March 4 2017

Help! Cover decision and book blurb for THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS #amwriting #writerslife

This is one of those books that I’ve been working on for like EVER, but I’m finally ready to give it wings…I’m getting ready to load it to Kindle Scout. It’s with copy editor, so hoping in the next month. But, I’m not sure which cover I should go with…and I think the blurb sucks…so, bring on the comments! What cover? And does the blurb make you want to read the book? Feel free to make suggestions on the blurb. I can write these for other people, but never for myself!

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The last two years have been hell for Detective Shane Rogers. First, his wife is killed in a car accident. A year later, his son’s rare heart condition takes a turn for the worse, forcing Shane to go on administrative duty. But now that his son is thriving after a successful heart transplant, Shane decides it’s time for him to go back to homicide. His first day on the job, he’s assigned to the gruesome murder of a congressman’s fourteen-year-old daughter. He knew it was going to be a tough case when the killer had removed the girl’s eyes.
Special Agent Kara Martin has spent the last thirteen years doing whatever she could to forget everything about her hometown… where her parents had been murdered. She thought she could avoid Rochester, but when a congressman’s daughter is murdered she finds herself not only back in a place she said she’d never return, but working with a man she thought she’d never see again. A man she once loved… until she broke his heart.
Shane and Kara are thrust together in one of the toughest cases their careers and in the background their past taunts them.
As they begin to come to terms with the past, the bodies pile up. With each new murder, the killer takes a different organ that is commonly harvested. An organ they had received in the form of a transplant.
And now Shane’s son has been kidnapped…
February 12 2017

More Forensics and Fiction by DP Lyle, MD…the things I read for FUN!

While I write romantic suspense (which some of them are a little heavier on the romance than the suspense) I have a bit of a morbid curiosity. While Researching for THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS, a novel I’m shopping around to agents and editors, I needed to understand how bodies decade…yep. So I did some research on-line, but also turned to DP Lyle, MD, a fabulous writer I met years ago at Thrillerfest who has some really great books for writers and found out what I needed to know…and more.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-11-40-09-amThen I pulled out one of his books titled MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION: Crime Writers’ Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered. He had me at Morbidly…

I love how the book is set up and in the Table of Contents are all the questions that are answered, so you can quickly read through those and then flip to the one you need answers to. Just a couple of questions that caught my attention are:

Can injected Alcohol kill an already intoxicated person?

Will snake venom injected into fruit cause death? (I need to use that one!)

Can stored blood be used to fake a death?

What cause of death is difficult to determine at autopsy?

Could DNA from spontaneously combusted vampire reveal their age? (Love that one!)

And so many more. Even if you’re not looking for something specific, just reading parts of this books can spark a million different ideas! I highly recommend it!

Read on people….

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