Title: #1 Murder, Madness & Love
Genre: Mystery / Suspenseful Romance
Word Count: 112,000
Word Count: 112,000
He’s a hardboiled police detective, she’s a sensitive artist; when murder, and unrequited love obstruct their quest for a normal life, heartbreak and mayhem results—one man’s obsession will create every possible obstacle for this ill-fated couple. Detective Steven Quaid, a dedicated sleuth who finds his identity irrevocably tied to his profession, Scott Chase a man who refuses to hear the word no, and Sarah Palmer, a talented artist who struggles to find her power, share this epic saga of love, loss, and obsession.
The setting is Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, Washington. The protagonists, Detective Steven Quaid, Sarah Davis Palmer, and the antagonist Scott Chase, steer this character driven plot to its final climax. While it is not CSI explicit, I did use the assistance of a police officer with the scenes of investigation and police procedure.
Sarah is falsely accused of murdering her husband by cutting the brakes of the Porsche she gave him on his birthday. Through this novel, she is stalked by two different murderers, but ultimately by her first love, Scott Chase. Detective Steven Quaid a shrewd but determined man strives to get past the unspoken label half-breed that has haunted him since grade school. His heritage is Tlingit Indian and Irish. He questions his role as top cop for the Anchorage Police Department, when the nickname Hawk seems too easily earned. His pursuit of Sarah tests not only his sleuthing skills but also his determination to have it all. He wants the dream, the white picket fence, and so does Sarah, but first they discover that nothing comes easy, not even love.
In Murder, Madness & Love, Detective Quaid is on his way to a crime scene when he sees the woman of his dreams in a city park. He soon discovers, she is being stalked by the murderer. Sarah Palmer came home to Alaska to escape the past, and the label black widow. Despite his attraction, Steven works to stay objective and protect a woman he thinks may be guilty. But as the body count climbs Steven realizes his objective is almost impossible. While he works to prove Sarah is not the black widow, unmask the stalker, and fight his natural instincts, Sarah finds she needs her friends around her when the stalker gets closer and becomes bolder. But one of those friends is Quaid’s top suspect, Scott Chase, Sarah’s first love. The case is solved and unrequited love is the reason for all the mayhem, but Chase isn’t the villain, this time. Rejected, arrested, and humiliated, Chase takes his daughter on a worldwide tour, but his heart is filled with revenge.
First 150 Words:
Murder, Madness & Love
Debra pulled up the collar of her jacket and stared out at the arctic gale battering the city.
“It’s do or die, and this is my chance to prove I can do this. I’ll see you tomorrow,” she told her best friend, Ginger.
“Deb, you don’t have anything to prove.” Ginger’s words were barely audible over the sound of the storm as Debra opened the door to leave.
She stepped across the threshold. “Yes, I do. I have to prove I’m as tough as any Alaskan!” She smiled at her friend and leaning into the wind she almost wished she had listened to Ginger and waited for the worst of the tempest to pass. Instead she braved the stinging wind and sleet, resolved that Alaska’s elements would not beat her this time. Yet her mood quickly changed from accomplishment to irritation when the cold air tore at her clothes.