- Genre: Spicy Romantic Mystery
- Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
- Date of Publication: March 20, 2018
- Number of Pages: 284
- Series: Annalisse, book 1
- Scroll down for the guest post and giveaway!
PEOPLE DIE, BUT LEGENDS LIVE ON.
Manhattan antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family farm among the sheep she loves, when her best friend is murdered. The police assume robbery is the motive because her friend’s expensive bracelet is missing. But the 500-year-old artifact is rumored to carry an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family—and Annalisse believes her friend is the latest victim.
Weeks later, Annalisse sees a necklace matching the stolen bracelet at a gallery opening. Convinced the necklace is part of the deadly collection, Annalisse begs the gallery’s owner to destroy the piece, but her pleas are ignored— despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act.
Desperate to keep the gallery owner safe, Annalisse reluctantly enlists the owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.
Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother, feared dead or kidnapped. As time lapses, the killer switches mode and closes in on the man who’s meant for Annalisse with the lifestyle she wants most.
But when it’s her turn as the hunted, will she choose to save Alec and his mother, or sacrifice everything to save herself?
Hold on for a heart-thumping adventure through exotic lands in this fast moving, romantic suspense mystery by Marlene M Bell.
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About the author, Marlene M. Bell
Marlene M Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. Ewephoric, her mail order venture, began in 1985 out of a desire for realistic sheep stationery. A color catalog of non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts may be requested at www.marlenembell.com or www.texassheep.com.
Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 spoiled cats who rule the household.
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Guest Post: The Top Nine Writing Pitfalls by Marlene M. Bell
Toiling on STOLEN OBSESSION for nearly a decade felt insane at times. It never occurred to me to give up on the project or stop learning the craft as the years ticked by. I love a challenge, but honestly, birthing a novel was the hardest chore I’ve ever undertaken. And I raise breeding stock sheep! I thought that was tough. Being an artistic person with a paintbrush or camera ought to have helped me tackle a creative project like, the novel. I was sure of it. How hard could writing fiction be? Think of a story, dig through personal memories and cherry pick the best ones. Layer the juicy episodes between characters and create a great read. Easy, right? If you’ve written a novel to the end, your laughter stings my ears.
Would I tackle STOLEN OBSESSION the same way if I could shave off some time? C’mon, eight years is an eternity in front of a computer. I’ve asked myself that question many times and wondered what my story would’ve looked like without the stops and starts. Pretty rotten and unreadable, I’d say. Here’s a link to the press release for STOLEN OBSESSION if you’re interested in how my 8-year project turned out. Novel Release Date: 3-20-2018. https://tinyurl.com/yaqenzp3
In case you’ve considered writing a book, or have entered the deep, squishy end of your work in progress, I’ve listed 9 areas of frustration I had to learn the hard way:
- Crack open books on how to craft fiction before writing the first paragraph.
- Lots of reading = the greatest chance for stellar writing.
- Debut authors should outline the story ahead of time.
- Critiques and edits are ALL subjective.
- Know what genre or sub-genre your story falls within.
- Network with fellow writers.
- Budget for the expense of a good developmental editor, (or two.)
- Most novels need tons of rewrites.
- There are writing rules. Read from famed authors at great peril.
To read more about my experiences with each of these pitfalls, click to visit my blog for the full post!
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Stolen Obsession Blog Tour Stops:
|3/1/18||Notable Quotable||The Page Unbound|
|3/1/18||Notable Quotable||Momma on the Rocks|
|3/2/18||Excerpt 1||Books and Broomsticks|
|3/3/18||Review||Tangled in Text|
|3/4/18||Review||The Librarian Talks|
|3/5/18||Author Interview||The Clueless Gent|
|3/5/18||Excerpt 2||Missus Gonzo|
|3/6/18||Review||Chapter Break Book Blog|
|3/7/18||Author Interview||The Love of a Bibliophile|
|3/8/18||Review||Rebecca R. Cahill|
|3/9/18||Scrapbook Page||Reading by Moonlight|
|3/9/18||Excerpt 3||Forgotten Winds|