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Kindle paperwhite Giveaway

Kindle paperwhite Giveaway

And the Winner Is...   Happy Middle of a Worldwide Shutdown! Are you doing anything exciting this weekend? I imagine not. Unless you're reading a good book! The results from the Kindle Paperwhite Bundle contest have now come through. The lucky winner is Qboss,...

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Amateur Sleuth By Default, Scene 1

Amateur Sleuth By Default, Scene 1

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 1 Bennington Tanskanen fidgeted in the regal phlebotomy chair, ruminating on an article about polyamory he’d discovered in Men’s Health Magazine while waiting to be stuck. His over active imagination bounced ideas of unrestricted love with...

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Amateur Sleuth On The Home Front, Scene 2

Amateur Sleuth On The Home Front, Scene 2

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 2 Bennington ran the tips of his fingers over the glowing surface of the elm wood tabletop on which he and his wife, Gloria, had consumated their marital agreement.  Gloria hoovered past on the hardwood floor with the efficiency of an...

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Amateur Sleuth Receives A Bonus, Scene 3

Amateur Sleuth Receives A Bonus, Scene 3

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 3 Bennington toyed with his mug, an eye turned toward the entrance across the boulevard.  Customers shuffled around him, crowding, bumping his table.  Coffee shops made him wonder if he’d chosen the wrong profession. He knew too much about...

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Amateur Sleuth Makes A Date, Scene 4

Amateur Sleuth Makes A Date, Scene 4

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 4 Bennington spent the next two days wallowing in disappointment. A wet fog accompanied his morning runs, undesirable empathy hijacked every clinical session and the clock hands paused at visual inquiries. Nighttime sleep broke into...

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Amateur Sleuth Meets A Detective, Scene 5

Amateur Sleuth Meets A Detective, Scene 5

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 5 A thunderhead built its impending delivery outside of Bennington’s large office window. The rising collection of moisture and pressure mirrored the feeling in his head. The cloud took shape as a man with a whip wrapped around his collar....

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Amateur Sleuth Gets Wet, Scene 6

Amateur Sleuth Gets Wet, Scene 6

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 6 The smell of rain still in his nose, Bennington stared at the pictures hanging in their melancholy entryway. Water ran down his cheeks as he tugged the overcoat free and suspended its soggy bulk from the coatrack. She’d chosen broody...

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Amateur Sleuth Amateur Hour

Amateur Sleuth Amateur Hour

Welcome to Amateur Hour.   Amateur sleuths. Amateur author. This is not to self-deprecate. My ego remains intact. It’s my acknowledgement of skill deficiency that illuminates the challenge.  When I first started working out details for the next Connor Pierce...

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Amateur Sleuth Builds a Website

Amateur Sleuth Builds a Website

The Mystery of the Confused Website Builder It was one of those bright, sunny days, the kind that keep the outsiders out and the insiders in tears. Nobody should live in this artificial gloom. It’s the kind of fluorescent or LED pretension meant to fool occupants into...

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Amateur Sleuth Inspired To Solve Crimes

Amateur Sleuth Inspired To Solve Crimes

This blog post shares, briefly, what inspired Connor Pierce’s initial story. The Beginning After my brief 5 ½ year tour in the US Air Force, I accompanied my military wife and children to Okinawa Japan. I spent most of those five years learning the nuances of conflict...

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Book Review: An Amateur Sleuth Can’t Forget

Book Review: An Amateur Sleuth Can’t Forget

Title: Memory Man Author: David Baldacci Worth the read as Book 1 in The Amos Decker Memory Man series. Just ask 10,539 reviewers. Forewarning: My review may suggest I disagree with other reviewers. As a writer who strives for the elusive perfect word, I'm harder to...

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Amateur Sleuth Goes Back In Time

Amateur Sleuth Goes Back In Time

This is a rewrite of the rewrite. It contains the entire first chapter, making it obnoxiously long. I'll do better. I promise. Murder of the Prodigal Father - Opening ChapterThere are probably a million things that could send a  commuter airplane hurtling to the earth...

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