Evelyn Cullet – Once Upon a Crime

This week my guest author is, Me!

10-18-2009 12;14;24PM

Hello. I’m so happy you stopped by to read this very special blog post about my new novel, Once Upon a Crime, which has just been released by Wings ePress. 

I’ve been an aspiring author since high school when I wrote short stories. I began my first novel while attending college later in life, and while working in the offices of a major soft drink company. Even though my job, my home, and my family always took precedence, I continued to attend writing classes and work on my novels. Now, after taking early retirement, I finally have the chance to do what I love best; write full-time. While I enjoy playing the piano, being an organic gardener, and an amateur Lapidary, writing has always been my passion. I was a former member of the Agatha Christie Society and am currently a member of Sisters in Crime. I write mysteries with light romance and a little humor. My husband and I live in a suburb of Chicago along with our Black Lab/Pit Bull, Bailey.

Once Upon a Crime

Love isn’t always a fairy tale…and Charlotte Ross has kissed her share of frogs, but that’s all behind her. Fleeing her life for a short break, Charlotte, along with her best friend Jane Marshall, find themselves at her aunt’s home in the sleepy town of Raven’s Caw, Michigan. Charlotte hopes to recover from another breakup with her fiancé, and her friend Jane, a new mystery writer, is looking forward to somewhere relaxing. But life has different plans for the two friends and they find themselves swept up in a whirlwind of romance, mystery and murder.

Sparks fly between Jane and Charlotte’s attractive, Machiavellian cousin, Kenny. But is the attraction too good to be true or just a diversion from a mystery that has piqued her interest? Charlotte is pulled along on this roller-coaster of emotion when she meets up with her first love, as she and Jane discover links between a murder that happened twelve years earlier and a recent crime. Risking their own lives and hearts, the friends race against the past in an effort to solve the crimes before one of them becomes the next victim.

Here is an excerpt:

The sound of the van pulling up to the front of the cottage made Charlotte’s heart skip a beat. Striker grabbed her arm, pulled her off the sofa and walked her toward the front door. He opened it wide, and put his face next to hers. “When we get outside, don’t try anything funny.”

He pulled the handle on the back door of the van, and swung it open. “Get in.”

She stood straight and stiff, her chin lifting in her most defiant stance as she braced her feet in the snow.

His hard eyes stared her down. “I said, get in!”

When she didn’t move, he lunged at her. She dodged to the side and delivered a sharp kick to his knee. He’s not getting me in that van.

He grunted and stumbled back. She spun around and made a mad dash toward the lake, but her short legs struggled in the deep snow. Striker’s long strides caught up with her after a few moments. He grabbed her around the waist and lifted her off the ground.

“All right.” He grunted under her weight. “If you wanna do things the hard way…”

She twisted and squirmed and kicked at him with every ounce of strength she had, but his grip was so unyielding as he walked back that only a few of her blows made contact. He shoved her into the van. She managed to get in a strong kick to his hand before he slammed the door, leaving her breathless in the dark.

Once Upon A Crime - WEB

If you enjoyed this short excerpt, Once Upon a Crime is available at Wings ePress: http://www.wings-press.com/ and at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/l4lhxxb

Enter the Goodreads Giveaway and win one of eight print copies of Once Upon a Crimehttps://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/106295-once-upon-a-crime

I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and enter to win one of three nifty Sherlock Holmes Pins, created, designed and hand-made by me.



About Evelyn Cullet

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense novels. I'm an avid organic gardener, and I play the piano. I have a spoiled Black Lab mix., Bailey, whom I adore. Visit my blog every Monday to discover new authors and their novels at: http://evelyncullet.com/blog/
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22 Responses to Evelyn Cullet – Once Upon a Crime

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  2. Richard Lynch says:

    Best of luck with your new novel. Here’s hoping it rockets right to Best Seller.

  3. Debbie Carnes (Carney) says:

    I can’t wait to read Once upon a Crime, I love S.H. If I was lucky enough to win, I would wear this pin proudly 🙂

  4. Diana J Febry says:

    Great title & cover.

  5. Tracy. Widhalm says:

    I love your writing style and as soon as I find work I will be purchasing my copy. You are truly gifted and I love all things Holmes!

  6. El Cocreham says:

    Sounds great…looking forward to reading it!

  7. Marja McGraw says:

    Excellent excerpt! I can’t wait to read more about Charlotte. Just thought I’d mention, I really like the cover, too.

  8. Sounds like a great read. Nice ‘selfie’ interview. 🙂

  9. I’m glad you liked it. Hope you enjoy the rest of the story as well. Cheers!

  10. This is a great post–can’t wait to read the new book! Cheers! Celeste

  11. Sounds wonderful, Evelyn! Great excerpt. I look forward to reading Once Upon a Crime.

  12. Cleo Lampos says:

    I am very concerned about the young lady. My heart is pounding. Great start.

  13. I’ve been eagerly anticipating the publication of “Once Upon A Crime.” What a fantastic title! Charlotte Ross is a great character and I can’t wait to read what happens to her next.

    • Thanks Patricia. I hope you enjoy the mystery. It’s my first attempt at writing two points of view, so you’ll not only get Charlotte’s, but also her friend Jane’s. I found that this story could only be told that way. It’s a little longer than my other novels.

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