It’s giveaway time! I am thrilled to announce my mystery novel, A Shadow on the Snow, and the short story prequel to it, “A Rose from the Ashes,” in Christmas fiction off the beaten path are part of “Stockingful of Books Giveaway”. This giveaway runs 11/6 through 11/12, and the prize consists of ten Christian fiction books. The 1st place winner will receive all ten books (authors’ choice of format) and the 2nd place winner will receive three books (authors’ choice of format) of their choosing. A variety of genres, from fantasy to historical romance to suspense and more, are featured.
You can enter to win here:
Here are the opening lines from both of my stories. I hope I’ve written them well enough to intrigue you to enter the contest so you can read the whole mysteries!
Glancing left and right, I crunched across the frozen weeds to the abandoned children’s home. I could not afford to be spotted now. If only I could take a few seconds and snap some pictures. The light from the early December sunset was perfect. Gashes of blood-red light seeped through the clotted clouds, creating an ominous background for the gray stone building that was rumored to be the scene of a murder.
At the back wall of the home, I slung the strap for my camera across my chest and climbed through an opening that once held a window. I dropped to the bare ground, my long, dark gold braid catching on a loose nail in the sill. I disentangled myself and crossed the dirt floor. The fired had burned the wooden floor away. And the roof and the whole interior. The four stone walls loomed above me like a medieval fortress as the sunset’s rays spotlighted sections of the garbage-strewn floor.
I knelt by a large fireplace, straining to detect any sound of the psychics, ghost hunters, or thrill-seeking high school kids who had come to catch sight of the ghost of Bella Rydell.
from “A Rose from the Ashes” in Christmas fiction off the beaten path
I’M NOT FOOLED, RAE. YOU’RE JUST LIKE YOUR MOTHER.
I stared at the sheet of copier paper in my hand as the note fluttered in a gust of January wind.
Really? It had only taken three weeks for someone to hate me and my mom enough to leave an anonymous insult.
Turning over the envelope, I saw my address was written in the same marker, same all-caps style. It was postmarked. I must have missed it when I grabbed my mail last night.
Shivering on the minuscule landing to my apartment, I blew out a sigh, which formed a little cloud in the freezing air. At least the idiot hadn’t crept up to my mailbox in the dead of night. I shivered again, and it wasn’t from another gust.
People could hold a grudge in Marlin County, Ohio.
from A Shadow on the Snow