Sunday, February 01, 2009

Evidence of Murder Releases Today!

Today's the day!

It's February 1, and Evidence of Murder releases on this date. Whoo-hoo! This is the first of three books I have coming out in 2009. More about the others later.

Oh, and don't forget to leave a comment at the end of the post. I'm giving away not one, but TWO copies of Evidence of Murder.


The photographs Samantha Reid uncovers in her new store are shocking. Horrifying. And dangerous. This new evidence could reopen a decade-old multiple homicide case that someone wants desperately to keep closed. And when the evidence comes out, a reluctant Samantha is drawn straight into the spotlight. All the attention is wrecking her business--and drawing the killer's eyes straight to her.

Then she meets Ryan Davidson, the last surviving member of the murdered family. In spite of herself, she's drawn in by his need to find the truth. Together, they work to unravel the mystery, while the killer works to keep the secrets buried--forever.

BUY IT NOW! Evidence of Murder

Read an Excerpt:

A muted clatter outside her bedroom window jerked Sam awake. Save for the glow from her bedside clock, her room lay wrapped in darkness. She lifted her head from the pillow and looked at the time. The digital numbers read 1:32 a.m. A sharp bang resounded below.

Outside or inside? Her heart kabumped and every nerve ending buzzed. Maybe it was just some critter digging in the garbage. Not likely. She’d closed that lid.

Bastian mewled and leaped up on the captain’s bench in front of the window, his lean form a shadowy outline. The direction of his stare was fixed as if he could see through the curtains and make out something—or someone—in the alley. A rattle carried to Sam’s ears. That sounded like an attempt at the private entrance door.

Muscles rigid, Sam lay motionless. Her pulse throbbed.

Bastian growled, deep and low.

She couldn’t just lie there until whoever it was found her and did whatever he came to do. How many books had she read where the stupid character did that? Or, dumber still, snuck around with some lame weapon like a bat to try and nab the burglar herself? She’d always wanted to yell, “What do you think nine-one-one is for, dummy?”

As suddenly as the paralysis had gripped her, it lifted. Sam sprang upright and grabbed the cordless phone from her nightstand. A few punches and she was talking to a no-nonsense woman who took her information and promised to get a car there immediately.

With the line still open to the dispatcher, Sam scooped Bastian up and perched on the edge of the bed, staring into the darkness. Her hand ran the length of her cat’s back. Again. Again. Bastain’s fur crackled and stood on end. He hopped off her lap, growling a protest. The operator kept assuring her help was on the way, but where were they? Sam gripped the edges of the mattress, ears perked. Sure, the police hung around here all day, and now when she needed them—

Sirens blared outside and lights flashed. Voices yelled, followed by clatters, then quiet. The cruiser lights continued to strobe.

Her intercom buzzer sounded. On jelly legs, Sam padded to her kitchen and answered.

“Ms. Reid, this is Officer Johnson of the Apple Valley Police Department. Your intruder says he has a right to be here. Would you mind coming down?”

Why did the police always ask questions like a person really had the option to say no? “Let me get my robe.”

A few seconds later, Sam unlocked her private entrance and peered out into the night. Under the entrance light, a pair of officers she’d never seen held a man between them—someone she did recognize. She glared up into the stone face of Ryan Davidson.

Their gazes locked, and raw emotion flickered in those intense blue eyes. The power of his bewildered pain snagged her breath. In times not long enough past, she’d seen that look of a stunned victim in another pair of eyes . . . whenever she looked in the mirror.

About Moi:

By day, I'm a manager at my local health care complex. By night, I morph into a wild and crazy writer, itching to share with my readers stories full of adventure seasoned with humor, romance, and faith. My husband and I have been married for over 27 years now, and we enjoy life in rural Minnesota, where we raised four children and now have a grandbaby on the way.

Anyway, I said I'd tell you more about my next two books after Evidence. In June, Witness to Murder releases. It's not a sequel, but many of the same characters populate it. Then in October, an as yet untitled mystery releases from the Guideposts' Mystery and the Ministers Wife series. Yes, Guideposts does books now!

Don't forget to leave a comment after the post for a chance to win a copy of Evidence of Murder. And if you don't win, don't worry, the cost of purchasing the book is very budget-friendly. As always, you vote with your pocketbook for more of the kinds of books from the authors you want to see.


Alyssa said...

This looks really interesting. It's a stand-alone?

Jill said...

Yes, Evidence is a stand-alone, but it is related to the one releasing in June--Witness to Murder.

Thanks for asking.

Jo said...

This book sounds good and would love to win it. Please enter me in the drawing.


Deborah said...

please enter me! i love all your books!

Cathy Bryant said...

I would love to read this book! Please enter me in the drawing!
Thanks for the opportunity!

Cathy Bryant
catbry1 at yahoo dot com

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Oh Jill this looks fabulous!!! I have been very impatiently waiting for more from you. I loved your other series. Please please pick me for a copy! I'll review it everywhere! *grin*

cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot] com

HollyMag said...

Whether I win a copy or not, I look forward to reading this book! Sounds like a very intriguing story. Blessings,
hollymag at gmail dot com!

Janna said...

Okay, I loved the "Reluctant" series and now this one sounds kind of like the tv show Cold Case (love that show!) I can not wait to read this!

ryanx6 at msn dot com

smilinkyn said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks & God Bless! :o)

Becky C. said...

This sounds like a really great book.

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.


Delia Latham said...

Sounds like a real spine-tingler, Miss Jill - can't wait to read it!

Peg said...

Oh, me, me, pick me! LOL

Jill, I'd love to win a copy of this new book. I so enjoyed your first series.


mez said...

My whole family loved your Reluctant series, please include me for your new book! Thanks.

Janet L. Rockey said...

Please enter me for a chance to win a copy of "Evidence of Murder." I can already relate to Samantha. I used to live alone with my two cats, and know all too well that frightening feeling when a cat looks at the window and growls...yikes! Gotta have it!!!
Janet Rockey

BTW, I'm reading "Kiss" by Ted Dekker right now. That's a real page-turner, too!

hippmom said...

Looks great. Please enter my name.

angelahipp at charter dot net

Martha A. said...

Wow, it drew me in just with that....if I don't win it will be one I will be looking to get to read!

sarahw said...

I really enjoyed your Reluctant books and would love the chance to win this one. please enter my name,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Cool, cool!
I'd love to read this book! I've enjoyed the To catch a thief series, so i know i'll like this!
rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) com

Jill said...

Thanks to all of you for taking the time to check this book out. I'll be drawing names over the weekend.

Excellent Blessings,


Jill said...

Congratulations, Deborah and Mez. You each won a copy of Evidence of Murder.

Thanks, everyone, for entering and for being wonderful readers.

Excellent Blessings!

~Ley said...

Wow, this sounds like a good book! Excerpts always make me salivate. I gonna have to read it now. :)
I'd love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!