Great because the cover above, unlike the old one featuring Kesey’s colorful school bus, doesn’t suggest that readers will time-travel back to the sixties.
Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me happens in the recent past and imagines a movie-making venture in Oregon, depicting the life of the state’s most famous author.
I like that the new cover focuses both on the film and the humor in this modern mystery.
As the story begins, an indie company is coming to Oregon to make Acid Test: The Life of Ken Kesey. Before they arrive, hardworking Eugene location scout Estrella “Star” Stevens stumbles over a dead body and into the crushing embrace of the FBI.
Star is forced to join the FBI’s risky investigation of gangland boss and titty bar owner Oscar Quarry. Narrowly escaping death, she’s suddenly living her own movie.
Will she be a star? Or the next corpse? And which homicidal Oregonian is racking up the body count?
For answers to those questions plus a a virtual tour of my hometown, Eugene, Oregon, click on the cover above or follow this universal link to an online retailer and buy the ebook Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me.
Truckin’ virtually, that is, with FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd riding shotgun. Just released as an ebook short story, in “Hazmat Heel-and-Toe”, Dawna teams up with a long haul trucker to nail a rogue Department of Transportation safety inspector.
The crooked government employee extorts money from drivers of Middle Eastern appearance who haul hazardous materials through New Jersey.
Under cover as the trucker’s big-haired flashy wife, Dawna has her ears on alert when the inspector leads up to his payoff demand.
Until beribboned Precious, the third member of the team loses her cool.
Will Dawna get her partner under control fast enough to save the op?
A Derringer and Macavity Award finalist acclaimed for “sharp storytelling” (Publishers Weekly), Diana draws on her four years as a trucker to explore the problems that arise when a driver doesn’t “look like the rest of the guys out there.”
Buy “Hazmat Heel-and-Toe: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story” and take a suspenseful trip to New Jersey in a gleaming Peterbilt hauling a tanker full of dangerously corrosive liquid.
Click on the cover above or follow this universal link to your favorite online ebook retailer to get your copy!
I wrote this tale for my collection of Dawna’s adventures and it was published only in that collection. Now, I’ve released “Latin Groove” as an ebook short story.
I send FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd to her hometown in the northern Chihuahuan Desert. “Latin Groove” takes Dawna back to FBI basics. She’s standing in line at her Texas bank inside Wal-Mart when a robbery happens right in front of her.
And she discovers quickly that the bad girl robbing her bank is sharp as a pistol. And packing one, too.
Dawna’s in Texas to recruit top-notch female and minority agents but she can’t keep her nose out of the crime that’s happening in front of her.
The female FBI agent and woman criminal are each on their own turf. Can good old girl Dawna win a battle with bad young Bandita when they share a home court?
My short story sprawls across West Texas and tests Dawna’s crime-solving power.
If you want to spend time in the Lone Star State with Texas cops and down-home crime, buy your copy of “Latin Groove: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story” by clicking on the cover or following this universal link to your favorite ebook retailer.