You've probably wondered what I've been up to in these weeks. Take heart, friends. All is well in raggedy-land. I've been scrambling to meet the deadline for my second book, Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz. The work is hard, and I don't have a lot of time left for blogging, or much of anything else. Forgive me for my absence. Know that I think of our meeting here often. I really do love you, reader, and when I'm away I miss you.
Besides furiously writing, I did, in a moment of compulsive self-absorbtion, google myself trying to see if any other stores had picked up my book. Some had! Yay! But I was delighted to stumble upon my first review--at least it's the first that I'm aware of. I'd like to share it with you:
Burney, Claudia Mair
Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man Claudia Mair Burney NavPress, Jul 2006, $12.99 ISBN: 1576839788
Forensic psychologist Amanda Brown just turned forty, but the single woman wants a baby and knows her time is running out because she suffers from endometriosis. Her medical examiner sister Carly buys her a sexy outfit and takes her to dinner, but Amanda and Carly have to leave as Carly is called to a crime scene.
There she meets Lieutenant Jazz Brown whom she thinks is a fine man, but concentrates on the homicides. She has been to this house before to investigate a cult leaders and his followers on behalf of a member’s father. That man and another are among the dead. Jazz and Amanda hit it off, but he tells her they cannot have a relationship even as they need to team up to solve the case. The victims apparently took communion with poisoned bread and wine. One member of the cult Susan goes to Amanda’s church where counseling to aid to people who suffered at the hands of a cult is offered. When Susan leaves, Amanda risks her life to find her, unaware that her decision will lead her to face and defeat evil in its most primal form.
Jazz and Amanda are terrific protagonists trying to live their lives in accordance with God’s commandments. Both have relationship issues as Amanda was once an abuse victim who lost her baby due to that and Jazz’s wife dumped him without warning. Claudia Mair Burney provides a good murder mystery wrapped like a moebius string in and out of a quirky relationship drama.
Rejoice with me! Ms. Klausner is one of Amazon's top book reviewers. She has a lot of clout! A review from her can make or break a book. I'm thrilled she liked it, and hope there are other kind souls who enjoy it as well.
Two weeks 'til deadline. Pray for me.
Now go! Pre-order it on Amazon! (please) :O)