Stowy circled the block and hid in the shadows. He saw Sarah leave the building with her bodyguards. "That was a short visit. Marital discord, jealousy, or are you just so busy trying to find me that you no longer live at home?" Stowy smiled at the idea. "I like that, Detective. I like that a lot. Divide and conquer. It’s always the best way to defeat the enemy."
Steven’s phone pinged. He picked it up and a number he didn’t recognize, showed on the screen, along with the snowman emoji. How do you rate such sweetness? That new babe of yours, Sarah, is just too much. Your absence from her life won’t protect her from me. That is a promise, Detective. And I always keep my promises.
Murder, Just Because (+ Giveaway)
It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Yolanda Renee’s MURDER, JUST BECAUSE Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.
The author is offering an awesome tour-wide international giveaway. More information on the giveaway is listed below.
"While this book does contain explicit sexual language and graphic violence, it could easily be taken from the daily headlines. The content is plausible and realistic as we look at the world around us. The events in the book are not overly done but give a pragmatic look at the terrifying actions killers can and sometimes do take."
It was a matter of beginner’s luck, but rookie detective Steven Quaid’s career and reputation as an elite investigator skyrocketed when he captured one of the most sadistic serial killers in Alaskan history: Stowy Jenkins, AKA the Snowman. But that was ten years ago.
And now…Jenkins is back. Escaped from prison and on the move, his bloodlust is stronger than ever, and his methods of torture are even more horrifying than before. As his bloody rampage continues and the number of mutilated bodies mounts, terrified Alaskans increasingly doubt Quaid’s ability to catch the killer again. The detective’s reputation is on the line, and he’s going to need a lot more than luck, because this time, Jenkins is driven by more than the thrill of a random kill.
This time, it’s more personal. He’s out for revenge…and his ultimate target is Quaid. In a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Jenkins starts picking off the people in Quaid’s life…slowly, gradually tightening his circle of corpses and drawing ever closer to the most important person in Quaid’s life...his wife. Can Quaid do the impossible again? Can he outmaneuver the killer, or has the detective's luck finally run out?
For those who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her in her own words.
At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I’ve traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influences my writing.
Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!
For more on Yolanda and her writing, you can connect with her here:
This tour-wide giveaway is for a complete set of the Detective Quaid Mystery series books for one winner, paperback copies of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for five winners, and a Kindle copy of MURDER, JUST BECAUSE for 10 winners.
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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Yolanda on her week-long tour HERE. You never know what you might find out. Do you enjoy watching a character grow from one story to the next?
If you enjoy a touch of history the way I do along with an adventure then take a look.
Here are my thoughts.
MAN AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS
The story takes place in the fall of 1838 when U. S.
soldiers appear at twelve-year-old Tsati’s village and start burning the
Cherokees’ homes. The family attempts to escape to freedom. From then on, we
follow the family as they live a part of history, later known as the Civil War,
that separated families and left many innocent people dead.
The author does a great job showing the fear and
uncertainty the characters feel as they struggle to reach safety in what came
to be called the Trail of Tears, a fitting name for what the people went
through. Imagine yourself in their situation, losing their home, their family
separated, not knowing what lay ahead, only that they could not go back to
their homes. And then there’s the Stone Man. Who is he? You'll find out.
STONEMAN AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS is a good read for
history lovers and for readers who enjoy a great story with characters that
touch your heart, at least they did mine. Happy Reading.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!
April 1 question -The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?
That is a tough question. I'm thinking. That's sometimes tough, too. Some parts of my world are pretty much the same as always. I feed the dog and kitties every morning. I feed me. I go about my usual day: writing, reading blogs, telling the world about my books, and all that stuff. But other things have changed.
I still go to the grocery store. Where I live in the country no one is delivering. Many of the stores in the larger town nearby do have deliveries and curb service. Everyone at the supermarket seems in a hurry and tries to avoid others. A lot of the shelves are still empty. No strawberries.
If I had children in school, there would be a big difference in my life, and theirs. But you all know this. I've lived on Planet Earth for many years, but don't understand why this has happened. Is it to wake us up to something. To get our attention about the condition our world is in. This is not just the United States that's suffering this illness. The whole world is involved. I pray everyday for those who are sick. I pray for the doctors and teachers and others as they struggle to heal and to calm young ones. Maybe someday we'll understand. But now, I don't.
Take care and know that this too shall pass.
So, for me, I'm praying every day for those who are sick and for those trying to solve this puzzle. I believe they will do it. I hope soon.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.