Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The E-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery by Joan C. Curtis


On this anything but typical Monday morning, Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna's house. The e-murderer's description creepily echoes the death described in the newspapers.

When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she's more than a conduit for the killer. She's his target.

The E-Murderer is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.

About the Author:

Joan Curtis authored four business books published by Praeger Press. She is also published numerous stories, including:

    • Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar, Sea Oats Review, Winter, 2004
    • A Memoir Of A Friend, Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul, 2003 and Flint River Review, 1996
    • Jacque’s Story in From Eulogy to Joy, 2002
    • The Roommate, Whispering Willow Mystery Magazine, April 1997
    • A Special Sort of Stubbornness, Reader’s Digest, March 1997,
    • My Father’s Final Gift, Reader Digest, November 1994

Her first place writing awards include: Best mystery manuscript in the Malice Domestic Grants competition, best proposal for a nonfiction piece in the Harriette Austin competition, and best story, Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar in the Cassell Network of Freelance Writer’s Association.

Review by Rochelle:

The e-Murderer is the second book I’ve read by Ms. Curtis, and I am fast becoming a fan. The characters were well-drawn and the pacing kept me burning through the pages even when I should have been doing other things (like sleeping). The perpetrator was high on my list of suspects, but there were enough twists and turns in the plot that I wasn’t positive who it was until the very end. And there were a couple of subplots with some real surprises thrown in as well. I can certainly understand Ms. Curtis winning awards.

I highly recommend reading The e-Murderer.

Heat Rating:  PG-13
Length:  331 Pages
Digital Price:  $5.99

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. Donna, Julie, & Rochelle


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