A Taste For Killing
Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart are both hired to solve a murder, only to realize they are working the same case. To complicate things, Carolyn and Jack have an on again, off again relationship. Then there is Evan Jones, a handsome architect— but he’s also a suspect.
Can Carolyn solve the case as more and more murders pile up? Will her relationship with Jack hinder their investigations? And what about Evan Jones? He seems like the perfect man, but could he actually be the murderer?
One thing is for sure: someone close to Carolyn and Jack has a taste for killing.
A Taste For Danger
Jack Heart drinks to excess daily. His apartment is in shambles, he’s isolated himself from all his friends, and he stumbles to the couch every night to sleep off an alcoholic stupor. All that changes when he receives a phone call with a job offer from a man he barely knew. Asked to go undercover in an elite business, Jack is thrown into the deep end and hasn’t a clue what he’s in for— or looking for— until he starts asking questions.
Suddenly, Jack must track down an embezzler inside a swanky corporation riff with politics, game-playing, and treachery. The deeper Jack goes, the more dirt he finds. Can this out-of-place detective survive and still crack the case? Not to mention some of women he works with have plans for him—plans that are way more than he bargained for.
One thing is certain: Jack’s taste for danger will take him to the edge of disaster.
He had six-pack abs, and I wanted to feel the carbonation.
This one dressed like the stereotype of a construction worker, down to the handkerchief he used to wipe sweat off his forehead. I don’t know if he or the hot day brought it out, but sweat poured off of me too. He had no interest in me as a person, though. I was invading his territory. Still, I enjoyed the view. For my part, I knew my clothes looked crappy. I didn’t have to wear uniforms anymore, but my street clothes, well they were very—street. So there I stood, a turd in the sun in front of this Adonis. Oh well.
He pointed to a small trailer up a muddy hill. The supervisor I asked to see apparently stayed in there. Stayed, as in never left. Great. Mud. Now I’d be a dried turd in the sun. Adonis went back to digging and I started the trek up the hill. At least I came with boots. Steel toed.
Once I made it to the trailer, I heard an argument going on inside.
“Look, I don’t care who you are. The plans are publically filed. Go get them yourself!” yelled someone.
Then I heard a voice I knew. Calm, cool, subversive. “Is there any reason you’re being so difficult? A man did die on your watch.”
An encounter I hadn’t planned on. Well, at least not until later tonight. I knocked loudly on the door and with my sweetest voice said, “Hello, boys. Am I interrupting something?”
“Great,” groused the supervisor. “A party.” He appeared to me like another stereotype, puffing on a cigar over a fat jowl line and rotund stomach that threatened to overturn the small desk he was behind. I guess there’s a reason for stereotypes. He looked about four hamburgers away from a heart attack.
On a wooden chair in front of the supervisor sat Jack. A fellow independent detective, an ally at times, a competitor…and my on and off lover.
“Well, well, well,” he said smiling, but I could tell he wasn’t happy to see me. Not here. It meant we were both working the same case. “Hello, Carolyn. Who hired you?”
“Girlfriend,” he answered back.
We stared at each other. Complications.
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About The Author
K.D. Rose is a poet and author who currently has published “Heavy Bags of Soul”, “Inside Sorrow”, “I AM”, “Erasing: Shadows”, “Anger’s Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind”, “A Taste for Mystery: Two Novellas” and her new release, “The Brevity of Twit”.
K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry. With fellow authors around the globe, KD was also a founding member of the e-magazine, INNOVATE.
K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms. K.D also has a chronic illness but doesn’t let it get her down. K.D. considers herself a “Spoonie” on the lam.
KD Rose’s Books:
New Release: The Brevity of Twit: http://www.threeworldsproductionsllc.com/books/brevity-of-twit/
A Taste For Mystery: Two Novellas
Angers Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind
I AM (Poetry in Motion)
Heavy Bags of Soul
KD Rose’s Social Media Links:
KD Roses Blog: https://authorkdrose.wordpress.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KDRose1
Networked Blogs http://www.networkedblogs.com/user/100002817280090
Book Video for A TASTE OF MYSTERY: https://youtu.be/AoAx2lajYdA
Guest Post By The Author: Editors—A Requirement Whether You Self-Publish or Not
I started out self-publishing. I didn’t even bother to send anything in to a publisher. I wanted full control from the cover down to the last dotted “i”. I never even considered submitting my work anywhere. I published three books that way, the majority of them poetry. Good poetry too (i.e. reviews, award, etc.), but in general poetry is not what the mainstream public wants to read. So I set about writing other genres. I planned a series. Then suddenly I had a publisher.
There are different expectations when one has a publisher. Having driven down both sides of the road, I want to explain some of them. First, you need to know that most publishers are small publishers, not one of the big five. So up front monies, book tours, and wide promotion does not exist. What exists is a streamlined way to publish your books and if you write well enough, make money at it. Now, the differences:
As a self-publisher I created and bought my own covers. This was one of the most enjoyable parts to me. Expressing what the book would be about in pictorial form in a way to draw in readers. As an in-house author, the publisher has artists that make the covers. As a self-publisher I went with Amazon and received the percentage allowed at Amazon KDP and Createspace. I didn’t bother with buying ISBNs or anything that made the process more complicated. As an in-house publisher I didn’t have to worry about that either, but I received a larger percentage of sales and the publisher had a larger number of distribution channels than were available to me with Amazon.
Next—editing. With the help of family, I edited my first three books. It was mostly poetry after all and not many editors even edit that. Additionally, I figured I could do it all myself. Amazingly enough, I did not have errors in books two and three, although I did have a few in book one, which I had to quickly fix and re-upload. Can you say, ‘not professional?’ Editing was also a pain in the ass. There is always another error to find. Editing a book yourself is not only a bad idea it’s a one way ticket to amateur city. I was lucky. By my fourth book, I knew I was licked. There was no way in heck I wanted to edit that thing and even if I did, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do a good job at it. I wanted my books perfect.
Such is the major mistake of most first time indie-publishers. I talk up the edit train now anytime I write but it usually takes a tough lesson before self-publishers learn. There are threads all over with arguments about why a self-published author doesn’t want to and can’t afford to pay an editor. And here is where this article co-mingles the needs of the self-publisher and the publishing house author.
A publishing house comes multiple editors. Self-publishers are novel if they even use one. Finding a fantastic all-in-one editor should be the goal of an indie writer. They won’t deal with formatting but they might be able to take care of the rest below.
My first editor you would call a Content Editor. I learned fast. First, my book was written in a point of view that is no longer used. Who knew? I didn’t! When did they make that announcement? I apparently missed it. Omniscient is a no-no. Back to rewrites. Boom. My book was now in third person.
Next there is a Line Editor. I have a great respect for Line Editors. Line editors tell you things like: “Did you know your characters ages don’t match up and character A would have had to marry character B at age 9 for your book to work out?” Best of all, they don’t say it in a mean way. Think of a Line Editor as that hard drinker in the bar who’s seen it all. It’s just a matter of fact to them. Of course you, as an author, are free to hit your head on the desk multiple times, but that’s just one of the side effects of being a writer. I recommend chocolate afterwards.
The Line Editor may also come back with comments such as, “the word ‘just’ was used 434 times, the word ‘now’ was used 299 times, and you used ‘said’ 567 times.” The implication is that you have crutch words. We all have them. We may not know what they are until someone points them out. That’s why authors need someone objective like the Line Editor who is merely looking at the manuscript like a piece of meat. Is it juicy? Is there too much fat? Was it cut well? Line Editors also look for passive voice. Sometimes passive voice is unavoidable, especially when writing in certain points of view, but often passive verbs can be removed. Search and destroy.
‘Said’ has its own problems and you will find people that argue both sides of using ‘said’. What I found is the use of ‘said’, though invisible and recommended, is also an art. If all you ever use is ‘he said’, at some point in the readers mind it will take them out of the story. Anything that takes the reader out of the wonder of your story must go. Sometimes it’s the use of too many non-‘saids’: “he blurted,” “he bellowed,” “he ejaculated,”…. another amateurish sign. Just let the wonderfully invisible ‘said’ just do its work.
Proofreading your book is absolutely necessary. Not by your mother, not by a friend, but by an impartial third party. If you’re lucky, your editor takes care of that too. But don’t be surprised if you can’t get all these services in one. This is where, cutting expenditures, the self-published author must go with the proofreader, leaving the other editorial mistakes on the page.
After your book is as perfect as it is going to be, the formatter comes in. Bless the poor formatter for he or she must make your book accessible in combination with so many formats I can’t keep them straight. And in the last year (2015) it’s gotten even more convoluted with new devices requiring even more changes. Formatters rule. It’s like naming the states in the U.S. You know they’re there, but for the life of you, only 46 come to mind. The formatter knows all the states and the capitals of each one too.
Editorial experiences do not have to feel nightmarish. Editors can simply, professionally say “You might want to take another look at x.” Good editors do not try to rewrite the book for you, foist their ideas or push you to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. If you are getting pushed and feel uncomfortable with changes then you might want to take a look at who is editing your book. You aren’t tied to them. On the other hand, if you are an indie publisher, without someone editing your book in all the ways I am going over, it’s a pretty sure bet your work is going to seem amateurish in some light.
Good luck to all of us. I have to go edit now for filter words.
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K.D. Rose will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.