” Anna said when they were a safe distance away.

“I’m going to fix it up when I get home and sell it on eBay.” Brynlei squeezed the doll against her chest. “Rebecca makes money selling antiques all the time.”

“Okay. As long as you don’t sleep with it—that’s where I draw the line.”

Brynlei laughed. “Relax. I’m going to hide her in my suitcase. You’ll never see her again.”

 About the author: Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets (Dark Horse, Book 1), was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards—First Novel category. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the SCBWI. For more information, please visit: www.AuthorLauraWolfe.com.

 

 

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New Release Mondays: Border Run and Other Stories by Jennifer Leeper

Author Name: Jennifer Leeper

Book Title: Border Run and Other Stories

Book Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

Synopsis: This collection of 14 stories dives headfirst into self-exploration through varying degrees of loss, from two sisters, one widowed, once divorced, who must find their way off a mountain South Korea at night as well as out of the darkness of their relationship with one another, to a boy who has lost his abuela and takes her final request to carefully distribute her house-sized hoard of shoes more seriously than the rest of his family.

Excerpt:  Wolf had grown up along Fremont, shepherded by the pimps, prostitutes and casino bosses who were the unorthodox clan of his mother, who in those days was the highest paid, bauble-eared and breasted, sequin-gowned call girl in all of Vegas, her doll-blank face above a sequined gown that barely contained her breasts. Her long hair was nearly black and her eyes flowering violets. She was tall, like her only child. At nearly six feet she was a pronounced exclamation of beauty and seduction. But this kind of beauty makes beasts of some men. Wolf’s father, Harper Grint, occasional Vegas interloper from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, was found next to Camille in her apartment, with their brains scattered by two bullets propelled by Harper’s jealousy.

A seventeen-year-old Wolf discovered his parents on a particularly bitter January afternoon. After that he was on-and-off the streets, in-and-out of prison, guilty of petty crimes unworthy of mention.

Wolf came to know every crease and contour of the city spat up by Beelzebub; where more than sixty years ago, Wolf Grint cut his baby teeth on the compressed clay of casino chips.

He was more knowledgeable than the pawn merchants, concierges, taxi drivers, and the savant-like hustlers who had cracked the code of every card table. Wolf walked down Fremont Street and saw the rarest of all Nevada desert creatures, the retired mobster who had survived to see an earthly afterlife of hardened arteries and bland food.

About the author: Jennifer Leeper is an award-winning fiction author who’s publications credits include Independent Ink Magazine, Notes Magazine, The Stone Hobo, Poiesis, Every Day Fiction, Aphelion Webzine, Heater magazine, Cowboy Jamboree, The New Engagement, and The Liguorian. She has had works published by J. Burrage Publications, Hen House Press, Alternating Current Press, Barking Rain Press, Whispering Prairie Press, and Spider Road Press. Find out more about Jennifer on her website.

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New Release Mondays: A Short Time to Die by Susan Alice Bickford

Author Name: Susan Alice Bickford

Book Title: A SHORT TIME TO DIE

Book Genre: Crime / Suspense

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Synopsis: Walking home on a foggy night, Marly Shaw stops in the glare of approaching headlights. Two men step out of a pickup truck. One of them is her stepfather. A sudden, desperate chase erupts in gunshots. Both men are left dead. And a terrified girl is on the run—for the rest of her life . . .

Excerpt: Marly Shaw peered into the night fog that crept in and settled around the Rock. She could see no sign of her stepfather’s truck in the parking lot.

Charon Springs might be a tiny town, but as the only drinking establishment within ten or more miles in any direction, the Rock easily qualified as its most thriving business. Pickled from the inside out by beer, booze, and nicotine, the sagging two-story structure oozed a sour stench that permeated the car, even with the windows closed.

“What do you want to do?” Claire asked.

Marly studied the mist outside, tinged alternating shades of red and blue by the blinking neon lights.

“I should drop you home,” Claire said with a sheepish glance at her passenger. “But we’re already late. I’m supposed to be home by ten thirty and it’s after eleven already. Straight to the dance, straight home.”

And no detours into Harris territory. In this town, nice people like Claire’s family avoided Marly’s family as much as possible.

“Not to worry,” Marly said. “Let me out down the road. It’s Friday night, so the bar is packed. He might have parked in the woods. If he’s not there, I can walk home. It’s not cold. Hard to believe it’s the end of October. Maybe global warming is a good thing for Central New York.”

“Yeah. A couple of times I had to trick-or-treat in a parka.”

“Kids these days have it easy,” Marly said. They both chuckled.

Marly rummaged in her large bag and pulled out a small flashlight and her tattered running shoes. She always came prepared to tramp across fields and down dirt roads, day or night.

“Great dance tonight,” Claire said. “I can’t believe we’ll never go to another Halloween Gala. Next year we’ll be in college.”

“Some of us will be.”

“You’re a really good student and everyone says you’ll do great. You might even get into one of the good New York state schools. That’s what my mom says.”

“Sure. Well, I hope so.”

About the author: Susan Alice Bickford was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Central New York. After she discovered computer graphics and animation her passion for technology pulled her to Silicon Valley, where she became an executive at a leading technology company. She now works as an independent consultant, and continues to be fascinated by all things high tech. She splits her time between Silicon Valley and Vermont. A Short Time to Die is her first novel. Find out more about Susan at www.susanalicebickford.com

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