Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Desert Ice (A Skylar Drake Mystery) by Janet Elizabeth Lynn & Will Zeilinger

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DESERT ICE
A Skylar Drake Mystery
By JANET ELIZABETH LYNN & WILL ZEILINGER

Blurb

In 1955, a missing Marine and stolen diamonds lead Private Eye Skylar Drake to Sin City, where the women are beautiful and almost everything is legal—except murder.

The FBI and a Las Vegas crime boss force him to choose between the right and wrong side of the law. All the while, government secrets, sordid lies and trickery block his efforts to solve the case.

Common sense tells him to go back to L.A. but is gut tells him to find his fellow Marine.

DESERT ICE
A Skylar Drake Mystery
By JANET ELIZABETH LYNN & WILL ZEILINGER

Excerpt

This was the first Veteran’s Day Parade I’d attended since I got back from Korea. Seems like a lifetime ago. Claire wanted to go every year, even offered to make it a family affair… I never took her up on it.

Standing at attention, I saluted as the color guard passed. Next came the tanks and trucks and I was transported back to my time in the Corps. A pretty young girl dressed in red, white, and blue approached me with a basket full of tin American flag lapel pins. She held one out to me. The paper tag attached to it read Veteran’s Day, November 1955, but my hands wouldn’t come out of my pockets.

“Here sir, take one, they’re free.”

I reluctantly pulled out my hand. She placed one in my palm, and smiled and turned away. The cadence of the drums sounded like artillery as a formation of jet fighters passed overhead. I was back in Korea on Jeju Island, snow, guns, bombs… I shut my eyes and clenched my fists.

A woman wearing a big hat bumped into me. “Oh, excuse me sir.”

Slowly I opened my hand. The sharp edges of the flag pin were stained with my blood but I didn’t feel a thing.

“You should get something for that hand,” she said.

I couldn’t move.

“Come.” She led me to a hot dog stand and handed me a couple of paper napkins.

I leaned against a chain link fence, wrapped the tin flag in a napkin and dropped it in my pocket. I looked down at my blood smeared hand, the one that took shrapnel at Jeju. My head spun. I leaned forward until my head rested on the fence. “Keep breathing,” I told myself.

“So you’re a vet,” the lady with the hat said. “Korea?”

I nodded.

She lit a cigarette. “Here.”

I shook my head. “No thanks.”

“Suit yourself.” She hung the cigarette in her mouth and took my hand. After she wiped the blood, she wrapped another napkin around my palm.

“Just a minute.” She disappeared into the crowd. I stepped back and rested against the chain-link, staring at the tops of the trees. She returned and handed me a cup of coffee. I don’t know why, but my hand shook when I reached for the cup.

“It was pretty tough over there.” Her large hat covered most of her face.

I nodded, “How would you know?”

“47th M.A.S.H., Ouijonbu.” She joined me against the chain link fence and sipped her coffee. There wasn’t much more to say. After a few moments I looked at her. “Jeju Island, 1948. We got caught up in the rebellion.”

She held out her gloved hand. “I’m Nancy.” Still hidden under her hat she said,, “Pleasure to see you again, Mr. Drake.”

I studied her. “Have we met before?”

“We have a mutual association with an Officer Graves of the LAPD.”

I spit out the coffee and threw the cup in the trash. “Did that ass send you to…?”

Nancy shook her head. “No, he didn’t.” She took out a jeweled compact, held it at an angle and looked behind her with the mirror. “I didn’t say I knew him. I said you and I had a mutual association.”

Still checking behind her, she whispered, “Meet me at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights.”

Meet Authors Janet Elizabeth Lynn & Will Zeilinger...

Published authors Janet Elizabeth Lynn and Will Zeilinger had been writing individually until they got together and wrote the SKYLAR DRAKE MURDER MYSTERY Series. These hard-boiled tales are based in old Hollywood of 1955. Janet has published seven mystery novels and Will has three plus two short stories. Their world travels have sparked ideas for murder and crime stories. This creative couple is married and live in Southern California.

Janet was born in Queens, New York and raised in Long Island, until she was 12 years old. Her family escaped the freezing winters and hurricanes for the warmth and casual lifestyle of So. California. She has traveled to the far reach of the planet ending with new found friends and a basket of hotel shampoo and conditioner samples.

Will is from Omaha, Nebraska, living in Turkey for 10 years before returning to the states with his family ending up in So. California on their way to Samoa. Go figure.

We are a married couple who write together. Many people ask us how we manage not to kill each other while writing and editing together. Actually we wonder about that too!

I think the important thing is that we were both published authors before we began writing together and know the challenges and rewards of producing a well done novel.

The most important thing is that we check our egos at the door when we come together to edit or discuss the book. The goal is to write a good book and if we need to cut or change a scene we have spent time, sweat and blood over, so be it. Then it’s out. If a scene or dialogue doesn’t work, or it doesn’t move the story along then it’s out.

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Links to Janet & Will’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ilox4O

Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/desert-ice-janet-elizabeth-lynn/1125431307?ean=2940153939834

Janet Elizabeth Lynn Website:
www.janetlynnauthor.com

Will Zeilinger Amazon Author Page: 
www.willzeilingerauhor.com

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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Janet and Will are giving away an ebook copy of DESERT ICE to two lucky readers who comment on their Author Peek Interview or Killer Book Bench blogs. Good luck!

Thanks, Janet & Will, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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8 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Desert Ice (A Skylar Drake Mystery) by Janet Elizabeth Lynn & Will Zeilinger

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Janet and Will, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love this excerpt. You captured these characters perfectly. I know it’s tough for returning vets whose family and friends don’t quite understand that war changes a person. Thanks for sharing your book with us!

  2. bn100 says:

    interesting blurb

  3. Linda Moffitt says:

    LOL Love their Writing Together Pics. Looks Like a Great Book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy

  4. Eileen Aberman-Wells says:

    This sounds really good. Thank you for sharing. I’ll add it to my must read list.

  5. janet lynn says:

    Thank you for your interest and comments. People constantly ask how we are able to work together and not kill each other. So…we decided to show what it would look like if we did try to kill each other! Last year I was putting together a press release, I used the title: I KEEP TRYING TO KILL MY HUSBAND BUT HE JUST WON’T DIE.
    That got their attention and several call backs.

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