Using resources by John Desjarlais

000_JohnDesjarlaismugMy contemporary murder mysteries include a supernatural phenomenon, another kind of ‘mystery’ to be ‘solved’ by the protagonist along the way. BLEEDER portrays a stigmatic priest (well…maybe he is or isn’t), VIPER contains Marian apparitions (or is it an illusion?) and SPECTER has a ghost (unless it’s only nervous people being spooked (sorry) or possibly a soul reaching out from Purgatory, if you believe that stuff). Secular readers appreciate the non-preachy ambivalence, while committed Catholic readers recognize such ‘higher mysteries.’ Reaching the former, more ‘general’ audience requires the ‘usual’ avenues: media releases, reviews in mystery venues, a virtual book tour via blogs, social media, mystery writer/fan conferences, library events, radio interviews and the like. But reaching the decidedly devout Catholic subculture requires some specialization.

This is where belonging to the Catholic Writers Guild has been so important. The instruction, encouragement, friendship and networking – as one finds in any writers’ organization – has been (ahem) a blessing. When it comes to promotion, let me mention three specific ways:

First, the Guild uses a panel of member readers/editors to evaluate the ‘catholicity’ of books in order to award a Guild “Seal of Approval.” This isn’t about “I Iiked it or didn’t” or about its ‘cleanness’ in terms of sex and violence (honest expression of such realities is fine if it’s not merely gratuitous). It’s a way to assure Catholic bookstore and giftshop owners that the book is authentically Catholic: faithful to traditional Catholic teaching and respectful of traditional Catholic values. It’s something they can place on their shelves without being embarrassed. Books granted the Seal are promoted in a colorful monthly newsletter sent to the nationwide network of bookstores and are eligible for display at the many conferences where the Guild has a presence, such as the World Meeting of Families (a huge conference held in conjunction with the papal visit to the U.S.), homeschool conferences (there are many of these), various retreats, and the annual Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show, where bookstore/giftshop owners from all over the U.S. and Canada – just like other retailers do — place orders for the year from publishers and other vendors.

That’s the second thing: “CMN” is a major promotional event for new books. My publisher displayed my titles prominently at its booth and took orders while I greeted passers-by with my bookmarks. My distributor (different from my publisher) sponsored a major book giveaway where I met dozens of bookstore managers. The Guild hosted a book signing with multiple authors, promoted in the CMN program and with flyers, generating lots of traffic. Radio and TV interviewers came to the Guild booth asking for authors to interview (as a result, I was on two radio shows and had a 10-minute slot with EWTN, a major Catholic television network). The Guild grants a “Catholic Arts and Letters Award” for excellence in fiction and non-fiction, an award given during a CMN breakfast for maximum exposure (my book VIPER was a CALA nominee last year, so everyone in the vast room heard the title and saw the cover art on the flyer placed at every table). In addition, the Guild held a writers’ conference in conjunction with the Trade Show where, as a panelist and a presenter, I was able to inform the dozens of attendees about my titles and distribute promo postcards.

That’s the third thing. The Guild sponsors two writers’ conferences each year: an online conference in March that is free, and the CMN-related ‘live’ event in August. Participants at each conference happen to include writers and editors from Catholic publications who are hoping to grow in their craft, of course, but who are also looking for content – that is, authors to interview and books to review. With such contacts, I’ve had reviews and features in some prominent national periodicals such as Catholic Digest, St. Anthony Messenger, and The National Catholic Register.

In all these ways, the Catholic Writers Guild has been crucial for me in reaching this particular readership.


A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio, John Desjarlais teaches journalism and English at Kishwaukee College in northern Illinois. His first novel, The Throne of Tara (Crossway 1990, 2000), was a Christianity Today Readers Choice Award nominee, and his medieval thriller, Relics (Thomas Nelson 1993, 2009) was a Doubleday Book Club Selection. Bleeder, Viper, and Specter (Chesterton Press, 2009, 2011 and 2015 respectively) constitute the ‘Higher Mysteries’ series. A member of Mystery Writers of America and The Catholic Writers Guild, he is listed in Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.


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Selena De La Cruz would like to leave the past behind as she plans her wedding … but the past no longer sleeps. In 1993, a Cardinal was murdered in Mexico at the Guadalajara Airport.  Nearly twenty years later, the Vatican revisits the case … and finds that Selena’s dead father might have played a key role.  Selena is forced to confront her family’s ghosts … in more ways than one.

Living the Literary Life by Catherine Dilts



For as long as I can remember, I craved what I thought of as the Literary Life. Being surrounded by other

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writers. Having deadlines. Casually mentioning meeting my editor for lunch. Fame, fortune, and all the trappings. But perhaps I had put the cart before the horse. I had to get something published before I could live the Literary Life. Didn’t I?


That dream was put on hold while I wrote. And wrote. And wrote.


Then in one astonishing year, I sold my first short story and my first novel. My family prepared for the life of leisure on the island my royalties would purchase until harsh reality intruded. Unless you hit the New York Times bestseller list, don’t quit your day job.


On a drive to the Florida Keys to visit Hemingway House, I experienced a revelation. After years of craving the Literary Life, I had finally earned my place in that world, no matter how humble. I might not have the stature of Hemmingway, but I was a Published Author. I should be savoring the victory. Instead, I felt deflated.


I had accomplished my goal of publication. Now where were the rewards I had so long anticipated reaping?


Redefining Fame and Fortune:


  • Fortune: Non-writers seem to think that once you sell a book, you have won a magic lottery ticket. They view you with skepticism when your small press novel is not available on the shelf at the local brick and mortar bookstore. It can be humbling to explain why you are still working the day job. That initial thrill of holding a modest advance or royalty check can fade quickly. Yes, I have actually had people ask how much I was paid for a story or novel. Those same folks would not dream of asking how much my day job pays. I had to learn to politely tell people to mind their own budget. I am doing what I love. Stephen King and J. K. Rowling didn’t make their fortunes with their first story or book.


  • Fame: I sat next to a well-known cozy author at a library event. She regaled me with tales of the early days, when her New York publisher sent her on book tours, picking up the tab for travel and nice hotels. It was like meeting Snow White and hearing about the fairy tale castle and Prince Charming. Those days are gone for all but the biggest names. My fame moments have come unexpectedly, at a conference when someone bought my book and asked me to autograph it, or at the day job when coworkers introduced me to visitors as the company author. Savor these bits of glory, for the flecks of gold can meld into substantial nuggets with time.



The lesson I am learning is to enjoy the present moment. Stop to smell the roses, carpe diem and all that. I am living the Literary Life right now. My focus on an imaginary future kept me from realizing I was living it all along, well before I became published.


I might not own an island. Yet. But I do hang out with other writers, I have deadlines, and I’ve had breakfast with my editor. This is my fame, fortune, and all the trappings, and I’m going to enjoy it to the max. I have recaptured the joy of writing, and I’m finally reveling in the Literary Life!


Have you had a low moment on your publication journey? What did it take to rekindle your love of writing?


About Catherine Dilts


To Catherine Dilts, rock shops are like geodes – both contain amazing treasures hidden inside their plain-as-dirt exteriors. Catherine caught mountain fever after a childhood vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park. Determined to give up her flat–lander ways, she moved from Oklahoma to Colorado. Her husband, a Colorado native, proposed to her as they hiked Barr Trail on Pikes Peak. Catherine works as an environmental scientist, and plays at heirloom vegetable gardening, camping, and fishing. Her short stories appear in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In her spare time, she attempts to lure wild donkeys to her property in the mountains.


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Synopsis of Stone Cold Case

Rock shop owner Morgan Iverson’s discovery of human remains reopens a cold case and unhealed wounds in a Colorado mountain town, while her find of a rare gemstone sparks a dangerous treasure hunt.


Sixteen years ago, prom queen Carlee Kruger vanished. When Carlee’s mother asks Morgan to investigate her death, the clues seem as convoluted as the coils on a fossilized ammonite. The hunt for the truth heats up as the local newspaper editor helps Morgan uncover the past. The rock shop’s mascot donkeys and an elderly cowboy chase after a Sasquatch look-alike who may hold the key to Carlee’s death. Whoever knows what happened to Carlee will do anything to keep the truth buried.  


In book two of the Rock Shop Mystery series, amateur sleuth Morgan Iverson digs into gemstone prospecting to solve a Stone Cold Case.


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Stone Cold Case – A Rock Shop Mystery

ISBN # 9781432830991

Release date September 16, 2015 by Five Star – Cengage

Covers We Love Too Much by Lise McClendon

LiseWe all have book covers that speak to us, to our visual senses, to our emotions, to our literary curiosity. Maybe it’s that dog on the cover. Maybe it’s the blood dripping from the knife. Maybe it’s that zombie or the half-naked man. Hey, I’m not judging your reading habits. We read what we like, and that’s the way it should be.


That old chestnut ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ doesn’t really apply to books.

Every reader looks first at a book’s cover then makes some conscious or unconscious decision to look inside for more, or move on.


As an author have you ever tried to consciously copy a cover? Is there a cover you wish you’d had for your novel? For the last five or six years I’ve been doing most of my own covers, finding stock photos, fiddling with PhotoShop, making messes but having fun. I got serious a couple years ago though, when the sequel to one of my best selling books was due to release. I hired a very talented cover artist who re-did my own attempts (for ‘Blackbird Fly’) and designed another one for the sequel, The Girl in the Empty Dress, that released last year.


I explained to the designer that I adored one book cover and could she do something similar. The book cover I loved was for ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette,’ a fun novel by Maria Semple. I’m a sucker for graphic images. Since the book sold so well it has been copied a lot and was the subject of an article on Salon about why books covers look alike. Ouch. My cover artist went her own direction, not doubt wisely. She did a lovely job and I was very pleased with her results.


Fast forward to my new project. In conjunction with Thalia Press five seasoned mystery authors (including me) wrote a crime novel. Together. Serially, sequentially, and with many delays, but eventually it all gelled. It’s a darkly comic send-up of a famous novel, not exactly a satire because we admired the original. And mostly we very much loved that book’s cover. The book is the iconic Eat Pray Love with its pasta, prayer beads, and flower petal design spelling out the simple title.


Our crime story isn’t as spiritual or life-affirming or nice as Elizabeth Gilbert’s. Let’s get that out right away. (And we do apologize, Ms. Gilbert.) We twisted her title and a couple plot points but what we’ve written is really a send-up of food mysteries, chick lit, and serial killer novels. The gist of it is this: a humiliated chef has revenge on her mind and takes an All-American journey to make those she despises pay in spectacular culinary fashion. It’s got humor, mayhem, food porn, reality TV, sexual pranks, and a whole lot more, wrapped up in one decidedly-uncozy novel. We’re calling it the first culinary thriller.


But back to that cover. How to portray the foodie-ness of the story without seeming too twee? As the resident PhotoShop journeyman I volunteered to play with some food and see what I could do. We voted (we are very democratic, we five) to have some kind of meat on the cover– bacon, sausages, hot dogs, whatever, to give it some hearty flavor. Then I tracked down some squid ink pasta, mentioned in the book, and black as… ink. For the final word on the cover I fudged and used a stock photo of chili peppers but added a little mystery flare of the bloody knife.


My photography skills were tested. Also my microwaving skills and my pasta handling skills. Luckily my design skills weren’t needed as we laid out the cover similarly to the paperback version of Eat Pray Love. (I hope it’s not a crime to copy a green border and a white background…) We added a fantastic quote we got from Charlaine Harris on the top and voilà. Stick a fork in it. It’s done.


Beat Slay Love launches October 1. I just hope I can find another cover to copy that’s as much fun as this one.

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The novel is available for pre-order on Amazon (where you can also find out who my co-authors are) and we’re encouraging those on Goodreads to add it to their ‘Want to Read’ shelf.


We’re also launching a Thunderclap campaign this week. (Thunderclap is a new crowdsharing promotion site where your friends can donate a status or tweet all at the same time, thereby making the skies roar with your message.) If you’d like to donate a tweet in exchange for a recipe book called Thalia Filbert’s Killer Cocktail Party, check us out here



Promoting Two People by Peg Herring

30HerringsmI once heard an author say she’d contracted for three series at the same time and didn’t recommend it to those who want to keep their sanity. Being a slow learner, I went right out and did that, adding the Dead Detective and Loser Mysteries to my existing series with Five Star, the Simon & Elizabeth Mysteries. My excuse for series-jumping is that it keeps me interested. While I love reading Sue Grafton’s work, I can’t imagine writing an alphabet of books with the same protagonist.

Writing three series was hard—actually, it still is. I have a Dead Detective and a Simon & Elizabeth yet to write, and while fans are polite about it, their questions hint that they wonder what I do all day that keeps me from getting that next book done. I eat, I sleep, I walk in the woods–and I write. There’s one thing that slows my production of Peg Herring mysteries. In a moment of insanity, I invented Maggie Pill.

Peg’s books are traditional mysteries with touches of humor. The series are different from each other: one’s historical, one’s paranormal, and one presents a homeless woman as protagonist. A while ago, an idea came along for The Sleuth Sisters, a light mystery that fits into the cozy mystery category. Two middle-aged sisters open a detective agency, but they don’t want their bossy third sister involved. She doesn’t get why, so she insists on helping out. Everyone with sisters can relate, at least a little, to the resulting humor.

When a really good idea comes along, it’s hard to keep it on the back burner, so I wrote The Sleuth Sisters. It was a huge hit, so I wrote another one 150x225SSand did a Bookbub promotion, giving away Book #1 just before Book #2 debuted. Downloads ran over 60,000, and sales of Book #2 responded well afterward. When I had Book #3 ready, I did the same, giving away Book #2. That also went well, and the series is one of my most lucrative.

That’s great, except now I have two authors to promote. That means two websites, two FB pages, two Twitter handles, two of everything. At the beginning I kept Maggie and Peg entirely separate, since I didn’t want Peg, who has good reviews and even some awards, to be embarrassed if Maggie’s attempts at humor fizzled. When it turned out Maggie is in the popular authors’ group, I decided we can be seen together in public.

Still, promoting two “selves” is a lot of work. Amazon doesn’t seem to have a good way for anyone except James Patterson to show up in searches, so it’s work to let people know about each book, each series, and now each author. Facebook provides good opportunities, because friends tell friends about books they like. The site’s gone from a young demographic to a not-so-young one these days, which means there are lots of readers there who can identify with the Sleuth Sisters. Many FB groups have cozy in their titles, so it’s easy to find them, and most hosts are accommodating of self-promotion as long as it isn’t overdone.

There aren’t as many FB groups devoted to traditional mystery, perhaps because that’s a wider field. Peg does better at Goodreads, with giveaways and blogging about writing. Both of us use Twitter, but neither of us is very good at it, possibly it due to its impersonal feel.

Fans suggested I make the Sleuth Sisters into audiobooks, and that worked out well, except it’s difficult to find places to promote audiobooks. I’ve used, where authors give one of their free codes from Audible (and a small fee) to be featured in a weekly giveaway. Also, Mystery Audiobook Lovers on FB is a site for audiobook news, helping people learn what’s new in audio.

SLsmallAll that helps, but there are days when I feel like being two people requires the work of six: blogging, updating, signing, speaking, answering, not to mention writing. Maybe I should have gone the Lee Child route. Then all I’d have to do is say “HERE’S ANOTHER JACK REACHER” and I’d be done.

This morning someone asked when Maggie’s fourth book will be out. The answer? Sometime after Peg finishes the last Dead Detective Mystery. To everything there is a season.

Making Research Pay by Jeff Marks

JEFF1023When I’m not writing fiction, I also write a series of biographies and histories about mystery as well. This takes me to different parts of the country, talking to relatives of the subjects or looking at their papers in a library. While sitting in the library reading old letters may not sound as much fun as bumping off a few characters, research has its rewards. Research can also help promote your works and improve your sales too.

One of the first ways that I increase my promotions from the research is to donate a copy of the book to any library where I’ve done research. Most of the libraries request that you do this, but there’s no stiff penalty if you don’t. Packs of librarians do not show up at your door demanding payment.

However, if you decide to mail the book, in most cases the library publishes a newsletter that includes a list of books received. So you’ve created an audience for your book by announcing it to people who are involved with the library or have used the library’s resources before.

Another way to do benefit from research is to write articles related to the research you do. After finishing my biography of Erle Stanley Gardner, I wrote a piece on the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas – Austin for a biographers’ newsletter. Not only did it get my name out there, I was providing a service in telling other researchers about the resources at the HRC.

I’ve also written pieces for the Mystery Readers Journal, Mystery Scene and have been quoted as an expert on Gardner’s series work. Not only are people more inclined to look up the book after reading about my research, they’re also more likely to remember my name and perhaps locate other books by me. My Boucher biography allowed me to write a short piece on Boucher that’s been used many times in relationship to Bouchercon, where thousands of fans and writers see my name.

Even in writing fiction this is possible. Consider the things that you need to learn in order to write that novel. If you needed to learn about poisons, maybe you could write an article about untraceable poisons. Or if you had to learn about food trucks to add background to your novel, then you could pitch an article to a food truck newsletter.

I also talk about my experiences when I’m researching. I found fascinating information about Gardner at the HRC, which was stored in a paper grocery bag. That can serve as a lesson that the best information can come from the most unlikely sources. I’m currently writing a piece about how I found and was allowed to read the lie detector test results from Gardner’s work with Dr. Sam Sheppard (the murder case which inspired the TV series and movie The Fugitive. Go look it up now! – I’ll wait.) How exciting to find a piece of true crime history like that.

So when you’re using social media to promote your books, don’t forget the other outlets that are available to you for promoting your work. Writing articles can be a great way to build an audience and present yourself as an expert in the field, all while being paid for your pieces!


Jeffrey Marks is a long-time mystery fan and freelancer.  After numerous mystery author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice.

That biography (Who Was That Lady?) encouraged him to write mystery fiction. His works include Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s/1950s, and a biography of mystery author and critic Anthony Boucher entitled Anthony Boucher. It was nominated for an Agatha and fittingly, won an Anthony.

He is the author of Intent to Sell: Marketing the Genre Novel, the only how-to book for promoting genre fiction.

His work has won a number of awards including the Barnes and Noble Prize and he was nominated for a Maxwell award (DWAA), an Edgar (MWA), three Agathas (Malice Domestic), two Macavity awards, and three Anthony awards (Bouchercon). Today, he writes from his home in Cincinnati, which he shares with his spouse and two dogs.



Why Do I Need Twitter? By Lorie Ham

promophotoI have been writing forever, and have five published mystery novels. I have always tried to stay on top of what sort of free publicity there is out there because like all of us my budget for promotion has been small to nothing.


Five years ago, I ventured out into a new area of publishing–I now publish an online magazine called Kings River Life. Again faced with pretty much a zero promotion budget, and the fact that if no one knows we are there no one will read us–I began researching even more what was out there. This has also given me the opportunity to see the results of what others do as well. We publish a lot of book reviews and I can tell you right now that the authors who understand the importance of not only Facebook, but also Twitter, are the ones who bring readers over to read those reviews. I would imagine this also translates into more sales for the author in other areas too. I have seen our reviews of the books of older, big name authors, who have refused to jump on board with social media get very few hits. While at the same time, I have seen an indie, or even a self-published, author who has embraced social media, get a lot of hits on our review of their book.


Yes, we still need to write a quality book or else even if you can get everyone to read the first book, they won’t be coming back for more. But these days we have to let the world know we are out there and there’s no better, or more inexpensive way, than social media.


Now I’ve also seen those who only embrace Facebook, and at least they are doing that. But they say they just don’t get Twitter or don’t like Twitter. Well learning about Twitter is now part of the job and it really doesn’t matter if we like it. Facebook loves to put up road blocks to promotion because they want us all to pay them money for ads now, so while it still has value for promotion, it doesn’t have nearly the value it used to have. That is why I love Twitter and am moving to focus more of my efforts there. There’s also the fact that people who follow you on Twitter are expecting to hear about your books–that’s why they follow you. So they aren’t going to complain that they are getting spammed like they might with email, or complain that the only reason you are on there is for promotion like some do on Facebook. That IS why you are there and that is why they are following you. They want to know about your latest book.


However, there are some things to keep in mind about Twitter. A lot of the people following you want more than just promo. They want fun tidbits thrown their way–info about your books, or your characters, or maybe even you, that they won’t get anywhere else. Or maybe special giveaways just for them! So don’t just tweet that your latest book is out, or that a review is up–give them something more. Really, that’s what most people want who like your page on Facebook too–you need to give them a reason to keep checking your page, or following you.


And there’s also the fact that we are all busier now, and the young people of today have much shorter attention spans, so people of today are more krl_logo(2)originallikely to keep up with you on Twitter, which only allows for something short. I have to admit–I pay way more attention to what’s on Twitter than Facebook from just a personal standpoint.


A great example of an author who knows how to do Twitter right is Cleo Coyle. Check out her Twitter at @CleoCoyle. I also hope you check out and follow Kings River Life on Twitter as we share every week about our articles and mystery book giveaways-you can find us at @kingsriverlife. My hope with KRL’s Twitter is to be including even more fun extra things later this year. I hope you also check out the magazine as we have a big mystery section with mystery reviews, book giveaways, articles, and short stories up every week


So if you have been dragging your feet when it comes to Twitter I’m here to say stop it! Get yourself over to Twitter and start learning how to do it and start engaging your readers. It’s part of the job now! Best of luck.


Lorie Lewis Ham has been publishing her writing since the age of 13 & singing since the age of 5. She worked for her local newspaper off and on for years, and in 2010 became the editor-in-chief and publisher of Kings River Life Magazine She has also published 5 mystery novels–you can learn more about her mystery writing on her blog


What is a QR code and why use it? Karen McCullough



A QR code is that odd looking dappled square you see on ads and other things, usually with the words, “Scan for more information” somewhere nearby. Most people who have smart phones (and that’s a pretty significant percentage of the population these days) have an app that lets them scan QR codes. Once the code has been read, it redirects the app to a specific web address.

How can an author make use of QR codes?

When I go to a conference or convention, like most authors I take brochures and postcards with me. Each piece has a QR code on it, different ones for the cards versus the brochures. The codes go to special pages on my website that aren’t linked from anywhere else. But the pages are tracked by Google Analytics, so after the conference, I can use Google Analytics to tell me how many times the page was viewed, which tells me how much interest each piece is getting. It’s helpful to know whether a brochure or postcard is attracting attention and I can adjust what I do next time.

I also put a QR code on bookmarks, which I mostly send out via mail. I find that they don’t get picked up from swag tables, since there are usually dozens of piles of different ones, but I put an offer for them on my website.

It sounds like it would be complicated to create a QR code, but it isn’t really.  Here’s a step by step way to do it:

For each code, first, create a new page on your website. Either have your web person do it for you, or if you maintain your own site, add a new page. If you use WordPress, make the page a private one so it isn’t linked on the menu. Make note of the full link to the page, starting with http://.

Then go to one of these web sites:

There are plenty of other sites you can find by Goodling “QR Code Generator.”

You plug in the full page URL for the page you created and the site will show you the code graphic it has created from the URL you plugged in. Most sites will have a link to download an image of the graphic; some will give you a choice of formats. Unless you’re comfortable working with graphics, I suggest you download the image as a .jpeg or .jpg file. Save it to your desktop or some other place you’ll know where to find it again.

If you’ve hired someone to design your pieces for you, you just need to send that jpeg file to them. If you design your own graphics, then you know how to insert the image into the piece you’re designing.

If you don’t have a Google Analytics account to let you track the page views, I strongly suggest you sign up now. The amount of information you can get about who is visiting your website is just amazing!


By the way, you can read a QR code off the screen and the one above with the post should take you to a page of special offers on my website.


Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more Detectives_Dilemma_200than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web design business to support her writing habit. Awards she’s won include an Eppie Award for fantasy; three other Eppie finals; Prism, Dream Realm, Rising Star, Lories, Scarlett Letter, and Vixen Awards, and an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest. This year her romantic suspense novel, The Detective’s Dilemma is a finalist for a Daphne duMaurier Award. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and numerous small press publications in the fantasy, science fiction, and romance genres. She lives in Greensboro, NC, with her husband of many years.



Blog: http://www.kmccullough/kblog





The Detective’s Dilemma


Blurb: Although Sarah Anne Martin admits to pulling the trigger, she swears someone forced her to kill her lover. Homicide detective Jay Christianson is skeptical, but enough ambiguous evidence exists to make her story plausible. If he gives her enough freedom, she’ll either incriminate herself or draw out the real killers. But, having been burned before, Jay doesn’t trust his own protective instincts…and his growing attraction to Sarah only complicates matters.

With desire burning between them, their relationship could ultimately be doomed since Sarah will be arrested for murder if Jay can’t find the real killer.

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