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What is a Red Herring in a Mystery Novel?

What is a Red Herring?

A red herring is something in a mystery novel or story that appears to be a clue but instead is a false clue that sends readers apprehending someone who is not the real villain.

An example of a “red herring” would be to choose an innocent character and give them a motive that makes them a strong suspect as the murderer.

 

To study “red herrings” read Agatha Christie who has been dubbed “the Queen of red herrings.”

 

 

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A summer trip to the Klondike can be deadly…

klondikeTitle: Bloody Klondike Gold
Series: Randi Braveheart Mysteries
By: A. K. Taylor
Publisher: Soaring Eagle Books
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Genre: Teen/YA Mystery, Thriller, Action Adventure

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Randi Braveheart and her friend go to the Mineral Creek mining claim for summer vacation and to visit her father, Will, during the second half of the six month mining season. The time of happy reunions, summer fun, and gold mining come to a close after a night of sabotage, the theft of the first half of the season’s haul, and a death threat.

Will the motley crew of miners and teens survive until the end of the season?

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Bloody Klondike Gold is an introductory short story to the new Randi Braveheart Mystery Series by award winning Teen/YA author A.K. Taylor! Stay tuned for the first installment To Catch a Catfish coming in 2017.

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Book Excerpt:

In the dining hall, all fifteen miners fell in to eat a nice meal after a hard day’s work.

Randi and Brittany talked to Pappy and Will about what they explored.

Brittany wasn’t too enthusiastic about the woods, but she loved the view and scenery in the distance and the creek.

Randi spoke of doing a little fishing one day.

Brittany was going to pass on that. She didn’t like the fish or the bait. Anything that was smelly or slimy turned her off. It was totally gross!

Several big explosions came from outside, interrupting the dinnertime chatter. They were so loud and booming that they shook the windows of the dining hall and the foundation.

“What was that?” asked Brittany with here blue eyes wide in fright.

The huge gears, springs, and shaker from the derocker crashed through the roof and landed on one of the tables and brought with it wood and tin from the roof. Several people were hit with the fallen debris. Other people shielded themselves with their arms and herded toward the exit. The injured were wallowing on the ground and moaning in pain.

Everyone was in a panic and confused.

What was going on? What was all that racket outside?

People checked on and helped the injured. Nothing was serious, but they were going to need first aid. After a few moments, everyone ran outside to investigate what was going on and what the noise was.

Orange light from flames illuminated the night sky and the emerald-green foliage of the surrounding forest. Everyone gathered around and looked in horror at the mining equipment. It was engulfed in flames and completely ruined. Someone had sabotaged and completely destroyed everything.

Men were horrified beyond disbelief and completely lost on what to do next.

Pappy was furious. He took his hat off and slammed it on the ground. “Goshdarn it! I’m gonna blast the fur of’n the person’s hide, if I ever see ‘em!” he spat indignantly. When Pappy got angry, people related him to an old, cotton-haired Yosemite Sam.

Will ran into the cabin where the safe was without telling anyone.

“Dad, where are ya goin’?” asked Randi as she followed him.

Brittany brought up the rear behind them.

When the trio got there to the cabin, they saw the door had been kicked open. All three of them had that sinking feeling as their eyes went toward the safe. The safe was smashed and pried open. Everything from inside was gone.

Will was so overcome with so many emotions that he silently wept. He had high hopes that this mining year was going to make a serious difference for a better life for him and his daughter, since his wife had died about five years ago. Now because of someone’s thoughtless actions, everything he had worked and hoped for was now in jeopardy.

Brittany offered to give her shoulder for Randi to cry on. She knew Will and Randi’s sad story all too well. She shed her own tears for them and for her own grief.

No one slept a wink that night. They were going to wait till morning to survey the damage and decide what to do next. That wasn’t the extent of the bad news. The buyer was coming tomorrow and now there was no gold to sell to gather needed supplies or split among the men. That was going to kill the morale of the group and possibly turn everything for the worst.

As Randi wiped her eyes, she saw a folded piece of paper in front of the ruined safe. She picked up and unfolded the paper. This short message was sloppily scribbled on the paper:

All of you are going to die tomorrow night.

Randi showed it to her father and her friend. They were clearly appalled by the letter. They had to show this to everyone else.

It was definitely going to be a sleepless night tonight after discovering such a ghastly letter.

 

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A.K. Taylor grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned about nature. She enjoys hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections. She also has interest in music, Native American history and heritage, Egyptian history, and the natural sciences. A.K. Taylor has been writing and drawing since the age of 16. A.K. Taylor has graduated from the University of Georgia with a biology degree, and she shares an interest in herpetology with her husband.

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Featuring Children, Tweens & YA Authors

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A Cup Full of Midnight

a-cup-full-of-midnightTitle: A Cup Full of MidnightJared Mckean Series
By: Jaden Terrell
Publisher: Permanent Press
Publication Date: August 9, 2012
Genre: Mystery/Murder Mystery

 

Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1

THE CALL CAME three hours into the stakeout, just as the man in the cowboy hat pulled up to the curb in a red Lexus so polished it looked like it had been dipped in molten glass. It was a wet winter afternoon, and a flat gray sky spat sleet and ice onto the windshield of my black and chrome Chevy Silverado pickup. A sweet ride. Not so sweet in the middle of winter with the engine off to keep plumes of exhaust from drawing attention.

Shivering behind the wheel, I blew on my hands to warm them. Then, ignoring the phone vibrating in my cup holder, I lowered the window and reached across the seat for my camera. With the office rent due and Christmas a few weeks away, the two hundred dollars a day plus expenses my client was paying for surveillance shots said whoever was on the phone could wait.

It buzzed again, rattling against the plastic like a hornet against glass. Holding the camera to my eye with one hand, I felt for the phone with the other and pressed a button on the side, cutting the connection.

Across the street, the man in the cowboy hat, smalltime record producer and big time philanderer Richie Barron, clambered out of the driver’s seat and waddled to the passenger side, the tails of his leather duster flapping around his calves. The hat was a prop. He was built like a groundhog, and if he’d ever even been on a horse, it was being led in circles at some kid’s birthday party.

As he reached for the handle of the passenger door, I adjusted the lens and snapped a photo. The phone buzzed again. This time, I glanced over at the caller ID on the illuminated screen. My niece, Caitlin. I frowned. She wouldn’t risk losing her phone privileges to call me in the middle of a school day unless she had a serious problem. But why call me, instead of my brother or his wife?

I lowered the camera and fumbled for the phone with cold-numbed fingers. Flipped it open and held it to my ear.

“What’s going on, Katie-Bear?” I said. At fourteen, she was too old for the nickname, but as her favorite—and only—uncle, I got a special dispensation.

“Hey, Uncle Jared.” Her voice was almost too soft to make out, so I shifted the camera and put a finger in the opposite ear to hear better. “I’m not supposed to have my cell phone out, but . . .”

“But?” Phone tucked between my jaw and shoulder, I aimed the Sony and snapped another picture as Richie slung open the passenger door of the Lexus. Snapped another as a woman in black tights and stiletto-heeled boots emerged, looking like she’d stuffed the bra beneath her fur cape with casaba melons. A minimal background check had identified her as Destiny Mirage, a twenty-two-year-old stripper with musical aspirations. Gypsy Rose Lee meets Dolly Parton.

Caitlin said, “I have to tell you something.”

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American Book Awards Program

From the website of – Before Columbus Foundation

The American Book Awards Program is not associated with any industry group or trade organization. The American Book Awards offer no cash prize nor do they require any financial commitments from the authors or their publishers. The Award winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture.

Submissions

There are no application forms, fees, or any other restrictions for submissions, nominations, or recommendations to the panel. The book is what matters, not the procedure. The only requirement is that two copies of the book must be mailed to the Before Columbus Foundation by December 31st for consideration for the following year’s Awards. Anyone may make a submission (it does not have to be the publisher). There is no limit on the number of titles that may be submitted. All genres are accepted (including anthologies, children’s books, and multimedia). You may include reviews, publicity, or other informational material with your submission if you wish.

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Lucky the Hard Way

lucky-the-hard-way-finalTitle: Lucky the Hard Way  (The Lucky O-Toole Vegas Adventure Series, Volume 7)
By: Deborah Coonts
Publisher:  Deborah B. Coonts
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Paperback: 318 pages
ISBN-10: 1944831827
ISBN-13: 978-1944831820
Price: Paperback – $15.99; Kindle: $4.99

 

 

 

 

About the Book:

The seventh in the successful Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series A dead body. A former lover on the run. Santa has given Lucky more than she asked for. As Christmases go, this one is proving a bit taxing for Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’ most over-the-top Strip resort casino. While facing a murder indictment, Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, has fled to Macau hot on the heels of the man everyone thinks is the real murderer, Irv Gittings. Lucky knows that if Irv finds Teddie first, Lucky will never see him again. Mr. Cho, a powerful figure in the Chinese underworld in Macau, is blackmailing the Big Boss with knowledge of gambling anomalies at the Babylon’s property in Macau. If the Macanese authorities are alerted, the resulting fallout would crumble the financial foundation of Lucky’s entire gambling empire. A trip to Macau is inevitable. With the opening of her own hotel less than a week away, and her engagement still very new, for Lucky the timing couldn’t be worse. As she’s pumping a local source for information about Mr. Cho, the lady is shot in front of her—Lucky narrowly taking the bullet. Lucky has no idea the bullet was really meant for her. With the help of her sidekick, Detective Romeo, Lucky must find Teddie, bring Irv Gittings and Mr. Cho to justice. But can Lucky beat them at their own game without getting caught in the trap? And will she be in time to rescue Teddie?

 

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My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted.  These things I do know:  I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer.  I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky?  (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist), its six sequels, Lucky the Hard Way, the latest and just out, and four between-the-books novellas.  Currently, I’m stretching my writer muscles working on a women’s fiction/contemporary romance series set in Napa—the first novel, Crushed, is out now.  Next up is After Me, a thriller incorporating cutting-edge science and a protagonist who literally can’t remember why everyone wants her dead.  In the pipeline is a romantic suspense series featuring a female helicopter pilot, as well as the next Lucky adventure—all very different projects. So, if you see me with a glass of Champagne in hand, you’ll understand.  I can usually be found at the bar, but also at

Website: www.deborahcoonts.com

 

Bonus: ch-1-lucky-the-hard-way by Deborah Coonts.  Enjoy!

 

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Review: The Diaries of Pontius Pilate

Title: The Diaries of Pontius Pilate511gqCtHaJL
By: Joseph Max Lewis
Publisher: Helping Hands Press
Date Published: April 24, 2013
ISBN-10: 1622083326  ISBN-13: 978-1622083329
Paperback: 260 pages
Price: $14.99
Genre: Thiller

5 Stars

 

When I saw the title of this book, I knew that I had to read it!

Think Indiana Jones with a mixture of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon and you have Dr. Kevin Elliot and Dr. Jill Gates.  Elliott and Gates are archaeologists on a dig near the Dead Sea.  Their historical find puts them and their team in danger!

What is this find and why is it so important that two opposing societies come out of the woodwork?  One society wants the archaeologists and everyone associated with them dead and the artifacts destroyed, while the other society wants to protect them and tell the world about the find.

Lewis takes the reader on a roller coaster ride after Elliot’s and Gates’ team members and the Israeli police who were sent to protect them are killed. Running from the shores of the Dead Sea with the only living police officer, Moshe, the two are dependent upon him to get them out of the country.

Trust no one!  Tell no one!  Do what you have to do to stay alive!

 

About the Author: Taken from the author’s Amazon Page.

7193PtgjUyL._UX250_Joseph Max Lewis ( http://www.josephmaxlewis.com ) served as a member of an Operational Detachment in the U.S. Army’s Seventh Special Forces Group, the storied Green Berets. During his service Lewis received anti-terrorist training and his detachment was tasked to “Special Projects.” Afterward, he served as an instructor at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Lewis attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, and the University of Pittsburgh, receiving degrees in International Politics and Law while being certified in Middle East Studies.

After living and studying abroad, first in the Middle East and then Southeast Asia, Lewis returned home to practice law. He’s a columnist in the New Bethlehem Leader-Vindicator and currently lives, writes, and practices law in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Review of Peter M. Parr’s Escape to Redemption

 

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*Disclaimer – I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.*

51fflbjkv5lTitle: Escape to Redemption
Author: Peter M. Parr
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Date of Publication: June 24, 2016
ISBN: 10-178535227X
Paperback: $13.99
Kindle: $7.99

Escape – break free from confinement or control

Redemption – the action of being saved from evil

This book is comparable to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1866 Crime and Punishment which explores redemption through suffering.

***I rate this book 4 stars***

A revengeful scare tactic goes wrong and ends in murder.  It wasn’t suppose to happen.  Now what?  The stranger with the dog saw everything.  He will go to the police.  She had to run, had to escape.  She was a young woman with her whole life to live.  She wouldn’t go down for murder and definitely wouldn’t take the rap for two murders.

Josie was freaking out and her friend Snaz, who thought he was her boyfriend, didn’t know what to do. With the flee instinct in high gear, Josie fled England for Poland leaving Snaz behind to fend for himself.

While in Poland, Josie tries to carve out a new life for herself by lying.  The thing with lying is that once the lie is told, it must be followed by additional lies to keep up the pretense.  Then, one must be able to keep up with the lies they told and so goes the vicious cycle of lies.

With the fear of living a lie and being found out and a guilty conscience about the murders, will Josie find redemption?  Or will she live the lie until her dying days?

 

 

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About the Author:

Peter M. Parr works part-time as a civil servant, which gives him time to indulge his passion for writing. He facilitates workshops to encourage people to reflect on what truly matters. He lives in Hastings, England, overlooking the sea. Escape to Redemption is his first novel.

Website: http://www.thingstoremember.org.uk/

 

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The Pulp and Mystery Shelf Aug 29 Interview

Bookishly me Aug 30 Review

Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings Sept 9 Review

Celticlady’s Reviews Sept 12 Excerpt  & Giveaway

StoreyBook Reviews Sept 13 Excerpt

What U Talking Bout Willis? Sept 14 Review

Rockin’ Book Reviews Sept 16 Review

Lisa’s Writopia Sept 19 Review & Guest Post

Girl Who Reads Sept 20 Review & Excerpt

Ashley’s Bookshelf Sept 23 Review

JBronder Book Reviews Sept 26 Review & Excerpt

Bassgiraffe’s Thoughts Sept 27 Review

Cindy’s Notebook Sept 28 Review

A Room without Books is Empty  Sept 29 Review

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Running a Criminal Enterprise is Hard Work


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By Brandon Zenner

Genres: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Action

Book Description

Running a criminal enterprise is hard work

Evan Powers has become the new manager in Nick Grady’s well-established marijuana growing operation. Led by his roommate and best friend, little has changed in Nick’s secretive business since the late ‘60s, which is just the way the aging hippie would like it to remain. However, Nick’s complex past comes full circle, thrusting Evan in a scramble to decipher the truth behind the enigmatic lives of the people he holds dear. Deep in the woods, demons will be unleashed.

***Nominate Whiskey Devils on Kindle Scout TODAY, and Amazon will send you the ebook for FREE if it is published! https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2LQVZULLLRYJM

 

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Brandon Zenner is an American fiction writer. His short fiction has been published in both print and online publications, the first being submitted when he was just 19 years old. THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, his debut eBook thriller, has reached Amazon’s top-ten charts within its genre many times. His categories of choice are thrillers, dystopian, crime, and science fiction.

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A Passionate Spirit

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By SC Skillman

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Book Description

Zoe ran through the wood in gathering dusk, her heart racing. She clutched the child’ s hand, which kept slipping out of hers. Sweat drenched her blouse, sticking it to her jacket, despite the dank chill in the air. They pounded along a narrow bramble-choked path. Zoe winced and the child sobbed, as spiky stems tore at their clothes and flesh, drawing blood.

It’s a dream come true for 25 year old Zoe when she and her new husband, unconventional priest Theo, move to the Cotswold hills. But fearsome dreams about a young girl running for her life disturb Zoe and she can’t shake off the idea that a child’s life is in danger… and so is hers.

When two unexpected guests arrive, James and Natasha, Zoe’s friend Alice immediately senses something amiss with them – and particularly Natasha; but no-one except Zoe agrees with her. Natasha embarks on a series of mysterious healings which astonish other guests and convince them that she is a miracle worker. But Zoe can’t abandon her feelings of unease. Then a series of disturbing events hits the centre…

When Zoe confronts Natasha she is completely unprepared for the terror she is about to face. Zoe will need more than the loyalty and strength of Alice to survive the frightening paranormal forces that are unleashed against her…

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S C SKILLMAN studied English Literature at Lancaster University. She has previously worked within a BBC radio production office and later spent four years in Australia. She now lives in Warwickshire with her husband David, their son Jamie and daughter Abigail.

http://www.scskillman.co.uk

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On Amazon: http://amzn.to/1I083G7
On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1SINuhZ

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