Renee Scattergood has created a young adult fantasy novel, The Shadow Stalker, which effectively appeals to her core audience without insulting their intelligence nor overwhelming them without too much detail as well as avoiding slow pacing. Yet, readers of all ages will find much to keep them interested as well. Truly a “cross-over” book that may well work for those who don’t normally read fantasy. From the very opening of the first chapter, we take a wild ride with Auren and her friends who sneak out of their parents’ home for an adventure. But that is only the beginning for Auren.Ms. Scattergood provides the following synopsis (no spoiler alert needed):
Auren learns that she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.
Are you one of those who needs more detail before deciding to read a book? Go to her Amazon page for the Shadow Stalker series where each of the first 7 episodes are listed with a synopsis for each (click the episode titles). Commenting on the writing and story/character development is my task here. However, one more comment about plot: the Prologue to Episode 2 contains a flash forward to events in Episode 7. Something of a spoiler for me, but I suspect Renee has her reasons, though it did put me off a bit. I always love surprises in a story.
Auren’s misadventure with her high school friends is only the beginning of exciting events taking the reader on a journey across the ocean from her home, first to Luten Isle with her friends. Then she is taken to the Dark Isle for training to fulfill her destiny under the firm hand of her foster father, Kado. Many mysteries await though carefully revealed as Auren continues her journey into the shadow world and those that dwell there.
This story is a well-crafted combination of traditional fantasy adventure in a world with high tech features much like, yet very unlike our own. But don’t expected a highly detailed description of this world or even the characters. The focus is on the characters’ outer and inner journeys toward their goals and self-realization. It’s the people and the action that counts in this story.
Scattergood’s first strength is her clear, direct, and involving prose that takes one along for the ride feeling everything her central character, Auren, experiences and thinks. She renders the world of the Serpent Isles and the Dark Isle with only a few words which, somehow, creates itself in the reader’s own imagination. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I found that not only the clever use of the shadow world intrigued me, but the pacing of the dialogue kept the story moving while revealing more about the characters and the truth of the shadow world.
Auren’s foster father, Kado, is equally intriguing but his stoic demeanor creates mystery and curiosity. As the story progresses we learn more about him and how he has become this at once hard-nosed, yet compassionate person. Since most of the story is told first person from Auren’s point of view, the puzzles surrounding Kado also keep us in the dark for a good part of the story.
You should guess by now it’s the characters that reign supreme in this story and that is Scattergood’s other strength: believable characters of realistic dimensions. While younger readers may miss some of the subtleties of the characters’ motivations and their reactions to their experiences, adults will likely discover deeper understanding. Family dynamics such as the effects of separation from parents, the influence of good and bad role models, taking personal responsibility for one own survival, etc. make for a satisfying read.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s entertaining, and a page turner, but there is more depth here than one would expect from the “usual” high fantasy. Scattergood is part of a new movement among genre writers, especially in fantasy and science fiction, who believe strong stories, characters, and serious themes have as an important place in these stories as well as in “serious” literature.
One last comment. As a former English teacher, it pleases me no end to see Ms. Scattergood enlisting the venerable 19th Century custom of serial novels such as Dickens employed to great effect except now, it is the digital eBook format that tantalizes her audience one episode at a time. Gives me ideas for future publication of my own work. So far, 7 episodes have been published and more is on the way. See her web site for publication dates (reneescattergood.com/)
I’ll grant Renee Scattergood 4 ½ stars out of 5 for reasons stated above. Keep an eye on this writer, surely there will be more of her high quality story-telling to come!
Renee’s Buy Links:
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Shadow Stalker, Episode 7 is Released!
Auren’s best friend was captured during the Galvadi invasion, and her rescue attempt goes awry. Now she finds herself in the hands of an enemy who knows her true identity…one who has the power to be either her destroyer or her salvation.
Review: The Shadow Stalker, Episode 7Renee Scattergood, once again, orchestrates her engaging story-telling skills with the continuation of her series in Episode 7, Bound by Fate. Renee has enlisted the venerable 19th Century custom of serial novels such as Dickens employed to great effect except now it is the digital eBook format that tantalizes her audience.
Central character Auren is on the hunt to save her friend Jade but is captured as she nears Appolia City. But, of course, you will learn all about that when you read this skillfully written episode.
Scattergood’s strength is her clear, direct, and involving prose taking one along for the ride feeling everything her central character, Auren, experiences and thinks. She renders the world of the Serpent Isles with only a few words which, somehow, creates itself in the reader’s own imagination. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I found that not only the clever use of the shadow world intrigued me, but the pacing of the dialogue kept the story moving while revealing more about the characters.
If you read Bound by Fate, without having first read the previous prequel and six episodes, you will be compelled to go back to read them all. Personally, I can’t wait for the rest of the series! Click here to buy @ 99 cents.
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Author Focus: More about ReneeRenee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker series, and she has also published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter on her blog: http://reneescattergood.com
Why I Enjoy Writing in First Person By Renee Scattergood
Writing in third person is great for when your book has more than one central character and you want your readers to experience the story from several points of view. The problem with it for me is it tends to be impersonal, and I love getting into a character’s head. That’s what writing in first person does.
While I know it’s not the best option for every situation, I will always take advantage of it when I can, especially in short stories and novellas, which are perfect for a single character point of view. That’s partially why I wanted to start my indie writing career with doing the Shadow Stalker episodes. It has allowed me to really get into the main character Auren’s head.
In some ways it’s easier for me to write that way because I can close my eyes and for the moment pretend that I’m her. I can see her world through her eyes and write what I see. It allows me to experience the world in a more tangible way. I can do the same when writing in third person (and I do), but changing character points of view makes it more difficult. After all, each character sees their world a bit differently.
What I really love about writing in first person, though, is the main character can also be the narrator of the story. I can have the character speak as though she is recounting something that had happened to a friend. It means I can use that character’s language and make her personality come through in every aspect of the story, not just the dialogue. It becomes apparent in how she interprets what she sees and her experiences and how she reacts to people and situations.
There are downsides to writing in first person too. You’re only getting one side of the story, for instance. But the best part about that is it leaves an opening to write the same story from another character’s point of view.
August 3, 2015
Fellow writer, Penny Ehrenkranz, posted an in-depth interview she conducted with me a little before Dust Storms was released. If you think you know a lot about me and my writing, she has a few surprises in her discussion with me. Check it out on her Blog Spot: One Writer’s Journey
Thanks, Penny for taking the time to talk to me!
Debbie Manber Kupfer’s P.A.W.S.:
The P.A.W.S. saga continues with
The death of Alistair has brought a measure of peace and calm to those at P.A.W.S., but his silver charm remains in Miri’s possession and it seems to almost have a life of its own.
Nightmares and questions torment Miri until the charm mysteriously disappears and Jessamyn seeks help from Quentin. He claims to have repented his past association with Alistair, but can he be trusted?
And what of Jenna, a young girl once held captive by Alistair who carries a terrible secret—a secret that could determine the future of P.A.W.S.
Remember to add Argentum to your TBR list on Goodreads.
Here’s a link to information about an exciting new novel by fellow Black Rose Writer, CG Fewston: A Time to Love in Tehran.
1. While researching you and your books for this interview, I came across the teaser for your latest release, Linked, posted on your web site (judyserrano.com). I was immediately hooked! Reading your teaser inspired two questions: (1) How much of “Daphne Foster’s” role as a short term English teacher is drawn from experience, and (2) how conscious is your effort to construct your sentences, characters, and plot details to elicit reader curiosity? Discuss.
Judy: That is a question no one has asked me before. Funny you should ask it. Besides being an adjunct professor, I am also a substitute teacher. At one point, the high school asked me to take a long-term position as a sub for an English class, and let’s just say that today, although I still love to sub, I am not a high school teacher. However, I never did a parent-teacher conference, and never met a Charlie Cross kind of character. That’s all I’m giving up.
As far as effort towards sentence structure goes, it is all automatic. When I start to write, I am on autopilot. There is very little planning involved.
2. One further question about background. Your Easter’s Lilly series of four books also deal with life in and around organized crime families. How did you become knowledgeable about organized crime?
Judy: Easter’s Lilly is certainly my baby. The love and betrayal mixed in with Mafia and murder, was so much fun to write. Since Lilly seems to be mixed up with specifically the Mexican Mafia, people often ask me if I get my storylines from my very handsome, Mexican husband’s lifestyle. I’m still not talking.
3. Ah, you are definitely like many good authors: you keep certain intriguing facts to yourself. I see you are a member of the Dallas Area Romance Authors. Before writing the Easter’s Lilly series and Linked, had you published any “traditional” romance stories?
Judy: I seem to be unable to write “traditional” romance. For starters, I tend to write in the first person. Traditional love stories are almost always written in the third person. Plus, I get kind of tired of the same ending over and over again, so I tend to mix it up. Even if I do throw in a happily ever after, you will never be able to predict where the story will actually end.
4. The Lost Years, the fifth book in the Easter’s Lilly series, is due out in September. Do you anticipate making Linked the beginning of a new series?
Judy: I am actually in the middle of writing book two in the Linked series. I am half way through it right now. It is in the perspective of one of Daphne’s daughters. It promises to thrill and surprise.
5. Do you find yourself identifying with any of your protagonists or minor characters? When writing about characters very much unlike you, how do you manage to make them believable?
Judy: I always identify with my main character in some way. Lilly was a singer and a waitress, Daphne is a substitute teacher; I have done all those things. I think the way I identify with them most is in the way they love and hurt. Certainly all of us have loved and lost. I think when you touch intimate places in the reader’s memories, or even fantasies, the characters become very identifiable.
6. Turn about is fair play, so how do you write? Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Judy: I suppose that is a fair question. I ask all the author’s I interview that very same question. I am a pantser. I sit down at my MacBook and the characters tell me where they want to go and what they want to do. Both Lilly and Daphne surprised me at every turn, not to mention the men in their lives.
7. You have amazing courage to “let the characters go,” in determining the direction of the story. I do admit some of my characters have changed my best laid plans. Now, do you have some overriding message that runs through your writing or do you simply write for the sake of telling an engaging story without a concern for “messages”?
Judy: There are messages in my novels. I didn’t consciously put them there but my husband pointed out to me that I do tend to lead in the direction of forgiveness and redemption. It is human nature to hold a grudge and be unforgiving, but life is so much better with love and not indifference.
8. You seem to have a very full life. Tell us about your various professional and personal activities. Be sure to comment on why music is important to you.
Judy: You really did research me, didn’t you? I was a singer for a great part of my young life. I used to sing country/western music and I was absolutely convinced that I would be the next Olivia Newton John or Linda Ronstadt. I have run many music ministries for churches since then and it fills me with such hope and inspiration. I play guitar and have a son who plays drums and we often play together. All my children sing. I feel blessed that we can make music together.
I also teach writing, I freelance write, and try to exercise whenever I can. My children are very active, so my husband and I try to keep up with them. The fact that I play Scrabble on Facebook is something I will never admit to.
9. I’m not done yet. Reaching back to your youth, what key event or realization motivated you to become a writer?
Judy: Writing for me was always a kind of release. Whether it was writing songs, poems, or novels, I used it as a way to get my feeling out in the open. I started writing when I was 12 years old. It’s kind of a funny story because I suffered from dyslexia as a child. Who would have guessed that I would end up a novelist?
10. Who knew? Be sure to visit the following sites to learn more about Judy, her books, and her many interests.
Judy: Thanks so much for the interview, RJ. I appreciate the time you put into it.
My pleasure. Now both she and I need get back to writing! RJ
Interview of Ia Uaro, Sydney’s Song author
Ia (The “i” in “Ia” is pronounced “e”) was born in the beautiful and remote world’s widest tea plantation by Mount Kerinci in Sumatra where her dad was the plantation’s accountant, her mum a teacher. Her dad died when Ia was 13, and Ia moved across the ocean.
She proceeded to become the busiest teen ever including, at 17, getting published in a teen magazine. Printed as a book her work was subsequently bought by the Indonesian Department of Education for high-school libraries. She has gone on to become an expert in a diversity of fields.
Her book, SYDNEY’S SONG, is an undefeatable girl’s courageous journey to adulthood and a love story grounded in the suburban settings of Sydney and Boston where heartbreaks are juxtaposed with humour. Based on true stories and real events, this novel with an Australian accent shows the world that living with disabilities does not prevent a person from attaining happiness.
PLEASE SEE LINKS AT END OF INTERVIEW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IA AND HER BOOK.
1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
During high school, I tutored my younger cousin Oren in math. While he was working on the problems, I browsed his teen magazine. This was a boys’ mag and its fiction section published serials and short stories. I thought, I could do this. And I did.
Week after week Oren excitedly showed me my own writing, “Read this! You must read this week’s installment!”… until the week when I was describing his unique dogs and cats.
Nobody else knew except my best friend Nina, who had to type my manuscript using an ancient Swedish typewriter which made a hole in the paper each time she typed the letter “o”. Friends talked about “me” around me, and I loved being invisible.
2. What motivated you to write Sydney’s Song?
In June 2010 I met a friend I used to work with. She said the old office was closing down, and we reminisced about our experiences there. When I arrived home, my then 13-year-old daughter was crying because she couldn’t finish the novel she had been working on—so I thought to show her by example, that if she kept on writing she was bound to arrive at the finish line. When I opened my computer, a uni (university) friend had just posted an ancient pic. In it, we (if you read this book, look out for “the band”) were all singing by a lake. Also in the picture was my Beecroft friend, who was visiting me, so distraught by her parents’ recent divorce. I mixed all of these in the opening chapters. After that, I continued with my husband’s true life stories, because I had a wonderful person with disabilities at home while outside I regularly met this kind:
Sad to say, some people with disabilities liked to flash their limitations like a badge: “No Sydney. Not fair to compare us to radiant, peaceful Christopher Reeves. He’s rich. He has a lovely wife, paid attendants, adoring fans. We suffer like he does—minus all the pampering. So we have every right to be bitter! It’s our privilege to snap off everyone’s head! We have disabilities. We’re entitled to be mean!” (Sydney’s Song—an excerpt).
3. What was the hardest scene (technically and/or emotionally) for you to write in the book?
The technical problems could be solved, but whatever I write, my mind involuntary travelled to the subconscious, rediscovering events that my system had stored away because they were too painful to remember. There were several in Sydney’s Song, such as Sydney’s dream before she went surfing alone for the first time.
Even making the trailer caused me to bleed all over again.
4. Why did you fictionalize your story instead of using the memoir genre?
A few reasons:
- All of my characters had been real and I would like to protect their privacy. Especially, to me it seems a bad taste to parade my husband in public and profit from his condition. Yes, my writing mentor (who deals with big publishers in mostly the memoir genre) did ask, “Would you like to change this to a true story? You know that fictions don’t sell, don’t you?”
- 90% of Sydney’s Song had actually happened. 95% of the dialogues had been spoken. I shuffled them like a deck of cards that the paragraphs in one page could have been spoken a decade apart. BUT, Sydney’s Song is only 5% of my life. I first met my husband when I was 30, and I’d been to hell and back quite a few times since I left home at 13.
5. Beyond what you covered in the book related to your husband’s disability, how is he doing now?
He can hold a job, and his superiors have tolerated him since I spoke with the HR manager. Good thing we live in a country that respects the anti-discrimination laws.
He coaches our 16-year-old daughter in math and chemistry; he remembers his high-school subjects to the smallest details. Just don’t ask him about a recent event once he passes the door.
6. What authors inspire you?
There are many new authors that I admire. But those who inspired me had been the real-life novelists from my formative years: Pearl S. Buck, Mark Twain, Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, and Indonesian author Motinggo Busje.
7. What encouraging advice can you offer new writers?
You are a unique child of this world, what you have to offer matters. You have every bit as much brightness to offer the world as the next person. Your writings will become some readers’ reason to smile. You are a gift to them. Until then, keep writing. My 90-year-old best friend and I agree writing is the best pastime anyone can have: it’s an endless journey of self-discovery and advancement (yes, still happens even at 90!). You can learn new skills. In a very short time, you won’t be who you are today. You will have developed new abilities; even if you don’t realise it, people notice. And you get to interact with the world’s most fascinating minds, from truck drivers to seasoned diplomats, law enforcers and great artists—their friendships alone are priceless.
8. What has been the most difficult part about being a writer and what cautions would you offer new writers??
This is the easiest question. Sadly, I have many answers:
- Marketing. Even if you’re with a traditional publisher, you need to be marketing-savvy. However, traditional publishers can’t afford to risk their business finance investing in untried, newbie fiction authors. There is no easy way out: new authors must learn the rope of marketing.
- Literary agents are few in numbers. They are already occupied with the work of established authors. You may have to pay an expert literary critic to assess your manuscript, to provide an in-depth rationale of your entire manuscript in every aspect. Implementing the suggestions will do your self-esteem wonders when, in the future, some vile reviewers look down upon your book. You know that no one will think badly of it—except the low people.
- Advance technology has made self-publishing too easy. Over 10,000 new books are being self-published every week, making it extremely difficult for a new voice to be heard. I suggest: build your author brand as soon as you complete the first draft (while waiting for your beta readers).
- The majority of self-published books debase literature in content and quality. This drives book businesses to shun self-published authors. I suggest: do not rush your manuscript. Give it your personal best and don’t murder your beta readers. It’s always great to receive criticism (the more hurtful, the more valuable) during the manuscript stage—instead of having your published book ripped apart by critics later.
- Sharks infest every water that a self-published author must tread in. Eight-million-too-many authors are easy preys to thriving businesses that create wealth out of their victims’ desperate attempt at successful self-publishing. If you must pay some companies for a service, check the details of their responsibilities before signing any agreement.
- The social media can be powerful tools. However, their nature and the time they consume have evil potential to bring you down. List your priorities and stick to it. Make sure your loved ones feel loved. (And your loved ones include your own person.)
9. Do you have plans for future books?
- On creative writing: back to question #3. For me, writing is torture that makes me bleed. I have a few stories that I’m not prepared to release to the public in this lifetime—at least, not until I doctor them first and make them fictional.
- On non-fiction: my mentor Irina Dunn, who is a big name in the writing scene in Australia, has asked me to write a self-publishing guide for newbies because she is so tired of having to explain it again and again to her fiction authors. From Irina’s and my publishing experiences, I have written most of the steps under working title New Authors’ Pathfinder. We show how to use your personal best in putting forward a highly readable book—a step-by-step guide towards quality self-publishing.
10. Other than writing what else do you most like to do?
I love to take pictures, though I’m not a photographer. My daughter says she’ll scream if I take another pic, but she still accompanies me on my jaunts. If you love photography, Sydney is the place to be. We have so many festivals dubbed the tripod festivals.
I love to sing, though I’m a poor singer.
I love gardening, and I’m a volunteer in our community’s secret garden, Lisgar.
I love to stitch. I made many bridal gowns, professionally, once upon a time. Nowadays I volunteer to make pretty “dresses” for paralyzed 90-something girls, those who are so sick of hospital “uniform” and still put on lipstick and want to look dignified.
I love beaches and forests. I used to climb the mountains all the time. Now hubby has disabilities, but my little son accompanies me walking in the nearby forest, provided it hasn’t been raining because he hates leeches.
Come visit Ia’s website, which is her one-stop press kit. Sydney’s Song and its Spanish edition La Cancion de Sydney are available in paperback (standard font and large print) and in digital versions from the retailers listed under Shop.
Mindy’s Guest Blog
Hello all! My name is Mindy Killgrove and it is my pleasure to be your guest blogger today. Thank you to RJ for hosting me on his site.
I have a little story to tell that will hopefully give you a glimpse into my writing style. My story is entitled: “I Couldn’t Let Go”.
I don’t think that I’ll ever forget being swept into his arms. It was a harmless hug, in truth, but this was the embrace that I’d been waiting for all day long. He opened his muscular arms ever so slightly and I curled into him gently, pressing my nose into his shirt—trying to deeply inhale his warmth and goodness. In a few seconds, I knew that he would break the bond, laugh a little, and then waltz away from me, but for now, I enjoyed the moment. I allowed it to penetrate my heart and I locked it into a place that I just couldn’t let go.
Mindy’s Top Eight- The Top Eight Reasons That I Write in the Romance Genre
8. The characters are fun and they’re not that complex. For the most part, they fall into two categories: keepers and dumpers. I believe that all characters should be flawed (thus being accurate portrayals of human beings), and that means that someone can be a rose for one character but a thorn to another. That’s where things get interesting.
7. Falling in love is realistic—I chose to write everything based on experience. That doesn’t mean that everything I write is real, but it does mean that it comes from a real place. For example, in the paragraph above—I believe that everyone has received a hug at some point in their life that they just never wanted to break. Right?
6. Falling in love is fantastic—while this might appear to be a contradiction of my previous statement, I mean the other usage for the word “fantastic”. There is nothing so exciting in this whole world, I do believe, than realizing for the first time that you’re about to kiss the person standing right beside you. It’s exhilarating to experience and it’s equally enthralling to read/write about.
5. There’s always a hero. Nowadays a lot of writing tends to be dark in nature. I’m not exactly a drama lover, so I prefer to have a hero who is genuine and who actually has a chance of defeating their enemy in the end. I’m a fan of the “good guy/girl.”
4. In the romantic genre, I can sprinkle in humor. I love to laugh and so I try to create the same experience for my readers.
3. Romance readers simply want to be entertained. There’s a reason that most of the books read over vacation or while laying out in the sand are paperback romances—it’s because they are concise and enjoyable. They don’t dwell on the negative and they always leave the reader wanting more, instead of over stressing disturbing images.
2. Women (and men) need positive role models. As an educator, I find it increasingly difficult to show students that there are great people in this world who can set wonderful examples for them. In my writing, I try to create characters who are believable, but who also concentrate on certain personality traits: being honest, fair, and courteous (among other things).
1. I’m a romance reader, so I’m a romance writer. I write what I know and I write what I enjoy. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Meet Me at the Pond
If you’ve made it this far and you’re looking at the screen thinking, “Hey, this lady—she’s got a few good points here,” then I would encourage you to please check out my book: Meet Me at the Pond. It is a piece of women’s fiction, and you guessed it—it’s a mixture of humor and romance. I’m proud to share this work with you and I hope that you read it and see a little bit of yourself (and life’s lessons that we’re all forced to learn) bottled up inside the package.
Thanks again to RJ for hosting me.
It was my pleasure, Mindy. Your books will help bring the universe back into balance after my guy, Don Vargas, lays waste with his rude, reluctant hero profile. He does have his good moments, though! RJ
I just met Robert Kresge, a great Western mystery/spy novelist this weekend and would like to share his link so you can take a look at what he’s written. He formerly gathered intelligence so he knows a thing or two about intrigue and hunting down clues! His latest book is Death’s Icy Hand.
Check out Roy Murry‘s great reviews and interviews with up and coming authors on his popular blog site. Roy is an accomplished author himself with his latest publication being The Audubon Caper. I’m hoping to be reviewed by Roy in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed!
Sharon Vander Meer is a published science fiction author. She also conducted an excellent interview of me February 12, 2013 on her Writers Block program which ended later in February. Best of luck to Sharon as she continues to pursue her writing and publish her magazine!
Please check out Lindsay Avalon’s blogspot site for info about her paranormal romance novels and interviews she conducts of other authors. She interviewed me a few years ago (scroll down a bit to see it on her page).
Today, I wish to thank Charles Schwend who had included a short blub about this very feature and my web site in general. Though that blurb is no longer available, you may be interested in Charles’ link: Charles Schwend
Here’s an ad for a fellow Black Rose Writing author, WR Park, that had appeared on my home page recently. The book has a New Mexico connection. Check it out!
Just released. Purchase on Amazon & B&N or your local bookstore using ISBN number: 978-1-61296-157-6
Professional book reviewer Patty Foltz wrote: “WR.PARK has done it again, another extraordinary read. Right when you think you know who the murderer is, you’re wrong. He keeps you guessing throughout the entire story.”
Dear readers, my 12th suspense-thriller-mystery novel, ‘Murder & Mummies on Route 66’ is of course fiction—with the exception of portions of reminiscing between the two major protagonists. I have always cherished those boyhood shenanigans—and now have a vehicle to share them with you as they visit historical sites along the route that you’ll recall visiting or reading about. Below is a brief synopsis of this work. Enjoy the read as I’ve enjoyed the ride.
After a lifetime apart, two old friends unite for what they thought would be a leisurely, nostalgia-filled drive in a vintage red Mustang convertible to the west coast on historic Route 66.
Friendly banter and school-time reminiscing came to an abrupt halt when the first of a number of mummified bodies of women were discovered along the route. Bestselling author Conrad Drummond—and Deuce Connery, the man local authorities failed to identify—became suspect’s number one and two.
Drummond’s knowledge of mummified remains—and Connery’s investigative intuition—convinces Oklahoma State Police Captain Johnson to enlist their assistance in capturing the person behind the murders. At the request of the New Mexico governor, Johnson agrees to head up the team to track down the mastermind behind the serial killings—placing Drummond’s and Connery’s lives in grave danger.