Excerpt from After the Storm

chloe kindleThe entries for my contest for ten new thriller, suspense, and mystery eBooks are in and the winner has been drawn! I will be sending out a notice to the winner shortly.

If you are looking for some Halloween reading this week but aren’t a fan of paranormal, check out my Scary but Not Spooky blog post!

Ruby, Between the Cracks is still free at the Kindle store and other ebook retailers. I am getting excited about publishing book four in the Between the Cracks series in January. Chloe is a heart-wrenching story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along.

I have just started reading After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo. It’s a bit of a mashup with a female detective, a natural disaster, and a cold case murder in a Pennsylvania Dutch Amish community. I’m having fun with it so far! See if this grabs you:

He tugged a long plank from the collapsed floor, when something round and white rolled out from beneath it. At first, Josh thought it was a rock, but it was a little too round and rolled easily. Too light to be a rock. Definitely not a soccer ball. Dropping the plank, he walked over to it and knelt, rolling the thing over with his hand.

After the Storm, Linda Castillo


When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones and notifying the family. When evidence emerges that the death was no accident, Kate soon finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil strikes close to home as Kate’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti reaches the breaking point. Can they weather the storm that threatens to tear them apart? Under siege from an unknown assailant―and her own personal demons―Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.


  1. Hi There,

    I have a few Amish books on my ‘Want To Read’ list, including the first book in this particular series. I must have already worked out that to get the most out of discovering the Amish community through Linda’s writing, I need to go right back to the beginning and read the books in sequence.

    Having read the full premise alongside your teaser lines, I can guess at what the white ball shaped item might be and I can assume that no tornado caused it!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  2. These books sounds great! Here is my TT: http://shoshireads.weebly.com/home/teaser-tuesday3908935

  3. That’s a great Teaser! I’m wondering what that round thing could possibly be, but I have no idea. Guess I’ll have to read the book to find out.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

  4. Love the Kate Burkholder series.

  5. Okay, I have a feeling it’s a human skull judging by the plot. You’ve got my attention:)

    My TT from Extinct

  6. This does sound like a very intriguing book! A mystery that is set in an Amish village? sign me up!

  7. You had me at “thriller,” and as I read the excerpts, I saw another draw for me: mysteries/thrillers that show us the lives of the detectives. Stories that make us root for them. Thanks for sharing…I must add this one to my list.

    Here’s mine: “THE LAST GOOD GIRL”

  8. That sounds thrilling!

  9. I had seen a lot of Amish romance type, but not Amish thriller, I would be curious enough to try

  10. I’m guessing the thing that rolled across the floor was a bit more organic than a ball… It certainly reads well and I’m glad you’re enjoying it:).

Tell me what you think!

Featured Book(s)

Apple-achian Treasure

Apple-achian Treasure

New release!

(Book #8) Reading about a secret treasure in Clementine’s papers, Erin decides to distract herself by putting back on her detective hat and she and her friends try their hands at solving the clues.

Pretty soon, everyone knows that they are treasure hunting and things get interesting.

Find out more
EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2

EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2

$0.99 on Kindle for May, EDS Awareness Month

(Book #2) With a long string of unbelievable stories to explain her frequent injuries, Social Services sees Katt is the stereotypical abused child. When she is admitted to hospital with yet another broken bone, they do the only logical thing to protect her, removing Katt from her mother’s custody. But Katt and her mother know that something is wrong, and it has nothing to do with abuse, and the longer Katt stays in foster care, the worse her health gets. Can they get the answers they need before it is too late? Can they get the answers and get Katt back home?

Find out more

Featured Posts

Upcoming Events

Release of Vegan Baked Alaska
12:00 am
“At least you won’t be stumbling over any bodies on an Alaskan cruise.” Mary Lou couldn’t have been more wrong. Of course Erin Price, gluten-free baker extraordinaire, would stumble over a body on the cruise[...]
Release of Gem, Himself, Alone
12:00 am
Alone on the street, Gem joins up with the Rippers gang to escape his old life, burying his past the best he can. Riker, a vice cop, makes it his business to put Gem behind[...]
When Words Collide @ Delta Calgary South
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day
When Words Collide @ Delta Calgary South
12:00 am
It’s that time of year again! Join writers from Alberta and beyond in Calgary for a fun and educational conference. I am just finalizing the panels I will be on now, and will update this[...]
Release of June, Into the Light
12:00 am
Incarcerated after a failed attempt at armed robbery, June Simpson is forced to detox and to face the reality of the misery and abuse she has perpetrated on those closest to her, especially her children.[...]