Casualty of Court – Annie interviews Fern

Check out Annie Skillset’s interview technique! (And preorder the story! 😉 )

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As promised, the interview rounds have begun. Each of the four principal characters will face the panel of interviewers. Who will shine and who will curl up and wither? All will be revealed over the next few weeks before Detective Hugh Dunnitt closes the case. (Of course, you can make your own mind up when Casualty of Court is released in March)

Asking the questions this week is Annie Skillsett – a recruitment manager.

She can spot a liar within milliseconds, and will grill each of the characters on their work experience and abilities before presenting her finding to Detective Hugh Dunnitt.

First up is Fern Mortimer. Aged 25, and a qualified accountant. She’s back in Portugal to give her account of the “alleged” attack on her by the accused – Stefan Pereira.


Let the interrogation begin:

Fern arrives, early of course, and has been waiting patiently outside. After…

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“Exhibit Alexandra: A Novel” by Natasha Bell #PreOrder

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Exhibit Alexandra: A Novel

by Natasha Bell

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Psychological Thriller

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He thought he knew everything about her until she went missing.

Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood lived an average, happy life: devoted to her wonderful husband, Marc, and caring for her two beautiful daughters. But now, held in a room against her will, Alexandra is forced to think about all she’s lost and imagine how Marc and her daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. And as she envisions Marc’s distress, she can’t help but remember their courtship, their marriage—all that he saved her from and all that they’ve built together.

Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but her. Even when the police discover Alexandra’s bloody belongings by the river, turning their missing-persons case into a murder investigation, he cannot accept that she is lost to him. He shifts from total despair to frantic action, embarking on his own journey through the dark maze of secrets she kept and passions he never understood. Following a trail that leads him to find answers to questions he never meant to ask, he’s forced to confront how frighteningly little he’s grasped about the woman he loves.


“Lullaby Road: A Novel” by James Anderson #PreOrder

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Lullaby Road: A Novel

by James Anderson

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Action Adventure/Psychological

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Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads “Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan” And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words. “Bad Trouble. Tell no one.”.

Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who this child is or the grave danger he’s facing, Ben takes the child with him in his truck and sets out into an environment that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.


“A Guide for Murdered Children” by Sarah Sparrow #PreOrder

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A Guide for Murdered Children

by Sarah Sparrow

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Ghosts & Occult/Psychological

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We’ve heard it said that there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to briefly return, inhabit adult bodies and wreak revenge on the monstrous killers who stole their lives?

Such is the unthinkable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades-old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murderand missed opportunitiesis revealed to him.


“The French Girl” by Lexie Elliott #PreOrder

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The French Girl

by Lexie Elliott

This exhilarating debut follows six college students as they embark on a summer getaway to a farmhouse. Everything goes well until they meet Severine, the girl next door. Kate Channing, one of the students, finds Severine to be a nuisance. One thing leads to another, and there is a huge altercation between them. No one sees Severine again until a decade later when her body is found in a well behind the farmhouse. Kate is a major suspect in the case and stands to lose everything unless she can prove that it wasn’t her – and time is ticking.

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Psychological/Suspense
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Everything Has a Gender!

Yin and Yang

1) Ziploc Bags are Male because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

2) Copiers are Female because once turned off, it takes a while to warm them up again.  It’s an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.

3) A Tire is Male because it goes bald and it’s often over-inflated.

4) A Hot Air Balloon is Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under it, and of course, there’s that hot air part.

5) Sponges are Female because they’re soft, squeezable and retain water.

6) A Web Page is Female because it’s always getting hit on.

7) A Subway is Male because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.

8) An Hourglass is Female because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

9) A Hammer is Male because it hasn’t changed much over the last 5,000 years, but it’s handy to have around.

10) A Remote Control is Female. Ha! You thought it’d be male, didn’t you? But consider this – it gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while he doesn’t always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying!



Have a great weekend!

Friday Fiction Prompt

Warning: Writing prompt enclosed! Who’s in? 😀

Story Empire

Happy Friday, SE Readers. Today we begin a new feature on Story Empire, our Friday Fiction prompt. If you read P. H.’s post earlier this week, you already know we are trying something new this year.

The first Friday of every month we’ll have either a photo or a word prompt. Readers are invited to create their own flash fiction stories based on the prompt, post on your own blog, and then leave a comment here with your link. Or, you can create a pingback, linking to this post. (For information on creating pingbacks, click here.)

So, without further ado, here is this month’s photo prompt:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Your story doesn’t have to be that long, but I do hope you’ll choose to particpate.

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