Monday, June 3, 2013

Reaching Out

It's been quite a few months since I thrust the first book of my Rebecca Ashley mystery series at the literary world for critique and review. Any author who has gone through the process of trying to find an agent knows what a test of patience this is.

Below I've included a brief synopsis of the book. Tomorrow I will post the first three chapters.

Out of fifty plus query letters I've received four solicits for a full manuscript. That makes how many rejections? Basic arithmetic is not my thing. Carry the one, subtract four...

Fifty plus rejections!

I love the San Francisco noir world I created for my protagonist and I stand behind it 110%. I would like to get some fresh opinions. Positive or negative it's up to you. Either will make me happy as long as I get some attention.

Deception... Blackmail... Murder... The Art World.

Rebecca Ashley (Becca) dreams in color, mostly acrylic. It's current day San Francisco. Despite all odds, divorce, eviction and mounting money problems, Becca is determined to finish school. Shortly after Becca has temporarily moved into her Professor Sophie-Anne's live/work loft her Professor is murdered. Becca discovers that no one is who they claim and nothing is as it seems.

Propelled into the underworld of art and artifact smuggling Becca has to decide who to trust. Two of Sophie-Anne's thieving business partners, a charming Brit, Clark Wright, and swashbuckling Belizian, Antoine Palacio reveal Sophie-Anne's murder is tied to a blackmailer who expects a large randsome from the sale of a mysterious French artifact. When the three fail to relinquish his fee the blackmailer murders Sophie-Anne in hopes it will scare the other two thieves into giving up the money.

Now Antoine and Clark are running scared. Only problem is Sophie-Anne was the only one who knew where the object is hidden. Now Becca must find the artifact and decide who to trust or suffer Sophie-Anne's fate.

Thanks for taking a look! I'll be posting the first couple of chapters tomorrow.

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