Friday, May 31, 2013

#WeWriWa It's Finally Here - STUTTER CREEK - Romantic Suspense from 5 Prince Publishing

Below are the first live links...Whoohoo! Now #Weekend Writing Warriors, scroll down for the last 8 lines EVER! and a few more incidentals.

In this snippet, a minor character named Janie has wheedled her folks into letting her go on her first date with a guy named Ray, and lo and behold, they have a flat.  After inspecting the tire, Ray gets back in the car and lights a cigarette.  Here's what happened next:

            Janie watched as he inhaled and exhaled lazily.  “Shouldn’t you be changing the tire?” she finally asked.
            Ray smiled and let the smoke curl out of his lips and upward into his nostrils before he spoke.  “Spare’s flat, too.”
            Janie felt a sinking sensation in the pit of her stomach.  Without thinking, she

opened the passenger door and stepped out into the night.  They were on some rural 

road south of Pine River.  She wasn’t really sure where they were.  

For those of you who have been following, you probably know there is a serial killer in the area . . . in fact, that is the tagline of the book!

Thanks for visiting with me and the characters of Stutter Creek each week.  Next time, I will begin to introduce characters from my next book, Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge.  

Afterthought: Hop on over to the #WeWriWa page and check out some more snippets!  Share the love!

“She went looking for an old flame and found a serial killer instead.”

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Release Day Press Kit:

Ann Swann is the author of All For Love, a contemporary love story published by 5 Prince Publishing.  She is the author of Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot, and Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student, tales of the supernatural.  She has also written numerous award winning short stories.  She lives in West Texas with her husband and their rescue pets.  She loves libraries and book stores and owns two different e-readers just for fun.  Her to-be-read list has taken on a life of its own.  She calls it Herman because it's such a Munster.

How to Contact Ann Swann:
Twitter: @ann_swann

EXCERPT of Stutter Creek:
Amanda Myers was making a conscious effort to keep her heavy foot off the Toyota’s gas pedal when she spied what appeared to be a small boy standing beside the road. An old fashioned newsboy cap nearly obscured his tiny face.
Mandy hit the brake and steered the Celica toward the gravel shoulder. With a practiced hand, she quickly texted her coworker, Myra, and asked her to concoct a cover story for her tardiness.
The kid had seemed very small in silhouette—maybe five or six years old—and no house or vehicle in sight.
When Myra texted back to say the boss was on the warpath, Mandy replied, “Well, just tell him I stopped to pick up a boy on the edge of town. That should really turn his face red!” It was an inside joke. Everyone knew when the boss’s face was red it was wise to give him a wide berth.
Myra sent back a row of question marks.
“L8R,” Mandy responded. She looked all around. She had assumed the little guy would come dashing up to the car as soon as she had come to a stop. But even when she could no longer hear the crunch of her tires on gravel, he still hadn’t materialized.
I didn’t pass him by that much.
Craning her neck to see past the Toyota’s blind spot, Mandy dropped the phone into the center console drink holder and shoved the gearshift into park. A thick stand of live oaks cast a deep shadow over the bar ditch. The setting sun made the trees appear as black-paper cutouts in a landscape collage.
After checking her mirrors to make sure no one was behind her, Mandy pressed the button to lower the passenger-side window.
      It was almost all the way down when a man yanked open the door and exploded into her world like a tornado into a trailer park.  Her hand flew to the gearshift, but she couldn’t engage it.  Even as her flight instinct kicked in, part of her mind was telling her this was almost certainly the same strange guy who had requested her section at the restaurant the night before.  His eyes had seemed to follow her all around the crowded dining room, and his oily stench had made him stand out like a spot of mold on white linen. 
      Mandy drew in breath to scream, her hand scrambling across the console for her phone or the gearshift, whichever came first, but he was too fast.  With lightning speed, he dove across the seat and slapped a rectangle of duct tape across her mouth.  At the same time, he buried his free hand knuckle deep in the thick blonde braid at the base of her skull even as his other hand slid down to her windpipe and began to squeeze.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Presenting THE PERFECT CRIME ~ Truth or fantasy?

Available from 5 Prince Publishing

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Crime, Political
Release Date: May 30, 2013
Digital ISBN 13:978-1-939217-64-6  ISBN 10:1-939217-64-4
Print ISBN 13:978-1-939217-63-9  ISBN 10:1-939217-63-6

The Perfect Crime: A Story of Truth or Fantasy:
Events have accurately been recorded since the time of Alan’s death; they combine to reveal an intriguing story. Did he die naturally or was he helped in some way? Has a crime or two taken place? Some may think so. Maybe there is a conspiracy; if so how far it may extend is unclear. Nothing is quite as it should be.
This unique book evolves from a simple account to a vast scandalous exposé, a true and topical account showing a fascinating view of human nature, society, and the establishment in the United Kingdom. Many questions are posed for the reader and evidence is laid bare as you take a journey of discovery.
The story and writing style changes drastically as the twists and turns in the narrative expose themselves; ultimately it reaches a logical end, but that is not the end of the story. A sequel is already underway.

About Peter Hindley:
Peter Hindley is a coach to dance competitors and is a jury member for international dance competitions. He left England in 2007 for a new life in France and has been recording events since his brother’s unconventional death in 2002.

About Susan Goodsell:
Susan Goodsell, co-author and Peter’s niece, lives in England with her partner and their two now grown-up sons. She spent many years in London before returning to Kent in 1997. The year her father died she began teaching English in a secondary school; now after finishing work, she returns home to begin another shift, as a detective and writer.

How to Contact the Authors:
Email for Susan:
Email for Peter:

EXCERPT of The Perfect Crime: A Story of Truth or Fantasy:
We have accurately recorded the events near the time of Alan Hindley’s death, who was a brother to Peter and father of Susan, the two authors of this account, and what followed; they combine to reveal an intriguing story. Did he die naturally or was he helped in some way? Has a crime or two taken place? Some may think so. Maybe there is a conspiracy; my lawyer certainly thought so; how far that conspiracy extends is unclear. We are certain that nothing is quite as it should be. Nevertheless this account shows a fascinating view of human nature, English society and the workings of the establishment in the United Kingdom. The story is so bizarre that it could well be fiction, and that is why I have added "A story of truth or fantasy" to the title. What is frightening is that it is all absolutely true.
      The normal formalities that follow a death were not adhered to after Alan’s demise: Why the mandatory procedures were bypassed may not be evident, but during the course of our nine year account they certainly do become evident.
      Why did his wife act as she did and who aided her? These and so many other questions will become apparent.
      In this case what is certain now is that the will and wishes of the deceased, Alan Edward Hindley of Paignton, Devon, has not been adhered to and the UK law and establishment did nothing to aid its rectification: The laws relating to Wills are fatally flawed and the government is fully aware of that. As named executors we have been denied the right to execute his wishes. You may think this is not possible, but it is, and it has proved to be absolutely legal.
His wife, Wendy, acted as sole executor of her husband’s Last Will and Testament without the other two named executors and we reveal how simple it is to do just that. Why she felt this was necessary will ultimately be disclosed. You will learn how the solemn duty of executing a will can be mal administered in a totally legal way and without fear of retribution.
      We have experienced many twists and turns along our path of discovery and these have been reflected in both the different styles and structure of the book. Our journey has taken us to numerous office doors and has led us into the heart of the halls of government, where events have made it very apparent that what we were witnessing was true injustice and unchecked corruption within the United Kingdom. It is for this reason that we felt it necessary to pen our story, to be able to share our account with you and all our other readers, who have been reading an abridged account on the Internet since May 2008; it is very much in the public’s interest to be aware of what can go wrong and does go very wrong daily.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Seriously, Who Wrote This Thing?

I don't know about you, but when I'm reading a book or watching a movie or even a TV show, I am constantly critiquing the writing.  Sometimes, I wish I'd written the story (jealousy), but other times, I wonder how the heck the story-writer ever got hired.  Especially when it comes to detective shows on TV.

I won't say which popular television detective series I'm talking about, but just let me say this: I love the main character--he is smart and flawed--and the actor who plays him is awesome, but the actual storyline is often downright ridiculous.  Sometimes, it is so silly I lose interest.  I mean, it's a detective series.  Shouldn't there be a law that the writers have to follow some sort of logic to get from point A to point B? On top of that, even I know that you can't arrest someone without probable cause.  And that pesky Miranda warning?  Not really deemed necessary in this show. . .  they just slap the cuffs on the perps and throw them in the car.

I can't help it, the omission of those little details really bug me sometimes.

Now one of my favorite cop-type shows is NCIS.  The writing in that show usually leaves me without complaint, and the characters?  Well, they make the show.  Blue Bloods is another fave.  Okay, I'll admit it.  I watch it mainly because of Tom Selleck and the family values the writers promote.  Although they almost lost me as a viewer when they lost Detective Jackie--I really liked her character.

Big Bang Theory is another show with great writing, usually.  (Not a cop show, of course)  At least it's great when they leave out the lab-animal jokes.  They will definitely lose me as a viewer if they keep doing those.  I don't think the suffering of animals or people is EVER appropriate comedy material.

With movies, I am sooo far behind.  My hubby hurt his back and can't sit through an entire movie right now.  That's why I haven't done any reviews lately. (And yes, I am having popcorn withdrawal symptoms, thanks for asking.)

As for books, I've become a very slow reader.  I think it's because I've been doing lots of writing and rewriting.  But of course I am reading (I'm still alive aren't I?).  So just for the record, I'm finishing up WOOL, by Hugh Howey and I have really enjoyed it even though it's extremely dark.  It's so original, and so plausible . . . and the writing is, at times, lyrical.  Plus, I think the fact that my hubby's auntie (Hi, Aunt Linda!) actually once owned an abandoned missile silo lends the book an authenticity to which I can relate (having been down a couple of levels myself).

I've got tons of other books downloaded and some started and dropped, and I'm looking forward to Stephen King's new ones, too.  (I've got The Wind Through the Keyhole, but haven't started it yet).  I've also got Dr. Sleep pre-ordered, (at least I think I do, I often forget about it when I do that) and I recently read an article stating that he isn't going to publish Joyland in digital, only print.  He wants to help bookstores, he says.  I admire him for the thought, but couldn't one simply order the paperback from Amazon?  And wouldn't that sort of defeat the idea of having to go into an actual bookstore?  Oh well, it's the thought that counts, or so I've heard.

Now, tell me about Joe Hill's latest, Nos4atu?  Have you read it?  And what about Neil Gaiman's upcoming adult book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane?  I might buy it just for that title.  And then there's Jeannette Walls' soon-to-be-released . . . and of course all my indie author friends who are publishing one title after another. . .

But tell me, what about you?  What are you reading, or watching?  And do you ever ask yourself, "Seriously, who wrote this thing?"

Afterthought: Check out my sidebar giveaway for Stutter Creek.  Only four more days!