Excerpt from Red Mist

It’s been a busy week since my last Teaser Tuesday. I finished the first draft of the second book in my new cozy mystery series. And I have started in on my new cowriting project in a female PI series.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

It is still Mystery Thriller Week, and I’m also participating in the Booksweeps Contemporary Thriller contest (enter to get 50 books and a Kindle fire!) so here is a teaser from Red Mist, by Patricia Cornwell, part of the Kay Scarpetta series. I’ve read a few other books from the series. They are filled with complex relationships and interesting twists and turns:

“I see. When I think I can make a difference, I should never trust it.” I used a pair of surgical scissors to cut the shells of boiled jumbo prawns. “When I decide that taking a risk might produce useful information and help bring about justice, it’s really my feeling guilty.”

Patricia Cornwell, Red Mist

 

On her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months before, Scarpetta drives to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent husband, Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out.  

Scarpetta has both personal and professional reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings: the murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and then other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace. Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. 

And she is the only one who can stop it.

Cynthia Has a Secret available on audiobook

Cynthia Has a Secret is now available on audiobook!

I love to listen to audiobooks, and I take particular pleasure in hearing my books brought to life by a great narrator.

Would you like to get a free copy of the audiobook for Cynthia? Fill out the form below to request one of limited number of free copies!

About Cynthia Has a Secret

One day, 15-year-old Carmina Knight’s life was perfect, and the next, she’d lost everything. Her family, her home, almost everything that she knew. Alone on the streets, she can’t trust anyone, but she also can’t make it alone.

Neil Crowther is the investigator on the Knight case. He knows that he has to unravel the web of deceit and track Carmina down quickly, or there will be no one left to save.

Please send me a free audiobook copy of Cynthia Has a Secret

 

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Nadie is a bright but rebellious teen growing up Manitoba Cree. Living in abject poverty, she tries to help care for the younger children in the band. Devastated by the drowning death of her little cousin and unable to overcome her grief, Nadie leaves the band.

How can she find her own place in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against, and for the first time in her life, completely alone?

Praise for Questing for a Dream

“Brilliant masterpiece”

“Easily one of the most thought-provoking and compelling reads of the year, Ms. Workman has written a masterful contemporary account of one native teen’s journey from home and the possibilities for hope even for those drowning in poverty, prejudice, and addiction … A must-read tale for any book lover!”

“P.D. Workman’s skilled narrative of Nadie and her poignant journey to wholeness is a thoughtful exposé of shattered dreams and tragic youth sure to resonate with every reader.”

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“The author’s writing was so good. At first I thought this book would be a difficult read since I don’t normally read books with cultural substance but the way it was written in an engaging way made the experience enjoyable for me.”

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It’s Mystery Thriller Week! Excerpt from Missing Child

Mystery Thriller Week

It’s Mystery Thriller Week! I am one of more than 200 authors participating in this mega-event. I have several books participating. There are blog posts, interviews, Facebook events, and of course contests. Click the badge to have a look and join the fun.

And if you’re looking for a great deal on mysteries/thrillers, check out my Enemy of Light collection, four full novels for one low price!

St. Valentine’s Day

And of course, today is Valentine’s Day! I’ve gathered a bunch of books featuring strong friendships rather than the usual insta-love theme that is so popular these days.

Read your fill of great friendships here.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Since it is Mystery Thriller Week, my teaser is from a kidnap thriller I read recently, Missing Child by Patricia MacDonald. An interesting read with lots of tension and a number of twists that will leave you wondering:

She bent down to examine the damage, and saw something dark and shiny on the imploded bumper. She reached down to touch it, and her fingers came up wet and sticky. Caitlin held up her hand and stared at it. There was no mistaking the substance on her fingers.

Patricia MacDonald, Missing Child

Heart-pounding domestic suspense from an internationally-bestselling author – One morning Caitlin Eckhart receives a phone call that changes her life forever – her much-loved six-year-old stepson Geordie has disappeared from school. It soon becomes clear that someone must have deliberately taken him. Distraught, Caitlin and her husband, Noah, make an anguished public appeal for his return. But Caitlin has a secret from her past that is about to catch up with her, and as Geordie’s continued absence brings her relationship with Noah to breaking point, she stands to lose everything that she loves.

Friendship Before Flowers

In a world where the media surrounds us with images of insta-love or insta-lust (or insta-hate which somehow leads to romance), I am featuring books this Valentine’s Day that have strong friendships (which may or may not lead to romance.)

From Don’t Forget Steven to Cynthia Has a Secret and the Medical Kidnap Files, many of my books have close friendships.

  

 

Some other choices you might enjoy are below:

      

Excerpt from The Forgotten

I am working away on my new series and some other projects. As always, be sure to check out the featured posts to the side or the bottom for special deals.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

If you are a fan of high-octane thrillers by authors like Lee Child and Michael Connelly, you’ll like David Baldacci. I just finished reading The Forgotten, a thriller set around the slave trade. Lots of action and humour, with some good twists along the way:

The swim would be long and exhausting and fraught with peril. He could die at many points along the way. But he had survived much to get to this point. He would simply will himself to live.

David Baldacci, The Forgotten

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

A picture-perfect town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt’s death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller’s father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.

What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt’s death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

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Looking Over Your Shoulder

Just because you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get you. A victim of late-onset paranoid schizophrenia, Abe is losing his family as well as his mind. In the wake of one of the largest successful jewel heists in history, Abe is certain the jewel thieves are out to get him. But are they really, or is he just losing the battle against his inner demons?

Read a sample of Looking Over Your Shoulder

Pursued by the Past

Vanna had a good life. She had her challenges—like her mother’s high expectations of her—but all in all, she had a job she enjoyed, a fun hobby and friends. She didn’t need any complications.

But that all changed shortly after trying to break things off with Tino. The phone calls with no one on the other end. Anonymous gifts. Someone moving things around in her bedroom.

A restraining order changed nothing. If anything, it caused things to escalate. If Vanna wants her life back, she will have to take things into her own hands.

Read a sample of Pursued by the Past

In the Tick of Time

Matt Malloy, infectious diseases expert for the DOH vector-borne disease division, knew there was something wrong with the Buffalo Head infection cluster as soon as it hit his desk. But knowing it instinctively and proving it were two completely different things, especially when his boss and coworkers already suspected that, battling sleep deprivation, he’d already gone around the bend.

Matt knew that solving the mysteries of the Buffalo Head cluster was a matter of life and death. He just didn’t know that it could be a matter of his life and death.

Read a sample of In the Tick of Time

Loose the Dogs

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

Seven dogs are adopted by families all across the country who do not know their history…

“Of one thing I am sure,” Glenn declares. “These dogs are perfectly harmless.”

Frank knew it wasn’t true.

He would never forget walking into that trailer. He saw it in his mind every time he closed his eyes. He woke up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, seeing those eyes and those teeth, screaming soundlessly, gasping for breath.

“He never saw those dogs. How could anyone make such a stupid a decision, knowing what they did?”

Read a sample of Loose the Dogs

Excerpt from Gone Girl

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I seem to be going through a run of incompatible books lately. I just put one to the side at the half-way point and picked up Gone Girl the bestseller by Gillian Flynn. The descriptions sounded good, but so far I am not enamored with it. I have just reached the point of the disappearance, though, so I’ll give it a bit longer to see if it improves. I’m not a big fan of the alternating journal entries, onomatopoeia, or crude language. But this particular passage certainly made me laugh:

Amy loved the cat, the cat was declawed, the cat was never let outside, never ever, because the cat, Bleecker, was sweet but extremely stupid, and despite the LoJack tracking device pelleted somewhere in his fat furry rolls, Amy knew she’d never see the cat again if he ever got out. The cat would waddle straight into the Mississippi River—deedle-de-dum—and float all the way to the Gulf of Mexico into the maw of a hungry bull shark.

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

 

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 

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Chloe, Between the Cracks #4 is in the Kindle store for free this weekend!

While Chloe is book #4 in the series, you can read it as a stand alone novel. And I have to say, this heart-wrenching book is one of the best I have written so far.

In the words of some of my readers:

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Rescuing Finley, by Dan Walsh

Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn’t see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley’s life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.

Experiments, A Gifted Series Prequels, by Char Webster

The Gifted Society, a race of people with special abilities, lives among humans. They have survived for thousands of years by hiding their special powers from the world. Now, someone is trying to manipulate human DNA to create the gene mutation that triggers these abilities. Nick, Robert, Jason and Ryan, newly graduated from the Gifted Society’s Elite Academy, are tasked with stopping whoever is behind these experiments. 

Will the guys succeed with their first assignment? Will they be able to stop the experiments? Discover the beginnings of the Gift Series in this prequel novelette.

Unforeseen, by Nick Pirog

Retired homicide detective Thomas Prescott is reluctant to read the best selling book Eight in October, a true-crime thriller based on a string of murders occurring throughout October of the past year. After all, it was his case, and he doesn’t need to be reminded of the gruesome details.

No Quarter, by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor

Ye be warned – this series contains sexual situations, drug usage, foul language, crude humor, and beaky parrots.

Volume 1 of 6 begins in 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica with Atia Crisp and her sister Livia shipwrecked and sold into slavery. They are separated and Atia is used as a pawn in a deadly card game at the Swiftsure Tavern until she is liberated by sugar merchant Capitaine la Roche. Hunted at every turn, they take refuge at Cherry Red’s Boutique (brothel) and meet up with allies including the medication loving Dr. Strangewayes. 

30 Days, by K. Larsen

Abused by her husband. Dealing with the loss of her only sister. A suicide attempt that doesn’t end in death and a husband who wants her inheritance. Elle’s life is a catastrophe. But she has a list and thirty things she’s determined to accomplish. Love isn’t on that list but it comes crashing unexpectedly into her life.

Gretchen Falls, by Les Farley (free with subscription)

A collection of short stories based upon some of the characters from the author’s first book, An Unlikely Source. Quaint, down-to-earth and some quirky – these people will grow on you. They represent a simpler life in a small town called Gretchen Falls. Allow yourself to temporarily escape the hectic world that we live in by transporting to a town that is refreshing and its people, charming.

There Are No Men, by Carol Maloney Scott

Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.

Just a Closer Walk, by William Hemsworth

Everyday I hear someone say that they do not have time to read the Bible to pray. If we do not do these things we are starving ourselves of essentials for the Christian walk. “Just A Closer Walk” provides 40 short devotional that have a daily verse and will challenge you to grow in your faith.

Ask for the Rain, by Lou Engle

Position Yourself to Experience Holy Spirit Outpouring!

Ask the LORD for rainIn the time of the latter rain. (Zechariah 10:1)

God is pouring out His Spirit and revival rain is falling across the Earth. How should you respond? Ask for more!

Big Numbers, by Jack Getze

Divorced dad Austin Carr wakes up every day in a beat-up camper, parked on someone else’s private property. Why? Because his alimony and child support payments were established by New Jersey’s family court system when his income was double, and for the last two years he has failed to earn the legally mandated monthly nut.

He’s had his savings drained, his Maxima repossessed, his salary attached, and his visiting rights suspended. He bought the twelve-year-old Chevy pick-up with the rusty camper for $800 last month because another landlord tossed his butt in the street.

Loyaulte: Stories of King Richard, by J.P. Reedman

Anthology of fiction about the Last Plantagenet King, set in his earlier days before he took the throne.

 

Sapphire Shade, by Ann Serafini

What if human beings are merely the ancestors of a highly intelligent master race, called the Ikhälea, which controls everything in the universe from dreams to the afterlife? When it is discovered that the balance of evolution has been upset and the people of Earth are on a path to eventual self-destruction, a young Irish immigrant learns that she is only one who can save humanity from extinction.

When Darkness Breaks, by Traci Sanders

Local news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night.

While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol.

Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn’t take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past.

Dragon Rider, by Marissa Allen

This is a short story of Marie.

Marie has spent her life dreaming of adventure. She has finally left her hometown to travel the world and see where life will take her. She gets what she asked for as she finds herself on the run for her life. She knows that her life has been changed forever. What she doesn’t know is how long that life will be.

L-2011 What If?, by Mark Gillespie

The London riots, coordinated by technology and social media, have brought the city to its knees.

Buildings are burning. Shops are being looted. Homes and businesses are destroyed.

Two alternative leaders have emerged in an online battle for the future soul of London.

The Guardian, by Nikki Landis

All my life I have searched for meaning hidden in the shadows. A way to emerge from my past and escape the loss that never leaves me. I lost everything once, too young to remember, too weak and young to know the truth, my entire life has been built upon a series of half truths and partial lies. I thought I lived the normal life of a teenager. I thought nothing would ever change the monotony of my existence.

Out of the Past, by Dana Roquet

Torie Mills is beautiful, successful and a New York Times best-selling historical romance author. Determined to find some solace from her fast paced and demanding life, she decides to move to Mahaska County, Iowa—a mile outside of the tiny town of Fremont and into her great-great-grandparent’s old homestead. Her plan is to restore the property to its 1870 glory days.