NEW RELEASE: Last Girls Alive: A Detective Katie Scott Thriller #Bookouture #Crime

I’m very excited to announce that LAST GIRLS ALIVE, A Detective Katie Scott Thriller, has been released. This is Book 4, but it is also a stand alone.

Writing this book was quite the experience. I will be explaining more later, but for now, I began writing this book before the lock down and right at the time I bought a new house in Texas! Yes, I moved across the country as I was writing this book. Some interesting adventures I will write about soon. I think some of my experiences definitely worked as inspiration for a few chapters.

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Totally loved this! The characters were amazing and drew me right in. This one cut deep on the emotional scale. Highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

SYNOPSIS:

Her pale skin looks like porcelain in the early morning light. Her fragile arms bent and crooked like a broken doll. Half-buried in the muddy earth and surrounded by puddles of water lies the naked body of a beautiful young girl…

When Detective Katie Scott is called to the discovery of a young girl buried on the grounds of a former children’s home in Pine Valley, California, she’s hopeful it’s the end to a devastating cold case she’s been working on. No one has seen Candace Harlan since she ran away from Elm Hill Manor five years ago. Her death will be a tragedy, but it will also bring peace to those who miss her most. But the girl in the ground is not Candace.

The victim is almost identical to Candace in every way, but fear grips Katie as she takes in the black ink that decorates the girl’s back – a terrifying message tattooed on her skin after she drew her last breath.

Forcing down traumatic memories of losing her own parents, Katie is certain someone mistook this poor soul for Candace, and that this crumbling home for lost girls is at the heart of this terrible crime. She sets to work digging into the tragic history of the owners who lost so many children of their own and tracking down the last six residents and the staff who cared for them – but no one wants to talk, let alone remember.

The next day, a second girl’s body is found down by the creek at high water, the same words etched into her skin. Katie’s worst fear is confirmed: someone is picking off the last of the Elm Hill girls one by one. But what does the tattoo mean? And what monster would target these innocent girls who have already been through so much?

Katie must dig deep to confront her own fears and protect the vulnerable – but as the body count rises further, will there be anyone left to save?

An absolutely gripping, dark, and totally unputdownable serial killer thriller that will keep you racing through the pages all night long. Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh will read in one sitting!

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LAST GIRLS ALIVE

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER! Flowers On Her Grave #Bookouture #Thriller

I’m so excited to announce that FLOWERS ON HER GRAVE has won the Gold Medal for Crime Fiction at Readers’ Favorite — In addition to hitting the USA Best Seller list!

This is the fourth installment for the Detective Katie Scott Series. I’ve been really excited about this book and it was a blast to write. I love incorporating interesting and stressful crime scenes for my heroine. When a grisly murder hits close to home, Katie must find creative ways to solve this murder!

SYNOPSIS:

On the floor, amongst the piles of freshly pressed laundry, lay the woman’s lifeless body, her pale yellow nightdress soaked in blood.
“I didn’t do it…” came a whisper from the corner of the room.

Detective Katie Scott has never seen two people more in love than her aunt and uncle as they danced on the decking the night of their wedding anniversary party. But the next morning, when Katie finds her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor, that perfect image is shattered forever.

All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Grieving, but certain of her uncle’s innocence, Katie is consigned to the cold case division after she’s discovered searching the house for clues. Does someone want to keep her as far away from this investigation as possible?

Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.

Moments before the sheriff is arrested, Katie realises that a single piece of thread she found at the crime scene could be the missing link that will stitch old crimes to new. But how can she prove her uncle’s innocence without throwing herself directly into the line of fire? She doesn’t have a choice, he’s the only family she has left…

A totally jaw-dropping crime thriller with an ending you will never see coming! Perfect for anyone who adores Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh.

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Analyzing Crime Scene Characteristics #crimefiction #writing

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Crime scene characteristics are extremely important to all criminal investigations, especially homicides as well as all serial crimes.  After the forensic analysis of the physical evidence found at the crime scene is completed and the victimology is established, then the task of determining the specific characteristics of the crime scene begins.

This is the most interesting part of the investigative process of finding out who committed the crime and why.  It definitely piques my interest and it is one of the main reasons that I studied criminology and criminal justice.  I find it fascinating what makes people tick and why they chose to commit a crime in a specific way.

What were they thinking? 

What drove them?

Did they actually think they could get away with it? 

Why do they pick certain weapons or points of entry? 

Did they have other choices?

Crime scene characteristics are the overall distinguishing features of the crime scene left by the offender’s behavioral decisions toward the victim and the actual crime location.  It’s important to remember that every criminal offender leaves behind a crime scene that is distinct in its own way from all the others based on environmental influences, victim-offender interaction, and physical evidence left at the scene.

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Based on the Edmond Locard’s Exchange Principle:

“Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves, even unconsciously, will serve as a silent witness against him. Not only his fingerprints or his footprints, but his hair, the fibers from his clothes, the glass he breaks, the tool mark he leaves, the paint he scratches, the blood or semen he deposits or collects. All of these and more, bear mute witness against him. This is evidence that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent because human witnesses are. It is factual evidence. Physical evidence cannot be wrong, it cannot perjure itself, it cannot be wholly absent. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value. ”

—Paul L. Kirk. 1953. Crime investigation: physical evidence and the police laboratory. Interscience Publishers, Inc.: New York.

All objects in the universe are unique.  No two things that happen by chance ever happen in exactly the same way.  No two things are ever constructed or manufactured in exactly the same way.  No two things wear in exactly the same way.  No two things ever break in exactly the same way.”

This is a simple key observation for approaching a crime scene expressed by authors, Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer.  This is perhaps one of my favorite quotes.

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Important crime scene characteristics examined by investigators or profilers:

Location Type (indoor, outdoor, vehicle, or underwater)

Point of Contact (primary, secondary intermediate, and dumpsite)

Location of Scene

Method of Approach (surprise, con, blitz)

Method of Attack

Use of Force

Method of Control (control oriented, verbal threat, controlling, sexual, lethal)

Weapons

Victim Resistance

Victim Compliance

All of these important aspects listed of the crime scene are evaluated and are generally reflective of the person(s) responsible for the crime.  In combination, the physical evidence, victimology, and the actual crime scene characteristics work together to unravel the investigative puzzle to begin to create the criminal profile and to catch those who are responsible.

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Research and Writing Tip:

If you are writing a detective story or police procedural, take some time to think about your crime scenes. How are you going to write them? How is the protagonist or the killer going to approach them? What are the key pieces of evidence they are going to discover? How are you going to piece it all together for the reader? Try sketching out the crime scene on a piece of paper first. This is one of my favorite tasks!  Or walk an area that inspired you to see it firsthand. Good luck!

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Cover Reveal & Pre-Order for LAST GIRLS ALIVE #Bookouture

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It’s here! I can hardly believe that LAST GIRLS ALIVE, Detective Katie Scott Thriller, Book #4, is here for the cover reveal and Pre-order. Writing this book was somewhat of an adventure for me. I should say it was a real zinger. I was in the middle of moving across states and the Pandemic hit–what a combo. Driving 1,600 miles was quite the task as well as writing this book. I think some of my adventures along the way helped fuel the tension of this book. As I was editing the ending, I actually had to take a break to breathe. I became dizzy and my heart raced! I hope that you enjoy it too! But beware I warned you.

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SYNOPSIS:

Half-buried in the muddy earth and surrounded by puddles of water lies the naked body of a beautiful young girl. Her pale skin looks like porcelain in the early morning light. Her fragile arms bent and crooked like a broken doll.

When Detective Katie Scott is called to the discovery of a young girl buried on the grounds of a former children’s home in Pine Valley, California, she’s hopeful it’s the end to a devastating cold case she’s been working on. No one has seen Candace Harlan since she ran away from Elm Hill Manor five years ago. Her death will be a tragedy, but it will also bring peace to those who miss her most. But the girl in the ground is not Candace.

The victim is almost identical to Candace in every way, but fear grips Katie as she takes in the black ink that decorates the girl’s back – a terrifying message tattooed on her skin after she drew her last breath.

Forcing down traumatic memories of losing her own parents, Katie is certain someone mistook this poor soul for Candace, and that this crumbling home for lost girls is at the heart of this terrible crime. She sets to work digging into the tragic history of the owners who lost so many children of their own and tracking down the last six residents and the staff who cared for them – but no one wants to talk, let alone remember.

The next day, as second girl’s body is found down by the creek at high water, the same words etched into her skin. Katie’s worst fear is confirmed: someone is picking off the last of the Elm Hill girls one by one. But what does the tattoo mean? And what monster would target these innocent girls who have already been through so much?

Katie must dig deep to confront her own fears and protect the vulnerable – but as the body count rises further, will there be anyone left to save?

An absolutely gripping, dark, and totally unputdownable serial killer thriller that will keep you racing through the pages all night long. Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh will read in one sitting!

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5 Writing Tips for Punching up Fight Scenes for any Genre

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I love reading and writing action-oriented stories. It doesn’t matter if it’s a movie or book—I love all the action with fights, weapons, car chases, martial arts, or an old-fashioned shootout. It may sound easy enough to write, but you might be surprised what it takes to make your fight scene really shine and get your readers excited.

If you’re incorporating some type of fight scene into your story of any genre, there are a few things that you should be aware of when prepping for it. It’s not just a one-two punch and that’s the end of the fight. It may look that easy, but I have a few tricks that help punch up the scene.

1. KNOW YOUR HUMAN ANATOMY

The first phase to writing a fight scene is to know and understand basic human anatomy. Visit a reputable website(s), borrow a book from the library, or purchase a book for research (highly recommended).

Did you know that you have 206 bones in your body? More than half of those bones are in your hands and feet. Truly amazing. Take a closer look at your own hands. Study the details of the bones, tendons, veins, and how your fingernails are shaped. Think about it and how it would pertain to your characters. The next time your characters are in a fist fight or searching for something to defend themselves with, there are many possible scenarios of what can happen to the body, specifically the hands and feet. Think about injuries, weaknesses, and strengths.

It’s not just about the bones. By having an understanding of where the major organs are located, such as the kidneys, solar plexus, liver, and the heart, it will make the scene much more believable.

2. UNDERSTAND WEAPONS

I don’t know how many times I’ve read a novel where the author doesn’t understand the difference between a revolver and semi-automatic gun. If you’re going to use a gun as the character’s weapon of choice, know everything about it—size, make, model, type of grip, how many bullets it holds, how to hold, and how the safety works.

Weapons aren’t just limited to guns. There is a whole host of weapons that could be used in a fight. Besides bare hands, the character can use hatchets, hammers, knives, swords, bats, and just about anything that a person could use to attack someone or defend themselves. I’ve used kitchen pots and pans to implements found in a garden and garage for my character’s fights. The list is endless. Whatever the weapon of choice in a fight—find out everything about it.

3. IDENTIFY SELF DEFENSE & OFFENSIVE MOVES

If you’ve ever taken a basic self-defense class or some type of martial arts, it will help you on a fundamental level to know where your characters should and shouldn’t stand during a fight. EmilyStone_workoutKnow the stances, both for defensive and offensive moves. How does your character stand? Where is the position of feet and hands? What are some of the realistic capabilities for your character?

You can watch movie fight sequences or pick up a book on various fighting techniques. Once you put your mind to it, there are almost limitless possibilities to your character’s fighting techniques. Whether your hero is a freestyle amateur or trained fighter, know your defensive and offensive moves.

4. DO YOUR RESEARCH

When you’re preparing to write a story, whether a book or script, make sure to add to the research list your fight scenes. I know that it may not sound like a big thing, but don’t drop the ball on understanding what you need to know for your fight scenes.

You can get as detailed as necessary, whatever the fight scene dictates. Plus, as an added bonus, whatever research you’ve done for one project can work for other stories as well. I think you’ll find that preparing for your fight scenes can be really fun as well as beneficial to the story.

5. SKETCH OUT SPECIFIC SCENES

This may seem extreme or even funny, but I cannot express to you how helpful it is to take a plain piece of paper and sketch out your fight scenes—nothing fancy just the basics. I do this for my crime scenes as well, when I have a scene with several people involved, detailed action scenes, and when I need the hero to kick some butt in a fight. Even if you’re not an outliner, it’s highly recommended that you outline a good fight scene. It’s actually fun and helps you to visually realize your scene. Try it. I promise it will help you make your fight scene jump off the page…

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Cool Police Tech: 6 Emerging Advancements

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Technology has infiltrated just about every aspect of modern life. And the pace by which technology advances is beyond rapid.

While new technology – in many instances – improves our lives, it simultaneously enhances the nefarious pursuits of criminals. So, in order be a step ahead of society’s underbelly, law enforcement is constantly rolling out new tech.

Here are six examples of how police are utilizing hi-tech tools to combat crime.

#1 Enhanced Biometrics

For over a century, police have been utilizing fingerprints as a key piece of investigative evidence. Methods for obtaining and accurately matching fingerprints has drastically improved since the early days. Facial recognition and DNA are relatively new, but still have been used for a few decades.

But now, police have been taking advantage of new biometric technologies that enable them to form a more robust picture of a perp. These new technologies assist investigators in making more streamlined and accurate identifications, which include iris recognition, heartbeats, wrist veins, palmprints, voice recognition and gait analysis

That’s right, police can find a criminal based upon the unique stride in his step or the pitch in her voice. For this new tech, local law enforcement agencies rely heavily on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which is the world’s largest repository of biometric information. With these biometric advancements, it is getting increasingly more difficult for criminals to evade the long arm of the law.

#2 Robots

Across the globe, police departments are deploying highly advanced robots to acquire audio and visual surveillance in areas that are often too dangerous or difficult for officers. There even exists ‘throwable’ robots that can be literally thrown up – and onto – hard to reach places and thrown down into deep crevices.

Car manufacturers are now designing artificial intelligence propelled self-driving police cars. For now, these cars can only alert human officers of potential crimes, such as drunk and reckless driving. But, maybe in the future, these cars can handle the entire traffic stop. That would be a strange experience.

#3 ShotSpotter

When police are alerted to gunfire, they immediately spring into action. But pinpointing the location from which the shots were fired can be a time-consuming pursuit. Often, by the time police arrive, the incident has already occurred, and the perps are gone.

Now, using gunfire sensor technology coupled with data analytics, law enforcement can receive quick and accurate information as to where the gunfire emerged. This technology, known as ShotSpotter, is a highly advanced web of sensors, artificial intelligence, and algorithms. This hi-tech system can detect, determine location of, and alert police to, approximately 90% of gunfire incidents within that department’s jurisdiction.

#4 Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging has become an increasingly vital technology in helping police deal with conditions that impair a visual read of the surroundings. Thermal cameras work by detecting heat sources, thereby allowing law enforcement to locate people in visually difficult conditions, such as complete darkness, heavy snowfall and smoky areas.

Because it allows police to navigate efficiently and quickly through dark spaces, thermal imaging increases an officer’s situational awareness and personal safety.

Thermal imaging is a more vigorous technology than night vision. And that’s because thermal imaging does not require any ambient light and it retains clarity in any lighting condition.

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#5 Virtual Reality

Recent advances in virtual reality tech (VR) has resulted in law enforcement agencies utilizing VR to create amazingly ‘real’ community relations and training simulations.

VR simulations are completely immersive in that the technology shuts out the physical world in its entirety. The immersive experience aspect is a huge advantage, because the officers must rely solely on their own mental and physical skills, just like they would in real world scenarios.

In many ways, VR training is superior to “reality” training, especially considering that VR allows those being trained to experience real world conflicts without the risk of physical harm. VR also enables agencies to implement a plethora of immersive experiences, which would normally be impossible to otherwise execute due to fiscal, geographical and risk limitations.

#6 Enhanced Body-Worn Cameras

In the age of social media, videos of police officers involved in difficult situations have become extremely popular. In many instances, the limited video technology fails to provide the ‘full picture’ of the scene. And that leads to trouble.

So, in an effort to give a more robust view of police-civilian interactions, body-worn camera technology has drastically improved in recent years.

Some cool advancements include start-of-the-art high resolution images and sound. This development will allow the public to experience crystal-clear visual and audio evidence; thereby eliminating any ambiguity in the exchange. Gone are the days of granular video with garbled audio.

Another cool tech development is a smart holster that activates a body camera immediately upon an officer drawing a gun. Since body-worn cameras are not intended to run the entirety of an officer’s shift, this tech ensures that any officer drawn gun situation will be recorded for evidence.

Other cool advances are body-worn cameras that include facial recognition capabilities, and cameras that provide an immediate alert to authorities when an officer goes down.

 

These amazing technologies are certainly a great way to improve the safety of police officers and the public. Can you think of any new police tech that should be included on this list?

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No Body, No Problem: Murder Convictions in Missing Persons Cases

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The old Hollywood trope of “no body, no conviction” is usually accurate, but not always true. Generally, it is very difficult to prove the murder of a missing person.

But, between the tenacity of investigators and the legal precedent of the United States v. Scott, plenty of killers are convicted without a body.

In the Scott case, the judge essentially stated that when the prosecution uses enough credible circumstantial evidence, thereby excluding any other rational conclusion, a person can be convicted in the murder of a missing person.

In most homicide cases, the court requires direct evidence in order to convict a murderer. An obvious example of direct evidence would be the discovery of the strangled remains of the victim.

On the other hand, circumstantial evidence requires the jury to rely on inference and, then, connect the dots. So, it’s definitely more difficult to prove a murder relying solely on circumstantial evidence, but as long as the prosecutor provides enough credible dots, the jury can convict.

Here are two high-profile cases where bodies were not recovered, but killers were convicted.

The Chillingworth Murders

In June 1955, Judge Curtis E. Chillingworth and his wife Marjorie were brutally murdered near their Florida beach house. Three men were eventually held accountable for the murders, despite the victims’ bodies never being recovered.

In the early morning hours of June 15, 1955, Floyd “Lucky” Holzapfel and George “Bobby” Lincoln kidnapped the couple at gunpoint. Forced from their home – to a boat that was docked nearby – the couple was bound and gagged. The victims also had to endure having anchors tied around their necks.

The killers sailed away from the coast and threw the couple into the deep ocean waters.

Curtis and Marjorie were never seen again – alive or dead.

Within 12 hours of their murder, the investigation began. And that’s because the judge was a very responsible, punctual man. So, when he didn’t show up at court, colleagues became immediately alarmed.

When the police arrived at the couples’ home, they discovered blood stains on the area leading from the house to the beach.  They also found two rolls of adhesive tape and a smashed porch light.

After analyzing the crime scene, it became apparent that the couple was taken to sea.

Aerial support and dive teams had no luck in locating the bodies. The investigation went stale until police discovered that Holzapfel had been bragging around town that he knew who killed the judge and his wife.

The police eventually got a confession out of him.

Turns out, the brains behind the whole operation was a man named Joseph Alexander Peel – who was also a judge. But a crooked one, who had a long history of being admonished for his behavior by Chillingworth. And when Chillingworth threatened Peel with disbarment due to his unethical behavior, Peel decided that Chillingworth needed to be murdered. That’s when he hired Lincoln and Holzapfel.

After getting a full confession from Holzapfel, the police turned their attention to Lincoln, who was serving prison time on unrelated charges. Lincoln agreed to testify against Peel and Holzapfel in exchange for immunity. This immunity deal forced Holzapfel to plead guilty, with the hope of a reduced sentence.

In order to silence Lincoln, Peel hired two inmates to kill him, but the plot never came to fruition.

The trials didn’t last long. Peel was sentenced to two life sentences, even though the prosecutors asked for the death penalty.  In his old age, he was released from prison due to terminal cancer. Peel died nine days after his release.

Holzapfel got the death penalty, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Many years later, he eventually died behind bars.

Lincoln completed his prison sentence stemming from an unrelated crime and was eventually released.

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The Abduction and Killing of the Lyon Sisters

On March 25, 1975, pre-teen sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyon, were snatched from a suburban Washington D.C. mall.  Despite the massive investigation (one of the largest in the history of Metro D.C.), the girls were never seen again, and the case went cold for almost 40 years.

The case was resurrected in 2013 when the Montgomery County Police Department began focusing their attention on Lloyd Welch, a convicted sexual predator.

Detectives discovered that Welch had voluntarily involved himself in the initial investigation. It seems, that days after the girls’ disappearance, Welch had approached a security guard at the mall with information. Welch advised the guard that he had witnessed a man interacting with the girls on the day of the abduction.

When the police followed-up with Welch, he admitted that his whole story was a lie, and he was forced to take a polygraph test – which he failed. Yet, Lee was never questioned again, until 38 years later.

In 2013, during the reexamination of the case, Detectives zeroed-in on a 1977 mugshot of Welch. The mugshot had a strong resemblance to an earlier police sketch of man, who witnesses had seen staring inappropriately at the girls during their shopping trip to the mall.

Later that year, police visited Welch in prison, where he was serving time for child molestation. Investigators obviously feared that Welch would be apprehensive to speak with them, but that turned out to be false. Welch loved to talk. And, even though, he professed his innocence, his big mouth and intricate lies provided the police with a great deal of useful information.

As a result of Welch’s prison conversation with police, investigators were led to the doorstep of Henry Parker, who is Welch’s cousin. Parker revealed that, in 1975, he helped Welch burn two 60-70-pound duffle bags, which were covered in red stains and had a smell of ‘death’.

Investigators eventually pulled together enough evidence for Welch to confess to the murders. Then, in September 2017, Welch pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder relating to the kidnapping and killing of the Lyon sisters. He was swiftly convicted and continues to serve time in prison.

Although the victims’ loved ones never had an opportunity to say good-bye, they did receive some sense of closure when justice was served with the conviction of the killers. Do you know of any cases where a body was never recovered, yet the killer was caught and convicted?

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