Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Release ~ Skeletons in the Attic: A Marketville Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk





Synopsis

What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there…

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.
Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?

Excerpt

Leith let out a theatrical courtroom sigh, well practiced but over the top for his audience of one. “You haven’t really been listening, have you, Calamity?”
I was forced to admit I had not, although he now had my undivided attention. Marketville was a commuter community about an hour north of Toronto, the sort of town where families with two kids, a collie, and a cat moved to looking for a bigger house, a better school, and soccer fields. It didn’t sound much like me, or my father.
“You’re saying my father owned a house in Marketville? I don’t understand. Why didn’t he live there?”
Leith shrugged. “It seems he couldn’t bear to part with it, and he couldn’t stand living in it. He’s been renting it out since 1986.”
The year my mother had left. I’d been six. I tried to remember a house in Marketville. Nothing came to mind. Even my memories of my mother were vague.
“The house has gone through some hard times, what with tenants coming and going over the years,” Leith continued. “I’ve done my best to manage the property for a modest monthly maintenance fee, but not living nearby…” He colored slightly and I wondered just how modest that fee had been. I glanced back at the photo of his vibrant young family and suspected such treasures did not come cheap. There was probably alimony for the other trophy wives as well. I decided to let it go. My father had trusted him. That had to be enough.
“So you’re saying I’ve inherited a fixer-upper.”
“I suppose you could put it that way, although your father had recently hired a company to make some basic improvements when the last tenant moved out.” He flipped through his notes in the folder. “Royce Contracting and Property Management. I gather the owner of the company, Royce Ashford, lives next door. But I’m not sure much, if anything, has been done to the house yet. Naturally all work would have stopped following your father’s death.”
“You said he wanted me to move into the house? When was he going to tell me?”
“I think the initial plan was that your father was going to move back in there. But of course now—”
“Now that he’s dead, you think he wanted me to move there?”
“Actually, it’s more than wanted, Calamity. It’s a provision of the will that you move into Sixteen Snapdragon Circle for a period of one year. After that time, you are free to do what you wish with it. Go back to renting it, continue to live there, or sell it.”
“And if I decide to sell it?”
“Homes in that area of Marketville typically sell quickly and for a decent price, certainly several times your parents’ original investment back in 1979. You’d have to put in some elbow grease, not to mention some basic renovations, but your father left you some money for that as well.”
“He had money set aside? Enough for renovations?” I thought about the shabby townhouse, the threadbare carpets, the flannel sheet covering holes in the fabric of the ancient olive green brocade sofa. I always thought my dad was frugal because he had to be. It never occurred to me he was squirreling away money to fix up a house I didn’t even know existed.
“About a hundred thousand dollars, although only half of that is allocated to renovation. The balance of fifty thousand would be paid to you in weekly installments while you lived there rent-free. Certainly enough for you to take a year off work and fulfill the other requirement.”
Fifty thousand dollars. Almost twice what I made in a single year at my call center job at the bank. Leaving there would definitely not be a hardship. And my month-to-month lease would be easy enough to break with thirty days notice. “What’s the other requirement?”
Leith leaned back in his chair and let out another one of his theatrical sighs. I got the impression he didn’t really approve of the condition.
“Your father wants you to find out who murdered your mother. And he believes the clues may be hidden in the Marketville house.”

Bio

Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was published in July 2015. Skeletons in the Attic, the first book in her Marketville Mystery Series, was published in August 2016.
Judy’s short crime fiction appears in World Enough and Crime, The Whole She-Bang 2, Flash and Bang and Live Free or Tri.
Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life.

Find Judy’s books on Amazon: amazon.com/author/judypenzsheluk





Friday, July 8, 2016

Amazon Kindle Update

Just received this from Amazon:

A great new Kindle feature we think readers will love.
Page Flip is a re-imagined Kindle navigation experience that makes it easy to explore books while always saving your place. With Page Flip, readers can easily flip back and forth between pages to reference different parts of the book while they read.
Page Flip automatically saves the page you're reading in a book, pinning it to the side of your screen for easy navigation. Flip back and forth in a book with confidence, knowing you can instantly jump back to reading with a simple tap of your pinned page.
Zoom out to get a bird's-eye view of the book and quickly find what you're looking for. At a glance, easily recognize specific pages as you jump around. Pictures, charts, your highlights, and the layout of each page are easy to see with Page Flip's pixel-accurate thumbnails that automatically adjust as you change your font and margin settings.

Page Flip works with Kindle books that have Enhanced Typesetting enabled. Look just below the book summary on the detail page of every Kindle eBook to see if Page Flip is enabled for that title. The feature will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air update starting June 28 to Kindle E-readers and the free Kindle app for iOS, Android, and Fire OS.
Click "Learn more" below for additional details and to see Page Flip in action.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Awesome Review for Metatron 3




I am humbled to share this exciting news:

Book 3 in the Metatron Series is expected to be out sometime early 2017! I have already received an awesome review from a New York Times bestselling fantasy and science fiction author. For those in the literary and arts & entertainment business you know how crucial these reviews are to obtain.  This author has published over 150 novels, short stories, novellas, collections and collaborations. I’m honored and blessed to have received this review from – the one and only ~ Mr. Piers Anthony. More about Piers at http://www.hipiers.com/

Since the book hasn’t been published yet and I can’t reveal too much however here is an excerpt of his review:

…15 year old Tyler has been largely confined to a six acre reservation for eight months to complete his grueling superhero training. Now at last he gets out - because he is desperately needed…
…this story (Metatron 3) has constant action as Tyler struggles to stop their mischief. One unexpected surprise is the identity of his adviser Dogmai, who mentions that some things are not always what they seem and needs to be read backward…
…this is an exciting and easy reading that teens of any age should like…

While waiting for Metatron 3, read and review books 1 & 2 in the series:
Sincerely, 
Laurence



Monday, April 18, 2016

AREA51, Star Wars, Marvel Comic, Matrix, Superhero


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The New Superhero Everyone will Remember...

Do you love action packed books and/or movies such as Harry Potter, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, and/or The Matrix - just to name a few?

Then here is another name that will be in this group in the near future! The highly anticipated third novel in the METATRON book series is an awesome scifi/fantasy story that is action & adventure packed!  METATRON: BSR out Summer/Fall 2016

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Get METATRON: The Mystical Blade and/or The Angel Has Risen for only $0.99 each!




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One ruthless demon faces one relentless teenager…


Thirteen-year-old Tyler Thompson is on the verge of becoming a superhero, but he must prove himself so he can earn the remainder of his superpowers and fulfill his destiny.

When his grandfather, Benjamin, is held prisoner at AREA 51, where the eternal powers are presumed to be hidden, Tyler attempts to penetrate the base’s heavy security. However, Dr. Mason Payne, the evil scientist who killed Tyler's father, has insidious plans of his own.

Hunted by an unknown entity, Tyler races against the clock to retrieve the superpowers, rescue his family and help the others who are depending on him. And when all hope seems lost, help comes in a power he didn’t know he possessed—a mysterious weapon known as The Mystical Blade.





A little about Laurence


While working in the steel industry, my place of employment changed hands for the third time. Fortunately I was able to retain my job.

In the same year my first granddaughter Kendall was born. This was one of the most uplifting moments of my life. It was at this time when I became inspired as well as determined to write my penned-up thoughts on paper.

A few years later, and many hours of writing, editing, revising and re-editing, it was finishedThis journey had many bumps and curves in the road but at the end, it was all worth it.



Website: http://www.laurencestjohn.com

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

FREE eBook - 4 Year Anniversary Special

News Alert: For the first time since 4/23/2014

For 5 days only my eBook, Metatron: The Angel Has Risen 
 will be FREE!
*** Sunday 3.27.16 through Thursday 3.31.16 ***

Please feel free to share this with all your family and friends!

The eBook is FREE on all Amazon country sites.





Tyler Thompson continually dwells over his father death that occurred six years ago. Since that day, he constantly gets in trouble. Tyler isn’t a bad kid; it’s just his way of coping.
However, in a quick turn of events, Tyler, along with his faithful dog Maxx, falls in a cesspool then swallows some mysterious green liquid that was never again meant to come into contact with humans.
Tyler is then befriended by an intriguing doctor, Gabriel Hutchinson, and learns his grandfather was keeping a secret - - he’s been hiding an object that isn’t from earth and now is bestowed to Tyler.
Within days, Tyler begins to realize that he has anomalous abilities. Unfortunately, so does the sinister Dr. Payne.
Tyler, his best friend Lukas, who also has a special ability and Maxx embark on a journey then together join forces to put an end to Dr. Payne’s evil scheme. However, at the last adrenaline filled moment, Tyler must make a life changing choice; a choice that could also change the world.


Enjoy the story!!

Please feel free to leave an honest review at:


Sincerely,
Laurence St. John

















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