Monday, September 21, 2015

e-Murderer by Joan C. Curtis - Excerpt

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e-Murderer copyOn this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers. When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges. THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again. This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.
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Excerpt: I parked in front of the old woman’s house, reached into my glove
compartment for a notepad, and mounted the steps.

“If you’re selling something, I got no money,” the woman’s gruff voice called out.

“I’m not selling anything, ma’am. I only want to talk to you for a few
minutes.”

“Are you from the newspaper?”

When I reached the front porch, I could see the woman’s crinkly face, soft like an overripe apple. Thick glasses pinched the end of her nose. Her stockings were rolled down to her ankles, and she wore a thin short-sleeved dress.

“My name’s Jenna,” I said, deciding not to share my last name. “Did you know the girl who lived next door?”

“Knowed ’er all ’er life,” the woman said. “This was ’er granddaddy’s house. He passed on come three years now, I expect.”

The woman’s light brown eyes looked huge behind those thick lenses. Sweat
trickled down her face. “Marty moved in several years ago. She was studying at the university. She’d bring me cookies now and again, poor dear.”

My heart froze and my throat tightened at the mention of the dead girl’s name.


The author is giving away two prizes: One, a $15 Amazon or BN Gift card (their choice) and Two, a signed copy of the award-winning book, The Clock Strikes Midnight.

About the author:

Joan Curtis Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 6 books and numerous stories. Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fanny Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will stay with you.” Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the silver medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. The e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic Grants competition for new writers. Joan Curtis - RPLA_Finalist_Badge Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and nonfiction. Mystery/suspense with a psychological twist is exactly the kind of book Joan loves to read. "I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman's point of view with a destiny. Characters drive my writing and my reading." Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the Southern traditions with the eye of a Northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Athens, Georgia. Author website: http://www.joancurtis.com | Author’s blog: http://www.joancurtis.com/blog Facebook Author page: http://www.facebook.com/joanccurtisauthor | Twitter page: @joancurtis http://www.twitter.com/joancurtis a Rafflecopter giveaway

2 comments:

  1. I'd love to do some sleuthing.

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  2. Thanks for hosting and for sharing the excerpt. I'll gladly any questions your readers may have.

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