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PICTURE ME, A MYSTERY
by Amy Schisler
Melissa Grant has escaped the clutches of death, not once, not twice, but three times. While she considers this to be divine intervention, her assailant is sure that her luck will run out, and the authorities are suspicious that Melissa isn’t as innocent as she seems. Implicated in the murders of two of her closest friends, and running from both a hit man and the law, Melissa does what is thought to be impossible in the 21st Century – she disappears. Julie Lawson has no family, no friends, and no past. She spends her days photographing the country and her nights tossing and turning as nightmares plague her sleep. While passing through the town of St. Brendan, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Julie finds some things she hasn’t had in a very long time – a home, friends, and love. For the first time in two years, Julie can see her future, but she can attain it only by surviving a predator from her past. Eric West has a past of his own that he is trying to forget. His return to his hometown keeps his demons away until he meets Julie, and she stirs up emotions in him that he hasn’t felt in a long time. As he slowly begins to let go of this past, Eric tries to break down the walls that Julie has so tightly built around herself. Gaining her trust one small act at a time, and hiring the best investigator in DC to dig for answers, Eric opens the Pandora’s Box to Julie’s past which threatens all of their futures.
With her heart beating wildly, under the cover of the loud music, she tiptoed toward the bedroom window where the fire escape was. Praying that the man would not turn toward the bedroom, she quietly raised the window while holding her breath and praying it wouldn’t make a sound. Not daring to look back, she dropped herself onto the landing, sucking in frigid air and almost choking as her feet hit the icy metal.
Melissa flew down the fire escape slipping and sliding on the smooth, glassy coating. Her bare foot slipped out from under her on the last step sending her reeling back onto the stairs and hitting her head. Looking up, she saw the masked man lean out of the window above her.
Melissa had no time to even check her head for blood as she wrenched herself from the sidewalk and ran for her life.
Amy MacWilliams Schisler, of Bozman, has been writing all of her life for fun and as a freelance writer. A graduate of University of Maryland College Park with a Masters of Library and Information Science, Amy has resided in Talbot County for 21 years. She was employed as a school library media specialist at White Marsh Elementary and Chapel District Elementary and a reference librarian at Chesapeake College. For the past eight years, she has operated her own computer tutoring service working primarily with senior citizens while spending as much time as possible writing. Amy was a contributing editor for the reference series Best Books For Libraries 2004 Edition and is included in Who’s Who Among American Women.
Schisler’s first children’s book, Crabbing With Granddad, is an autobiographical work about spending a day harvesting the Maryland Blue Crab and is available in local stores and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as well as on Amazon. Sarah Book Publishing released Schisler’s novel, A Place to Call Home, in August of 2014. A revised second edition was released in March 2015.
Picture Me, A Mystery was released on August 17, 2015. The book follows the plight of a young woman as she journeys across the country assuming one identity after another in order to stay alive. When she lands in a small port town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and meets the man of her dreams, she lets her guard down and puts her heart and her life in danger.
A former librarian and teacher, Amy now lives in Bozman, Maryland with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs where she is very involved in her local community. Amy is the leader of Girl Scout Troop 453, Director of Summer Roundup Girl Scout Camp, and active in her family’s church and school.
Amy has been featured on:
Southern Maryland News
Tea at Trianon Blog
Amy’s newest book is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Me-Mystery-Amy-Schisler/dp/0692497862/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1439668864&sr=8-1&keywords=Picture+Me+Schisler
Amy will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter.
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Title: The Fall of the Midnight Scorpions
Author: Thea Landen
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
A year has passed since Ro Bernard escaped from the Midnight Scorpions, a clandestine group of mercenaries that exists in the outside world as little more than myths and rumors. Though haunted by the reprehensible acts she committed and witnessed as a member of the organization, her primary focus is keeping a roof over her head and food on her plate. A chance encounter leads her to Karin Cassels, whose son died in the Scorpions’ underground laboratory. While sharing details about her son’s research, Ro reveals the most disturbing information she has on the group. Their leader, scientist Dane Zedek, has been integrating cybernetic parts with human soldiers in the hopes of building himself a lethal army that will help him achieve even greater political power.
The women hatch a plan to take down the Midnight Scorpions with two ultimate goals: kill Zedek, and rescue Callum, Ro’s lover who was the first of the scientist’s experimental hybrids. For additional assistance, Dr. Cassels directs Ro to Reggie Quinn, a drifter who is no stranger to odd jobs and risky situations. Reggie agrees to join the cause in exchange for a percentage of whatever they loot from the Scorpions’ base.
They embark on an adventure throughout three warring countries to assemble their team and gather the necessary materials for their schemes. Along the way, Ro tries to fight her growing attraction to Reggie, especially as reminders of her unhappy past keep resurfacing. Love and redemption wait for her at the end of her mission to defeat the Midnight Scorpions…assuming she makes it out alive.
Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and two children. A former educator, she strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/?ean=9781771152556
Double Dragon Publishing: http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-77115-255-9
“If we could just put the guns down for five minutes, you’ll find out that we’re actually trying to stop some of the shady goings-on that only lead to more fighting and bloodshed,” Ro said. “And we thought you might be able to help.”
Mielle pursed her raspberry lips into a straight line. After another moment of quiet tension, she hooked her foot around a chair behind her and dragged it over to the table. She sat down and crossed her legs and arms without putting the gun away. “I’m listening.”
Reggie holstered his gun and sat down, keeping his hands on the table. Ro did the same, accepting they were the intruders with questionable intentions in this situation. “We’ll try to be brief,” she said. “If you saw combat with the Tektani troops and you keep your eyes and ears open, which I’m sure you do, I’ll assume you’ve heard of a little group called the Midnight Scorpions.”
Mielle snorted and spat on the floor beside her. “Mercenary scum,” she said coldly. “I always said that dealing with them was more trouble than it’s worth.”
“We’d heard you were a woman of great intelligence,” Reggie said.
“The world would be a better place without them,” Ro continued. “So we’re going to see if we can find a way to remove them from this bloody equation that never seems to have a solution.”
“It’s not the worst idea I’ve ever heard.” Mielle’s shoulders relaxed, though she kept her pistol gripped in her hand. “But I don’t understand why you came looking for me.”
“After we fight our way through there and eradicate their leader and his favorite minions, we figured we might as well just lay waste to the entire place,” Ro said. “Right, Ted?”
Ted hadn’t moved since his armed companions had taken their seats. Eyes wide, his attention remained focused on his newest acquaintance, specifically on her prominent chest. Ro sighed and shook her head. “Ted!”
Mielle unfolded her arms and leaned forward. Reggie shifted as if to retrieve his weapon again, and Ro hoped another confrontation wasn’t imminent. Rather than brandishing her gun, the Tektani woman simply slid a single finger under Ted’s chin and angled his head until they made eye contact. She stuck her tongue out and made an unpleasant face before letting go of him and settling back in her chair.
Ro let out a breath she hadn’t realized she’d been holding.
“As you seem familiar with my resume, I’ll assume that you want me to handle the destruction of the Scorpions’ hideout,” Mielle said.
“That’s the plan, yes.”