Friday, May 31, 2019

Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered my release day giveaway. Congratulations to the winners.
Peggy – $10 Amazon gift card
BN – Kindle copy of The Lost Great Dane
Shirley – Kindle copy of The Lost Great Dane

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Lost Calico Release Day Giveaway

The fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets Mystery series, The Lost Calico, will be released on Thursday, May 30, 2019. To celebrate, I’ll be posting excerpts from the book on my blog. Answer questions from the excerpts correctly and be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a copy of the first book in the series. One gift card and two copies of the book will be awarded.

The Lost Calico is the fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

Alex is still learning to cope with her new-found family when her half-brother, Wyatt, comes to her for help. His girlfriend, Ivy, is a con artist who has him wrapped around her finger. She also has a missing cat and a secret that threatens her life.

It doesn’t take Alex long to expose Ivy’s secret, but she can’t leave the girl to face the consequences on her own. As events unfold, Alex must deal with the dangers it takes to solve the mystery of the lost Calico.



Excerpt 4:
The woman returned to her house after assuring me I could use her backyard for as long as needed. I wanted to give Hero a break and Luna the opportunity to calm down. She offered me some water or soda, but I had a couple of bottles in my backpack.
I sat with my back against the tree, facing away from the house. I gave Hero some water and a snack. He curled up on the ground next to me and closed his eyes. Luna’s breathing had evened out, but she was still nervous.
The pet carrier was equipped with a spot for a small dish. I clipped the dish to the mesh before sliding it into the carrier. Luna hissed, but after I poured some water into the bowl and closed the carrier, she crept forward and began to drink.
Satisfied both animals were cared for, I pulled out a mirror to look at my face. The scratches were red and angry. The one on my cheek was still bleeding a little. I dabbed at it with a tissue and used a cloth to wash it and the others. It was the best I could do until I returned home. My phone rang as I was putting everything away. The read-out was blank, as was the number. Halie’s paranoid about her online presence and keeps all her numbers private. I don’t know how she does it. I leaned back against the tree and answered.
“So, I learned a little more about your girl. Her dad has been out of the picture for years. Mom died when she was sixteen. Ivy lived with her grandmother for about a year before dropping out of school. She’s worked mostly waitressing jobs since.” Halie paused. “The one interesting thing is that she’s lived a lot of places, but her name never appears on any lease. She always lived with someone else. Like now with Shannon Newman.”
“What did you find out about her?”
“She’s in jail. Was arrested about a month ago for trying to pawn some stolen jewelry. The pawn shop owner reported her because he remembered the earrings from a heist about five years ago involving some high-end pieces.”

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Lost Calico Release Day Giveaway

The fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets Mystery series, The Lost Calico, will be released on Thursday, May 30, 2019. To celebrate, I’ll be posting excerpts from the book on my blog. Answer questions from the excerpts correctly and be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a copy of the first book in the series. One gift card and two copies of the book will be awarded. Come back tomorrow to get the answer to the next question.

The Lost Calico is the fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

Alex is still learning to cope with her new-found family when her half-brother, Wyatt, comes to her for help. His girlfriend, Ivy, is a con artist who has him wrapped around her finger. She also has a missing cat and a secret that threatens her life.

It doesn’t take Alex long to expose Ivy’s secret, but she can’t leave the girl to face the consequences on her own. As events unfold, Alex must deal with the dangers it takes to solve the mystery of the lost Calico.



Excerpt 3:
As we all settled in the chairs, I watched the interplay between Wyatt and Ivy. She had him wrapped around her finger. He was solicitous and protective. Ivy played the coquette well. She smiled at him, looking helpless. After she was seated, she glanced at me. Something flashed briefly in her eyes. She knew she had been made.
“Are you aware of our rates?” I asked.
“You’re going to charge us?” Wyatt asked.
“Why wouldn’t I?”
He opened his mouth and closed it again. If he acknowledged our relationship, he would lose the battle he had been raging. He glared at me instead.
“This is my job,” I said shortly. “It’s how I earn a living and pay my employees.”
“How much?” he ground out.
“We offer two types of searches. A basic search where we canvass the neighborhood, call vets, shelters, and rescue groups, post on social media, and supply a flyer and ad campaign. The advanced search is when we do all those things and bring in Hero, my search-and-rescue dog.” I pointed to the large brown and black German Shepherd sitting on a dog bed by the window. “The basic search costs one hundred dollars an hour with a non-refundable two-hundred-dollar deposit. The advanced search is triple.”
Ivy’s eyes widened, and she turned to Wyatt, shaking her head. “I can’t afford that. We can just look again. Maybe she’ll come back on her own?”
Her voice quivered, and tears filled her eyes. I sat back in the chair and waited. It didn’t take long. Wyatt wrapped one arm around her shoulders and patted her hand.
“It’s okay. I can pay for it.”
“No,” she said tearfully. “I can’t let you do that.”
“I don’t mind. Really.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah, I’m sure.” He turned to me. “We want the advanced search. When can you start?”
Ivy turned to me. She still had a woe-is-me look on her face, but her eyes danced. I gave her my deadliest smile. The one I used to intimidate those who tried to take advantage of me. It was a smile I had perfected as a child, but I hadn’t had to use it much over the last few years. I was amazed at how easily it came back to me. If she wanted to play, I could play.
Her face paled a little, and she swallowed audibly. Dabbing at her eyes, she lowered her head. I won that round.
“Okay,” I said to Wyatt. “I’ll need to get some information.”
I walked them through the intake form. It had all the necessary questions I needed to start a new case. Ivy’s missing cat was a domestic calico named Luna. She was three years old and never went outside.
“How do you think she got out?” I asked.
“Someone broke into my apartment,” Ivy said with a quick glance at Wyatt. “We went out last night, and when we got back, the door was open, and the place ransacked.”

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Lost Calico Release Day Giveaway

The fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets Mystery series, The Lost Calico, will be released on Thursday, May 30, 2019. To celebrate, I’ll be posting excerpts from the book on my blog. Answer questions from the excerpts correctly and be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a copy of the first book in the series. One gift card and two copies of the book will be awarded. Come back tomorrow to get the answer to the next question.

The Lost Calico is the fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

Alex is still learning to cope with her new-found family when her half-brother, Wyatt, comes to her for help. His girlfriend, Ivy, is a con artist who has him wrapped around her finger. She also has a missing cat and a secret that threatens her life.

It doesn’t take Alex long to expose Ivy’s secret, but she can’t leave the girl to face the consequences on her own. As events unfold, Alex must deal with the dangers it takes to solve the mystery of the lost Calico.



Excerpt 2:
As I stepped through the door, the voices stopped, and all eyes turned toward me. There was a tension in the air I normally didn’t feel when Claire was around. She was good at smoothing ruffled feathers. She gave me a tight smile and tilted her head toward the couple standing in the middle of the room.
I didn’t know the female. She was of average height with beautiful, ginger hair that fell in waves to her shoulders. She had a heart-shaped face with wide, bright blue eyes. The shade was so vivid I suspected colored lenses. Her face was lovely, and her make-up carefully applied. Curvy, with large breasts, she looked like she stepped out of the pages of a girlie magazine. I had no doubt it was a carefully cultivated image. She gave me a sweet smile and blinked innocently.
It didn’t fool me. It was the same look I had seen hundreds of times on my mother’s face when she was working a mark. My mother had been better at it. Of course, she had a lot more practice.
Elise Prescott had been spoiled as a child. Her parents had been in their forties when she was born, and they had been unprepared for the wild, willful girl who had been my mother. When she became pregnant with me at the age of seventeen, her wealthy, conservative parents had disowned her. Elise made her way through life by sleeping with or conning any man who could give her what she wanted. And what she wanted was drugs and alcohol.
My childhood had been…unpleasant. Elise had loved me in her own way, but I was mostly an afterthought. She never taught me how to act or deal with people. I learned how to blend in and successfully mimic those around me. It was the only way to survive, but my social skills suffered. As a result, I tended to be blunt and plain-spoken. Unconsciously, I think I was trying to be as different from my mother as possible, but I recognized a con artist when I saw one.
This girl was good, although she still had a long way to go to master the art. She looked about eighteen, but I was betting she was in her early twenties. One thing was evident. She had the man standing beside her completely fooled.
Like me, he was tall and lean, with a runner’s body. Not muscular but strong and athletic. And like me, he had auburn hair and dark emerald green eyes. His name was Wyatt Bennett, and he’s my half-brother.
Growing up, I had never known my father. He was not listed on my birth certificate, and Elise had never mentioned him. After she died and I came to live with Nora, I wondered if I would meet him, but Nora had not known who he was either.
All that changed a few months ago when I came face-to-face with Nathaniel Bennett. He had recognized me immediately. Facially, I look just like my mother. Same bone structure, same high cheekbones and aristocratic nose, same smile. My eyes were the only facial feature I didn’t inherit from her.
Bennett had been shocked. He hadn’t known I existed. After doing a little research, it hadn’t taken him long to determine I was his daughter, and he wanted me in his life.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Lost Calico Release Day Giveaway

The fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets Mystery series, The Lost Calico, will be released on Thursday, May 30, 2019. To celebrate, I’ll be posting excerpts from the book on my blog over the next four days. Answer questions from the excerpts correctly and be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a copy of the first book in the series. One gift card and two copies of the book will be awarded. Come back tomorrow to get the answer to the next question.

The Lost Calico is the fifth novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

Alex is still learning to cope with her new-found family when her half-brother, Wyatt, comes to her for help. His girlfriend, Ivy, is a con artist who has him wrapped around her finger. She also has a missing cat and a secret that threatens her life.

It doesn’t take Alex long to expose Ivy’s secret, but she can’t leave the girl to face the consequences on her own. As events unfold, Alex must deal with the dangers it takes to solve the mystery of the lost Calico.




Excerpt 1:
Whine…
Closing my eyes, I sat perfectly still and held my breath for a moment before releasing a heartfelt sigh. Slowly, I laid my head down on my desk hoping for silence.
Whine…scratch…
I raised my head and softly banged it three times against the desk before releasing a whine of my own. From the left, I heard a snicker. I turned my head to the side and glared at Claire. The snicker became a laugh.
Claire is my exact opposite. She’s short and a little chubby, has long blonde hair, pretty blue eyes, and a bubbly personality. She is also friendly, kind, and supportive. As my best friend, she puts up with a lot because I’m none of those things.
“He can’t help it, Alex,” she said sweetly.
“I know that,” I snapped as I sat back up.
I turned my chair to face the door at the back of the room. My agency, Lost and Found Pets, is housed in what used to be the living and dining rooms of the beautiful old Queen Victorian my Aunt Nora left to me. After she passed away, I had the two rooms renovated into one large space and separated from the rest of the house. It allows me to run my business from my home.
Lost and Found Pets is a licensed private investigation agency. We are just very specialized. I hadn’t liked some of the sleazier aspects of private investigation so after I earned enough hours for my own license, I opened an agency that attempts to find lost pets. People are willing to pay good money to find their furry friends.
Sitting at the door was a large, beautiful, blue Great Dane. He looked at me with sad, pleading eyes and offered another soft whine. The door was locked, as was the pet opening. Simba wouldn’t have fit through the pet door even if it was unlocked. It’s large to accommodate my German Shepherd, but it wasn’t big enough for the Great Dane.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Lost Savannah


Alex discovers a black market ring in the world of fanatic Savannah cat breeders. She has to dust off her rusty investigative skills to solve the mystery of the lost Savannah.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2nd Quarter Giveaway

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