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Blog Tour II: Mystery Author Maia Chance

“No job is too trivial” for the Discreet Retrieval Agency, if only they didn’t tend to end in murder… “After her philandering husband died and left her penniless in Prohibition-era New York, Lola Woodby escaped with her Swedish cook to the only place she could—her deceased husband’s secret love nest in the middle of Manhattan.”… Read More ›

Blog Tour: Mystery Author Maia Chance

Fairy tales in their original forms can be quite…grim. These short tales full of wonder, magic, and “happy endings” continue to inspire our imaginations and our literature. In 2014, Snow White Red-Handed debuted with the opening/first lines: “Miss Ophelia Flax was neither a professional confidence trickster nor a lady’s maid, but she’d played both on… Read More ›

Deleted Scenes

You’ve seen them.  Check out a DVD (or Blu-ray) film or TV series and more likely than not, there’s a deleted scene(s), commentaries by the director or cast, behind-the-scenes featurette(s) and more.  Why aren’t there such extra features in books? After writers pen their novel (or short story), revisions and edits may more often than… Read More ›

The Tragedy of Whitehall

Here is the prologue of The Tragedy of Whitehall, the fantasy novel I’ve decided to work on as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2012.  I’ve long had the concept for this prelude novel to a fantasy trilogy, which is in turn part of a larger fantasy series that I’ve yet to come up with… Read More ›

Murder at the Gardens – Prologue

I’m skipping ahead here just a bit.  I’m still fine tuning the prologue for my second novel, A Weekend for Murder.  In the meantime, since I mentioned my third novel precedes The Poisoned Martini eStory, I thought I’d present a look at the prologue for Murder at the Gardens. *** A lone person paced back and… Read More ›

Ancient Syracuse – Prologue

Here’s a first look at the prologue for a fantasy novel I’ve tentatively titled, Ancient Syracuse : *** I’m three and a half years old.  We’re standing in the street.  My parents are looking at a garden, but I can’t see past the trees.  So I look up at the sky.  It’s funny looking.  It… Read More ›

Death on Stoneridge – Prologue

Here’s a first look at the prologue for my very first novel in The Mysteries of Syracuse series, Death on Stoneridge : *** Her life ebbed, but the ending of her life was the beginning. Who was she?  This young wife with dreams of motherhood, of growing old with her husband, lay against the cold porcelain of… Read More ›

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