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Thursday, February 27, 2020

New Release — Innocent Minds (The Innocents Mystery Series) by C. A. Asbrey

After suffering a horrific loss, Nat and Abi must try to piece their lives together, build a future, and repair the past. But before they can figure out their own complicated relationship, they must unite to help Jake find his children—no easy task, since their mother has disappeared, and they’ve been left with a priest who is bent on giving them away!
In a maelstrom of grief, anger, and legal complications, one of Abi’s friends, Dr. Vida Cadwallader, also a female Pinkerton, steps up to help. As Vida tries to help The Innocents make sense of what’s happening, she soon becomes embroiled in mysterious happenings within the brutal insane asylum where she consults part-time. When one of her colleagues is murdered, Vida quickly becomes a suspect.
With no time to lose, Vida, Abi, Jake, and Nat band together to free one of the asylum’s unwilling patients who may hold the key to all their unanswered questions—if she only lives long enough to survive the escape.  Now, with an unknown murderer on the loose as well, time is running short for them to find the children, solve the crime, and spirit the patient away to safety. Can they keep their necks out of the noose and buy enough time to solve the mystery shrouding their lives? Can anyone make sense of this world of shadows, darkness, and madness?

EXCERPT

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 1871

     “Hey, you bitch.” He raised a handgun. “Maggie King was my mother. You know her. The woman from the train who you got hanged.”
     She froze. That man had sat beside her at the docks when she first arrived in Victoria. The picture was still clear in her mind’s eye. He had sat there at the docks. He talked to her. He asked if she was traveling alone. That same man now pointed a handgun right at her.
     The man’s face twisted into a sneer. “She warned you. You hurt us, we hurt you.”
     He fired—quicker than Abigail or anyone else could move.
     “Murder. Bloody murder!
     The screaming started. 

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19 comments:

  1. Can't wait for my copy to turn up! So looking forward to seeing what happens next . . . .

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    1. Oh, thanks. I'm expecting hate-mail this weekend, asking why I'm like this. Lololol!

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    2. Or readers will appreciate a good story. Wish it was turning up sooner, but this way I'll get work done before it arrives.

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  2. Christine, as always, a wonderful tale! Really enjoyed it, and looking forward to the next one! CONGRATULATIONS!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cheryl. I'm braced for the fallout, lol!

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  3. Thanks so much for taking a chance on me and my stories. I'm waiting for a reaction to this one as it's much darker than the others.

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  4. Intrigued and hooked! You got me. Congratulations of your new release! I have first one in series sitting on my kindle, so I have some catching up to do. Best of luck and happy release day!

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    1. Oh, if you start the series you'll be glad you waited as this book resolves a cliff-hanger.

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  5. What an excerpt, what a series, Christine. Congratulations! And don't worry, although I understand. Been there myself..

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    1. Thanks for the support! I'm nervous, but have to write the story as it comes to me.

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  6. Congratulations Christine. Looks like a mighty exciting story. I love the cover, too.
    I wish you great success...

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  7. I absolutely love this cover, and the excerpt is exceptional. Well done, C. A.!!

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    1. Thank you so much. Livia is so helpful in creating the covers which stand out for us. I'm very grateful.

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  8. Congratulations, C.A! Gripping excerpt! Stunning cover!

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  9. Another one! Congratulations indeed. And I want that hat.

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  10. Christine. What an excerpt! Loved it. I sat right up and when I was done reading, I wanted the book in my hand. It sounds like it's full of adventure, mayhem and goodness only knows what and maybe not one to read a few chapters right before bedtime. Oh dear. Wishing you much success. And I too love the cover. Congrats!

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