A lover of art and storytelling since grade school, I opened one of my favorite books one day and wondered if I could ever write half as well as Dean Koontz or Minette Walters or Steven King. How did they create such intricate plots?
When my first suspense thriller Bitch Factor was published, fans and critics praised it, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Library Journal, The Plain Dealer-Cleveland, and the San Antonio Express News. Romantic Times magazine gave it four-and-a-half stars. Rage Factor, Chill Factor and Slice of Life followed further exploits of Texas bounty hunterDixie Flannigan.
The truth is, mystery and suspense novels have always intrigued me, but I also enjoy romance, science-fiction, horror and fantasy, as well as the occasional mainstream novel. And I love short stories, so I started the Death Edge anthologies. While my literary niche is usually dark and gritty with an occasional humorous twist, I also enjoy traditional mysteries, and my most recent novel features a retired bank auditor who gets roped into investigating a murder in his small Texas community. All my books are available at Amazon.com
When a friend of innkeeper Roxanna Larkspur, and a current guest at the inn, is discovered strangled in bed, Booker Krane wants to assist in finding the killer. But Lorraine, the victim, is daughter to a former Texas senator, still a powerful force in Austin. Masonville’s mayor instructs both Booker and the sheriff to butt out, preferring to have her own police chief investigate.
Police Chief Josephine Zanders has no experience in solving a murder case, so she deputizes Booker as an “Ancillary Homicide Investigator.” Cool. Booker now has her authority to follow the trail all the way to Austin, where the plot definitely thickens. Lorraine was a talented artist with an important contract pending. She also was an investor in a pair of Austin businesses. Yet she left Austin abruptly and hasn’t been in contact with anyone.
Back in Masonville, Lorraine’s insomnia and her habit of walking the streets at night, talking easily to complete strangers, makes identifying her killer close to impossible. It might even have been a trucker traveling one of the highways that insect at the small town. Declaring the case fully investigated, Mayor Garrett hands it off to the state police.
Booker’s unrelenting curiosity, however, won’t let go. And his curiosity almost gets him killed.
Captain Cord McKinzey, a pirate cursed in 1716 for doing a good deed, now operates his schooner, the Sarah Jane, as a cruise ship. Doomed to remain virtually ship-bound and within the Caribbean waters, Cord, 34, has reinvented himself and his ship many times over these near 300 years.
Though long despaired of every breaking his curse, he often becomes entwined in solving similar problems for his passengers, problems that require extraordinary solutions. When his new Jamaican first mate, Ayanna, confesses she has been cursed by a Bokor, Cord agrees to help her locate a powerful shaman.
The Bokor’s plan is more heinous and far-reaching than anyone suspects. The lovely Ayanna fails to mention that her mind and body are changing, taking new form as a large reptile. Even with the help of a psychic passenger, Cord may lose the people he cares for, as well as his ship, the only square footage on land or sea where pain is not his constant companion.
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In her 4th Death Edge anthology, Chris Rogers visits a previous investigation team, serves up a new collection of wickedly entertaining characters, and debuts an amusingly devious story by author Chuck Brownman.
Readers who enjoy the darker side of humor, and life on the shadow’s edge, will find this collection wickedly entertaining. (more…)
In her third deliciously terrifying anthology, Chris Rogers sets loose a crafty bunch of characters – the good, the bad, and the horrible – explicitly for your entertainment. Readers who enjoy exploring the shadows lurking at the edge of ordinary life will be captivated by the wicked humor and evil doings withing these pages. You’ll finish the book hungry for more. (more…)
From the opening paragraph to the final sentence, your story progresses as a string of units, each connected with the next through causal relationships. In other words, this happened then that happened is okay, but this happened because that happened is infinitely better. (more…)
Life on a lake is just the ticket, Booker Krane figures. After recovering from a bullet wound that carved up his chest and opened a hole in his confidence, he’s had enough of big-city fraud investigation. He wants a quiet life.
Then his one-eyed dog drags a body from the lake and lays it at his feet. The sheriff wants his help, his neighbors are all suspects, and the more Booker learns about the victim, the more he realizes that Chuck Fowler was one wicked son-of-a-gun who deserved to die. (more…)
A reader picks up a book to become engage, intrigued, entertained. When that fails to happen, the unhappy, unengaged reader tosses that book and picks up another.
Ramp Up Story Tension 3 Easy Ways presents writers with the tools to keep a reader virtually glued to a book, unable to put down until the end. Using these clearly defined tools, any writer can create a more exciting story. (more…)
Some writers love plotting, some hate it. Some writers plot their story to the end in incremental detail, while others prefer to work “organically,” letting the story unfold on the page as it unfolds in their mind.
Even a memoir or autobiography needs plot to make it interesting to read. Plot defines where you’ll spend more words dramatizing a part and where you’ll summarize. (more…)
Great characters quickly take on a life. If an author is truly tuned in, that character is like a friend – or an enemy – someone you want to know better anyway.
Emissary Ruell became a reality for me early on. His unique view of Humans often makes me smile.That’s why I had to know more about his life before he came to Earth.
Writing this short story filled in some interesting gaps in my understanding of his struggle. You won’t meet Longshadow or President Hale in this story, but you’ll get to know Ruell’s mentor, Kralaill.
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On a desperate mission to save his entire race from extinction, Emissary Ruell travels to Earth equipped with his two most powerful bargaining currencies–health and longevity–hoping to convince the most powerful leader in the free world that collaboration can save both of their civilizations. Having no way to communicate directly with Humans, Ruell must inhabit President Addison Hale’s body to carry out his mission. He quickly discovers, however, that Humans are more complex and volatile than anticipated. (more…)