WAKE UP TO MURDER Cover Reveal!

The next installment in the Ricki Rydell mystery series is coming. Here is the cover and description.

WAKE UP TO MURDER

When Ricki is invited to appear on a new regional talk show to promote her latest book, she declines, of course. After coming face-to-face with a killer while working on her first case, all she wants is to go back to living a normal life, and that doesn’t include public appearances. But her agent and publisher have other plans and insist that she does the interview.

On the day of the show, the host turns up missing. Once again, Ricki finds herself investigating a murder. This time, things are personal. Old friends and lovers come back into her life. A saboteur lurks in shadow, wreaking havoc on Ricki’s career by leaking embarrassing details of her private life. What’s more, she was the last person to see the victim alive. Things are looking bad for Ricki unless she can find the real murderer before she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit.

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Ricki Rydell book 2

Hey, Abby Matthews here. Just wanted to give you a quick update. Life has been busy lately, but I haven’t forgot about the second book in the Ricki Rydell mysteries. I’m outlining it as we speak, er, type. Stay tuned for more information. 🙂

Introducing Abby Matthews!

The first book in the Ricki Rydell cozy mystery series is here. Exclusive to Amazon for a short time which means it’s available on Kindle Unlimited. Yay.

If you love mysteries. If you love libraries. If you love mysteries set in libraries, Checked Out is for you.

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CHECKED OUT : A RICKI RYDELL MYSTERY

When bored romance writer, Ricki Rydell, discovers a body in the bathroom of the Unionville Public Library, she jumps at the chance to solve the mystery behind the woman’s death.

No one in Unionville had nice things to say about the victim when she was alive, but now that she’s dead everyone is hush-hush, sort of like they’re hiding something. While the living may have stopped talking, the deceased certainly hasn’t. The victim left behind a trail of cryptic clues leading Ricki to a seedier side of her beloved hometown and its residents.

Feeling she’s in over her head, Ricki longs for her boring old life as a reclusive writer. But it’s too late to back out now, especially after receiving a death threat telling her to stop the investigation or else she’s next. Now, she has to solve a murder and save herself before it’s too late.

Q & A with L.E. Falcone

L.E. Falcone answers reader questions.

1. What was the inspiration behind writing Daddy’s Girl?

Inspiration for this book came from several different places. The idea started out about three or four years ago when I was listening to a song my brother had written back in his heavy metal days. The song was called Rusted Wings. Although the true meaning behind the song isn’t directly related to the book, I was fascinated by one line: rusted wings that angels wear. I’ve always been intrigued by the duplicitous nature of human beings and so I wanted to explore that theme. I liked the idea of somebody being so angelic in public but having this absolutely darker private side.

From my own personal motivation, I had been reading a lot about narcissists and sociopaths at the time. I’m sure we’ve all had our run-ins with those personalities. And narcissists and sociopaths are perfect examples of people who wear two (or more) masks. In Daddy’s Girl there isn’t one character, except for the homicide detective, who isn’t two-faced.

2. In the acknowledgments, you mention you had a hard time writing this book. Why is that?

I’m not sure I can answer this without a lot of words, but I’ll do my best. During the outlining stage, when I first came up with the idea, I wrote in my notes: Am I a good enough writer to pull this off? The original idea was something I had never done before. For one, it was in an older age bracket than what I wrote, so I didn’t know if I could actually do it. But, also, the way I envisioned the story in my head was different in structure, and I didn’t know if I had enough experience to do it effectively. The answer to that concern came much later when I read my editor’s comments. Her critique told me I failed at what I had set out to do. But I believed in the story and wanted to write it so badly that I took her notes and figured out how to get the book I had in my head out onto paper. So I took a sixty-five thousand word story and pretty much threw it in the trash and started over. I got rid of a lot of characters, eliminated going nowhere story lines, and switched some roles.

During the second iteration of what became Daddy’s Girl, I felt more confident in approaching the subject matter. But there were things going on in the world that made me question if I wanted to continue. My brain is dark, and I like to explore dark themes in my books, but when someone walked into a church and shot nine people in cold blood and two murderers escaped from a high-security prison, it made writing from this particular point-of-view a bit frightening. I actually had to stop for a few months and write something else to keep the darkness at bay. So I ended up writing a romance novella to keep things light. After about a three-month break, I went back at it and didn’t look up until I finished. There were moments where I got physically ill during the writing process.

Another thing I found difficult was to create sympathy for an unreliable narrator. Every reader is going to have their own opinion about how I handled that, but I feel pleased with the outcome.

3. Is this book for young adults?

This book is for older teens but has cross-over appeal, meaning adults can, and should, read it. No, really, read it. You know you want to.

4. Which character did you enjoy writing the most?

Each one presented their own challenges. Christa, for obvious reasons (if you read the book, you’ll understand). Michael, the father, was difficult because he’s such a prick, and I totally hate him. Enjoy is not a word I’d use for this book. Hate-loved is more like it.

5. What’s next?

I have several things lined up. One, a cozy mystery series for adults. The first book is in the editing stage as we speak, er, write. Two, a paranormal psychological thriller that may or may not be written as a screenplay the same time I write the novel. It’s YA. And, three, I’m going back to my roots and will be submitting an upcoming middle grade to agents/editors under my real name.

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DADDY’S GIRL is here!

Seventeen-year-old Christa Pierce has the perfect life. She’s rich, pretty, a slam dunk for valedictorian, and a star of the high school cross-country team. To the kids at school, she has everything. She is everything.

But it’s a lie.

The pretty face everyone sees is the mask her father forces her to wear. To hide family secrets that shine like bruises. To disguise what his cruelty stole from her, including the mother she never knew. It’s a face that fools everyone, even the man who keeps her in line with the back of his hand.

Now, Christa’s done with being afraid. She’s desperate to break free from the prison of her “perfect” life — and destroy her father. But then friends become pawns. Right and wrong gets blurred. Mind games play dark and twisted. Revenge takes a turn for the deadly.

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Teaser from Daddy’s Girl

This is an excerpt from the opening of DADDY’S GIRL. Official release date: June 21st.

Prologue

The dog carried the bloody fetus in his mouth like a hunting prize. The tiny body was swaddled in a pink button-down shirt. The sleeves hung at the dog’s side, dragging through the frost covered weeds, flapping like wings in the breeze.

“Max, put that down and get over here.”

Unhurried by the call of his owner, Max held on to his spoils until he was in front of his master. He dropped the baby on the ground at his feet, stared up into his horrified face, and waited for a pat on the head and “that’s a good boy.” It never came.

“What the hell did you get into now?” Max’s owner dropped to his knees and reached for a twig. With it, he lifted the fabric here and there to confirm it was what he thought. Bloodied and blue, marked with small cuts on its arms and legs, the fetus underdeveloped. Without taking his eyes off the bundle, the man whipped out his phone.

Cover reveal for DADDY’S GIRL

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DADDY’S GIRL, a YA psychological thriller with adult cross-over appeal.

Seventeen-year-old Christa Pierce has the perfect life. She’s rich, pretty, a slam dunk for valedictorian, and a star of the high school cross-country team. To the kids at school, she has everything. She is everything.

But it’s a lie.

The pretty face everyone sees is the mask her father forces her to wear. To hide family secrets that shine like bruises. To disguise what his cruelty stole from her, including the mother she never knew. It’s a face that fools everyone, even the man who keeps her in line with the back of his hand.

Now, Christa’s done with being afraid. She’s desperate to break free from the prison of her “perfect” life — and destroy her father. But then friends become pawns. Right and wrong gets blurred. Mind games play dark and twisted. Revenge takes a turn for the deadly.