CASTLES, CUDGELS—AND MURDER!
After the worst breakup in human history, Robbi Bryan needs a carefree summer and a place to fly her falcon. To give her wounded heart time to recover, she joins the Sherwood Renaissance Faire. But the faire holds much more than jugglers, archers, and a chance to reenact the days of yore. Robbi finds herself entangled in a web of secrets, lies, rivalries, and murder. The last thing she has time for is a handsome Scotsman with some hefty baggage of his own.
Mal McClaren has found a haven and a retreat among the permanent residents of Sherwood, Tennessee’s year-round Ren Faire. When a murder threatens his home, the brawny Scotsman comes up with a risky plan to find the killer and save the faire. He didn’t count on falling for a feisty falconer with a troubled past.
Trouble, the famous black cat detective, has never lost a human in his charge. He’s also never had—or wanted—a sidekick. But with a killer on the loose and the future of the faire in jeopardy, Trouble must work paw-in-hoof with Tuck, an incorrigible potbellied pig, to unmask the killer and show two wounded people that love is a risk worth taking.
“I was born premature and jaundiced in a military hospital in North Carolina, where doctors pumped all the blood out of my tiny body and pumped someone else’s in. When I was a little older and immersed in fairy tales, I told myself it was changeling blood, filled with magic and starlight. That was where the stories came from.”
Shamus Award nominee Jaden Terrell is the internationally published author of the Jared McKean private detective novels and a contributor to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. Her short stories have been included in Killer Nashville Noir: Coldblooded and Eight Mystery Writers You Should be Reading Now. Terrell is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. The former special education teacher is also a recipient of the Magnolia Award and the Silver Quill for service to the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and of the Builder Award for ten years of service to the Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Fiction Conference.
While researching the Jared McKean series, Terrell attended the Citizen Police Academy, FBI Citizen Academy, and the TBI Citizen Academy, took the medical examiner to lunch, and became a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (the perfect pastime for a nervous rider with a passion for horses).
Terrell is a writing coach who offers live workshops and online courses for writers. She’s also a developmental and line editor who occasionally does ghostwriting. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is available to speak at libraries and book clubs in person or by phone. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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