Featured: Mirrored Murder by Stephanie Parker McKean
Stephanie Parker McKean
It may be a brief love affair – because the killer is still out there and the killer wants Candice dead.
When Candice Howard returns home to the place she left as a fifth grader, she doesn’t expect her cousin to tell her she’s a vampire.
Nor does she expect two murders in her uncle’s mirrored front room.
Candice engages her Over the Fence online sleuthing group to help solve the murders, but the result is disappointing.
Most of them point to the one person Candice knows is not guilty.
Both murders seem connected to the Lost Bowie Silver Mine, and Candice searches for it—not in hopes of getting rich—but in hopes of solving the crimes.
Candice is attacked and nearly strangled in bed by a feathered vampire, a prized possession of hers is stolen, she is drugged and thrown into a garbage dumpster, shot at twice, and captured and dragged into a rat-infested abandoned motel by a man who wants to rape her.
In spite of all the danger, she continues her investigation. She is not brave, but she is determined to hunt down the killer.
Along the way, she falls in love with her first love all over again, and with his handicapped son.
It may be a brief love affair—because the killer is still out there and the killer wants Candice dead.
Meet Stephanie Parker McKean:
Writing is not something that I have ever possessed; it is something that has possessed me.
As a five-year-old, I lived for show-and-tell days at school when students brought things to class and talked about them.
I never had anything to bring – but I always had something to tell!
Me: A camel followed me to school. I tried to ride it, but it had slippery hair and I fell off.
Me: I didn’t forget my lunch. There was a lion in the street. He roared at me because he was hungry. I wasn’t afraid. I gave him my sandwich.
A parent-teacher conference ended my first-grade story-telling career. I was instructed to quit telling lies.
When I was in the fifth grade, my father got an advance on his first book and came home with a pony in the back of our station wagon.
Me: Dad, what’s your book about?
Him: A boat-going detective who makes a lot of money.
Me: Is it true?
Him: No, it’s fiction.
That settled it. If a person could get paid for telling lies – that was my career.
I received my first rejection slip before I graduated from high school. Other rejection slips followed, along with a few checks.
But no matter how many rejection slips, (I have 150 in my file) I kept writing, because, like Jeremiah 20:9, His Word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back and I could not.
And…I just published book number 30.
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