This is sort of like riding the reading train. I'm Kathy L Wheeler. My sisters and I are writing a mystery series. Book 1, A Bullet to the Heart kicks it off with a big bang.
Set in 1937 on a made up island in the Long Island Sound, the girls' uncle is murdered. Once the terms of the will are disclosed, every islander is a suspect, because if the terms of the will are unfilled by any of the four heirs (the sisters and their cousin, Jackson) then all assets are liquidated and turned over to the island's one city.
Here is a small snippet of book 1: A Bullet to the Heart
Jo had just reached Pebble’s Beauty Shop when Annabelle Smith stepped in front of her, barring her path. “Hello, Josephine.” Her face was stiff as chiseled stone.
“Oh, Mrs. Smith.” Jo smiled. “How are you?”
Annabelle bristled with hostility. “I’ll get right to the point, Miss Weatherford. I don’t appreciate your playing with Wyndel’s affections.”
Jo’s mouth fell open. She’d never confided her feelings for Wyn to anyone. And Annabelle was the second person to confront her with her feelings. Jo snapped her mouth shut and drew on her years in finishing school with the most austere demeanor she could muster. “I’m sure I don’t understand what you mean.”
“And, I’m sure you do. He doesn’t need you or your false promises. Look, Miss Weatherford, I’m only telling you to steer clear of my son. It’s for your own good.”
Her expression hardened. “Stay away from him, Josephine. He doesn’t need you or your ilk. I don’t care if Victor was your uncle or not. Wyn belongs on this island, here with people of his own kind.”
Ice hot fury flashed through Jo. “Or what, Mrs. Smith?” She was tired. Tired of people telling her how she should feel, like Lydia and her feelings about Eleanor. How she should talk to Eleanor. Victor dictating where she should work. If she should work. Even in death, he’d forced her out of her job at the museum. She’d loved that job. Now, to be accosted by Wyn’s mother?
“You’ll stay away from him, or you’ll pay. Again.”
Shock whispered through Jo. Again? “Are you…threatening me, Mrs. Smith?”
“If you’ll excuse me, I have to get supper on the table.” Annabelle Smith stormed up the street past the Cobblestone, turned on a side street at the top of the hill.
Stunned, Jo gazed after her until she disappeared from Main. After a moment, Jo carefully turned on her sore ankle, facing the direction of the sheriff’s office still too stunned to move. What had she ever done to Annabelle Smith?
A Sisters' side note:
So, while these stories are considered "clean, sweet romance" I wish to point out a couple of things. My sisters were not thrilled with the dark tone of Josephine's past. There were many, many discussions, I will tell you. There is romance and a satisfying ending to satisfy the "romance" required. I love my hero. I love my heroine. She had to overcome a lot to tell her story.
Kathy L Wheeler (aka Kae Elle Wheeler) loves the NFL, the NBA, musical theater (don't ask how her how many times she's seen Phantom of the Opera (12); or Wicked (7)), travel, (Europe, Grand Cayman, Mexico, All over the US), reading (practically a book a night), writing (15 books and counting) and karaoke (well....what can she say). She assists other authors in critiquing, formatting, and creating covers for their publishing dreams. She writes contemporary and historical stories where the heroines save themselves and the heroes who honor their courage with suspense and humor.