The Tell-Tale Stone
by Velda Brotherton
|A long-dead body unearthed from a shallow grave sets idyllic Grace County, Arkansas on edge, but nobody seems to be able to explain exactly why.
When small town reporter Jessie West connects the victim to an unsolved diamond heist from decades ago, though, what first appears to be a cold case turns quickly hot. Amidst a barrage of sudden threats and misdirections, she sets herself the task of finding the missing jewels. With the help of her lover, Deputy Sheriff Dallas Starr, they work to solve a pair of grisly murders while searching for the stolen diamonds and pursuing their favorite pastime—finding love in all the not-so-usual places.
The culprits know they’re coming, though, and now their lives are at risk… and even Dal’s watchful eye might not be enough to keep Jessie from danger this time. (410 pages, Lagan Press, 2017)
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-63373-296-4
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63373-074-8
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-63373-075-5
|Velda Brotherton has a long career in historical writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Her love of history and the west is responsible for the publication of 25 books and novels since 1994. But she’s not about ready to stop there. When the mid-list crisis hit big city publishers, she turned first to writing regional nonfiction, then began to look at the growing popularity of small presses as a source for the books that continue to flow from her busy mind. Those voices simply won’t shut up, and so she finds them a home.
First she obtained a conversion of rights for her out-of-print historical romances and published all six to Kindle. Within a matter of months, she placed a western historical romance, Stone Heart’s Woman, with The Wild Rose Press, an award winning publisher of both print and E books; then a mainstream paranormal, Wolf Song, was accepted by SynergE Books.
Not satisfied that her career might level off, she produced an audio book of Montana Promises along with Jeff Justus. The Montana series is also available as a boxed set. A novella, The Legend of the Rose, based on the true story of Cimarron Rose, is available on Kindle. Stone Heart’s woman is also available in audio.
While Wild Rose Press continues to publish her western romances, including Wilda’s Outlaw: The Victorians, and the second in the series, Rowena’s Hellion, in a change of pace, the press published her Vintage love story, Once There Were Sad Songs. The most thrilling experience in her writing career came when Oghma Creative Media contracted her book, Beyond the Moon, a story she has treasured since its first writing in 1985, and signed her to a four-book contract. One is to reprint the Ozark cookbook containing recipes from her mother’s collection and stories of growing up in Arkansas during the depression,
The most fun she’s had came when owner/designer of Oghma Creative Media, Casey Cowan, suggested a new brand. Sexy Dark and Gritty so well fits her writing style that it was quickly adopted.
This busy writer who has co-chaired a large weekly critique group since 1988, also gives two yearly all-day workshops and mentors promising young writers, plus teaches at conferences in a four-state area. She isn’t sure what will come next. With all those voices in her head, she’s bound to let some of them out to play before long.