Just in time for the holidays, here’s a book release and book deal! I have a new short story releasing in a new anthology! Ohio Trail Mix is an anthology of five short stories, all inspired by literary sites found in Ohio.
Ohio is full of literary connections. Libraries, museums, homes of authors, historical sites.
Did you know Superman was born in Ohio?
Did you know Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in the Cincinnati area?
Check out the Ohio Literary Trail, compiled by Ohioana, for more interesting facts.
But before that, we invite you to enjoy some stories inspired by visits to a handful of Ohio Literary Trail sites in the last year. Your imagination might be sparked. Or at the very least, your curiosity!
“Mazza Mystery” by Bettie Boswell: Just who was the woman pretending to be a known artist? Why?
“Bovine” by JPC Allen: An elitist author comes to a backwater Ohio county, thinking he’s found the perfect setting for the perfect crime.
“Between Semicolons and Plot Twisters” by Rebecca Waters: An author finds more in common with Harriet Beecher Stowe than she ever would have guessed, when modern-day slavery comes close to home.
“The Mask” by Betty Kulich: A gift of true love is passed through the ages.
“Books: Caged and Free” by Michelle L. Levigne: On a moonlit night, old books come to life to share their stories.
My mystery was a lot of fun to write. It takes place in my fictional county of Marlin County, Ohio, but my teen detective is a minor character. It’s an inverted mystery, which is a mystery in which readers follow a criminal as he commits his crime. So has is that mysterious? Instead of being a whodunit, it’s a how’s-he-gonna-get-caught. One of my favorite TV shows is Columbo, and every episode of that show is an inverted mystery. It almost always starts with an arrogant, wealthy murderer thinking he has committed the perfect crime. Then rumpled Lt. Columbo shows up, and I relish watching this unassuming cop pick apart the supposedly fool-proof scheme.
But wait! There’s more ….
If you have audiobooks lovers on your Christmas list, here’s a deal for you! Click here and browse Mt. Zion Ridge’s collection of audiobooks. If you like mysteries, check out the audiobook of my novel, A Shadow on the Snow. Narrator Shellie Arnold brings my teen detective to life in a wonderful way that I never could have anticipated. I couldn’t have picked a better reader1