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Now, let's start with the mystery:
The battle against crime meets the battle of the sexes. In their own words, Joe and Tanja Shepherd take turns dishing out the dirt on their investigations, their marriage, their business and financial problems. They may not agree on everything, but this couple knows how to get the job done when it counts.
Before their marriage, Tanja worked for the F.B.I. and Joe was an undercover cop. When they met, they fell head over heels… literally, in Joe’s case. In a struggle with a criminal, Joe fell off the roof of a building and broke his hip. That fateful day changed the course of their entire lives. Now they’re married, living in northern California’s beautiful Sequoia County, and expecting their first baby.
When Joe’s old friend Sheriff Diekmann offers to throw some business their way, they eagerly accept. The Autumn’s Hope Detective Agency is born. The couple’s first case involves the five-year-old murder of a high school senior named Becky Sweet. Becky’s killer struck from behind, knocked her out cold, and left her to drown in a vat of cream at a dairy outside of town.
Now, it’s up to Tanja and Joe to bring the killer to justice. It won’t be easy. The trail is cold, they have no evidence, and the only suspect was released years ago. But they have to solve the murder before they get paid, and if they don’t come up with some cash fast, they’re going to lose their home just in time for their baby’s arrival.
He said, She said "Murder" is the first book in a new detective series. I have written three books so far (actually finishing up #3 right now) but I don't know how many of them I will publish this year. I'd like to get the first three out, at least. Being a husband and father of three, my production schedule is subject to wild fluctuations throughout the year, so we'll see how it goes.
Moving on. By the end of February, I will also publish the sequel to "The Clockwork God." Book 2 in the Iron Horse steampunk series is titled "Killing the Machine."
The Iron Horse is a massive steam-powered locomotive manned by a crew of warriors, miscreants, and genetic anomalies. Socrates, the train’s commander, is an autonomous steam-powered gorilla with memories and knowledge reaching back more than a thousand years. Their mission is to locate a new source of starfall, the rare element that powers the ancient city of Sanctuary. Their civilization needs starfall, but for Socrates the matter is personal. Without it, he will die.
After a brief respite on the shores of the Forgotten Sea, the crew readies for their next great adventure. This time, the tracks will take them somewhere entirely different. The only way across the great sea is under it. But as the Iron Horse plunges into the icy waters, something goes wrong. The train has been sabotaged, and to make matters worse, their fuel supply has been stolen.
Trapped at the bottom of the sea, faced with the choice between a slow death by suffocation or a fast one in the crushing black waters, Socrates makes a last ditch effort to save the crew. He believes there is a cavern ahead, if they can only make it that far… But even if they survive, the crew may face an even greater peril from a completely unexpected new enemy.
Killing the Machine was a lot of fun to write, and I think it's a great follow-up adventure to Clockwork. I can't wait to see what the rest of you think!
As I publish these titles, I will be doing the usual promos. I'll give away some e-books and paperbacks, run a contest at Goodreads, and so on. I'll also run a short sale at launch, so my regular readers can snatch these titles up at $0.99! Please stay tuned. Follow this blog and sign up for my newsletter if you haven't already, otherwise you never know what you might miss :)